Archive for October, 2010

Sustainable Development Events

Central Corridor light rail station rendering

From St. Paul City Council Member Russ Stark:

I’d like to invite you to an upcoming visit to Saint Paul by Brian Coleman from the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center in Brooklyn, NY. He will be coming to share his experiences and insights on providing space for small manufacturing enterprises, artisans, and artists. GMDC currently owns and manages five rehabilitated properties occupied by more than 100 businesses that employ more than 500 people.

There will be two events on Thursday, November 4, that are open to the public — one a working lunch and the other an evening session.

University United, Public Art Saint Paul, the Saint Paul Port Authority, the Asian Economic Development Association, and the Midway Chamber, and I have put up funds that will be matched by the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative to make this visit possible. The topic to be discussed dovetails with the current efforts of the West Midway Study and Creative Enterprise Zone Study (University and Raymond area), as well as larger city-wide economic development conversations.

For more information and to register for the November 4 lunch, please click here. Please register soon, as space is limited

If you plan to attend the evening session on November 4, please go here for more information and to RSVP.

Thank you for your interest, and I look forward to this upcoming opportunity for dialogue about the Greenpoint model and similar possibilities for our local economy. I hope you can join us.

Questions? Contact:

Samantha Henningson
Councilmember Russ Stark’s Office
Email
(65) 266-8641

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Building a Federal Infrastructure for Nonprofits

Please join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, the Minnesota Council on Foundations and special guest Congresswoman Betty McCollum for a conversation about the Nonprofit Sector and Community Solutions Act on October 14 at “Building a Federal Infrastructure for Nonprofit Organizations” in St. Paul.

Despite the importance of the nonprofit sector to the U.S. economy and to the success of many policy initiatives, no federal body has responsibility for promoting or building the capacity of the nonprofit sector, or for collecting data on nonprofits. The Nonprofit Sector and Community Solutions Act (H.R. 5533) is intended to make the federal government a more productive partner with nonprofit organizations by improving communication and coordination within government and enhancing knowledge about the sector.

Minnesota nonprofits have a unique opportunity to learn about and engage with the chief author of this initiative on October 14. Join special guest Rep. Betty McCollum (4th Congressional District, MN) and a panel of nonprofit leaders to discuss the bill and provide feedback on how this opportunity can advance the interests of Minnesota and U.S. nonprofits.

Date: Thursday, October 14
Time: 1:00 p.m.– 2:30 p.m.
Location: Neighborhood House, 179 Robie Street East, Saint Paul 55107-2360
Fee: Free, but please RSVP
RSVP: Register online now and select “RSVP for Free Events, Briefings and Convenings.”

Read a summary of the Nonprofit Sector and Community Solutions Act.

Homes for All 2010

You’re invited to the Homes for All 2010 policy conference to affirm the belief that all Minnesotans deserve a safe, affordable place to call home; connect resources and stakeholders; and create sustainable communities. Homes for All 2010 features vision-setting keynote and plenary sessions, dynamic workshop sessions, and a special Governor’s Reception inviting the new Governor-elect to give his first major policy address.

Homes for All 2010 will:

  • Mobilize housing and community leaders to influence the new Governor to pursue policies that will support a vibrant and diverse Minnesota where everyone can afford to live.
  • Explore fundamental connections between housing and healthy lifestyles, school success, jobs and economic development, financial stability, transportation, and the environment.
  • Demonstrate how Minnesota can learn and gain from new federal initiatives that integrate the activities of diverse agencies to more holistically create sustainable communities.

Homes for All 2010 builds on the success and momentum of the past two conventions, held in 2002 and 2006 respectively. By bringing together Minnesota’s business community, faith communities, government agencies, nonprofits, philanthropic community, elected officials, and concerned citizens, Minnesotans can take action on solutions that will achieve homes for all throughout the state.

Register online (get the Early-bird rate) and view a detailed conference agenda. Don’t delay—prices increase on Oct. 9. (Registration Fee: $50 on or before Oct. 8; $65 after) Please note: Limited scholarships are available. Click here for more information.

Homes for All 2010 is co-hosted by Minnesota Housing Partnership and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, and supported by a strong network of housing and community building organizations throughout Minnesota.

Jobs for Community

LRT construction photo courtesy of Met Council

HIRE Minnesota is composed of a diverse cross-section of organizations: workforce development, social justice, the environment, economic development, faith-based, family services, cultural community, political research and advocacy. HIRE represents 70 organizations and more than 2,000 Twin Cities residents who’ve signed up to support its mission.

During the next year HIRE is working on the following strategies:

  1. Ensuring that the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) meets its hiring goals for people of color and women in the metro area.
  2. Ensuring that the Met Council’s hiring goals for people of color and women are met on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) development.
  3. Advocating for a jobs bill in the 2011 state legislative session, and ensuring that hiring equity and green jobs language are included.
  4. Forming a Green Jobs Roundtable to explore the landscape of existing green jobs and emerging renewable energy opportunities, meeting with state agencies in charge of public investments, and developing a platform.

The capacity of HIRE Minnesota is dependent on YOU and all who have signed up to support its efforts to leverage public investments to create job opportunities for low-income people and communities of color. Please save the date for the next HIRE Minnesota Meeting:

Tuesday, October 26
6 – 8 p.m.
Lao Family Community of Minnesota
320 W. University Ave, St. Paul, MN 55103

For more information about HIRE:

Marcus Harcus
Coalition Organizer
HIRE Minnesota

(612) 332-4471

Ujima Teen Summit

You are invited to take part in UJIMA’s 6th Annual Healthy Relationship Summit (Minnesota Summit on Sexuality), Saturday, October 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, 585 Fuller Avenue, St. Paul. Our theme for this event is “Behold I Do a New Thing.” This is an exciting opportunity for our young people as well as parents and other caring adults to participate in open and honest dialogue, and interactive workshops on issues facing our young people and their families.

This 6th Annual Healthy Relationship Summit is for youth grades 7-12th and adults who care about them. Workshops will include teen sessions on topics such as media influence, STD’s, self esteem and more. Adult workshops will give an overview of Keep It Real! teen sexuality curriculum, Breaking the Silence, and Good Samaritan: HIV/AIDS Ministry Capacity Building facilitated by certified professional trainers from around the nation.

The registration booklet (to download it, click on the image at left) provides details and logistical information about the day. Summit participants will receive a complimentary continental breakfast (8:15-9 a.m.) and lunch.

Following lunch, the Summit will conclude with a fun and entertaining Talent Showcase featuring Steppers for Christ, teen recording artist KJ, and Deliverance for Youth Gospel Choir.

Early registration is appreciated. You may register via email or U.S mail as indicated on the registration form. If you have any questions or desire additional information, please contact Juliet Mitchell by email or by phone at (651) 330-1050.

Peace-Building Symposium

Dr. Lisa Schirch, Executive Director of the 3D Security Initiative and long-time professor of peace-building at Eastern Mennonite University, will be this year’s visiting scholar for the The Vaclav Havel Civil Society Symposium. The Washington, D.C.-based 3D Security Initiative promotes conflict prevention and peace-building by fostering greater recognition within the U.S. government of international and local civil society perspectives on conflict prevention, principled negotiation, and sustainable development in security policymaking.

A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch has worked in more than 20 countries as a trainer, consultant and facilitator in peace-building programs such as inter-ethnic dialogue and reconciliation, peace processes, and media-based programs. Schirch has written five books and numerous articles on conflict prevention and peace-building. Her current research interests include civil-military dialogue on human security and supporting a comprehensive peace process in Afghanistan.

Dr. Schirch is a frequent public speaker and has TV and radio experience discussing U.S. foreign policy. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

Events at House of Hope Church, 797 Summit Avenue, will include Dr. Schirch’s discussion of peace-building and conflict prevention in the world’s hot spots, including Afghanistan, at the Enrichment Program on Sunday, October 10, at 11 a.m. That afternoon, she will moderate a panel discussion on capacity building and conflict prevention at the local level with community leaders at 2:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room. On Wednesday, October 13, she will continue the discussion of local and global conflict prevention at the 7 p.m. Adult Education program, also in the Assembly Room. These programs are free and open to the public.

On Monday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Schirch will participate in a panel discussion at the Guthrie Theater entitled “Afghanistan: The Challenge of Human Rights,” moderated by Joe Dowling. This panel discussion is related to Part 3 of the play cycle “The Great Game: Afghanistan,” an acclaimed theatrical production exploring Afghan culture and history in a three-part event presented by the Guthrie in September-October. The discussion is cosponsored by the Minnesota International Center, The Advocates for Human Rights, Americans for UNFPA, and the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota. Ticket stub holders of the play series will be admitted to the panel discussion for free.

At the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Schirch will participate in classroom discussions and other activities for students and faculty during the symposium.