Advocacy Event: Coffee with Congressman Keith Ellison

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) hosts many events and trainings throughout the year, including a Coffee with Congress series.  These gatherings are informative and honest, giving citizens direct access to representative’s perspective and priorities.  It also provides a venue to ask questions and share your own ideas.  At the very least, it’s a great first step into Advocacy!

Join MCN for their next coffee with Congressman Keith Ellison, representing Minnesota’s fifth congressional district, onThursday, May 28, from 3 – 4 p.m. at the Lutheran Social Service – Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis.

If interested, sign up here.  And be sure to reach out to next year’s Advocacy Chair Carrie Curtis to share your experience!

New Media and School Excellence

What if there were strategies to improve public schools without leaving your desk chair? Parents United and the Twin Cities Media Alliance are partnering to host a conversation on how to use new media tools to be an advocate for excellence in public schools.

Achieving excellence in public schools is a mission that takes many hands and many voices. With so many issues of concern and so many ways to voice those opinions, it is essential to know how to effectively take action.
  • When:  Monday, October 1, 6:30-8 pm
  • Where:  Roseville Library Community Room, 2180 Hamline Ave. N., Roseville, MN  55113
Light desserts will be served. This event is free, but space is limited so please RSVP.

Community Forum Sept. 26th: The Presidential Platforms

What are President Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s plans for education reform and how will these policies affect you? What do you need to know about each of the candidates’ stances on education before you vote this November?

AchieveMpls’ September “Our City, Our Schools” community forum will explore the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates’ education platforms at both a national and local level through conversation with Beth Hawkins, education and policy reporter for Minnpost.

Hawkins will provide an overview of each candidate’s education platform and how potential policy changes might affect public education. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss such hot-button issues as No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, charters and school choice, teacher evaluation, funding for schools, the achievement gap, and preparing young people for college and careers.

Come prepared to ask your specific questions about the candidate’s plans for public education!

Click here to register for the event!

Wednesday, September 26 / 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 
U of MN Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis 

To learn more, contact Regan Smith at 612-455-1535 or

Get People Registered to Vote!

You may be registered to vote, but are those around you?
The National Association of Secretaries of State has declared September 2012 National Voter Registration Month and September 25th National Voter Registration Day.
September is the perfect time to focus on voter registration as 48 states and the District of Columbia have voter registration deadlines in October. In 2008, six million potential voters failed to cast a ballot because they missed a voter registration deadline or didn’t know how to register to vote. Ensure your community is fully engaged in 2012 by taking action this month to help your constituents register to vote:

Join Nonprofit VOTE and the National Association of Secretaries of State in making voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements for the November 6th election!