Building a Vision and Agenda for Racial and Economic Justice in OUR MPLS

OUR MPLS full coverBy Vina Kay

This is adapted from a presentation I gave at the OUR MPLS Racial Justice Community Dialogue with Mayor Betsy Hodges on January 5, 2014 at All My Relations Gallery.

Through my work at the Organizing Apprenticeship Project, I have the good fortune to connect every day with incredible organizers working in communities of color in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota to build true racial and economic equity.

In December, a group of these organizers and policy advocates came together to have a conversation about what equity and justice would look like in OUR MPLS – a Minneapolis that is increasingly diverse, yet at the same time faces some of the largest disparities in the country. These disparities, we all agreed, are unconscionable in a city that we call home. New leadership in OUR MPLS is an opportunity to change this story. The Minneapolis we envisioned was one where all residents belong and can succeed.