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While the Inflation Reduction Act will unleash historic federal funding to reduce CO2 emissions, it has sparked critical discussions about its lack of intentionality in centering frontline communities, environmental justice and reparations in addressing climate change and advancing clean energy. How are organizers in the Twin Cities responding to this latest legislation — and ensuring…

Pictured above from left: Jack Cann, Senior Attorney at Housing Justice Center; Katherine Banbury, renter at the Cambric and tenant organizer at HOME Line; and Marcus Troy, member of the rent stabilization stakeholder group and West Side renter Leveraging the new power afforded to tenants by the rent stabilization ordinance passed by voters last year,…

PRESS STATEMENT: St. Paul City Council Throws Out the Will of Voters, Protections for 20,000+ Low-income Renters with Passage of Ord 22-37 St. Paul, MN — Reversing the will of the voters and overriding the recommendations of a city stakeholder group, the St. Paul City Council voted to make sweeping and dramatic changes to the…

On September 7, the Alliance testified in opposition to an ordinance seeking to undermine the rent stabilization policy passed by St. Paul voters in November 2021. My name is Juan Luis Rivera-Reyes and I’m a Coalition Organizer at the Alliance. The Alliance works in coalition to advance justice and equity in economic growth and land…

The Equitable Development Principles & Scorecard is a tool to answer the question: “How can development repair past harms and contribute to a stronger, more inclusive and thriving community?”  The social, physical, and historic landscape both defines and reflects the dominant powers in our communities. From the theft of Indigenous lands to the exclusion of communities of…

Shaping narratives is an essential aspect of community organizing to disrupt and uproot ingrained systems of oppression. By framing and communicating about our campaigns in strategic and intentional ways, we can more effectively mobilize our communities and engage policymakers to co-create the vision and advance the components of a fundamentally more just world. How are…

The COVID 19 pandemic has caused shifts in the way we organize and advocate for systems and policy change. To protect our collective health while meeting the urgency of the moment, we had to adjust our strategies and tactics to mobilize our communities and bring both new and long-standing demands to institutions of power. As…

In our communities renters faced a housing crisis long before the COVID pandemic but the public health emergency underscored that state leaders and policymakers have the power to safeguard the lives of renters when there is the political will. The eviction moratorium provided evidence that strong tenant protections are not just possible but beneficial to all…

For many neighborhoods, light rail lines have played a concerning role in pushing out low-wealth residents, immigrants and communities of color from their homes and businesses. For nearly a decade, the Blue Line Coalition has been working to integrate community voice into the planning process and create a different outcome for the Bottineau Corridor light…

The COVID pandemic made clear that our collective health relies on all of us having access to stable housing. The murder of Amir Locke — another heartbreaking, reprehensible and utterly unnecessary execution of a Black man by the Minneapolis Police Department — underscores that access to housing is not enough. Justice for Amir Locke demands…