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Due to generations of structural racism and underinvestment, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have had a disproportionately devastating impact on Black, African, Asian, Latinx, Indigenous and immigrant-owned businesses in the Twin Cities and across the state. Our businesses play an essential role in building and sustaining the culture, wealth and economic vitality of BIPOC…

Equity in Place is a diverse group of strategic partners from organizations led by people of color and housing advocacy organizations working to advance housing justice and equitable community development. Our communities know that Minnesota renters faced a housing crisis long before the COVID pandemic — but the public health emergency underscored that policymakers have…

Who benefits from new development, or redevelopment, in our cities?  For generations, the answer to that critical question has too often been private interests focused on profit rather than community members invested in collective wellbeing. But the Equitable Development Principles & Scorecard is providing a powerful tool to organize Black, Indigenous and people of color…

With gratitude for her leadership and excitement for our continued collaboration toward housing justice in the Twin Cities, the Alliance is celebrating Tram Hoang’s transition to Campaign Manager for the Keep St. Paul Home ballot initiative. Before she became staff, Tram was an active member of the Alliance board, bringing her experience as a coalition…

The Alliance is a coalition of community-based organizations and advocacy groups with a mission to advance justice and equity in economic growth and land development in the Twin Cities region. The Alliance operates from a commitment to four core principles:  Elevating the wisdom of communities, who we believe are experts in their own lives and…

Envisioned by the Climate Justice Alliance, Just Transition is a framework focused on shifting from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. As we emerge from a year of intense COVID restrictions, we know this moment must be a pivot toward the just transition necessary to address the growing climate crisis and repair generations of…

On April 30, 2021, the Business Resource Collective sent the following letter to key leaders outlining the essential components necessary in the state omnibus bill to support small, BIPOC-owned businesses. Download the letter here. Dear Chair Pratt, Chair Noor, and Committee Members, As over twenty cultural and place-based business associations, arts organizations, chambers of commerce,…

This op-ed, co-authored by the Alliance, was published in the Star Tribune on April 25, 2021.  There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the deep racial inequities in Minnesota, including disproportionate job loss and inability to pay rent. But this crisis also elevated our collective instinct to care for our neighbors and underscored the…

This piece is co-authored by Frogtown Neighborhood Association For years, the proposal for Lexington Station Apartments at the Wilder Foundation site has intensified discussion about housing development in St. Paul — and made painfully clear how the culture and norms of white supremacy in our public dialogue, city planning, community engagement and governance have silenced…

From the freeway through Rondo to the absence of reliable transit in the northwest suburbs, generations of transportation investments have bulldozed or bypassed communities of color. But coalition organizing has put equity at the forefront of major transportation projects in the Twin Cities. At our March 2021 event, Keith Baker (Reconnect Rondo), Denise Butler (African…