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Everyone deserves a safe, dignified, and affordable home. But some landlords would rather protect their own profits over tenants’ rights in Minneapolis, launching the deceptive “Safe and Affordable Minneapolis” campaign to attack two proposed city ordinances for renter protections in Minneapolis. On Thursday, renters and community organizers hosted a press conference to respond to this…

Despite a massive public investment of more than $40 million for the acquisition and clean up of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) site in Arden Hills, plans for the largest mixed-use development in the Twin Cities region actively perpetuate inequity and exclusion  by failing to meet even the lowest bar for affordable housing…

From helping raise funds for conservation; to protecting and restoring natural spaces; to collaborating with communities to plan, design, and create parks, playgrounds, gardens, and trails; Trust for Public Land works with communities to ensure that development happens for them, and not to them. In the Twin Cities, the Equitable Development Principles & Scorecard galvanized a process to create a tool specific to parks development that could build intention and aspiration around not only engaging neighbors about park design but actively cultivating new community leaders and building capacity.

At the Alliance, we don’t just change policy. We work in coalition to build power that shifts systems and elevates true community solutions. In 2018, thanks to your support and the collective efforts of our member and partner organizations, we advanced equity across the region through coalition organizing, policy advocacy and field building.  Download our…

UPDATED 7/9: The City of Minneapolis Planning Commission voted 5-4 against the Federal Reserve Bank’s plan for an 800-space parking ramp by the Mississippi River. The Alliance, along with member organizations Sierra Club North Star Chapter and Our Streets, submitted letters of opposition. Read our’s below.  Dear Members of the Planning Commission, Mayor Frey and Council…

In 2004, the Brooklyn Park City Council voted to place a bond referendum on the ballot to raise $35 million in property taxes  to purchase and demolish 900 affordable housing units along the Zane Avenue corridor. Living in Brooklyn Park at the time, with a long history of labor and community organizing, Julia Freeman was a central leader in a coalition to preserve those units that was convened by the Alliance.

In reaction to proposals for reasonable, modest and urgently needed tenant protections from the Minneapolis City Council, the Minnesota Multi-Housing Association has launched an astro-turfing campaign called “Safe and Affordable Minneapolis.” What is MHA, who do they represent and what do they stand for? Watch our video to learn more and share with your networks!

This commentary was originally published by the Star Tribune on June 4 and is re-posted here with the authors’ permission. The May 31 article “Proposal may limit tenant screening” described new proposals championed by Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender and Council Member Jeremiah Ellison that would remove some of the barriers so many of our neighbors face…

Working at the Alliance, Jabri Whirl moved from concept to community, from methodology to making change. Providing a space they could bring their full self, they tapped into new skills — and even discovered a potential new career path. “I came here with a strong interest in social change but wanting to understand how to make that real, how to actualize it,” they said.

Past exclusionary transportation policies moved people through neighborhoods rather than throughout neighborhoods, destroying rather than building upon the assets of African American and other communities of color. Development surrounding light rail and bus rapid transit can reverse this — if tailored to the needs of people of color, indigenous, immigrant and low-income communities who are…