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Since 2013, the Blue Line Coalition has been working together to ensure government leaders recognize that the Blue Line extension is a racial justice and regional equity issue and that community inclusion and leadership must be central to ALL planning and outcomes. In coming months, key decisions will be made about the route of the…

Like so many others in our community, the Alliance staff, Board, and partners are grieving the irreplaceable loss and honoring the enduring legacy of Mel Reeves, who passed away last week. Among his many fights for justice, Mel was a contract organizer with the Alliance from 2011 until his death, working with the HIRE Minnesota…

With new resources flowing to small businesses through federal and state funding, cultural and community-based organizations came together through the Business Resource Collective (BRC) to articulate and amplify the needs of small businesses in our Black, Indigenous, immigrant and people of color communities. At our October 2021 Actualizing Equity event we learned more about the…

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…

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…