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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…

Individuals who identify as black, indigenous, immigrant, or person of color are encouraged to apply. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. The Alliance is a coalition of community-based organizations and advocacy groups building shared power to advance strategic campaigns around the intersections of racial justice, economic justice, environmental justice, and health equity. Our mission…

For Louis King, the power of the Alliance is simple. “Frankly, the name says it all: We come together and get things done.” In 1996, just two years after the Alliance was established, King started building something big: a community-based vocational training and job placement program in North Minneapolis. But the success of Summit Academy OIC bumped up against the ceiling of structural and systemic racism: Even with the best education, his graduates weren’t being hired for the construction jobs that provide living wages.

The Alliance seeks a Policy Advocate who will support community driven coalitions of allied organizations in issue campaigns that achieve short-term victories and build long-term power. In conjunction with our coalition partner groups and Alliance staff, the Policy Advocate will track, research and develop innovative policy positions and lift up transformative equitable development strategies in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. They will also apply a racial equity analysis in the development of educational resources that advance organizing activities within the field.

While the decision hasn’t changed, the conversation has shifted. Last week, the members of the Metropolitan Council once again heard from the General Manager of Metro Transit on the essentially final determination to eliminate 24-hour service of the Green Line on weekdays. But, in the weeks since the proposal was first floated, community leaders have…

This commentary was originally published by the Pioneer Press on May 7 and is re-posted here with the author’s permission. By Kadra Abdi From housing to public transit, the Metropolitan Council is uniquely positioned to influence the quality of life for residents across the Twin Cities. To guide that vital work, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz…

In neighborhood debates about new housing development, the simplified battle of the yard signs and bumper stickers boils down to NIMBYs and YIMBYs — Not In My Backyard and Yes In My Backyard. At that surface level, the dividing line is often density, with NIMBYs opposing increased traffic and building heights while YIMBYs preach the…

For thousands of Minnesota residents from Liberia, the clock is ticking. Come March 31, 2020, their ability to live and work in the communities they call home could come to an abrupt end. Organizers and community leaders with African Career, Education and Resource Inc (ACER) are mobilizing to make sure families in the northwest suburbs of…