Actualizing Equity Series

The Actualizing Equity event series creates space for organizers throughout the region to build relationships, share knowledge and strategize together in our shared work to change the policies and systems that influence racial, economic, environmental, and health equity. 

Actualizing Equity 2019:
From Principles to Practice

In 2018, our event series explored the different issue areas in the Alliance’s Regional Equity Agenda, including housing, wealth building and transportation. Continuing to build on those conversations, the 2019 series — “Actualizing Equity: From Principles to Practice” — will lift up how communities are actively and intentionally addressing these intersections and explore how organizers are breaking out of issue silos and co-creating solutions that advance shared objectives and equitable outcomes. In collaboration with Alliance member organizations and other equity stakeholders, we’ll shift our focus from concepts to solutions, digging into how we’re turning the principles and strategies in Our AREA into real action in our communities.

The 2018 Actualizing Equity Series dove into each section of Our AREA: The Alliance Regional Equity Agenda. Each session included a panel of local leaders who  explored the ways each issue area intersects with the complex identities and historical struggles of our communities and breakout discussions for participants to share their ideas and insights. From these conversations, we created the resources below!

Navigating the Intersections: How We Experience Mobility (May 2018)

Communities encounter different risks and have different needs as they move through the metro region. At this event, we heard from local leaders who experience transportation in a variety of ways and participate in breakout discussions to share your own stories and strategies for getting around our region while facing racism, classism, ableism, sexism, ICE, xenophobia, homophobia, and other forces of oppression. Navigating the Intersections Resources

Housing Is A Human Right (June 2018)

Where we live impacts every aspect of our lives – it affects how we thrive in our community and provides the foundation for our health, education, safety, and economic wellbeing. At this event, we explored how that right is denied and disregarded in the face of gendered violence, racism, the (in)justice system, anti-immigrant discrimination, and other forms of oppression. Housing Is A Human Right Resources

Who Speaks for the Neighborhood? (July 2018)

True community engagement requires organizations to dedicate time, energy, and resources to building meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships. At this event, we discussed how folks are challenging systems that reinforce the status quo and creating accessible spaces, projects, and processes that allow community members to feel welcomed as their full selves. Who Speaks for the Neighborhood Resources

The Geography of Wellness (Aug 2018)

Wellness is not evenly distributed. Invisiblized policies and practices determine which neighborhoods are home to pollution and which are environmentally and economically healthy. At this event, we discussed these historical harms and share our vision of equitable land use policies that enrich neighborhoods, connecting residents to a broad set of choices. Geography of Wellness Resources

Building Wealth, Building Power (Sept 2018)

For a prosperous and sustainable Twin Cities, decision makers must prioritize investment in under-resourced geographies and low-wealth communities. At this event, we discussed how we can lift up equitable economic development practices that build on existing assets and allow people of color, indigenous people, immigrants, and low-income communities to build and sustain wealth in their neighborhoods creating healthy, thriving communities. Building Wealth, Building Power Resources

Race, Class, and the Outdoors (Oct 2018)

Due to under-resourced infrastructure and limited choices in where to live, work, and play, people of color, indigenous people, immigrants, and low-income communities are disproportionately barred from accessing natural amenities. At this event, we discussed how folks are reimagining our relationships with our environment, and organizing to improve parks in communities of color without gentrifying them. Race, Class, and the Outdoors Resources