Our AREA: Alliance Regional Equity Agenda

Our AREA: The Alliance Regional Equity Agenda is a strategic, living document centered around the needs and aspirations of people of color, indigenous, immigrant, and low-income communities. It highlights the strategies Alliance members and partners are using and calls for further collective action to heal communities, stimulate regenerative power, dismantle structural racism, and end the displacement and gentrification of our communities.

Our AREA 2018

Our AREA debuted in 2018, outlining the core principles for regional equity and uplifting strategies related to Community Engagement, Land Use, Housing, Economic Development, Transportation and the Environment. The 2018 Actualizing Equity Series explored each category from Our AREA in greater depth.

Our AREA 2021

With COVID 19 and the George Floyd uprisings, the unprecedented conditions of 2020 brought transformative change into mainstream conversation. Through our Actualizing Equity event series during this unrelentingly intense year, we heard from leaders representing 34 organizations, capturing their input and expertise to evolve Our AREA 2021 with narratives and strategies for 2021 and beyond. 


Our AREA 2021:

  • Is directly informed by the expertise and experiences of dozens of community leaders 
  • Presents key narratives, policies and resources in an engaging, visual format
  • Uplifts poems from activist artists on issues of gentrification and community mobilization
  • Includes a graphic on the principles of Equitable Housing 
  • Expands the conversation about regional equity within the Alliance by integrating insights on community safety and organizing sustainability

Download the full report here!

Our AREA in Action

Our AREA is intended to be a living document, evolving with the work of our coalition partners and needs of communities across the region. In this video series, we’ll highlight organizing successes and progress towards Our AREA strategies.

January 2019: Electrifying Metro Transit buses

In the Twin Cities, poor air quality contributes to 2,000 deaths, 400 hospitalizations, and 600 emergency room visits every year. And the biggest contributor to that pollution isn’t power plants. It’s transportation. So in 2018, the Coalition for Clean Transportation formed to address this environmental and health equity issue, setting out to transition the Metro Transit’s fleet to 100% zero-emission electric buses. In concert with other environment and transit equity issues, that effort became a key strategy in Our AREA: The Alliance Regional Equity Agenda.

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