Monthly Archives: February 2014

JOIN US AT THE CAPITOL MARCH 3rd-6th

Support racial equity and help change Minnesota by meeting up with OAP this March to help fight racial and economic inequality in the Twin Cities. OAP is here to help get the message to political leaders that it is time for change. Minnesota is fighting to have true equality truly mean equal human rights for all.
Help us to work for racial justice and change the face of leadership at the State Capitol this March. OAP has been successful in changing policies by actively engaging with the public through apprenticeship training, as well as political leaders with annual Racial Report Cards. The report cards help reflect the meaning of racial equity building: empowering people of minority backgrounds and in lower economic standing.
For a better understanding of the report cards here is OAP’s 2005-2010 Racial Report Card, which includes a “five-year review of where state policymakers made progress and where they weakened opportunity.”

picOAP’s current report card reflects what we are working to achieve at the Capitol. Our plan:
• Focuses on reducing racial disparities;
• Expands access to institutions and public benefits for communities of color;
• Advances enfranchisement for communities of color;
• Protects against discrimination, racial violence and racial profiling;
• Preserves and strengthens American Indian tribal sovereignty;
• Is adequately funded; and
• Is enforceable, with mechanisms in place to monitor racial justice outcomes.

Join OAP on the hill for RACIAL JUSTICE WEEK on March 3-6, 2014 at the Saint Paul Capitol.

We would also like to invite you to a screening of the documentary film Slavery By Another Name. It will be hosted at the St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis on March 6th at 6:00 p.m., including a Q&A session with the director after the film.

Join us and help create change!

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Think of Minneapolis and picture this: all students graduate from high school, there is no racial profiling or police brutality, and affordable, safe housing is available for everyone. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

The Organizing Apprenticeship Project (OAP) thinks so and has included those objectives in their newly released A Vision and Agenda for Racial and Economic Justice in OUR MPLS. The agenda has been proposed by a coalition between OAP and other local organizations that are working towards a racially and economically just Minneapolis.

our_mpls_coverThere are many more objectives to OUR MPLS, but the first step in making any of them a reality is to start a conversation. OAP, along with HIRE MN and Hope Community, did just that with Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glitten at a monthly community meeting. And that hasn’t been the only conversation. Vina Kay, Director of Research and Policy at OAP, recently blogged about several meetings they’ve had with elected officials. OUR MPLS was in fact introduced directly to Mayor Betsy Hodges on January 5, 2014.

And the conversation will continue. A total of 20 organizations contributed to the development of the OUR MPLS agenda. In her blog, Kay also makes it clear that they will be following up on their proposal: “We propose that the next 100 days offers us an opportunity to work with Mayor Hodges, the City Council, and other city leaders to set the stage for racial and economic equity in Minneapolis. Why 100 days? We feel an urgency, and recognize that this work takes time. We hold these in balance over the next 100 days as we build the foundation for justice in Minneapolis. We look forward to meeting with leaders, to further developing our shared vision, and to seeing what we can do together in just 100 days.”

Communities, organizations and you are also needed to make racial and economic equity a reality in Minneapolis. If you are interested in learning more, join the conversation.