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.
There 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.