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Out of Reach 2019, National Low Income Housing Coalition

Report: Out of Reach 2019

According to Out of Reach 2019, a mininum wage earner in Minnesota must work 63 hours per week to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment. The annual report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition breaks down wages needed to afford rental housing at the metro, county and even zipcode level. Check out the data.

Resource: Anti-Green Gentrification Toolkit

CREATE’s anti-green gentrification toolkit is an intervention in the green infrastructure planning process to lend a critical lens to how and for whom green infrastructure is built. This toolkit contextualizes greening alongside housing and within systems of racism, capitalism, and displacement. Read more.

Data: 2019 MSP Regional Indicators Dashboard

Now in its fifth year, the Regional Indicators Dashboard created by Greater MSP is a set of shared metrics that tracks the region’s change on critical economic, environmental, and social outcomes and benchmarks performance against peer cities. View the dashboard.

Analysis: Housing Officials, Newsrooms Square Off over ‘Privatization’

The Columbia Journalism Review delves into the "aggressive public relations strategy" waged by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority around the privatization of local public housing, which "has intervened with a number of news outlets, spurring multiple corrections, revisions, and, in one case, a story being abandoned." Read more.

Funding: Capacity Building Grant Deadline

Minnesota Housing’s Capacity Building Initiative provides funding to build organizational capacity, launch creative, housing-related projects and initiatives, and promote partnerships across Minnesota. The agency will provide up to $40,000 in one-time funding for one-year projects. Read more and apply by July 1.


Click the image above to watch the Alliance video on the organization behind the Safe & Affordable Neighborhoods campaign.

Minneapolis landlords ramp up campaign against tenant screening ordinances

The Star Tribune looks behind the lawn signs to the organization that has launched the "Safe & Affordable Neighborhoods" campaign, checking in with Owen Duckworth, Alliance Director of Policy and Organizing, and sharing the Alliance's recent video. "It has the appearance of a grass-roots campaign, and it's, in fact, just the opposite," Duckworth says. Read the article.

OUR Alliance: Julia Freeman on Community Leadership

In 2019, the Alliance marks its 25th Anniversary and we’re lifting up the reflections and achievements of leaders from our network who have advanced our collective campaigns for regional equity. In the latest edition of the OUR Alliance blog series, Julia Freeman reflects on the fight to preserve 900 affordable units in Brooklyn Park and the role of the Alliance in following and bridging community power. Read Julia's reflections.

The birth of the Defend Glendale & Public Housing Coalition

The Spokesman-Recorder explores how Glendale Townhomes has served as a movement base for residents who fear gentrification, privatization and the destruction of Minneapolis’ public housing and the creation of the Defend Glendale & Public Housing Coalition. Read the story.

‘These People Aren’t Coming From Norway’: Refugees in a Minnesota City Face a Backlash

The New York Times reports that, as more Somali refugees arrive in St. Cloud, white anti-immigration activists have pressed an increasingly explicit anti-Muslim agenda. "Formed in 2017 to support more nativist candidates on the City Council, C-Cubed is a small group of only about a dozen members, but its existence has already changed the city’s political landscape." Read the feature.

MN’s most outspoken labor leader looks back at 14 years of being ‘loud & sometimes obnoxious’

After 14 years as head of SEIU Local 26, Javier Morillo is stepping down. Last week, he talked to MinnPost about the intersection of union leadership and political activism today — and how Minnesota politics has changed during his time in the state. Read more.

An open letter to white Minneapolis, from white people of Minneapolis

Writers from EAR: Equity, Accountability, Reparations: MN Writers for Racial Justice published an open letter to the City of Minneapolis condemning its decision to cancel a series of “Sacred Conversations” on race because of "white pushback to the Division of Race Equity’s decision to offer separate workshops for white-bodied and Black-bodied staff." Read their commentary.

Black Bodies, Green Spaces

Harvard professor Tiya Miles writes in the New York Times that "More than 30 years into the movement for environmental justice, many Americans still do not associate black people with environmental engagement. But this notion of African-Americans existing apart from natural environments is more than just a contemporary stereotype ripe for satire; it all but ignores crucial aspects of American experience." Read more.


Keep Families Together Day of Action

TODAY, Wednesday, June 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Join Alliance member organization Housing Justice Center, Minnesota Housing Partnership and the Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs of the City of Minneapolis in a day of action to oppose HUD's cruel proposal that would potentially evict 25,000 mixed-status immigrant families, including 55,000 children who are US citizens or have legal status.


Four Sisters Farmers Market

Every Thursday, 11am-3pm
Four Sisters Farmers Market is an Indigenous-centered food market, focused on both Indigenous and hyper-local foods from Phillips and surrounding neighborhoods. Working with native-run farms and food producers, we will help develop a healthy, Indigenous food system that is accessible and welcoming to people in Phillips.


Parks Board Budget Education gathering

Saturday, June 29, 10:30am-12:30pm
Join Parks & Power, a program of Alliance member organization Hope Community, for a Saturday morning gathering unpacking how the Minneapolis Park Board budget works and making space for reflection, dialogue and questions.


Celebrate & Stay Connected!

Sunday, June 30, 1-4pm
Join Voices for Racial Justice for food, music, and an afternoon of community! Regardless of what happened this legislative session, there are so many lessons learned that can continue to shape our collective strategies for moving forward. Keeping our momentum, let's remember and celebrate together the labor of black, brown, immigrant and indigenous communities!

RSVP for the Alliance 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thurs, Sept 26, from 5 - 7:30 pm at the Hook & Ladder in Minneapolis! 

Screening of "Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk"

Tuesday, July 9, 7:30-9pm
The East Side Freedom Library, ABC Realty, MICAH, and Cookie Cart invite you to a screening and discussion of "Sold Out: Affordable Housing At Risk" — the first film in the series on "The Fight for Housing Justice." On July 23, there will be a screening of "Jim Crow in the North" and on July 30, "Detroit 48202." All films will be followed with facilitated discussions.


Community Conversation - Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Wednesday, July 10, 6-8pm
Come out and hear from Black and African lawmakers, members of the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage and staff for a simple analysis of the 2019 state legislative session.


Northside Greenway Glow Roll

Friday, July 26, 7:30-10:30pm
Join Northside Greenway Now along with Protect Minnesota, Cycle Sisters, Slow Roll MPLS, and Las Bici Chicas for a family-friendly ride to help celebrate FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl, North Minneapolis' largest art festival.


Fresh Energy

Policy Associate, Energy Markets

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative

Public Policy Director


Organizers in Action

As we mark our 25th anniversary, we have countless stories and images of organizers in action, mobilizing community for equity and justice in housing, transit, jobs and more. To remind us where we've been, we're reviving Throwback Thursday #TBT! This month, we looked back at the 2009 Rally for Green Jobs and Hiring Equity at the state capitol. Watch the full video slideshow!
Send photos of organizers and campaigns in action to! Add an optional short caption, and let us know how you would like to be credited (name, organization, website, social media handle, etc.)

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