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MN NAACP branches collaborate on inclusion audit

Nekima Levy-Pounds, Jeffrey Martin and William Jordan

When the announcement came that Minnesota had seen a two billion dollar surplus last year, every segment of Minnesota society added their voices to how the money should be used. Residents in the Iron Range had their ideas for using the money, and other rural and urban interests chimed in as well, each advocating for its own pet priority.

Among those voices have been advocacy groups representing Minnesota’s communities of color, who have seen and suffered historic achievement gaps compared to White Minnesotans overall. This includes the NAACP Minnesota/Dakotas Area State Conference and the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage.

The groups joined together and sent out letters that have set in motion a chain of events in the highest levels of Minnesota government intended to begin addressing the disparities between Black and White Minnesotans. The first letter, dated March 22, was sent to State Legislators, urging that they “support Governor Dayton’s 2016-2017 supplemental budget to address disparities affecting Minnesotan communities of color. We applaud the Governor’s vision in addressing these needs.” Continue Reading →

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