Sunday, January 31, 2021

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] January 2021

[#mnrising Dispatch] January 2021

Happy 2021! The trend of this past year being full of the most uniquely historic of events continues into the start of this calendar year. Some recent events have allowed us to see the worst of our collective humanity, others have inspired us to know that there is always light if only we're brave enough to see it and be it. As the days start to grow longer, we can find hope in the healing transitions that have taken place and put faith in those yet to come as we move through this continuously unprecedented time in our lives and world. 

In the words of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right." (Letter from Birmingham City Jail). May it be so as we begin anew in 2021.

Who Leads in Minnesota?

For Minnesota to be its best, we need talented leaders from the many diverse communities that make up our state to ensure our institutions work well for all. But who leads in Minnesota? It's difficult to determine because cross-sector data on who holds key leadership positions in institutions have not been readily available or easily accessible. Minnesota Compass (a project of Wilder Research) with the support of the Bush Foundation just launched "Who Leads in MN?" to share a holistic picture of leadership in institutions across the state. The data, inspiring examples of progress, and actionable ideas will be available free-of-charge on the Minnesota Compass website, as will materials to help organizations and individuals share and use the information. [Learn more.]

Call for Volunteers: Nonviolent Peaceforce

Learn how to protect yourself and your community. You’re invited to join Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) Peace Teams in the Twin Cities. The Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a global civilian protection agency (NGO) based in humanitarian and international human rights law. As a part of their growing work in Minnesota, they are organizing continued direct protection and violence prevention response for both the upcoming and ongoing racial justice protests and community-based protection initiatives. Peace Teams will consist of a core group of community members, national and international allies. Accepting inquiries until February 5, 2021. [Learn more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

BEAT THE SYSTEM: Student Loans, Repayment, and Forgiveness
YNPN Twin Cities
Monday, February 1
5:30pm - 7pm

Artists Working in Community Conversation
Springboard for the Arts
Tuesday, February 2

Realizing Wakanda: Educating and Nurturing the Brilliance of our Black Scholars
MN Humanities Center
February 2-3, 2021
5:30pm - 8:00pm

Reckoning to Rise Together Series
Center for Economic Inclusion
Thursdays in February (4, 11, 18, 25)
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Imagining an Anti-Racist Sector
MN Council on Foundations
Weds, February 10
10:00am – 11:30am

Galentine's Day Celebration
NAAAP Minnesota
Sunday, February 14
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Facing the Truth: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
YWCA Minneapolis
Sunday, February 21
3:30pm - 4:45pm

Investing 101
YNPN Twin Cities
Monday, February 22
5:30pm - 7pm
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