With having marked the Spring Equinox and all Minnesotans 16+ now being eligible for COVID vaccines we are being gifted more light and lightness. Even still, the Ides of March have brought their share of circumstances to challenge our hearts and sense of collective belonging. The Chauvin murder trial is underway in Minneapolis, our Asian American communities have experienced particularly increasing discrimination and violence over the past year including the abhorrent shootings targeting 3 Asian-owned businesses in Atlanta, and gun violence continues to generate fear for engaging in everyday activities in the midst of dual pandemics. The growing disconnection and hate in our communities urgently needs to be addressed. Here are a few ways how:
All the while, be kind to yourself and others in endeavoring to effect justice and equity. May we increasingly be able to see each other and uplift one another in effort to build beloved community.
Saint Paul Community-First Public Safety Commission
The Citizens League has been selected by the City of Saint Paul to lead a Community-First Public Safety Commission. The Commission will help shape Saint Paul’s continued work to take a holistic and sustainable approach to building safer outcomes in its neighborhoods. Consisting of 48 members appointed by the Mayor, the Commission will bring together community members with wide ranging experiences to explore how the City can build upon its current strategy. The Commission wants to engage community members who live and work in Saint Paul - join upcoming online town halls on April 14 and 17 to share your input. [Register online.]
Why Should I Take The COVID-19 Vaccine?
Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC) communities have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. And these communities don’t necessarily see their concerns, interests and needs reflected in the vaccine distribution plan and communications efforts. Join YWCA Minneapolis, YWCA St. Paul and Children’s Minnesota for a special event to help communities learn more about the vaccine to make informed decisions for themselves and their families, as well as the history of medical mistrust in communities of color, candid personal stories about panelists’ choice on taking the vaccine, and science-based information, in order to help you make an informed decision. [Learn more.]
MinnPost Festival 2021
MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan online-only news source providing high-quality journalism for people who care about Minnesota. MinnPost Festival is a week-long series of engaging conversations with some of the most insightful minds from politics, media and culture. As a nonprofit newsroom, MinnPost makes their reporting available to all readers for free. In that spirit, they’re offering Festival passes at Pay What You Can pricing, meaning you pick the price that works for you. Any amount you pay supports MinnPost’s public-service journalism throughout the year and allows them to keep offering their work freely available to their community — no paywall, no subscriptions. [Learn more.]
Asian American Leadership Summit
Together, TEKsystems, Best Buy and the NAAAP Minnesota Chapter are proud to host the virtual Asian American Leadership Summit. The Asian American Leadership Summit (AALS) aspires to build the next generation of leaders through authentic relationships, focused leadership development and a space to share knowledge and talent. Join a series of four sessions to meet and learn from diverse leaders and hear a range of perspectives, ideas and conversations focused on Asian experiences, stories and career paths. [Read more.]
COVID-19 Vaccine Connector All Minnesotans 16+ years old are currently eligible to receive a vaccine. Register for the Vaccine Connector to be informed of vaccine opportunities in your area.
MN Discrimination Helpline COVID-19 does not discriminate based on race, where you come from, your immigration status, or anything else. If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of discrimination or bias call Minnesota's Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or submit online. The helpline is staffed by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Translation/interpretation services are available.
This past month we have celebrated Black History in the United States, even as we recognize that 28 days is not enough to begin to recognize the contributions of Black people to the culture, infrastructure, and progress of our nation. That Black history is American history, and that it is not just history, but our present and future. And in 2021, that the only way forward is through, together.
This past month also marked the Lunar New Year with the arrival of the Year of the Metal Ox. The Chinese Zodiac indicates 2021 will be a year where work will be rewarded, for bringing order to family life, and when problems will be solved with a lot of discipline. Wishing you and yours good health, joy, and prosperity at the start of this new year!
COVID-19 Vaccine Connector
The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. This tool is for all Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated. Whether you are eligible for a vaccine now or later – the Vaccine Connector will notify you when you it’s your turn for a shot; connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area. [Learn more.]
WoMN ACT Online Store
WoMN ACT is advancing gender equity & social justice through advocacy & collaboration. They're excited to announce the launch of their new store online with proceeds benefiting their nonprofit advocacy work and legislative platforms. Merchandise includes multiple designs, various colors, and new products monthly. Check back often for new designs! [Shop online.]
FeMNist Days 2021
Organized by Still Kickin, Power of 100, MN Cup, and The Coven, FeMNist Days 2021 will take place March 8th - March 25th to support the advancement of women*. This year, all opportunities to connect, learn, grow and move forward — will be done virtually. So you can join from wherever you are! Events include Workshops, Mentor Hours, Showcase, and Night Market. *Note: organizers use an inclusive definition of women to include trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary people and cisgender women. [Learn more.]
MOVEE Application 2021
CAAL's Making Our Voices Effective for Equity (MOVEE) is a leadership program aimed at supporting, developing, and sustaining Asian Minnesotan social justice movement leaders. MOVEE offers leaders intentional space for deep self reflection, growing each leaders' roots, and strengthening the leaders' social network so that they can sustain themselves as they work for justice, equity and prosperity. Apply by Friday, March 19. [Read more.]
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.]