In the past few weeks, Minnesota has elected as Lieutenant Governor the first Native American woman to ever be elected to statewide executive office in U.S. history and the first Somali American elected to the United States Congress. Across our communities, we are represented by an increasingly diverse delegation of decision-makers, spanning those who are the original inhabitants of this land to some of the newer arriving refugee groups to the state. In other recent record-setting news, GiveMN's 10th annual Give To The Max Day raised over $21 million for nonprofits and schools on November 15, bringing the total raised by generous Minnesotans since GiveMN.org's inception to over $200 million.
To contribute to this spirit of inclusive and invested leadership, see opportunities in this month's Dispatch to continue learning, speaking up, building relationships, and taking action to ensure equitable and vibrant communities. In particular, consider opportunities to lead state agencies as part of the Walz-Flanagan administration, volunteering with groups like the Science Museum of Minnesota and Reading Partners, or applying to serve on the leadership teams of LOCUS and LOTT.
During this season of reflection and gratitude, know we at Minnesota Rising are grateful for you as readers and partners in the network. Thank you!
Call for 2019 Leadership Team Applications
LOCUS was founded in 2013 as an initiative of Minnesota Rising, which works to build relationships, trust, and a shared vision for Minnesota, and focuses on developing the collective capacity of the rising generation. LOCUS, in turn, was created by and for people of color and/or indigenous peoples (POCI) to intentionally center ourselves in the conversation about Minnesota’s future. We host regular dialogues, events, and family dinners. We embrace and support each other through the pursuit of stronger connection and inclusiveness. Through these practices, we strive to cultivate a pool of identity-driven leaders, ready to lead in our local communities. Applications for our 2019 Leadership Team will be accepted through December 18, 2018. [Read more.]
Pupusas, pan, y política: El Censo 2020
Citizens League se enfoca en ayudar a todos quien viven in Minnesota a entender el poder político que tienen en sus comunidades. Por ese motivo, estamos organizando nuestro primer evento que se dará acabo completamente en español. En esta ocasión, se trata del Censo del 2020. ¿Cómo funciona el censo federal? ¿Qué datos se piden, y como se usan? ¿Cuál es la controversia sobre una posible pregunta el en censo sobre ciudadanía? ¿Qué preparaciones ya se están haciendo para juntar los datos de todos los Minnesotanos? [Leer más.]
MN State Agency Appointment Process
Governor-elect Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan announced key members of the gubernatorial transition office to lead the process of appointing Commissioners for the various State Agencies. The transition office Hiring Directors are responsible for guiding applicants for Commissioner through the Governor-elect's appointment process. They will work hand-in-hand with the One Minnesota Transition Advisory Board. Hiring Directors are fielding applicants, reaching out to stakeholder groups, and broadcasting that everyone interested in applying has to submit their application materials by December 7. [Read more.]
Third Thursday: Hello Winter
MSP HELLO aims to welcome newcomers and helps them build meaningful connections to resources and people in the community. Join MSP HELLO at this FREE event to get a taste of all the wintry things happening in the Twin Cities this season! On Thursday, December 20 from 6pm - 9pm, discover Minnesota’s wintertime fun with local organizations and resources to stay warm, get outside, explore, and embrace winter. Connect with longtime locals and newcomers to MSP region. Make art, sip a warm libation, enjoy live music and take a winter-themed tour of Mia’s collection. [Read more.]
Five days, 1 hour, and 6 minutes until Election Day 2018, but who's counting? Given the divisive and difficult days across our nation these past few weeks, it's clear that the midterm elections are a critical time to vote for elected officials who will work to ensure our communities are welcoming, equitable, and vibrant for all of our neighbors.
The Minnesota Secretary of State's website provides information in multiple languages on registering to vote, where to vote, sample ballots, and early voting. Put your vote plan in place and support others to exercise their civic duty at the polls next Tuesday, November 6! #GOTV
*This event is organized for and by people of color and indigenous leaders (POCI) as a supportive and courageous space.Join our LOCUS community in an evening of writing, reflection, healing and community. Coming off the heels of the Midterm Elections, Unwritten America will be a space to center the narratives and voices of those that have often been left out of the mainstream narrative of America. Come for a chance to participate in structured writing exercises and workshop, discussions and conversation. Whether you are a seasoned writer or have never written before, all are welcome to our evening of power and healing through written and spoken word. [Read more.]
LOTT recruiting board members
Apply by December 3
Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT) is actively recruiting board members. LOTT ignites women to lead with confidence. When women lead with confidence, their leadership will build stronger, more equitable communities that will transform the world. We want you to help us live out our mission. Leaders of Today and Tomorrow is an entirely volunteer-run initiative. The LOTT Advisory Board oversees and plans all components of the fellowship and alumni/networking events bringing together women leaders throughout Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area. [Read more.]
Planting SEADS Book Launch
+ Raise Our Roots Reception
On November 10, The SEAD Project is hosting their first two-part Southeast Asian Day through a book launch community event and evening reception for the "Planting SEADS: Southeast Asian Diaspora Stories" stories gathered this past year in partnership with ManForward, mk nguyen and Narate Keys and other Khmer, Hmong, Lao and Viet young people, healers and connectors. The day event is free and open to the public, although space is limited. Book sales and signing will be available. There will be performances, storytellers, art and activity stations. Light food and drinks will be provided. [Read more.]
Give to the Max Day turns 10 this November!
Ten years ago, when GiveMN.org was a brand new and relatively unknown website, a group of people decided to try to raise awareness about this new fun way to give online by creating a one-time, one-day event focused on online donations. By the end of the day, everyone's expectations had been shattered by an outpouring of $14 million from generous Minnesotans, and a new giving tradition—Minnesota's giving holiday—had been born. Give to the Max Day celebrates its 10th anniversary on Thursday, November 15, 2018! Join GiveMN and thousands of your favorite nonprofits and schools as we raise millions of dollars for the organizations which make our communities stronger. [Read more.]
The start of another school year, the recent autumnal equinox, and the cooler weather of late are sure signs that we are transitioning to a new season in our Minnesota geography. So we anticipate the upcoming holidays—civic, religious, state—and prepare ourselves to recognize Indigenous People's Day on October 8, celebrate Día de los Muertos and All Hallow's Eve at the close of the month, and vote in upcoming local and national elections soon after.
Minnesota offers voter registration online, by mail, and in person. In Minnesota, you can also register at your polling place on Election Day (this includes registering when you go to vote if you are voting early). To help you make good on your #IWillVote pledge, visit the Secretary of State's website to register.
Shannon Leadership Institute
Apply by October 15
The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute's mission is to nurture the creativity and vitality of community-serving leaders from all sectors. The Shannon Institute provides a structured, challenging, and supportive opportunity for these experienced community leaders to clarify the purpose of their work and the core values they want that work to exemplify, to enhance their focus and effectiveness, and to increase their sense of fulfillment. The result that the Institute achieves is purposeful and effective leadership with a renewed commitment to community service. [Read more.]
Indigenous People's Day
Indigenous Peoples Day is a celebratory gathering that continues to honor the perseverance and culture of Indigenous people. In 2014, the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) worked with the Native American Urban community to campaign and won to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day in Minneapolis using community development, engagement, and organizing. All My Relations Gallery (AMRA), and NACDI is hosting an Indigenous Peoples Day Festival to raise awareness, and provide education of Native American Arts. [Read more.]
Twin Cities Startup Week
October 7 - 14, 2018
In every corner of the Twin Cities Metro Area there is a hacker, maker, artist and entrepreneur whose efforts power the future economic vitality of this great state. During this week, we say thank you in the form of attention, praise and money... if you feel so bold. It's an entire week of startups on display. Welcome to #TCSW18. Showcasing the best from the Startup Capital of the North October 7-14, 2018: 15,000+ attendees, 200+ events, hundreds of speakers, pitches, demos and more! [Read more.]
Center for Economic Inclusion
Most U.S. cities compete with one another to attract talent and corporations. In the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, we compete with ourselves by overlooking growth opportunities in our own front yard. Our region will only unlock its full potential when our economy works for everyone, but our values of equality haven’t yet resulted in racial and economic equity. We need a roadmap and fuel to guide our next steps. Keynote Speaker Dr. Andre Perry will identify inclusive practices, policy levers, and proactive roles each sector must play to ensure our region grows because of our diversity not in spite of it. Doing so will align our actions with our values and further position Minneapolis-St. Paul as a hub for talent, investment, and innovation. [Read more.]