Sunday, February 28, 2021

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] February 2021

[#mnrising Dispatch] February 2021

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.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Mind Opener: Evictions Policy in a Post-COVID World
Citizens League
Monday, March 1
12 Noon - 1pm

Get to Know the New Minnesota Compass with Justin Hollis
Friday, March 5
3:00pm – 3:30pm

CAAL Legislative Advocacy Training
Thursday, March 4
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Headliners - Xenophobia in America: How We Got Here and What's at Stake
UMN College of Continuing & Professional Studies
Thursday, March 4
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Workplace Revolution: From Talk to Collective Action
The Forum on Workplace Inclusion
33rd Annual Conference
March 8-12, 2021

Universal Design in Mind: Inclusive Program Development and Communication
Wednesday, March 10
10:00am - 12:00pm

Neurodiverse Literature and Art featuring Interact Center and Cow Tipping Press
Minnesota Humanities Center
Wednesday, March 17
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Board Training Series: Inclusion and Diversity
Wednesday, March 17
6:30pm - 8:00pm

2021 Civic Celebration
Citizens League
Thursday, March 18

How Technology Is Reshaping Our Democracy A Conversation with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Thomas L. Friedman, and James Steyer
Wednesday, March 24

Call to Moral Courage: Leadership + Empowerment Dialogues (LED)
YWCA Mankato
Thursday, March 25
11:00am - 12:30pm 
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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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Thursday, December 31, 2020

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] December 2020

[#mnrising Dispatch] December 2020

This month’s Winter Solstice marked the shortest and darkest day of 2020, an unprecedented year that will be remembered for global pandemic, collective loss, and civil uprising. Our interdependence is clearer now than ever, along with our ability to withstand change, and in some cases, to allow these shifts to provoke deep transformation. There is now a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel as multiple vaccine options become available, institutions begin to fulfill their commitments to anti-racist resources and action, and global shifts in leadership are anticipated in 2021.

Please continue to take good care of yourselves, and others as you are able, with the hope that in the new year you will come to know that you are stronger than you thought you were. Wishing you peace and wellness, on this final day of 2020, and in all the days to come!

Call for Submissions to Anthology Project 

Ode to George: Reflections on George Floyd’s Memorial Site at 38th and Chicago | In an effort to celebrate, honor, and preserve this space that has sprouted and flourished under the care of community, this call for submissions seeks PERSONAL ESSAYS, POEMS, AND VISUAL ART that reflects on the significance of this space as articulated by Shanene Herbert in “A Guide for White Allies in Black Spaces of Mourning.” 

All Are Welcome to Submit: This call is for emerging (including young people) and established artists from the local, national, and international community. Given this book’s impetus and mission, this anthology will prioritize the voices of Black and local artists. [Learn more.]

Reckoning to Rise Together

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 91st birthday and kicking off a week of hope and healing, join the Center for Economic Inclusion (CEI) on Friday, January 15 from 12 noon - 1:00 pm for an exclusive virtual screening of their new documentary-short, Reckoning to Rise Together.

A moderated discussion and Q & A with Twin Cities' business owners Jim Mills (J-Klips), Kiara Ellis (The Nail Bar), and Tim Wilson (Urban Lights Music) will follow the film screening.

The Center for Economic Inclusion is a cross-sector organization committed to strengthening the Minneapolis-St. Paul region's civic infrastructure and collective capacity to disrupt systems and influence market forces to catalyze shared prosperity and advance an inclusive economy.[Register online.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

How Can We Breathe: Policy-Makers and Community
Sweet Potato Comfort Pie
Thursday, January 7
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Online Event

Facing Financial Uncertainty with Confidence
YNPN Twin Cities
Monday, January 11
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Unfinished Business: Building Black Participation in America Depends on Building Black Wealth
Tuesday, January 12
12:00pm - 1:00pm

With Malice Toward None
MN Humanities Center
Tuesday, January 12
3:00pm – 4:30pm

2021 Regional Economic Conditions Conference
Wednesday, January 13
8:30am - 12:15pm

Getting Started in Accessibility
Thursday, January 14
11:00am - 11:30am

Other Duties As Assigned: A Virtual Competition for Nonprofit Rock Stars
YNPN Twin Cities
Friday, January 15
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Research Briefing: "Redefining Wealth Through Communal and Cultural Assets" 
Wednesday, January 20
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Intersectionality Workshop
YWCA of Minneapolis
Wednesday, January 20
6:00pm - 7:30pm

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Monday, November 30, 2020

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] November 2020

[#mnrising Dispatch] November 2020

November marked Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance, Native American Heritage Month, and the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving. A month, at its best, focused on honoring our origins and intricacies, and growing giving and gratitude. We can bring this awareness forward into the future by contributing with pride via #GivingTuesdayLGBTQ, understanding with counsel from the Native Governance Center about Tribal sovereignty and governments and why treaties matter, and practicing in spite of our differences of identity and opinion, Turning Toward Each Other as we navigate conflict and complexity. 

Day by day, we are making it through 2020, this year of pause and pandemic. Individually, and together. Much gratitude this month and always for your continued readership and connection!

Give to the Max Day 2020 and Giving Tuesday

GiveMN salutes your generosity. Tens of thousands of Minnesotans and people around the world answered the call on #GTMD20, giving tens of millions of dollars to thousands of causes across our state. On behalf of GiveMN's nonprofit and school partners, thank you for continuing to support communities across our state and fueling their critical work. And on December 1, you'll have the chance to be a part of a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on Giving Tuesday. [Contribute online.]

We Care for Us: Care Package for Grounding and Action

Minnesotans have been joining together across race, class, and zip code to defend our democracy and activate joyful politics. We're caring for ourselves. We're caring for our communities. As Minnesotans, it's what we do. Our strength comes from care, solidarity, collective action, and our stories: we keep us safe. TakeAction Minnesota created a virtual care package for grounding + action. Inside you will find resources and tools on caring for you, caring for your community, and taking action together. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Impact Forum: Strength In Numbers
The Constellation Fund
Tuesday, December 1
11:00am - 12:00pm

PITCHFEST by Power of 100 MSP
Tuesday, December 1
6:30pm - 8:00pm

2020 Powering Inclusion Summit: Marching for Racial Equity & Economic Justice
December 2-4, 2020

Food | Ag | Ideas
Grow North
December 3-10, 2020

4th Annual Raise Our Roots: Welcome to the Jungle
The SEAD Project
Friday, December 4
6:00pm - 7:30pm 

BE MSP: MSP Mingle - Culinary & Marketplace Experience
Monday, December 7
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Conversations with the Fed: Hamilton's Central Bank–Then and Now
Tuesday, December 8
1:00pm - 2:00pm

State of Asian Minnesotans: Rising Up Together
Thursday, December 10 
3:00pm - 4:30pm

What We're Taking From 2020: Sustaining Ourselves and Growing Our Movements
The Alliance
Friday, December 11
11:00am - 12:30pm
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Saturday, October 31, 2020

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] October 2020


[#mnrising Dispatch] October 2020

October marked Indigenous People's Day, commemorating Native American peoples and their cultures as the first peoples on this land we currently inhabit, and as we transition into the next month, we celebrate El Día De Los Muertos, which allows us to honor the souls of all those who came before us and who are the other half of humanity. Situating ourselves now in this place and among the people around us, we can turn our attention toward the future. That future will be significantly influenced by this coming Tuesday's 2020 United States General Election. 

On Thursday, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that ballots arriving after 8:00pm on Election Day in Minnesota must be separated because they may not be counted. If you haven't already voted, your options now are to:
  • Hand-deliver your mail-in ballot by 3:00pm on Tuesday, November 3rd OR
  • Vote in-person between now and 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 3rd.
You can check your voter registration, locate your polling place, learn how to vote early in person, find out what's on your local ballot, and more at:

Minnesota has traditionally ranked the highest in voter turnout and civic engagement across the nation. Let's do our parts to vote, support others to do the same, and continue to engage and advocate for a better Minnesota in 2020 and beyond.

Give to the Max Day 2020

Give to the Max Day will be back on Thursday, November 19, 2020! Plan to join GiveMN and thousands of Minnesota nonprofits and schools in raising millions of dollars together for the organizations which make our communities stronger. Donors may make their Give to the Max gifts when Early Giving begins on November 1. All gifts made from November 1 through November 19 will count toward Give to the Max Day prizes. Through the first decade of Give to the Max Day, donors have given nearly $200 million to more than 10,000 nonprofits and schools in just eleven giving days! [Learn more.]

Books for Breakfast 2020

You're invited to 826 MSP's second annual Books for Breakfast--and this year, they're coming to you! Spend the morning VIRTUALLY with special guest, Marlon James, to benefit 826 MSP's youth writing programs. Grab your breakfast and join in to learn about anti-racism in education, show support for 826 MSP, and hear from our special guest, local educators, and the young people who are writing us all toward a better future. Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 19 from 9:00 -10:00am. [Learn more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

What Happened in the 2020 Elections
Weds, November 4
9:00am - 10:00am

How Can We Breathe: The Artists and Meaning-Makers Minnesota Humanities Center
Thursday, November 5
5:30pm – 8:00 pm

Data 4 Public Good Virtual Un-Conference
November 5 - 7, 2020

SOAR Writing Retreat
(Stand Out And Roar)
November 6 - 7, 2020

Nominations now open for Minne Inno's 25 Under 25
Submit by November 6

Capital Pathways Program
Citizens League
Deadline to apply as Host or Intern: November 6

Food access and how to support a more equitable food system by Miah Ulysse
YNPN Twin Cities
Thursday, November 12
5:30pm - 7:00pm

State of Asian Minnesotans: Radically Reimagining Our Future
Friday, November 13
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Public Affairs Series: 2021 Legislative Session Preview
Weds, November 18
4:00pm - 7:00pm

Global Conversations DIGITAL: Latino Immigrants and the Minnesota Economy
Global Minnesota
Weds, November 18
6:00pm - 7:15pm

#MNCivicLeader: Recognizing Everyday Leaders
Citizens League
Thursday, November 19
10:00am – 11:00am 
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