Mark your calendars and SAVE THE DATE! The first section of the Minnesota Equity Blueprint – with special focus on how Minnesota communities can invest more equitably in our “Human Capital” - will be released on April 26, 2019, from 9 to 11 AM at Master's Coffee Shop in Olivia, MN. Join us for a southwestern Minnesota focused event, with local and regional highlights from the Olivia Main Street Program, the Grow Our Own project of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, and others. The Olivia event will be the first of five rollouts in 2019, with Economic Development, Infrastructure, Climate Action & Natural Resources, and Democracy to follow in other locations across Minnesota. RSVP via Eventbrite
A healthier grassroots democracy and authentic citizen engagement leads to more equitable policy-making, and Growth & Justice has long supported efforts to reduce the influence of big money and special interests on our democratic decision-making. In that spirit, we urge our supporters to attend “Winning Back Our Democracy,’’ a presentation and conversation about political process reform with Hedrick Smith, an acclaimed journalist and author of Who Stole the American Dream? The event will be at 3 p.m. Sunday April 28, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S., in Minneapolis. Sponsors of the event are Clean Elections Minnesota and American Promise. For a sample of Smith’s trenchant analysis and his inspiring calls to action, check out his Reclaim the American Dream website. His recent blog pays tribute to a “Economist With a Heart,’’ the late Alan Krueger of Princeton, a pre-eminent chronicler of rising inequality.
A blogpost published on our site last month, by former Growth & Justice intern Brendan Klein, has been picked up as a MinnPost Community Voices commentary. In the op-ed, Brendan makes a strong case for completing the North Star commuter rail service to St. Cloud. Completing the line is consistent with our advocacy for raising new revenue for urgently needed investments in transportation and transit, serving both the metro area and Greater Minnesota. As Klein says in the commentary: “This should be an easy call and checks all the boxes: bipartisan, benefiting both Greater Minnesota and Metro Minnesota, good for business growth and health, good for public safety and community, good for economic equity. Let’s finish the Northstar Line!”
“We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, 1856-1941.