Growth & Justice has been a long-time supporter of business growth and economic justice strategies intertwining (hence our name) and we hope for good things to come from Launch Minnesota, a recent addition to a universe of local, state, and federal assistance for technology startups and entrepreneurs in our state. Executive Director Neela Mollgaard, formerly with Red Wing Ignite, is traveling the state this month learning from community wisdom. Her team seeks to build a stronger and more collaborative startup ecosystem, to accelerate the startup growth and amplify Minnesota as a national innovation leader. Next week they head to Southern MN, . having completed a northern tour this week. Grants are available for startups, including for child care and housing expenses! Learn more at www.launchminnesota.org and/or reach out to LaunchMinnesota@state.mn.us for more information.
The Washington Post reported this week that “A rural Minnesota town deeply divided over immigration narrowly voted Tuesday to pay for an expansion of its overcrowded school system, ending a streak of five failed referendums in as many years.” That town is Worthington, featured several weeks ago in the Post as the poster child for white nationalism rearing its ugly head in school referenda. Worthington and other communities in southern MN in general have worked hard over a generation on equity and inclusion. Not only will Worthington schools and kids benefit from investments, it was also a victory for Worthington school officials and immigration advocates. Some white residents were reluctant to fund new classrooms to accommodate hundreds of immigrant children, many of whom are unaccompanied minors from Central America, who crossed the border on their own and are living with relatives while cases wind through backlogged immigration courts. Worthington received more unaccompanied minors per capita (over 400 kids) than almost anywhere in the country, according to data from the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Here’s to Minnesota common sense and compassion rising up again.
It’s that time of year, for giving thanks and for raising funds. We at Growth & Justice thank you, our supporters, so much for your participation and guidance in G & J’s work, and for your financial assistance, without which we could not operate. There are several ways to donate as 2019 comes to a close, including directly at our G & J website, and also through our participation in Give to the Max Day in Minnesota. The big day is Nov 14, but early GTM gates are open at G & J’s webpage on GiveMN. Join us in person, too, on Nov 21, from 4 to 7 p.m., for our “Just Beer” gathering and fundraiser at 56 Brewing in Minneapolis. Help us reach our end-of-year fundraising goals and celebrate all we’ve accomplished. Click here to RSVP for Nov 21 – two free drink tickets included, to raise a glass to justice (Growth & Justice, that is!).