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ENEWS: Equitable Growth & Racial Justice, Defending USPS, and Immigrants & Labor Day

Date Published: 08/13/2020

Author: Erin Wilson

Next Blueprint Breakfast is August 19th

Growth & Justice’s next virtual Minnesota Equity Blueprint Breakfast in the Recipes for Success series will be next Wednesday, August 19! From 8 to 8:30 a.m., we will hear from Dr. Bruce Corrie and Brett Buckner of OneMN.org on racial justice and strategies for equitable and inclusive economic growth, and have a Q&A session with our two guests (OneMN.org is Growth & Justice’s partner in co-creating the Blueprint.) Following the half hour event, there will be an opportunity for a 15 minute breakout session for further discussion. This event’s recipe theme is Pillsbury turnovers (a Minnesota-based brand), in the spirit of change and “turning over a new leaf.” If you have your own recipe, feel free to share it along with your results, or you can pick up a Pillsbury breakfast treat to make! To learn more about the event and to register, click here. 

ROAD Session on Immigrants and Rural Economies During the Pandemic 

Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, the Housing Assistance Council, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and Rural LISC are hosting the next Rural Opportunity and Development (ROAD) Session on Wednesday, August 19 from 2:30—3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, with a half hour Peer-Learning Breakout Session following the event. This session focuses on immigrants and rural communities during the time of COVID-19. As stated in the event’s description, immigrants across the planet created 37% of net rural population growth, and immigrants in rural areas have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The event will feature a panel of rural business leaders who will discuss the challenges, changes, and collaboration rural immigrant communities have undertaken during COVID-19. You can register for the event here.

Event Examining Amazon's Power as Labor Day Approaches 

The East Side Freedom Library is hosting a virtual pre-Labor Day event on Thursday, September 3rd at 7 p.m. The event, titled “Labor Day Ain’t No Picnic: An event about Amazon, workers rights, and our community,” will feature activists scrutinizing the power and control of Amazon and discussing their research and work along with grassroots efforts to combat the pervasive toxicity of companies’ like Amazon’s influence. In times like this, when powerful CEOs like Jeff Bezos have profited off of COVID-19 and the blatant dismissal of workers rights is glaringly obvious, the event hopes to be a platform for conversation on activist efforts and “productive and constructive ways to promote economic and political democracy.” You can read more about the event and register here. 

Defending the USPS 

On Sunday, the editorial board of the Star Tribune published “No one should mess with the USPS.” The piece addresses widely spreading concern about President Trump’s attack on the U.S. Postal Service a mere three months before an election that will rely heavily on mail-in ballots, a move that the editorial board says “at this point can be considered little short of sabotage.” The story recounts this attack, noting President Trump’s aim to differentiate between mail-in voting and absentee voting, his lawsuit against Nevada for its law allowing ballots to be mailed to all registered voters, his suggestion of delaying the election until it can safely take place in person, and his appointment of a postmaster general who is actively working to slow down mail delivery. These actions, the editorial board says, seem to be rooted in a fear of losing re-election. At stake is not only the security of mail-in ballots for a presidential election during a pandemic, but access to delivery of medication and essential needs, service to the rural U.S., and more. 

“The Postal Service is an American institution that actually predates the country itself. It is in the Constitution, and its mandate is for reliable, timely delivery to all. It does not work just what would be the more profitable routes, as a private company might. It doesn’t skip the sparsely populated corners of this country. Americans’ reliance on the USPS has only grown during the pandemic,” the editorial says. 

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“Mail carriers may be the original essential workers… More than 60 postal workers have died from COVID-19. Thousands more have been infected. It’s time for us to have their backs. More than ever, they need us and we need them.” - Star Tribune Editorial Board, “No one should mess with the USPS.”


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