We are searching for more stories to add to our Minnesota Equity Map! It functions as a platform to both highlight regional, racial, and environmental equity work happening around the state and connect people who want to create change in their communities. We hope to fill this map with enough stories that it can serve as a powerful tool of collaboration and legislative advocacy. Please fill out this form if you or an organization/initiative you know of may be interested in being featured on the map. We currently have over 20 stories (drawn from the Blueprint, the Rural Communities Equity Action Guide, interviews done at the Center for Small Towns and entries from local communities). Starting this month, we will feature short summaries of individual stories on our social media— follow our Twitter and Facebook to tune in!
The Transforming Rural Understanding of Equity Partnership will host a TRUE Tuesday on July 6 from 2:30-4. This session will be a “history deep-dive” into relationships between sovereign nations and Minnesota and community impact of those relationships. The discussion will be led by Jason Schlender and Fawn Sampson with the UofM Extension, Center for Community Vitality. You can register for the Zoom at this link.
On July 16 there will be a Rural Opportunity and Development session on innovative climate solutions from rural communities and Native nations. Hear stories and advice from a panel of pathfinders— people who are community leaders and tackling challenges in climate efforts. You can find out more and register here.
In next week's newsletter, we will give a comprehensive wrap-up of the Minnesota legislative session as the special session ends. Keep an eye out!
“Drought and wildfire in the West, rising seas and erosion in the Mississippi River Delta, and erratic weather patterns throughout the entire country are destabilizing rural and Tribal economies and quality of life. These climate impacts are worsening the already disproportionate burdens placed on rural people and Native Nations because of a history of disinvestment and extractive natural-resource industry practices. In the face of these simultaneous global and hyper-local challenges, rural America and Native nations are essential partners in forging a different future.” — July 16 ROAD session description