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ENEWS: Redistricting data and equitable rural economies

Date Published: 10/14/2021

Author: Erin Wilson

MN Compass articles - redistricting and new demographic data

Check out Minnesota Compass for some great, useful articles! Research scientist Justin Hollis wrote a brief guide to redistricting data in Minnesota and the role that newer demographic data may play in the state’s redistricting process. Hollis breaks down different population growth statistics (particularly pertaining to racial and ethnic population growth), how that data will be used, and different information and tools to be informed about the redistricting process in your area. 

Another great article written by Rodolfo Gutierrez and Daisy Richmond of Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER) details updated data on Minnesota’s Latino population and all the variation among the individuals that make up that population. HACER works to improve the lives of Minnesota’s Latino communities, and this article describes how their organization has utilized data and research to do that. It also goes over MN Compass’s new cultural community profiles and what they show about the different cultural groups within MN’s Latino population. The article says this data helps improve census outreach and make sure every community’s population is accurately counted and represented in the census. 

“Understanding our state’s diversity matters. It helps us better target our programs, it helps us enrich our understanding of who lives here, and it helps us avoid thinking that Minnesota’s Latino community is equivalent to “Mexican.” The truth is Minnesota’s Latino population is made up of many different communities, and we can begin to appreciate this diversity when we see the data to prove it,” the article says. 

Event: Building Equitable Rural Economies 

The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group hosted a ROAD session yesterday on building equitable rural economies. The event focused on the “positive economic and social potential that comes with improving racial equity in rural places” and featured a panel of speakers discussing power and capacity building to improve inclusivity and racial equity at the rural level, as stated on the event page. You can find the downloadable slideshow presentation and information on the panelists on the event webpage. A recording of the event will be posted on that same webpage in the next couple of days. 

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“Building power and capacity within groups on the economic and social margins is a crucial component for strong, healthy and economically diverse rural communities. In too many places for too long, Black, Indigenous and other communities of color in rural society have been left out or shut out of important economic decisions, exacerbating numerous structural inequities… What will it take for government, private sector and civic institutions to intentionally identify and adopt policies, practices and regulations that increase access to economic opportunity for Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other populations of color in rural places and Native nations?” — Aspen CSG, Building Equitable Rural Economies event description 

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