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ENEWS: Gerrymandering, Beyond the Affordable Care Act, & more

Date Published: 02/24/2022

Author: Erin Wilson

Democracy, Voter Rights & Suppression, and Redistricting

As a recent example of how redistricting can be weaponized against marginalized communities, we’re pointing to an article in The Guardian about a lawsuit filed by tribal nations against the State of North Dakota over redistricting. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Spirit Lake Nation are suing the state, claiming that the recently approved legislative maps violate section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by “[packing] some Indigenous voters into one House subdistrict, while putting other ‘nearby Native American voters into two other districts dominated by white voters who bloc vote against Native Americans’ preferred candidates,’” the article says. The lawsuit alleges that complying with the Voting Rights Act would entail putting both nations in a single district and therefore “‘comprise an effective, geographically compact majority,’” the article quotes. 

Reflecting on G & J’s influential publications: Beyond the Affordable Care Act (2012) 

In honor of our 20th anniversary celebration this spring, we’re putting together a timeline of the most influential Growth & Justice policy publications over the years. In each week’s e-news, we’ll feature a notable past publication for your review and reflection. This week will focus on Beyond the Affordable Care Act (2012). 

Beyond the Affordable Care Act, created in partnership with national health experts, demonstrated the money that could potentially be saved by establishing universal health care and urged reforms that go beyond the Affordable Care Act. The report points out that despite Minnesota’s reputation as “a standout in high value care,” health care reforms “failed to diminish racial disparities in health or guarantee affordable access to quality care for all Minnesotans” (Beyond the Affordable Care Act, 2012, p. i). It conducted an economic analysis that determined Minnesota could reduce health spending by almost 9% by transitioning to a unified single-payer plan. This plan could be financed affordably and predictably “through a variety of methods, such as an employer payroll tax coupled with either an employee payroll tax, an individual income tax, or both an individual income tax and a ‘sin tax’ on tobacco and alcohol,” the report states. 

Reminder: Register (for free) for G & J’s 20th anniversary celebration on April 11!

Please SAVE THE DATE and join us on April 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. (via Zoom) to celebrate and honor two decades of Growth & Justice’s research and partnerships to develop and advocate for public policy that makes Minnesota's economy more prosperous and fairer for all Minnesotans. The event features reflections forward through the lenses of the Minnesota Equity Blueprint and the pathways to becoming a multicultural, anti-racist state where growth & justice abide for all. 

Hear from envoys to Minnesota’s present day and future -- our diverse and talented young people -- in the ways they are making their communities better places in which to live and work. Join in their discussions organized across the intersecting topics of the Equity Blueprint -- human capital, economic development, infrastructure, and environmental resilience.

This statewide event also features insights useful today on the policy development and democracy trends over the last 20 years, offered by Growth & Justice’s current and past leaders, including Jane Leonard and Dane Smith. 

Registration opens March 1st and can be done so at this link. Contributions in honor of Growth & Justice’s 20th anniversary are welcome at https://www.growthandjustice.org/support.

MN Equity Map spotlight 

This week’s spotlight is on the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission. Read the full story on the Equity Map and follow our social media for more story summaries! Please add more stories by filling out this form if you or your organization/initiative would like to be featured on the map! 

Mid-Minnesota Development Commission seeks to strengthen its communities through projects such as establishing a local supply chain for Halal-Certified goat meat for Muslim residents in the region and creating a customized multilingual journalism course. Read their story on the Equity Map and find their website at https://mmrdc.org.


“It’s violating our democratic right, as citizens of North Dakota, to participate and support people who choose to run for whatever offices. And it hinders us from even having a chance as Native Americans to run for offices.” — Spirit Lake Tribal chairman Douglas Yankton, Sr., as quoted in The Guardian 

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