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Five Twin Cities Organizations Fighting to Overcome Racism

By: April Pierce, Communications & Web Services Intern

Immigration and the growing diversity of our nation and our state are constantly in the news and on our minds. As an organization that serves mostly immigrants and other people with diverse backgrounds, Daily Work is always seeking new ways to educate our staff and partners about overcoming racism and how to have more cultural humility in our interactions.  

In this pursuit, we regularly discover other Twin City organizations working hard for social justice and racial equity. The best part? Connecting with an array of diverse, interesting people and learning about all the incredible gifts they are bringing to our communities. The knowledge and services provided by these organizations won’t just expand your mind, it will enhance your quality of life and build a better community for all. 

1) Center for Economic Inclusion

Description: The Center for Economic Inclusion is the nation's first organization dedicated exclusively to advancing inclusive growth to achieve regional prosperity. Research shows that inclusive growth creates prosperity and opportunity for all; bottom line: inclusive growth is smart growth!

Location: Osborn370, 370 Wabasha Street North, St. Paul, MN 55102

Contact Information: (612) 351-8200 or info@centerforeconomicinclusion.org

2) Voices for Racial Justice

Description: Voices for Racial Justice is a Minneapolis based nonprofit that focuses their efforts on combating injustices through both advocacy and outreach services. Their mission is to, “...advance racial, cultural, social, and economic justice in Minnesota through organizer and leadership training, strategic convening’s and campaigns, and research and policy tools.”

Location: 2525 E. Franklin Ave, Ste. 301 Minneapolis, MN 55406

Contact Information: 612-746-4224 or info@voicesforracialjustice.org

3) Showing Up for Racial Justice

Description: SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Their vision behind that mission is to create a society where everyone works together to fight for justice and equality for all. General meetings to discuss future/current projects are every third Sunday of the month from 2:30-5 at First Universalist Church.

Location: First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Contact Information: showingupforracialjusticemn@gmail.org

4) Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN)

Description: SPIN is an interfaith organization that is working to build understanding and respect across faith. SPIN brings people together in a variety of different forums including international films, religious site visits, educational events, and more.

Location: 1671 Summit Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105

Contact Information: (651) 646-8805 or info@spinterfaith.org

5) Science Museum of Minnesota Exhibit - Race: Are We So Different?

Description: The Science Museum is currently hosting an exhibit that explores the scientific and cultural aspects of race. This exhibit is included in the price for admission to the museum and features several interactive displays for visitors to enjoy. Everyone, even if they don't realize it, has a stake in the issue of race relations in their country, no matter where you live. Events like this offer us the perfect opportunity to educate ourselves about these pressing global topics in a enjoyable and relaxed way.

Location: 120 W Kellogg Blvd Saint Paul, MN 55102

Contact Information: (651) 221-9444 or info@smm.org. For more information on pricing and discounted tickets, you can also visit https://www.smm.org/visit/hours-admission and https://www.smm.org/discounts to learn more.

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