LEGISLATIVE REPORT CARD ON RACIAL EQUITY GIVES MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE A ‘B+,’ GOVERNOR DAYTON AN ‘A’ FOR RACIAL EQUITY IN 2013-14
ST. PAUL (Feb. 18, 2015) — Voices for Racial Justice (formerly the Organizing Apprenticeship Project) released its 2013-14 biennium Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity at a Racial Justice Rally today. The rally, held at 10am at Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, brought together organizers, advocates, and artists including musician Toki Wright, who are leading for racial justice in Minnesota. The group recognized 97 legislator champions for racial equity earning a grade of ‘B’ or above.
The report card points to multiple bills that advanced racial equity in 2013-14. Among those are the Prosperity Act making higher education more available to immigrant students, Ban the Box which opens the door for individuals with a criminal record seeking employment, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Even with the accomplishments of the last biennium, the report makes clear that more work is necessary to address racial disparities in Minnesota, among the worst in the nation.
In addition to the report card, Voices for Racial Justice released a 2015 Racial Equity Agenda naming policy priorities that would have the impact of breaking down barriers to racial equity. The Racial Equity Agenda connects issues from voting rights restoration for former felons, to health care for undocumented immigrants, to early childhood education with a racial equity thread.
The 2015 Racial Equity Agenda has the support of over 70 organizations across the state working to build more racially inclusive and equitable communities.
The 2013-14 Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity and the 2015 Racial Equity Agenda will be available on the Voices for Racial Justice website www.voicesforracialjustice.org as well as in hard copy.
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