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    15 Ways To Support Social Justice In The Twin Cities

    Aiming for accountability in Minnesota's racial reckoning.

    In the wake of uprisings against police brutality, the Twin Cities is having a racial reckoning.

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    Derek Chauvin has been convicted, but disparities in law enforcement, housing, and education are far from over; Minnesota remains second in the country in terms of the Black-White wealth gap. The Twin Cities area is also home to large Brown and Black immigrant communities, many of them refugees struggling to adjust to life in the U.S. and hit harder by systemic inequities.

    Grassroots organizations are key in the Twin Cities fight against systemic inequality.

    “Try to send money to people, not just organizations. It’s always better to give money to trusted individuals than large organizations, because you can ensure more accountability," says Minneapolis-raised public housing advocate Kaaha Kaahiye. Here are some grassroots, community-led organizations you can support:

    1. Documenting MN

    2. Defend Glendale & Public Housing Coalition

    3. Holistic Heaux

    4. Isuroon

    5. Community Emergency Assistance Programs (Brooklyn Park)

    CEAP volunteer
    CEAP / Via

    Founded in 1970, CEAP (Community Emergency Assistance Program) started out as a food shelf for residents of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, where Daunte Wright was shot. CEAP shares abundance, mobilizes resources, and feeds the community by letting neighbors help neighbors. CEAP offers free groceries via curbside pickup, along with housing assistance funding from the federal CARES Act through Hennepin County to assist renters who have been impacted by COVID-19 financially.

    6. Karen Organization Of Minnesota

    7. Black Immigrant Collective

    Black Immigrant Collective protesting ICE
    Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune / Via Facebook: BlackImmigrantCollective

    The Black Immigrant Collective (BIC) was founded in January 2017 after Donald Trump was elected to office with the goal of voicing Black immigrant concerns on issues like immigration policy and law enforcement. The all-Black collective of immigrant justice advocates, workers' rights organizers, and journalists aim to amplify Black immigrants in intersectional ways that "Build power towards our collective liberation." Other goals include sharing best practices on immigrant-related work in Black immigrant communities, recognizing their collective resilience and community resources as a way of being, and working in solidarity with all Black people along with other indigenous peoples and immigrant communities.

    8. Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center

    9. Pimento Relief Service

    10. Du Nord Craft Spirits

    11. CAPI Immigrant Opportunity Center

    12. MN Teen Activists

    13. Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM)

    14. Face to Face Health & Counseling

    15. Hacer