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Revision as of 17:39, 20 April 2017

Elected Officials
Ways to Resist

  • Contact your elected officials:
    • Governor: Mark Dayton (DFL), next election 2018
    • Attorney General: Lori Swanson (DFL), next election 2018
    • Secretary of State: Steve Simon (DFL), next election 2018
    • Minnesota Supreme Court (elected; renewable six-year terms)
      • Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea, term expires Jan. 2019
      • Associate Justice G. Barry Anderson, term expires Jan. 2019
      • Associate Justice David R. Stras, term expires Jan. 2019
      • Associate Justice David L. Lillehaug, term expires Jan. 2021
      • Associate Justice Natalie E. Hudson, term expires Jan. 2023
      • Associate Justice Margaret H. Chutich, term expires Jan. 2019
      • Associate Justice Anne K. McKeig, term expires Jan. 2019
  • Get involved with local organizations and find local events.
  • Find organizations with state and local presences working in your area.
  • Check out our Tools of Resistance.
  • Look for upcoming state and local events.



Recent Updates
Recent Updates

The US Forest Service published a proposal to call a two-year timeout on new mining around the edges of the BWCAW (see sulfide mining discussion in "Issues" section below). Details can be found here, and public comments can be sent to [email protected] The comment period ends in April.

Actions Taken by the State Government
Actions Taken by the State Government

Legislative Actions

Legislation that Supports Equity and Justice
Important bills proposed by Minnesota lawmakers this legislative session that should be supported:


  • SF 759 would require candidates to release their tax returns from the past five years to appear on the state's ballot.
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Harmful Legislation
Harmful bills proposed by Minnesota lawmakers this legislative session that should be opposed:

  • HF 238 would enact the "Stand Your Ground" doctrine in Minnesota meaning that people would not be punished for shooting someone if they felt threatened.
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  • HF 322 would allow jurisdictions to charge protesters for the costs of policing protests. [1]
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  • HF 390 would increase fines for protesters blocking highways and airports. [2]
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  • SF 86 / HF 314 would prevent the state from delegating legislative redistricting to a nonpartisan commission.
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  • HF 406 would gerrymander Minnesota's Electoral College results by assigning one electoral vote to each of the state's districts, and two to the winner of the statewide popular vote. This would likely reduce the number of electoral votes awarded to the Democratic candidate for president.
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  • SF 580 would prohibit cities from passing their own ordinances on minimum wage, sick leave or other labor requirements on private local employers.
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  • HF 309 Would allow the right to carry a firearm without a permit or penalty.
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  • HF 238 "the Defense of Dwelling and Person Act of 2017" would enact the "stand your ground" doctrine in Minnesota
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  • HF 41 would require all schools to designate all bathrooms and changing facilities for one sex only and define sex as a physical condition determined at birth.
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  • HF 2553 would define sex as a biological characteristic determined at birth. It would also ensure that the State Human Rights Act cannot be used as a basis to sue for discrimination following the application of HF 41.
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  • HF 1183 would state that health plans do not have to cover health services related to gender transition, effectively restricting access to healthcare for transgender individuals.
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See also the main policy pages for federal legislative tracking.

Key Upcoming Elections
Key Upcoming Elections

Click here to find out if you're registered to vote. Register to vote here. The deadline is 21 days before Election Day. Same-day in-person registration is available on Election Day. Bring proof of identification the first time you vote. No document is required to vote.[3]

Federal Elections

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) is up for reelection in 2018.[4]

2018 Competitive House Districts

  • Minnesota District 1 is a competitive district with the potential to flip to red. Representative Tim Walz (D) won the 2016 election with 50.4% of the vote. Trump won the district in the 2016 presidential election with 53.3% of the vote.
  • Minnesota District 2 is a competitive district with the potential to flip to blue. Representative Jason Lewis (R) won the 2016 election with 47% of the vote. Trump won the district in the 2016 presidential election with 46.5% of the vote.
  • Minnesota District 3 is a competitive district with the potential to flip to blue. Representative Erik Paulsen (R) won the 2016 election with 56.7% of the vote. Clinton won the district in the 2016 presidential election with 50.8% of the vote.
  • Minnesota District 7 is a competitive district with the potential to flip to red. Representative Collin Peterson (D) won the 2016 election with 52.5% of the vote. Trump won the district in the 2016 presidential election with 61.8% of the vote.
  • Minnesota District 8 is a competitive district with the potential to flip to red. Representative Rick Nolan (D) won the 2016 election with 50.3% of the vote. Trump won the district in the 2016 presidential election with 54.2% of the vote.

State Elections

  • Governor election will be held in 2018; the Democratic incumbent is retiring.[5]

Local Elections

Mayoral Elections

  • Minneapolis Mayoral election will take place on November 7, 2017 (deadline for filing is August 15).[6]
  • St. Paul Mayoral election will take place on November 7, 2017 (deadline for filing is August 15). [7]

School Board Elections

Prosecutor Elections

Sheriff Elections

County Commissioners Elections

City Council Elections

  • Minneapolis City Council elections will take place on November 7, 2017 (deadline for filing is August 15).[8]
  • St. Paul City Council elections will take place on November 7, 2017 (deadline for filing is August 15). [9]

Obamacare / link=
Healthcare

In Minnesota, 6% of the population remains uninsured compared to a national average of 9%.[10] Minnesota is a state that has expanded Medicaid coverage to more people as allowed under the ACA.[11]

ACA Repeal

  • If there is a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, 366,000 people in Minnesota (or 6.7% of the population) are estimated to lose coverage, whereas 380,000 people (or 6.9% of the population) will lose coverage with a partial repeal. (Retrieved 1/28/2017 from ACA Repeal Impact, state-by-state.)
  • The number of uninsured people in Minnesota is predicted to be 318,000 by 2021 under the ACA. Without the ACA, that number is expected to rise to 562,000, a 76.6% increase.[12]
  • Minnesota is among the states that lost the ability to place lifetime limits on coverage, because that practice is banned by the ACA; those limits are likely to be reinstated under a full repeal.[13]
  • Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar voted to keep the ACA in place, and is up for reelection in 2018.[14] Democratic Senator Al Franken has been pressuring Republicans to disclose their plan for replacement, if they have any.[15]
  • As of January 24, 2017, a bill had passed the Minnesota State House to exclude people with 34 preexisting conditions from being insured in the case of an ACA repeal.[16]
  • Given that a repeal of the ACA would also change payment structures and subsidies, 53,000 jobs could be lost in Minnesota in the event of repeal. When federal funding is cut, it creates a ripple effect that affects local and state revenue, thus creating losses in economic activity and employment.[17]
  • Under the ACA Repeal-and-Delay strategy, young adults in Minnesota could pay $816 more in 2018.

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  • 1/23/17 If the ACA is repealed, numerous health insurance benefits could be lost. The Minnesota House approved the Drazkowski Amendment, which makes certain health issues no longer required in health insurance coverage. This isn't legal under the ACA.[19]

Policing
Policing

The Facts

Immigration
Immigration

The Facts

  • In 2013, immigrants comprised 9% of Minnesota’s workforce, or 269,759 workers.[22]
  • In 2012, undocumented immigrants comprised 2.5% of the state’s workforce, or 75,000 workers.[23]
  • Undocumented workers make up $2.0 billion GSP (Gross State Product).[24]
  • In 2013, legal residents contributed $22.4 billion to Minnesota’s gross domestic product.
  • 6% of business owners in Minnesota were foreign-born in 2010.[25]
  • In 2012, undocumented immigrants paid $87.5 million in state and local taxes.[26]

Rights of Non-Citizens

  • Minnesota does not allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses.[27]
  • Minnesota allows undocumented immigrants to attend college at the same in-state tuition rate as legal residents and citizens.

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  • In 2012, President Barack Obama signed an executive order (DACA) that defers deportation for children who were brought to the country as children. The action allows them to work lawfully but does not create a pathway to citizenship or give them legal status in the United States. For Minnesota’s FY 2016, 4,129 DACA applicants were approved for renewal.[29]
  • The Minnesota Dream Act, enacted in 2013, extends in-state tuition and financial aid to undocumented students in Minnesota.[30]

Deportation

The Facts

  • In 2012, undocumented immigrants comprised 1.8% of Minnesota’s population, or 95,000 people.[31]
  • If the state deported all its undocumented immigrants, Minnesota would lose $4.4 billion in economic activity and approximately 24,299 jobs.[32]
  • If all undocumented immigrants were given legal permanent residence, they would pay $104.9 million in state and local taxes.[33]

Policy

  • Executive Order 08-01 in Minnesota requires vendors and subcontractos to use E-Verify.[34]
  • St. Paul and Minneapolis local law enforcement have publicly said they will not inquire about individuals’ immigration status, based on a local ordinance.[35]

Sanctuary Policies

  • Minneapolis is a sanctuary city.[36] The term "sanctuary city" is used to describe places that limit how much they help federal law enforcement (usually ICE) with removals (also known as deportations). The city stands to lose 2% of its city budget—more than $25 million (including $2.1 million in federal funding to the police department, or 1.4% of its budget)—should Trump see through with his plan to strip sanctuary cities' funding.[37]

Refugee Resettlement

  • In 2016, Minnesota resettled 48 refugees per 100,000 residents.[38]
  • The International Institute of Minnesota offers a range of services for refugee resettlement, including providing furnished housing for newly arrived refugees, medical care, language training, and enrolling children in school.[39]

Voting Rights
Voting Rights

Minnesota currently performs automatic address updates for registered voters who have changed their address. To do so, the Secretary of State runs cross checks between the voter registration lists and postal service data. Minnesota has previously considered legislation to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister and to implement automatic voter registration.[40]

Mass Incarceration
Mass Incarceration

The Facts

  • In 2014, Minnesota had 17,037 incarcerated people, with a probation population of 98,267 and parole population of 5,997.
  • 4,114 people are incarcerated in private prisons in Minnesota.
  • 939 juveniles are in custody in Minnesota.
  • Of the prison population, 528 people were serving life sentences, and 102 were serving life sentences without parole.
  • In Minnesota, a black person is 11.0 times more likely to be incarcerated than a white person.
  • Corrections expenditures in 2014 were $499 million.[41]

Benefits / Tax Cuts
Benefits / Tax Cuts

Income Tax

The Facts

  • Minnesota residents who face a tax increase under Trump’s plan:[42]
    • Households: 123,000
    • Adults and children: 412,000
    • Children: 255,000

Policy

Public Benefits

The Facts

  • In 2015, an average of 240,410 households and 496,023 individuals received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) in a given month in Minnesota.[43] In 2011, approximately 9% of the population of Minnesota was receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps).[44] The average monthly benefit per Minnesota household was $214 per household and $104 per person in 2016.[45]
  • In 2016, an average of 45,000 households, including 19,296 families and 35,278 children, received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which is direct financial assistance, in a given month.[46] The average monthly benefit for a single parent with three children residing in Minnesota was $532 in 2014.[47] Average benefits in Minnesota have fallen in value by 34.4% since 1996.[48]
  • In 2016, an average of 26,570 women received funds from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in a given month.[49]
  • In December 2015, there were 10,710 Social Security recipients in the "aged" category[50] who received an average of $474.60 per person, for a total of $5,083,000.[51]

Housing/Infrastructure
Housing/Infrastructure

Housing

The Facts

  • 132,000 low-income families spent more than half of their income on housing.[52]
  • In 2014, Minnesota had 37 units (less than the national level) of affordable and available housing for every 100 households categorized as “extremely low income” (at or below 30% of area median income.)[53]
  • In Minnesota, there were 7,341 homeless people in 2016.[54]
  • Of the homeless population, there were 1,065 families, 279 veterans, 641 unaccompanied young adults (18-24), and 873 people experiencing chronic homelessness.[55]
  • Minnesota received $516 million in federal rental assistance funding in 2014.[56]
  • In Minnesota, more than 96,000 families relied on federal rental assistance in 2014.[57]
  • Nearly all Minnesota households using federal rental assistance included children, elderly people or disabled people.[58]

Infrastructure

The Facts

  • Minnesota does not have an infrastructure score from the American Society of Civil Engineers's 2015 evaluation.[59]
  • Minnesota's railroad system is nationally ranked eighth by mileage, and its use of renewable energy is nationally ranked 12th. Minnesota has 24 high-hazard dams and will have $7.4 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.[60]
  • In 2013, the Department of Transportation found that 11.5% of Minnesota’s bridges were structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and 52% of Minnesota's roads were in poor or mediocre condition.[61]
  • Driving on these roads leads to an additional $250 per motorist per year in increased vehicle repairs and operating costs.[62]

Women's Rights/Reproductive Justice
Women's Rights/Reproductive Justice

Planned Parenthood

The Facts[63]

  • Minnesota has 18 Planned Parenthood centers.
  • In 2015, 8 centers were in rural, medically underserved, or health provider shortage areas.
  • On average, there is one Planned Parenthood for 58,612 women of reproductive age.

Policy Solutions / Issues

Abortion

The Facts[64]

  • There were 11 abortion providers in Minnesota in 2015.
  • In 2014, 15.4 out of every 1,000 women of reproductive age in Minnesota had an abortion. The national abortion rate is 14.6.

Policy Solutions / Issues[65]

  • There is a 24-hour waiting period required after mandatory counseling.
  • Parental consent is required for minors.
  • Abortion is prohibited after 24 weeks except in cases of life or health endangerment.
  • Mandated counseling includes misleading information.
  • Medical abortion is limited.

Women and Wages

The Facts[66]

  • In Minnesota, 10.4% of women live in poverty. 32.1% of single mothers live in poverty, as do 8.1% of women age 65 and older.
  • For every dollar made by men, women are paid $0.81, which is one cent above the national average of $0.80.
  • African American women are paid $0.62 for every dollar paid to white men, while Latina women make $0.51 for every dollar made by white men.

Domestic Violence

The Facts[67]

  • In 2013, at least 26 women, 7 men and 6 family members of friends were murdered in domestic violence homicides.
  • In 2014, 56% of domestic violence homicides were committed with firearms.
  • 1 in 3 homeless women in Minnesota is homeless because of domestic violence.

LGBTQ Issues / link=
LGBTQ+ Issues

Religious freedom law

Minnesota does not have a state religious freedom law. Religious freedom laws protect the right of people to practice their religion and limit laws imposing on that right, and were intended to protect religious minorities. However, after same-sex marriage was legalized, conservative states have attempted to enact similar laws with provisions that allow discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals.[68]

Nondiscrimination laws

Minnesota has passed nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, credit and jury selection, as well as nondiscrimination policies for state employees. It lacks nondiscrimination laws in adoption, foster care and insurance.[69] Minnesota considered a so-called “bathroom bill” (forcing trans individuals to use the public toilets matching their gender at birth and not their gender identity) in 2016.[70]

Parenting laws

Minnesota lacks laws protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in parenting laws, including laws on second-parent adoption, surrogacy, foster care and consent to inseminate (meaning that in the case of the insemination of one member of a female same-sex couple, the partner not carrying the child is not automatically recognized as a parent). Minnesota does have laws on parental presumption for same-sex couples and de-facto parent recognition.[71]

Hate crime laws

Minnesota does include LGBTQ+ people in its hate crime laws as a protected group, and does requires specific reporting of such crimes.[72]

Youth laws

Minnesota has passed laws protecting LGBTQ+ individuals against bullying, including cyberbullying, enumerating model policy and mentioning alternative discipline, but it does not require school suicide prevention policies. The State does promote transgender inclusion in sports but lacks laws on protection from conversion therapy, laws to address homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth, LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education laws, and LGBTQ+ inclusive juvenile justice policies.[73]

Health and safety laws

Minnesota does not have nondiscrimination protections in the ACA exchanges, but does ban insurance exclusions for trans health care. It does have trans-inclusive health benefits for state employees but excludes trans health care from State Medicaid. The State allows gender marker changes on identification documents and collects health data on LGBTQ+ individuals. Minnesota has laws that criminalize HIV/AIDS.[74]

  • HIV criminalization laws are those that make it illegal for an HIV-positive person to “knowingly expose” another person to HIV—in some states, this means that it is illegal not to disclose HIV-positive status to a sex partner, but many laws criminalize behaviors that are unlikely to lead to transmission.[75] Because the laws focus on disclosure, not actual transmission, they serve no real purpose. All states have other, non-HIV-specific laws that can be used to prosecute transmission of HIV, so these laws just needlessly single out and stigmatize HIV-positive people and reinforce the image of them as “dangerous.” It also allows the saliva or blood of an HIV-positive person to be classified in court as a “deadly weapon.”[76] HIV criminalization laws also disproportionately target people of color, mainly African Americans, and gay men.[77][78][79]

Educational Justice
Educational Justice

The Facts

  • Minnesota is ranked 16th in per-pupil spending as of 2013, with an average expenditure of $7,261 per student.[80]
  • As of 2013, Minnesota ranked 16th in teacher pay, with teachers earning an average of $56,268 per year.[81]
  • 87% of students in Minnesota attend public schools. As is the case in other states, students who attend private schools come from wealthier families, with private school families earning an average 52% higher income.[82]
  • As of 2014, public charter school enrollment accounted for 5.2% of total public school enrollment.[83]
  • Minnesota's overall graduation rate is 81%, which is slightly below the national average. By subgroups, four-year graduation rates are as follows:
    • White: 86%
    • Latino: 63%
    • Black: 60%
    • Asian/Pacific Islander: 82%
    • American Indian: 51%
    • Economically Disadvantaged: 66%
    • Limited English Proficient: 64%
    • Students with Disabilities: 58%[84]

Consumer Protections /Worker's Rights
Consumer Protections/Workers' Rights

The Facts

  • Minnesota has a minimum wage of $9.50. However, with the passage of H.B. 2091 (2014), the annual sales volume threshold was reduced to $500,000. For large employers with an annual sales volume of $500,000 or more, the minimum wage is currently $9.50; for small employers, those with an annual sales volume of less than $500,000, the minimum wage is $7.75.[85]
  • Minnesota has no state law for paid sick leave.[86]
  • Minnesota has no state law for paid family leave.[87]

Policies

  • Minnesota is a state with no Right-to-Work laws, which means that the state cannot prohibit unions that collectively bargain on behalf of both members and nonmembers from requiring union fees for the services they provide to all workers they represent. Such laws are designed to reduce unions' income and power.[88]
  • Minnesota is a state with an at-will exemption.[89] "At-will" means that an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason, except an illegal one, or for no reason, without breaking the law.[90] Likewise, an employee is free to leave a job at any time for any or no reason with no adverse legal consequences.[91]
  • Minnesota also has a public policy exemption,[92] meaning that an employer may not fire an employee if it would violate the state's public policy doctrine or a state or federal statute, including refusing to perform an act that state law prohibits (e.g., refusing an employer's request to commit perjury at a trial), reporting a violation of the law (e.g., reporting an employer's fraudulent accounting practices or use of child labor), engaging in acts that are in the public interest (e.g., joining the National Guard or performing jury duty) and exercising a statutory right (e.g., filing a claim under the state workers' compensation law).[93]
  • Minnesota does allow for implied contract exemptions.[94]. An implied contract can be created in several different ways: oral assurances by a supervisor; or handbooks, policies or practices as written assurances by the employer. This means that if there is no written contract between the employer and employee, that employee may have an exception of fixed term or even indefinite employment based on an employer's statements.[95] As a general rule, courts disregard language promising long-term, lifetime or permanent employment as aspirational and consider the relationship to be at-will.[96]
  • Minnesota does not support the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing.[97] Courts have interpreted the covenant in different ways, from requiring just cause for termination to prohibiting terminations made in bad faith or motivated by malice.[98]

Climate / Environment
Climate / Environment

The Fact

Policies

  • The environmental agency in Minnesota is the Pollution Control Agency.
  • The Minnesota Climate Mitigation Action Plan was completed in 2008. It projects a reduction of 22 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMtCO2e) by 2015, and 50 MMtCO2e by 2025.[104]
  • Minnesota has a renewable energy portfolio standard of 25% by 2025 plus an additional 1.5% solar by 2020.[105]

Sulfide Mining

Sulfide mining is the extraction of copper, nickel, and other minerals, either through open-pit or underground mines. A major concern is that mine tailings naturally generate toxic runoff, including sulfuric acid, once they are exposed to air and water. This can be a significant, even devastating, problem when mining is conducted or tailings stored near sensitive watersheds. Northern Minnesota is home to vast areas of forests and lakes, including the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which contains hundreds of pristine lakes and ancestral Ojibwe wild rice harvesting areas. The geology of the BWCAW and surrounding areas of the Superior National Forest is particularly susceptible to runoff pollution. Two major sulfide mining projects near the BWCAW are in the approval process, and several companies are actively exploring in the region. Sulfide mining has been controversial in the Minnesota progressive community, pitting environmental activists against labor in the "Iron Range," an area whose economy has been heavily dependent upon mining for more than a century. The labor side naturally points to the high-paying jobs that will be added to an area that desperately needs them, while the environmentalists argue that the long-term environmental risks (water treatment in tailings basins will be needed for decades, if not centuries) outweigh the short-term job gains. Several sites discussing the issue are noted below.

Update, 2/4/17: 8th District US Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL), who represents the area in which sulfide mining would occur, recently asked the Trump administration to open up the possibility of mining leases in the Superior Forest. This drew a rebuke from his DFL colleague, 4th District US Rep. Betty McCollum, who is a member of the House Appropriations Committee overseeing the Interior Department, including the Forest Service. McCollum called Nolan's move an "assault" on a natural treasure.[106] At an event in North Branch, Minnesota, on February 4, Nolan made it clear that he would "never support any mining or other activity that would degrade the environment in the BWCA or the Superior National Forest."

Disability Rights
Disability Rights

The Facts

  • Minnesota is tied for the 7th-smallest percentage of disabled residents in the US: 10.9% of Minnesota's residents are disabled, compared with the national average of 12.6%. [2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table R1810]
  • The employment rate among disabled adults in Minnesota is 47.5%, compared to the national average of 34.9%. People without disabilities in Minnesota have a 83.8% employment rate. [2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table R1811]
  • Approximately 13.3% of eligible voters in Minnesota have one or more disabilities, compared to a national average of 15.71%.[107]
  • Of adults with disabilities in Minnesota, 25.0% live in poverty, as opposed to 13.3% of non-disabled adults. [2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table B23024] The poverty rate for disabled children under 5 is 13.4%, as opposed to 14.1% for non-disabled children.[2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table B18130]
  • In Minnesota, 4.1% of adults between 18 and 64 receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income), compared to the national average of 5.4%. [2015 US Census American Community Survey, Table B19056]

Organizations
Organizations

Find state/local chapters of national organizations here.

  • MN Activist has a page with a list of many local progressive organizations.
  • Several local organizations (those with local offices or chapters) are listed by category below. These categories are loosely grouped according to the main focus of each organization. However, many of these organizations are multifaceted or hard to categorize. Short descriptions are provided for groups that may be less well-known, or whose purpose is not self-evident in the group's name.

State and Local Disability Rights Organizations

Environmental Justice Groups

Immigration and Immigrant Rights

LGBTQ+ Rights

  • The Exchange "is a Queer Community Space, a partnership between the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition and RARE Productions. The space is used for MTHC Programming including hang out space during Shot Clinic, many different groups, meetings and safe spaces, it houses the Gender Gear Program, Winter Gear Program, Food Shelf and a visual Art gallery."
  • Human Rights Campaign, HRC Minnesota |
  • Outfront Minnesota's mission is to create a powerful state-wide movement to end all forms of GLBT discrimination."
  • Shades of Yellow: "Our mission is to cultivate a community of empowered Hmong LGBTQ and allies to challenge what we've known and ignite positive cultural and social change."

Racial and Economic Justice

  • 15 Now Minnesota: "Campaigning for a $15/hour minimum wage in Minneapolis, MSP Airport, and across our region."
  • Black Liberation Project: "We believe in living instead of surviving; thriving instead of dying. Our project is proactive and visionary, not reactionary."
  • Black Lives Matter Minneapolis
  • Black Lives Matter St. Paul
  • Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha: CTUL has been working to improve the conditions of fast food and retail cleaning workers, among others. "We see workers coming together to improve their working conditions and strengthen their circumstances as the most effective way to grow and become stronger as a group, and to convince other workers that this is a cause worth joining and a fight they can win."
  • Communities United Against Police Brutality was "created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis. We work on the day-to-day abuses as well as taking on the more extreme cases. Our overriding goal is to create a climate of resistance to abuse of authority by police organizations and to empower local people with a structure that can take on police brutality and actually bring it to an end."
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations Minnesota (CAIR): "CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding."
  • Minnesotans for a Fair Economy: "Stand with us to make sure nobody is left behind by Minnesota’s economy. For too long working families have struggled with unemployment, foreclosures, health care and stagnant incomes."
  • Neighborhoods Organizing for Change: "NOC is a grassroots member-led organization building power in under-resourced communities and communities of color across the Twin Cities, focused on the intersection of race, the economy and public policy."
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice—Minnesota: "SURJ-MN organizes white Minnesotans for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing, and education."
  • Voices for Racial Justice: "Voices for Racial Justice works with communities of color to lead the way toward a more inclusive and equitable Minnesota."

Voting and Elections

  • FairVote Minnesota: "FairVote Minnesota works for better democracy through public education and advocacy." FV MN is focused largely, but not exclusively, on advocating for ranked-choice voting.
  • The League of Women Voters has numerous local chapters in MN.
  • Minnesota Move To Amend: "We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns."
  • Restore the Vote Minnesota
  • Wellstone Action: "Founded to carry forward the work of [late MN Sen.] Paul and Sheila Wellstone, we arm progressives with the strategies and skills to win. We develop political leaders. We strengthen movement organizations. We ignite change."
  • Women Winning encourages, promotes, supports, and elects pro-choice women of all political parties to all levels of public office in Minnesota.

Women's Health, Safety, and Reproductive Rights

  • Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project: "We are a unique agency that advocates for system change, advocates to secure access to justice and, advocates to improve the legal system's response to battered women and children. We exist to respond effectively to the constantly evolving legal needs of battered women."
  • NARAL Minnesota
  • Planned Parenthood of MN, ND, SD
  • Women's March of Minnesota (more information here): On January 22, 2017, 100,000 people marched in St. Paul "in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families." This march was one of more than 650 worldwide. It is expected that the local and national march organizations will continue. In a Facebook post, Minnesota's march organizers wrote, "Our work is not done. ... As the coming days unfold, we will be discussing the best ways we can stay connected to you, continue having these conversations, support one another and do the work that needs to be done to keep moving Minnesota forward."

Other

  • Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
  • Loring Psychotherapy and Mindfulness
  • Minnesota Progressive Project
  • Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG): "The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, student-directed organization that empowers and trains students and engages the community to take collective action in the public interest throughout the state of Minnesota."
  • Minnesota Neighbors for Peace: Organized initially in response to the Iraq war.
  • Our Revolution MN: Grew out of the 2016 Sanders presidential campaign. "Our goal is to bring people together to stay connected and motivated to enact progressive policy, get authentic representation in our local government, and create a better future here in MN."
  • People's Movement Center: A "collective of People of Color, Indigenous, Queer, and Trans healing justice practitioners that strive to build leadership, economic sustainability and healing spaces for ourselves and broader communities."
  • Sexual Violence Center: "Since 1985, the Sexual Violence Center has been serving youth and adult victim/survivors of sexual violence 12 years of age and older. We work in Hennepin, Carver and Scott counties, with services coordinated out of our office in Minneapolis." The group is listed here because it serves all genders/identities.
  • Take Action Minnesota. Advocates on multiple issues, including voting rights, workers' rights, health care, criminal justice reform, and women's economic justice. TAM is comprised of 21 member organizations.

Event Calendars

See also Upcoming Events and Opportunities.

  • Swing Left events for Minnesota's 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and 8th districts (helping elect progressives to the House)

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