Building Diverse Alliances for Social and Racial Justice

by Vic Rosenthal | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

With one million dollars, we would build a powerful coalition for racial and social justice in St. Paul. Shared among a set of organizations from multiple faiths, immigrant backgrounds, and cultural and ethnic communities, the grant would enable us to build sustainable relationships in order to confront injustice and develop and implement solutions together. Through deep community organizing, and by forming strong and trusting relationships, we, as a group of diverse organizations will work in partnership to improve our city.

St. Paul will be experiencing a major change in the coming year with the opening of the Central Corridor light rail transit. This new transit system will provide many opportunities but also many challenges for immigrant communities and communities of color who are concerned about speculation and displacement. Jewish Community Action has been building alliances in St. Paul for many years related to expanding affordable housing, immigrant rights, foreclosure prevention and wealth creation.

This idea will bring these diverse organizations together to make sure that as light rail opens, new opportunities are provided for affordable housing and sustaining businesses, especially for immigrant communities and communities of color. We will partner with city council members, banks and others in the community to develop tools for building wealth, including implementing programs such as “bank on” and other programs that make it possible for communities that have not had success saving funds to do so. The faith community, including churches, synagogues and mosques will play a lead role in creating these sustainable relationships.

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Vic

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Rosenthal

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Saint Paul

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United States, MN

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Jewish Community Action

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2375 University Avenue West, Suite 150

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Saint Paul

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United States, MN

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Building Diverse Alliances for Social and Racial Justice

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

With one million dollars, we would build a powerful coalition for racial and social justice in St. Paul. Shared among a set of organizations from multiple faiths, immigrant backgrounds, and cultural and ethnic communities, the grant would enable us to build sustainable relationships in order to confront injustice and develop and implement solutions together. Through deep community organizing, and by forming strong and trusting relationships, we, as a group of diverse organizations will work in partnership to improve our city.
St. Paul will be experiencing a major change in the coming year with the opening of the Central Corridor light rail transit. This new transit system will provide many opportunities but also many challenges for immigrant communities and communities of color who are concerned about speculation and displacement. Jewish Community Action has been building alliances in St. Paul for many years related to expanding affordable housing, immigrant rights, foreclosure prevention and wealth creation.
This idea will bring these diverse organizations together to make sure that as light rail opens, new opportunities are provided for affordable housing and sustaining businesses, especially for immigrant communities and communities of color. We will partner with city council members, banks and others in the community to develop tools for building wealth, including implementing programs such as “bank on” and other programs that make it possible for communities that have not had success saving funds to do so. The faith community, including churches, synagogues and mosques will play a lead role in creating these sustainable relationships.

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

What is different is bringing together communities that often don’t work together, including organizations from different faith communities, communities of color and immigrant communities. Also different will be alliances among city officials, businesses and banks, and nonprofit community organizations who share a common interest in social and racial justice. Another critical difference will be a focus on racial justice and making sure this alliance works to overcome disparities in housing, transit and wealth. Another critically important difference will be the commitment to sustaining these relationships over time, not just to resolve short term problems.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Our idea will make a difference by bringing together diverse communities into sustainable alliances that will be committed to solving common issues over the long term. A commitment to social and racial justice in St. Paul can only happen with relationships among diverse organizations that understand the obstacles to building wealth and removing the obstacles to access and inequalities. This idea will solve problems through changes in city policies that are important to creating opportunities for more Minnesotans who have been left out. Businesses will partner with faith-based organizations and immigrant communities to build a stronger and racially justice city.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea is designed to create sustainable alliances among multiple communities to solve difficult problems confronting St. Paul. Long term solutions require sustainable relationships and long term commitments to solving problems. The city of St. Paul, with growing diverse, immigrant communities and African American communities can come together with faith communities to build wealth and opportunities. We believe the creation of sustainable and diverse alliances working together with businesses and city officials will inspire others to build collaborations that are necessary to a healthy city, with increased access to and equality among the many segments of society.

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