OAP Racial Justice Pro-active Organizing Project

by Salvador Miranda | Aug 31, 2010
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Summary:

Over the next two years, OAP will work with a wide range of community partners to build and forward a proactive racial equity organizing agenda for the state and key communities, including he East metro areas and St. Paul. Building on the last four years of OAP's racial justice work, OAP will organize multi-racial groups and multi-issue convenings, research and Race Equity Policy Papers support and targeted racial justice trainings to help groups develop and align policy agendas and build and carry out a common strategy for action and communications around racial equity policy priorities. OAP will connect with 20 - 30 partners across the state, including at least 10 partners based in and/or working in St. Paul. The aligned racial justice agenda will be public and supported by organizing training, research, internal communications and media strategies. It will be crafted through a series of convenings with key organizing and policy groups on core racial equity issue areas and a potential multi-issue racial justice agenda "institute", a larger racial justice gathering of groups, currently planned for the summer of 2011. OAP will be teaming this process with a series of racial equity policy papers designed to help groups develop strong policy initiatives, increase capacity to build dicussion and a public case for racial equity policies. OAP expects to be able to announce some elements of that agenda as early as winter 2011 and to initiate strategies to advance that agenda in key institutions, including the state legislature, Ramsey County and selected schools districts.

About You

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About You

First Name

Salvador

Last Name

Miranda

Title

Associate Director

Organization

Organizing Apprenticeship Project (OAP)

Country

United States, MN

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Organizing Apprenticeship Project (OAP)

Organization Email

Organization Website

Organization Phone

612 - 746 - 4224

Organization Address

2525 East Franklin Avenue; Suite 301

Organization City

Minneapolis

Organization Zipcode

55406

Brief description of your organization

The OAP advances a community-based movement to achieve racial, social, cultural and economic justice across Minnesota. OAP was founded in 1993 to improve the quality of organizing in Minnesota by increasing the number, diversity of and relationships between organizers. In 2005, OAP refocused its work to increase both training,and other strategic supports for racial equity organizing in MN.

Organization Country

United States, MN

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Name your project

OAP Racial Justice Pro-active Organizing Project

Country your work focuses on

United States, MN

Describe your project. Explain the extent to which it mitigates the effects of racism

Over the next two years, OAP will work with a wide range of community partners to build and forward a proactive racial equity organizing agenda for the state and key communities, including he East metro areas and St. Paul. Building on the last four years of OAP's racial justice work, OAP will organize multi-racial groups and multi-issue convenings, research and Race Equity Policy Papers support and targeted racial justice trainings to help groups develop and align policy agendas and build and carry out a common strategy for action and communications around racial equity policy priorities. OAP will connect with 20 - 30 partners across the state, including at least 10 partners based in and/or working in St. Paul. The aligned racial justice agenda will be public and supported by organizing training, research, internal communications and media strategies. It will be crafted through a series of convenings with key organizing and policy groups on core racial equity issue areas and a potential multi-issue racial justice agenda "institute", a larger racial justice gathering of groups, currently planned for the summer of 2011. OAP will be teaming this process with a series of racial equity policy papers designed to help groups develop strong policy initiatives, increase capacity to build dicussion and a public case for racial equity policies. OAP expects to be able to announce some elements of that agenda as early as winter 2011 and to initiate strategies to advance that agenda in key institutions, including the state legislature, Ramsey County and selected schools districts.

Project starting date

November, 2010

Project ending date

November 2012

Total project budget - required field

2011 - $143,654.00 and 2012 - $131,154.00

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Innovation

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What makes your project unique?

In conversations with key communities of color and racial justice organizations and with key policy leaders, OAP is hearing a consistent call to convene the growing informal racial justice network in order to build a proactive racial equity policy aqenda at the state and key community levels. Both organizing leaders and policy leaders have said that the time for this next stage of racial justice organizing is now and that OAP is the right convener for this process. This call has come from groups involved in the OAP Racial Justice Learning Cohort Initiative and the Education Equity Organizing Collaborative, from interviews with policy and media leaders conducted as part of our communications strategy, from inyterviews with key leaders in communities of color around a new racial equity research strategy and from preliminary issue convenings conducted last fall pior to the release of the 2009 OAP Legislative Report Card on Race Equity. This next step is particularly important now because of the political and economic challenges we face. We are still in the middle of an economic downturn that is clearly widening racial disparities and leading to increased scapegoating and marginalizing of communities of color and most recently immigrant communities. Economic challenges also threaten public funding for the kinds of infrastructure and investments that create bridges to opportunity for marginalized communities including communities of color. Tough decisions may of course be necesary - but without a real commitment and attention to impact of decisions on racial disparity, the more fundamental economic, political and social challenge of racial disparities will grow even worse. It is critically important to build the voice, power , tools and alignment of communities of color and other supporters of racial justice to continue and in fact increase the call for real action for racial equity over the next two years. Partners who have worked with OAP are ready to move forward.

Impact

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Tell us about the social impact of your project as it relates to ONE of these three areas: Education, Employment or Housing

The OAP proactive strategy will significantly increase the impact, relationships and ability to secure racial equity policy change in multiple communities and issue campaigns around wealth and job creation, education equity and criminal and juvenile justice. Some of the impacts will be determined by the public policy agenda that is developed through this process. OAP's work and the Racial Justice Proactive Organizing Project primarily address the foundation's long range goal of building an anti-racist community. Also, this project addresses the goal of quality education through the education component of its agenda building strategy - the Education Equity Collaborative and the fourteen organizations (to date) leading the education equity agenda will be a critical voice in defing the education equity strategy and policy agenda . OAP is also teaming up through a Wealth and Job Development convening strategy, where core organizations in that field will be the primary resources for defining and addressing communuty challenges, barriers and opportunities. One significant barrier for education equity and securing employment is the challenges facing people with criminal and juvenile records. OAP has worked with organizations advocating criminal and juvenile justice reform. OAP has convened these organizations and have monitored equity victories and missed oportunities in the OAP Legislative Report Card on Race Equity. OAP alumni have been leading community led efforts to support policies such as expungment of juvenile records, Ban the Box, and sentencing policies.

List any specific activities associated with the project and a timeline for the activities

OAP is looking at this project as developing in stages. Stage 1 (Summer 2010 - Winter 2010) Pre-Work and Partner Development. Fleshing out the strategy, finalizing criteria for partners, initial conversations with potential partners, assessment of resource needs and securing those resources. Identify and secure additiional staff and consulting resources as needed. Organize intial convenings in key areas, initial work developing strategic plan for Ramsey county and St. Paul and pilot Racial Equity Policy Paper. Stage 2 (Winter - Summer 2011) Solidifying Partners, introducing preliminary agenda and piloting early level of action for racial equity. Pilot key community local work on key strategies, including work with Ramsey County and St. Paul area education groups. Creating the vision and energy on a MN Racial Justice Gathering. Stage 3 (Summer/Fall 2011) Expand Agenda & Action Plan. Based on RJ Gathering, expand agenda, policy research and partnerships. Continue work in Ramsey County and St. Paul; develop state-wide support for race equity work in 2012. Stage 4 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012) Pilot state wide public dialogue around race equity strategies. Stage 5 - Assessment of impact

Please summarize the involvement of people of color in the decision-making of your project

OAP will bring in partners in this Project to develop a proactive policy agenda for race equity, multiple communities of color, Native American communities, racial justice allies and immigrant communities will have participated in and will own this agenda. OAP will advance this agenda by equipping a broad range of community and policy leaders, communities of color and public decision makers with specific tools, research and race equity policies, relationships and strategies needed to acheive racial equity and increased attention to the racial impacts of key policies. This Project also addresses the goal of quality education through the education component of its agenda building strategy. This Project uses a form of leadership that works in partnership with its constituent communities.

Please list which communities of color your project will involve and/or impact

OAP is in the beginning processes of creating an OAP Strategy Team for this project, comprised of organizers from communities of color. OAP will develop a Project team that includes partner groups and OAP Board members. Potential partners include Latino communities in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Owatonna and Moorhead; African American partners in in St. Paul, Minneapolis and some suburbs; African immig

What age group will your project impact?

Children (0-12 years), Teens/adolescents (13-19 years), Adults (20-60 years), Elders (60+ years).

Which gender(s) will your project focus on?

Male, Female.

What geographic area(s) will your project affect?

Northwestern MN, Northeastern MN, Southeastern MN, Central/Eastern MN, Central/Western MN, Twin Cities Metro Area (specify below), Other (specify below).

If you selected either Twin Cities Metro Area or Other above, please specify or identify the area

OAP will work with partners in the Twin Cities areas; stratgeic suburbs; key regions and statewide

Sustainability

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

If your project is a collaborative effort, please list the other organizations involved

Organizations involved in the race equity work at OAP include: Migizi Communications - OAP Education Equity -Elaine Salinas (612)721-6631 ; HACER - Report Card Advisory/Education Equity - Rodolfo Guiterrez (612)624-3326; MMEP - Jennifer Godinez (651)645-7400; MN Indian Afairs Council - Report Card Advisory - JoLynn Shopteese (651)296-0136; Centro Campesino - Education Equity - Jesus Torres (507) 446-9599; Isaiah - Education Equity -Doran Schrantz (612 333-1260; Take Action MN - RJ Cohort Partner - Pamela Twiss (651)379-0748; Somali Action Alliance - Education Equity - Hashi Shaafi (612)242-9991; Centro Cultural - Education Equity - Raul Fernandez (218) 236-7318 ; Hope Community/SPEAC - OAP Strategy Team/Education Equity - Chaka Mkali (612)964-7551; ARC - Terry Keleher (708)660-9876

Who or what is expected to change as a result of your project?

A proactive grounded policy agenda for racial equity will be developed engaging 20-30 partners, mostly from communities of color, immigrant communities and Native American communities. Cross racial and cultural leaders and organizations will have expanded skills and relationships in and through this process in creating a proactive, multi issue, multi racial agenda. Increased capacity to monitor.

What information will you provide in the final report to demonstrate the achievement of your results?

OAP will assess and evaluate every stage of the process; identifying key community leaders and groups working with impacted communities, who engage in this Project, the skills they acquire to move a race equity campaign, the allies and decision makers who are recruited to support race equity policies and the policy "wins" on 3-5 of the policies identified by the community through this process.

What methods will be used to gather the information?

OAP will assess and evaluate with the partners in every stage of this process. These ongoing assessments and evaluations will be conducted both verbally and written. Notes from the verebal assessments will be recorded as well as the written evaluations. All assessments and evaluation will be available for review on the changes made in advocacy and capacity to lead and frame with a race equity lens

What do you hope to learn about racism and its impact?

Many actions taken to address racism and its impact are reactionary. With the OAP proactive plan, the leadership involved will be address racism with a proactive frame - racial justice and racial equity is possible when there is a focus on the racial impact of policies and practices. The leadership with this project will focus on the proactive policy solutions to address racism and its impact.

What percentage do people of color comprise your board of directors?

OAP is led by a nine member board, seven are leaders of color and three do significant work in St. Paul or East Metro

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Funding sources: Please check all that apply

Individual donations, In-kind donations, Foundations, Businesses, Earned revenue.

Other

In submitting this application, the applicant agrees to the following (check all boxes)

The applicant will spend the money solely for the purpose stated in the grant award and will return the unexpended portion of the funds, if any. In addition, the applicant will provide an interim and/or final report, as required., The applicant realizes that payment of funds will be at the convenience of the Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to cancel the grant and/or modify previously agreed-upon payments should such actions be deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant understands that the Foundation may review any or all information submitted as part of this request with advisors of the Foundation’s choosing, if deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant intends to comply with the terms of the Minnesota Charitable Solicitation Act (MS §309), if applicable..

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