Thank you to everyone who attended our 20th anniversary celebration on April 11, and thank you to all of our wonderful panelists and moderators for sharing your time, stories, and thoughts with us! We had a conversation between past and present G&J presidents on our organization’s history and path forward, discussions on public policy through Lead for Minnesota Fellows who shared their community work experiences and through community leaders who are working diligently to establish equitable economic ecosystems, and a wonderful keynote conversation between President Jane Leonard and Founder & CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion Tawanna Black. If you couldn’t attend the celebration and missed the conversation, don’t worry! You can find a recording of the event at this link (passcode: G&J20years). You can also find more information about all of the panelists and moderators here. Lastly, you can find the timeline of some of Growth & Justice’s standout publications, events, and achievements spanning from 2002 to 2022 on our website.
Today at 6:30 p.m. CT, Health Care for All Minnesota and Physicians for a National Health Program Minnesota will host a virtual educational presentation on “Keeping America Sick & Poor: How Big Money Sabotages Health Care Financing Reform.” Leaders from Move to Amend will join to discuss the influence of Big Money in politics and barriers to health care reform. Register at this link!
This week’s spotlight is on the West Central Initiative. Read the full story on the Equity Map and follow our social media for more story summaries! Please add more stories by filling out this form if you or your organization/initiative would like to be featured on the map!
West Central Initiative serves nine counties in Minnesota and a portion of White Earth Nation. They offer loans, grants and planning services to local businesses with the goal of improving quality of life in the region and promoting sustainability and equity. Through the Initiators Fellowship, WCIF helps support early stage entrepreneurs with financial assistance and training. They also work on improving early childhood resources in the area through an initiative that involves parents, senior citizens, educators, business and community leaders, the faith community, policy makers, and all citizens interested in making their community a nurturing environment for young children and their families. Last week, Nancy Jost, WCIF's director of early childhood, testified at the House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Committee on the childcare crisis across Minnesota. Nancy is a state leader in early childhood policy, advocacy, and action. Her testimony begins at 38:29 on this YouTube recording. To learn more about WCIF, read their story on the map and go to their website at https://wcif.org.
“All Minnesotans are at risk economically until all Minnesotans have legitimate economic opportunity." — Tawanna Black, in conversation with G&J President Jane Leonard on April 11