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Training and Organizing for Equity

Hope Community has a long history of addressing equity in one of the most challenged and diverse communities in the state. This project is focused on building community pressure to get the Minneapolis Park Board to use a racial equity lens to allocate park resources and work toward major policy change in the Minneapolis Park system. In addition to working with a cohort of 15 community residents through their intensive organizing and leadership-training program (SPEAC), they will be providing strategy and power training to another 100 diverse grassroots leaders in the Phillips neighborhood. The training will include: history of urban neighborhoods and issues related to race and equity; how cities and park board work and how they function in Minneapolis; and related strategies for working toward greater equity. The training will equip people in the community with the tools, knowledge and leadership skills to participate in public decision-making and system change that will impact their community. It will also help build a growing network of community residents who will continue to act around issues of equity.

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Hope Community
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CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988