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Jobs for Community

LRT construction photo courtesy of Met Council

HIRE Minnesota is composed of a diverse cross-section of organizations: workforce development, social justice, the environment, economic development, faith-based, family services, cultural community, political research and advocacy. HIRE represents 70 organizations and more than 2,000 Twin Cities residents who’ve signed up to support its mission.

During the next year HIRE is working on the following strategies:

  1. Ensuring that the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) meets its hiring goals for people of color and women in the metro area.
  2. Ensuring that the Met Council’s hiring goals for people of color and women are met on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) development.
  3. Advocating for a jobs bill in the 2011 state legislative session, and ensuring that hiring equity and green jobs language are included.
  4. Forming a Green Jobs Roundtable to explore the landscape of existing green jobs and emerging renewable energy opportunities, meeting with state agencies in charge of public investments, and developing a platform.

The capacity of HIRE Minnesota is dependent on YOU and all who have signed up to support its efforts to leverage public investments to create job opportunities for low-income people and communities of color. Please save the date for the next HIRE Minnesota Meeting:

Tuesday, October 26
6 – 8 p.m.
Lao Family Community of Minnesota
320 W. University Ave, St. Paul, MN 55103

For more information about HIRE:

Marcus Harcus
Coalition Organizer
HIRE Minnesota

(612) 332-4471

Show your support for reform

Support real reform of policing of gangs in Minnesota.

Current gang databases disproportionately impact people of color, with Black males comprising approximately half of the individuals in these information systems. Gang affiliation has negative collateral consequences as sentencing can be extended based on this, even though the information may be incorrect. No notification process to parents exists for young people being entered into this system.

FINAL HEARING BEFORE BILL MOVES TO SENATE FLOOR: Senate Finance Committee: 8:30am, FRIDAY, APRIL 16, State Capitol Room 123. It is the second hearing on the agenda.

This bill aims to ensure that gang affiliation can be clearly substantiated, and that gang suppression activities fairly administered.

Bill includes:

  • Community reps on Gang Oversight Council
  • Participation of Councils of Color