Nothing about us without us is for us
Rebuilding by and for impacted communities
The grief and rage that poured out into the streets in response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis has now become a worldwide movement against police violence, a movement largely led by Black youth. As rapid change continues, it is critical that the most impacted communities in the Twin Cities–especially the Black, Brown, Indigenous, and immigrant communities typically left out by our political system–maintain leadership.
In the Twin Cities, we witnessed the destruction of various sites, including Lake Street in South Minneapolis, Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis, Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis, and University Ave in St. Paul. Also, 38th and Chicago, the site of the murder that sparked this global movement, remains a site of immense pain and holds the possibility to become a space for community healing.
The Twin Cities metro area is now faced with the unique challenge and opportunity to reconstruct physical infrastructure in a way that reflects the values of those who have been historically excluded from development in our neighborhoods. We envision a thriving, multicultural, and truly affordable community where workers, tenants, small business owners, Black communities and other communities of color have the opportunity to lead and make decisions about what the future of our neighborhoods will look like.
We will not stand by idly while large corporations, financial institutions, and politicians who put their interests first once again profit during this time of crisis, uprooting immigrant, refugee, Indigenous, and Black owned wealth and assets that have been built over the past several decades. We will not accept the promises of getting back to “normal”–a normal where Black Minnesotans face some of the worst racial disparities in the country.
We imagine a rebuilding process where we devote resources toward building the skills of our community; careers that pull people out of poverty into living wage jobs in construction and commercial businesses, community ownership of businesses, and housing that is truly affordable for the communities who already live and work in these neighborhoods.
The following organizations stand together in the call for rebuilding a multi-cultural space that is truly led by and for the people of the community:
ACER, The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, Awood Center, BDC, Bishop Bruce R. Ough (Minnesota Conference of The United Methodist Church), Bishop Rev. Ann M. Svennungsen, Minneapolis Area Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Black Visions, CANDO, CTUL, Executive Director Richard H. Coleman (Hope United CDC), East Side Freedom Library, Frogtown Neighborhood Organization, Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia, Reclaim the Block, Rev. Ingrid Arneson Rasmussen, Lead Pastor (Holy Trinity Lutheran Church), Sierra Club Northstar Chapter, St. Paul Almanac, Take Action Minnesota, UnidosMN/Navigate, WSCO.