Apr. 26, 2012

On Tuesday, the Minneapolis City Council held a hearing to debate whether or not to build the Vikings stadium, and HIRE Minnesota showed up to be sure people of color were part of the discussion.

HIRE Minnesota organized activists from the Northside Community Response Team, a group of African American Minneapolis residents, to offer testimony at the hearing. The powerful testimonies provided by these leaders demonstrated the devastating effects that racial disparities have on their own lives, on the lives of their families and on the broader community.

One member of this group, a dynamic young woman named Tanisha Flowers, gave moving testimony about the need for new large-scale public investments to create permanent jobs and new training opportunities for people of color. Tanisha told the city council that she is neither for nor against the stadium, but that she is for racial equity in employment. Tanisha described the unacceptable racial disparities facing people of color in the Twin Cities, and she told the city council that we need “a long-term commitment to placing people in jobs with family-sustaining wages.”

We believe that the city councilmembers and the mayor heard a clear message about the need for sustained commitment to the economic vitality of people of color in Minneapolis. We were proud to partner with these great leaders, and we will continue to fight alongside them to eliminate Minnesota’s racial employment disparities.

Apr. 23, 2012

Minneapolis has revised its hiring goals upward to 32 percent, putting it in line with the new hiring goals set by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

This article in the Twin Cities Daily Planet outlines the actions taken by Minneapolis.  Raising the hiring goals was done specifically with an aim at reducing the employment disparities in our region.  A member of Mayor Rybak’s staff was quoted as saying, “The city of Minneapolis as an employer can and should do everything that we can to pull our weight in this effort.  It’s not only a moral imperative, it’s an economic imperative.”

We commend the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights for demonstrating a commitment to remedying our region’s unacceptable racial employment disparities and moving Minnesota from worst to first.