Stadium should advance employment equity

Insight News, Minneapolis

Next week, the city of Minneapolis will have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide more jobs and career options for people of color in Minneapolis now and for the next 30 years.

Minneapolis has the worst employment disparities by race of any major city, meaning that white people are three times more likely to be employed than black people. HIRE Minnesota, a community-based coalition, is fighting hard to change this situation. The new Vikings stadium legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Dayton last week, outlines clear and immediate opportunities to provide both short- and long-term employment for people of color. While coalition members within HIRE Minnesota have different opinions about whether public funds should be used to build a stadium, we all agree that if the Minneapolis City Council votes in favor of it next week, it should make the most of the opportunity to advance employment equity in Minneapolis.

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