Among other Met Council members at a roundtable discussion last week at the Rondo Community Outreach Library in St. Paul, Roxanne Smith representing Champlin said the “superior growth model” and the “top priority” for the Met Council is to close the unemployment gap between African Americans and whites, currently one of the worst in the nation. This was reaffirmed earlier this year when the Met Council’s Corridors of Opportunity and HIRE Minnesota pushed MNDOT to raise their workforce inclusion goal for people of color to 32 percent up from the previous goal of 11 percent.
The devastating consequences of the double-dip recession and the foreclosure crisis have disproportionately impacted the core cities and older suburbs throughout the Twin Cities region. The inclusion of these disenfranchised communities in the planning of economic, transit and housing development will ultimately be, as Russ Adams, director of the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability described, a “down-payment” on the “untapped human potential” to secure a vibrant, competitive and prosperous economy.
We couldn’t agree more. Growth & Justice has consistently advocated for smart investments in Minnesota to create sustainable public infrastructure and a prosperous economy. Our emphasis is on equity.
To hear more about economic disparities and recommendations for equitable solutions, please join us on Tuesday night with author Chuck Collins and Headwaters Foundation for Justice, On the Commons and Wealth for the Common Good as we address many of the central questions of our time: Who are the 99 percent? How extensive and systemic is inequality in different areas of society? How is inequality changing in our world? Do we dare be hopeful about changing it?
Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
Open Book Center - Target Performance Hall
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Registration is appreciated; click here to RSVP