Application window open to apply for equity funding grants

Non-profits across the state have the opportunity to apply for funding from eight new and existing programs. The funding is meant to serve a wide variety of people – including women in high wage, high demand and non-traditional jobs, emerging entrepreneurs that are either women, people of color, veterans or those with disabilities or grants can help aid organizations in need of a variety of business needs like financial management or strategic planning.

Historic investments to address racial and economic disparities signed into law

Senate Equity Subcommittee co-chairs Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) and Deputy Majority Leader Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) applaud Governor Mark Dayton’s signing of the omnibus supplemental budget bill today. The governor’s signature made official the historic and unparalleled investments secured by Hayden and Champion which will begin to address Minnesota’s alarming racial and economic disparities.

Equity Subcommittee Co-Chairs call on Target Field vendor to keep it local, hire Minnesota workers instead of bringing in out-of-state workers

Yesterday media reported that Target Field concession vendor Delaware North Sportservice had been busing in 150 workers to work for Twins games from Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Chicago as well as providing temporary accommodations. Equity Subcommittee Co-Chairs Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) and Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) have been working with community organizers and leaders to address this new revelation and have released statements calling for this practice to end.

Bill would help kickstart business creation for African communities

In an effort to expand economic opportunities for all Minnesotans, the Minnesota Senate has created a subcommittee on Equity. This committee will hear a wide variety of bills that address equity problems in education, business, health care and transportation. Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) authored a bill that would provide grant money to the African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) non-profit. The committee held its first hearing on Tuesday and Hoffman’s bill was one of 20 bills given a hearing that address various economic inequities in Minnesota.

Equity Subcommittee Holds First Hearing

The Senate Equity Subcommittee co-chaired by Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) and Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) convened its first hearing today on the anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 which provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed, or national origin.