As we brace for Trump's inauguration later this week, millions of people nationwide are preparing to begin a new chapter of resistance. Join us for a mass show of solidarity as we show that we will resist Trump's racist, misogynist, xenophobic and environmentally destructive policies every step of the way. Join us as we inaugurate the joyful resistance.
Here are some Twin Cities actions we'll be participating in today and tomorrow:
Thursday, January 19
The two founders of Home Depot have donated millions of dollars to Trump and one of Home Depot’s major investors supports Trump. Home Depot uses the Trump model of business for its janitorial services: using subcontractors that hire immigrant workers and sometimes face lawsuits for wage theft.
Janitors who clean Home Depot are paid poverty wages by their subcontractor and have been organizing for years to win fair wages and the right to form a union without retaliation. If Trump has his way, these worker’s wages will go even lower – as Trump told the country in November 2016, “wages are too high.”
You can stand with striking janitors at 5:30am at The Quarry, 1520 New Brighton Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55413.
1900 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
3 pm - 6 pm
This march will join up with the mega-march. There will be hot chocolate. #NoDAPL #ResistCulturalGenocide
There'll be music, powerful stories, community resources, and opportunities to learn and become connected with initiatives that will help support a more fair, just and sustainable life for all.
Ginger Hop, 201 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
10 pm - 2 am
The night of the inauguration, join NOC and community for a night of music, dancing, and joyful resistance. As we prepare for the next four years, we refuse to surrender our joy -- we embrace it as an act of love and resistance. Join us for music, dancing, and community. We'll also have info about our Resist. Revolt. Unite. campaign and how you can join the movement.
2016 was a tremendous year of growth for us, even as the year marked a national turning point with the election of Donald Trump. We challenged cities and counties to change their policies, and won; we won key state policy changes even with a divided legislature; we moved $75 million in state and city budgets; and we pressed presidential candidates on the issues facing Black America. We took to the streets to mourn the deaths of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile and demand justice; we won policy changes to hold the police accountable and invest in public safety alternatives. And we proved over and over again that we can make the impossible possible; that organizing works. We're building a movement and gaining momentum.
Here's a look back at NOC's year in review for 2016:
- Allocated $35 million focused on jobs and employment in communities of color
- Passed sentencing reform with a negotiated agreement that reduced penalties for first time 3rd degree possession (raising threshold from 3g to 10g) and provided judges with more discretion for 4th degree possession, among other things. Not only will sentencing reform reduce the number of prison beds and save the state money, it also reinvests that money into drug treatment, mental health, and chemical dependency.
- Passed voting rights restoration in the Senate, but the House did not bring it up and it did not become law.
- Passed a bill that can add up to 25% of the maximum penalty for crimes that are committed as a result of bias, based on race, religion, sexual orientation and other protected classes -- making sure hate crimes are punished more appropriately.
-Working with partner groups, we successfully pressured the legislature to allocate:
- $1 million for full-service community schools;
- $25 million for early childhood education options, including pre-K;
- $12 million for education support professionals, such as school counselors and social workers
- As well as a policy change to shed light on a shortage report for diverse districts with a shortage of teacher diversity.
-After Philando Castile, an educator in the St. Paul Public Schools, was murdered by a St. Anthony police officer, we partnered with the St. Paul Federation of Teachers and Minneapolis Federation of Teachers for a #Teachers4BlackLives march in his honor, demanding justice for Philando and safety beyond policing in our schools.
-We helped shape the Minneapolis school board race through a candidate questionnaire and forum about racial equity in the public schools.
-We were proud to be part of the successful Vote Yes for Kids campaign to renew funding for the Minneapolis Public Schools.
The president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, and the Federal Reserve's only president of color, Neel Kashkari, has made commitments to partner with NOC and allies in 2017. Kashkari will live a day in the life of a NOC member, and leverage the power of the regional Fed to create real world solutions to the region's overwhelming equity crisis.
Trump's election demands that we organize resistance more urgently than ever -- to win bold policy changes at the local and state level, stop Trump's destructive agenda, build independent political power, and advance a vision of the boldly progressive future our communities deserve. We're launching a campaign to Resist, Revolt, and Unite against Trump. Join us.
As we look to an uncertain future, we know that independent member support is what has allowed us to grow and succeed so much over the past few years -- and it's the key to staying strong, resilient and agile through the Trump administration. To all our members, thank you so much for all your support. If you're not a sustaining member yet, please become one today. You can also support us with a one-time contribution.
Thanks so much for all your support. This is how we build resistance and win -- together. We'll see you in 2017.
Last Wednesday night, community members filled both Minneapolis and St. Paul City Halls to demand police accountability and safety beyond policing. At the same time St. Paul residents successfully pressured their City Council to remove police from the civilian review board, in Minneapolis we successfully secured $1.5 million for safety beyond policing strategies in next year's budget. Though $2 million to hire additional police also passed in the budget, we were able to lay the groundwork for alternate community safety strategies in Minneapolis.
Dozens of NOC members testified for alternate community safety measures and against additional spending for police.
Safety beyond policing items proposed by Mayor Hodges that ultimately passed:
- $185,000 in ongoing funding to the Health Department for Group Violence Intervention and Youth Violence Prevention aid and funding to community partners.
- $261,000 in ongoing funding and more money one time to create a 3-person mental health co-responder pilot at the Minneapolis Police Department
- $500,000 in one time funds to invest in community-directed alternative safety strategies in West Broadway and Little Earth
- $250,000 taken from Meet Minneapolis to fund alternative community safety strategies through the Downtown Improvement District (proposed by Goodman)
- $67,000 taken from Fire Department and Public Health fund to fund Youth Violence Prevention through the Health Department (proposed by Bender)
- $50,000 taken from the City Coordinator to fund Culturally Relevant Sex Trafficking Prevention Work through Health Department (proposed by Cano)
- $100,000 taken from the Police Special Revenue Fund to fund alternative community safety strategies in Phillips West and Ventura Village (proposed by Warsame)
- $100,000 taken from City Attorney's office to fund Hate Crimes Investigator at Civil Rights Department (proposed by Glidden)
These budget wins wouldn't have happened if it weren't for community demanding safety beyond policing in the Minneapolis budget. Thank you to everyone who came to a meeting, testified, spoke out for safety beyond policing, or contacted your council member. We'll keep building on this budget success toward community safety beyond policing in the months and years to come.