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Awarded "Champion of Racial Equity" by Voices for Racial Justice

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Yesterday I joined Voices for Racial Justice for their Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity. I’m encouraged by the increased focus on racial equality we’ve seen. This attention has made many in the general public more aware of how badly we need to invest in communities of color and bring radical change to many of our institutions. Minnesota’s economy and institutions should work for everybody, no matter your race or economic status.

Despite the opposition from Republicans, we were able to get quite a bit done this year as we work to end racial disparities. As with past years, I’m proud of the work I’ve done in this area. I worked on expanding and restoring voting rights, reducing sentences and eliminating most mandatory minimums, providing earned sick leave, fair scheduling, tax credits for working families, helping women of color start businesses, tuition assistance, access to affordable and healthy food, health equity, and reforms that ensure state government considers disparities in all government functions. I’ve also worked tirelessly to ensure that the Somali, Oromo and other immigrant communities in our district and across our state are given the opportunities they need to succeed.

Again, this year I’ve been recognized as a Champion for Racial Equity with an A rating. For more than a decade I’ve been honored to work with Voices for Racial Justice and our partners in this fight as we work to end racial disparities.

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As your voice at the Capitol, I’ll continue to work to make sure everyone has the opportunity to succeed, not just the wealthy or well connected.