Voices for Racial Justice grows out of the Voices for Voting Rights campaign that brought communities of color together to oppose the proposed voter ID amendment to the Minnesota state constitution. Leading up to Election Day on November 6, 2012, Organizing Apprenticeship Project and partner organizations emphasized the importance of our multiple voices and stories of struggle for true participation in the democratic process. Voices matter, we said, and though our histories — from American Indians to African Americans to new immigrants — differ, we share a desire for our voices to be truly included and heard.
Voices for Racial Justice builds on the importance of narrative and honoring our many voices as we seek inclusion and opportunity for all Minnesotans. We focus on breaking down barriers with real solutions. Our work for racial justice continues through:
- Building engagement and organizing power of people of color in multiple policy arenas.
- Telling our stories in different ways, including blog posts, social media, videos, photography, music, and other forms of expression.
- Drawing attention to barriers to opportunity and solutions to racial disparities, and supporting leadership for change.