The Alliance

Advancing Regional Equity

aka Alliance for Metropolitan Stability   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  www.thealliancetc.org

Mission

The Alliance is a coalition of community-based organizations and advocacy groups building shared power to advance strategic campaigns around the intersections of racial justice, economic justice, environmental justice, and health equity. Our mission is to advance justice and equity in economic growth and land development in the Twin Cities region.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Mr. Russ Adams

Associate Director

Maura Brown

Main address

2525 E Franklin Ave Suite 200

Minneapolis, MN 55406 USA

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EIN

41-1977419

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Twin Citi es region has long harbored some of the nation’s most extreme racial disparities in employment, wealth, and housing. These injustices have received increasing publicity—spurring targeted research, ongoing dialogues, and task forces that repeatedly describe the problem, while the data has not substantively changed. Although we are collectively more aware of the issue, people of color, indigenous, immigrant, and low-income communities continue to experience disparities in every facet of life. These inequities destabilize our communities and make us vulnerable to displacement by those with more resources. We know that we are facing systems and institutions intentionally built on a foundation of racism, bias, and injustice—designed to benefit white people at the expense of people of color. To achieve regional equity, systems must be changed.

Our programs

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Equity in Place

Equity in Place is a diverse group of strategic partners from place-based, housing, and advocacy organizations. We believe that everyone in the Twin Cities region deserves to live where they wish to live and have access to opportunity. Our region benefits from many assets, but we continue to be unable to translate these benefits to everyone, specifically to communities of color. nEquity in Place engages various community-based organizations in influencing major planning and investments that will shape the future of the Twin Cities region.

Population(s) Served

HIRE Minnesota is a campaign working to end Minnesota's racial disparities in employment and create career pathways for people of color in the construction trades. Through this body of work, we have helped large public agencies like the Minnesota Department of Transportation, local governmental authorities, and the Metropolitan Council to increase the number of people of color and women in the workforce that builds our state's roads, bridges, stadiums, transitways, and other major construction and infrastructure projects in the state and metro region.

Population(s) Served

The Actualizing Equity event series creates space for organizers throughout the region to build relationships, share knowledge and strategize together in our shared work to change the policies and systems that influence racial, economic, environmental, and health equity.

Population(s) Served

The Alliance partnered with the Harrison Neighborhood Association, Umoja Community Development Corporation, and members of the Community Engagement Steering Committee to create the Equitable Development Principles & Scorecard, which helps communities ensure that the principles and practices of equitable development, environmental justice, and affordability are available to all residents. We are now working with local communities of color and low-income communities to pilot the tool to advance equitable development in the region. A Scorecard Enthusiasts group has come together to provide resources that make the Scorecard more accessible.

Population(s) Served

Our AREA: The Alliance Regional Equity Agenda is a strategic document centered around the needs and aspirations of people of color, indigenous, immigrant, and low-income communities. It highlights the strategies Alliance members and partners are using and calls for further collective action to heal communities, stimulate regenerative power, dismantle structural racism, and end the displacement and gentrification of our communities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Achievements in Environmental Justice award 2010

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Alliance believes that the people, places, and issues of the Twin Cities are all connected. We find creative ways to link resource allocation and public policy decisions to more equitably benefit every person and place in the region. Regional equity is a term that describes the complex interplay of racial justice, environmental justice, economic justice, and health equity. It is impossible to separate them, particularly as they relate to how major development decisions get made. Decisions and investments that affect housing, transportation, land use, economic development, and other regional issues affect all of these critical areas. We all have a stake in creating a more equitable Twin Cities region.

Coalition organizing: We organize coalitions that cross the boundaries of race, culture, geography, and issues to advance equity and justice in the way growth and development happens in the Twin Cities region. We unite policy and advocacy organizations with place-based and culturally specific organizations to amplify their efforts.

Community engagement: We ensure that communities are engaged in the public decision-making processes that shape policies and systems in our region. We often support community-based organizations who have deep relationships with residents with research, tools, and strategy that can advance their community engagement work.

Strategic system navigation: Many of the decision-making processes that affect our lives are complex in nature and occur over the course of many years. The Alliance provides technical expertise, analysis, and strategy development to support leaders in navigating these complex projects over time.

Field building: Throughout our work, the Alliance intentionally connects local organizations and organizing efforts to broader public decision-making processes. By supporting the leadership of community based organizations and connecting many groups across geographic and cultural communities doing similar work, the Alliance plays a role in developing a stronger set of relationships, collaborations, best practices, and understanding of collective power. That power is then wielded to influence both policy and process.

As a coalition, one of the most important values driving our work is our commitment to shared leadership, ideas, and resources among many groups and individuals. We strive to be accountable to our members and allies and we work for public accountability to the diverse communities represented in the Twin Cities region.

We build the capacity of organizations to organize for equitable growth and development, and to see the connections between local and regional issues. This means both creating tools and convening people in critical discussions, as well as connecting people to successful ideas from other regions.

See some of the impact of our efforts here:
http://thealliancetc.org/our-work/impact/

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Alliance

Board of directors
as of 4/24/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nelima Sitati-Munene

African Career, Education and Resource Inc.

Term: 2018 -

Asad Aliweyd

New American Development Center

Monica Bravo

West Side Community Organization

Sunny Chanthanouvong

Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota

Jim Erkel

At large

Tram Hoang

At large

Joshua Houdek

Sierra Club North Star Chapter

Suyapa Miranda

At large

Anthony Taylor

Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota