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Voices for Racial Justice

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Organization: Voices for Racial Justice

Sector: 501C-3 Non-Profit ; Collective

Organization Mission: As Minnesota changes demographically, the urgency for true racial equity is greater than ever. Voices for Racial Justice works statewide – because communities of color and American Indian communities live throughout Minnesota – to break down the systemic barriers that limit access to opportunities and equitable outcomes. We believe that: Structural change is necessary. Ending the racial disparities in criminal justice, education, housing, and employment requires addressing institutional and structural barriers. Outcomes are important. Colorblind policymaking will not end disparities. Instead, we must be intentional about examining the racial equity impact of practices and policies. Our voices matter. Too often, the experience and perspective of those communities most affected by disparities are not part of the policy change process. Our communities should not only be at the table, but also leading the way.

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The work of this organization may have impacts on the following areas:

PlanScape

Lvl 1: Civic Engagement ; Children & Youth ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Housing

Lvl 2: African American

DMC Impact: Health & Wellness

Community Health Impact area: Financial Stress/Homelessness

 

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Beam
  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that dmcbeam.org will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community, dmcbeam.org's  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. dmcbeam.org could be an interesting first step.

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  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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