Check out this post from our partner, Take Action Minnesota, who wrapped up a great legislation session organizing for economic equity – raising the minimum wage in the state and signing the Women’s Economic Security Act into law.
This is how they organized in their state to win policy changes for all Minnesotans:
At the end of February, we laid out for you a vision to expand economic equity in the 2014 legislative session.
Three months (and 2,000+ emails to legislators, almost 30,000 doors knocked on, 8,000 petition signatures, 1,500 conversations on the phone, and one very (very) cold march with single moms later) much of that vision has been realized.
More than 300,000 Minnesotans will get a raise come August 1. Soon grandmothers will be able to stay home from work to take care of their grandchildren, and employers won’t be able to fire women simply because they’re a mom. More Minnesotans will get a second chance, and Minnesota will continue to lead the nation in health care through MinnesotaCare.
None of this would have been possible without Minnesotans like standing hand in hand with bold champions at the Capitol fighting for progress every day – while under immense pressure from corporate interests to back down.
We know that there’s more work to do. We’re still fighting to make sure that no mom worries about getting fired for staying home with sick kids. To make sure that all our neighbors can participate in our democracy. And to make sure that all Minnesotans have access to the affordable health care they need.
But today we wanted to pause and reflect on the enormous progress that was made this year. And most of all say thank you to the Minnesotans like you who raised your voice to make our state better, and the bold elected officials like Governor Dayton and champions in the legislature who heard your voices, and worked to make our state a better place.
TakeAction Minnesota is a statewide network of people working to realize racial and economic equity across Minnesota.