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Rochester Racial Justice Toolkit

The Toolkit is a compilation of articles, guides, news, videos, social media, and other tools from several online sources on racial justice and Black Lives Matter activism. The site is a work in progress with ongoing updates and contributions to each section. Please contact us with any suggestions or resource contributions! The Toolkit is an online social justice resource rooted in a committment to radical love and service to the Rochester, MN community. ​

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Project Information

About the project

Project Phase:

Develop

Impacts:

Diversity and Inclusion    

Collaborators

Contact: Rick Morris ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: RRJ

Collaborators:

Related Projects

2016-2020 Housing Framework ; Allies & Advocates ; Bias/Hate Crime and Incident Response ; Community Beam to enable community collaboration ; Community Leaders Creating Change ; Diversity Council Civic Equity Focus Area ; Diversity Council Rochester Area Racial Attitude Survey ; Diversity Toolkit ; Human Libray of Southeaster Minnesota ; enCounter Poverty

 

Detailed Description

The Toolkit is a compilation of articles, guides, news, videos, social media, and other tools from several online sources on racial justice and Black Lives Matter activism. The site is a work in progress with ongoing updates and contributions to each section. Please contact us with any suggestions or resource contributions! The Toolkit is an online social justice resource rooted in a committment to radical love and service to the Rochester, MN community.  

The 2016 shooting deaths of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, and the fatal shooting of police officers, Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens and Michael Smith in Dallas, TX have deeply polarized our nation and local communities. Since then, similar tragedies have continued to occur across the country.

Beyond hashtags and political posturing, these were all valued individuals with families and friends, and dreams like all of us. There are devasted partners, children, parents,  siblings, and dear friends left behind. These were precious human lives that have been lost to not only the violence of gunfire, but the violence of ongoing inequalities and hate. 

Rochester is a growing and increasingly diverse community. In addition, communities of color continue to confront systemic inequalities here in our city. Our city depends on informed citizens-in-solidarity, leadership, and change partners who are dedicated to creating a truly inclusive community where all members can thrive and belong without fear or marginalization. The Toolkit is about supporting a deeper dialogue, building solidarity, and helping to build a community culture that is anti-racist at its core. 

We honor the lives of law enforcement officers who risk their lives daily for our safety and protection. We honor and mourn  the lives of men, women, and children killed by police violence.  It is our great love for our nation and our communities  that pushes us to demand better, demand justice, demand peace from those in power and sworn to protect us. This work finds strength, resilience, and understanding through love aimed at achieving justice, peace, and healing.

 

 

 

Project Status/News

 


Related PlanScape Status

Diversity and Inclusion  

July 31, 2019: Rochester Area Family Y

Y Membership Scholarship Application Announcement.

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July 26, 2019: Pathway to Prosperity

Olmsted County  Receives Grant for Pathways Toward Prosperity and Well-Being Program,

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July 26, 2019: Rochester Public Schools Superintendent Evaluation Study Group

Study session by the school board on evaluating the superintendent. 

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July 17, 2019: Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)

2018-2019 Report presented to RPS school board and comparison with 2018 reporting. 

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July 15, 2019: Rochester Home Infusion in the News

Finance-Commerce Spotlight on Small Biz: Home IV service joins DMC mix

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July 08, 2019: Diversity Council Recipient of 2019 Anti-Racism Initiative Category

Diversity Council selected as recipient of the 2019 Nonprofit Mission Award in the category of Anti-Racism Initiative  

 

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    June 23, 2019: Rochester Community & Technical College Compassion/Equity

    Minutes from June 4th, 2019, compassion/equity scheduling workshop

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    June 23, 2019: Next Human Library Events

    The next  Library event will be at the Rochester Public  Library  on Thursday, August 22, 2019.  The event will run from 6:00 - 8:30.  We will need 4 team members to help set up for the event from 5-6 and then at least 8 to keep the event running smoothly

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    Last modified by support on 2017/12/11
    Created by allnode on 2017/12/08

    Site Information
    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.

    Definitions
    The following defines the various project phases:
    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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