A Call to Minnesota Elected, Business and Community Leaders to visibly and strongly affirm Minnesota’s Core identity as Open, Welcoming and Safe.
November 16, 2016,
Governor Mark Dayton
Speaker Kurt Daudt
Majority Leader-elect Paul Gazelka
Majority Leader-elect Joyce Peppin
Minority Leader-elect Tom Bakk
Minority Leader-elect Melissa Hortman
Greetings and congratulations to the newly elected leaders,
All across Minnesota there is a heightened state of anxiety and fear within the ALANA (African, African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American) communities, LGBTQ community, minority religious groups and Minnesotans in general. This is greatly affecting our children, especially young women and girls. Unfortunately since the election, there has been a significant increase in incidents committed by a small number within our schools, places of work and in the public which have sought to divide us as a community and make some of us feel unwelcome and safe. When trust and respect is lost, our society could collapse. We must work to change the environment very soon.
In this context, we call on our elected, business and community leaders, led by Governor Dayton, and our legislative leaders in partnership with business, religious and community organizations to provide a very visible and joint message to Minnesotans that they are committed to keeping Minnesota open, welcoming and safe with great intent and urgency towards shared prosperity and common respect for all Minnesotans.
The undersigned organizations call for your leadership to visibly and strongly affirm Minnesota’s Core identity as Open, Welcoming and Safe and are ready to stand with them to achieve respect and prosperity for all Minnesotans.
Advocates for Human Rights
African American Leadership Forum (AALF)
African Immigrant Services (AIS)
African Reconciliation and Development Organization (ARDO)
American Indian Community Housing Organization
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL)
Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (Latino Communities United In Service - CLUES)
Common Cause - Minnesota
Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota (CSM-MN)
Hmong Chamber of Commerce
Immigration Law Center of Minnesota
India Association of Minnesota
Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) MN Chapter
Islamic Cultural Community Center
Islamic Center of Minnesota
Jewish Community Action (JCA)
Oromo Chamber of Commerce
Lao Assistance Center
Latino Chamber of Commerce of MN
Masjid Al Kareem
Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Indian Business Alliance
Muslim American Society of Minnesota
Muslim Health Professionals of Minnesota
Northwest Indian Community Development Center
Northwest Islamic Community Center
St. Paul Chamber of Commerce
Phyllis Weatley Community Center
The Muslim Health Professionals of Minnesota
ZACAH (Zakat, Aid & Charity Assisting Humanity)
We need to regroup, reaffirm our core values and work together to continue to build ONE Minnesota.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this critical moment.