Best of Neighborhood News 10/20: CTUL members win union representation for retail cleaners


Barb Kucera of Workday Minnesota reports that worker center CTUL (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha/Center of Workers United in Struggle) announced winning union representation of retail cleaners after a six year long fight for better contracting policies and pressuring retailers like Target Corporation. The workers, mainly immigrants and people of color, were employed by subcontractors.

Learn more on the issue and some of the changes that have been won on Workday Minnesota.


NOC holds listening sessions to reimagine policing
Tony Williams, organizer with Neighborhood Organizers for Change. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Spokesman Recorder.

NOC organizer Tony Williams. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Spokesman Recorder.

Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder shared a story about an initiative from Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) examining the history of policing and what can be done to change policing in our communities.

Organizers Tony Williams and Shiranthi Goonathilaka broke down the tactics by slave patrols to break up large gatherings and assemblies empowered by the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 are currently employed by police discouraging youth protests in the present day. Afterward, the community members in attendance brainstormed different needs and ways to address policing outside of the current militarized state.

Read more about NOC’s work and presentations at MSR News Online.

U.S. Department of Treasury awards $1.5 million to MEDA

Insight News reports that MEDA (Metropolitan Economic Development Association), a nonprofit organization that supports Minnesota’s minority entrepreneurs, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund).

“With (this) awards, the CDFI Fund has crossed the $2 billion threshold in collective investments to CDFIs and Native CDFIs through the CDFI and NACA Programs,” said CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan. “This milestone underscores the transformative impact CDFIs are having in low-income, distressed and underserved communities and areas of persistent poverty. In businesses financed, real estate developed, affordable housing constructed and improved access to the financial system, CDFIs are empowering change and revitalization in their communities.”

Read the whole story over at Insight News.