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How Advocacy Advances Systems Change
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Advocacy means taking action to create positive change. True advocacy requires addressing and solving the root problems that create barriers for communities, often by changing systemic processes through public policy and funding.
Acooa Ellis, SVP of Community Impact
Greater Twin Cities United Way Unveils Policy and Advocacy Agenda for 2021 State Legislative Session
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Acooa Ellis, SVP of Community Impact
The data and our partners are telling us that ensuring a stable, safe home and providing quality childcare at an early age are crucial to the future vitality of Minnesota, and that this current moment calls for courageous, deliberate action by institutional leaders in support of our students and workforce.
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Building a Stronger Future by Investing in Minnesota’s Youngest Children
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Greater Twin Cities United Way has been hard at work this legislative session advocating for the people and families most impacted by inequitable systems. One of our top priorities has been to champion policies that protect and increase our state’s early childhood investments, because when we prioritize our youngest children, we invest in Minnesota’s future economic prosperity.
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Uniting to Fuel Change through Advocacy
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The 2021 state legislative session is in full swing, and Minnesota remains the only divided state government in the nation with a DFL governor, DFL-led House and GOP-led Senate. As we launch into a budget year of the biennium, lawmakers are making funding decisions that will create the state budget for the next two years.
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United Way and Partners Host Virtual Town Hall Meetings with State House and Senate Leaders
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Nonprofits are employers – employing more than 13 percent of Minnesota’s workforce – and providers supplying food assistance, domestic violence crisis response, childcare, mental health services and more. Nonprofits also are facing challenges on a number of fronts as state and federal reimbursements are decreasing; philanthropic giving is down; galas, banquets and conferences are cancelled; and unemployment has increased demand for services from nonprofits.
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United Way Testifies in Support of Emergency COVID-19 Homeless Prevention Funds GTCUW
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While COVID-19 has required the Minnesota Legislature to convene virtually, floor sessions and committee hearings continue to move emergency response proposals forward. During this time, it is important that we continue to advocate for funding and programs that help our neighbors who need assistance during this pandemic and beyond.
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2021 Advocacy for Children Day Virtual Rally
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Dome of the MN State Capitol Building
Over 35,000 children in the state of Minnesota still don’t have access to quality early care, education, and other supports. This rally is an opportunity to speak up, for and with children to make sure their care and education are prioritized in policy discussions and legislation this session.
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United Way Calls on Governor Walz and Legislature to Support COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Funding
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We know that a stable home is the foundation that enables people to thrive. Ensuring stable housing is vital for our individual and collective health. It’s important to minimize disruptions to housing that could make it even tougher for Minnesotans to mitigate the threat of COVID-19.
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How United Way Helped Secure $100 Million in Emergency Housing Assistance
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Once the current evictions moratorium ends when the peacetime emergency declaration is over, we are very concerned about a tidal wave of potential evictions due to nonpayment of rent. These funds will provide an extremely important bridge until impacted renters are able to replenish lost income by regaining employment and/or safely returning to work.