The One Minnesota Agenda

Racial Equity

Minnesota has some of the greatest racial disparities of any state – that has to change.

Let’s create an administration that looks like Minnesota.

In order to address the problems face by Minnesotans, our government has to look like Minnesota. Tim and Peggy will ensure that people of color have equitable access to positions in state government. That starts with the top of the ticket: when elected Lt. Governor, Peggy Flanagan will be the highest ranking female Native American in the history of the United States.

As Minnesotans, one of our core values is fairness. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet been able to live up to that value when it comes to racial equity.

People of color and indigenous people in Minnesota experience disparities in almost all facets of life. Whether it’s educational outcomes, injustice in our criminal justice reform system, or lack of representation by people of color and indigenous people in our government, Minnesota has a lot of work to do to achieve equity.

We have to stop viewing racial disparities as a problem that only impacts Minnesotans of color and indigenous Minnesotans and start realizing that it’s an issue that affects all of us.

The Walz Flanagan Administration will:

  • Make access to education for everyone a priority. We know that there are investments that Minnesota can make to help students from diverse backgrounds. That includes programs that encourage hiring more people of color and indigenous people as teachers and getting POCI students exposure to careers in STEM.
  • Nurture healthy families across Minnesota. We must make meaningful investments into improving access to childcare, invest in families that want to combat the opioid epidemic, and ensure that health care providers are providing culturally competent care.
  • Provide economic opportunities for every Minnesotan. When Minnesota has a surplus, we should use that money to in invest in our communities, not give tax break to tobacco companies and the wealthiest Minnesotans. This includes targeted job creation programs in communities of color and indigenous communities.
  • Push for criminal justice reform and civil rights for everyone. Tim and Peggy favor creating a taxation and regulation system for adult-use cannabis in Minnesota. African Americans in Minnesota are negatively and disproportionately impacted by these laws. They also support outlawing private prisons in Minnesota – There should be no profit motive attached to recidivism.