We envision vibrant cultural corridors that ignite solidarity economies in St. Paul — and beyond. We see a future where Black, Indigenous, Latinx and people of color communities reclaim, grow and share their wealth so every individual can thrive within abundant, culturally affirming collectives.
“Traditional” economic development practices have inflicted economic, social, and political violence on BIPOC and low-wealth communities for generations. As organizations on the front lines of these historic and ongoing harms, we see the devastating impacts on families AND the power and resilience of our communities to guide and govern their own liberatory futures.
Who we are
We are the dreamers and the doers. We are an intentional collaboration of BIPOC-led organizations energized by a spirit of possibility and sustained by our unwavering conviction that our communities must have the power, resources and support to design, own and make decisions about their land, labor and housing.
Our collaborative currently includes Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), Model Cities, Rondo Community Land Trust, and West Side Community Organization.
As a collaborative, we recognize that each organization plays a unique role in disrupting a web of systems at the structural, relational and transformational level and we hold ourselves accountable to shared values.
- We center directly impacted communities — and people who have been historically harmed and excluded — in decision-making about their land, labor and housing.
- We disrupt the ways white supremacy has shaped funding and policies to divide our movements and strip our communities of their rightful resources and agency.
- We start from a shared understanding that programs, policies and projects must recognize and seek to repair past harms, accounting for community trauma and holding actors accountable for their past and/or ongoing impacts.
- We honor the agency and autonomy of individuals and the abundance of the collective, seeking to co-create culturally affirming choices that meet our communities where they’re at — and create pathways to where they want to go.
Our purpose is to build a new community development paradigm powered by the ingenuity and expertise of our communities that creates real, radical and lasting transformation. We are creating intentional space and capacity to dream, design and activate cross-organizational strategies that increase BIPOC community ownership of their land, labor and housing.
With our unique assets and roles, we seek to usher in a future where:
- our communities are mobilized and exist in solidarity through the power of organizing
- we collectively steward the land through the land trust model for future generations
- housing is not a commodity but a fundamental right and accessible to everyone
- we own the means and fruits of our labor and shape dignified workplaces through worker cooperatives
Secure and redistribute resources to liberate community wealth
- Capitalize a number of funds with blended capital approaches, including specific reparation funds
- Lay the groundwork for community investment models