Active Local Groups

We are building a list of groups and organizations in Northfield that are working on various issues of diversity, inclusion, justice, protection, protest, etc. We intend to list them all here. We regularly post calls to action and events from these groups.

If your group/organization would like to be included, please fill out our contact form.

 
 

ISAIAH: Faith in Democracy

From their website:
ISAIAH is a vehicle for congregations, clergy, and people of faith to act collectively and powerfully towards racial and economic equity in the state of Minnesota.

There's a local Northfield branch that operates out of the UCC.


Cannon Valley Indivisible

From their facebook page:
A grassroots advocacy group focused on Minnesota's 2nd Congressional district, inspired by the Indivisible Guide.

They regularly go to Representative Jason Lewis's office and do letter writing and calling campaigns. Not of facebook? Contact them at their email or fill out their survey to get on their mailing list.
 

SURJ Northfield

If you’re receiving this, we’re hoping you might be interested in educating, organizing, and mobilizing fellow white people to understand and challenge white supremacy. Keep reading!

After the election, myself and a group of students started organizing under the umbrella of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) because we were angry, scared, and ready to find a way to act. To sum up what SURJ does in a nutshell, they focus on community organizing, mobilizing and education amongst white activists around issues of racial justice, while maintaining accountability to POC voices and POC community needs. Their work incorporates racial and class analysis, works along principles of community accountability and cross-racial organizing, and basically puts the burden on white people to organize other white people to change. It's good work and draws in a lot of issues -- racial and economic justice, mass incarceration, police brutality, and others -- but there's flexibility to shape the issue agenda at the local chapter (where we come in!)

An important caveat to note is that by design, SURJ is a space to mobilize white activists to educate, organize, and mobilize other white people. That’s *not* to say that SURJ is a space for white guilt, exclusion, or complacency. The premise of organizing white people as secondary leaders in the fight for racial justice, rather than placing ourselves on the front lines, comes from questions of taking up too much space. Whiteness is always present and even while working to dismantle white supremacy, our best intentions can cause harm and take up too much space in other activist spaces. As people of color face institutionalized racism and state violence, SURJ’s work attempts to relieve the “double burden” of having to educate white people about how to be better. In terms of education, it's seeking to provide a space that white folks can process and challenge white supremacy in a space that doesn't inflict more damage upon people of color, and in terms of organizing, it's asserting that racism is our legacy -- and therefore our responsibility to address within white communities. (These ideas are articulated in words much better than my own on the SURJ website's accountability platform).

We’ve spent a long time in the planning phase, and we’re excited to finally move forward toward concrete goals as a chapter in Northfield. We’re getting connected to local partners, gaining a better sense for where our time and efforts would be most useful in the greater Northfield community, preparing for canvassing training, and gearing up to start “living room conversation” and education sessions. If this is something you feel passionate about supporting, join us!

If interested in being added to the mailing list, contact Sarah (trachtenbergs@carleton.edu).

 

MELT USA

From their website:
MELT is a humanitarian organization founded in Minnesota, U.S.A. in 2016. It evolved in reaction to the countrywide increase in aggression toward women, Muslims, and minorities of all kinds. It is the mission of MELT to answer hateful rhetoric and violent behavior with actions that promote well-being, inclusiveness, and equality for all in every aspect of American life. MELT plans to spread its message through meetings, marches, PSAs, documentaries, literature, social media, and members' mouths. To become a MELT member, simply stand up and speak out for humanity at every opportunity.

MELT’s Vision:

Make every life thrive in America!

MELT’s Mission:

Answer hateful rhetoric and violent behavior with a narrative and actions that promote well-being, inclusiveness, and equality. This will be accomplished by acknowledging social issues, inspiring change, and taking creative steps to make a lasting difference in people’s lives.

MELT’s Goals:

·         generate positive messages about the experience of a wide variety of citizens

·         promote mutual respect among community members by recognizing common interests, appealing to human decency

·         find and create opportunities for peaceful interaction/contribution among people of different backgrounds and beliefs