Coalition Members

From left, BLC coalition leaders: Ricardo Perez from the Alliance, La Shella Sims from MICAH, Nichole Buehler from Harrison Neighborhood Association, Denise Butler from ACER, Sunny Chanthanouvong from Lao Assistance Center, and Nestor Garcia from Harrison Neighborhood Association

Blue Line Coalition members include neighborhood revitalization and place-based groups, culturally-based organizations, faith organizations, job training providers, and housing advocates.

BLC member organizations:

African Career, Education & Resource, Inc. (ACER)
ACER is creating access, equity, and opportunity for underrepresented groups in the Twin Cities’ northwest suburbs. ACER works with the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin county, and the McKnight Foundation on engaging underrepresented community groups to embrace the Bottineau Transitway as a catalyst for economic development, environmental sustainability, livability, and housing affordability.

The Alliance
The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability is a coalition of grassroots organizations that advances racial, economic and environmental justice in growth and development patterns in the Twin Cities region. We believe the people and places of our region are deeply connected. We work to ensure that our regional investments like housing, transit and economic development benefit everyone–especially low-income people and people of color, who are often left behind when resources are allocated. We bring grassroots organizations together to build more power and create a region that allows everyone in the Twin Cities region to thrive.

CAPI is dedicated to building vibrant communities and helping Minnesota’s newest immigrants and refugees navigate the services and systems they need to thrive. Through four core program areas, CAPI strives to help refugees and immigrants gain access to jobs, housing, food, health education, and youth and senior social services in order to promote economic independence, self-determination and social equality. While historically known as a social service agency, CAPI has integrated social justice priorities into our work in order to insure lasting improvements in the lives of its participants.

Harrison Neighborhood Association (HNA)
HNA are creating a prosperous and peaceful community that equitably benefits all of Harrison Neighborhood’s diverse racial, cultural and economic groups. HNA work to foster community awareness to improve the quality of life within HNA community, to provide a forum for information and communication within HNA community, to educate residents in the use of effective procedures for resolving problems or initiating improvements and to unite all efforts within the community in raising and acting on issues of common concern, directed toward improving the quality of life.

Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota (LACM)
LACM goals include meeting basic needs, increased self-reliance and youth development, reduced social isolation and promoting cultural equity. LACM’s five interconnected programs annually serve Lao families including at-risk low and moderate-income households: Youth Advancement, Elder Empowerment, Adult Stability, Health Outreach and Prevention Education, and Cultural Engagement.

Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH)
MICAH works with congregations, faith leaders, and community partners to increase awareness and understanding the need for affordable housing. This creates advocates who fight for changes in public policies to encourage all communities to preserve and build affordable housing. Through MICAH, congregational leaders and faith leaders, build relationships and organize within their congregations, community and region. These relationships, within a strategic framework, generate the power, commitment, and action that creates the political will to realize our vision.

MN350 unites Minnesotans as part of a global movement to end the pollution damaging our climate, speed the transition to clean energy, and create a just and healthy future for all. We seek to transition from an extractive economy based on fossil fuels and consumption to a sustainable, life-affirming economy with energy from the wind and sun. We work to guarantee that benefits flow first to marginalized communities that are historically excluded from economic gain.  

Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC)
The Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC) is a nonprofit neighborhood organization that informs, engages and facilitates the residents of the Near North and Willard Hay neighborhoods in Minneapolis to be primary agents for improving the social, economic, environmental and livability conditions in their community.

Our Streets Minneapolis
Our Streets Minneapolis works for a city where biking, walking, and rolling are easy and comfortable for everyone.  

Pueblos de Lucha y Esperanza
Pueblos’ mission is to take social responsibility and build a structure of community power, with discipline and awareness of the injustices that primarily affect immigrant people, committed to work hard until our voices are heard. We work in leadership and mentoring training, public forums, informational meetings, and meetings with public officials. We face the challenges that are affecting our community at the local, state and federal levels. 

Twin Cities Innovation Alliance
The Twin Cities Innovation Alliance (TCIA) is a social venture, intended to spark, resource, and guide entrepreneurs as they grow and scale their businesses across the Twin Cities, operating out of the need for greater diversity, inclusion and equity in technology and entrepreneurship. 

Urban Homeworks
Urban Homeworks catalyzes powerful people, using equitable housing as a platform to build community and create social change. Our People Oriented Development (POD) model engages people in determining what their neighborhoods look like, catalyzes them to become powerful advocates, and promotes active neighboring. This work helps reverse deeply entrenched inequities allowing for solutions to emerge organically from within neighborhoods.