The Minnesota Legislature created the Council on Black Minnesotans in 1980 to ensure that people of African heritage fully and effectively participate in and equitably benefit from the political, social and economic resources, policies and procedures of the State of Minnesota.Find Out How to Get Involved Now
Our recommendations were develop knowing that in Minnesota human stories are singular but our destiny is shared – we rise or fall as one state – as one people, and the power of human unity must prevail.Our recommendations enhance human rights enforcement and lay the foundation to eradicate disparities.
The recommendations are important because they were developed by Black Minnesotans from all across Minnesota. With your help, we can ensure our recommendations are heard and discussed in legislative committees.Sign the Petition In Support!
The Council on Black Minnesotans is proud to present a policy brief on the impact of the minimum wage increase on Minnesotans of African descent. This policy brief is by no means a comprehensive study but is a useful tool for legislators to use as they consider a minimum wage increase in the 2014 legislative session.
We contend that raising the minimum wage has visible benefits for people of African descent and for many other poor families. However, we believe that a living wage should be implemented and $9.50, even indexed, is not enough!Learn More About "Living Wages Now"