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ST. PAUL – State Representative Carlos Mariani, District 65B, was named a champion for racial equity by the Organizing Apprenticeship Project, an organization that advances a community based movement to achieve racial, cultural, social and economic justice throughout our state and measures the Legislature's action in this regard by issuing a "race equity report card" each year. The report card can be accessed online at: http://www.oaproject.org/.
"As a state legislator I am honored to have the opportunity to move forward racial equity legislation that will serve the interests of all communities," said Mariani, who had a number of bills he authored featured prominently in the report card. "In 2007, I worked with other legislators to develop policies to address disparities that are impacting a growing number of Minnesotans of color across our state. Our legislative efforts focused on making positive impacts racial disparities in education, health, civil rights and the economic status of communities of color."
The 2007 report released by the Organizing Apprenticeship Project evaluated Mariani's leadership critical as racial divisions continue to deepen in Minnesota. Honored by OAP's recognition, Mariani responded, "We determine the environment we live in, and we can decide if we want a state that is welcoming to all people, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. We need to be mindful that there are many who live among us who continue to experience discrimination and unequal treatment. They are a reminder that we need to do better – if one suffers in our communities, we all suffer."