POCI Caucus Announces 2020 One Minnesota Legislative Agenda
Agenda would allow Minnesotans to live safe, healthy and prosperous lives by ensuring everyone has an equal chance to succeed
St. Paul, Minn. – Minnesota's People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus Co-Chair Chair Rep. Rena Moran (DFL – St. Paul), Rep. Mohamud Noor (DFL – Minneapolis), Sen. Patricia Torres Ray (DFL – Minneapolis), Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL – St. Paul), and POCI Caucus members today announced their 2020 legislative agenda, which focuses on criminal justice reform and reducing disparities in education, health care, and economic security.
“We stand together across race, culture, and experience, united in the goal of making Minnesota a better, more equitable place to live,” said POCI Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Moran. “Our state is facing significant disparities that we cannot ignore. Our agenda supports transformational change in social, racial, and economic justice.”
“Our goal as the POCI Caucus is to shine a light on the needs of our diverse communities throughout Minnesota,” said POCI Caucus Co-Chair Sen. Hawj. “Our legislative agenda and civic engagement will ensure that communities of color are at the forefront of our work at the Capitol. We need to continue to fully invest in our children, our families, our neighbors, our schools, and our neighborhoods to close the gap in equity.”
The following stats and figures help illustrate the extent of inequities in Minnesota:
Criminal Justice Reform:
POCI Caucus One Minnesota Legislative Package:
Closing Opportunity Gaps in Education
All children deserve an equitable start in life. Our plan includes strong investments in programs that are proven to help students from diverse backgrounds succeed. The package invests in recruiting, training, and retaining teachers of color; funds English Language Learner programs; and closes disparities in school discipline because early learning experiences have a critical impact on the development of young children – dismissals and suspensions only lead to more suspensions and more missed learning opportunities down the road.
Bills include: HF 2038, HF 448, HF 1761, HF 757, HF 2288, HF 3339, HF 3556
Addressing Disparities in Health Outcomes
Our effort is focused on changing laws to give families the tools they need to keep their families and their communities healthy. This package makes meaningful investments in improving health care outcomes by addressing maternal child and health disparities, expanding MinnesotaCare, and advancing environmental justice.
Bills include: HF 2114, HF 2060, HF 1258, HF 1050, HF 771
Promoting Jobs and Economic Security for All Minnesotans
The POCI Caucus Agenda invests in the quality of life and economic security for all Minnesotans. It creates renter protections, expands affordable housing in opportunity zones, prohibits employers from requiring past wage disclosure, provides for economic inclusion, and requires equity in State hiring.
Bills include: HF 2844, HF 2436, HF 2060, HF 3003, HF 2000, HF 1932, HF 1736, HF 906, HF 841
Advancing Criminal Justice Reform and Civil Rights for All
The POCI Caucus stands together to protect civil rights for all Minnesotans. We are committed to stopping the future economic and societal harm of policies that put more people behind bars. The POCI Caucus supports restoring the right to vote and efforts to increase voting accessibility generally. We also strongly support reducing the use of cash bail.
Bills include: HF 2709, HF1060, HF741, HF40, HF 94, HF 2831, HF 2779, HF 1183
The full legislative agenda is available here.
The People of Color & Indigenous (POCI) Caucus includes Reps. Jamie Becker-Finn (42B), Aisha Gomez (62B), Hodan Hassan (62A), Kaohly Her (64A), Mary Kunesh-Podein (41B), Fue Lee (59A), Alice Mann (56B), Carlos Mariani (65B), Rena Moran (65A), Mohamud Noor (60B), Ruth Richardson (52B), Samantha Vang (40B), Jay Xiong (67B), Tou Xiong (53B), and Sens. Melisa Franzen (49), Foung Hawj (67), Jeff Hayden (62), Bobby Joe Champion (59), and Patricia Torres Ray (63).