TRUE Partnership – An informal alliance of organizations working to create a learning community for rural Minnesota social justice champions and equity advocates
Before the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we engage with one another, a small group of organizations in rural Minnesota were planning to bring together people from across the state to learn from, be inspired by and make connections to advance social, racial and economic justice. Their goal was to contribute time and energy to the dismantling of white supremacist culture and policies.
By April 2020, it was clear that an in-person gathering would not be possible. The partners pivoted and in September 2020 offered the first TRUE Tuesdays – a series of Zoom explorations to identify, nurture, model and advance actions that support a rural Minnesota that is safe, inclusive and prosperous for all. TRUE stands for Transforming Rural Understanding of Equity.
The intention of the TRUE Partnership is to continue hosting TRUE Tuesdays, working towards a future where people can once again come together in a shared space to build on the relationships and co-learning created during this time of physical distancing.
The TRUE Partners are: Blandin Foundation, U of M Extension Center for Community Vitality, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Minnesota Humanities Center, Region Five Development Commission, Region Nine Development Commission, Southwest Initiative Foundation, and Voices for Racial Justice and the Willmar Area Community Foundation.