UMN is working to ensure our collective power as people of color is heard and felt. Our communities are too often on the receiving end of legislation, public policies, and discriminatory practices that directly and repeatedly limit access to economic opportunity and justice. Founded in 2002, UMN is committed to fully engaging communities of color as active participants in our democracy. UMN trains, organizes and empowers people of color to access effectively many of the resources that make a difference in people’s lives – from the Commonwealth’s schools, to its workplaces, to its financial institutions, to its voting booths.
We provide organizing, media, lobbying, advocacy, and political strategy to build the capacity and knowledge of campaigns and organizations locally and nationwide. UMN has provided technical support to the Peace Development Fund, the American Bar Association, the AFL-CIO, All of Us or None, the Blackfoot Nation, National Alliance of Cape Verdean Organizations, among others. We provided support on criminal justice reform to the cities of New York, Trenton, Baltimore, Honolulu, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Seattle, Chicago, and Minneapolis, the Council of State Governments, the State of California, and the Greater New Orleans Grassroots Community Coalition
UMN trains people of color to address the problems in their neighborhoods, in their regions, and in their country, and to work successfully for change. Our efforts are designed to strengthen democracy and to rebuild communities of color which continue to be pummeled by the pernicious effects of racism and resulting lack of economic, social and educational opportunity. Our goal is to create a unifying force to deal with the threats to our civil liberties and the discriminatory practices that limit our access to political, economic and social power.
We are trainers, building new skilled leaders and activists. We are technical assistance advisors building organizational capacity of organizations locally and nationwide. We are organizers and coalition builders. Our programs and people are changing the political landscape of Boston and Massachusetts.People and communities working together have and will make a difference. The collective clout of people of color represents millions of voters and billions of dollars – real economic power. Our collective power will renew hope and neighborhoods.