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YNPN Twin Cities: You are valued. You are welcome here, just as you are.

At YNPN Twin Cities, our values are to strive for respect and inclusiveness, to seek opportunities to collaborate, and to respond to the evolving needs of our community. YNPN Twin Cities has always and will continue to stand in solidarity with all of our members. It should go without saying, but hate, discrimination, racism and sexism is never acceptable and will not be tolerated by YNPN Twin Cities.

This election has caused a wide range of feelings and reactions by our members, our community and our nation, including shock, fear, grief, anger, and a loss of justice. We validate and respect those feelings. Self-care is hard in nonprofit work, and we encourage you to take care of yourself now more than ever, whatever that looks like.

To all of our members, the Twin Cities community, and our peers across the country: We see you. You are valued. We believe you. You are welcome here, just as you are. You are loved.

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Time to leave your comfort zone: Change requires uncomfortable conversations

hands.jpgWhat was the last obstacle you faced, and how did you conquer it?

We overcome challenges every day and sometimes we don’t even realize it. Any time we are faced with a situation in which we don’t know the answer, it is often helpful to seek knowledge and resources from others.

I consider myself a resourceful person who does exactly that. When I don’t know a fact, my first response is “Oh, I’ll Google it.” If I don’t know how to complete a technical task, I watch tutorials on YouTube. If I can’t pinpoint the right word, I research synonyms at thesaurus.com.

And admittedly, when someone asks a seemingly easy question, my first thought is: “Have you looked it up?” In other words, I wonder if this person has tried to figure out the answer on their own prior to asking me. In fact, I even grow a bit impatient and annoyed if they haven’t.

But what happens when a solution cannot be readily met? What happens when the problem is bigger and more complex than a Google search or YouTube tutorial video? What happens when the problem is deeply rooted in a culture of privilege, hurt, or hate?

What then?

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YNPN Twin Cities Statement on Philando Castile

YNPN Twin Cities mourns the death of Philando Castile and stands in solidarity with Diamond Reynolds, their family, friends and our community. We mourn Alton Sterling. We mourn Delrawn Small. We mourn Patrick Zamarripa, Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Smith and Michael Krol - five Dallas police officers. We mourn for those whose lives were cut short because of racism. Our inability to name everyone impacted by the magnitude of hate is horrifying.

The events of the past few weeks have been dark and traumatizing for many in our communities and specifically people of color. We’re afraid. We’re afraid for our friends, for our families, and for our own lives. We’re heartbroken, afraid, angry, and outraged. People have felt a wide spectrum of emotions, demanding justice and wanting to do better for our community. We encourage you to take care of yourself, whatever that looks like. This includes self-care for people of color experiencing psychological trauma.

YNPN Twin Cities is committed to valuing inclusion, creating access, and honoring diversity. Our vision is a world where young nonprofit professionals connect through purpose, challenge to change, and lead together. Our values center on respect and inclusiveness, collaboration, and responding to the evolving needs of our community. As a community-first, community-led organization, we vow to actively support and promote leaders who are passionate about dismantling systemic racism.

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Optimistically yours

I know I’m not alone in thinking there are a lot of super complicated things going on in the world right now. But I also have a hard time keeping world happenings separate from my own life.

We live in a world where Donald Trump is running for president and might win the Republican nomination, a world where a large number of people agree with his assertion that Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to enter the U.S. In this world, terrorism and mass shootings are not altogether unexpected, and the discussion of racism in the Twin Cities has been pushed front and center.

Every time I hear the news, I find myself thinking, “How do I fit into all of this?”  Because none of these things look like a future I really want to be a part of.

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We have been here before

main.jpgNote: I am a white, female, middle class millennial. I must not be (and most certainly am not) the only person raising my voice in response to violence at home and around the world. In many ways, this isn’t my story to tell – I hope you turn to others like Mica Grimm, Nekima Levy-Pounds, Al Flowers, Jeremiah Bey, Ashley Fairbanks, Adja Gildersleve, Lena Gardner, or the many other outspoken activists who live this every day. But I am responsible for writing this week’s YNPN-TC blog, and my conscience and heart demanded I use the platform to speak on this violence. I am raising my voice, even with all its imperfections and limitations, as an ally and a witness. You can also read YNPN-TC’s statement on recent events here.

It has been a hard week. A heart-breaking week. An excruciating week. We’ve watched acute violence and grief – in LebanonNigeriaFrance,SyriaIsrael/PalestineIraqMali. Then, we saw the violence and grief come home to Minneapolis.

On Sunday, November 15, Jamar Clark was shot and killed by police officers in North Minneapolis. In the days following Jamar Clark’s death – ruled a homicide by the medical examiner – protesters have demanded truth, transparency, and justice.

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