All Policies Are Local: Advocacy in Your Neighborhood

All Policies Are Local: Advocacy in Your Neighborhood

City Hall Eviction Rally

Join YNPN Twin Cities for a conversation about how to get involved in advocacy and local policies right in your neighborhood!

In your neighborhood or in your city, you can speak on behalf of the issues you can about, the issues impacting your nonprofit work, and you CAN make a difference on local policies. Come hear about people who have spoken up on issues in their workplace and made a change in city policies, learn about how to get engaged at the state legislature, and about how to advocate for the people and issues you care about (while not losing your nonprofit's 501(c)3 status).

Our speakers include:

  • James Chang, Legislative Program Lead, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

James leads the Community Equity Pipeline (CEP) for the Wilder Foundation. CEP engages and develops organizers and nonprofit professionals of color to advocate for their communities at the Minnesota State Capitol.  

In his 15 years as a political and community organizer he has served as a successful campaign manager, political strategist, and trainer. He has created issue focused organizations and coalitions and from 2003-2007 was responsible for the creation of over $100,000 of diversity programming for the University of Wisconsin.    

Additionally, James has served as a legislative staffer for the Minnesota State Senate and the Legislative Affairs Coordinator for Minnesota’s largest health insurance provider during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

  •  Dan Swenson-Klatt, Butter Bakery

Dan Swenson-Klatt, who considers himself owner/operator/utility position at the café, is a former middle-school educator turned community-organizer-through-food. He graduated from St. Olaf College in 1984, has worked in non-profit settings of the MN Children’s Museum, a community center and church afterschool program.  Dan was involved in startups of two alternative school education programs, one of which included training in the Expeditionary Outward Bound model.  He’s the father of two young adult children and lives a short walk from the café in the Kingfield neighborhood of Minneapolis, where he’s a board member for the neighborhood association. He enjoys writing a column for his community newspaper, trekking the Lake Superior Hiking Trail, gardening, and cheering on the Minnesota United soccer team.



Buttery Bakery
3700 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

Since it’s beginning 12 years ago, Butter has sought to be a community builder. Now in it’s 12th year, Butter Bakery Cafe aims to build sustainable communities through great food and beverages. Rooted in our southwest Minneapolis neighborhood, we aim to share the local and regional tastes of Minnesota.  Our commitment to local sourcing, zero waste, and ethical business practices leads us to reach out to our community and advocate for better workplace policies.  We’ve joined with others to lead campaigns for improvements to the restaurant industry and recently established a no-tip pricing model in order to provide fair, living wages to all of our staff for every shift.  We partner with Beacon Interfaith Housing to provide supportive workplace internships with the residents of Nicollet Square Housing.

We partner with many other community organizations to support arts, education, environmental protection, human rights and affordable housing. The café is currently pursuing a Social Benefit Corporation status.


Photo credit: Tony Webster, Black Lives Matter - Minneapolis City Hall "Eviction Rally"


October 23, 2017 at 5:30pm - 7pm
Butter Bakery
3700 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
United States
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