Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Minnesota House of Representatives media department.
House Rep. Linda Slocum (DFL-Richfield) recently received the Champion for Racial Justice Award from the Organizing Apprenticeship Project (OAP) for her efforts in addressing racial equality during the past legislative session.
“In OAP’s 2005-2010 review, we find that leadership on issues of racial [equality] moved forward even in a bipartisan state government, tough economic times and rapid demographic shifts,” said Jermaine Toney, author of OAP’s Legislative Report Card. “But let’s be real—more Minnesotans are facing unemployment, foreclosure, hunger and poverty across the state, disproportionately Minnesotans of color. Leadership on racial and economic [equality] is essential.”
Slocum was named a champion for sponsoring, co-sponsoring and supporting legislation in 2010 which the report found would have had a positive impact on racial disparities in education, health or the economic status of communities of color. She was also recognized for continued leadership on race equity and appeared on the multi-year honor roll.
“I look forward to continue working with communities of color in leading for equity and implementing community-created solutions that make Minnesota stronger,” said Slocum. “While racial disparities are far too prevalent in Minnesota, they need not be permanent. It is important for all of us to look to solutions and to lead for equity and opportunity in our state.”
For more information or questions, contact Todd Modrich, communications specialist for the House media department.