2020 was a year of transformative events. From wildfires and storms and record-setting temperatures, to a global pandemic; protests for social justice unlike any in recent history – including protests for George Floyd and Black Lives in our own city and around the world; to a divisive presidential election. The way we work, connect and live as communities has transformed. And perhaps the most critical transformations come from being compelled to look inward to our own assumptions, biases and norms, and to reflect on how we as white individuals and as a society have contributed to an inequitable system. We must use this awakening to create real and lasting change.

For our 2020 Pay It Forward giving, the Humbleweed partners selected BIPOC-led organizations in the following three categories that work to heal and transform our community for the better.

Environment:
In 2021, MN Renewable Now, along with other partners, is unveiling the Solstar Rooftop Solar Project in North Minneapolis, a project created to help North Minneapolis property owners access and install renewable solar energy systems on rooftops – providing both energy and equity to an underserved community. All solar installers are Black/African American, and reside within the North Minneapolis area. Humbleweed is proud to be an early supporter of the Solstar project and the transformative power it will bring.

Social Justice:
Minneapolis-based Headwaters Foundation for Justice invests in grassroots organizing across Minnesota through grantmaking programs that support organizations and groups on the front lines of social change. Its Transformation Fund was created in May of 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd, providing rapid response grants in the immediate aftermath of the event. Phase Two of the fund offers 3-year grants that provide general operating support for BIPOC-led groups that use a community organizing approach to advance justice, collective liberation, and self-determination.

Healthy Communities:
MN Healing Justice Network is a collaborative network of over 100 community healers, bodyworkers and birthworkers; therapists and herbalists, artists and educators; nurses and others who work to center the wellness of BIPOC people and families through mutual aid, health equality, and solidarity. Humbleweed Creative understands that the critical services these healers provide are needed now, more than ever, to help the community heal from past and current traumas, and to build healthier families and communities in the future.

 

Pictured above: Kristel Porter, founder of MN Renewable Now, holds a “We Count” sign with her Cycle Sisters during the 2020 Census. Photo credit: Ariah Fine, a resident of North Minneapolis.