Mississippi Market and other Twin Cities food co-ops recently hosted a panel discussion focused on the “Jim Crow of the North” documentary, which delves into the complex history of racial covenants in the Twin Cities and systematic racism that has lasting repercussions on housing inequities today. The virtual panel discussion featured the film’s producer, Dan Bergin, Rebecca Walker from Mapping Prejudice, and food justice activist Miah Ulysse.
We invite our co-op community to watch the documentary and panel discussion to learn more about systemic racism in the Twin Cities, especially as it relates to housing, food and the environment.
You can find resources below to continue this conversation and take action. Learn more about the work of the panelists; lend your time by helping build a racial covenant map in Ramsey County; and/or donate directly to organizations working on housing and food justice.
Related work by film producer Daniel Bergin
- An introduction to North Side history
- A short segment on co-op history
- A look at the making of “Slavery by Another Name”
- Biographies of African Americans in Minnesota
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Recommended actions from Miah Ulysse
- Support BIPOC farmers, food businesses, land trusts and cooperatives
- Give back land: If you have access to land that could be grown on, you can donate to emerging BIPOC farmers
- Get political: Contact your representatives and let them know the importance of these issues
- Donate to organizations committed to this work: Tamales y Bicicletas, Appetite for Change, NaTIFS, Pillsbury United Communities, Somali American Farming Association, or Dream of Wild Health