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Minnesota, by many polls, articles and research is among, if not the best state for living.
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Minnesota often finds itself on many top ten lists – most educated state, most liveable state, even most beard-friendly state (really). However, one list that Minnesota also often finds itself on is far less glamorous: most unequal state. Despite the presence of amenities, social support programs, and wholesome Midwestern values, it is clear that many individuals – predictably, residents of color – find themselves on less desirable lists: more likely to live in poverty, more likely to suffer from chronic illness, and more likely to be unemployed.
I grew up in the Twin Cities. I moved out to New York, and eventually to New Jersey, where I joined the New Leaders Council-New Jersey chapter. It was there that I met a cadre of people with the same kind of fire. The same desire to do something. I joined the 2014 Fellows, an impressive and prestigious group who cut across sectors and did everything from building affordable homes to harnessing an entrepreneurial spirit in high school students to leading national marijuana reform.
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