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These sites provide helpful features such as publications, discussion forums, alert services and other resource links to educate tomorrow's leaders and improve the quality of public policymaking through research and professional training.

Citizens League - www.citizensleague.net

The Citizens League promotes the public interest in Minnesota by involving citizens in identifying and framing critical public policy choices, forging recommendations and advocating their adoption.
Based in Minneapolis, the League focuses on public policy issues at the local, metropolitan and state levels. Over the years, the League has been one of the most effective agents of change in Minnesota public policy. The League's impact can be seen in areas such as public finance, regional government, education, transportation and health care.
This site also has informative resource links to organizations like Center of the American Experiment, Minnesota Taxpayers Association, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute Policy Forum, and Center for Economic Progress.

Minnesota Women's Consortiumwww.mnwomen.org

The Minnesota Women's Consortium is the only one of its kind in the country. As a statewide collaboration of 150+ member organizations, the Consortium serves as a resource center to enhance equality and justice for women and children. The Consortium does not take a stand on issues but rather helps women working for progressive social change stay in touch.

Minnesota Women's Political Caucus - www.mnwpc.org

The Minnesota Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) is a grassroots, multipartisan organization of members throughout the state dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office by identifying, recruiting, training and supporting pro-choice women candidates. MWPC seeks to be an expert resource for women in Minnesota and women candidates supporting women's issues. Theirr goal is equality and equal representation at all levels of government.

League of Women Voters of Minnesota - www.lwvmn.org

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The mission of the League of Women Voters is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League is political and takes action on selected governmental issues after membership study and agreement. It encourages members to be informed participants in political activity, but as a nonpartisan organization, it does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.

Children's Defense Fund - www.cdf-mn.org

CDF is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research and advocacy organization supported by foundations, corporate grants, and individual donations. As an independent voice for children, CDF does not accept government funds. It was founded in 1973 by Marian Wright Edelman to provide a strong and effective voice for the children of America, since they cannot vote, hire lobbyists, or speak out for themselves.

Common Cause - www.commoncause.org

Common Cause is a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Today, Common Cause is one of the most active, effective, and respected nonprofit organizations working for political change in America. Common Cause strives to strengthen democracy by empowering its members, supporters and the general public to take action on critical policy issues.

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (University of Minnesota) - www.cura.umn.edu

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is an all-University applied research and technical assistance center at the University of Minnesota that connects faculty and students with nonprofit organizations, ethnic and racial minority groups, businesses, rural towns, inner-city neighborhoods, suburban communities, local governments, and public institutions in Minnesota.

Institute for Local Self Reliance - www.ilsr.org

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is a nonprofit research and educational organization that provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies. Since 1974, ILSR has worked with citizen groups, governments and private businesses in developing policies that extract the maximum value from local resources.

Jobs Now Coalition - www.jobsnowcoalition.org

The JOBS NOW Coalition is committed to the idea that all Minnesota workers will have the opportunity to earn a family-supporting wage.
The Coalition advances its agenda through a combination of innovative strategies:

  1. Market-based research, identifying the gap between the minimum wage/poverty level and a wage which allows workers to support their families without public subsidies.
  2. Relentless public education, revealing the common interests that employers and employees have in jobs that pay well.
  3. Aggressive advocacy, promoting public policies that balance the real competitive needs of both workers and business to ensure Minnesota's economic vitality.

Minnesota Senior Federation -www.mnseniors.org

The Minnesota Senior Federation - Metropolitan Region is the oldest and largest grassroots advocacy organization for seniors in the State of Minnesota. Their mission is to empower seniors in the seven county metro area to meet their own and community needs and concerns. They provide consumer education for the entire community and program benefits that enhance the value of membership.

Minnesota Public Interest Research Group - www.mpirg.org

MPIRG is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that serves its 20,000 community members in numerous ways -- offering educational events and advocacy opportunities, organizing Minnesotans into a cohesive voice for political and social change, and passing meaningful public interest reform. Members have opportunities to become involved through area meetings and events, meetings with legislators, issue alerts and other means. MPIRG is completely unique in the state in its ability to mobilize such a broad membership behind consumer protection and social justice issues, and has one of the largest memberships of any environmental organization in the state.

Minnesota Transportation Alliance - www.transportationalliance.com

The Minnesota Transportation Alliance is a member-based not-for-profit coalition of groups, businesses, labor and local governments concerned about surface transportation in Minnesota, including highways, bridges, streets and intermodal connections to transit, trucks, railroads, barges, ships and airports.

Univ. Of MN, Center for Transportation Studies - www.cts.umn.edu

CTS is a catalyst for transportation innovation through research, education, and outreach´┐Ż. It addresses the need for closer cooperation between University faculty and state and federal departments of transportation, and strengthens the University's role in transportation research and education.

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