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African News Journal
1821 University Ave. West Suite 319
St. Paul, MN 55104

African Monthly newspaper serving African communities in the Twin Cities. Has page of links for specific countries in Africa. Streams AJ TV programming for African community.

American Assoication of University of Women (AAUW)                                  
2115 Stevens Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404-2543

Women AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy,  education, philanthropy, and research.

American Indian Policy Center
1463 Hewitt Ave                         
St Paul, MN, 55104 

American Indian The American Indian Policy Center conducts research, provides advocacy, and facilitates community organizing for the improvement of American Indian people.
Anti-Violence Program of OutFront Minnesota     
310 East 38th Street, Suite 204
Minneapolis, MN, 55409-1337
GLBTQA OutFront Minnesota's Anti-Violence Program is a broad-based effort to end violence and harassment against LGBT community members in Minnesota as well as to be a place for victim/survivors of violence to receive support, information, resources and advocacy services. We believe that everyone has the right to be safe from harm — regardless of sexual orientation.
Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
107 Commerce Center Drive, Suite 204
Huntersville, NC 28078
People with Disabilities AHEAD is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education.
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now--Minnesota Office  
757 Raymond Ave., #200
St. Paul, MN, 55114 
Multicultural The mission of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is to build power within low- to moderate-income communities through grass roots organizing. ACORN has 150,000 member families organized into 800 neighborhood chapters in 65 cities across the country. The organization's priorities include better housing for first-time home buyers and tenants, living wages for low-wage workers, job training, more investment in local communities from banks and governments, crime and safety initiatives, and better public schools.
Black, Indian, Hispanic, and Asian (BIHA) Women in Action
1830 James Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN, 55411 
Multicultural  http://  This advocacy program provides education and information on social issues as they affect women of color and their families, and is a referral source to social service agencies that are sensitive to the needs of people of color. The organization is also actively involved in restorative justice practices. 
Center on Women and Public Policy 
264 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
Women Welcome to the nation’s first complete teaching, research, and outreach center devoted to
women and public policy. Since 1985, the Center on Women and Public Policy (CWPP) has used gender analysis to challenge fundamental assumptions about politics, law, and economics on issues ranging from human rights to judicial selection and independence.
Centro Campesino                                     
216 N. Oak Ave
Owatonna, MN, 56060 
Latino Centro Campesino is a membership organization whose mission is to improve the lives of migrant workers and rural Latinos and to create a strong southern Minnesota Latino voice.
Chicano Latino Affairs Council                   
60 Empire Drive, Ste. 203
St. Paul, MN, 55103 
Latino The Chicano Latino Affairs Council (CLAC) advises the governor and the Minnesota state legislature on issues of importance to Minnesota's Chicano Latino community. In addition, CLAC serves as a liaison between local, state, and federal governments and Minnesota's Chicano Latino community; serves as an information and referral agency to ensure that Chicano Latino Minnesotans are connected to the government agencies and community organizations; educates policy makers and the general public about the accomplishments and contributions of Chicano Latinos in Minnesota; and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter and biannual bilingual directory, which is a resource book for the community containing information about organizations, businesses, churches, media, and networking groups that are either owned by, or serve, Minnesota's Chicano Latino population. 
Children's Defense Fund Minnesota
555 Park Street, Suite 410
St. Paul, MN, 55103
Multicultural DF-Minnesota publishes and promotes information every year to let policy makers and citizens know how Minnesota-s children are faring, including the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book.  CDF-Minnesota holds hundreds of public events in communities across Minnesota to disseminate its research, including how state and national policies affect the well-being of children and their families.
Children's Literature Research Collections
499 Wilson Library
309 19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
Children The Children’s Literature Research Collections is an internationally recognized resource in the field of children’s literature. Two notable collections are The Kerlan Collection that contains more than 65,000 children’s books as well as original material including manuscripts, art work, galleys, and color proofs and The Hess Collection that is comprised of primarily inexpensive, popular literature from the 19th and 20th centuries: dime novels, Big Little Books, comic books, etc.
Color CoordiNATION GLBTQA We are Queer People of Color united to build a visible, affirming, relevant and safe community where opportunities and l
eadership are accessible. 
Commision of Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
85 East 7th Place Suite 105
St. Paul, MN, 55101
People with Disabilities
Develop solutions to barriers faced in education, employment, health care, technology and public access by convening and collaborating.
Coordinate advocacy efforts for individuals and other human service and advocacy organizations. Encourage civic engagement through education, voting and building relationships with policy makers
Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN, 55155
Asian, Pacific Islander The Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans advises
the governor and state legislators on issues pertaining to Asian Pacific people; ensure Asian Pacific Minnesotans are more incorporated and engaged in the governmental and policymaking process; see that residents of Asian Pacific descent have sufficient access to state government services; promote the talents and resources of Asian Pacific people where appropriate; and act as a broker between the Asian Pacific community in Minnesota and mainstream society.

Council on Black Minnesotans
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota St., Suite E1240
St. Paul, MN 55101

African American, African
The mission of the Council on Black Minnesotans (CBM) is to ensure that the needs of all Minnesotans of African descent are clear to the policy makers who impact their well-being by providing equal protection of the law and guaranteeing that this community receives and has access to state services and programs.
Council of Crime and Justice
822 South Third Street Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN, 55415
Multicultural The mission of the Council on Crime and Justice is to build community capacity to address the causes and consequences of crime and violence through research, demonstration and advocacy.
Diversity Council                                       
1130-1/2 7th St. NW, Ste. 204
Rochester, MN, 55401 
Multicultural The Diversity Council's mission is to create an inclusive and welcoming community through education. We educate children and adults to increase their understanding and respect for differences between people in an effort to eliminate prejudice, discrimination, and violence. 
Filipino American Women's Network--Minnesota
P.O. Box 16222
St. Paul, MN, 55116 
Asian, Filipino Filipino American Women's Network works to empower Filipino Americans through education about their culture to overcome racism, classism, and sexism. 
First Nations Collective GLBTQA The First Nations Collective is comprised of indigenous peoples who identify as two-spirit, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender-non-conforming, queer and allies.
Gender Justice
550 Rice Street
St. Paul, MN, 55105
Multicultural Gender Justice addresses the causes and consequences of gender inequality, both locally and nationally. We pursue this mission through three interconnected program areas: impact litigation, policy work and public education and training.
Headwaters Foundation for Justice
2801 21st Ave S # 131 
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Multicultural Headwaters Foundation for Justice is a catalyst for social, racial, economic and environmental justice.
Hmong Resource Center                            
995 University Avenue West-Suite 214
St. Paul, MN 55104
Asian, Hmong The collections include about 300 Hmong-related books and periodicals, 120 Hmong-related theses and dissertations, about 450 Hmongrelated academic journal articles, over 2000 Hmong-related newspaper articles and around 100 videos.
Honoring Women Worldwide
411 Main St # 304
St Paul, MN, 55102 
Women Honoring Women Worldwide’s focus is to honor and unite women to positively change and thrive in their world by teaching, promoting and demonstrating the importance of sponsoring, assisting, networking, mentoring and relying on one another to further women’s causes. Honoring Women Worldwide focuses on leveraging women’s untapped leadership capabilities, building community across cultures and creating a unique global education. We are multicultural, multigenerational and multifaceted. 
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota         
450 N. Syndicate St., Ste. 175
St. Paul, MN,  55104 
Multicultural The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) is a nonprofit law firm that provides assistance in immigration matters to low-income immigrant and refugee families and individuals in Minnesota.
Immigration History Research Center        
311 Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 21st Ave S                                            Minneapolis, MN, 55455 
Multicultural The Immigration History Research Center is dedicated to fostering research on, and understanding of the history of American immigration. It locates, collects, and preserves the records of ethnic groups that originated primarily in Europe and the Near East.
INTER-RACE Institute
600 21st Av. S.
P.O. Box 36
Minneapolis, MN, 55454 
Multicultural The INTER-RACE Institute is a civil diversity education and research organization. 
2720 E. 22nd St
Minneapolis, MN,  55406 
Multicultural ISAIAH is a regional, faith-based citizen action coalition, with member churches in the St. Paul, Minneapolis, and St. Cloud regions. The organization offers week-long, in-depth, grassroots organizing training for people seeking to do issue organizing, based on mobilizing self-interest for the common good.
Islamic Resource Group (IRG)
P. O. Box 32634
Fridley, MN, 55432
Multicultural, Muslim The Islamic Resource Group’s mission is to eliminate stereotyping through educational programs and to supplement existing cultural diversity & tolerance programs in public institutions through informative presentations that develop greater awareness & knowledge of Islam, Muslims, and other world religions.
Japanese American Citizens League         
1535 Marshall Ave
St. Paul, MN,  55104 
Asian, Filipino The purpose of the Japanese American Citizens League is to protect the rights of Japanese; to preserve the culture and values of Japanese Americans in a multicultural society; to participate in developing understanding among all social and ethnic groups; and to promote and sponsor activities and programs to encourage members to perform faithfully their duties and obligations to the United States. 

Karen Organization of Minnesota
1394 Jackson St., Ste. 200
Saint Paul, MN 55117


The Karen (pronounced Ka-REN) are an ethnic group from the mountainous border regions of Burma and Thailand, where they are the second largest ethnic group in each country. They have long been subject to persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Burmese government, and many have been living in refugee camps in Thailand for years before being resettled to Minnesota. There are approximately 6,500 Karen living in Minnesota with an additional 500 refugees from other ethnic groups in Burma. St. Paul currently has the largest and fastest-growing Karen populations in the U.S. Other communities in Minnesota with a large Karen population include Worthington, Willmar, Austin, Albert Lea and Faribault. KOM assist refugees to settle, integrate and become increasingly self-sufficient; foster cultural knowledge and understanding; and strengthen organizational capacity and effectiveness to meet the needs of the community.
League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions                                             
4100 Lakeview Ave. N.
Robbinsdale, MN   55423 
Multicultural The League of Minnesota Human Rights Commission is a voluntary, nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and advancement of human rights. Founded in 1971 and reorganized in 1987, the league is a coalition of local human rights commissions, which have been established by charter or ordinance in communities throughout Minnesota.
League of Women Voters
81 S 9th St # 335
Minneapolis, MN, 55402 
Women The League of Women Voters is a citizens’ organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives.  We operate at national, state and local levels through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well in DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.  
Liberian Human Rights and Refugee Welfare Organization                                
5255 W. 82nd St., Ste. 115
Bloomington, MN, 55437 
African, Liberian Kirkpatrick Weah
Phone: 952-820-0353 
The Liberian Human Rights and Refugee Welfare Organization serves the Liberian community in Minnesota by providing free services in the areas of immigratiosylum, healthcare, housing, and employment. 
Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC)
1530 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55404 
American Indian The Minneapolis American Indian Center is a community center in the heart of the Indian community of Minneapolis. It is one of the oldest Indian centers in the country, founded in 1975. The MAIC provides educational and social services to more than 10,000 members of the community annually. It preserves and supports American Indian cultural traditions through the arts, youth and intergenerational programs.
Minneapolis Council of Nonprofits             
2314 University Ave. #20
St. Paul, MN, 55114
Multicultural The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) was founded in 1987 to meet the increasing information needs of nonprofits and to convene nonprofits to address issues facing the sector. MCN is the statewide association of more than 2,000 member nonprofit organizations.
Minneapolis National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
310 E. 38th St., Ste. 138
Minneapolis, MN,  55409 
Multicultural Minneapolis NAACP is a local branch of the national organization that serves the greater Minneapolis area. Its main purpose is advocacy in support of fair and equal opportunities for African Americans and other people of color. 
Minneapolis Urban League                        
220 16th Ave N                                            Minneapolis, MN, 55411 
Multicultural The Minneapolis Urban League’s 2010 – 2013 strategic plan, GATEWAY TO OPPORTUNITY, is seen as the route to economic success and prosperity for African descendants who choose to pursue a healthy lifestyle, higher education, livable wage careers, and assets for the future.
Minnesota ACE Network Women Dedicated to supporting women in all areas of higher education, the Minnesota ACE Network represents women in — or aspiring to — leadership positions in higher education. We help women develop the skills and talents needed to become the visionary leaders of tomorrow.
Minnesota African Women Association (MAWA)
3300 County Road 10, Suite 510
Brooklyn Center, MN, 55429 
African, women MAWA promotes the health and well-being of African refugee and immigrant women and their families in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul through research, education, advocacy and programming.
We are a pan-African women’s nonprofit organization providing services and programming of interest to women from all African countries living in Minnesota.
Minnesota Association for Korean Americans
P.O. Box 390553
Edina, MN, 55439
Asian, Korean MAKA was formed in 1995 as the Mothers Association for Korean Americans to serve the young Korean American community in Minnesota. In recognition of its primarily serving the state of Minnesota, more importantly, the significant service of fathers and others in the organization, it was officially renamed the Minnesota Association for Korean Americans at the end of 2006.
Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network
2500 University Avenue, Ste. C7
St. Paul, MN,  55114 
Multicultural The Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network (MIFN) is a grassroots, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to fix the broken immigration system in this country. The organization's strategies include grass-roots community organizing, media justice work, immigrant leadership development, bipartisan legislative work, popular education, civic engagement and using art as a catalyst for social change.
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC)
161 Saint Anthony Ave Suite 919
Saint Paul, MN, 55103 
American Indian MIAC is the official liaison between the State of Minnesota and the 11 tribal Governments within the state. The Council provides a forum for and advises state government on issues of concern to urban Indian communities. The MIAC plays a central role in the development of state legislation. 
Minnesota Minority Education Project (MMEP)            
2233 University Avenue West, Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN, 55114 
Multicultural Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, Inc., is a nonprofit collaborative, founded in 1987, that seeks to increase the success of Students of Color and American Indian Students in Minnesota schools, colleges, and universities.
Minnesota NOW
550 Rice St. #102
St. Paul, MN, 55103
Women MN NOW is a multi-issue, grassroots advocate working for women's rights in Minnesota.  Unlike single-user groups, MN NOW works on the whole range of women's issues, which allows us to shift focus when the need or desire arises for the maximum benefit of women.  
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition
 3405 Chicago Ave, Suite 103
Minneapolis, MN, 55407
GLBTQA The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition is committed to improving health care access and the quality of health care received by trans and gender nonconforming people through education, resources, and advocacy. 
Minnesota Women Consortium
550 Rice Street
St. Paul, MN, 55103
Women The Minnesota Women’s Consortium is the only one of its kind in the country. As a statewide collaboration of 160+ member organizations, the Consortium serves as a resource center to enhance equality and justice for women and children.
Minnesota Women in Psychology
5244 114th Avenue
Clear Lake, MN, 55319
Women www. Minnesota Women in Psychology is committed to furthering the psychological, social, and emotional well being of women in the mental health profession. It will do this by promoting the professional development of women in psychological professions, informing members about ideas and issues that affect women, developing network and support group systems, and taking action in the best interest of Minnesota women.
Minnesota Women's Consortium
550 Rice St.
St Paul, MN, 55103
Women An association of 150+ organizations and thousands of individuals committed to achieving full equality for women and girls. Our mission is to achieve full equality for women and girls by connecting organizations that share this goal. And if you think women's equality has been achieved, think again! 
Minnesota Women’s Foundation
155 5th Ave S # 500 
Minneapolis, MN, 55401
Women Founded in 1983 as the very first statewide women's foundation in the country, the Women's Foundation of Minnesota is growing a state of equality for all women and girls statewide — and with it, stronger communities and a stronger Minnesota.
Nation Council of Jewish Women
13100 Wayzata Boulevard Suite 160
Minnetonka, MN, 55305
Women The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. The Greater Minneapolis Section helps meet the needs of women, children and families through community service projects, advocacy education programs and member events.
Native Americans-Philanthropy
2801 21ST Ave S Ste 132D
Minneapolis, MN, 55407
American Indian

Native Americans in Philanthropy is a growing circle of nonprofits, tribal communities, and foundations committed to the beliefs, traditions and gifts of Native peoples. We work together to develop meaningful philanthropic opportunities. We learn together to master a method of philanthropy rooted in Native values. We inspire each other to advance Native assets and strengths. Together, we power reciprocity and investment in Native communities.

Navigate MN
4137 Bloomington Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55407
Youth, Immigrant NAVIGATE is a leadership development program for immigrant young adults in Minnesota facing financial, social and legal barriers to achieve their dreams through changing unjust systems. Through NAVIGATE, these young adults help their community and themselves by working to access college education, jobs and legal status.
OutFront Minnesota
310 E 38th St # 204
Minneapolis, MN
GLBTQA OutFront Minnesota's mission is to make our state a place where LGBT Minnesotans have the freedom, power, and confidence to make the best choices for their own lives.
Project 515
1170 15th Ave SE Ste 208
Minneapolis, MN, 55414
GLBTQA To ensure that same-sex couples and their families have equal rights and considerations under Minnesota Law.
Resource Center of the Americas
3019 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN,  55406 
Latino The Resource Center of the Americas (RCA) informs, educates and organizes to promote human rights, democratic participation, economic justice, and cross-cultural understanding in the context of globalization in the Americas. 
Shelter for Life
10201 Wayzata Blvd. Suite 230
Minnetonka, MN, 55305
Multicultral Shelter For Life International, Inc. (SFL) is a humanitarian organization with headquarters in Minnesota. SFL is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the State of Wisconsin, and is registered with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as a Private Voluntary Organization.
Somali Action Alliance
2525 East Franklin Avenue Suite 100
Minneapolis,  MN, 55406
African, Somali The Somali Action Alliance is a unique organization focused on building the power of the Somali community through collective, proactive action.
P.O. Box 2499
Abilene, TX, 79604
GLBTQA An organization devoted to changing the hearts and minds of religious leaders who engage in anti-homosexual campaigns.
The Advocates for Human Rights
330 2nd Ave S #800
Minneapolis, MN, 55401 
Multicultural Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights is a non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of internationally recognized human rights. The organization documents human rights abuses, advocates on behalf of individual victims, educates on human rights issues, and provides training and technical assistance to address and prevent human rights violations.
The League of Young Voters- Twin Cities
540 President St., 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11215 
Multicultral The League of Young Voters empowers young people nationwide to participate in the democratic process and create progressive political change on the local, state and national level – with a focus on non-college youth and youth from low-income communities and communities of color. .
The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights-US Foundation
8148 Kentucky Avenue South
Bloomington, MN, 55438
Multicultral The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights was established as an independent foundation 31. August 2006, and currently has a permanent staff of eight employees. Since the start, the Oslo Center's work has been related to three main areas: human rights, democracy and inter-religious and intercultural dialogue
Trans Youth Support Network (TYSN)
P.O. Box 7625
3405 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55407  
GLBTQA The Trans Youth Support Network is a partnership of youth and community members working together to support trans youth in Minnesota.  We were founded as a community response to a series of incidents of violence targeting young transwomen of color in the Fall of 2004. Today, our work continues to be shaped and directed by trans youth. 
Twin Cities Avengers GLBTQA The Twin Cities Avengers is an all-inclusive queer direct action group committed to dismantling all forms of oppression! The Twin Cities Avengers resists systems of domination in ways that relate to the needs of constantly changing local and national queer and transgender communities.
WARM - Women's Art Registry of Minnesota   
550 Rice St.                                                
St. Paul, MN 55103
Women The Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM) is located in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area in Minnesota. We are a women’s art organization that serves Midwest women artists through a variety of programming.
White House Project - Midwest Women The mission of The White House Project is to ignite the leadership of women in business and politics. We connect, coach, and educate an ever-expanding alumnae network of 14,000 nationwide. With a focus on women age 21-35, we activate the ambition, creativity, and skills necessary for innovative and effective leadership.
Women Winning
2324 W. University Ave., Suite 120B
St. Paul, MN, 55114
Women The mission of womenwinning is to encourage, promote and support pro-choice women's leadership in all political parties and levels of public office. Womenwinning was established in 1982 by 25 non-partisan pro-choice women who wanted to increase the number of women in public office.