WHO WE ARE
We envision a Minnesota where all Latin@ families have the opportunity to thrive and live a productive life.
We seek to build a brighter future for Latin@s in Minnesota by nurturing our integral human development.
Mesa Latina is a grassroots civic engagement people's movement. As an evolving movement, it is rooted in the Latinx community and it has an advisory board made of Latinx representing the metro and rural cities across the state of Minnesota. At its core, Mesa Latina was established in 2012 as a vehicle to give greater voice and power to Latinx who seemingly fell outside of the orbit of the local political/decision-making processes and wanted to put their leadership skills to action. During this 4-year period, Mesa Latina has inspired a significant number of Minnesota Latinxs and others to become civically engaged in the political process.
In its short existence and with limited resources, Mesa Latina has been instrumental on the following issues:
- Supporting the Dream Act legislature: Minnesota undocumented Students who meet the criteria in the MN Dream Act will be eligible to apply for the following benefits: In-state resident tuition rates at Minnesota public colleges and universities. Minnesota state financial aid available to students who meet state residency requirements. Privately funded financial aid through Minnesota public colleges and universities. Dream Act legislature became law in 2013.
- Re-instating access to Driver’s License for all Minnesotans. Mesa Latina has been instrumental in leading efforts to re-instate driver’s license to all Minnesota residents, regardless of immigration status.
- Access to Citizenship: Mesa Latina has been working with other coalitions to push for dignified immigration reform, which includes pathways toward citizenship.
- Racial Equity and Inclusion: Mesa Latina is working with other coalitions to push for greater racial equity and inclusion in many different areas of the state.
- Health Insurance Access: Mesa Latina is leading a campaign to promote greater access to health insurance and healthcare.
- Supporting Latinx leaders in the metro and rural communities to engage their municipalities to become inclusive cities.
- Engaging with other communities, whom like Latinx, have been historically and intentionally deprived of accessing the benefits of the collective wealth created by all members of the society.
- Monica Maria Hurtado
Community Organizer, Voices for Racial Justice
- Felipe Illescas
Public Policy Director, SEIU State Council
- Henry Jimenez
Executive Director, Minnesota Chicano Latino Council
- Alondra Cano
Minneapolis City Council
- Reverend Jesus Purisaca