The Citizens League is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers people to engage in civic life and public policy to make Minnesota a better place to live and work for everyone.
Our #CapitolPathways internship program has crossed the halfway point! 34 college students of color are working with their individual host organizations for 10+ hours a week in a paid internship, which provides them access to legislators, lobbyists, and...read more
We were pleased to welcome Bush Foundation President Jennifer Ford Reedy to speak to our board a month ago to give a version of a talk she gave to bushCON 2018 on how big social change happens.read more
A few times throughout our Capitol Pathways internship program, which takes place each year during the state's legislative session, we bring the whole cohort together to connect with one another, share their internship experiences thus far, and participate...read more
We are convening an independent study committee to answer key questions surrounding a minimum wage ordinance in the City of Saint Paul. Their charge will be to review previous scoping work, review other relevant research, agree on findings and conclusions from this effort, and finally, develop and put forward recommendations for a minimum wage ordinance to the City.
Minnesota’s 65+ population is increasing dramatically. As individuals, partners and families plan for life changes that are inevitable, we ask: What does home look like as we age? We’re here to help with the conversations and next steps as Minnesotans plan for the future.
With the long-term goal of making our government truly representative of our communities, the program opens access to the Minnesota Capitol to the next generation of leaders of color. Through this program, interns build relationships with established Capitol leaders, gain exposure to various kinds of careers in policy, get real-world experience in career fields they would like to learn more about and build a strong professional resume in the process.
The Citizens League hosts forums for civil discussion across Minnesota. Our event series includes events that are open to the public, member-only and workplace events to help inform and engage Minnesotans on important policy and civic leadership discussions. Event series’ include Policy and a Pint™, Mind Opener and EDTalks.
EDTalks: Immigrant Voices
On May 6, we bring you two speakers on the stories & relationships surrounding immigrants in the education system.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Mind Opener: Should recreational marijuana be legalized in Minnesota?
On Tuesday, May 7, we’ll welcome Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation, a multi-partisan, statewide coalition advocating for “responsible marijuana legalization and regulation in Minnesota.” Join us to get their take on why they think prohibition has failed, and why it’s now time to legalize.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Capitol Pathways End of Session Celebration
Join us to celebrate a successful fourth year for the Minnesota Capitol Pathways, the only paid internship program in Minnesota creating a policy career pathway for college students of color!