Protect Minnesota volunteers can join one or more action teams and learn how to organize and mobilize their peers and contacts within the larger community. As action teams grow, their new members are added to the membership list of Protect Minnesota, so that the larger organization remains in communication with all members of the network and can mobilize them as necessary.
Our Action Teams:
Interfaith Alliance for Gun Safety
This action team enables us to reach individual people of faith and faith groups from all traditions, but also to engage statewide judicatories on the issue of gun violence. People of faith are one of the largest constituent groups in Minnesota, and since even the tiniest rural community in Minnesota has at least one church, we see the faith community as key to our geographic expansion.
Health Care Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
This action team connects our work in the fields of public health, mental health, and health care by recruiting and organizing public health professionals, physicians, nurses, therapists, home care providers, and social workers in efforts to educate all Minnesotans about gun violence as a public health issue. Every town in Minnesota, little or big, has health care professionals of some sort that live and work there.
Coalition for Gun-Free Schools and Students Protect Minnesota
This action team engages educators, administrators, K-12 teachers, college faculty, education unions, parents and students in the work of gun violence prevention. Although Minnesotans vary widely in our views about guns, reasonable people every-where agree that allowing guns in schools and on campuses is a dangerous idea. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, we created Students Protect Minnesota to connect, support and empower students who have a passion for gun violence prevention to serve as leaders in their communities.
Safe Communities Partnership
Gun homicide grows out of conditions of disparity and disproportionately impacts urban communities of color. The Safe Communities Partnership facilitates our partnering with social justice organizations, social services, law enforcement, faith groups and community leaders in urban neighborhoods, to call for full implementation of group violence intervention programs and assist in providing safe futures for those most at risk.
Minnesotans OUT for Gun Safety
The successful “Minnesotans United for All Families” campaign for marriage equality demonstrated that the LGBT community and its allies have become one of the most well-organized and powerful constituencies in the state. This action team will enable us to make use of existing relationships within the LGBT community and the statewide network of PRIDE festivals and advocacy groups to organize and mobilize the LGBT community around gun violence as a hate crime and the high gun suicide rate of LGBT youth.
Responsible Gun Owners Protect Minnesota
Hunters, sport-shooters, veterans, licensed gun dealers, and other gun owners who support sensible gun legislation will be key to any success we have at changing hearts and minds in Minnesota. This action team recruits and trains gun-owning Protect Minnesota volunteers to staff exhibits at gun shows and game fairs, reach out to veterans at VFWs and VA Hospitals, and share information about the need to keep guns out of the wrong hands.