The Minneapolis Star Tribune looks at the growth and political clout of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, a Minneapolis activist group that has won major victories at the city and state levels on issues such as voting rights, criminal justice, and the minimum wage. The group, which three years ago had a single employee, now has a full- and part-time staff of 20, and it nearly doubled revenue to $600,000 between 2012 and 2014, in large part by building a network of dues-paying members.
Along with lobbying lawmakers, the group does door-to-door advocacy and regularly mounts rallies at City Hall on issues surrounding racial equality. Among other successes, the nonprofit has secured advisory roles in local government, led an effort to get Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to set aside $100 million to address racial disparities in the state, and convinced Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to visit and speak at a forum on issues facing the black community.