Tamales y Bicicletas (Tamales and Bicycles, or TyB) has worked for over 15 years to address racial inequities embedded in Movimiento Jardín Urbano, and transportation. TyB’s overarching goals are to improve the health of low-income communities of color in Minneapolis. The programs they feature are diverse and promote civic engagement and leadership development, particularly with Minneapolis’ young adults of color and their families. TyB has regularly held community workshops on bicycle maintenance, environmental justice, and sustainable agriculture. The organization has also successfully led lobbying efforts surrounding the need for undocumented youth to access in-state financial aid for post-secondary education. TyB works to raise awareness of the need to address environmental inequities, racial discrimination, and immigration reform, among other issues. Over the last five years, TyB has worked with young adults and their families of Latin, Indigenous, and East-African descent, to create a Jardín Urbano to localize and decolonize our food systems.
Tamales y Bicicletas is one of the strongest organic, ‘bottom-up’ organizations in the Minneapolis Latin, Indigenous, and East African communities. TyB has worked on environmental and food justice issues, they understand that many others, especially immigrant communities, face similar hurdles in terms of food justice and political engagement. The TyB organization draws from diverse groups of people, especially in terms of race and class. In this regard, their mission is to integrate community-based participatory action programs and community organizing as a way to ameliorate the negative effects of food inequities, environmental racism as well as other social injustices that negatively affect our communities.
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