Founded in 2002, UMN is committed to fully engaging and training communities of color to be active participants rebuilding their communities. We use active participants as opposed to outsiders telling folks what to do – it is called civic engagement these days. UMN’s efforts are designed to strengthen democracy and to rebuild communities of color which continue to be pummeled by the pernicious effects of racism and resulting lack of economic, social and educational opportunity. We are on the receiving end of legislation, public policies and discriminating practices. We are organizers, creating power in our communities. We are trainers, building the skills of activists and developing new leaders. We are technical advisors, building the capacity of organizations to develop successful campaigns. People and communities working together have and will make a difference. Our collective clout represents millions of voters and billions of dollars. Our collective power will renew hope and neighborhoods. The UMN Board of Directors forms policy, helps focus direction, assists with fundraising and is comprised of activists who have been involved in the UMN’s various activities. Many of the members of our board help with training.