The current St. Paul trash fight is an issue of racial equity.

For far too long Black and Brown neighborhoods in St. Paul were overcharged or refused service by the haulers in the city. While it would be ideal to get to a place where we have unionized city workers using our public dollars for our public good, the first step we can take to get there is by voting “Yes” on this trash coordinated collection issue so that we can start to address all the other needs in our city.

I look forward to when we are talking about collective action on gun violence, quality public schools and affordable housing – especially for Black people who have been systemically left out. Let’s use our public dollars for this, not paying for trash twice. First, go vote by Nov. 5 and vote “Yes” for collective action in St. Paul! – Sophie Rodrigues, St. Paul

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