The People’s Celebration: 2021

The People’s Celebration is our annual progressive dinner, a beloved tradition that brings together a thousand people from across Minnesota to celebrate our victories and rededicate ourselves to the challenges that lie ahead.

Grab your ticket now.

This year, instead of filling a ballroom, we have an incredible virtual program with music, VIP speakers, and our promise that it will feel nothing like a Zoom meeting. To rev up the fun, we’ll send out party gift boxes for pods to host their own mini-house parties.

We know that in difficult times like the last two years, community is essential, and joy is medicine. Now more than ever, it’s critical that we come together, renew our hope, and celebrate with all our people. We got us. 

Tickets start at just $15. Register today.

Spanish translation and ASL interpretation available, along with English closed captioning. Please indicate your preference, along with other accessiblity needs, when you register. Questions? Reach out to us at celebration@takeactionminnesota.org. Interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2021 People’s Celebration? Check out sponsorship opportunities here.

Meet the 2021 People’s Celebration Honorees

Every year at our People’s Celebration, we honor organizations and people who are transforming the social movement landscape and whose work inspires us to action. 

This year, we will be honoring two incredible movements: the resistance to the Line 3 pipeline and the Yes 4 Minneapolis coalition to transform public safety. Our honorees have been at the frontlines working to build a safer and more thriving Minnesota – now and for future generations. 

Water Protectors resisting Line 3

Nancy Beaulieu 
MN350, RISE Coalition 

Nancy is an enrolled member of the L6eech Lake reservation and lives just east of Bemidji. She currently serves as the Northern Minnesota Organizer at MN350 where she helped found the Resilient Indigenous Sisters Engaging (RISE) Coalition. RISE works to protect land and water, treaties, and the rights of Native people.  

Sasha Beaulieu 
Red Lake Treaty Camp

Sasha Beaulieu is Anishinaabe from Red Lake, Minnesota. She founded Red Lake Treaty Camp in the effort to stop Line 3 from being constructed on her homelands and is actively engaging in community outreach and education of local people on this issue.  

Dawn Goodwin 
Fire Light Camp, Indigenous Environmental Network, RISE Coalition  

Dawn Goodwin is a member of the White Earth Tribe and co-founder of the RISE Coalition. She is also a member of the Indigenous Environmental Network, an environmental justice organization focused on Indigenous communities, their water, land, and sacred spaces. She also co-founded the Fire Light treaty camp.  

Tara Houska 
Giniw Collective 

Tara Houska is Anishinaabe of Couchiching First Nation, a tribal attorney, a land defender, a Mide, a sundancer and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She advocates on behalf of tribal nations at the local and federal levels on a range of issues impacting Indigenous peoples. She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a nonprofit committed to educating the public about the harms of stereotyping and promoting positive representation of Native Americans in the public sphere. Tara is also the founder of the Giniw Collective, an Indigenous-women, two-spirit led frontline resistance to protect Mother Earth, defend the sacred and live in balance. 

Winona LaDuke 
Honor the Earth 

Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous economics and policies around food and energy. She currently serves as the executive director of Honor the Earth. Winona co-founded Honor the Earth with the Indigo Girls as a platform to raise awareness of and money for Indigenous struggles for environmental justice. She is known as a leader on the issues of cultural-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy, and sustainable food systems. Winona also works to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. 

Taysha Martineau  
Camp Migizi 

Taysha is a two-spirit Indigenous organizer from the Fond du Lac tribe and co-founder of Camp Migizi and Gichigumi Scouts. She founded Camp Migizi on a piece of land (part of the Fond du Lac reservation) that she helped purchase immediately next to one of the Enbridge Line 3 worksites. She and other Water Protectors staged direct actions from the camp and worked to learn traditional Ojibwe ways there.  

Yes 4 Minneapolis coalition honorees

Black Visions builds Black power to address the harms of past and present generations and realize a vision of a liberated, healing Black future. In June 2020, Black Visions led others in joining together to change the Minneapolis city charter and shift municipal resources from the police to a reimagined infrastructure for public safety, including forming the Path Forward campaign and the Yes 4 Minneapolis coalition.

ISAIAH Minnesota is a multi-racial, state-wide, nonpartisan coalition of faith communities, including Black-owned barber shops. This past year, several Minnesotan shops chose to use their collective voice and people power to create the community they know is possible. By organizing to transform public safety, they are ensuring that the issues that matter most to them are a priority and the communities they serve have the same opportunities to thrive as everyone else.

Minnesota Youth Collective (MNYC) is empowering the next generation of leaders to take our rightful seat at the decision-making table, elect people who reflect our values, and shape legislation to better the lives of Minnesotans. As part of the Yes 4 Minneapolis coalition, MNYC worked to collect signatures from registered voters, provide more information on the ballot initiative and its implications, and mobilize voters and young people to volunteer and get out the vote. 

Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. Reclaim the Block organizes around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments.

Yes 4 Minneapolis is a Black-led, coalition-model campaign that worked tirelessly this past year to advance a ballot initiative to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new department of public safety.