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Twin Cities Chapter

The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity. The Minnesota Twin Cities Chapter of FAIR (FAIR Twin Cities) launched in June of 2021.  It undertakes FAIR’s mission in the Twin Cities and in coordination with other Minnesota chapters.

 

As Minnesotans, we are facing many challenges in our schools and our communities that threaten the civil liberties and common humanity that we all share.  Minnesotans come from everywhere, yet divisive ideologies, such as race essentialism, ethnic identitarianism, extreme identity affirmation, interpersonal disregard, disdain for law, disproportionate reprimand, and the willful hollowing out of needed institutions are tearing our shared culture apart. Minnesota employers are training their staffs to adjust interactions with colleagues based on (assumed) group identities.  K-12 students are being taught to define themselves based on the color of their skin not on their individual character, abilities and aspirations. Religious communities have been lured and coopted into reinforcing race and privilege hierarchies. These misguided trends are damaging to individuals and to our common life. FAIR Twin Cities is committed to thwarting these examples of intolerance and neo-racism by promoting a shared culture of tolerance and civil rights in Minnesota. 

 

FAIR Twin Cities equips parents, educators, students, politicians, and citizens with the tools and knowledge necessary to challenge illiberal teachings, intolerance and neo-racism. We support citizen efforts to resist adoption of these racist policies in school districts and classrooms. We voice principled opposition when novel illiberal efforts arise in Minnesota communities and institutions. We undertake small projects—currently a reading group, a library outreach project and a pro-human classroom project.  We stay connected online using a monthly emailed newsletter and Facebook. We meet quarterly in person to engage national FAIR Advisors and like-minded speakers. Most importantly, we are building a community of like-minded citizens who support each other in standing up for the invaluable ideals of tolerance, appreciation of humanity, evaluation of knowledge, equality of opportunity and respect for different perspectives. 

 

If you share these values, sign up to become a member of FAIR Twin Cities (your name, email and zip code will add you to the Twin Cities chapter).  Help us realize a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity.  Join us! 

Chapter Events

Executive Committee

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Jeff CampbellChapter Leader

Jeff lives in Plymouth, Minnesota with his wife and their three wonderful children. He has practiced law (mostly business-related law) for over 20 years. He coaches high school cross country and mock trial, and loves working with and bringing out the best in young people. He is also passionate about ensuring that we leave our nation a better place than we found it. He joined FAIR because it is non-partisan and pro-human. He believes that we simply must return to a place where each American is judged by the content of their character, and not by their race or any other immutable characteristic.

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Tanya SimonsEvent Coordinator

Tanya lives in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota with her two creative children. She has worked for Fortune 500 organizations for over 20 years in a career that has spanned finance, operations, and organizational transformation. She holds a BSB in Accounting and received her MBA from the Carlson School of Management. Tanya has a heart for youth, previously serving as a high school coach, serving in children’s ministries, and now as an elected school board member in her local school district. As the daughter of an immigrant and first generation American, Tanya passionately believes in bringing people together in unity to value, understand, and appreciate the uniqueness and humanity of every individual.

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Dan GarsciaEast Subchapter Management Leader

Dan lives in Maplewood, Minnesota with his wife and two spirited children. Dan works for a Digital Agency in Minneapolis and has been in the industry for over 15 years. Dan has been active in his community for over a decade, starting when he first noticed that the freedoms he values so highly were beginning to erode. Dan joined FAIR because, as a partner in an interracial marriage, and father of bi-racial children, Critical Race Theory threatens the values and principles he and his wife have worked so hard to instill in their children. Dan has witnessed firsthand the damage that CRT can cause young minds, and is willing to do whatever he can to help bring the focus back to the “content of character” approach that treats all humans with equal dignity.

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