Legislators are first tackling less contentious issues, in order to prevent a government shutdown. GOP Senator Paul Gazelka says there is only so much Republicans will compromise on when it comes to policing. Feven Gerezgiher reports.
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St. Paul Embarks on Reparations Initiative
Eleven mayors from across the country – including Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter – have launched an initiative pledging reparations for American descendants of slavery. The coalition is pushing for federal reparations legislation, while also committing to
Juneteenth in the Twin Cities
After a year marked by trauma, Twin Cities Black communities gathered to mark Juneteenth with music, food, and conversations about justice. Feven Gerezgiher reports
Juneteenth Now a Federal Holiday
The new federal holiday recognizes the end of slavery in 1865. But activists worry the new holiday is an empty gesture if it isn’t accompanied by meaningful racial progress. Feven Gerezgiher reports.
Remembering the Duluth Lynching
On June 15, 1920 a white mob killed three young Black men accused of the alleged rape of a white woman. At a Minnesota Humanities Center event on Monday, speakers reflected on the legacy of lynching and racial violence in Minnesota. Feven Gerezgiher repor
Witness’ Account of Winston Smith’s Death Contradicts Official Narrative
On June 3 members of a federal task force shot Smith on top of a parking garage in Uptown. According to authorities, they were attempting to arrest him when he fired his weapon from the vehicle. But according to an eyewitness’ attorney, Smith didn’t have
North Mpls High School Class Examines Public Safety
At PYC Arts and Technology High School, students are learning how to navigate and address police and community violence. The class covers policing past and present, public safety models in other countries, and the role of youth in liberation struggles. Th
Buried History Resurfaces
This week people marked the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre on a Black neighborhood, and mourned the loss of 215 Native children whose bodies were found in unmarked graves in British Columbia. Feven Gerezgiher reports.
Church and Community Leaders Launch “21 Days of Peace”
In response to recent shootings that have left child victims in their wake, volunteers are posted at North Minneapolis hot spots to offer prayers and de-escalate volatile situations. Feven Gerezgiher reports.
What is Racial Reckoning: the Arc of Justice?
Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice is a journalism initiative, created by Ampers, KMOJ, and the Minnesota Humanities Center, covering the trials of the former Minneapolis police officers charged with the murder of George Floyd, the community’s response,