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Each week, colleagues and friends April Baskin and Tracie Guy-Decker, discuss and unpack race and racism from our Jewish perspectives. You'll find April and Tracie have a lot in common and some important differences: April is a multiracial, Askenazi Jewish woman of color and Tracie is a white, Ashkenazi Jewish woman. Join us on this journey as we move together toward racial justice.
 
Right now: Covering the trial of Kim Potter accused of killing Daunte Wright, the community’s reaction, and exploring the changes needed to create a more just society. Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice is a journalism initiative from Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities, KMOJ Radio, and the Minnesota Humanities Center covering the trials of the officers accused of killing George Floyd, the community’s reaction, and exploring the changes needed to create a more just society.
 
Multi-Racial established itself in 1999 with uniquely uniting event , at the time focused at providing events mainly without the prejudice segregation brought on by South Africa's the past. Out of its ethos (Unitin Thru The Rhythm) a record label was eventually established in 2003 with a multitude of releases by giving platforms up n coming various and now influential producers in the South African House music scene, in keeping with its ethos and principles of building platforms for up n com ...
 
This interview series is a component of The Richmond Racial Equity Essays, a multimedia project comprising a collection of essays, video interviews and a virtual discussion series focused on racial equity in Richmond, Virginia. In this series, urban planner and diversity, equity and inclusion consultant Ebony Walden talks with Richmonders from all walks of life and sectors to explore their visions for an equitable Richmond, especially as it relates to racial equity, and the strategies that w ...
 
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Chief Arrandondo made history in 2018 by becoming the first Black police chief in the city’s history. -- Chioma Uwagwu reports: On Monday Minneapolis chief of police Medaria Arradondo announced he will step down from his position in January 2022. “After much personal reflection and thoughtful discussions with my family and Mayor Frey, I have made t…
 
In this week’s episode, April and Tracie use the Talmudic debate on how to light the Chanukah menorah to reflect on light, darkness, and what this holiday can teach us about navigating the difficult times in our lives. Check out our discussion/reflection questions for this episode: https://joyousjustice.com/blog/jews-talk-racial-justice-ep-65 Find …
 
The Victoria Theater Arts Center mission includes working against gentrification and police brutality. -- Tiffany Bui reports: 14 years after being saved from demolition, a historic theater in St. Paul is getting ready to open as a community art space. The Victoria Theater Arts Center (VTAC) is in the final stretch of fundraising; staff say they an…
 
Thursday, the Hennepin County court seated the last three jurors for the trial of the former Brooklyn Center police officer charged in the death of Daunte Wright. The court still needs to seat two alternate jurors before it can begin testimony. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Thursday, the Hennepin County court seated the last three jurors for the tri…
 
The court now has 9 of the 12 jurors needed. Meanwhile a motorist drove through a crowd gathered in solidarity with Daunte Wright’s family. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Wednesday, the Hennepin County court seated 5 additional jurors for the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter. Potter is charged with two counts of manslaughter …
 
Four jurors were confirmed: two white males (one in his 20s and another in his 50s), an Asian woman in her 40s and one white woman in her 60s. -- Chioma Uwagwu reports: On Monday, jury selection began for the trial of ex-Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter. Potter is facing first and second degree manslaughter charges in the killing of D…
 
Potter is charged with first and second-degree manslaughter after she shot Daunte Wright on April 11 during a traffic stop. Wright’s family and community leaders held a press conference Monday afternoon to demand Potter be held accountable. -- Georgia Fort reports: Jury selection for former Brooklyn Center Police officer Kimberly Potter begins toda…
 
In this week’s episode April and Tracie continue to explore their thoughts around Thanksgiving and the tension between a holiday about gratitude and family and its racist, genocidal origins. Check out our discussion/reflection questions for this episode: https://joyousjustice.com/blog/jews-talk-racial-justice-ep-64 Find April and Tracie's full bios…
 
Jeanelle Austin is Executive Director of the George Floyd Global Memorial; it's her job to maintain the space and preserve over 3000 offerings at the square. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: Jeanelle Austin began caretaking for George Floyd’s memorial last summer. She grew up three blocks away from 38th and Chicago, where George Floyd was murdered by Min…
 
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Jaime Arsenault is searching for documents and other artifacts that might provide closure for victims of boarding school assimilation programs. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Jaime Arsenault wears many hats as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for White Earth Nation. One includes managing cultural archives,…
 
Demetrius Hill was killed by St. Paul police officer Gerald Vick in 1997 for suspected robbery. 24 years later Marilyn Hill is still working to prove his innocence. -- Tiffany Bui reports: 24 years after her son was killed by St. Paul police, Marilyn Hill got back her son’s belongings. Demetrius Hill was killed by officer Gerald Vick in 1997 at an …
 
Dozens of students, parents and graduates from the district showed up to speak out about their own racist encounters after a video went viral of a student encouraging a Black teen to kill herself. But school board members refused to hear more than a handful. -- Georgia Fort reports: Concerned community members shut down Prior Lake-Savage School Boa…
 
Over the weekend, education advocates gathered for a forum titled ‘Are Public Schools in Minnesota Failing Black Children?’ -- Safiya Mohamed reports:. On Saturday the Wayfinder Foundation and the Racial Justice Network hosted a forum called ‘Are Public Schools in Minnesota Failing Black Children?’ “I'm sure a lot of adults do not know that Minneso…
 
Over the weekend, many Minnesotans took to the streets to denounce the verdict which acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of murder. Meanwhile, dozens of students and families showed solidarity for the victim of a recent hate crime in Prior Lake. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Friday, a Wisconsin judge acquitted 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges r…
 
We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World features numerous local writers bearing witness to the tragedies and changes of the previous year. -- Tiffany Bui reports: A new book offers a view of 2020 through the lens of 31 different writers of color. We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World f…
 
April and Tracie dig into and challenge the oft-repeated notion that proximity across a line of difference immunizes against bigotry or racism. In other words, the assertion “I can’t be racist, my (fill-in-the-blank) is Black." We discuss how the good/bad binary plays into this misconception about proximity and clarify the fact that power and privi…
 
Critics say during his previous tenure Luger failed to hold police accountable in the deaths of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile, and harmed Muslim community members with the controversial Countering Violent Extremism program. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: At a press conference Tuesday, community activists in Minneapolis denounced the re-appointment…
 
On election day, Minneapolis voters failed to pass a charter amendment for a new public safety department. Now what? -- Safiya Mohamed reports: On Nov 2, nearly 44% of Minneapolis residents voted in favor of replacing the Minneapolis Police Department with a Department of Public Safety. However, it wasn’t enough to pass the charter amendment. Minis…
 
More than a decade after their initial request, three Ojibwe Tribal Nations will have the boundaries of their 1854 treaty with the United States acknowledged on state highways. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Over a decade after their initial request, three Ojibwe Tribal Nations will have the boundaries of their 1854 treaty with the United States ackn…
 
Georgia Fort reports: Hundreds gathered at Prior Lake High School Thursday to demand a student who used racial slurs in a viral video be expelled. Students were joined by organizers and activists from Minneapolis. Toshira Garroway, founder of Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence, said if racist behavior goes unaddressed in high scho…
 
Medical experts point to a variety of reasons for these disparities, including poorer health as a result of structural racism and a hesitancy to get vaccinated. -- Tiffany Bui reports: As COVID-19 cases spike in Minnesota, racial disparities in the infection rates persist. Data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that Black, Latinx and Pa…
 
April and Tracie spend Veterans’ Day reflecting on their family connections to veterans and the ways in which our country has treated veterans throughout our history. The political conversations that happen around war and policy often employ either/or thinking that leads us to forget the human beings and all those connected to them, who are forever…
 
MEnd Correctional Care was providing medical services for Beltrami jail in 2018 when 27-year-old Hardel Sherrell died in custody. Protesters say the state should shut the organization down. -- Georgia Fort reports: Protesters gathered at The Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners Friday afternoon to demand the State shutdown MEnD Correctional Care. M…
 
The tuition waiver program is available to enrolled citizens of federally recognized tribal nations in Minnesota. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Starting next fall, the University of Minnesota is providing free or reduced tuition for Native American students on all five of its campuses. The University of Minnesota has offered free tuition to American…
 
Critics of charter schools say they are draining funding from school districts; proponents say they are providing much needed options to traditional education. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: According to St. Paul school officials, last year close to 40% of the city’s school-aged children were not attending schools in the district. Instead, families a…
 
“Envision SPPS” would close, merge or relocate eleven schools by next fall. Opponents point out that most of the schools slated to close are in communities of color. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: A Saint Paul Public Schools proposal that would close several schools is facing resistance from community members who say the plan leaves behind Black, Lat…
 
An Indigenous youth group has brought together different nations and generations to heal from the violent legacy of boarding schools. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: When 215 children were found buried on the lands of a former residential school in Canada last spring, local community members found their own histories uncovered. Over the summer, member…
 
In this week’s episode, April and Tracie unpack the false assumption that some folks have expressed--that April “hates America” since she has chosen to relocate out of the States, and to West Africa, no less. This question leads April and Tracie to think about the hierarchies and racism built into conventional assessments of different cultures both…
 
Many racial justice activists were disappointed to see Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey re-elected and the public safety charter amendment rejected. -- Georgia Fort reports: A small group of protestors marched to the home of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey after learning he was re-elected. One disappointed voter said “Everybody here really thought that he…
 
Relationships Evolving Possibilities (REP) is an abolitionist group that runs a crisis hotline which responds to non-violent emergencies such as neighbor complaints or welfare checks. -- Tiffany Bui reports: It was a summer night when Rivianna Zeller and their team got a call from the hotline from the dispatch center in Minneapolis. The caller said…
 
Voters in Minneapolis will determine the future of policing and public safety in the first major election since George Floyd was killed. Georgia Fort reports: Tuesday marks the first major election in Minneapolis since George Floyd was killed. Voters will determine the future of policing and public safety with a historic vote on the charter amendme…
 
Community members gathered Saturday at the Wilder Recreation Center to mark the anniversary of Demetrius Hill’s death, a Black man who was shot by St.Paul Police in 1997. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: This Saturday, community members gathered at the Wilder Recreation Center to honor the 24th anniversary of Demetrius Hill’s death, a Black man who was s…
 
The former Brooklyn Center police officer will face both first and second degree manslaughter charges in the death of Daunte Wright. Meanwhile, Wright's family marked what would have been his 21st birthday. Georgia Fort reports: A Hennepin county judge has denied a request to drop the most severe charges against former Brooklyn Center police office…
 
In this week’s episode, April and Tracie discuss the dangers of making that “diversity hire” when the organization hasn’t done the necessary work of deconstructing dynamics of oppression, so that “diversity hire” needs to endure unhealthy and unsustainable microaggressions and worse. They discuss strategies for how to avoid this and set up new coll…
 
The jury remained anonymous during court proceedings to protect their safety and ability to be impartial. However, Judge Peter Cahill has now declared that all 14 of the jurors’ identities will be made public. -- Tiffany Bui reports: Juror number two. Juror number 19. Juror number 27. No names, only numbers; that’s how the court referred to jurors …
 
Mpls Cop Charged in Death of Bystander While In Pursuit Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has charged Minneapolis police officer Brian Cummings with second degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Leneal Frazier. Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Friday Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman charged Minneapolis police offic…
 
On Friday community members gathered to observe the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality. They held a vigil outside of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Office in St. Paul to honor lives lost to police violence. Safiya Mohamed reports: On Friday community members gathered to observe the National Day of Protest Against Police…
 
Noor was initially sentenced to 12.5 years for the 2017 shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who he shot and killed while responding to her 911 call. His sentence was reduced to four years and nine months. +--+ Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Thursday a judge re-sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor to four years and nine months in …
 
On this week’s episode, Tracie and April discuss the recent discussion on the concept of “Jewface” that followed a recent podcast by Sarah Silverman on the topic. They discuss a few different perspectives on the topic and reflect on the patterns within the portrayal of Jewish characters in media. Check out our discussion/reflection questions for th…
 
The U.N. has demanded the U.S. respond to allegations of Indigenous rights violations related to the pipeline construction. Tiffany Bui reports. -- Tiffany Bui reports: In late March Indigenous-led organizations asked a United Nations committee to take action against the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. The Giniw Collective and Honor the Earth argued that…
 
Over the last year and a half more Black, Indigenous, and people of color are finding community and healing in Twin Cities parks. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Over the last year and a half more Black, Indigenous, and people of color are finding community and healing in Twin Cities parks. Maria Fernandez moved from Venezuela with her family five mon…
 
Lawyers for the family of Winston Smith are protesting the decision to not prosecute the officers involved in Smith’s death; they say the investigation lacks integrity. -- Georgia Fort reports: Lawyers for the family of Winston Smith are protesting the decision to not prosecute the officers involved in Smith’s death. Smith was fatally shot by membe…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Saturday, over 80 people participated in a children’s march to end gun violence in North Minneapolis. Organizers said the event was initiated by the family of 12-year-old London Bean who was shot and killed in September. A suspect has been identified, but is still on the run from police. Bean was the third child killed …
 
Georgia Fort reports: Debates across Minneapolis are heating up as the deadline to vote for the public safety charter amendment approaches. The amendment is posed as a yes or no question on the city’s November 2021 ballot. It proposes removing the Police Department as a standalone department and creating a new Public Safety Department, which includ…
 
In this week’s episode, April shares more about her ongoing exploration around her Indigenous, Cherokee heritage and the impact a healing workshop had on her desire to live and embody this aspect of her identity. Tracie and April use this exploration to reflect on the ways in which we are the products of our ancestors’ choices to survive the oppres…
 
Native Americans have protested Columbus Day for decades, because it erases thousands of years of Indigenous history, and ignores Columbus’ role as a violent conqueror and a slave trader. -- Chioma Uwagwu reports: Monday, for the first time in US history, the country recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day. However, the holiday was celebrated alongside …
 
This year the Cine Latino Film Festival includes a focus on African heritage and culture in an effort to better reflect the diversity of Latinidad. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: This year the Cine Latino Film Festival - which runs through October 14 in Minneapolis and online - includes a focus on African heritage and culture. “A lot of times when we…
 
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, the theater company created a pop-up pantry to serve the needs of neighbors. The company regularly partners with artists on projects that confront pressing community issues. Chioma Uwagwu reports: Pillsbury Theatre in Minneapolis has just closed its season with Aleshea Harris’ What to Send Up When It Goes …
 
Body cam footage from the days following George Floyd's murder was used to acquit a man charged with attempted murder for firing on the police. In one video officers talk about ‘hunting’ protestors. ++ Georgia Fort reports: Recently released footage of Minneapolis Police responding to protests in the days after the murder of George Floyd is renewin…
 
Nearly three dozen tents were thrown away this week during the city-led closure of the Cedar-Franklin encampment in Minneapolis. Georgia Fort reports: Nearly three dozen tents were thrown away this past week during the city-led closure of the Cedar/Franklin encampment in Minneapolis. Approximately 20 staff from the city’s Public Works department ar…
 
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