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The Birth Justice Podcast NYC takes a close, comprehensive and creative look at how folks in New York City experience and navigate reproductive oppression and create resilience strategies for their health and their families. Through storytelling and conversations, the Birth Justice Podcast NYC provides a space for dialogue and debate addressing one of New York City’s most pressing public health and racial justice issues: birth. Hosted by Taja Lindley, podcast episodes feature one-on-one long ...
 
As clergy and laity from a variety of backgrounds, our commitment to justice is expressed in differing ways dependent upon our faith tradition and our personal understandings of God. We will not always agree on issues, rather find ourselves surprised when we do. The manner in which we negotiate the differences amongst ourselves is in itself part of our commitment to justice. We believe that God wills shalom; peace, justice and well-being for all people, all nations, and for our planet. God’s ...
 
This monthly podcast focuses on P-20 education pathways with a focus on research and leadership that promotes educational equity, justice, and excellence for all students. This podcast is a product of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership or OCCRL at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Learn more about OCCRL at occrl.illinois.edu.
 
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The Minnesota Housing Partnership reports that one-third of Twin Cities households live in rentals, with 45% of them paying more than they can afford on housing. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: In Minneapolis and Saint Paul, housing advocates are seeking to limit rent increases in order to make the Twin Cities a more affordable place to live. The Minn…
 
This month we had the special treat of speaking with local activist, Ruth Ann Angus, of Morro Bay, CA. Ruth Ann wears so many different hats within her work as a social justice activist, it was hard to know where to start with our interview. We decided to build our interview as Ruth Ann has built her own agenda for justice—with faith as her corners…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: Last Saturday a Minneapolis dispensary ran Minnesota’s first cannabis expungement clinic, working to clear the criminal records of 44 people with non-violent cannabis convictions. Jon Geffen is Director of the Reentry Clinic at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and provided pro bono legal services along with his students.…
 
Georgia Fort reports: A Native led non-profit is reclaiming and restoring a sacred Indigenous burial site in St. Paul. What’s known as Indian Mounds Park was converted into a park by the city in 1892. According to the city’s website the cultural significance of the site was not understood at the time. “Even as an Native person I brought my kids her…
 
"21 Days of Peace," an outreach effort aimed at combating gun violence, assisted in 36 arrests and helped get 16 guns off the street, according to the Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner. Georgia Fort reports: State and city officials met with faith leaders Saturday to review the progress of “21 Days of Peace,” an outreach effort aimed at combatin…
 
A recent poll found that 49% of Minneapolis residents support the proposal for a new Department of Public Safety; 40% oppose the proposal and 10% are undecided. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: On Thursday evening, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of the wording of the charter question on the Minneapolis ballot. The proposed amendment would rep…
 
Working to fight for racial equity in a newsroom can take a toll on an already overworked journalist. Unfortunately, when a journalist of color leaves the profession, that leads to fewer stories on communities of color. -- Chioma Uwagwu reports: The murder of George Floyd and the racial uprising that followed inspired a similar uprising in newsroom…
 
The ruling will likely result in a shorter sentence for Noor and has implications for the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. -- Georgia Fort reports: The conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was overturned Wednesday by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Noor was convicted of 3rd degree…
 
Monday, a federal judge sentenced Illinois militia leader Emily Claire Hari to 53 years in jail for the 2017 bombing of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. The sentencing came amidst news of other alleged hate crimes in the Twin Cities. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Monday, a federal judge sentenced Illinois militia leader Emily Claire …
 
Students of color say it’s common to feel invisible or alienated on campus. However they see college as an opportunity to advance themselves and their communities. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: As the school year begins, students of color are facing a mix of emotions as they go back to in-person learning. “My first year of university... it's been like…
 
Georgia Fort reports: Nearly one hundred teens and young children marched to the Maplewood police station demanding justice for Marcoz Paramo and Alyjah Thomas. They say the high speed chase that took their friends’ lives violated the city’s policy. “That’s crazy that we all won’t never get to see him again, get to hug him again, get to talk to him…
 
Georgia Fort reports: Families are questioning the Ramsey County Sheriff's policy on high-speed chases after a vehicle pursuit claimed the lives of two teens in Maplewood on Friday, Sept 3. 14-year-old Marcoz Paramo and 15-year-old Alyjah Thomas were two of six teenagers in a car that police say was reported stolen. Dispatch audio reveals an initia…
 
A new report from the Movement for Black Lives found the federal government targeted Black Lives Matter protesters with harsher prosecution in order to disrupt and deter activism. -- Tiffany Bui reports: A new report from the Movement for Black Lives found that the federal government targeted Black Lives Matter protesters with harsher prosecution i…
 
Two former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd are opposing the broadcast of their upcoming trial. The defense will officially make that request in court on Thursday. Feven Gerezgiher reports. -- This is Feven Gerezgiher. Two of the three former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd are opposi…
 
The case of a St. Paul man recently acquitted on charges of attempted murder is still raising questions about police and prosecutorial fairness. Feven Gerezgiher reports. -- The case of a St. Paul man recently acquitted on charges of attempted murder is still raising questions about police and prosecutorial fairness. Twenty-nine-year-old Jaleel Sta…
 
A neighborhood is still celebrating after Saturday’s annual “Back on the Day Festival.” Safiya Mohamed was there. Southside Minneapolis neighbors are celebrating community after Saturday’s “11th annual “Back in the Day” festival held in Phelps Park in Minneapolis. The event included games, activities, vendor markets, and live music by the Grammy-aw…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports on wider adoption of innovative approaches to violence prevention. In August, 16-year-old Varney Kennedy Jr. was sitting in his car at 63rd and Zane Ave in Brooklyn Park when an unidentified gunman shot and killed him. It was one of many shootings at the intersection over the last year. “We can't lose a whole generation, “ …
 
Tiffany Bui reports: Minnesota’s population has grown much more diverse over the past decade, according to new data from the Census Bureau. The number of non-white Minnesotans increased across all racial groups. The population of multiracial residents also grew dramatically, by about 176 percent. Meanwhile, the non-Hispanic white population has dec…
 
A Minnesota activist is among those waiting for a response from the U.S. Department of Justice to their demand for an investigation into racist police practices. Tiffany Bui reports. -- Why Toshira Garraway Went to D.C. A Minnesota activist is among those waiting for a response from the U.S. Department of Justice to their demand for an investigatio…
 
Of the hundreds of demonstrators who protested in front of the governor’s mansion over the weekend, dozens now face charges. Tiffany Bui reports. -- Line 3 Protesters Face Charges Of the hundreds of demonstrators who protested in front of the governor’s mansion over the weekend, dozens now face charges. Tiffany Bui reports that 69 people were arres…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: An alleged hate crime in the town called Cold Spring, located 20 miles outside of St Cloud, has returned attention to longstanding racial divides in central Minnesota. A multiracial family says it was racial bias that motivated the man who harassed them for months before he drove a car into their house in July. St Cloud St…
 
The Black Entrepreneur State Fair is designed to support Black businesses. This year's opening drew over 2000 attendees with bouncy houses, 70 vendors, and live entertainment outside Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. Feven Gerezgiher reports -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: While many celebrate the opening of the Minnesota State Fair this week, peo…
 
In March we heard from Dara Stepanek about the Peace Academy of the Sciences and Arts. She described it as a place where children and teens could “learn by being.” We decided it would be fun to revisit this special place to find out how their summer program, Seeds of Peace, had gone. We are pleased to have one of their summer teachers, Sandra Sarro…
 
According to the Campaign for Youth Justice, youth in adult jails and prisons are at a higher risk of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse than their peers in the juvenile justice system. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, there are currently 137 people incarcerated who were juveniles certified as ad…
 
Safiya Mohamed reports: On Friday the Minneapolis City Council approved the ballot language for the public safety charter amendment. The 9-4 vote overrode Mayor Jacob Frey’s second veto of the bill. Frey had argued that the ballot question lacked transparency. Minister JaNae Bates is with Yes 4 Minneapolis - a coalition of activists, organizations,…
 
The pipeline, which is 90% complete, crosses treaty-protected land in Minnesota. Activists say it threatens valuable natural resources. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: On Monday demonstrators gathered outside Governor Tim Walz’s residence to protest the Line 3 pipeline. Mike McDonald, president of the local chapter of Veterans for Peace, says people mus…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: This Saturday, the loved ones of Justin Teigan, Courtney Williams, Daunte Wright and others lost to police violence marched across Saint Paul with a message: we have not forgotten. Toshira Garraway lost her fiancé Justin Teigan in 2009 after an encounter with Saint Paul police. Recycling facility workers found Teigan’s bod…
 
Tiffany Bui After years of trying to raise attention for missing and murdered Indigenous women, advocates have scored a key win. This past legislative session, Minnesota lawmakers allocated $500,000 for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Office, which will focus not just on women and girls, but men, boys and the Two Spirit community. The…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: Next spring, officials will close a juvenile detention center in Minnetonka for good. Assistant County Administrator Mark Thompson says the Hennepin County Home School is no longer the most effective program for helping children. “The best interest of the child is to rehabilitate them and get them back with their family, g…
 
Tiffany Bui reports: For Ace Goff, applying to college was scary. While many of her peers had at least one parent helping them, Goff was on her own as a teenager in foster care. “I was going to school and then I was working as much as I was going to school. So every day it would be right after classes I'm going straight to work,” Goff said. “I'm no…
 
Tiffany Bui reports: The City of Minneapolis must reword a note it plans to include on this fall’s election ballot, after a Hennepin County judge found the language “problematic.” The re-worded explanatory note will accompany a question on the November ballot about the future of the Minneapolis Police Department. The proposal, authored by the organ…
 
Chioma Uwagwu reports: American women die in childbirth at a higher rate than in any other developed nation, according to the American Diabetes Association. Within the United States, non-Hispanic Black women are three times more likely to die from complications in childbirth than white women. In light of these painful disparities, many women of col…
 
Recent national data shows Black businesses were more likely than businesses overall to close during the pandemic. Organizers of multiple local pop-up marketplaces are finding one way to support Black-owned businesses moving forward. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Recent national data shows Black businesses were more likely than businesses overall to…
 
The program - called “We Win When Black Students Graduate” - is led entirely by Black staff. It takes an interdisciplinary, project-based approach, combining core subjects with afrocentric classes like storytelling and African drumming. Students and teachers say they came away inspired. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: A pilot summer program for Black …
 
The federal Department of Justice is investigating the Minneapolis Police Department; the DOJ has limited capacity for seeking community engagement and has reached out to organizations like Communities United Against Police Brutality for help. CUAPB is organizing more than 20 sharing sessions across Minneapolis. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: The U.S…
 
Earlonne Woods and Yahya Johnson of Ear Hustle, the acclaimed podcast, join DA Boudin and Rachel for the powerful and deeply personal Season 2 finale. The episode focuses on how the criminal legal system treats people who are incarcerated—and how it needs to improve. Earlonne and Yahya share their personal accounts of their time in prison; explain …
 
Idd was a 23-year-old Somali man and the first person killed by Minneapolis police since George Floyd. His death late last year sparked a fresh wave of protests from an already grieving community. The Dakota County Attorney has concluded that the officers’ actions were “legally justified.” -- Tiffany Bui reports: The Dakota County Attorney will not…
 
On Thursday, the non-profit publishing house Cow-Tipping Press hosted its first-ever “Cowchella,” a literary and music festival celebrating the work of more than 20 neurodiverse writers. The event was organized to heighten awareness of neurodivergent people by amplifying their stories and experiences. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: On Thursday, the non…
 
The proposal adds three ethnic studies standards to ensure college readiness and the inclusion of multiple perspectives. Those standards include greater emphasis on Indigenous history and societal inequities. According to the proposal, the intention is to better reflect the diversity of Minnesota’s student population. Feven Gerezgiher reports: The …
 
The Upper Midwest Law Center has announced plans to file three lawsuits against Minnesota government agencies for their use of “critical race theory.” One plaintiff described it as a “racially divisive and demeaning ideology.” At the center of this conflict is a concept many simply don’t understand. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: The Upper Midwest La…
 
The City of Minneapolis has settled a lawsuit with the group Communities United Against Police Brutality. CUAPB claimed that the city violated state law by failing to provide public information on police actions in a timely fashion. In one case, the city did not provide documentation of complaints against officers for two years. -- Tiffany Bui repo…
 
Following up on last week's episode on restorative justice, this week, DA Boudin and Rachel step back and look at the treatment of crime victims and survivors throughout the legal process. To do so, they are joined by two leading advocates for crime survivors: Tinisch Hollins of Californians for Safety and Justice and Sandra Henriquez of Valor US (…
 
During the trial of Derek Chauvin, the world tuned in to watch what was unfolding in a Hennepin County courthouse. The presiding judge in Chauvin’s case was selected by the newly elected Chief Judge of Hennepin County Toddrick Barnette, a Black man - who made history as the first person of color to fill that position. He has worked both as a Hennep…
 
The discovery of the bodies of hundreds of children in unmarked graves at Canadian boarding schools for Indigenous children has many people looking for more information about similar sites in the United States. -- Chioma Uwagwu reports: In May the bodies of 215 children were discovered at a former indigenous boarding school site in Canada. Soon aft…
 
St. Paul’s Suni Lee made a lot of people proud Thursday. The 18-year-old daughter of Hmong immigrants is now a champion and a role model for the ages. Tiffany Bui reports. -- St. Paul’s Suni Lee made a lot of people proud Thursday. The 18-year-old daughter of Hmong immigrants is now a champion and a role model for the ages. Tiffany Bui reports. Sun…
 
The legislature appropriated money for planning; now the community wants to make sure its many voices are heard. Fevin Gerezgiher reports. -- This session, the legislature approved $6.2 million for preliminary planning for a land bridge over I-94 in the Rondo neighborhood. As Feven Gerezgiher reports, community members want to make sure they’re con…
 
The Minneapolis City Council adopted a resolution recognizing the Confederate flag as a symbol of hate and white supremacy. The resolution cites that opponents to the Black Lives Matter movement have used the flag to intimidate protestors and perpetuate violence against them. Racial justice advocates say it's a step in the right direction, but more…
 
In this powerful, must-listen episode, DA Boudin and Rachel are joined by Danielle Sered, the Executive Director of Uncommon Justice, to talk about the process known as restorative justice. While breaking down some of the myths and facts about restorative justice, this episode explores the ways the criminal legal system can better center crime vict…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Saturday, All My Relations Arts launched a community art workshop to highlight indigenous and unsheltered peoples’ experiences in Minnesota. Lead artist Courtney Cochran titled the project “Never Homeless Before 1492.” “Native people are homeless on their own land - stolen land at that,” said Cochran. “These problems st…
 
Activists on Thursday called on local officials to drop all charges against protestors demanding justice for Black lives. Mass arrests have become more common in the last year, with 646 people arrested during a march last November, and another 150 at a protest after the killing of Daunte Wright in April. Some say they are an intimidation tactic to …
 
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