Community Gathering: Minneapolis’ New Jim Crow What Is It And What Are We

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Community Gathering: Minneapolis’ New Jim Crow   What Is It And What Are We
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Come learn about the New Jim Crow and how it is alive and well in Minneapolis and why we need to dismantle it.

The evening will include a presentation and time for a deeper facilitated community discussion.

This will include time to learn more about two ordinance amendments I and Council Member Blong Yang are working on this spring that, if approved, will repeal the City’s prohibition on lurking with intent to commit a crime and spitting on the sidewalk and some other surfaces.

I favor repeal of these ordinances because they are outdated, poorly crafted, unnecessary, ineffective and contribute to persistent racial and economic disparities in our city. While they are problematic each in their own way, I am most interested in repealing them because of the subtle role they both play in supporting a biased, unfair criminal justice system that, perhaps unintentionally or inadvertently, contributes to and perpetuates the significant racial disparities we find in Minneapolis today, and in our country. The meeting is co-convened by myself, CM Yang, the Coalition for Critical Change, Black Lives Matter, the ACLU and others. I hope that the effort to repeal these rarely enforced ordinances might help us all engage in a deeper discussion about justice, public safety, institutional racism, the role authority figures play in the racialization of our young and how vastly different we experience life in Minneapolis depending on our race and economic status.

Please join the conversation about these laws and how they fit into the larger effort to dismantle the New Jim Crow and finish the work of ending racial injustice in America. Everyone is welcome.
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