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Faith and Community Leaders Announce Initiative to Close the Race Gap in Minnesota’s Juvenile Justice System

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On Thursday February 5,  faith leaders from African American communities and ISAIAH joined community and state leaders to announce their commitment to end racial disparities in Minnesota’s juvenile justice system.

“Our juvenile justice system is broken and racialized; and the time is now to repair it,” declared Rev. Ovester Armstrong, Jr., pastor at Macedonia Baptist Church in Minneapolis. “The lives of our young black boys are being destroyed by a system designed to punish for life rather than offer rehabilitation, forgiveness, and a hopeful vision and pathway for their future. We are committed to stand up for the humanity of our black youth and to call out the inhumanity of a system that fails to see the God in them.”

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Voter ID amendment debated at Metro State | TwinCities.com – 10/4/12

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By Doug Belden, dbelden@pioneerpress.com
Posted: 10/04/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT; Updated: 10/04/2012 11:21:24 PM CDT

Voter ID “might look like common-sense reform,” but it will result in “an extreme makeover of our election system,” warned an opponent of the state’s proposed photo ID amendment at a debate Thursday evening, Oct. 4.

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Clergy Launch Faith in Democracy Campaign to Defeat the Voter Restriction Amendment

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On September 13, 50 clergy from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faith traditions held a press conference at the State Capitol to launch the Faith in Democracy Campaign in an effort to defeat the voter restriction amendment because of its impact on the elderly, the young, people of color, and the poor.

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Leaders to Tour Bassett Creek Valley Redevelopment Site

You may have heard of the Harrison Neighborhood in North Minneapolis. It’s a wonderfully diverse place, where 71% of the residents are people of color. It is surrounded by natural assets, just west of downtown Minneapolis and east of beautiful Wirth Park. Yet 37% of the neighborhood lives in poverty, more than double the rate of the rest of the city.

Harrison Neighborhood residents worked for over a decade to develop a community plan for the redevelopment of one of the few tracts of land that can be developed near downtown. The plan was officially adopted by the City in 2008, and would provide the following:

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Metropolitan Council Update

"Shaping the Future with Hope" summit on February 12, 2012. Alfred Babington-Johnson, President and CEO of His Works United/Stairstep Foundation; Susan Haig, Chair of the Metropolitan Council; Governor Mark Dayton; Rev. Grant Stevensen, Past President of ISAIAH.

One of the Metropolitan Council’s major responsibilities is to prepare a Regional Development Framework for the seven-county metropolitan area.  The Regional Development Framework is the story of who we want to be over the next 30 years.  The Met Council has the power to shape a story that draws people together and creates a better community.

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