St. Paul's district councils have begun cross-cultural dialogues among community members and the St. Paul Police Department in efforts to bridge the divide between communities of color and law enforcement.
New International Peace site to be celebrated in Minneapolis
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 11:11
A new international peace site will be dedicated in downtown Minneapolis Sept. 20 at Open Book, which houses the Loft Literary Center, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Milkweed Editions at 1011 Washington Ave. S.
New civil rights-themed playground dedicated at MLK Park
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:47
A happy crowd of children, community members and civil rights activists gathered at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Aug. 22 to celebrate the opening of a new civil rights‐themed playground.
Numerous speakers, music and a ceremonial ribbon‐cutting helped dedicate the unique and inspiring play area during the fifth annual Celebrate Our Beloved Community event. The new playground mixes in numerous educational opportunities detailing people, places and events that helped shape African-Americans' struggle for civil rights.
'Your Honor, don't send that child to jail, give him to us'
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 10:30
Melvin Carter, Jr.
Ramsey County JDAI Stakeholder Committee: August 18, 2015. Agenda: The next JDAI focus?
Brief background -- JDAI stands for Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative. In 2005, community elders recognized secure detention (kiddy jail) as the entry gate to prison pipelines and mobilized an attack with phenomenal and measurable success. In short they said, "Instead of jailing low level juvenile offenders, let community serve as an alternative." The annual intake plummeted in the Ramsey County juvenile detention by 70 percent in just five years. Yes, between 2005 and 2010, Ramsey County Juvenile detention dropped from more than 4,000 children per year to less than 1,000, with no corresponding increase in juvenile crime.