Reparations, police brutality, disrupting mass incarceration, and how Minnesota’s child welfare system hurts Black children and families are among the topics at a February conference dedicated to empowering civic engagement in Minnesota.

Scholarships, discounted registration for students, and early bird registration are available for the MNxMN 2019: Beyond the Vote conference, Feb. 24, at Harding Senior High, 1540 Sixth St. East, St. Paul, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. MNxMN is a community of activists and advocates across the state working to build a more equitable Minnesota.

The day-long program features workshops and activities to deepen attendees’ knowledge about issues, develop advocacy skills and build relationships between new and experienced activists and advocacy organizations in Minnesota. Speakers include representatives from NAACP Minneapolis, ACLU Smart Justice campaign, Black St. Paul, and the Advocates for Human Rights. Other workshop and forum issues include health care reform, deportations, Islamophobia, disability rights, sexual violence, municipal IDs, electoral politics and how the Legislature and courts work.

Minneapolis artist Ricardo Levins Morales, who describes himself as a healer and trickster organizer, will keynote this second annual MNxMN gathering.

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