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Moving from Tolerance to Allophilia:

Expand Human Rights Enforcement in Minnesota
 

By the Council on Black Minnesotans

Fifty years ago, on July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson displayed courage and innovation by taking the unprecedented national step to attack the heart of America’s close friendship with discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin by enacting the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Minnesotans such as Roy Wilkins, Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Vice President Walter Mondale played a huge role with bringing about this historic day. In fact prior to the passage of the civil rights act, Minnesota passed the Minnesota State Act for Fair Employment Practices in 1955, which prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, creed, religion, or national origin and in 1961 passed laws to prohibit discrimination in mortgage lending and in the sale, rental, or lease of real property. These acts banned discrimination and represented the beginning of the fulfillment of the hopes and dreams of many in the costly and painstaking journey to build a society with equal access and opportunity for all. It also provided an external control mechanism to move America from absolute prejudice to tolerance. Continue Reading →

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Former inmate shares traumatic story of incarceration

Organizations partner to take next steps on “Ban the Box” legislation
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The Minneapolis League of Women Voters is hosting “Interrupting the Prison Pipeline” program March 6 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. “I think people are realizing that prisons really don’t work in the structure that they are set up in now,” admits Rev. Brian Herron, pastor of Zion Baptist Church. He is among several individuals scheduled to speak during the program. The free event, which begins at 5:30 pm with a resource fair, and the panel discussion, begins at 7 pm. It is part of the League of Women Voters Minneapolis’ Healthy Communities Forum sponsored by a number of local and state-based organizations, including the Minnesota State Baptist Convention, which Herron is a member. Continue Reading →

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Second Chance advocates ‘make some noise’ on the Hill

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

When Sarah Walker first lobbied the Minnesota Legislature on behalf of former offenders, she didn’t see it going over very well. “The first time I organized this, I was concerned that this would be received very poorly,” recalls Walker, the COO of 180 Degrees, Inc. 

But as a result, over 50 organizations formed the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition and started Second Chance Day on the Hill. “Since then we have gotten more legislative leaders interested in this issue. I think we really fundamentally changed the dialogue about the issue at the Capitol. We passed three bills in 2009, and we’re hopeful again this year for another good year,” continued Walker. Continue Reading →

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