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On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by former Officer Derek Chauvin in South Minneapolis. The social unrest and mass movement mobilization that followed sparked a global conversation about policing and law enforcement.
Black-led organizations in the Twin Cities have been leading the charge for a total re-imagining of public safety in Minneapolis, some calling for the abolition of police, others for defunding the department and redistributing those dollars to community programs and social goods to address structural inequities in those communities most heavily policed. Others yet are calling for massive reforms while still retaining a police force in the city.
The Poor People’s Campaign understands that policing and law enforcement is a major point of intersection for the five evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy, and militarism. The transformation we seek requires us to address the deep injustices at the root of policing.
Please join us on July 22nd at 7pm for an online discussion about policing alternatives and the history of policing in Minnesota and the US. We will seek to understand where the Poor People’s Campaign can leverage it’s power to transform policing in our communities. We will also be seeking passionate leaders to build relationships and power in this effort.
Join us for this powerful conversation and next steps!