Series: The Anti-Racist Voter

Vote as if Black Lives Matter. You want to be more than a non-racist. You’re determined to be anti-racists. You want to root out systemic racism in all of its forms. In light of recent events, and with the upcoming elections, we are talking about:

1. The racial achievement gaps, especially in Minnesota.
2. Causes of those gaps.
3. Solutions.
4. Legislation to implement those solutions.
5. Who is supporting these solutions at every level of power?

We talk about problems, but we don’t stop there. We talk about solutions. Who is getting it right? We focus on criminal justice, economic justice, environmental justice, education, housing, health, voting rights, and more.

Can Truth and Reconciliation Work in Minneapolis?

Joy Marsh Stephens talks about the Minneapolis Truth and Reconciliation process.  We know the statistics. There are opportunity gaps in education. By the fourth grade, 50% of all Minnesota children reach reading proficiency, only 31% of Black children are reading proficiently. Minnesota enjoys an 83% high school graduation rate overall, but a 67% graduation rate…

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The Most Powerful, Invisible Position in the State, with De’Vonna Pittman

A complete transcript of the interview can be found here: Want to be an antiracist voter? Educate yourself, and then vote all the way down the ballot.   Who is your County Commissioner? Go ahead. Think about it. I’ll wait.   There’s a good chance that you have no idea who your county commissioner is. And yet, in Hennepin County, Minnesota, the…

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Your Voting Rights, with Jorge Vasquez, Advancement Project

You can find a full transcript of the conversation here: Voting should be safe, simple, and exercised by every citizen. But, what happens when it is not? Pop quiz! When is the 2020 US election? If you said, Tuesday, November 3rd, ding, ding, ding, you’re right. I would have also accepted the answer, today,…

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A Solution to Undocumented Immigration, with Laz Ayala, Illegal the Project

For extended show notes, see We don’t have an illegal immigration problem. We have a systemic illegal employment problem.   Picture this. It’s June 16, 2015. Lazaro “Laz” Ayala is standing in his living room. The speaker on the television is saying “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re bringing drugs….

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Racial Wealth Inequality and Black Asset Poverty, with Dr. Lori Latrice Martin

Extended shown notes and a full transcript can be found here: The term systemic racism is redundant. Racism is systemic. It is a multi-level, multi-dimensional system of oppression.   On average, White families have a net worth of $171,000. The average Black family’s net worth is about one tenth of that, or $17,150. White families tend…

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If We Want Better, We Have to Vote for Better, With Alberder Gillespie, Candidate Congressional District MN-04

For Alberder Gillespie, the time is now. Alberder Gillespie is running for a seat in Congress, representing Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District. She’s been involved with the Democratic–Farmer–Labor (DFL) party for more than 17 years. “It was my job to get more Democrats elected,” Alberder explains. “I can say now that there are Democrats in the…

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In Minneapolis, Police Training Wasn’t Enough, with Jesse Jannetta, Urban Institute

For full show notes, see Without accountability, trust is impossible. Picture it: A police department that dedicates itself to trust-building reforms. They partner with the best thought leaders in the country. They train all sworn officers in procedural justice. Procedural justice is the way police interact with the public, and how those interactions shape…

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Husniyah Dent Bradley, Candidate, MN House District 63B

Husniyah Dent Bradley was raised in South Minneapolis, in Minnesota House District 63B. She went to Minneapolis Public Schools – Standish Elementary School, Bancroft Elementary School, Folwell Junior High School, and North Community High School. Husniyah graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, with a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1997. She worked as an…

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How to Move Beyond Allyship, with Dawn Johnson, White Elephant Consulting

Awareness of racism is the first step. Dawn Johnson helps White women to move from awareness, to ally, to an accomplice, to activist. Dawn Johnson describes herself as a leader, speaker, coach, motivator, and “a dope-ass black woman entrepreneur.” Through her company “White Elephant Consulting,” she works with White women who are ready to support…

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How to Fix the Police, with Seth W. Stoughton

After every tragic death at the hands of the police, America rings her collective hands. Speeches are made. Policies are proposed, debated, and defeated. New leadership is appointed. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. The problems are often blamed on a few bad apples. However, there is a saying, culture eats strategy for breakfast. A bad culture will…

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