Updates: Police reform legislation at the Minnesota State Legislature

After the murder of George Floyd last May, the Minnesota legislature saw momentum in police reform, passing a ban on choke holds and neck restraints, end warrior-style police training, and increase data collection around police use of deadly force. The recent death of Daunte Wright by police and the conviction of Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s death have renewed focus on police reform, though there has been pushback by Republicans in the Senate.

Vivian Jenkins-Nelsen

Battling ‘Minnesota Nice’, Structural Racism And White Privilege

“So can we talk about race?” asked Vivian Jenkins-Nelsen to a nearly all-white League of Women Voters gathering at a south Minneapolis restaurant. The co-founder of the INTER-RACE Institute, a diversity think tank located at Augsburg College said structural racism is alive in Minnesota because people don’t talk about it enough.