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Nikki McComb

Nikki McComb is the owner of Art is My Weapon and the founder of the #ENOUGH Campaign for Gun Safety. Chanda sat down with Nikki to discuss the ripple effect of gun violence, holistic approaches to community work, and the healing power of art.



Lewiee Blaze, K.J. Rolenc, and Brandon Williams

In this conversation, Chanda connects with three members of the committee advising our Fund for Safe Communities. Learn how their lived experiences inform their work, and how they're contributing to the national conversation on violence reduction and public safety.



Reimagining Public Safety

The Policing Project at the NYU School of Law launched "Reimagining Public Safety," a new initiative that asks how people think about public safety, and how to achieve it. Through our Fund for Safe Communities, we are honored to be a partner and funder of this critical work.

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A Conversation with Eric Holder

The Minneapolis Foundation was proud to be a co-sponsor of this forum at Westminster Presbyterian with former Attorney General Eric Holder.



Peter Neufeld and Sara Jones

The Innocence Project works to create fair, compassionate, and equitable justice systems. Chanda sat down with two leaders in this work, Peter Neufeld and Sara Jones, to talk about the new approach prosecutors are taking to shift the culture of the criminal legal system.



Combating Gun Violence

Take a look at how the Minneapolis Foundation is reimaging public safety at a systems level and supporting local gun violence prevention efforts.

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Sasha Cotton

Sasha Cotton has spent the last three years leading Minneapolis’ Office of Violence Prevention. Chanda connected with Sasha to talk about the highs and lows of her career, evidence-based violence prevention strategies, and the community-centered approach needed in all areas of public safety.



His Name Is George Floyd

On the two year anniversary of George Floyd's murder, a member of our staff recommended the book "His Name Is George Floyd" for those looking to learn more about the man behind the movement.

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The Arc Toward Justice

The latest Westminster Town Hall Forum looked at where we stand two years since George Floyd’s murder and was moderated by our Chief Impact Officer and Senior Vice President, Chanda Smith Baker.

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Fund for Safe Communities

Established in 2018, the Fund for Safe Communities supports meaningful actions to address and prevent violence, promote healing, and address systemic inequities. This fund emphasizes the importance of work led by young people and is advised by emerging leaders who have been personally affected by gun violence.

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