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Racism and the Economy: Focus on Criminal Justice

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis hosted a virtual event focused on how racism in the criminal justice system impacts the economy. Our Chief Impact Officer, Chanda Smith Baker, was a moderator at the event.

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Giving Compass

In this article, Chanda Smith Baker talks about how Minneapolis became the epicenter of racial reckoning. She lists three core values that she believes we must all embrace in order to close the gaps that divide our communities.

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Barry Friedman

As the Founding Director of NYU’s Policing Project, Barry Friedman is committed to bringing data-driven best practices to policing. Barry and Chanda discuss what a holistic view of public safety would look like and why we need to build in more front-end accountability into our policing system,

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Otis Moss

As a pastor, activist, author, and filmmaker, Dr. Otis Moss III preaches messages of love and justice. Chanda sat down with Otis to talk about his family’s legacy, why our community needs public health – not public safety, and why it’s important to understand the totality of Black history.

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Angela Harrelson and Paris Stevens

Angela Harrelson and Paris Stevens are the aunt and cousin of George Floyd. In this episode, Chanda, Angela, and Paris talk about the global impact of George’s murder and the courage it takes to fight when you’re in pain.

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A Day of Reflection and Mourning for George Floyd

Since May 25, 2020, it has been a long and often terrible year for Minneapolis. But no period of time has been longer than the 9 minutes and 29 seconds that George Floyd suffered as he was murdered.

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Micro Grants Support Community Gatherings, Healing Spaces

The final round of micro grants has been awarded to local groups that have been working to address community trauma and create healing spaces in the weeks leading up to the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.

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Deborah Archer

As a civil rights lawyer, NYU professor, and President of the ACLU, Deborah Archer works to overcome the systemic injustices in our society every day. Chanda and Deborah talk about the navigational skills you learn as a Black woman and how the law struggles to keep up with the evolution of racism.

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Jelani Cobb

Jelani Cobb is an award-winning writer for The New Yorker on issues of race, history, justice, and politics. Chanda and Jelani talk about the calculated risks Black people need to consider when interacting with police and what needs to happen to create meaningful police reform.

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Conversations with Chanda

Conversations with Chanda unpacks complex topics that matter. Our past guests have experienced wrongful incarceration, lived through the murder of loved ones at the hands of police, and are striving to reform the criminal justice system. We invite you to listen to these real-life perspectives, expand your own knowledge, and become part of the movement for change.

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