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Chauvin Trial Verdict Statement

We joined our community in breathing a collective sigh of relief when a jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty as charged in the murder of George Floyd.

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21 Experts on What the Verdict Means

Derek Chauvin’s verdict marked a big moment in the nation’s ongoing racial-justice reckoning. But will anything more come of it? Politico asked a select group of experts on race, policing, and law to comment including our Chief Impact Officer, Chanda Smith Baker.



Kim Foxx

Kim Foxx made history when she was elected to be the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Illinois. Chanda connected with Kim to talk about the struggles of representing institutions and the support systems that keep her grounded.



Reflections on Daunte Wright’s Killing

After Daunte Wright was shot by police, our Chief Impact Officer and Senior Vice President, Chanda Smith Baker, recorded this video to share her thoughts about the unbearable trauma our community is experiencing.

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Micro Grants during Chauvin Trial

$111,000 in micro grants will be given to 25 local organizations that are working to address community trauma and promote wellness in a season that marks the anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

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Elizer Darris

Elizer Darris is the Co-Executive Director of the Minnesota Freedom Fund. Chanda sat down with Elizer to talk about the trappings of the criminal justice system and what it takes to be a changemaker.



Drew Evans

Drew Evans is the Superintendent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). Drew and Chanda talk about the BCA’s role in the criminal justice system and the laws and circumstances that can prevent justice.



American Prison

Investigative reporter Shane Bauer took a $9-an-hour job as a prison guard as part of his research for this book, a searing indictment of the for-profit prison system.

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Ibram X. Kendi

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is an award-winning author and anti-racist scholar. Chanda and Dr. Kendi connected to talk about the importance of anti-racist education and the struggles of reimagining public safety.


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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