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Michael Vick

Michael Vick’s career has gone through a tremendous rise, fall, and redemption. Today, the former NFL quarterback works hard to show up for his community. Chanda and Michael talk about the actions he’s taking to strengthen prison reform and youth development.



Free Meek

Tracking Meek Mill’s journey from chart-topping rapper to figurehead for criminal justice reform, this docuseries explores the legal saga that began with his 2007 arrest. Meek’s story makes a powerful case for change, exploring allegations of police corruption, a broken probation system, and more.

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Napheesa Collier and Cheryl Reeve

Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve and player Napheesa Collier sat down with Chanda to talk about how they weave social justice into their games, how they approach making meaningful change, and why it’s important to speak up for those who don’t have a platform.



Josh Okogie and Ryan Saunders

Former Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders and player Josh Okogie connected with Chanda to discuss how sports have shaped their perspectives on racial justice and how they’re using their leadership and platforms for good.



Supporting Our Community in Pursuing Justice, Healing

We awarded $513,907 in grants to support 40 community-based groups that are using a broad spectrum of approaches to serve Twin Cities residents in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing in police custody.

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Starsky Wilson

As a pastor, activist, and philanthropist, Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson has a wide range of experience fighting for racial justice. In this episode, Chanda and Starsky process the recent grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case.



Reimagining Public Safety

Cities United developed a report that digs into the issue of public safety and showcases how we can move towards safe, healthy, and hopeful communities.



First Awards from Fund for Safe Communities

The grants will support 31 community-based groups that are using a broad spectrum of approaches and strategies to reduce violence in Minneapolis neighborhoods.

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Real Talk: Minneapolis Police – Present & Future

In June 2020, R.T. Rybak and Chanda Smith Baker hosted a virtual gathering to talk about how the Foundation was supporting community efforts to restore trust, rebuild, and reform the criminal justice system.

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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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