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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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Reimagining Public Safety

The Minneapolis Foundation and the Policing Project at the New York University School of Law have partnered to reimagine public safety in Minneapolis.



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.


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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