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Wanda Johnson and Ron Davis

10 years ago, Wanda Johnson’s son, Oscar Grant, was fatally shot by a police officer at a BART station in Oakland, California. Since his tragic death, Wanda has been fighting for police reform to ensure that all police officers are properly trained. Together with Ron Davis, she has been working to help bridge the gap between police and community.

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When They See Us

Based on the true story of the Central Park Five, Ava DuVernay’s gripping miniseries explores the lives and families of five Harlem teens who were wrongfully convicted of a brutal assault in 1989.

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A Gathering with Yusef Salaam

In 2019, the Minneapolis Foundation hosted a talk by Dr. Yusef Salaam, one of the Exonerated Five in the notorious Central Park jogger case. He was joined by a panel of Minnesota's top law enforcement officials, including Attorney General Keith Ellison, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington, and Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

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Live! with Yusef Salaam

As one of the Central Park Five, Dr. Yusef Salaam spent nearly seven years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. His story has re-entered national conversation as Ava DuVernay’s new Netflix miniseries tells the story of this important and controversial case. At this live morning event, Chanda and Yusef sat down to talk about his story, his thoughts about the criminal justice system, and his hopes for the future.

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Valerie Castile

Valerie Castile was thrown into the national spotlight after her son, Philando Castile, was shot and killed by a police officer. Now the CEO and President of the Philando Castile Relief Foundation, Valerie talks to Chanda about how she’s channeling her grief into good, her approach to philanthropy, and keeping her son’s legacy alive.

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Van Jones

Van Jones is a well-known U.S. media personality who has founded and led many social enterprises, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and the Dream Corps. He sat down with Chanda to talk about his relationship with Prince, how he uses his voice for good, and why the broader community should care about criminal justice reform.

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The Kalief Browder Story

Don’t miss this miniseries about the true story of a Black Bronx teen who spent three horrific years in jail—two of them in solitary confinement on Rikers Island—despite the fact that he had not been convicted of a crime.

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16 Shots

When 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was killed by a Chicago police officer in 2014, the police department initially ruled that the shooting was justifiable. More than a year later, dashcam videos released to the public showed that McDonald was walking away from officers when he was shot 16 times.

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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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