Criminal Justice Reform
This thought-provoking documentary takes an in-depth look at the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film features political figures, activists, and academics—from Angela Davis to Bryan Stevenson, Jelani Cobb, Van Jones, and Cory Booker.See Resource
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.
We are committed to dismantling the pervasive racial inequities of our society’s criminal legal system. Explore the ways we are pursuing justice, equity, and healing.
Criminal Justice Reform Feed
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.Listen
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.Watch Video
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.Listen
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.Listen
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.Listen
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.See Resource