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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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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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