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Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice is a journalism initiative from Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities, KMOJ Radio, and the Minnesota Humanities Center covering the trials of the officers accused of killing George Floyd, the community’s reaction, and exploring the changes needed to create a more just society.
 
Bearing Witness with Anthony Galloway and Georgia Fort is a production of Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice, a journalism project created and supported by Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota's Communities, in partnership with KMOJ Radio and The Minnesota Humanities Center and produced with support from the Minnesota Art’s and Cultural Heritage Fund.
 
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Noor was initially sentenced to 12.5 years for the 2017 shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who he shot and killed while responding to her 911 call. His sentence was reduced to four years and nine months. +--+ Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Thursday a judge re-sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor to four years and nine months in …
 
The U.N. has demanded the U.S. respond to allegations of Indigenous rights violations related to the pipeline construction. Tiffany Bui reports. -- Tiffany Bui reports: In late March Indigenous-led organizations asked a United Nations committee to take action against the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. The Giniw Collective and Honor the Earth argued that…
 
Over the last year and a half more Black, Indigenous, and people of color are finding community and healing in Twin Cities parks. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Over the last year and a half more Black, Indigenous, and people of color are finding community and healing in Twin Cities parks. Maria Fernandez moved from Venezuela with her family five mon…
 
Lawyers for the family of Winston Smith are protesting the decision to not prosecute the officers involved in Smith’s death; they say the investigation lacks integrity. -- Georgia Fort reports: Lawyers for the family of Winston Smith are protesting the decision to not prosecute the officers involved in Smith’s death. Smith was fatally shot by membe…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Saturday, over 80 people participated in a children’s march to end gun violence in North Minneapolis. Organizers said the event was initiated by the family of 12-year-old London Bean who was shot and killed in September. A suspect has been identified, but is still on the run from police. Bean was the third child killed …
 
This week Anthony and Georgia discuss the decision not to bring charges against the officers in the killing of Winston Smith as well as the upcoming vote in Minneapolis that could transform Policing to an office of Public Safety. They also check in with local author, healer, and scholar Ebony Adedayo about centering the wellness of black women and …
 
Georgia Fort reports: Debates across Minneapolis are heating up as the deadline to vote for the public safety charter amendment approaches. The amendment is posed as a yes or no question on the city’s November 2021 ballot. It proposes removing the Police Department as a standalone department and creating a new Public Safety Department, which includ…
 
Native Americans have protested Columbus Day for decades, because it erases thousands of years of Indigenous history, and ignores Columbus’ role as a violent conqueror and a slave trader. -- Chioma Uwagwu reports: Monday, for the first time in US history, the country recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day. However, the holiday was celebrated alongside …
 
This year the Cine Latino Film Festival includes a focus on African heritage and culture in an effort to better reflect the diversity of Latinidad. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: This year the Cine Latino Film Festival - which runs through October 14 in Minneapolis and online - includes a focus on African heritage and culture. “A lot of times when we…
 
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, the theater company created a pop-up pantry to serve the needs of neighbors. The company regularly partners with artists on projects that confront pressing community issues. Chioma Uwagwu reports: Pillsbury Theatre in Minneapolis has just closed its season with Aleshea Harris’ What to Send Up When It Goes …
 
Body cam footage from the days following George Floyd's murder was used to acquit a man charged with attempted murder for firing on the police. In one video officers talk about ‘hunting’ protestors. ++ Georgia Fort reports: Recently released footage of Minneapolis Police responding to protests in the days after the murder of George Floyd is renewin…
 
In this episode, Anthony and Georgia dissect the Jaleel Stallings case amidst audio collected by Georgia and discuss the many fault lines in community conversations around public safety. Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice is a journalism initiative, created by Ampers, KMOJ, and the Minnesota Humanities Center, covering the trials of the former Mi…
 
Nearly three dozen tents were thrown away this week during the city-led closure of the Cedar-Franklin encampment in Minneapolis. Georgia Fort reports: Nearly three dozen tents were thrown away this past week during the city-led closure of the Cedar/Franklin encampment in Minneapolis. Approximately 20 staff from the city’s Public Works department ar…
 
Growing up, Mai Thao didn't see any reflections of herself in the media. Now a college senior, she's working to change that by producing a new sitcom. - Chioma Uwagwu reports: Media representation has the power to reflect and rewrite what we think about ourselves. Unfortunately many people of color never get to see themselves depicted positively or…
 
Four months after Winston Smith was shot by members of a U.S. Marshals task force, his family continues to seek an explanation for his death. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Dozens of people gathered in Uptown Minneapolis Sunday to mark the death of Winston Smith Jr, who was shot by members of a U.S. Marshals task force four months ago. Attendees were…
 
This past Saturday community members celebrated the passage of the act, named in honor of a young man who died in jail after prolonged medical neglect. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: This past Saturday on Saint Paul’s Selby Avenue community members celebrated the passage of reforms to improve safety and standards for people in Minnesota jails. The le…
 
Safiya Mohamed reports: Early last week flyers with racist language were put up on the University of St. Thomas campus in St. Paul. The flyer targeted Native Americans and included a link to a white nationalist website. In response to this, the university and students hosted rallies and listening sessions. Alex Hernandez-Siegel is the Director of S…
 
Nearly two dozen people are living in tents on the median and boulevard at the intersection of Cedar and Franklin. The city says they have until Oct 5 to move. -- Georgia Fort reports: The city of Minneapolis is demanding residents of a tent encampment clear out. Nearly two dozen people are living in tents on the median and boulevard at the interse…
 
Renowned speaker and educator Catrice Jackson says white apathy is the pandemic we're not talking about. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: On the most recent episode of Racial Reckoning’s weekly podcast Bearing Witness, hosts Anthony Galloway and Georgia Fort discussed anti-racism work with renowned educator, speaker, and writer Catrice Jackson. Jackson…
 
With the Minneapolis Police recently reporting the 70th homicide of the year, public safety remains the number one issue for Frey and 16 other mayoral candidates. -- Georgia Fort reports: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey rolled out a four-point public safety plan Monday which would integrate existing public safety work under one department and hire com…
 
The “Truth and Reparations” initiative focuses on the complicity of Christian faith communities in harm done to African-American and American Indian people. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Last weekend the Minnesota Council of Churches hosted the first event of an initiative to bring racial equity to churches across the state. Reverend Jim Bear Jacobs…
 
For four years Asma Mohammed worked to end the Minnesota statute of limitations for sexual assault. Earlier this month, the statute was lifted. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: Earlier this month, the Minnesota criminal statute of limitations on sexual assault was lifted. Prior to the new law, Minnesota residents had six years to report an incident. Asma…
 
The Minnesota Housing Partnership reports that one-third of Twin Cities households live in rentals, with 45% of them paying more than they can afford on housing. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: In Minneapolis and Saint Paul, housing advocates are seeking to limit rent increases in order to make the Twin Cities a more affordable place to live. The Minn…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: Last Saturday a Minneapolis dispensary ran Minnesota’s first cannabis expungement clinic, working to clear the criminal records of 44 people with non-violent cannabis convictions. Jon Geffen is Director of the Reentry Clinic at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and provided pro bono legal services along with his students.…
 
Georgia Fort reports: A Native led non-profit is reclaiming and restoring a sacred Indigenous burial site in St. Paul. What’s known as Indian Mounds Park was converted into a park by the city in 1892. According to the city’s website the cultural significance of the site was not understood at the time. “Even as an Native person I brought my kids her…
 
"21 Days of Peace," an outreach effort aimed at combating gun violence, assisted in 36 arrests and helped get 16 guns off the street, according to the Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner. Georgia Fort reports: State and city officials met with faith leaders Saturday to review the progress of “21 Days of Peace,” an outreach effort aimed at combatin…
 
A recent poll found that 49% of Minneapolis residents support the proposal for a new Department of Public Safety; 40% oppose the proposal and 10% are undecided. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: On Thursday evening, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of the wording of the charter question on the Minneapolis ballot. The proposed amendment would rep…
 
Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice is a journalism initiative from Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities, KMOJ Radio, and the Minnesota Humanities Center covering the trials of the officers accused of killing George Floyd, the community’s reaction, and exploring the changes needed to create a more just society. The project employs sea…
 
Working to fight for racial equity in a newsroom can take a toll on an already overworked journalist. Unfortunately, when a journalist of color leaves the profession, that leads to fewer stories on communities of color. -- Chioma Uwagwu reports: The murder of George Floyd and the racial uprising that followed inspired a similar uprising in newsroom…
 
The ruling will likely result in a shorter sentence for Noor and has implications for the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. -- Georgia Fort reports: The conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was overturned Wednesday by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Noor was convicted of 3rd degree…
 
Monday, a federal judge sentenced Illinois militia leader Emily Claire Hari to 53 years in jail for the 2017 bombing of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. The sentencing came amidst news of other alleged hate crimes in the Twin Cities. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Monday, a federal judge sentenced Illinois militia leader Emily Claire …
 
Students of color say it’s common to feel invisible or alienated on campus. However they see college as an opportunity to advance themselves and their communities. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: As the school year begins, students of color are facing a mix of emotions as they go back to in-person learning. “My first year of university... it's been like…
 
Bearing Witness with Anthony Galloway and Georgia Fort is a production of Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice, a journalism project created and supported by Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota's Communities, in partnership with KMOJ Radio and The Minnesota Humanities Center. Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice is a journalism initiative from Ampe…
 
Georgia Fort reports: Nearly one hundred teens and young children marched to the Maplewood police station demanding justice for Marcoz Paramo and Alyjah Thomas. They say the high speed chase that took their friends’ lives violated the city’s policy. “That’s crazy that we all won’t never get to see him again, get to hug him again, get to talk to him…
 
Georgia Fort reports: Families are questioning the Ramsey County Sheriff's policy on high-speed chases after a vehicle pursuit claimed the lives of two teens in Maplewood on Friday, Sept 3. 14-year-old Marcoz Paramo and 15-year-old Alyjah Thomas were two of six teenagers in a car that police say was reported stolen. Dispatch audio reveals an initia…
 
A new report from the Movement for Black Lives found the federal government targeted Black Lives Matter protesters with harsher prosecution in order to disrupt and deter activism. -- Tiffany Bui reports: A new report from the Movement for Black Lives found that the federal government targeted Black Lives Matter protesters with harsher prosecution i…
 
Two former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd are opposing the broadcast of their upcoming trial. The defense will officially make that request in court on Thursday. Feven Gerezgiher reports. -- This is Feven Gerezgiher. Two of the three former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd are opposi…
 
The case of a St. Paul man recently acquitted on charges of attempted murder is still raising questions about police and prosecutorial fairness. Feven Gerezgiher reports. -- The case of a St. Paul man recently acquitted on charges of attempted murder is still raising questions about police and prosecutorial fairness. Twenty-nine-year-old Jaleel Sta…
 
A neighborhood is still celebrating after Saturday’s annual “Back on the Day Festival.” Safiya Mohamed was there. Southside Minneapolis neighbors are celebrating community after Saturday’s “11th annual “Back in the Day” festival held in Phelps Park in Minneapolis. The event included games, activities, vendor markets, and live music by the Grammy-aw…
 
Bearing Witness with Anthony Galloway and Georgia Fort is a production of Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice, a journalism project created and supported by Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota's Communities, in partnership with KMOJ Radio and The Minnesota Humanities Center. Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice is a journalism initiative from Ampe…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports on wider adoption of innovative approaches to violence prevention. In August, 16-year-old Varney Kennedy Jr. was sitting in his car at 63rd and Zane Ave in Brooklyn Park when an unidentified gunman shot and killed him. It was one of many shootings at the intersection over the last year. “We can't lose a whole generation, “ …
 
Tiffany Bui reports: Minnesota’s population has grown much more diverse over the past decade, according to new data from the Census Bureau. The number of non-white Minnesotans increased across all racial groups. The population of multiracial residents also grew dramatically, by about 176 percent. Meanwhile, the non-Hispanic white population has dec…
 
A Minnesota activist is among those waiting for a response from the U.S. Department of Justice to their demand for an investigation into racist police practices. Tiffany Bui reports. -- Why Toshira Garraway Went to D.C. A Minnesota activist is among those waiting for a response from the U.S. Department of Justice to their demand for an investigatio…
 
Of the hundreds of demonstrators who protested in front of the governor’s mansion over the weekend, dozens now face charges. Tiffany Bui reports. -- Line 3 Protesters Face Charges Of the hundreds of demonstrators who protested in front of the governor’s mansion over the weekend, dozens now face charges. Tiffany Bui reports that 69 people were arres…
 
Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice is a journalism initiative from Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities, KMOJ Radio, and the Minnesota Humanities Center covering the trials of the officers accused of killing George Floyd, the community’s reaction, and exploring the changes needed to create a more just society. The project employs sea…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: An alleged hate crime in the town called Cold Spring, located 20 miles outside of St Cloud, has returned attention to longstanding racial divides in central Minnesota. A multiracial family says it was racial bias that motivated the man who harassed them for months before he drove a car into their house in July. St Cloud St…
 
The Black Entrepreneur State Fair is designed to support Black businesses. This year's opening drew over 2000 attendees with bouncy houses, 70 vendors, and live entertainment outside Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. Feven Gerezgiher reports -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: While many celebrate the opening of the Minnesota State Fair this week, peo…
 
According to the Campaign for Youth Justice, youth in adult jails and prisons are at a higher risk of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse than their peers in the juvenile justice system. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, there are currently 137 people incarcerated who were juveniles certified as ad…
 
Safiya Mohamed reports: On Friday the Minneapolis City Council approved the ballot language for the public safety charter amendment. The 9-4 vote overrode Mayor Jacob Frey’s second veto of the bill. Frey had argued that the ballot question lacked transparency. Minister JaNae Bates is with Yes 4 Minneapolis - a coalition of activists, organizations,…
 
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