Black Lives Matter
The acquittal of Philando Castile’s murderer is further proof that the criminal injustice system, like the entire capitalist system, is stacked against black lives. The Twin Cities are home to 17 Fortune 500 companies – the highest concentration in the country – yet also the worst racial inequities in the nation. A staggering 48% of black people in Minneapolis live in poverty. There is ambitious urban development taking place intended to attract young professionals back into the city and, at the same time, pricing working-class people out of their historic neighborhoods. And despite national outrage over the killings of Philando Castile, Jamar Clark, and others, there have been no substantial reforms to the Minneapolis Police Department.
End Police Brutality
End all policing tactics resembling “stop and frisk”, which amount to profiling people of color and immigrants. Decriminalize marijuana and other nonviolent low level drug offenses. Implement restorative justice practices, avoiding arrests for minor crimes, instead referring people directly to social programs, mental health services or shelters.
Community Oversight Now
Empower the communities who are the most harmed by racist policing through community oversight. Implement a democratically elected oversight board over the Minneapolis Police Department with real powers including but not limited to setting budgets, launching independent investigations, and setting department priorities.
To address the horrendous racial inequality in our city, we need to fund public schools, mass transit, and affordable housing. Tax the rich to fund these crucial social services, as well as programs that benefit communities of color.