Black Lives Matter
The acquittal of Philando Castile’s murderer is further proof that the criminal injustice system is fundamentally stacked against black people. Minneapolis has some of the worst racial inequities in the nation, with a staggering 48% of black people in Minneapolis living in poverty. There is ambitious urban development taking place intended to attract young professionals to the city, while black and working-class people are being gentrified out of historic neighborhoods. While Chief Harteau was forced to step down under pressure from our movement, there have been no substantial reforms to the Minneapolis Police Department in spite of widespread national outrage over the killings of Philando Castile, Jamar Clark, and others.
- End police brutality! Eliminate “stop and frisk” style policing, 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 and instead referring people directly to social programs, mental health services or shelters.
- We need strong community oversight of the police! Empower the communities who are the most harmed by racist policing by creating a democratically elected oversight board with real powers over the Minneapolis Police Department, including setting policy, amending budgets, launching independent investigations, setting department priorities, and with the right to subpoena officers.
- Fund youth jobs programs, education, and services for communities of color. Tax the rich to address unjust racial inequities in our city.