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.
Biden Takes on Gun Violence
The Biden administration launched a new plan to tackle gun violence on Wednesday. The White House is looking to crack down on illegal firearm distribution, expand employment opportunities and help formerly incarcerated people adjust to life after prison. The surge in recent gun violence in the Twin Cities has claimed the lives of several children, leaving community members grieving and demanding change. Tiffany Bui reports.
Public Safety Bill Not a Priority in Special Session
Legislators are first tackling less contentious issues, in order to prevent a government shutdown. GOP Senator Paul Gazelka says there is only so much Republicans will compromise on when it comes to policing. Feven Gerezgiher reports.
St. Paul Embarks on Reparations Initiative
Eleven mayors from across the country - including Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter - have launched an initiative pledging reparations for American descendants of slavery. The coalition is pushing for federal reparations legislation, while also committing to setting examples at the local level. Feven Gerezgiher reports.
Juneteenth in the Twin Cities
After a year marked by trauma, Twin Cities Black communities gathered to mark Juneteenth with music, food, and conversations about justice. Feven Gerezgiher reports
Juneteenth Now a Federal Holiday
The new federal holiday recognizes the end of slavery in 1865. But activists worry the new holiday is an empty gesture if it isn't accompanied by meaningful racial progress. Feven Gerezgiher reports.
Despite Setbacks, Line 3 Protests Continue
As construction on the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline continues, so too does resistance against its completion. The Fire Light Camp set up base near La Salle Lake for eight days before being escorted out by the Clearwater County Sheriff, at the request of Enbridge. Tiffany Bui reports.