Issue 58— June 27, 2023
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Changemakers Alliance (CALL) is a supporter-driven, action-oriented expansion of Minnesota Women's Press and that brings people together in conversations about values, solutions, and action steps.

Vote Run Lead underwrites our story development about
Hometown Values & Vision and Re-Imagining Public Safety
Reflections from Mikki, publisher

Our "Re-imagining Public Safety" series is in full throttle.

As I write this, Alfreda Daniels, one of the people we interviewed about the innovative Emerging BC program in Brooklyn Center is doing a live interview on KSRM radio with Andrea Pierre's show "The Narrative." Our outreach director Crystal Brown is on the air with her, and another interviewee — Dr. Altreisha Foster of the Cake Therapy Foundation — for our monthly conversation about the upcoming issue. (Those stories featured here next week.)

I wrote earlier about a panel discussion about transformative justice that we hosted at a Minneapolis city event on June 10. Our July magazine issue about "Melanated Main Streets" arrives in our office today and includes a deeper story about that conversation. The story explores the different perspectives Minnesotans have about how to effectively reduce crime. This is an ongoing debate around the state, which is one reason we are raising funds to take this discussion on the road with our "Hometown Values & Vision" tour.

Asking Questions About How
"We don't ask enough hard questions about the billions of dollars we put into the retributive system. My restorative justice budget is under $100,000. You know what would work a lot better? If we funded it.”
Panelists (l-r) Mikki Morrissette, Michele Braley, Matthew Walker, Deneal Trueblood-Lynch, and Leah Robshaw Robinson.

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Three of our team attended last week's Black Men Healing conference. One of the stories from those two days of conversations includes this one.
"I tell them not to focus on why they were shot or stabbed but focus on the fact that they are still breathing — that it is a blessing to be here, with another opportunity to get things right in life. ... People can go back to issues from way back in childhood that they have been holding in for years. Helping people unpack that has been an incredible experience.”

Please Support the Work We Do

This video by Dragonfly Eye Productions tells the story of Changemakers Alliance.

We would like to co-host our conversations about transformative justice around the state.
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our conversations about reducing gender-based violence
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