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This past Saturday at Locked up Locked out, community members came together to talk about the impact of the criminal justice system on our community. Shvonne Johnson Associate Dean of Students at St. Catherine’s offered…Continue reading »
the African American unemployment rate, 5x the rate for European Americans
more likely an African American Minnesota is pulled into the criminal justice system than a European American, despite committing crimes at the same rate
rate of recidivism in Minnesota. Lack of employment is often cited as a reason people return to criminal behavior
MAKING THE SYSTEM WORK FOR ALL MINNESOTANS
We are fighting for a Minnesota where everyone has fair access to quality employment. People with criminal histories need to have opportunities to be productive members of society. This requires fair access to employment, fair access to housing, and the right to vote.
The Justice 4 All campaign pays particular attention to the needs of under-resourced communities of color. We aim to remove barriers to employment in these communities to help create more opportunity to build wealth and support families. “Nothing stops a bullet like a job” (Homeboy Industries).
We are seeking statewide change and calling on our thriving corporate citizens to take active roles in closing Minnesota’s worst-in-the-nation racial jobs gap. Corporations need to play a central role in increasing employment equity and better meeting the needs of under-resourced communities.