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Locked Up Locked Out

Locked Up Locked Out

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…

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Locked Up Locked Out + Jobs

We know that people with records face barriers to employment, housing and democracy and to add insult to injury, big companies make even BIGGER profits from us — but won’t hire a brotha with a…

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27%

the African American unemployment rate, 5x the rate for European Americans

10x

more likely an African American Minnesota is pulled into the criminal justice system than a European American, despite committing crimes at the same rate

61%

rate of recidivism in Minnesota. Lack of employment is often cited as a reason people return to criminal behavior

CLOSING THE GAP

TakeAction Minnesota’s Justice 4 All (J4A) campaign is working to close Minnesota’s worst-in-the-nation racial jobs gap. We educate policymakers and corporate employers alike about the reasons we have the worst disparities in hiring in the U.S. and what we can do as a state to actually close them, like creating real second chances for those who are caught up in the criminal justice system.

Justice 4 AllWe’re in the community on a daily basis talking about this broken system, helping people access jobs, telling our stories, and working for change across our state. Want to be a part of our work? Get in touch today, we’d love to sit down with you.

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.

Connect with our Campaign Team

Damon Drake

Damon Drake

Justice 4 All Organizer

damon@takeactionminnesota.org
Phone: 651.379.0773
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Justin Terrell

Justin Terrell

Justice 4 All Program Manager

justin@takeactionminnesota.org
Phone: 651.379.0741
Justin Terrell’s bio »

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