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My Skin in the Game

In reality, when I am fighting with the Justice4All program, I am fighting for myself. I am fighting for my right to not be complicit in policies that work in my favor but that threaten…

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For my Grandma Hickman

One of my biggest heroines is a woman I do not remember meeting. My great grandmother Hickman, born less than 70 years after slavery was “officially abolished,” grew up as a servant but was treated…

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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


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


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.


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.

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