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My name is Ben Whalen. I’m a white guy who grew up middle class from the suburbs. I’ve lived a fairly privilege life. For a long time, I was ignorant of the systemic injustices present…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 and democracy. One in five Minnesotans has spent time in the Justice System. With over 1,000,000 people in our State with criminal records, it is time to challenge our system and employers to remove barriers to employment and democracy that disenfranchise our family members, neighbors and loved ones.
The Justice 4 All campaign pays particular attention to the needs of under-resourced communities of color disproportionately impacted by the Justice System. We aim to develop leaders from these communities to lead a statewide fight that gives every Minnesotan a fair shot at a job and the chance to have their vote counted.
We are calling on Minnesota’s business community to partner with families impacted by the justice system to create opportunities. The business community can take an active role in increasing employment equity, wealth and stability in under-resourced communities.