Statement on indictment of officer who killed Philando Castile

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi's decision to charge Officer Jeronimo Yanez with second degree manslaughter for the death of Philando Castile as well as felony charges in endangering the safety of Diamond Reynolds and her four-year-old daughter comes as a welcome relief and a historically significant step toward police accountability in Minnesota.

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Why Voting Yes on the Minneapolis Referendum Is an Equity Issue

On Wednesday October 26th, NOC, ISAIAH, and Minneapolis Rising hosted a citywide candidate forum for Minneapolis Public Schools board. From the moment we came together as community organizations, we prioritized issues of racial justice in our schools as the main focus of the forum. Candidates’ responses to the questions differed, but they all agreed we need to vote yes on the Minneapolis Public Schools referendum on this year’s ballot.

With all the negative rhetoric being spewed in this country during this election season, it is even more urgent to bring more people into the conversation about how we have been failing students of color and Indigenous students not just in Minneapolis, but across the country. We need more people radically imagining solutions.

I must admit--I am worried.

If there is anything I have learned as an organizer, it is that we must put our money where our mouth is if we want to see public education turn around. We must invest in our schools and communities. We must become stronger advocates for our students and families. We must continue to elevate their needs both inside and outside the classroom.

That is why it is so important for every Minneapolis voter to vote YES to the Minneapolis Public Schools referendum renewal.

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