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Leaders from across the Black community today unveiled a United Black Legislative Agenda with concrete recommendations to address Minnesota's painful racial disparities. Gov. Mark Dayton has pledged $100 million to address these racial disparities, which are among the worst in the nation.
"We are at a pivotal moment in this state, both with some of the largest racial disparities in the country, and in a movement when Black people from communities across the state are demanding not only equal treatment but equal opportunity and equal investment," said Anthony Newby, executive director of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. "The legislature had three priorities starting out this session: Real ID, Iron Range unemployment, and racial disparities. The first two have been addressed. Today, organizations from across the Black community have come together in an unprecedented way to present the United Black Legislative Agenda in a pragmatic proposal to improve the quality of life for Black Minnesotans."Read more
47,000 Minnesotans are unable to vote because of a past criminal conviction--including 10% of all voting age African Americans and 17% of African-American men. Minnesota’s uncommonly long drug sentences mean more people are under correctional control than almost any other state--and lose their vote in the process. It’s time to #freethevote to allow all people in our communities to participate fully in our democracy.
I support a state law restoring the right to vote immediately upon release from incarceration.