You can see the full United Black Legislative Agenda here.
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."
The three core priorities outlined in the United Black Legislative Agenda are economic justice, criminal justice, and Black immigrant justice.
Organizers with Black Lives Matter and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change spoke of the need for a ban on private prisons, a ban on grand juries for police-involved criminal proceedings, sentencing reform, and voting rights restoration.
Africans brothers and sisters are assets to the community not deficits and we will not allow them to be treated as such #BlackAgendaMN— LM (@SHEisLM) April 6, 2016
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Organizations that co-created the United Black Legislative Agenda include African American Leadership Forum, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, Council of Minnesotans of African Heritage, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, the Somali Community of Minnesota, and the Urban League.
The entire United Black Legislative Agenda can be found here.