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MPD150: A People’s Project Evaluating Policing
Join your Kingfield neighbors to learn about MPD150, a community-based initiative challenging the narrative that police exist to protect and serve. MPD150’s work seeks to shift the discussion around police and policing in Minneapolis from one of procedural reforms to one of meaningful structural change. These presentations were born out of a group of neighbors’ conversations about looking beyond policing to find alternative ways to create safe communities. KFNA is hosting these presentations as a way to start conversation in our neighborhood about the role that neighbors, and nonprofits (like KFNA), can play in creating a safe space for all.
Part 2: Tuesday May 4, 7pm-8pm
Creating the Future of Community Safety: Connect with neighbors to discuss harms we face in our neighborhood and City, measures we can take to prevent these harms, and alternatives we can create to address harms when they do occur.
Facilitators: MPD150 work group members, Sheila Nezhad
More info and registration: bit.ly/3mFteEa
To view Session 1, The History of Policing in Minneapolis, visit here.
The Justice Department will investigate the policies and operations of the Minneapolis Police Department, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced on Wednesday, a day after the former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd in a rare rebuke of police violence.
“The Justice Department has opened a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing,” Mr. Garland said in brief remarks at the Justice Department.
Dear Kingfield Neighbors—
We all know this year has been heartbreaking and gut-wrenching. From Covid 19 to civil unrest, on top of political divisions and the personal concerns we all carry…it has been a long hard year. Although some of us are familiar with the patterns of oppression we are seeing now, others of us are recognizing for the first time the systemic racism and bigotry within our country. It’s horrifying, yet this moment gives us a necessary opportunity to learn and grow. Many of us are on edge and frightened, but sometimes in our efforts to protect ourselves and those we know and love, we end up causing harm to others. More often than not, that harm falls on people of color, many of whom are our neighbors.
One of the best ways to protect ourselves, and our entire community, is to get to know one another by name, knowing each other’s comings and goings, kids, roommates, and cars. This way we can watch out FOR each other, as opposed to watching in fear to protect ourselves. Please take this message as a reminder that as our nerves are jangled, we need to be even more careful about checking the implicit biases we all carry in us.
Suggested Approach if you see someone you don’t recognize:
“Hi, we haven’t met. My name is _______________. I live (down the block, across the street, etc.).”
As opposed to “Who are you? What are you doing here? Etc.”
In these very challenging times, please take the time to reach out to those around you and get to know each other. Coming together is the only way our community is going to make it through this difficult time.
Thank you for being bold, patient, and kind with each other–
Executive Director, Kingfield Neighborhood Association
Many gatherings, protests, and events will be happening in the coming days. It is important for you to particpate in these actions of protest, healing and support. However, it is important to particpate in ways that keep your own body safe, and protect the safety of others with whom you are gathering.
Please follow these Safe Protest Practices:
- attend with a friend and designate a meeting place if you get separated,
- let another friend or your family know where you are going,
- write your name and number and an emergency contact’s name and number on your arm.
- bring your fully charged cell phone and a mobile charger,
- wear a good quality face mask and consider bringing safety goggles,
- bring drinking water and a snack,
- strip down your wallet but include your ID and a small amount of cash,
- pack a basic first aid kit for your use, and also to assist others.
Stay aware of your surroundings and have an exit strategy. And above all else know your rights and be prepared to state them loudly and calmly.