Yes 4 Minneapolis coalition launches new phase of campaign to reform public safety

Claudia Zavala, a member of Take Action and resident of the Loring Park neighborhood, spoke at the event. Yes 4 Minneapolis volunteers and staff have been holding a series of

JaNaé Bates, Director of Communications for Yes 4 Minneapolis, speaks at the kickoff event for the Yes 4 Minneapolis coalition. Credit: Ben Hovland | Sahan Journal

National Night Out returns with fewer police, communities divided over their future

Organizers with half a dozen activist organizations, including Black Visions Collective, TakeAction Minnesota and ISAIAH, encouraged attendees to disperse across the city and promote the Yes 4 Minneapolis ballot initiative

Last year's events were hindered by unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Night Out block parties return to the Twin Cities

“Just having a one-off day in the middle of summer in the hope that will smooth over decades of harm between police entities and communities isn’t useful,” Bates said. “But

Photo courtesy of National Night Out

True safety discards an oppressive police system

“Building real community safety asks us to play the long game. Join me in that beautiful, transformative work. We have a chance to make change through our ballots this November.

People face police as protests calling for justice for George Floyd continue on May 26, 2020, in front of Cup Foods in Minneapolis, Minn. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day.

With citizen-led charter change, Minneapolis City Council withdraws its version

In April, the Yes 4 Minneapolis coalition dropped off more than 20,000 signatures to the Minneapolis City Hall to get a measure on the ballot that would strike a section

Nine Minneapolis City Council members declared their commitment to defunding and dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department in June 2020, along with the community groups Black Visions and Reclaim The Block.

With 9,000 signatures in hand, St. Paul housing advocates campaign for rent control

Bahieh Hartshorn, a 27-year-old resident of St. Paul’s West Side, said she moved within the city three times in three years after graduating college because she couldn’t afford annual rent

Tram Hoang of Housing Equity Now St. Paul

Rent stabilization petition headed to Ramsey County elections, and St. Paul voters

Led by housing advocates such as the Alliance, TakeAction Minnesota and the West Side Community Organization, the Housing Equity Now St. Paul (HENS) coalition plans to submit upwards of 5,000