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NEWS RELEASE: New York Times Highlights TakeAction Minnesota’s Deep Canvassing Approach, Opening Minneapolis Residents’ Minds to Expanding Public Safety

Six canvassers wearing face masks smiling and holding "Yes on 2" signs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2021

ICYMI: New York Times Highlights TakeAction Minnesota’s Deep Canvassing Approach, Opening Minneapolis Residents’ Minds to Expanding Public Safety 

TakeAction Minnesota adopts new strategy to more meaningfully engage with voters this election cycle

(Minneapolis, MN) – In case you missed it, a new piece in The New York Times highlights how TakeAction Minnesota is engaging with Minneapolis residents to learn more about their personal experiences with public safety and help them rethink what law enforcement should look like in our city.  

The article underscores that by adopting deep canvassing practices, a strategy where instead of relying on pamphlets and pre-written scripts, canvassers have in-depth discussions with voters on their experiences and feelings, TakeAction Minnesota is persuading voters to more seriously consider the Yes 4 Minneapolis public safety charter amendment that is on the ballot this November.

“Ultimately, the goal is to get voters to support a specific policy, but also to change their minds for the long term, not just in one election or on one issue.

In Minneapolis, the aim is not just to gain support for the charter amendment that would transform the police department, but also to help voters rethink what law enforcement should look like in the country, and in the city where Derek Chauvin, a former police officer, was found guilty of murder in the killing of George Floyd, a Black man whose death galvanized a protest movement for racial justice.”

The recent release of appalling bodycam footage of the MPD “hunting” and attacking peaceful protestors and bystanders has been met with increased calls for accountability and expanded public safety from city residents. If passed, the public safety charter amendment would establish a Department of Public Safety with expanded public oversight.

You can read more about how TakeAction Minnesota is having meaningful conversations about public safety with Minneapolis residents here

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TakeAction Minnesota is a statewide, multiracial grassroots organization advancing justice and equity through organizing, policy, and campaigns. Offices are located in St. Paul, Duluth, and St. Cloud.

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