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Statement: Minneapolis Budget Must Prioritize Office of Violence Prevention, Invest in Proven Violence Prevention Programs

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NEWS STATEMENT


(Minneapolis, MN) – This evening, Minneapolis residents and local activists will gather at an online City Council public hearing and to demand the 2022 municipal budget prioritize fully funding the Office of Violence Prevention, including full-time permanent staff and allocating significant resources toward proven public safety strategies. 

TakeAction Minnesota released the following statement: 

“For months, residents of Minneapolis have called on our elected officials to prioritize creating a more just system of public safety. Now, our leaders have the opportunity to make good on their campaign promises by supporting a 2022 budget that fully funds the Office of Violence Prevention and invests in proven, holistic, public health-centered public safety. The best way for the City to make the most of its resources is to invest more in policies like violence prevention and stable housing that put a stop to the problem before it happens.

We’re calling on the City Council and Mayor Frey to allocate the resources needed to dedicate more full-time staff at the Office of Violence Prevention — because it’s past time we take the first steps toward creating a Minneapolis where everyone feels safe.”

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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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