Minneapolis announces Truth and Reconciliation Working Group

At the end of last year, the city of Minneapolis announced a new truth and reconciliation work group made up of City staff, community leaders and experts “to study the meaning of reconciliation and research different models of truth and reconciliation commissions.”

This follows a Minneapolis City Council resolution approved last October establishing a truth and reconciliation process. The goal: Begin implementing specific solutions to specific harms that created and perpetuate racial disparities, with a focus on healing with historically Black American descendants of slavery and American Indian/Indigenous communities.

The work group is expected to bring recommendations to the City Council’s Policy & Government Oversight Committee in February.

The City’s Division of Race & Equity and Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins are leading the Work Group, which includes the following community members:

  • C Terrence Anderson, Director of Community Based Research for the Center on Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota
  • Elder Atum Azzahir, CEO for the Cultural Wellness Center
  • Dr. Rose Brewer, Professor of African American & African Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Rev. Curtiss DeYoung CEO, Minnesota Council of Churches
  • Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Director of Racial Justice, Minnesota Council of Churches
  • LaJune Lange, former Hennepin County District Court judge and Honorary Consul of South Africa in Minnesota
  • Robert Lilligren, President and CEO, Native American Community Development Institute
  • Christine Diindiisi McCleave, CEO, The National Native American Boarding School Healing
  • Rev. Shawn Moore of Living Spirit UMC.
  • Melissa Olson, Director of Partnerships & Operations, MIGIZI Communications
  • Melanie Plucinski, Policy Analyst, Public Health Law Center at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Sandra Richardson, People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
  • Sharon Sayles-Belton, former Minneapolis mayor and Ward 2 constituent

The city of Minneapolis has created a Racial Justice Toolkit (click here, scroll down.)

Got questions? Contact raceequity@minneapolismn.gov.

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