Transforming Justice

Catherine Squires

VIEW: Don’t Ask Stacey Abrams to Clean Up the Mess

Messages of “Black girl magic” are not pro-Black women. They are reflections of a culture that continues to see exceptional individualism as the solution, rather than part of the larger problem.

  • 01/12/2021
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2021: The Year of Regeneration

Coverage will be focused on past, present, and future women who are helping to move our society away from one in which only a small percentage thrives.

  • 12/31/2020
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Judie Junkie Blues, part 2

We continue our series of sci-fi installments from local author Stephani Maari Booker. “Judie Junkie Blues” is appearing in three monthly installments. Find Part 1 here.

  • 12/23/2020
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Caught in the Crossfire of the War on Drugs

This is an excerpt of an article published in Minnesota Women’s Press in August 1999, by reporter Patty Marsicano, which appears in “35 Years of Minnesota Women.

  • 12/23/2020
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The Long-Standing Call for Stronger Mental Health Systems

“The system isn’t broken; we just haven’t built it.”

  • 12/23/2020
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Conversation With Acooa Ellis on Education

“It’s a red flag for me, very much top of mind — the impact of compounding societal challenges on education outcomes for kids who are already behind in access to opportunities.”

  • 12/16/2020
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Ellen Longfellow: Winning Civil Rights

“It was hard to figure out if they were being discriminated against because of their race, religion, or ethnicity. For many people in the Muslim community, they [face all] three.”

  • 11/25/2020
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The Prison Cell is Everywhere

Surveillance, AI, and the Future of Oppression

  • 11/25/2020
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Q&A: Chanda Smith Baker, Minneapolis Foundation

What gives me optimism is conversation around not just police reform, but race and systemic issues. This time feels significantly different — the level of outcry across the world that has happened.

  • 10/24/2020
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Releasing Secrets

I began to write, and reach out to, and speak up for those who share dark experiences.

  • 10/24/2020
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Visual Q&A: Nicole Archbold on Policing in Minnesota

We talked with Nicole Archbold of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety about topics ranging from defunding police to how we get past an ‘us versus them’ mentality in justice work.

  • 10/10/2020

The Connection Between Childhood Trauma and Racism in Minnesota

Richardson opened with the reminder that we are beyond asking a child “what’s wrong with you” and are replacing it with “what has happened to you?”

  • 10/07/2020