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Each week, colleagues and friends April Baskin and Tracie Guy-Decker, discuss and unpack race and racism from our Jewish perspectives. You'll find April and Tracie have a lot in common and some important differences: April is a multiracial, Askenazi Jewish woman of color and Tracie is a white, Ashkenazi Jewish woman. Join us on this journey as we move together toward racial justice.
 
Right now: Covering the trial of Kim Potter accused of killing Daunte Wright, the community’s reaction, and exploring the changes needed to create a more just society. Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice is a journalism initiative from Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities, KMOJ Radio, and the Minnesota Humanities Center covering the trials of the officers accused of killing George Floyd, the community’s reaction, and exploring the changes needed to create a more just society.
 
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A few weeks into 2022, April and Tracie share with us what they’ve learned about how to set intentions and their best practices for succeeding. Referencing the conversation they had in Episode 70, they chat about achieving goals versus implementing systems. They unpack some of the patterns around setting intentions and assumptions of our own enough…
 
After three days of deliberation a jury found former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter guilty of two counts of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: After three days of deliberation, on Thursday a jury found former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter guilty of two counts of manslaughter in …
 
As MLK Day and Tu B'Shvat overlap this coming week, April and Tracie unpack the lessons we can learn from trees and their growth in our racial justice journeys. They get into the nuances and differences between treating the symptoms of oppression and injustice – often addressed through “service” – and diagnosing and healing the root causes. And, th…
 
It’s the first week of January and April and Tracie are thinking about resolutions. We delve into willpower, habits, and mindset, and discuss the role of American individualism in the culture of New Year’s Resolutions. Ultimately, we look for a better way to change our habits–and stop beating ourselves up with flawed systems. Check out our discussi…
 
In this week’s episode, April and Tracie talk about how questions around racial justice often come from a place of “stuckness,” keeping us from making real progress on racial justice. They discuss ways in which you can work through your questions to get past this stuckness. Check out our discussion/reflection questions for this episode: https://joy…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracie and April discuss the phrase, “stay humble and keep going,” the final words of the podcast every week. They explore why they chose this simple phrase and what it means to them. Check out our discussion/reflection questions for this episode: https://joyousjustice.com/blog/jews-talk-racial-justice-ep-67 Find April and T…
 
As jury deliberation continues in the Kim Potter trial, many are evaluating the state of racial justice in Minnesota. We talk to former Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty. Chioma Uwagwu reports: As jury deliberation continues in the Kim Potter trial, many are evaluating the state of racial justice in Minnesota. Former Brooklyn Cent…
 
Kim Potter's crying in court is more than an expression of remorse; it’s part of a history of white women weaponizing their tears against people of color. -- Tiffany Bui reports: The jury in the trial of Kim Potter is deciding whether she is guilty of manslaughter for killing Daunte Wright. The 12 jurors have spent over 14 hours in deliberations. L…
 
The state's prosecution and the defense made their closing arguments Monday. -- I’m Georgia Fort with the latest on the Kim Potter trial A jury is deliberating the verdict in the Kim Potter trial. Closing arguments concluded Monday afternoon and the State rested its case. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump addressed the media as deliberations got unde…
 
Potter said she did not intend to use deadly force against Duante Wright. She stated she didn’t recall saying “I’m going to go to prison” immediately after the shooting. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: Former Police Officer Kim Potter took the stand on Friday in her own defense. During her testimony, Potter repeatedly broke down and expressed remorse fo…
 
The state rested its case Thursday; the defense called on six witnesses. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: The state rested its case in the trial of former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter on Thursday. The defense proceeded to present its first 6 witnesses. Former police chief Timothy Gannon testified that Potter was justified in her use of force. “Wh…
 
This week, we’re sharing an excerpt from one of our “Shared Agreements” videos of Racial Justice Launch Pad, a recently-released Joyous Justice program. April and Tracie discuss the dynamics of power and privilege baked into the well-known phrase “the customer is always right.” They also unpack the pattern of being “helpful” by giving (critical) fe…
 
Police use of force expert Seth Stoughton testified that even Potter’s use of a taser on Daunte Wright would have been unreasonable. Wright's father also took the stand. -- Tiffany Bui reports: Former police officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty to violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights in federal court on Wednesday. In a separate case, he a…
 
When asked if he was aware of another officer mistaking their gun for their taser, expert witness Sgt. Mike Peterson said he was not. Other testimony revealed that Potter did not test her taser as required by her department the day she fatally shot Daunte Wright, and that the position of her duty belt was also under question. -- Georgia Fort report…
 
The Bush Foundation has selected Saint Paul-based Nexus Community Partners to redistribute $50 million to Black residents across Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. The funds will focus on building entrepreneurship, homeownership, and education. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Former officer Derek Chauvin has requested to change his plea of inn…
 
Racial Justice scholar Dr. Yohuru Williams says the trial underscores the need for broader conversations that address police brutality and reimagine public safety. Safiya Mohamed reports: The trial of former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter for the killing of Daunte Wright continues this week. Dr. Yohuru Williams is a professor of History …
 
Tiffany Bui reports: Thursday marked the second day of the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter. The jury viewed footage of Wright’s car crashing into another civilian’s car after he was shot. Alayna Albrecht-Payton, the passenger in Daunte Wright’s car, testified about her attempts to stop Wright’s bleeding after Potter shot h…
 
In this week’s episode, Tracie and April reflect on the concept of Shleimut, Wholeness, and how it was a driving force for April when she created the Ko’ach Fellowship, supported by Rise Up. April shares more about the Ko’ach Fellowship and together with Tracie, they discuss how healing, wholeness, and peace are all interconnected. Check out our di…
 
The prosecution and the defense laid out their arguments. The jury also heard from Daunte Wright's mother and another officer on the scene. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Wednesday a jury heard opening statements in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter. Potter claims she meant to reach for her taser in the traffic stop tha…
 
The Minnesota State Patrol is rolling out body cameras for troopers. Meanwhile, legislators are concerned about the acquisition and use of facial recognition technology by government entities. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Last week, the Minnesota State Patrol announced the rollout of body cameras for 40 troopers. The entire force will be equipped w…
 
Chief Arrandondo made history in 2018 by becoming the first Black police chief in the city’s history. -- Chioma Uwagwu reports: On Monday Minneapolis chief of police Medaria Arradondo announced he will step down from his position in January 2022. “After much personal reflection and thoughtful discussions with my family and Mayor Frey, I have made t…
 
The Victoria Theater Arts Center mission includes working against gentrification and police brutality. -- Tiffany Bui reports: 14 years after being saved from demolition, a historic theater in St. Paul is getting ready to open as a community art space. The Victoria Theater Arts Center (VTAC) is in the final stretch of fundraising; staff say they an…
 
Thursday, the Hennepin County court seated the last three jurors for the trial of the former Brooklyn Center police officer charged in the death of Daunte Wright. The court still needs to seat two alternate jurors before it can begin testimony. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Thursday, the Hennepin County court seated the last three jurors for the tri…
 
In this week’s episode, April and Tracie use the Talmudic debate on how to light the Chanukah menorah to reflect on light, darkness, and what this holiday can teach us about navigating the difficult times in our lives. Check out our discussion/reflection questions for this episode: https://joyousjustice.com/blog/jews-talk-racial-justice-ep-65 Find …
 
The court now has 9 of the 12 jurors needed. Meanwhile a motorist drove through a crowd gathered in solidarity with Daunte Wright’s family. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Wednesday, the Hennepin County court seated 5 additional jurors for the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter. Potter is charged with two counts of manslaughter …
 
Four jurors were confirmed: two white males (one in his 20s and another in his 50s), an Asian woman in her 40s and one white woman in her 60s. -- Chioma Uwagwu reports: On Monday, jury selection began for the trial of ex-Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter. Potter is facing first and second degree manslaughter charges in the killing of D…
 
Potter is charged with first and second-degree manslaughter after she shot Daunte Wright on April 11 during a traffic stop. Wright’s family and community leaders held a press conference Monday afternoon to demand Potter be held accountable. -- Georgia Fort reports: Jury selection for former Brooklyn Center Police officer Kimberly Potter begins toda…
 
In this week’s episode April and Tracie continue to explore their thoughts around Thanksgiving and the tension between a holiday about gratitude and family and its racist, genocidal origins. Check out our discussion/reflection questions for this episode: https://joyousjustice.com/blog/jews-talk-racial-justice-ep-64 Find April and Tracie's full bios…
 
Jeanelle Austin is Executive Director of the George Floyd Global Memorial; it's her job to maintain the space and preserve over 3000 offerings at the square. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: Jeanelle Austin began caretaking for George Floyd’s memorial last summer. She grew up three blocks away from 38th and Chicago, where George Floyd was murdered by Min…
 
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Jaime Arsenault is searching for documents and other artifacts that might provide closure for victims of boarding school assimilation programs. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Jaime Arsenault wears many hats as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for White Earth Nation. One includes managing cultural archives,…
 
Demetrius Hill was killed by St. Paul police officer Gerald Vick in 1997 for suspected robbery. 24 years later Marilyn Hill is still working to prove his innocence. -- Tiffany Bui reports: 24 years after her son was killed by St. Paul police, Marilyn Hill got back her son’s belongings. Demetrius Hill was killed by officer Gerald Vick in 1997 at an …
 
Dozens of students, parents and graduates from the district showed up to speak out about their own racist encounters after a video went viral of a student encouraging a Black teen to kill herself. But school board members refused to hear more than a handful. -- Georgia Fort reports: Concerned community members shut down Prior Lake-Savage School Boa…
 
Over the weekend, education advocates gathered for a forum titled ‘Are Public Schools in Minnesota Failing Black Children?’ -- Safiya Mohamed reports:. On Saturday the Wayfinder Foundation and the Racial Justice Network hosted a forum called ‘Are Public Schools in Minnesota Failing Black Children?’ “I'm sure a lot of adults do not know that Minneso…
 
Over the weekend, many Minnesotans took to the streets to denounce the verdict which acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of murder. Meanwhile, dozens of students and families showed solidarity for the victim of a recent hate crime in Prior Lake. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Friday, a Wisconsin judge acquitted 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges r…
 
We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World features numerous local writers bearing witness to the tragedies and changes of the previous year. -- Tiffany Bui reports: A new book offers a view of 2020 through the lens of 31 different writers of color. We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World f…
 
April and Tracie dig into and challenge the oft-repeated notion that proximity across a line of difference immunizes against bigotry or racism. In other words, the assertion “I can’t be racist, my (fill-in-the-blank) is Black." We discuss how the good/bad binary plays into this misconception about proximity and clarify the fact that power and privi…
 
Critics say during his previous tenure Luger failed to hold police accountable in the deaths of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile, and harmed Muslim community members with the controversial Countering Violent Extremism program. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: At a press conference Tuesday, community activists in Minneapolis denounced the re-appointment…
 
On election day, Minneapolis voters failed to pass a charter amendment for a new public safety department. Now what? -- Safiya Mohamed reports: On Nov 2, nearly 44% of Minneapolis residents voted in favor of replacing the Minneapolis Police Department with a Department of Public Safety. However, it wasn’t enough to pass the charter amendment. Minis…
 
More than a decade after their initial request, three Ojibwe Tribal Nations will have the boundaries of their 1854 treaty with the United States acknowledged on state highways. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Over a decade after their initial request, three Ojibwe Tribal Nations will have the boundaries of their 1854 treaty with the United States ackn…
 
Georgia Fort reports: Hundreds gathered at Prior Lake High School Thursday to demand a student who used racial slurs in a viral video be expelled. Students were joined by organizers and activists from Minneapolis. Toshira Garroway, founder of Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence, said if racist behavior goes unaddressed in high scho…
 
Medical experts point to a variety of reasons for these disparities, including poorer health as a result of structural racism and a hesitancy to get vaccinated. -- Tiffany Bui reports: As COVID-19 cases spike in Minnesota, racial disparities in the infection rates persist. Data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that Black, Latinx and Pa…
 
April and Tracie spend Veterans’ Day reflecting on their family connections to veterans and the ways in which our country has treated veterans throughout our history. The political conversations that happen around war and policy often employ either/or thinking that leads us to forget the human beings and all those connected to them, who are forever…
 
MEnd Correctional Care was providing medical services for Beltrami jail in 2018 when 27-year-old Hardel Sherrell died in custody. Protesters say the state should shut the organization down. -- Georgia Fort reports: Protesters gathered at The Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners Friday afternoon to demand the State shutdown MEnD Correctional Care. M…
 
The tuition waiver program is available to enrolled citizens of federally recognized tribal nations in Minnesota. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Starting next fall, the University of Minnesota is providing free or reduced tuition for Native American students on all five of its campuses. The University of Minnesota has offered free tuition to American…
 
Critics of charter schools say they are draining funding from school districts; proponents say they are providing much needed options to traditional education. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: According to St. Paul school officials, last year close to 40% of the city’s school-aged children were not attending schools in the district. Instead, families a…
 
“Envision SPPS” would close, merge or relocate eleven schools by next fall. Opponents point out that most of the schools slated to close are in communities of color. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: A Saint Paul Public Schools proposal that would close several schools is facing resistance from community members who say the plan leaves behind Black, Lat…
 
An Indigenous youth group has brought together different nations and generations to heal from the violent legacy of boarding schools. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: When 215 children were found buried on the lands of a former residential school in Canada last spring, local community members found their own histories uncovered. Over the summer, member…
 
In this week’s episode, April and Tracie unpack the false assumption that some folks have expressed--that April “hates America” since she has chosen to relocate out of the States, and to West Africa, no less. This question leads April and Tracie to think about the hierarchies and racism built into conventional assessments of different cultures both…
 
Many racial justice activists were disappointed to see Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey re-elected and the public safety charter amendment rejected. -- Georgia Fort reports: A small group of protestors marched to the home of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey after learning he was re-elected. One disappointed voter said “Everybody here really thought that he…
 
Relationships Evolving Possibilities (REP) is an abolitionist group that runs a crisis hotline which responds to non-violent emergencies such as neighbor complaints or welfare checks. -- Tiffany Bui reports: It was a summer night when Rivianna Zeller and their team got a call from the hotline from the dispatch center in Minneapolis. The caller said…
 
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