Presenter - Justin Terrell, Justice 4 All
Minnesota is home to some of the worst racial disparities in the country. While Minnesota has relatively low population for people of color, we have an overwhelming disproportionate representation of people of color in in poverty. Every system designed to empower families in Minnesota underserves (fails) communities of color. The Justice System specifically has targeted low income communities of color and created barriers to employment, housing and the right to vote to name a few.
The Justice 4 All Program at TakeAction Minnesota works to remove these barriers for families impacted by the Justice System. In collaboration with allies and with volunteer leaders developed through our program, we have run successful campaigns at the municipal, statewide and Federal levels. Currently we are focused on the restoration of voting rights for 47,000 Minnesotans on probation and we aim to win this campaign in 2017.
As the Justice 4 All (J4A) Program Manager at TakeAction Minnesota, Justin’s’ work focuses on removing barriers to employment and democracy for families impacted by the justice system. J4A successfully moved Target Corporation to change their hiring practices across the country. Through this campaign J4A was instrumental in passing a statewide law removing questions pertaining to criminal records from employment applications (Ban the Box). For this work, Justin was awarded the 2014 Facing Race Ambassador Award by the Saint Paul Foundation. Following this success, J4A has worked, and continues to work, in coalition, on many issues ranging from voting rights restoration, expansion of expungments, sentencing reform and other work that advances a justice system reform policy agenda. In 2015, J4A took the fight for Ban the Box to the White House helping move President Obama to expand the practice for Federal Employment opportunities.
Justin has led racial justice and leadership development training across the country and in Central Europe. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, with over ten years’ experience working with youth and families in crisis. As a Civil Rights Advocate, Justin served for 6 years on the Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority advocating for police accountability. With course work towards a Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership, Justin aims to complete school someday and use his experience as an organizer to continue to build power for his community. Justin lives in south Minneapolis with his wife and son, and he is a lifelong friend and mentor to a dynamic young man from North Minneapolis.
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The goal of this training is to lead advocates in a discussion that will frame up the problem, potential solutions and highlight that the people who could be leading the fight are those directly impacted.
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