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From Watts to Baltimore: Public Forum

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Click below for a list of more books related to the Los Angeles riots, police brutality, and racism in the United States.

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From Watts to Baltimore: The Road to Justice through Community Healing and Empowerment

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "A riot is the language of the unheard." Urban uprisings have plagued the streets of Black communities across the United States for 50 years (and more) on the heels of police violence, including this past April in Baltimore where 25-year old Freddie Gray died from spinal injuries inflicted while in police custody. Do you want this cycle of death, damage and entrenched pain and distrust to end? Don't miss this critical forum on a pathway forward.

Community faculty member Jason Sole will moderate a panel and discussion with:

  • Bill Finney, Saint Paul Ward 7 Councilmember and former Saint Paul Chief of Police
  • Lissa Jones, KMOJ Radio's Urban Agenda Program Host
  • Sarah Walker, Founder, Second Chance Coalition
  • Monique Drier, Community Liaison, Brooklyn Center Police Department

If you can provide or need a ride to the Brooklyn Park campus from Saint Paul and back, please contact The Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship will make every effort to arrange carpooling.
This event is the first of the four-part, second annual series of Current Topics in Criminal Justice organized by the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Studies Department. Co-sponsors for the September 30 event include Hennepin Technical College, and Metropolitan State's Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) and the American Democracy Project. For more information, contact Raj Sethuraju, Criminal Justice faculty member.

A light snack and refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Address: Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center, Room 112, 9110 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park, MN, 55445
  • Email: Raj Sethuraju at

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