Opposite the Cuomo plan, community engagement with a different goal

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The Cuomo plan aims at reforming existing police departments (like the Reynolds/Crampsie Smith proposal apparently). The Minneapolis plan aims at transforming local public safety into something different than the current police force. In Minneapolis the City Council will lead a year-long engagement with the community aimed at coming up with something different entirely. Council is the driver here in this Minneapolis option, not the Mayor or the police. This is not what is envisioned in the Reynolds/Crampsie Smith proposal from what we can see of it now.

Minneapolis City Council resolution
approved unanimously

Declaring the intent to create a transformative new model for cultivating safety in our city.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by The City Council of The City of Minneapolis:

That the City Council will commence a year long process of community engagement, research, and structural change to create a transformative new model for cultivating safety in our city.

Be It Further Resolved that the City Council will engage with every willing community member in Minneapolis, centering the voices of Black people, American Indian people, people of color, immigrants, victims of harm, and other stakeholders who have been historically marginalized or under-served by our present system. Together, we will identify what safety looks like for everyone.

Be It Further Resolved that the process will center the role of healing and reconciliation. The process will require healers, elders, youth, artists, and organizers to lead deep community engagement on race and public safety. We will work with local and national leaders on transformative justice in partnerships informed by the needs of every block in our city.

Be It Further Resolved that decades of police reform efforts have not created equitable public safety in our community, and our efforts to achieve transformative public safety will not be deterred by the inertia of existing institutions, contracts, and legislation.

Follower Deni Thurman-Eyer suggests we read this story.

One thought on “Opposite the Cuomo plan, community engagement with a different goal

  1. Wow. Cuomo and Minnesota propose VERY different approaches. Cuomo: government driven and top down. Telling. Minnesota: democratic and community-focused. Listening. Both ambitious and well-intended. The question is which is more possible to achieve and viable to enact?

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