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AALF Statement on Continued Threat to Public Safety

The threat to Public Safety in the Twin Cities from 2021 has spilled into the first month and a half of 2022. A woman was shot and killed in St. Paul two days ago. Over the past weeks in Minneapolis, three people have been shot and killed including a sophomore quarterback from North Community High School, Deshaun Hill Jr. Less than two-hours later, a bus driver was shot in the head through the windshield, but the wound is not life threatening. Two men were found shot in their car on who later died. And 2 weeks ago 15-year Jahmari Rice died from a gunshot, outside his school in Richfield. The impact of gun violence and other violent crime such as car jackings, are an impediment to Public Health. 

Everyone in the Twin Cities deserves the right to feel safe in their own neighborhoods. We need a more holistic and comprehensive approach to making our communities safer by working with community groups enacting  crime prevention programs that go beyond policing. We need our government entities and funders to support these initiatives, to impact safety and stop the bloodshed. AALF has identified more than a half dozen such efforts capable of being activated and expanded now.

Until We Are All Free, Kevin Reese,

Change Equals Opportunity, Jamil Jackson,

Man Up Club, Kory Dean,

The Truce Center, Miki Lewis,

Minnesota Freedom Fund, Elizer Darris,

Mothers Against Community Gun Violence, Candice Bonita,

21 Days of Peace, Shameka Bogan,

For many, trauma remedy and healing are needed. Here are resources to help you process your pain.

The Healing Justice Foundation, created by Dr. Joi Lewis, is rooted in Black liberation and works to provide healing to Black people.

The Cultural Wellness Center is a transformative space offering classes, coaching, consulting that helps community members develop culturally based solutions. Led by Atum Azzahir, the center was started in Minneapolis in 1996.

Wellness Ways is a space to explore physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. They provide integrative psychotherapy, arts expression, yoga, and meditation, led by Dr. Felicia Washington Sy.

Render Free is a shared lounge and workspace for self-identified Black and Brown women. They host events and feature wellness practitioners of color to support rest and healing.

The Zen Bin is a divinely ordained healing community utilizing Gospel, Hip-Hop and R&B music to heal trauma, release stress and distractions.

Black Girl In Om is a wellness company founded by Lauren Ash that centers the well-being of Black women, offering meditation, healing sessions, and a popular podcast.

The Maji ya Chai Land Sanctuary is an in-progress nature healing space centered on Black,

Indigenous and people of color.

The African American Child Wellness Institute supports the psychological and spiritual liberation of children of African descent and their families by providing mental health services and holistic wellness resources.

The Staff at AALF


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