June Equity Update

written by | Abeer Syedah


State & National

St. Catherine Student Project Prompts St. Paul Police Policy Change

The project pointed to outdated policies related to deaf and hard of hearing communities.

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New York Times: A Black Yale Student Was Napping and a White Student Called the Police

This month, multiple stories went viral of incidents where police were inappropriately called on Black folks living their lives. The story of a napping Yale student struck a chord about anti-Black racism in highly educated spaces.

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ABC News: Betsy DeVos Under Fire for Saying Schools Can Report Undocumented Students

“Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos set off a furor over comments she made to members of Congress suggesting that schools should decide whether or not to report undocumented students and their families to federal immigration authorities.”

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June is PRIDE Month, celebrating the identities on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Here are some readings about LGBTQIA+ identities and history in Minnesota.


Minnesota’s Early Fight for Gay Rights

MPR shared archived interviews from the 70s when Minnesotans began legislatively fighting for the right to end discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Trans Candidates for Minneapolis City Council Make History

Minneapolis is the first major US city where more than one openly transgender people hold elected office. In 2017, Minneapolis elected Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham to city council.

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Study Reveals Nearly 3% of High Schoolers in Minnesota Identify as Transgender or Gender Non-Conforming

It was the first study of its kind gathering data on trans identities among Minnesota’s youth.

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Minneapolis Restaurant Workers Ask: Would You Please Use Gender-Neutral Pronouns When Addressing Our Staff?

City Pages talks to restaurants and restaurant workers in Minneapolis discussing just how ingrained gendering and gendered language is in the service industry.

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Aly Hagglund