MPD150 Sunsetting Info

In 2017, on the 150th anniversary of the Minneapolis Police Department, MPD150 produced a people’s history and performance evaluation of the MPD. That report, “Enough Is Enough,” was expanded in 2020, and continues to be available for free. While the work goes on, MPD150 itself was never meant to be a permanent organization—just a collective of community members who came together to work on that specific project.

On November 14, 2022, we held a panel discussion to mark our sunsetting. Find a recording of the event below, as well as these links and resources:

MPD150 Projects and Publications:

Post-Sunsetting Resources:

These aren’t necessarily endorsements or anything; just a “snapshot” of the local ecosystem for those looking to learn more and/or get involved.

  • Relationships Evolving Possibilities (REP) is “a network of dedicated abolitionists showing up to support others in moments of crisis or urgency, with care and respect for the full dignity and autonomy of the people in crisis.”
  • Black Visions is “a Black-led, Queer and Trans centering organization whose mission is to organize powerful, connected Black communities and dismantle systems of violence.” Specifically, check out the #FundOurCommunities work happening right now.
  • Reclaim the Block is currently refocusing/re-orienting, but still share good resources on Twitter.
  • End Youth Prisons MN is “a storytelling, advocacy, and organizing campaign to end youth incarceration in Minnesota and build power among young people and their families.”
  • The Institute of Aspiring Abolitionists will “provide political education for community members and practitioners to learn effective ways to improve relationships and reduce harm through courses, workshops, trainings, and coaching.”
  • Communities United Against Police Brutality “was created to deal with police brutality in Minnesota on an ongoing basis. We work on the day-to-day abuses as well as taking on the more extreme cases. We work to combat police brutality from many angles, including political and legislative action, education, research, and providing services and support for victims and their families.”
  • George Floyd Global Memorial: was “established to bring together members of George Floyd’s family and the local community to preserve these creative expressions of pain and hope of the people for the people. Our work is to ensure that the stories of the community are told and used as educational resources for generations to come.”
  • Twin Cities Mutual Aid Project: Sharing this link here just as a potential starting point for people who want to find a neighborhood mutual aid group to support and/or join. There are many.
  • 612 M*A*S*H: “Established at the George Floyd Memorial, aka George Floyd Square (GFS), 612 M*A*S*H is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides free medical care for community members and visitors who face limited access to quality health care resources. We are licensed and insured health providers opening a community clinic.”
  • Justice Frontline Aid “is an organization committed to providing aid, resources, and education to those who put their bodies on the frontlines in the fight for justice.”
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (Twin Cities) “organizes white people to build the political will needed to end white supremacy. We do this through political education, direct action, self reflection, and community-building, and by following the example and leadership of BIPOC partners.”
  • Neighborhood/city-based groups and projects like Whittier Copwatch, Seward Police Abolition, Root and Restore (St. Paul), Community Not Cages (Winona), and beyond. Some are active, some dormant; a bit of research may turn up others.
  • One Million Experiments: Project NIA and Interrupting Criminalization’s database of abolitionist projects and ideas.
  • Independent media, from Unicorn Riot, to BLCK Press, to the MN Reformer, to the Sahan Journal, and beyond.
  • …this is just a sample, a snapshot. There’s much more happening.

Sunsetting panel: video + panelists and moderator info:

This virtual panel took place on November 14, 2022, and features local activists who were not directly involved with MPD150 (aside from the intro), but who could speak to the group’s work and impact, while also looking ahead to new possibilities.

Rose M. Brewer is The Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor and past chairperson of the Department of African American & African Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is an affiliate faculty member in the Departments of Sociology and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. An activist scholar, Professor Brewer publishes extensively on Black radical feminism, political economy, social movements, race, class, gender and social change. She was a founding board member of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide; a past board member of United for a Fair Economy, and a founding member of the Black Radical Congress. She is currently a member of the Black Visions policy board. As a core organizer of the 2007, 2010 and 2015 US Social Forums, the struggle for social transformation for her is centered in the local and global for people and the planet.

Jason Marque Sole (he, they) is a formerly incarcerated abolitionist. He has been a criminal justice educator for 13 years and is currently an adjunct professor at Hamline University in the Criminal Justice & Forensic Science Department. He has facilitated hundreds of circles in jails, prisons, and communities across the nation. Jason is also the co-founder of the Humanize My Hoodie Movement in which he challenges threat perceptions of Black people through clothing, art exhibitions, documentary screenings, and workshops. He is a Core Member of Relationships Evolving Possibilities (REP) where several abolitionists respond to community harms in the Twin Cities. In addition, he recently launched the Institute of Aspiring Abolitionists for people who’d like to learn more about abolitionist frameworks.

Taiwana Shambley (she/her) is a freelance fiction writer, teaching artist, spoken word artist, and abolition organizer from Saint Paul, living in South Minneapolis. Serving as lead organizer and creator of the youth prison abolition campaign End Youth Prisons MN from 2021-22 at the Legal Rights Center, she works to imagine and practice liberation for BIPOC youth in Minnesota, with special focus on queer & transness, disability, and incarceration. Her fiction has been recognized by grants from CURA and MRAC, and she has prose poems published by the Academy of American Poets and Belt Publishing. Currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Warren Wilson College, Taiwana is a 2021 graduate of Augsburg University in English and African American Studies. You can find Taiwana’s writing and learn more about how to support her work at taiwanashambley.com.

o (she/they) envisions a world where communities, especially those Black, under resourced, marginalized and historically oppressed, are autonomous in shaping their lives and delivering equitable policies for all. They believe deeply that in order to make space for such a world, old systems rooted in capitalism, white supremacy, anti-blackness and cultural genocide need to be abolished. They come to Nexus rooted in serving communities in various forms and have had a nuanced lens around criminal justice and the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and socioeconomic status. o is happiest when she is surrounded by community and her loved ones. She’s a foodie, bad dancer and while born and raised in the Bronx has come to call Minnesota home.