Program for the Call to Justice on June 28, 2006 at MCTC
From: Guy Gambill (
Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 03:29:24 -0700 (PDT)
Reducing Racial Disparity and Enhancing Public Safety? 

(For additional information, call Guy Gambill at 612-596-7628 or by e-mail
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8:00 ? 8:30 a.m. Registration and Seating 
Morning Session 

2.5 Eliminations of Bias Credits 
8:30 ? 9:00 a.m. Introduction and Topic Overview 
. Reverend Albert Gallmon, Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church and 
Chair of Board of Directors of Council on Crime and Justice 
. Mayor R. T. Rybak, Mayor of Minneapolis 
. Mayor Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul 
This topic overview will reference Minnesota?s changing demographics; 
the need to reduce racial disparities through improved relationships between 
the justice system and communities of color; and the need to reduce the 
negative collateral consequences of justice system involvement. 

9:00 ? 9:20 a.m. Racial Disparities and Minnesota?s Changing Demographics 
. Donna Zimmerman, Vice President of Government and Community Relations 
at Health Partners and Member of the Racial Disparities Committee of the 
Itasca Project 
This presentation will feature demographic and socio-economic trend data, 
including racial disparity trendlines, developed by the Brookings Institute for 

 the Itasca Project Consortium of more than forty CEO?s, mayors and community 
leaders funded by the McKnight Foundation, and the St. Paul Foundation. 

9:20 ? 10:00 a.m. Causes and Consequences of Racial Disparity in the Justice 
System: Key Findings and Recommendations 
Tom Johnson, President of Council on Crime and Justice; former Hennepin 

County Attorney 

This presentation will present a synthesis of seventeen studies conducted by 
the Council on 
Crime and Justice examining the causes and consequences of the racial disparity 
Minnesota?s justice system. The focus will be on the Key Findings and 
along with proposed Action Steps for addressing the disparity. 

10:00 ? 10:15 a.m. Break 
10:15 ? 11:15 a.m. Causes of the Disparity: A Multi-Perspective Examination 
. Panel Moderator: Judge Natalie Hudson, Minnesota Court of Appeals* 
. Panel Members: Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page; 
Professor Michael Tonry, University of Minnesota Law 
School; Clayton Robinson, Ramsey County Attorney?s 
Office; Steve Glaze, Ex-offender; Chief John Harrington, 
St. Paul Police Department; Dr. Bill Green, Interim 
Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools*; 
Suzanne Koepplinger, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian 
Women?s Resource Center; Ebony Ruhland, Research 
Associate for Council on Crime and Justice 

This panel discussion will explore in depth the Key Findings from the Council 
on Crime and Justice?s multi-year research on the causes of the racial 
in Minnesota?s justice system. 

11:15 ? 12:15 a.m. The Collateral Consequences of the Racial Disparity in 
Minnesota?s Justice System: Key Findings and Recommendations 
. Panel Moderator: Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson 
. Panel Members: Professor Todd Clear, John Jay School of Criminal Justice*; 
Dr. Bravada Garrett-Akinsanya, Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
and Executive Director of the African American Child 
Wellness Institute; Richard Amos, Director of Social 
Services at St. Stephens; Anita Selin, member of the Minneapolis 
Police Relations Council; Hilary Whitham, Research Coordinator 
for the Council on Crime and Justice 
This panel will explore in depth the Collateral Consequences identified by 
the Council on Crime and Justice as arising from the racial disparity in 
Minnesota?s justice system. 

12:15 ? 1:15 p.m. Lunch (Provided) 
Afternoon Session 

3.0 Ethics Credits 
1:15 ? 1:45 p.m. Luncheon Speaker 
Racial Justice: The Ethical Dimension 

. Professor Kenneth Goodpaster*, Professor of Business Ethics 
University of St. Thomas 
1:45 ? 2:00 p.m. Break 
2:00 ? 2:30 p.m. The Linkage between Consequences and Causes:
The Inverted Relationship 
This discussion will focus on the self-perpetuating aspects of the justice 
system?s racial disparities, linking the consequences of involvement in 
the justice system to the causes of the disparity and the ethical issues 

2:30 ? 3:45 p.m. Action Steps for Undoing the Racial Disparity Within the 
Justice System: The Ethics of Acting Now! 
. Panel Moderator: Judge Kevin Burke*, Hennepin County District Court 
. Panel Members: Senator Julianne Ortman*, Minnesota Senate; 
Assistant Chief Sharon Lubinski, Minneapolis Police 
Department; Don Shelby*, WCCO Television; Sam Grabarski*, 
Executive Director, Downtown Council; Community Resident 
(TBD); Professor Chris Uggen, University of Minnesota 
Department of Sociology; Russ Balenger, Case Worker 
Amicus; Shane Price, African American Men Project; 
Sarah Walker, Call-to-Justice Coordinator for Council on 
Crime and Justice 
This panel will discuss in depth the proposed Key Action steps for addressing 
the racial disparities in Minnesota?s criminal justice system. It will also 
the political/ethical issues involved in moving (and not moving) forward. 

3:45 ? 4:30 p.m. First Reflection, Then Action! 
. Reverend Albert Gallmon, Pastor of Fellowship Missionary 
Baptist Church; 
. Manuel Cervantes*, Minnesota Attorney General?s Office, former 
St. Paul City Attorney 
This session will engage the audience in a discussion of the strongest 
(and weakest) substantive aspects of the Forum and, then further involve 
the audience in gauging support for/and desired involvement in the proposed 
Actions Steps. 

4:30 p.m. Adjourn 
* indicates commitments pending 

List of partners:
 African American Family Services
           African            American Men Project 
           American Indian Policy            Center 
           Barbara Schneider            Foundation
           BIHA Women in Action
           Catholic Charities
           Dignity Center
           General Mills
           Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches
           Hawthorne Community Council
           Headwaters Foundation            for Justice
           Hennepin County Bar Association
           Hennepin            County Community Corrections
           Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
           Institute on Race and Poverty,            University of Minnesota
           Itasca Project
           Jewish Community Action
           Latino Economic Development Center
           Latinos en Accion
           Legal Rights Center
           Masjid An-Nur
           Metropolitan State University
           Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors
           Minneapolis Community and Technical            College
           Minneapolis Downtown Council
           Minneapolis Foundation
           Minneapolis Mayor RT            Rybak
           Minneapolis NAACP
           Minneapolis Police            Department
           Minneapolis Urban League
           Minnesota AIDS Project
           Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
           Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
           Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce
           Minnesota Coalition for            the Homeless
           Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
           Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center
           Minnesota Psychological Association
           Minnesota Public Defenders
           Minnesota Supreme            Court Racial Fairness Committee
           Muslim American Society
           Neighborhood House
           Neighborhood Justice Center 
           NorthPoint            Health & Wellness Center
           Organizing Apprenticeship Project
           Resource Center of the            Americas
           RS Eden
           Sabathani Community Center
           (Congressman) Martin Olav Sabo
           Saint Paul Foundation
           Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
           Saint Paul NAACP
           Saint Paul Police Department
           Summit            Academy OIC
           Turning Point, Inc.
           Twin Cities RISE!
           Women Planting Seeds

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