Interested in supporting protesters during this critical time of public uprising by using your legal expertise but not quite sure how? Join the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, the Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and Legal Rights Center on September 1 from 12-3pm for a free CLE on Preparing for Protests - Legal Observer & Know Your Rights Training. NLG will lead the first portion of the training by equipping law students and lawyers to become Legal Observers. LRC’s youth advocacy attorney, Chelsea Schmitz-Gillam, will lead the second portion of the training, which will focus on training law students and lawyers to become Know Your Rights trainers at protests and actions around the state. These Know Your Rights trainers will serve as a resource for protestors by providing education on protestors’ First Amendment rights, rules around curfew, and how best to protect their rights when stopped by police.
Registration is limited so consider enrolling today! Click this link to get registered.
Today is Friday, which means that it’s time for the LRC’s Weekly Roundup! Located below are the articles we’ve shared, our statement on Gov. Walz’s school re-opening announcement, and information for our upcoming events/actions.
This Week In Our Social Media:
The LRC’s Statement on MN Schools Fall 2020 Re-Opening
Black drivers make up majority of Minneapolis police searches during routine traffic stops
MABL Presents: Preparing for Protests - Legal Observer and Know Your Rights Training by the Legal Rights Center and Minnesota’s Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
Interested in supporting protestors and the public by using your legal expertise but not sure how? Join Legal Rights Center (LRC), Minnesota Association for Black Lawyers (MABL), and Minnesota's Chapter of National Lawyers Guild (NLG-MN) for this important two-part training on September 1, 12-3pm.
LRC Know Your Rights Trainers will be at the youth-led CopsOutHHS march on Saturday. Trainers will be wearing bright yellow shirts and can give you a quick training on your First Amendment rights, rules around curfew, and how best to protect your rights when interacting with the police. We will have flyers with Know Your Rights information in Spanish and English to distribute, and you can also check out our Instagram (@mplslegalrightscenter) for Know Your Rights information.
That's all for this week! Follow us on Twitter (@LegalRightsCtr), Facebook, and Instagram (@mplslegalrightscenter) to stay up to date on the news we share and work we do.
Last Thursday, like so many youth and families across the state, staff from the Legal Rights Center tuned into Governor Tim Walz's announcement about the State of Minnesota’s school re-opening plan. Our Y:EARS (Youth Education, Advocacy, and Restorative Services) team partners directly with Minneapolis Public Schools, St. Paul Public Schools, and other Hennepin County School Districts to provide school-based restorative services so we were anxious to hear what the Governor had to say about the 2020-21 school year.
Schooling in this pandemic is a difficult task, and it feels that, in many ways, there is no good solution. We worry, like so many advocates, that low-income youth and students from marginalized communities are going to experience the most disparate negative impacts of education during this pandemic.
Regardless of the education model that a school district selects, we believe that a core piece of instruction this school year should be a restorative approach to building relationships and opportunities for processing the events of the last 4 months. There will be no real learning if this space to process is not provided for youth, families and school staff.
Students and educators will need to rely on caring relationships with one another now more than ever. They will need opportunities to share their fears and concerns. They will need to have trusting, open communication to share their successes and challenges when school starts. We remain committed to working with our partners, in schools and in the community, to explore opportunities to provide restorative facilitation services to meet this need in the upcoming school year.
2020 has reminded us that being in right relationships with one another is crucial not only for individual wellbeing but for community wellbeing. We are committed to creatively adapting restorative approaches to support the development and maintenance of positive relationships for the youth, families, and partners that we work with in Minneapolis, St. Paul and across the Metro.
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