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The City of Edina’s Human Rights & Relations Commission will host a “Community Conversation on Race, Justice & Policing” 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Several community members and representatives of the Police Department will form a panel to talk their experiences in Edina and the impacts of those experiences. They will also discuss ways the community can continue a dialogue about the topic and what the community and individuals can do to make advances in race, justice and policing.
“Our experiences with race, justice and policing may be polar opposites depending on our race. Still, with honest reflections and open, constructive conversations, we can move beyond our past hurts and misunderstandings,” said Commissioner Mark Felton in stressing the importance of the Community Conversation. “We must because our destinies as Americans are inextricably tied together. We truly are ‘better together.’”
Panelists, who will be moderated by Edina resident and professional video producer Dietrich Nissen, include:
- Arnie Bigbee, community volunteer and former Tom Oye Human Rights Award Winner
- Gary Bridges, resident and Edina Public Schools employee
- Hope Melton, urban planner and coordinator of Edina Neighbors for Affordable Housing
- Sabeeh Mirza, Human Rights & Relations Student Commissioner