Saint Paul, Minnesota—Today, the Minnesota House passed a robust package of bills addressing police accountability and law enforcement reform. Since the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesotans have come together to demand change and action from elected leaders. Below is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund:
“Minnesota owes a tremendous thank you to the People Of Color and Indigenous Legislative Caucus for leading us to broad, deep and lasting law enforcement reforms and accountability. I am proud to stand with over 90 local organizations supporting the package of bills, and for the many community leaders and residents leading Minnesota to quick change. This rapid progress is a testament to the power of people to drive change, particularly when we follow the lead of our Black communities.
We have much more to do, and now the Minnesota Senate needs to listen and act. Black lives matter, and it is on all of us to dismantle systems of oppression and systemic racism so that our demands for equality become reality. We must do everything we can right now, today, to drive change toward creating a more just, equitable and healthy state. I urge the Minnesota Senate to help lead Minnesota toward building something better, instead of blocking progress and change.”
Founded in 1992, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. As the advocacy and electoral arm of PPMNS, we mobilize supporters of all parties to defend and increase access to family planning services and fact based, medically accurate sexuality education. We work to inspire and engage citizens to take up the cause of reproductive health and rights through education, electoral activity, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy.