Friday, Minnesota state legislators gathered on the steps of the capitol to announce the formation of the Reproductive Freedom Caucus. This new caucus was formed to promote and protect the reproductive rights of all Minnesotans.
Senators Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato), Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton), and Foung Hawj (DFL-Saint Paul) were elected tonight by the Senate DFL to serve as their assistant leaders alongside their newly elected Leader, Senator Melisa López Franzen (DFL-Edina).
The Judiciary and Public Safety budget bill was passed in the early morning hours of June 30 by the Minnesota Legislature. The bill included funding to create a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Office and funding for the Missing and Murdered African American Women Task Force.
Today, Monday June 28, the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus (POCI) introduced a number of amendments to the Public Safety and Judiciary budget bill. This is in response to the absence of several necessary accountability measures in the current bill language. The POCI Caucus is also calling on Governor Walz to use his executive authority to enact several reforms. The POCI Caucus released the following statement.
In advance of the final official meeting of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Task Force of Minnesota, co-chairs, Nicole Matthews and Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton) reviewed the work by the task force and its report, completed December 2020. The report was presented to the Legislature in January 2021.
This month, President Joseph Biden proclaimed June 2021 as National Immigrant Heritage Month. In recognition of the contributions to Minnesota made by our immigrant communities, the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus released the following statement: