Assistant Senate DFL Leader, Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton), has been appointed by Senate DFL Leader, Senator Melisa López Franzen (DFL-Edina), to serve on the newly formed Missing and Murdered African American Women Task Force for the 2021-2022 biennium.
Senator Kunesh is the chief author of the legislation that created the Missing and Murdered African American Women Task Force and the permanent office of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives.
“The intersectionality of violence against Native and African American women was affirmed through our work on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Task Force,” said Senator Kunesh. “The work that we did on the MMIW Task Force highlights the need to address the perpetual violence against women in Minnesota, especially in the Indigenous and Black communities. The creation of the Missing and Murdered African American Women Task Force will investigate the causes of violence against African American women and girls in Minnesota and will provide recommendations after their study to ensure safe, healthy communities throughout our state. Now more than ever, we must create authentic opportunities within our Black communities as we continue to work towards social justice.”