Through the Communications and Neighborhood and Community Relations departments the City will ensure that communities and elected leaders have direct access to information in real time leading up to the trial, during the trial and when the verdict is announced. This will happen through enhanced social media and culturally diverse radio programming.
Contractual agreements will be in place with a network of community-based groups that can be activated during periods of heightened community tension during the remainder of 2021, including the trials of the former officers who are standing trial for the killing of George Floyd.
Minneapolis Health Department, Neighborhood and Community Relations, Coordinator's Office Division of Race & Equity.
Section 2: Data
Some groups will have distinct areas of focus—e.g. geography, specific communities (with community broadly defined). Others will have a broader, citywide focus.
This is a new initiative. Data has not been collected to this point.
This is a new initiative. Data has not been collected to this point. A final report will be submitted to council following the trials.
Section 3: Community Engagement
This request is intended to identify the appropriate funds to inform and engage community.
Section 4: Analysis
A priority will be placed on funding groups that are culturally responsive, groups that have existing credibility and reach within communities, and groups that have the infrastructure and organization in place to take on this effort. A comprehensive process that incorporates input from various parts of the City enterprise is anticipated for the selection of groups.
Section 5: Evaluation
Impacts will be measured as part of the process to complete a final report.
JIS Community Partners: A group of community members and leaders who meet on a regular basis leading up to and throughout the trial. The purpose of this group is to develop two-way communication between community and the JIS to understand questions and concerns from community members to create relevant City messaging and content.
Preparation toolkit: Safety tips, best practices and information for residents, neighborhoods and community groups on how to prepare for and manage for situations leading up to, during and after the trial.
Local media partnerships: Enhanced partnerships with local media who have reach into our BIPOC and under-represented or under-served communities and residents who don’t rely on mainstream media/City channels for their news. Ensure partnerships with Black-led media.
Social media influencers: Paid partnerships with community members who are considered trusted messengers and have large social media presence to share City generated and approved messages. These partners also support our JIS situation monitoring so we can address/dispel incorrect information.
Community information network: Create a list of local community leaders, organizations, groups who are “on the ground” to share regular electronic updates and information with.
Leverage existing City roles: Utilize the network of staff who have roles relevant to the work around 38th and Chicago, community safety and engagement to share information out and share back community concerns.