Jenna Erickson, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) volunteer “In Our Own Voice” presenter shares some of her experiences of telling her personal mental illness recovery story to police officers in Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.
This episode starts with a short conversation between co-host Brian Jost and Vivian Henry as she discusses intersectionality and feeling adversely affected by the current political atmosphere.
Andre Koen shares his experience as a panel member of the University of St. Thomas student event “Preventing Burn Out and Sustaining Anti-Racist Efforts” (April 2017) including questions he and other panelists received.
St. Paul, MN Chief of Police Todd Axtell and John Thompson, the founder of “Fight For Justice” (www.FFJLLC.com) discuss police union contracts, activism, law enforcement training standards, mental health concerns in law enforcement and the community, and training around implicit bias and or other cognitive biases with regards to minority populations. Recorded 05/02/2017 at Pod Launcher Studios, LLC in Minneapolis, MN.
JOHN THOMPSON/FIGHT FOR JUSTICE ENTERPRISES LLC – www.ffjllc.com – John Thompson is a community activist and a captivating, inspiring speaker. He lives and works in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. John’s Activation for Service: On July 6, 2016, John’s good friend and co-worker Philando Castile was shot and killed by a St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer, after being pulled over for a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. The immediate aftermath of the death was live-streamed on Facebook by Philando’s girlfriend, a passenger in the vehicle. Philando’s death immediately led to widespread and sustained local, national and international protests, vigils, and other actions directed towards the issues of racism, racial bias in policing, and other racial disparities. The death of Philando was a turning point in John’s life. Since Philando’s death, John has been compelled to be a voice for Philando, and for those like Philando who have been victimized by injustice. John has spoken, and stood, and marched and asked, and pleaded, and fought, for justice and accountability. Visit www.ffjllc.com for more information. (612) 246-8435, email: firstname.lastname@example.org