Partners

In order to ground this project in local efforts to combat police violence, Behind the Blue Line has partnered with several Minnesotan justice groups. These relationships help keep us accountable to those most affected by this violence and allow the project to become a tool for resistance movements to use in fighting injustice. Our partners offer us feedback and critique, co-host events with us, connect us to people who want to share their stories, and in some cases jointly fundraise with us. Each partnership is unique because each group has different goals, needs, and resources

If your organization is interested in partnering with us, please contact us

Official Partnerships

Twin Cities Coalition for Justice

The Twin Cities Coalition for Justice was formed in the aftermath of the 4th Precinct Occupation in North Minneapolis. It initially brought together community members, students, representatives of local groups, and activists to fight for the prosecution of the officers who killed Jamar Clark. Since then, the Coalition has turned into a group of dedicated activists fighting for justice for all victims of police violence and seeking the abolition of the police. Erica and Annabelle have been active members since its founding.

East Side Freedom Library

“The East Side Freedom Library’s (ESFL)…mission is to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work toward equity for all.  The library houses non-circulating research collections that appeal to interested general learners as well as scholars, with innovative databases and finding aids that make using the collections fun and vital. Story is a major theme of the ESFL, and the telling and gathering of stories, through formal interviews, workshops, and small-scale public performances, will allow local residents and interested publics to learn more about the work and residential histories of the East Side.”

Communities United Against Police Brutality

“Communities United Against Police BrutalityTM is a Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis. We work on the day-to-day abuses as well as taking on the more extreme cases. Our overriding goal is to create a climate of resistance to abuse of authority by police organizations and to empower local people with a structure that can take on police brutality and actually bring it to an end. We provide support for survivors of police brutality and families of victims so they can reclaim their dignity and join the struggle to end police brutality. “

Minnesota Campaign to Insure the Police

“We are a grassroots organization advocating for professional policing on the streets of Minneapolis. Our campaign team is full of hardworking community members, convinced that police misconduct has no place in our city—or anywhere else in the United States. We have collected over 12,000 signatures from community members in Minneapolis, earning our Police Insurance Amendment a spot on the ballot this November….Our amendment would require police officers to purchase their own professional liability insurance but would allow the city to pay the base rate for that insurance if the city council chooses.  However, any additional premium due to the number of complaints or lawsuits against the officer would be paid by that officer.”

Unofficial Partnerships & Connections

Ujamaa Place

“Ujamaa Place is an African American culturally specific organization focused on young men who may suffer multiple barriers to becoming stable. Ujamaa Place engages these young men to foster their development within the Ujamaa Place community and assist them in becoming stronger, more responsible, employed, prosperous men and fathers who provide and contribute positively to their families and community.”

American Indian Interpretive Center

“Our Mission is to protect Indigenous peoples, cultures, nature, spirituality, and grandmother earth through accurate interpretation. Our Vision is to restore human-kind’s relationship with the center of the universe. The American Indian Movement Interpretive Center holds a legacy of millions of historical records, culture captured on media, radio archives, photographs and the testimony of living elders who want the story of the American Indian Movement told. The Interpretive Center is located in the heart of the American Indian Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota.”

Redeemer Lutheran Church

“Redeemer Lutheran Church’s 100-year story continues to unfold as our diverse community worships and serves together reflecting the kingdom of God on earth. Our congregation’s deep impulse is towards a dynamic, impactful ministry through the development of authentic, transformational relationships and open doors with the surrounding community. Acting as a ‘beacon of hope’ in Harrison neighborhood, we worship and pray together, as well as study the Bible and provide a variety of activities and opportunities for ministry that include all-ages choir, hip-hop dance, sewing, Sunday school, quilting, and youth group, to mention a few…”

Minneapolis NAACP

“The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.”