The BRIDGE is a grassroots partnership of currently incarcerated individuals, their families, and Voices for Racial Justice. The group started when Kevin Reese reached out to Voices for Racial Justice’s former executive director Vina Kay after hearing her on the KMOJ radio program Urban Agenda. The two formed a partnership that now includes multiple community organizations working with incarcerated individuals and their families to share the stories of incarceration, to develop solutions addressing mass incarceration and re-entry, and to build a stronger bridge from prison to the community.
To contact the BRIDGE partnership please email Kevin Reese at Reese@voicesforracialjustice.org
The work of the BRIDGE has included:
- Two all-day workshops that welcomed community partners and government leaders to Lino Lakes Correctional Facility to hear directly from incarcerated men.
- Letter writing campaigns in partnership with organizations leading for voting rights restoration, capping prison phone rates, and employment opportunities.
- Regular contributions to the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder’s Bridging the Gap column.
- Convening of families of incarcerated individuals, with the goal of developing organizing, research, and policy strategies together.
- A community-based report “Unfit for Human Consumption: Health and Healthcare in Minnesota Prisons” released in May 2018. Read the Full Report and Community Summary.