Nekima Levy-Pounds Logo

Blog

Nekima Levy-Pounds

Nekima Levy-Pounds is an expert on issues at the intersection of race, law, criminal justice, public education and public policy

Your Voices
December 4, 2014

It's Open Season on Black Men and Boys in America

A series of shootings by police of unarmed black men and boys have called into question the role that race and history plays in perpetuating systemic bias, racism, and oppression, and the justice system's seeming unwillingness to hold officers accountable for their actions.
Your Voices
November 25, 2014

'No Justice, No Peace' in Ferguson and Across America

Black man gets killed by police or vigilante. Nation mourns. Black man gets killed by police or vigilante. Nation mourns. Rewind. Repeat. Rewind.
Your Voices
November 7, 2014

Dear White People: Mayor Betsy Hodges is Not in a Gang

A local news story falsely accused Mayor Betsy Hodges and a young black man of flashing a gang sign in a photo. Could this be retaliation for the Mayor's public stance on implementing police reforms in MPD?
Your Voices
November 2, 2014

Minneapolis Public Schools: Our Children Deserve More than the Status Quo

If we are going to shift the paradigm in the district and improve outcomes for children of color, some immediate policy changes need to occur that take equity into account when making key decisions such as teacher placement.
Your Voices
September 30, 2014

An Open Letter to Mayor Betsy Hodges

The issue of police/community relations in the city of Minneapolis remains a major concern for metro area residents, and has taken on heightened significance in the wake of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. A broad-based coalition of community members is calling on Mayor Betsy Hodges, the chief of police, and city leaders to use their authority and resources to address long-standing challenges of police accountability as a matter of public safety, equity, and human rights.
Your Voices
September 19, 2014

The Community is Speaking, but Chief Harteau is Not Listening

The Mpls chief's absence from a community listening session is unacceptable in light of growing concerns about police misconduct and abuse.
Your Voices
August 13, 2014

Do Black Lives Matter in Our Community?

Young African American men continue to suffer the harmful impacts of racial discrimination, marginalization, stereotyping, and social exclusion. Sadly, their plight is often ignored until a crisis happens such as the shooting death of Mike Brown by law enforcement, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Until we deal with our unreconciled racial history, we can expect these types of occurrences to continue.
Your Voices
July 2, 2014

The Crisis Facing Black Boys in Minneapolis Public Schools

African American boys are falling through the cracks. Solutions must involve input from parents, students, and community stakeholders.
Your Voices
June 20, 2014

As the Battle for Equity Heats Up, Scapegoats are Caught in the Crossfire

Recent efforts to promote equity have been met by harsh responses and hostility. It's important that we focus on the real issues and not distractions.
Your Voices
June 3, 2014

Levy-Pounds: We must champion equity

In light of the shifting demographics in our state, there has never been a more important time to fight for equity. We must persevere and finish the work that Paul Wellstone began in uplifting communities.
Your Voices
May 20, 2014

Nekima Levy-Pounds: White privilege

When addressing matters of equity, it is important to critically examine the impacts of white privilege on systems, laws, and policies that affect poor communities of color.
Your Voices
May 6, 2014

Levy-Pounds: Want equity? Create jobs

With all of the talk surrounding equity in the Twin Cities, it is important that we put equity in practice by creating jobs that pay a living wage in our poorest communities.