MN Officials Panel DiscussionPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/panafricanconference/legislative_panel.html
Friday, February 9, 2018 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Join us for the officials panel discussion with Minnesota elected officials who will address current issues affecting diverse Black communities on a local and state level.
Bobby Joe Champion
Bobby Joe Campion was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012, after representing District 58B in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2009 to 2013. He has focused on job creation, ending the home foreclosure crisis in North Minneapolis, protecting and restoring civil rights for Minnesotans.
Ilhan Omar is the first Somali-American Muslim legislator elected to a state legislature in the United States. She is rooted in co-governance, equity, and justice and we are committed to training the next generation of organizers to create grassroots, progressive change throughout our district and state from the ground up.
Jeff Hayden was elected to the State Senate in 2011, after serving within the State House, where he was elected to the post of Assistant Minority Leader by the DFL caucus. He authored a bill to ensure all children have access to school lunch, the HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equitable) bill; and the first increase to the minimum wage in nine years.
Andrea Jenkins is recognized for being the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States, serving since January 2018 on the Minneapolis City Council. Jenkins has worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years. She is a nationally and internationally recognized writer and artist, a 2011 Bush Fellow to advance the work of transgender inclusion, and recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.
Moderator: Zenzele Isoke, PhDDr. Zenzele Isoke is Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is author of Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance (Palgrave 2013). Writing across the fields of geography, political science, and urban anthropology, her scholarship spans several cities in the U.S., Middle-East, and the Caribbean.