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Community Conversation on June 23
Posted on 05/26/2021
The City of Crystal invites citizens who work, live or worship in Crystal to a virtual conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion on Wednesday, June 23 at 6 p.m.

The conversation is open to the public and an opportunity to share your observations and expectations for Crystal. The large and small-group discussion will be facilitated by ImpactLives, a local non-profit that seeks to advance understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Submit your name and email at meetings@crystalmn.gov and join the virtual meeting at https://bit.ly/34sTmd6.

The Crystal City Council seeks the community’s input as it works towards its goal of being a more welcoming and inclusive community.

Crystal Reaffirms Commitment to Inclusion 
In 2020, Crystal Mayor Jim Adams released a statement regarding the death of George Floyd, offering the city’s condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Floyd family, and its commitment to its stated vision of Crystal as a welcoming and inclusive community. On the anniversary of that horrific incident, Mayor Adams, the Crystal City Council and the city are reaffirming its commitment through a number of ongoing initiatives.

Crystal is part of the Joint Community Police Partnership, a county program enhancing the relationships between police and the community, focusing on immigrants, people of color, indigenous people and faith communities. Hennepin County Community Liaison Stephanie Sanderson serves as a bridge, facilitating community meetings, organizing events and providing training to police and community members. She also coordinates the city's Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee.

Crystal’s Multicultural Advisory Committee seeks to improve communications and relationships within the entire community, including recent immigrants and communities of color. The MAC has hosted several community-wide events to provide education and increase communication. The MAC is actively seeking new members dedicated to inclusion.

The city has an embedded community engagement team working hand-in-hand with the Crystal police department. The team includes Asha Mohamud, a mental health social worker, assisting police and the community mental health needs and resources; and Community Engagement Officer Sgt. Justin Tourville, who is bridging the gap between the police and the community through volunteer programs like the Police Reserves, events, and community groups and members.

Crystal has also joined the Just Deeds Initiative, a network of volunteer attorneys and title companies helping homeowners renounce discriminatory restrictive covenants in their property history. About 5% of Crystal’s 7,600 houses are known to have a discriminatory restrictive covenant.

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