Itasca County Wellness Court

On Tuesday evening the We Are All Criminals program series continued at the Grand Rapids Area Library with a focus on the Itasca County Wellness Court. Presenters were Judge Korey Wahwassuck, and Abby Kuschel, with participants Angie Stolley and Logan Nichols joining the discussion.

Sympathy with the Illicit

We Are All Criminals is a nonprofit organization and a social project that seeks to challenge society’s perception of criminal records and what it means to be a criminal. On Monday, a lecture was held at Itasca Community College with Emily Baxter from We Are All Criminals, Otis Zanders and Richard McLemore II of Ujamaa Place about the project as one model of a successful program empowering people coming out of incarceration.

September Chamber Luncheon

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce held their monthly luncheon on Monday, September 11 at the Sawmill Inn. The featured speakers were: Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights; and Allen Godfrey, Field Services Director for the State of Minnesota. The pair discussed the importance for employers to consider hiring those with criminal backgrounds. They also talked about how our society should reexamine its view of those with a criminal record.