In February 2019, the Reimagining Expungement team, Sasha Hulsey (MPP/MPH), Kshitiz Karki (MPP), Olivia Reyes (MPP), and Alyssa Scott (MPP) formed within a graduate course. Their work began by exploring the barriers individuals with prostitution and prostitution-related convictions face to accessing criminal expungement - the act of sealing criminal records. They investigated the legal and court systems that implement expungement in Hennepin County, and their most substantial findings included the lack of awareness and differing interpretations of the expungement statute among systems professionals.

After this preliminary research, the team continued their work to increase…

We are again sharing a statement from CURA Director Ed Goetz on the murder of George Floyd at the top of this message. The fundamental issues of justice that Mr. Floyd’s murder surfaces for our community and for the entire nation dominate our conversations about what is next for CURA. 

Following that statement, we share a message about CURA’s work in a COVID-19 world.

Statement from the Director of CURA

Our community witnesses again the violence of police brutality ending in the death of a Black man. It is well past the time for people in power, those who can impose…


Data, policies and other processes are often described in mainstream sources in complex language that is not accessible to community members. When residents don’t have equal access to information about issues affecting their communities, civic engagement is limited and our collective decision-making suffers.

CURA’s Community Visualization bridges this gap by offering design and visualization assistance that explains complex ideas in simple, visual ways.

We partner with community-based organizations, community organizers, and other leaders who are working with people on the margins of policy development, including communities of color and low-wealth communities…

Now available: a new version of the AMI Cheat Sheet, updated for 2019 and using HUD’s Area Median Income for the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area, which increased to $100,000 for a family of four.

This is the third update: find the 2017 edition here and the 2018 edition here.

Download a pdf version of this 2019 AMI Cheat Sheet for Minneapolis and St Paul here.

Read the fine print at the bottom of the guide for details about the numbers and data…

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Coalition of Asian American Leaders (or CAAL) has proactively led a campaign urging our government and private institutions to collect and use disaggregated data that more accurately reflects Asian American experiences. This way, solutions crafted to achieve equitable social, economic, and health outcomes will be more responsive and relevant.

This winter, CAAL staff, designer Khou Vue, and CURA worked together to create a visual snapshot of The Factors Impacting the Economic Wellbeing of Asian Minnesotans. The infographics in…

 

Building on the 2019 edition of this tool, Parks and Power, artist Cori Lin (www.corilin.co and @cori.lin.art)and CURA have made a 2020 Minneapolis Park Board Budget and Funding Explainer: a graphic guide to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's budget.

Cori also created The People's Money: a million dollar bill that Parks and Power organizers can use in workshops around participatory budgeting and the MPRB budget.

View and download:

Now available: a new version of the AMI Cheat Sheet, updated for 2018. This version is an update of the 2017 edition, but now using HUD’s 2018 Area Median Income for the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area, which increased to $93,400 for a family of four.

Download a pdf version of the 2018 AMI Cheat Sheet for Minneapolis and St Paul here.

Read the fine print at the bottom of the guide for details about the numbers and data sources, and find a bit of additional info on our post for the …

Neighborhood leaders asked for a cheat sheet to help connect Area Median Income (or AMI) levels to acutal incomes, rents and shares of the Twin Cities population. We made this guide for Minneapolis and St Paul, based on one created by the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, Inc. Thanks to them!

Download a pdf version of the AMI Cheat Sheet for Minneapolis and St Paul here.

Read the fine print at the bottom of the guide for details about the numbers and data sources. And get in touch if you have…