Third Thursdays

Third Thursdays Social Resistance Gathering is a new series taking place on the third Thursday of each month. The event is a chance for community members to come together, socialize, learn and re-ignite their passion to continue the good fight protecting progressive values in Minnesota. 

Child Welfare

January 18, 6-8 p.m.
Black Dog Cafe, St. Paul

Please join Stand Up Saint Paul as they host Kelis Houston from NAACP Minneapolis. Ms. Houston’s work targets the clear racial bias and disproportionate contact and conflict that African-American and multiracial families contend with from DHS and Child Protective Services in Minnesota. She will share with us some disturbing statistics and the devastating stories of those who have been inaccurately and inappropriately treated by this system. Recently, Ms. Houston appeared before the MN Legislative Task Force on Child Welfare with a proposal to combat the systemic racial biases through the establishment of an oversight committee; click here fore more information.

This event will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about this issue so that you can support Ms. Houston’s efforts to bring about meaningful, if long overdue, change to a broken system.

Black families are disproportionately represented in child protection and once involved, the outcomes are inequitable. Racial disparities are found in the entire child protection process, from initial reporting and assessment to discharge from the system.

Black families are over represented in rate of:

  • Contact with the child protection system: Black children are 4 times more likely to be subjects of child protection assessments and investigations
  • Reports to CPS: Black children are 5 times more likely to be a subject of a Child protection report
  • Out of home care:  Black children are placed in out of home care at a rate 5.3 times higher than white children
  • Placement stability: The longer Black children remain in out of home care, the more they experience multiple moves in placement settings
  • Aging out of care: Black youth have high rates of reaching the age of majority when in placement for long periods of time

The Department of Human Services, current child protection legislation and county guidelines lend to the national epidemic of criminalizing Black families.

 We all know that healthy families are vital to the success of our children and ultimately, our communities. Everyone has a stake in ensuring Minnesota’s Child Protection system is fair and equitable.

The Minneapolis Branch NAACP composed a list of policy positions that has been presented to the Department of Human services and other key decision makers. We have a legislative agenda and we're working with our legislators on child protection bills specific to Black youth and families. We welcome those interested in joining the fight!

For more information, please contact

Previous topics:


We met with progressive candidates and we shift our focus to 2018 to Take back the (MN) House!


Indivisible Minnesota led a discussion on Helathcare and attempted to uncomplicate a complicated issue.


ERA MN and NOW hosted a discussion on the Equal Rights Amendment at October's Third Thursday!


Women's March Minnesota and the Minnesota Resistance Coalition hosted a discussion on Standing with Refugees and Immigrants In Minnesota in the Age of Trump in September 2017. 

Minnesota Resistance Coalition on MN Legislative Action is made up of several resistance groups: Indivisible Minnesota Local; Action Together Twin Cities (Group); Women's March Minnesota; Indivisible North Metro; Indivisible/Undaunted; Indivisible Saint Paul; MSP NOW. If your resistance group would like to join us, please message Sonja Hendrickson.

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