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Coalition of Black community leaders meets with elected officials to "bridge the gap"

"This space is to start dismantling what you heard, who you are and what you care about," said lead organizer, Brian Fullman.

MINNEAPOLIS — Brian Fullman created the Barbershop and Black Congregation Cooperative in 2017,as an effort to give people in his community a voice. Sunday afternoon at High Praise Ministries in front of over two dozen people, the group along with "We Choose Us" engaged others.

"I'm here to serve in any capacity that I'm able to serve in," said one community member.

"This space is to start dismantling what you heard, who you are and what you care about," said Fullman.

Bridging the gap between local elected officials and the community.

"How do we let our elected officials know, we may not know what's going on, but we want to learn," he said.

With the midterm election in the rear-view mirror, the organization decided to put on a panel, bringing elected leaders to the table.

"We try to really make sure we are pushing for policies that impact our entire quality of life," said Sen. Bobby Joe Champion.

"Make sure we get the right people to hold people accountable at every single level," said Brooklyn Park Mayor-Elect, Hollies Winston.

"To make sure that the people impacted by the criminal justice system are centered in the conversation," added Rep. Emma Greenman.

Fullman is helping to continue giving others a voice to have tough conversations.

"That's what this space is about today," said Fullman. "It is the first step to building real, transparent relationships with our local officials."

The group is planning to hold more events to continue 'bridging the gap' and educating the community on current issues.

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