Education Leaders Support Ray

Raymond Dehn understands that classroom success is dependent on stable housing, economic justice, access to transit and healthcare, public safety, and healthy neighborhoods. He will fight to increase wrap-around services—early childhood screenings, social work, healthcare, and meaningful out-of-school programming—anchoring schools as community institutions.

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Police Reform

Centuries of over-policing and misconduct have created a fundamental distrust of police by people of color and Indigenous communities. Adding more officers to a system built on racist policies and profit-based mass incarceration won’t make our communities safer.

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Letter from Ray

Hi, my name is Raymond Dehn and I’m running to be Mayor of Minneapolis. I believe the success of our city means listening to each other’s stories. I’d like to tell you mine. As a teenager, I found solace from struggle in drugs and alcohol. Eventually, I was arrested and convicted of burglary, trying to raise money for my cocaine habit.

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All Are Welcome

"I know you are committed to making Minneapolis an equitable city where everyone, no matter their background, is welcome and can call our city home. But, to be truly welcoming, we must understand how inequity is built in to our city’s actions, and fundamentally change how we approach governance." -Ilhan

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Student Leaders Support Ray

Students are powerful. When we show up, there’s no limit to what we can change. In 2016, young people near the University of Minnesota and Augsburg University decided it was time for change. Young voters were the key difference in Representative Ilhan Omar’s historic victory over a 44-year incumbent.

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Our Revolution National Endorses Ray for Mayor

“It's time for real criminal justice reform in Minneapolis. Raymond Dehn for Minneapolis championed police accountability as state representative, and as mayor he'll lead on de-militarizing police and training police in de-escalation. We're proud to endorse his campaign for Mayor,” said a statement from the national organization.

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MYDFL Endorses Ray for Mayor

“Ray champions young voices and his dynamic leadership has brought together a coalition of young people of all backgrounds,” said MYDFL President, Alex Boutrous. “Ray’s proactive approach to governance will allow every young person the same opportunities for success. His bold vision for and commitment to investing in our communities and dismantling the violence of our existing system makes him the best choice for mayor. "

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Response to Harteau Resignation

Beyond the resignation of Chief Harteau, we need to completely change our city’s approach to public safety—moving towards providing services, investing in communities, and developing community-based solutions. Until then, we must make immediate changes in the Minneapolis Police Department.

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Statement on July 15 MPD Shooting

Last night, Minneapolis Police Department officers killed a woman in south Minneapolis—another unacceptable murder by those sworn to keep us safe. While the details are not yet known, we do know the officers at the scene did not have their body cameras on. The incident perpetuates the historical lack of transparency and accountability in institutions of law enforcement—an institution fueled by an established culture of excessive force and state sanctioned murder.

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Imagine what we will do

Yesterday, we proved conventional wisdom wrong, coming in first place at the DFL City Convention. We beat big money. We proved working people, young people, and people of color and Indigenous people are powerful. We proved when we organize—we win.

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We need Ray at City Hall

My name is Karen Clark, I'm a State Representative for District 62A, representing South Minneapolis. During my time at the legislature, I've championed LGBTQ+ equality—I was the chief author of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage; Ray was one the first legislators to sign on. Since then, we've stood together fighting for our progressive values.

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Karen Clark Endorses Ray for Mayor

Ray is one of our city’s most effective legislators at the Capitol. His energy and efficiency at the Capitol have been remarkable. Ray lead the legislature on reformed drug sentencing guidelines, ban-the-box for jobs, and securing funding for Clare Housing. Ray brings unique, neighborhood-based insight to governing which is something desperately needed in our city leadership.

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Students for Ray

We’re proud to support Raymond Dehn for Mayor of Minneapolis. Ray values youth as one of the most powerful constituencies in our nation. Ray is the only candidate who has authentically engaged with students, not to acquire our vote, but to understand our perspective. His puts in the time: Ray is the only candidate with an active U of M student group in this election. His campaign team reflects these values—their average age is 24 years.

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No justice, no peace

Philando’s senseless death should at least stand for progress, but it will join a long list of police executions—fueled by an established culture of racial profiling and excessive force built on laws upholding white supremacy—nationwide. We had hope, with this verdict, that things would be different, that we wouldn’t see our state sanction another murder.

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Lessons from a hunger strike

Rep. Clark and I would never have thought that we could go for seven days without food. We learned the body is amazing and resilient, even when we did nothing for it, it kept working for us—this is how government should operate and this is the type of Mayor I will be; in the fight with you.

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