PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


PNS Daily Newscast - April 16, 2021 

Florida's Republican lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to pass the so-called "anti-riot" bill; disturbing police camera video of the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old in Chicago.

2021Talks - April 15, 2021 

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate takes up anti-Asian American hate crimes legislation, and President Biden officially announces a full military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

As Police Trial Begins, Healing and Social-Justice Work Evolve in MN

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

The May 2020 police killing of George Floyd sparked worldwide protests over police treatment of Black communities. (Mike Moen)
The May 2020 police killing of George Floyd sparked worldwide protests over police treatment of Black communities. (Mike Moen)
 By Mike Moen, Public News Service - MN - Producer, Contact
March 8, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Barring last-minute changes, court proceedings begin today in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd.

Amid worldwide coverage, local faith leaders and others remain focused on healing and righting racial inequities.

Images of extra security and throngs of media bring up an array of emotions for the Black community nearly a year after Floyd's death sparked massive protests and civil unrest.

P.J. Hill, communications director at Worldwide Outreach for Christ, a church near the south Minneapolis corner where Floyd was killed, said the initial pain felt by many folks never went away, but is at the forefront again.

"What we witnessed was a nine-minute murder of a man, and something inside all of us broke," Hill recounted. "And so, trying to deal with that trauma over these last 10-11 months and then now, having it rehashed and reopened with the trial."

The church is hosting an outdoor event each Saturday where people can gather for communal healing.

Hill explained it helps counteract the pain and hopelessness they've felt.

And local organizations, like the Headwaters Foundation for Justice, continue to administer special grants for groups that use a community-organizing approach to advance social justice. Headwaters is also located in south Minneapolis.

Venessa Fuentes, director of Network and Narrative at the Foundation, said they're expressing solidarity through their grant-making.

She noted they feel a responsibility to be a conduit for grassroots groups that need help elevating their voices at a time when more people are listening.

"Everyone's looking to us to make sure that we are getting those messages out, that we are getting them out consistently and that we are maintaining our relationships," Fuentes outlined.

She pointed out many grantees are Black-centered and closely engaged at the community level.

Last summer, the Foundation launched a rapid response fund that allows more funding to flow to groups doing frontline work.

Fuentes added because of their ties to these groups prior to Floyd's killing, there's an emotional component to the grant support, and that has an impact on staff members.

"How are we able to give ourselves grace and ask for help?" Fuentes wondered. "And how can we help each other and find instances of joy in the midst of the trauma and the ongoing re-traumatization?"

The trial for three other former Minneapolis police officers tied to the case is scheduled for later this year.

Best Practices