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To kick off the launch of Racial Equity Minnesota on Wednesday, Pillsbury House Theatre’s Breaking Ice Company performed at Alexandria Technical and Community College and pointedly shared the impact of diversity inclusion, equity advocacy and the power of words. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

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Although their number was small, about 50 people, their goal was big: Changing people’s perceptions about race and celebrating the efforts across the state that are addressing the issue.

The local Inclusion Network hosted a half-day workshop in Alexandria Wednesday to launch its partnership with Racial Equity Minnesota (REM) – a new statewide network offering services, resources and tools to help communities address racial equity.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz. Away from work, Amy and Brandon spend time bass fishing and keeping tabs on their charismatic dog, Cash, who has been known to jump out of the boat to “retrieve” the bass lures.
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