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RELEASE: UBLC announces Virtual Town Hall Meetings to discuss COVID-19, Education, Housing, and Public Safety

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Members of the Minnesota House’s United Black Legislative Caucus invite Minnesotans to join them for two Virtual Town Hall Meetings ahead of the 2022 Minnesota Legislative Session, focusing on solutions to strengthen equity, inclusion, and opportunity for Minnesotans. The events will take place Saturday, January 22 and Saturday, January 29 at 1 p.m. Both meetings will be held on Zoom.

January 22’s event will focus on “COVID-19: Being Black in a Pandemic” with an open, honest discussion about the effects of the pandemic on the Black community and the inequities in the healthcare system that have been made apparent during the ordeal. The event will include an appearance from Shirlynn LaChapelle, R.N., who has worked in critical care, trauma, emergency medicine, and as a surgical nurse practitioner at Cook County Hospital. Currently working in community health, she served as president of the Minnesota Black Nurses Association from 2010-2018.

January 29’s Town Hall will feature a Conversation on Education, Housing, and Public Safety, and will include presentations from experts and members.

The meetings are nonpartisan and everyone is welcome to join. The Zoom Meeting ID for the January 22 event is 846 6849 2476, and the passcode is “democracy.” To register ahead of time and submit questions, attendees can visit Attendees are also able to RSVP to the event on Facebook.

The Zoom ID for the January 29 Town Hall is 883 7937 1417 and the passcode is also “democracy.” Attendees can register ahead of time and submit questions at

Members of the House UBLC include Representatives Esther Agbaje (59B), Cedrick Frazier (45A), Hodan Hassan (62A), Athena Hollins (66B), Rena Moran (65A), Mohamud Noor (60B), and Ruth Richardson (52B).

WHAT: United Black Legislative Caucus Town Hall Meetings


WHEN: Saturday, January 22 and Saturday, January 29; 1-3 p.m.

WHO: Members of the UBLC, interested Minnesotans