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BROTHER ALI: 'Racial justice is not a special interest'

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Brother Ali speaking from the State Capitol Rotunda on Mar. 5, 2014. Photo by Tim Blotz / Fox 9 News Brother Ali speaking from the State Capitol Rotunda on Mar. 5, 2014. Photo by Tim Blotz / Fox 9 News
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Hip-hop artists Brother Ali and Lioness headlined a Minnesota State Capitol rally Wednesday calling for fairer treatment of minority groups in state policies and laws.

"Racial justice is not a special interest, it's everybody's interest," Brother Ali said.

The Organizing Apprenticeship Project, which formed the rally, is calling on Minnesota lawmakers to raise the minimum wage and to restructure the tax code to allow for a working family tax credit.

"Humanity is only valued high when every single person is valued the same," Brother Ali said. "And so we stand here in the name of peace in the name of justice and in the name of human dignity."

The Organizing Apprenticeship Project is also calling for lawmakers to pass a strong anti-bullying law and to expand the free school lunch program to more children from low-income families.

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