All Square: A New Approach to Overcoming Discrimination for Those Coming Out of Incarceration
All Square, a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant, opened in 2018 with a mission to ensure that those affected by the criminal justice system have the financial support and the social capital necessary for a bright and productive future. One fellow from the original cohort has started an online business and another has gone on to pursue a law degree. The second cohort of fellows was welcomed last year to work in the restaurant, learn about the legal system, and to imagine and work toward a bright future in the All Square Institute and Dream Lab.
Emily Hunt Turner had a degree in architecture and was on her way to a degree in public policy when her discovery of housing discrimination in Atlanta led her to get a law degree and come to Minnesota as a HUD lawyer. She discovered how deeply discrimination was embedded in our housing system, and that her ability to affect it through HUD was limited. She left HUD and made it her mission to effect change more directly through founding All Square.
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