Weekly Roundup: June 12-18

This neighborhood is inspiring. Stay strong Greater Longfellow.

Rebuilding Greater Longfellow 

Longfellow Community Council’s Fundraising Effort:
Portions of the Great Longfellow community are unrecognizable due to looting and fires in South Minneapolis. 
 Racial equity is central to the work we do. We will rebuild a stronger and more just community. Our initial assessment finds that 31 buildings have been completely destroyed, including 3 major grocery stores, and 2 pharmacies. Beyond that at least 49 other businesses sustained significant damage. Many are locally- and minority-owned. We’re raising money to implement a three-pronged strategy to aid in rebuilding our community: (1) Food Security, (2) Safety & Security, and (3) Business Restoration (details here.) COVID-19 has already taken an economic toll throughout the US, including Greater Longfellow. Without financial assistance, many of these small businesses are unlikely to recover. The potential loss of these businesses would negatively impact the whole community (Note: many business insurance policies don’t cover damage caused from rioting). Thank you for your compassion and donations.
Want to help? Donations can be made at Share Your Love for Greater Longfellow on GoFundMe, or please consider sharing this information on your social media to help us reach more people. If you’d prefer to donate by mail, checks can be made to “Longfellow Community Council” and mailed to 2727 26th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55406.

It is going to be a long road to repairing our community, but we’ve already seen how kind, passionate, and driven our neighborhood is. We’re in this together, and we’ll work to build an even better community.
Interested in helping with cleanup and rebuilding efforts in Greater Longfellow? We are in search of volunteers to assist with general clean up and graffiti removal efforts, as well as anyone interested in providing special services such as skilled labor, IT support, legal aid, marketing or anything else they may be helpful to local businesses.
Sign up to be added to our volunteer contact list using the link below.

Rebuild Longfellow: Businesses
Dear Longfellow Business Owners,
Your Longfellow neighbors are coming together to help you in the aftermath of both COVID-19, and the recent events that have unfolded since the murder of George Floyd. Our neighbors are asking, “What do businesses need help with?”
With this survey, we intend to assess your needs and give our Longfellow neighbors an organized platform to help you in the coming days, weeks, and months. This survey should take 5 minutes of your time to fill out.
The information you provide will be shared with Longfellow neighbors, and will include any specific guidance you provide (e.g. ensuring they seek permission prior to helping). You will be contacted by a member of the neighborhood to help coordinate support efforts, as we want to ensure you are not overloaded with fielding calls of support.

Plywood Pickup Request
You will be matched with a volunteer who will pick up your boards. Wood will be taken to a central location to be sorted and palletized for future use. Find more information at reusemn.org. Fill out this request form.

Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors’s office was located in the US Bank building. Because their office location is currently unusable they have a temporary P.O. Box and temporary phone number for you to reach them.
Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors P.O. Box 17133 Minneapolis, MN 55417
(763) 458-0484
Their email is the same: info@LShealthyseniors.org

Reporting Non-Emergency Crimes Survey
The City of Minneapolis has tasked a workgroup with creating alternatives to Minneapolis Police response where appropriate. The two opportunity areas for an alternative response that have been identified by the workgroup are Mental Health Calls and Report-Only Calls. The workgroup is working with the Performance and Innovation Team, who is supporting the workgroup with researching, developing, and testing the feasibility of alternatives to police response for the identified opportunity areas.

A big part of their process is centering the work they do around the end-users, as these are the people most directly impacted by the solutions and recommendations. Therefore, it is important for them to hear the lived experiences of the end-users through interviews, surveys, focus groups, etc. They created a survey to engage community members who would like to share their experiences. The primary purpose of the survey is to gain insight from individuals who have either experienced or witnessed a mental health crisis, who may or may not have had interactions with services such as 911, police, crisis response teams/helplines, etc.
The survey responses will be anonymous as they will not be collecting any identifying information.

Here are a list of local businesses, when they are open and what they are offering: https://messenger.whatsopen.news/


Upcoming & Ongoing Events

LCC – Volunteer Graffiti Cleanup Event Saturday, June 13, 8am-noon Help remove graffiti on Lake Street and Minnehaha Ave.
Volunteers will meet outside Holy Trinity Church (2730 E 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55406) to receive graffiti removal supplies and instructions regarding businesses that have requested cleanup help and other priority areas.
For the safety of everyone present, all volunteers participating in this event will be required to follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask at all times. If you are feeling ill or have recently been in contact with someone who is ill, we ask you to please not attend this event.
If you have questions about this event, please contact LCC Program Manager Justin Gaarder at: justin@longfellow.org

Longfellow Racial Justice Training Series: Sunday, June 14th, 2-4pm over ZoomRegister now for the first in a series of Longfellow Racial Justice Trainings this . Recognizing that the majority of residents, and in turn block leaders, in Longfellow are white, we (four white facilitators) are designing this first training to focus on education and accountability for white people. The training is open to all Longfellow community members, but we want to be transparent about the content it will include. As a group of white facilitators, we want to acknowledge that the burden for educating white people on racism often falls to black, indigenous, people of color and that we want this to be a space where white folks can learn together and hold one another accountable to change.

Who is this training for?  This training is designed to support those who are planning to engage and work with other neighbors on their block towards antiracism. What do we mean when we say antiracism?  Please watch these two videos prior to Sunday and have the definitions attached on hand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm5DWa2bpbs and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG1tlZoSdZI
Definitions: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsioDVs22yg4XdlqIv3aG3XULzw2VjJePJ0hfUvKr5pN4NWA/viewform?usp=sf_link

As for who should attend this training, this may be a block leader, or it may be another neighbor who has the passion, skills or interest to help lead racial justice work on the block going forward. We hold the belief that antiracism is everyone’s responsibility and also encourage attendance by those who are committed–so feel free to share this information with another person on the block even if they are not in a formal leadership role. Registration is required and capped so register early to ensure your spot and please update us if you are no longer able to attend.  Typically a session series like this would cost around $50 per person.  While the facilitators are dedicated to this work, we also will be asking for a sliding scale donation as you are able for this community education [link will be shared on Sunday]. Please don’t let money impact whether you attend this training.  

Overarching Objectives for the Training Series: Equip block leaders, and those working on neighborhood racial justice efforts, with the skills and cultural humility to support neighbors on their block and themselves to learn, grow and take action to dismantle the system of white supremacy in our neighborhood community. In this first session, we will begin to explore together the differences between not racist and anti-racist. What does this mean for us personally? What would it mean for our block to be an anti-racist block? What would it mean for Longfellow to be an anti-racist community? 
We will connect with our neighbors in small group conversations, creating a brave space for sharing and learning, unlearning, and relearning together. The zoom link is listed in the google form. We hope to see you on Sunday as we take this first step down a long path for a better future!

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and O Cinema will work with Magnolia Pictures to make documentaries Whose Streets? (June 14) and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (June 21) available for free across eight of the Knight Foundation’s communities. These three films speak powerfully to systemic inequality and serve as blueprints for effecting change. Community partners in each city, which include Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, and St. Paul will host virtual discussions about ways to support social justice and anti-racism in their communities. The films are being made possible thanks to the support of Knight Foundation, which has generously agreed to cover the rental fees for viewers.
Visit www.magnoliapictures.com/knightfoundationseries for more information and to register for your free viewing.

Coffee with A Ranger, Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am Facebook Live
Coffee with A Ranger is a new video series recently developed by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area as a way to interact with folks at home via Facebook Live. This series will continue throughout the summer and beyond, so tune in every Tuesday and Friday at 10 am to watch it live and ask questions in the comments section. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the videos, but you do need to be logged into an account to ask questions. The series now features a live ASL interpreter. To view previous segments covering birds, flowers, beer and more: previous segments covering birds, flowers, beer and more: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MississippiRiverNPS/videos/.


Neighborhood Safety, Unity, & Resources

Court orders Minneapolis Police Department to make immediate changes

Hennepin County Court has approved the proposed court order filed by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) that requires the Minneapolis Police Department to implement initial structural changes, as part of MDHR’s ongoing civil rights investigation. The court has the power to enforce these preliminary measures and failure to comply with the order could lead to penalties. Under the court order entered by Hennepin County District Court Judge Karen Janisch, the City of Minneapolis must implement several measures immediately, including banning the use of all neck restraints and choke holds. The court order also requires the Minneapolis Police Department to fully comply with the ongoing civil rights investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Any Minnesotan who witnesses or experiences violations of the terms in the order should contact the Minnesota Department of Human Rights by calling 651-539-1100 or 1-800-657-3704. Read the stipulation and order

Do not enter any damaged buildings
Please do not enter any damaged buildings. This is very dangerous. The City is blocking sidewalks to keep people away from damaged buildings and working with property owners to secure their properties and get emergency demolitions started as fast as possible. Property owners seeking to begin emergency demolitions need to contact the appropriate utility providers to make sure natural gas, electrical and water have been shut. Read more for additional guidance for property owners

New community coalitions formed to advise City leaders on recovery efforts
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey joined City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and community leaders from across Minneapolis on Monday to announce the formation of his Minneapolis Forward: Community Now Coalition. The coalition will help accelerate repair and recovery efforts in Minneapolis. Frey is convening leadership from Twin Cities foundations, businesses, and community organizations to rebuild and repair Minneapolis as a stronger and more equitable and inclusive city. The coalition’s co-chairs include Allison Sharkey, executive director of the Lake Street Council; Felicia Perry, executive director of the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition; and Jonathan Weinhagen, president & CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber. Frey is also bringing together a Minneapolis African American Commission on Economic Inclusion with community leadership to provide direction and support to the mayor and city leadership. The commission will establish a feedback loop that is rooted in the Black community and unfiltered through the lenses of non-Black people. Read more

City of Minneapolis Resource List: Resources for food, clothing, financial assistance, medication With the loss of grocery stores and other damage affecting people’s access to food, clothing, financial assistance, groceries, medical care and equipment, and medication, the City is compiling this list of resources to help residents. Note: Information is changing rapidly. Please confirm the locations are still accepting or handing out donations before heading out. An overview of resources

  • All Minneapolis food shelves
    Food shelves help ensure all Minneapolis residents have steady access to food. A map to help you find a food shelf and other food resources is available on the City’s website. More resources are listed below the map.
  • Minneapolis Public Schools free meals for kids
    Daily free food boxes for pickup. Seven breakfasts and seven lunches including fresh produce for anyone 18 and under. All families are welcome.
    10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday now until further notice.
  • Free meals for kids app
    More resources for free meals for anyone under 18.
  • MN Food Helpline
    Online map of food resources
    Or call phone hotline at 1-888-711-1151 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • SNAP-EBT emergency food services expanded eligibility
    Plus online purchasing and delivery through Amazon and Walmart.
    Participants with questions can call 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday starting June 1.
    People who use SNAP and don’t want to leave their homes to get food can authorize a trusted relative, friend or neighbor to pick up and deliver groceries using their electronic benefits card. They must contact their county or tribal financial worker to make the authorization. Minnesotans can fill out an application for SNAP online at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov. For help applying or additional food resources, contact the Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151 or visit Hunger Solutions.
  • Food and financial assistance
    The Minnesota Department of Human Services has temporarily made it easier for people to get and use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which offers monthly food benefits. Information about SNAP and other hunger resources is collected on the department’s new food emergency webpage.
  • If you weren’t receiving SNAP or MFIP but your child had free or reduced lunch, you can apply for P-EBT to help buy food for your family.
    Apply starting noon June 8.
  • South Minneapolis food distribution efforts (Note: Some may be pop-up efforts not licensed by the City of Minneapolis.)
    • CANDO (Central Neighborhood Development Organization)
      Accepting drop-offs at 3715 Chicago Ave., 612-824-1333
    • Simpson Food Pantry, 2740 First Ave. S.; 612-874-7741
    • CAPI (Center for Asian and Pacific Islanders) Food Shelf, 612-721-0122
    • Twin Cities Democratic Socialist of America (TCDSA) are hosting food distribution of hot meals and fresh produce for all southside residents.
      Northern Sun, 2916 E. Lake St.
  • Minneapolis farmers markets
  • Clothing, financial assistance, groceries, medical care and equipment, and medication through Hennepin County
    Call 612-348-3000 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.Help is available in multiple languages. Residents in need of assistance are assigned a Human Services Navigator to help connect to available services and resources.
  • Pharmacy service
    How to get pharmacy services if your pharmacy has been damaged or closed.
  • Pet food
    The People & Pets Together pet food shelf is open to residents of Minneapolis who need help feeding and caring for pets.
    5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday. No appointment necessary.
    3745 Bloomington Ave. S., 612-722-9998


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

State’s Stay Safe MN plan enters third phase:  Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan, including a gradual turn of the dial to allow cautious and safe re-opening of indoor dining, gyms, and entertainment venues, begins today. Occupancy rates will be limited based on risk, with an overall occupancy maximum of 250 people. All critical businesses are required to develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan by June 29, and the Department of Health (MDH), Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) will publish industry guidance by June 15. Under Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan:

  • Restaurants can begin offering indoor dining while maintaining social distancing, requiring reservations, and seating no more than 50 percent occupancy.
  • Indoor social gatherings can take place with 10 people or less; outdoor social gatherings can take place with 25 people or less.
  • Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, and martial arts may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Indoor entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, can open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Recreational indoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, arcades, and museums may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Personal services, such as salons, tattoo parlors, and barbershops, may increase occupancy rates to 50 percent while requiring reservations.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, concerts, and theaters may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Places of worship can increase occupancy rates to 50 percent.

Restaurants, salons, and barbershops have been able to offer limited service since June 1. Takeout, curbside, and delivery services have been permitted throughout the pandemic in Minnesota. City of Minneapolis guidance for businesses on opening

Donate homemade face masks at Minneapolis fire stations for Mask Drive Mondays 
Minneapolis residents can deliver homemade masks to their local fire station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday beginning June 8 for Mask Drive Mondays. Remember to stay 6 feet away from others when dropping off your donation. Note: fire stations are not equipped to take any other donations at this time. The City plans to distribute the donated masks throughout Minneapolis to residents, organizations and businesses that are most in need, including food shelves, congregate living facilities, small corner stores and shelters.

COVID-19 testing recommended for people attending protests, vigils or events; three special testing sites available for critical neighborhoods
The State has added special COVID-19 testing sites for critical communities for people who have recently been a part of large gatherings whether or not they have symptoms. Make sure to preregister for a time slot if you can before heading over to be sure you have a spot. Appointments have been filling up fast. People who arrive without an appointment might have to come back later or another day. Appointments for the next week will open up on Wednesdays, so if you don’t find anything available, keep checking back. The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that any Minnesotan who has attended a protest, vigil or community cleanup get tested for COVID-19, which can spread easily and quickly in large groups of people who are close together for long periods of time. Even people who do not have symptoms can still spread the virus to others.

Residents who live in the area of these three sites who have recently been a part of large gatherings are invited to preregister for free COVID-19 testing:

  • Holy Trinity Church (pedestrians)
    2730 E. 31st St.
  • Sabathani Community Center (drive up, limited pedestrians)
    310 E. 38th St.
  • New Salem Baptist Church (pedestrians)
    2507 Bryant Ave. N.

Make sure to preregister for a time slot if possible before heading over to be sure you have a spot. Appointments have been filling up fast. People who arrive without an appointment might have to come back later or another day. Appointments for the next week will open up on Wednesdays. People who join the waiting list will be notified when slots open up. The registration form is in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. Spanish, Somali and Hmong interpreters will be onsite. Interpreting for other languages will be available by phone.

Preregister for a time slot and find more information online here or by phone at 1-800-657-3903 if you don’t have internet access or need interpreting. If you do not live in the neighborhood of one of these three new sites, use this directory to find a testing location near youOnce you’ve been tested for COVID-19, it’s important to self-isolate until you receive your test results to avoid infecting others in case you test positive. If your test is positive, the Minnesota Department of Health recommends staying home for at least 10 days and until you have three days fever-free without using fever reducing medication.

COVID-19 Info

Mental Health Resources
• University of Minnesota: Managing Fear and Anxiety for Healthcare Workers  
• Ramsey County residents who are experiencing stress and mental health symptoms as a result of COVID-19 are encouraged to call the county’s Crisis Team for support and resources. The county’s two crisis lines continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
• Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7878
• Adult Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7900
• CDC: Helping Children Cope During and After a Crisis  
• CDC – Printable Coping Strategies Activity and Coloring Book  
• PBS – How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus 


Ways to Help

Help support urgent community needs created by the Coronavirus outbreak, while keeping in mind the following:

Honor the public health recommendations. If you’re delivering supplies or food to a family or  organization, follow the suggestion of social distancing – ring the doorbell and move away from the door, text them beforehand, etc. Please follow physical distancing and prevention guidelines. You staying home helps everyone.
Feel connected through solo volunteering. Even if you’ve signed up for a solo volunteering opportunity – like delivering food to someone who needs it or distributing door hangers with information – know that the people you’re helping appreciate your outreach and you’re helping people feel connected. You’re also staying true to the health department’s suggestion of social distancing.
Look for opportunities that are limited in size. Organizations know how important of a role they play in minimizing the spread of the disease. If you are committed to volunteering with others, look for a group size of 10 or less.
Stay home when you are sick. Of course, you should be doing all of the things to stay safe – handwashing, limiting exposure, etc. – but this one deserves a second shout out. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and get well. Thanks to people who think like you, there will be plenty of volunteers out there to help when needed.

How to donate food & supplies

If you’re moved to support your community by donating food, the best way to reach hungry people is through food shelves. And the best way to help food shelves is with monetary donations. The dollars go much further through their own purchases, it prevents food donations from spoiling, and it allows the food shelves to purchase specific items that are needed for the community. Please note that Minneapolis Public Schools is not able to accept food donations or supplies at its food distribution sites or schools at this time. For information on how to support food shelves and meal sites, please visit the Health Department’s food donations page or view the pdf for specific needs shared by food shelves.


Virtual concerts, events, tours, and children’s activities to entertain everyone during social distancing:

Reading for Racial Justice – Anti-Racist E-Books from University of Minnesota Press, Free to Read Online through August 31 https://manifold.umn.edu/projects/project-collection/racial-justice
Black Lives Matter Instructional Library
Talking about Race
History of St. Anthony Falls Walking Tours
Two More Digital Jigsaw Puzzles with Riverfront Images
MNHS History@Home
The Cedar Public Access Channel
Ramsey County Library Virtual Family Storytimes
Mondays and Fridays, 10:30 – 11 am
Virtual MinnesoThai
Sunday, June 14
Curator Talk about Yoshitoshi: Master Draftsman TransformedExhibit at Mia
Wednesday, June 17
For information and to register (free): https://mn-japan.org/event-3860425.
Lessons in Isolation
NPR’s Calming: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/13/815457669/isle-of-calm-stream-6-hours-of-soothing-music
Songs Giving Us Life: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3prS4feeUardHrIEqr8Y6z#_=_
Patrick Stewart in Macbeth
NatGeo Sci-Fi to Science Videos