Weekly Roundup: June 19-25

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.) 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.

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

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


Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Juneteenth Celebration • Friday, June 19, 3-8pm • Target Parking Lot 
Please join us as we share our Voices from the Ashes here in Minneapolis in 2020. We have come a long way since 1865 but there is clearly far more to be done. It may be a difficult road ahead, but we are confident that we can make a massive difference by standing together. More details here.
June 19th is the anniversary of the final arrival of the news of the Emancipation Proclamation that freed all slaves across the land. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was adopted in 1863 under President Abraham Lincoln, it wasn’t until the Confederates conceded their loss to the Union in the American Civil War in April of 1865 that the Emancipation of slaves finally officially went into affect. By June 19th, 1865 the message reached the slaves farthest away from Washington, D.C. in Texas and this marked the ultimate freedom of the last slaves. June 19th, also known as Juneteenth, is now celebrated as “Freedom Day”.

Greater Longfellow Porch Concerts • Saturday June 20, 3-5pm
A few musicians in the greater Longfellow community will be going outside their homes to perform for walkers, runners, and bikers who are passing by.  We’re hoping that by having performances around the neighborhood, people will be able to spread out and take in a little of whatever music appeals to them.  We encourage all listeners to observe social distancing practices by wearing a mask, and staying at least 6 feet apart from others.   

Sunday, June 21
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and O Cinema will work with Magnolia Pictures to make the documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (June 21) available for free across eight of the Knight Foundation’s communities. This film speaks 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.

Neighborhood Safety, Unity, & Resources

Dear Residents, Longfellow Community Council recently became aware of Mayor Frey’s Minneapolis Forward:  Community Now Coalition to accelerate recovery efforts in Minneapolis.  We shared this information last week on our FB page.  The LCC Executive Committee has expressed concern about coordination, resources and community input and involvement.  We have included a letter they recently sent to the Mayor, Council Members and other elected officials on our website.

 How to report a business loss  Business owners whose small businesses were damaged during recent civil unrest should contact their insurance company to report the loss and follow the instructions given by claims personnel.
Did your property sustain fire damage? Owners may contact 311 for a copy of the incident report created by the Minneapolis Fire Department to file with their insurance claim.
Need additional support filing a claim or wish to file a complaint? For additional support filing claims or to file claim complaints, businesses may contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Consumer Services Center. Center staff work to resolve disputes between consumers and the insurance industry informally.
The Consumer Services Center can be reached at 651-539-1600 or 800-657-3602. Read morePublic hearings scheduled for July on revised 2020 budget  The City Council’s Budget Committee will hold two public hearings in July on proposed revisions to the City’s 2020 budget. The City faces a significant revenue shortfall as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and needs to make cuts to the City’s roughly $1.5 billion budget. Mayor Jacob Frey will brief the City Council’s Policy & Government Oversight (POGO) Committee on a revised 2020 budget July 9 and staff will present the revised budget to City Council July 10. The public can then engage and share their voices in this process during two online public hearings:

  • 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, July 14
  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 22

You can watch or participate in the online meetings. The City Council is scheduled to vote July 24 on a revised 2020 budget. For more information about the City’s budget, visit minneapolismn.gov/budget.

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:

Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan includes a gradual turn of the dial to allow cautious and safe re-opening of indoor dining, gyms, and entertainment venues, beginning June 10, 2020. 

  • 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.  

City of Minneapolis guidance for businesses on openingHousing cost assistance from Hennepin County  Hennepin County has up to $15 million available to help low-income renters who can’t afford their housing costs this month due to COVID-19. Even though there is a temporary hold on evictions, rent is still due.  Folks may qualify for emergency assistance if they:

  • Rent anywhere in Hennepin County.
  • Had household income below 50% of the area median income (about $46,550 for a three-person household) before COVID-19.
  • Lost income due to COVID-19 that has not been replaced by unemployment insurance or other emergency assistance.
  • Can’t afford housing costs this month.
  • Are not currently receiving Section 8 or other rental assistance.

There is no deadline to apply. Priority will be given to households with the lowest incomes and those not eligible for unemployment insurance.  Learn more and apply for assistance   If you do not have internet access or cannot complete the form in English call 612-302-3160.

 State executive order suspending evictions extended until July 13  The governor’s latest extension of the peacetime emergency means that the suspension of evictions and landlord-initiated lease terminations remains in place until July 13. This suspension will allow households to remain sheltered during the peacetime emergency. The executive order does not relieve a tenant’s obligation to pay rent, however. It also does not include eviction actions based on cases where the tenant seriously endangers the safety of residents, or where the tenant seriously endangers the safety of others on the premises. Read the executive order

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
MSP Film Society Virtual Cinema
Virtual Cinema presentations directly benefit MSP Film during this temporary closure. For information on films currently available: https://prod3.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/list.aspx?cp1065=True&epguid=fe0d1f54-e421-4947-a740-5f34b73c66e7&
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Free virtual screening for 24 hours: Sunday June 21, starting at 1 pm
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels The Bluest EyeSula and Song of Solomon, her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University. For information and to register (deadline is Sunday, June 21, at 11 am): https://prod3.agileticketing.net/WebSales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=463719~163a5c15-c3ae-4635-ba12-bbe995cbeb29
Ramsey County Library Virtual Family Storytimes
Mondays and Fridays, 10:30 – 11 am
Virtual MinnesoThai
Sunday, June 14
Minnesota’s Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace WinchellVirtual Author Events
Author Sue Leaf will discuss her new book Minnesota’s Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell at several upcoming virtual events. For information on the book and the events: http://millcitytimes.com/news/author-sue-leaf-to-discuss-her-new-book-minnesotas-geologist.html
Mississippi Park Connection presents:
Paddle with A Ranger: Minneapolis
Wednesday, July 1, 6 – 8 pm
North Mississippi Regional Park, 5116 N. Mississippi Dr.
Get up close and personal with a heron rookery and spot bald eagles, peregrine falcons and other wildlife as you kayak down the Mississippi River with a National Park Service ranger. You also will pass by the Upper Harbor Terminal Project site, several industries on the river, the Lowry Avenue Bridge and the iconic Boom Island lighthouse, with the Minneapolis skyline as your backdrop. This four-mile paddle from North Mississippi Regional Park to Boom Island Park includes a kayak, paddle and personal flotation device rental from Paddle Share. For information and tickets: https://parkconnection.org/events/2020/7/1/paddle-mpls
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#_=_
Puzzle of the Week – Gold Medal Flour Sign
Make Your Backyard Wildlife-Friendly
Reading the Minneapolis Uprising
Participate in “One Book One Minnesota”

Story Map Tool Reveals the Hidden Journey of Stormwater Runoff to the Mississippi River
How long does it take for stormwater runoff to get from your street to the Mississippi River? The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s new “Path to the River” tool uses modeling data to reveal stormwater’s hidden journey through our storm sewers. Experience this one-of-a-kind tool for yourself, learn how it was developed, and take a look at our their new and improved Story Map at: http://www.mwmo.org/news/story-map-tool-shows-the-real-life-path-of-stormwater-runoff-to-the-mississippi-river/.
Great River Road Explorer’s Guide
Most of the Great River Road Explorer’s Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can be downloaded in PDF format – just go to http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/mnmississippiriver.comguide.cfm.
River Travel Magazine
River Travel magazine focuses on communities and attractions on both sides of the Mississippi River and was formed to showcase the nationally designated and internationally known Great River Road, 3,000 miles bordering the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to New Orleans. Visit rivertravelmagazine.com to enter travel contests, read travel blogs, and find many events, festivals and happenings along the Great River Road.
River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and Resources
As rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscaping practices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. In fact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find what you need, when you need it. This is where the Friends of the Mississippi River’s web page comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested local and practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Visit http://www.fmr.org/landscapefortheriver.