|This neighborhood is inspiring. Stay strong Greater Longfellow.Rebuilding Greater LongfellowIt 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.|
Longfellow Strong yard sign fundraiser• Every Monday from 11am-1pm at the LCC Office | 2727 26th Ave S.
•. Fireroast Cafe & Wine Bar | 3800 37th Ave S.
• East Lake Liquor Store | 3916 E Lake StYard Signs available for $10 each
Cash or Venmo ONLY, username: LCC-Strong
(Sorry for any inconvenience.)
You can also purchase a sign through our online shop and pick it up any Monday between
LCC and Imagine! Express have teamed up for this fundraiser acknowledging Greater Longfellow’s resiliency and our renewed sense of community. ALL PROFITS will help fund our food security, neighborhood safety, and business stability plan as we work to rebuild Longfellow.
Have you heard of Better Futures Minnesota?They are located here in our Greater Longfellow neighborhood and working for racial justice:
We are Better Futures Minnesota, part of the solution! Better Futures offers a proven approach for combatting systemic racism and social inequities. Please help fund our pathbreaking enterprise.
Who We Are:
Since 2007, Better Futures Minnesota has stood as one of the most impactful social justice enterprises in our community. We intentionally embrace, support, and employ at-risk African American men recently released from incarceration. Over 1,300 of these men have benefited from our trauma-informed care, stable housing, coaching, and a job. Our employment and child support payment rates are high; our return to prison rates are very low.
How You Can Help:Donate to support our financial needs as we recover and prepare for future success.Promote our products and services to homeowners and businesses.Promote and like our social media platforms, see below for links. Promote our Benches that our participants built using our reclaimed lumber. You can purchase on ReUseBFM.comPromote our plexiglass safety screens that our participants built. They are also for sale on ReUseBFM.comContract with us to deconstruct a building instead of demolition; this reduces emissions and landfill waste while used products are repurposed. Promote and Shop our retail ReUse Warehouse store for used materials.The Impacts of COVID-19 and Systemic Racism on the men and staff of Better Futures:
COVID-19 struck fear our men and their families. We had to close our warehouse, stop recycling appliances and eliminated five jobs. The lockdown cut our monthly earned revenue by about $15,000. Worse yet, we still have $26,000 in fixed costs to cover.
Then we experienced the murder of Mr. Floyd. The following day, Calvin Horton, the father of a staff person’s children was shot twice in the back and killed. Our staff and men are traumatized and very sad. And as a result of the violence that occurred in our neighborhood, the men have lost access to essential resources as their grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, bodegas, and the Post Office were all burned to the ground.
Some of our men have scars from bullets delivered by police. Most have been abused by the police. These events are tearing open old traumas, and they are angry. Most are also resigned to the fact that all this turmoil will not likely lead to long-term change.
But the men are also inspiring, and so is our staff (almost all African Americans). The systems are unjust, there are no credible leaders, but we can move forward as a tight community and fight for a bigger piece of the financial pie. The men want to help rebuild their neighborhoods. Please help Better Futures Minnesota continue to support our men and our community.
Please like and follow our Social Media Platforms:
Facebook for Better Futures Minnesota.
Facebook for the ReUse Warehouse store.
To spread the word, you can share the link to our GoFundMe on your Facebook and Twitter!_____________Upcoming & Ongoing EventsThe Trylon Cinema is once again showing films. Last weekend we had audiences of up to 10 people (we have set our limit at 20). Remember, at this time masks are required in the Trylon Cinema. That means box office AND auditorium, mouth AND nose. Forget your mask at home? We’ll give you one! https://www.trylon.org/
Minneapolis Historical Mobile Tour Smartphone App
The Minneapolis Historical Mobile Tour app is available–for free! –for iPhones and Androids. There are two tours so far: The Old Highland tour (created in partnership with the Old Highland Neighborhood Association) and the Marcy-Holmes tour (created with the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association). The app offers users an on-the-go look into Minneapolis’s past, from the well-known headlines to the forgotten tales and people. The Marcy-Holmes tour tells stories of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood—what was once the town of Saint Anthony Falls—from 1849 through the early twentieth century, using images, text and recorded commentary from 27 neighbors and friends. Created using material drawn from Penny Petersen’s book, Hiding in Plain Sight: Minneapolis’ First Neighborhood, the tour focuses on 24 historical sights depicted in the bronze sculptures on the Sixth Avenue Stroll, an outdoor gallery created by artist Aldo Moroni in 2004 that extends from University Ave SE to Main Street. Each stop on the tour consists of a present-day image of the site, the corresponding bronze sculpture, an historic image (when available), brief text and two audio recordings by an individual somehow related to the site. To access the tour: https://www.minneapolishistorical.org/index.php/tours/show/5.
River Talk is a thoughtful, informed blog about issues that affect the Mississippi River that is provided by Patrick Nunnally of the University of Minnesota’s RiverLife program. To check it out: https://riverlife.umn.edu/rivertalk.
Aquatennial Virtual Activities
Aquatennial always features lots of activities for the whole family, and this year organizers have curated a fun list of virtual content you can do together, as this year’s live events have been cancelled. Check out their Aquatennial-themed puzzles and coloring pages, go on a public art Scavenger Hunt or learn how to use a compass, among many other entertaining links. For information: https://www.aquatennial.com/aquativities/
Preserve Minneapolis 2020 Summer Virtual Tours
Learn about the City with Preserve Minneapolis! Tour registrations for Summer 2020 are now open. Their popular tours of Minneapolis neighborhoods and architecture shed new light on the city’s history, culture and urban design, from the biggest landmarks to little-known streets and districts. This year, COVID-19 has given Preserve Minneapolis an opportunity to virtualize its popular walking tours and open up its programming to a wider audience of Minneapolitans and historic preservation supporters. Through virtual tours, Preserve Minneapolis hopes to further its mission and extend its celebration of Minneapolis to other parts of the world. The virtual tours are being conducted via Zoom. Tickets are $5 with an added $1 credit card fee and an option to add a donation to support the non-profit organization’s mission. For a full list of tours and to register: https://www.preserveminneapolis.org/summer-tours.
Minneapolis Parks Foundation Self-Guided Walk and Talk Tours
The Minneapolis Park Foundation’s popular series is back this summer with new self-guided tours that offer even the most devoted Minneapolis parks-goer something new to explore. Posted below are their first printable guides – of two of their most popular tours, Winchell Trail and RiverFirst – ready to download and go. More are coming – along with digital options – so be sure to sign up for their newsletter to get the announcements. For information: https://mplsparksfoundation.org/news-events/mpf-events/walk-talk-series/.
Friday, July 10Fun Friday Online Art Camp 7/10 @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
In this Online Class we will draw Forest Animals, Paint a Birdhouse and make a felt bird and then create pretty dragonfly crafts. This class meets via Zoom from 10AM-11:30PM CST on 7/10. This class is best for kids that are 8-12 that can work independently on projects but if you have a younger child that you think with some assistance can follow along sign them up! I’ll deliver the needed materials before the class either drop off or via USPS. Your child will need a pencil, some glue and markers or crayons if they want to enhance their drawings. Otherwise everything else if included in the project kit. Register to join us
Online Introduction to Restorative Justice Training @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT Sponsored by Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute, 2-hour online training, Pay-What-You-Can up to $30 • ONLINE EVENT
Ruptured relationships create psychological trauma, conflict, and violence. Restorative Justice allows for truth-telling, reconciliation, and repairing harm for healed just relationships. Creating healed just relationships is violence prevention. Restorative justice prevents violence and builds peace into our lives and communities. Join us to learn, explore, and apply restorative justice philosophy, principles, and practices to build peace within your spheres of influence to repair harm for healed just relationships. This training is for everyone: laypeople, paraprofessionals, and licensed professionals. Training tuition and 2 hours of continuing education for Minnesota social workers, teachers, and nurses is $45. Space is limited to 30.
Online Fun Friday Kids Art Camp @ 10am, Rock Paper Scissors Goods • ONLINE EVENT, July-10, 17, 24, 31, August-7, 14, 21 • Once you register we will save your child’s spot so refunds are not available • Each week you will receive a kit with all materials for the sessions projects. Each session will have at least 2 projects
Looking for something fun for your kids to do on Fridays this summer? Sign them up for our ONLINE Fun Friday Summer Art Camp! Each Friday we will use a new inspiration. Themes nature, animals, the ocean, space, etc to create various creative projects using paint, sculpture, weaving, printmaking and fiber arts. This class is suitable for kids 8-12. (Older kids can dedicate more time to making more elaborate projects.) Younger kids may need assistance at times but most projects should be easy to accomplish.) All materials each session are included. The class starts via ZOOM at 10AM CST and ends around 11:30AM. Here are the dates included- Fridays
Saturday, July 11Jewelry, Art, & cloth mask (adult & kids) Sale @ 10am-5pm, Front Porch of 4729 Isabel Ave • All proceeds are donated • Fundraiser for LCC’s East Lake St. Business Rebuilding Efforts
Social distancing- screen porch- one person at a time- mask
Questions? Contact Cherie 612-418-4079
Midtown Farmers Market Saturday Market @ 8am-1pm, Moon Palace Books
Fresh and local food and goods! Join us from 8am to 1pm for a safe and healthy market, right in your backyard. We are still in our temporary location with the help of our gracious hosts, Moon Palace Books!
Yoga in the Park with Dallas @ 9:30am, Powderhorn Park
We’re back in the park, on the west end near the stage. Bring a mat if you have one, otherwise, you can borrow one of ours. We’ll be spreading out, keeping distance. Please leave space for others as we arrange ourselves for class. Vinyasa style class with lots of options. Remember to care for your body and mind and community by coming together to move and breathe.
Our class is held at the bottom of the hill very near the Powderhorn Park West Sanctuary. Please check out their current needs and bring requested supplies if you’re able: https://twin-cities-mutual-aid.org/?search=powderhorn+park+sanctuary
Sunday, July 12 One Yoga Studio to bring a gentle yoga class to Longfellow Park @ 2-3pm
To maintain COVID precautions, all attendees will need to register to participate. Register here: https://forms.gle/9iqCeQ6HJjadxcjW9 (If you can’t make the July 12 class, you can still fill out the form to be notified about future classes!)”
Monday, July 13Ending the Silence @ 6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Mental Health Connect in partnership with NAMI MN… is offering ENDING THE SILENCE on July 13 at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Ending the Silence is a 50 minute interactive presentation that helps teens and young adults learn the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take to find support for themselves or their friends. This program helps to take away that fear of asking for help. Teens, parents, guardians, teachers and grandparents all learn from participating in this session.
Spy Stories @ 1pm, The Loft Literary Center
SPY STORIES! Do you know a 9-11 year-old who is captivated by spy missions, double agents, disguises and secret codes? Join me at The Loft Literary Center, July 13-17, 1:00-4:00 pm, for a fun week of reading and writing stories about spies. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, starts here: https://loft.org/classes/spy-stories Yoga in Powderhorn Park @ 6pm, w/ Samadhi Yoga MPLS
Classes held Mon / Wed at 6 pm, Sat at 10 am, and Sun at 11 am. Find us in the grassy patch on the West side of the lake, off 10th.
Class packs, memberships, or drop-ins welcome. Purchase online at http://www.samadhi-mpls.com, or Venmo @samadhi-mpls. $5-$25 suggested rate per class. (Please, no cash!)
Socially distant (please wear a mask until you reach your mat). Please follow us on social media to follow any weather cancellations (class will be held virtually if it’s raining). Bring water, sunscreen, bug spray (?), and your yoga mat. A big blanket can be nice to spread out on.
Monday Tiyumba Dance Class @ 6pm, Powderhorn Park
Tiyumba in the park! Dance class every Monday in Powderhorn Park at 6-7 pm CDT. We will be on the south side of the park – off of 35th Street. Please bring masks, hand sanitizer & water. We will be practicing social distancing. Drop-in: $15; 6 class package: $80. You can also join us online. For the Zoom meeting link, payment information and more, please see: http://tiyumba.com/danceclasses.html
Free Yoga for BIPOC w/ Kassira @ 7:30pm • ONLINE EVENT, FREE: sign up on classes page
Yess Yoga is excited to announce that starting June 1, the Monday 7:30pm class will be Vinyasa for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), taught by Kassira Absar. These classes are for folks who identify as BIPOC to be in community while in practice—especially during a time where physically being in community can feel impossible. We recognize that moving through a world filled with microaggressions, racial trauma, and historical systems of oppression allow little room to take up space. The mat is YOUR space to TAKE UP space. The time is for you to participate in a guided practice and just be and breathe. We look forward to having you in class!
Understanding Allyship with The Woke Coach @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT, w/ Seena Hodges, Founder + CEO at The Woke Coach™.
Join us on July 13 an intimate evening with Seena. This virtual gathering will be limited to 15 attendants to facilitate one-on-one interaction and conversation. You won’t want to miss this opportunity! Link to the event will be sent out prior to our evening together to all ticket holders.
About Seena Hodges: Seena Hodges is the CEO of The Woke Coach – OUR COMPANY IS CALLED THE WOKE COACH™ and To that end we are conscious of racial discrimination in society and other forms of oppression and injustice. It is our mission to help clients be better individuals (who lead better lives and run better businesses and organizations) with a deeper understanding of how the legacy of racism and injustice affect us all. In order to do the work of educating our clients about the realities of racial injustice and creating a more equitable and just society:
We offer the truth about the realities of racial injustice— we don’t pull punches.
We have a high standard for excellence.
We are always learning and constantly seek opportunities to do so.
We communicate clearly and timely with each other and with our clients.
We love our clients (if not, they are not our clients).
We disavow the use of gender insensitive, ableist, or other offensive language and practices.
Although our subject matter is challenging, we work with a spirit of absolute joy!
These are our values.
FIND MORE INFORMATION ON SHE INSPIRES ON the Anahata Collaborative website: https://www.anahatacollaborative.com/inspired
Tuesday, July 14Who Has Eyes to See Livestream @ 6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
In 2016, Uprising’s second show was “Who Has Eyes To See”. We’ll stream a video of the 2016 performance followed by a live conversation with the playwright and actor Shannon TL Kearns and actor and co-Director Ashley Hovell, and a member of the Uprising board.
For more info and to RSVP, click here: https://www.uprisingtheatreco.com/who-has-eyes-to-see-stream-and-post-show-conversation/
Virtual Gala for Climate Justice, Jul 14 – Jul 17 • ONLINE EVENT
Join us for MN350’s Fourth Annual Gala for Climate Justice… online! Funds raised will deepen MN350’s work of fighting for healthy water, climate and just and livable communities for generations to come.
All are invited! RSVP today: https://www.mn350gala.org/
– Community Care Silent Auction: this COVID-19 responsive silent auction is mutual aid-inspired. You’ll have a chance to bid on art classes taught by MN350 volunteers, homemade bread baked by our staff, gift-cards purchased to support local businesses, and so much more
– Three live events throughout the week: MN350 Storytelling; a conversation with Tamara Toles O’Laughlin and Sheila Lamb sharing perspectives on the Climate Justice movement from Local to Global; and Artists Rising for Climate Justice performances featuring Chastity Brown and other local artists
– Match grant pool: our incredible gala sponsors will match your donations throughout the event
Together, let’s be heard!
Jr Session Summer Fun Clay Creations Planting and more! @ 12:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Jr Session Summer Fun: Clay Creations Planting and more! For Campers ages 5-9
The Tobacconist – Virtual Screening, 12am • ONLINE EVENT
A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?
MSP FILM PRESENTS VIRTUAL CINEMA!
We are partnering with independent distributor Menemsha Films to bring an alternative online experience to film fans in our community for home viewing!
Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly – Virtual Screening, 12am, w/ MSP Film Society · ONLINE EVENT
Human rights become profoundly personal when Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous artist, transforms Alcatraz Island prison into an astonishing expression of socially-engaged art focused on the plight of the unjustly incarcerated. At the core of the installation, called @Large, were portraits of prisoners of conscience coupled with the opportunity to write letters of solidarity to the imprisoned.
In her impassioned and powerful film, Cheryl Haines visits current and former prisoners, including American whistleblower Chelsea Manning, and learns how these letters were vital to their survival.
MSP FILM PRESENTS VIRTUAL CINEMA!
We are partnering with independent distributor First Run Features to bring an alternative online experience to film fans in our community for home viewing!
Wednesday, July 15Living Well with Diabetes, Wednesdays, July 15 – August 19, 2:30-4:30 pm, Via Zoom Conferencing • ONLINE EVENTS
Gain skills to live a healthier life! Living Well workshops are evidence-based, self-management workshops that meet two hours once a week for six weeks.
Living Well with Diabetes covers many topics including techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes: fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression; healthy eating; exercise; medication usage; and working effectively with health care providers. Participants will set goals, share experiences, and help each other to solve problems they encounter. To Register: use this link https://yourjuniper.org/Classes/Register/2083 or call us at 612-787-4086
Paddle with A Ranger: Minneapolis @ 5-7pm, North Mississippi Regional Park, 5116 N. Mississippi Drive
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. $35 per person; $30 for members of Mississippi Park Connection. For information and to register: https://parkconnection.org/events/2020/7/15/paddle-mpls
Summer Book Read @ 7pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church • ONLINE EVENT
Gathered at Five is hosting a summer book read of Austin Channing Brown’s I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. ALL ARE WELCOME. Beginning July 1, we will meet Wednesday evenings at 7 pm by ZOOM to discuss the book. You can order an e-book or audio book or request a hardcover copy for $20 (Sarah has ordered 30 copies). RSVP on Tithely (linked below) and indicate if you need the book mailed or if you can pick it up. Contact Sarah Brouwer with questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
In Solidarity Learning Community with Candi Broeffle @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
In Solidarity: A Learning Community is for people committed to doing the work of anti-racism. Members meet weekly to listen, learn, unlearn, and lean into the parts of our history and culture rooted in white supremacy. This is an opportunity for members to take responsibility for their foundational racial education without burdening People of Color. In this eight-week session, participants will begin by watching and discussing the Netflix documentary 13th, which explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. This will be followed with the book How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi. Participants are encouraged to register for the online event of the same name which can be done by going to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist-tickets-110866502694.This particular group will meet on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm via Zoom. This eight-week session will begin on July 15th. A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the first session.In Solidarity will go beyond the traditional book club to include research and presentations of policy changes, proposed legislation, the platforms of local political candidates, and more. Groups will be encouraged to support local anti-racism and inclusivity events. All participants will be invited to join a private Facebook group to encourage connection with people throughout the learning community. For more information, go to NAtwincities.com/pages/In-Solidarity.What You Need:
• A copy of How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi (physical, electronic or audio copies all work)
• Access to a computer or smart device with Wi-Fi to access the Zoom Meeting – these meetings will be better if you can attend with your camera on, as we will be breaking up into small groups during the calls.Zoom meeting Schedule:
• Kickoff: Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 pm CST
• Regular Meetings: Wednesdays at 7:00 pm CSTAll the following dates: July 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2, All discussions will be recorded and posted if you are unable to attend. Group is limited to 10 people.
Poets & Pints – July 2020 @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Poets & Pints – July 2020 is VIRTUAL again in July. We have every hope to be live again in August. This month we have poets from outside MN and from right here at home. This line-up is great!Featured:
Chev Michael Arnold – from Portland, OR
Isadora Gruye – co-publisher of Nice Cage online literary magazine
Courtney Faye Taylor – from Kansas City, MO
Brendan Brophy – member of The League of MN Poets
Mariah Hanson – recommended by her college professorWe will also have an OPEN MIC. SIGN UP at the link below:
1 poem – 2 minutes or lesshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10Y_miT_TZHIV5UpUQTyw0WjYgTYO2Umy0dNVewMma3g/edit#gid=0 Online STAR-Lite Training @ 8:30am • ONLINE EVENT • Discounted tuition $99
STAR-Lite is a single-day, evidence-based training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. STAR-Lite is for professionals, paraprofessionals, and laypeople. All are welcome to join us. This training is partially funded by generous donors. Training tuition and continuing education credits for Minnesota psychologists, social workers, LMFT, LPCC, LPC, LADC, teachers, nurses, and attorneys is $134. Space is limited to 60
Discussion group – “Me and White Supremacy” @ 6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
If you’ve read the book, “Me and White Supremacy” by Layla F Saad and done the journaling and reflection that goes with it, you’re welcome to join us for a discussion about how we can apply this work to the wellness space.We recommend taking 4-5 weeks to complete the work, and you can download the eBook (available for free at the Hennepin County Library right now) to get started right away.
The physical books are currently on backorder, but you can still order one to continue to work with and refer back to.
NENA Green Initiatives Book Club – Meet & Greet @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy Book Club
NENA’s Green Initiative Committee is virtually meeting on the third Wednesday of each month to discuss key take aways from the do-it-yourself conservation novel, Nature’s Best Hope. Starting on July 15th from 7-8 pm we will spend time getting to know each other and discussing chapter 1. Please join us in reading and learning how we can do more for nature in our own yards.Get the Book:
https://irrevbooks.com/?searchtype=keyword&qs=Nature%27s+Best+Hope&qs_file=&q=h.tviewer&using_sb=status&qsb=keywordZoom Login: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88952002606?pwd=bjZmMlMyek5xcU5HaXdlaWdlendEUT09
Meeting ID: 889 5200 2606
Dial by your location: +1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 889 5200 2606
Thursday, July 16
_____________Neighborhood Safety, Unity, & ResourcesComments sought on proposed changes to the City Charter
The Minneapolis Charter Commission is seeking public comments on a proposed amendment to the City charter related to the future of public safety. People can submit their comments online or provide them directly to members of the commission at a July 15 public hearing.
The proposed amendment, submitted by the City Council, proposes removing the Police Department from the charter and adding a new Community Safety & Violence Prevention Department. Under State law, the Charter Commission is required to review and submit its recommendation(s) on the proposed amendment before a ballot question can be presented to voters.
The first of two virtual public hearings takes place at the next Charter Commission meeting, 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. Participation instructions will be published on the City’s website.Other ways to comment:Use the online public comment form.Email email@example.com.Mail comments to: Minneapolis Charter Commission / City Hall Room 304, 350 South Fifth St. Minneapolis, MN 55415
Office of Violence Prevention launches web presence:
The City of Minneapolis Office of Violence Prevention has a new web presence describing its work within the City’s “transforming public safety” content. The office uses a community-focused public health approach to address the roots of violence, intervene at the first sign of risk, and lead healing in its aftermath.
The Office of Violence Prevention approaches violence prevention with this these things in mind:Violence is not inevitable. As with other health conditions, we can prevent and treat violence, and we can heal from it.Violence has roots in social, economic, political and cultural conditions. These can include: Oppression, limited economic opportunities, community disinvestment, community disconnectedness, poor housing conditions, harmful norms around gender and masculinity, classism and racism.Violence takes an unequal toll on communities of color and on specific neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Violence prevention must include work to dismantle structural racism.Everyone has a role to play in creating communities that don’t include violence. It takes all of us to make our communities safe, healthy, hopeful and thriving.Read more about the Office of Violence Prevention.
’20 is Plenty’ speed limit yard signs available July 6Minneapolis and Saint Paul are in the process of implementing new, lower speed limits to support safer streets. Slower speeds on local streets make travel safer for everyone no matter how you get around.The new speed limit starting this fall will be 20 mph in both cities unless otherwise signed. To help get out the word about the new speed limits and the importance of slower speeds for safety, the City has yard signs available for community members.You can pick up your “20 is Plenty” yard sign at any Minneapolis fire station. Signs will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from July 6 to July 24 while supplies last. Due to COVID-19, signs will be available outside the stations for no-contact pickup. Signs come with metal stands. Find your nearest fire station here.Learn more about the new speed limits.
City of Minneapolis Resource List: Resources for food, clothing, financial assistance, medicationWith 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.
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., 612-824-1333Simpson Food Pantry, 2740 First Ave. S.; 612-874-7741CAPI (Center for Asian and Pacific Islanders) Food Shelf, 612-721-0122Twin 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 marketsClothing, 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 opening. 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 InfoMinnesota Department of Health COVID-19 situation updateFind COVID-19 testing locationsShould I get tested? Online screening toolMinnesota Department of Health COVID-19 information in multiple languagesCity of Minneapolis COVID-19 Dashboard COVID-19: How to isolate or quarantine Tips on making your own cloth mask and guidance on wearing masksHennepin County videos on using, making and wearing cloth masks in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 informationEmail COVID19@minneapolismn.gov for health-related questions or guidance related to COVID-19. 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 HelpHelp 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 & suppliesIf 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:Music in the Parks Goes Virtual
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has made the difficult decision to move the Minneapolis Music in the Parks events to a virtual format. The MPRB’s priority is the health and safety of their park visitors, Music in the Parks performers and their employees. To learn more about virtual concerts please subscribe to email updates by clicking on the link below. You can also view their most recent virtual concerts here, and learn about their summer virtual programs by visiting the Summer 2020page. Find all the virtual concerts online at: www.mplsmusicandmovies.com. Email Updates: Subscribe to Music | Subscribe to Movies
Puzzle of the Week: “Gold Medal Park Summer”
Big River Journey Online
Experience a riverboat field trip on the Mississippi River! This virtual field trip is filled with fun and exciting video clips and interactive learning modules about birds, boats, bugs, water quality and much more. The Big River Journey Online allows curious junior rangers to explore the mysteries of the Mississippi from home. For information: https://bigriverjourneyonline.org/.
New Films Added to MSP Film Society’s Virtual Cinema
A Moment of Silence: 55+ Black MN Voices in a Historical Moment of Transformation
Jazz Fest Live Virtual Performances
National Theatre at Home
PBS Voices Documentaries
Martha (Graham) Matinees
Nice Ride Minnesota Bike Rentals
Bikes are now available for rental at the various Nice Ride Minnesota kiosks (including numerous locations along the riverfront). It’s a great way to explore the River! For information: https://www.niceridemn.org/.
Friends of the Mississippi River Special Places
Friends of the Mississippi River has compiled all of the 25 Special Places they listed during their 25th anniversary year. There’s an interactive Google map and set of guides curated by metro region and by experience to help people get to know the river that shapes the Twin Cities. There are over 30 of their favorite river places to canoe, walk, visit (and protect). To check it out: https://fmr.org/explore-river.
Park Board Event Calendar
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)’s website features a multi-month event calendar. The current event calendar is now available at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/events/ and is a quick guide to MPRB-sponsored and co-sponsored events as well as outside organizers’ permitted events in the parks. Check it out, mark your calendars and enjoy the many events occurring in Minneapolis parks!
Mississippi River Trail
The Mississippi River Trail bikeway (MRT) follows the course of the mighty Mississippi from its headwaters to the Gulf. Find information for the Minnesota segment on the MRT website http://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/mrt/, complete with an interactive Google Earth based map and a complete series of maps printable at 8 ½” by 11”.