Weekly Roundup: April 9-15

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


WHEN & HOW to Contact 311The 311 Department is the primary source of contact for the City. Contact 311 for service requests, report non-emergency problems like trash, graffiti, potholes or get City information. 311 sends the issue to the corresponding City departments to resolve. Check out our 311 Youtube videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEMvq7-xeB8…
• Dial 311 inside city limits.
• For calling outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.
• TTY service for hearing-impaired individuals with TDD/TTY devices: 612-263-6850.
• Schedule: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, closed on City holidays.
• All other options are available 24/7.
• Interpreters: When you call, press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish, 3 for Somali, 4 for Hmong, or stay on the line and tell the call center worker which other language you need (227 language options).
• Send a text message to 311TXT (311898) with the keyword of the information you’re looking for.
• The computer will automatically send you the relevant information (for best results, send as few words as possible. For example, send the word “snow” instead of “when is my street getting plowed.”
• More information about how texting 311 works.
• Minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov
• You’ll get a response within 48 hours but often even sooner.
• Self-service, report an issue or contact 311 through online form.
• Download the 311 smartphone app.
Capacity of the 311 City information line:
• The 311 call center was lost in the Third Precinct building, but workers are working from home due to COVID-19 anyway. 311 will be moving downtown after the trial.

Questions and concerns about 311

Is 311 doing anything differently in case of civil unrest?
o 311 can open a temporary call center, within 24 hours if needed, using some staff from Elections & Voter Services to offload some calls. No capacity yet to expand hours, but 311 is in the process of training in some new people.
o Last summer, 311 reached call volumes close to 7,000 calls in a day and 1,000s of emails for a staff of 14 workers. (Sometimes abusive, insulting callers targeted call center workers.)
To help ensure capacity and to protect the mental health of call center workers, an automated message is being prepared along the lines of: “311 is only available to assist with Minneapolis City services. Due to high call volumes, we are unable to take comment on or discuss the Derek Chauvin trial. Any discussion or commentary related to this trial will be disconnected without warning. To speak to an agent about Minneapolis City services, please remain on the line.”

MPD establishes new tip line (when NOT to call 311):
The Minneapolis Police Department has established a new tip line. Call 612-673-5335 to provide tips to MPD about suspicious activity not requiring an immediate response, such as vehicles driving without license plates, etc.
–> If someone’s safety is at risk and an immediate response from police, fire or medics is required, call 911.
–> The new 612-673-5335 tip line brings added and scalable capacity for staff and better technology to intake, manage and act upon tips that are received if necessary.
–> Businesses and property owners can call 612-673-2499 with questions about business operations during the trial and general information about regulations and resources.
For all other City services and questions, call 311.

Calling all servers, cooks, dishwashers, hostesses…get vaccinated now! Community vaccination sites are prioritizing food service employees this week. Sign up for the Vaccine Connector for a chance to get an appointment: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/ (available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali) #RollUpYourSleevesMN #VaxMN

Variants of COVID-19 are spreading around Minnesota. Variants are new versions of the virus that are highly contagious and are more likely to cause serious illness. Please wash your hands often, wear a mask, social distance, get tested when needed, and stay home if you’re sick. If you have symptoms, get tested immediately, even if you’ve been vaccinated. If you were close to someone who has COVID-19, it’s best wait at least five days after the last time you were exposed. If you get tested too soon, the test may not be able to detect the virus. https://www.health.state.mn.us/…/testsites/index.html #StaySafeMN

Celebrate Earth Month! Tell Friends of the Mississippi River how you kept trash out of the river. Fill out their form to tell them more about what you did to celebrate Earth Month! They’ll give you volunteer hours to count towards SuperVolunteer status! https://fmr.org/celebrate-earth-month-tell-us-how-you-kept-trash-out-river 
Wanted: Habitat restoration volunteers! Join Friends of the Mississippi River staff on the prairies, in the forest, or on the bluffs to restore pollinator and wildlife habitat. Learn more at fmr.org/events Or contact volunteer@fmr.org

Law enforcement leaders provide Operation Safety Net update
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo joined other local law enforcement officials and faith leaders for a media briefing March 29 to provide an update on Operation Safety Net, a coordinated effort to ensure public safety during the trial of Derek Chauvin.  Arradondo and other leaders again thanked people who have participated in peaceful demonstrations. Officials said there are no credible, imminent security threats related to the trial.

The Minnesota National Guard currently has about 200 service members activated in support of Operation Safety Net. About 100 are providing security in and around the Hennepin County Government Center and 100 ​service members were added this week to support law enforcement activities in St. Paul.
Watch the March 29 press briefing.
Learn more about Operation Safety Net

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Virtual Development Community Meeting – U Haul 4225 and 4251 Hiawatha Ave w/ The Longfellow Community Council @ 6pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Join us Tuesday, April 13th at 6pm for a virtual presentation and Q&A with U-Haul regarding their plans to redevelop their site located at 4225 and 4251 Hiawatha Ave.
The proposed project will involve a full demolition of the existing site and in-place buildings. The property will then be redeveloped to accommodate a new mixed-used site with self-storage and retail opportunities. The proposed retail opportunities include two leasable retail suites within the self-storage facility located along the 42nd Street frontage and a separate retail building along Hiawatha Avenue and 43rd Street.
For additional information including site plans, renderings and how to join the meeting please visit: https://longfellow.org/…/virtual-development-community…

Best. [zoom] Meeting. Ever. Annual General  Membership Meeting, Tue, Apr 27, 2021 @ 6-7:30pm
This annual neighborhood meeting Cooper, Howe, Hiawatha, and Longfellow Neighborhoods will focus on Greater Longfellow Resilience & Restoration with updates from elected officials, LCC updates on rebuilding efforts, and voting on Bylaw amendments. 
Meeting info: https://longfellow.org/2021/03/15/april-2021-gmm/
WANT TO ATTEND? You need to register to receive the zoom link here: https://longfellow.org/2021/03/15/april-2021-gmm/
Bylaw Amendments:  The General Membership of Greater Longfellow will vote on whether or not to approve Bylaw amendments approved by the LCC Board of Directors in February of 2020.  The amendments will clarify the role of the Executive Committee and LCC Grievance Process. Learn more here: https://longfellow.org/2021/03/15/2021-proposed-bylaw-amendments/

2021 Bylaw Amendments: In February 2020, the LCC Board of Directors proposed amendments to the LCC Bylaws that were to be reviewed during the April 2020 General Membership Meeting.  When this meeting was cancelled due to the pandemic, the bylaw amendments were tabled until a new board could be seated in November of 2020.  These amendments are now being offered for review at the April 27th, 2021 LCC General Membership Meeting (please see the meeting announcement on this page). Below is a short description of the amendments.  You can find the full text here: www.longfellow.org/2021/03/15/2021-proposed-bylaw-amendments/

Article VI. Board of Directors
An addition was made to Section E. DUTIES OF DIRECTORS.  The addition is in bold and adds new language about how Directors communicate with each other, staff and the community.

Section F.  OFFICERS, 1.a, and 1.d
Minor grammatical changes

Section F.  OFFICERS, 2.
Additional language to explain the role of the Board President

Section F.  OFFICERS, 6
An additional paragraph is added to explain decision making of the Executive Committee

Article VIII Committees, Section A. 1
Additional language added to explain management responsibilities of the Executive Committee between the time an Executive Director leaves the LCC and a new Executive Director begins their tenure.

Article XIV Grievance Procedure A.
Language added to define who can file a grievance against the LCC.

Article XIV Grievance Procedure A. a.
a is created to outline the procedure for handling grievances against any member of the Executive Committee.

Article XIV Grievance Procedure B.
Language deleted and added to clarify the process for grievances.

Article XIV Grievance Procedure C.
Language added to explain the responsibility of the Executive Committee to the Board of Directors. 
Additional edits are made adding sections E., F., and G.

Security Lighting Grants Available  
The Longfellow Community Council is now offering grants of up to $200 to reimburse residential property owners in Greater Longfellow for security lighting purchases. For information on eligible project and how to apply, please visit www.longfellow.org/programs/home-security-lighting-grant/

If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact LCC Program Manager Justin Gaarder at: justin@longfellow.org

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Identification w/ Elaine Evans, UofM Extension/BeeLab on Thursday, April 15th 7-8pm (Zoom link below)
Learn how to find and identify the Minnesota State Bee (and a federally endangered species), the Rusty Patched Bumblebee (and how to distinguish them from the more common Bumblebees in Minneapolis).  This is especially helpful for anyone that has participated in the Lawns to Legumes program designed to develop a richer Bumblebee habitat, and anyone that wants to learn more about Bumble Bees!
Did you know that your Minneapolis garden could be supporting an endangered species? We need your help tracking populations of the endangered rusty patched bumble bee. Learn to identify the rusty patched and other common bumble bees as well as help inform research and recovery by participating in public monitoring efforts. We will also share other actions you can take to help the rusty patched and other pollinators.
Elaine Evans is a University of Minnesota Extension Educator and Bee Researcher working on pollinator education and research relating to bee conservation. She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. Her current work focuses on enacting pollinator conservation through research, education, outreach, and public participation in science.
Elaine is generously volunteering her expertise for this presentation.  If you are able, donations to the UofM BeeLab are always welcome to support ongoing research and outreach:  https://www.beelab.umn.edu/giving
Hosted by the Longfellow Community Wildlife Habitat Project (www.longfellowwildlife.blogspot.com).  For more info, contact Dan at dschultz6@comcast.net
Event link (open to the first 100 people): 
April 15, 2021     7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 874 0554 8390
Passcode: 424185

Friday, Apr 9 

Saturday, Apr 10

Pauline Vaeluaga Smith @ 3-4pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: dawnraid.brownpapertickets.com
Join us for a virtual event with Pauline Vaeluaga Smith, author of the new book for middle grade readers, DAWN RAID. Pauline will be joining us all the way from New Zealand! You won’t want to miss her talk a bit about her book and the 1970’s movement for Pacific Islanders’ rights in New Zealand that inspired it. Pauline will also answer questions.
PLEASE REGISTER for this free event to get the link to join, plus a coupon code for 15% off your next order! https://dawnraid.brownpapertickets.com

DAWN RAID is the first book by Pauline Vaeluaga Smith, for which she received Best New Author at the New Zealand Book Awards and a NZ Storylines Notable Book Award. Pauline’s heritage is Samoan, Tuvaluan, Scottish and Irish. Her work is heavily influenced by her experiences growing up in the 1970s, her roles as a teacher and university educator, her passion for civil rights and justice.

Yoga for Mental Health and Spring Cleansing @ 9-10am • $10 • ONLINE EVENT
In this five-part yoga series, work out stress in both mind and body by moving our spine in all its directions and engaging our chakras!

MNiatures on TPT Life w/ Minnesota Opera @ 7-8pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Minnesota Opera’s MNiatures will be featured on TPT Life on April 10 at 7pm.
Tiny operas, big ideas. This program features newly commissioned short operas from Minnesota artists with a variety of creative backgrounds. The MN Opera new works team collaborated with four pairs of artists selected through a competitive application process to support the musical, visual, and dramatic development of their work.
Learn more about MNiatures at mnopera.org/mniatures.

Yoga for Mental Health and Spring Cleansing w/ Yoga On Lowry Hill @ 9-10am • $10 • ONLINE EVENT
Ease stress, find mental clarity and gain flexibility through this spinal-movement and chakras-focused 5-class series!

Sunday, Apr 4

The Purple Door Book Club (middle grade) @ 5:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Calling all readers around the ages of 8-12! Join The Purple Door Book Club once a month to talk about books.
We meet one Sunday a month. Currently, all of our meetings are VIRTUAL! Email book club leader Linda at linda@wildrumpusbooks.com for more information.
At our next meeting on Sunday, April 11 at 5:30pm, we’ll discuss PEASPROUT CHEN, FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD by Henry Lien.
You can order the book here: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/PurpleDoor
Mention that you’re a book club member in the order comments at checkout for a 20% discount on each month’s book!

Wild Things Book Club @ 4:30-5:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Calling new and emerging readers! The Wild Things Book Club is for readers around the ages of 6 to 9 years old. We meet virtually on the second Sunday of each month.
At our next meeting on Sunday, April 11 at 4:30pm, we’ll talk about BOOK UNCLE AND ME by Uma Krishnaswami and illustrated by Julianna Swaney. *Please note the earlier time this month!*
Email Karlyn at staff@wildrumpusbooks.com to join the Wild Things Book Club and get a link to our next meeting! Mention that you’re a book club member when you order the book to get a 20% discount: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/book/9781554988099
Book club meetings take place on Zoom Meeting.


Monday, Apr 12

Norwegian Folk Dancing Class with Carol Sersland & Kari Tauring @ 10:30am • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: norwayhouse.org

This is the first of three connected dance classes.
Let’s get moving again! It has been a tough year for dancing and we want to give participants of all ages and abilities a chance to move to a tune called Tussen i Buchmannhaugen, or The Land Spirit in Buchmann’s Hill. This tune is a gangar from Telemark, Norway and played on the hardingfele, or the hardanger fiddle.
Telegangar, or Telemark gangar, is the dance for such tunes, in 2/4 rhythm. Carol Sersland will teach “Folklore Gangar ‘21” – some non-partnered moves so all ages and abilities can dance to this tune.
Ultimately we would love to dance together for 17 Mai, but the reality is that we must continue our social distances for a little while longer. And you will be able to add “Folklore Gangar ‘21” to your list of celebration dances that you can do with us – alone together. Last year’s dances: https://youtu.be/Jt1trUD-PEI

Tuesday, Apr 13

Virtual Development Community Meeting – U Haul 4225 and 4251 Hiawatha Ave w/ The Longfellow Community Council @ 6pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Join us Tuesday, April 13th at 6pm for a virtual presentation and Q&A with U-Haul regarding their plans to redevelop their site located at 4225 and 4251 Hiawatha Ave.
The proposed project will involve a full demolition of the existing site and in-place buildings. The property will then be redeveloped to accommodate a new mixed-used site with self-storage and retail opportunities. The proposed retail opportunities include two leasable retail suites within the self-storage facility located along the 42nd Street frontage and a separate retail building along Hiawatha Avenue and 43rd Street.
For additional information including site plans, renderings and how to join the meeting please visit: https://longfellow.org/…/virtual-development-community…

Community Peacemaking Virtual Workshop: What Does Solidarity Look Like? w/ Peace Catalyst International – Minnesota @ 7-8:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: eventbrite.com
These calls are for those who want to be peacemakers in their community. We’ll support each other and explore together the practical steps we can take to build a just peace in our own neighborhoods and relationships, while also caring for ourselves and dreaming of a more compassionate, equitable, and flourishing society for all.This month, we’ll be talking about Solidarity—What is it? What does it look like? How do we practice it?
Whether you’re new to peacemaking, or a highly experienced peacebuilder, your presence and insight are welcome and valued! This call is free to attend, but registration is required. You can register on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/community-peacemaking…

NATE POWELL w/ Rain Taxi Review @ 5:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: crowdcast.io
Join Rain Taxi for a night celebrating comics in context. In his new anthology of seven comics essays, Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest (Abrams ComicArts), graphic novelist Nate Powell addresses living in an era of what he calls “necessary protest.” As Powell moves between subjective and objective experiences raising his children—depicted in their childhood innocence as imaginary anthropomorphic animals—he reveals the electrifying sense of trust and connection with neighbors and strangers alike. More info here: https://www.raintaxi.com/nate-powell/

YANG WARRIORS virtual event with the New Millennium Academy, Kao Kalia Yang, and Billy Thao w/  University of Minnesota Press @ 5pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Kao Kalia Yang and Billy Thao will host a virtual event with New Millennium Academy, Community School of Excellence, Center for Hmong Arts & Talent, and Prairie Seeds Academy on Tuesday, April 13 at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of their new book, Yang Warriors.
The event will be streamed live from the New Millennium Academy’s Facebook page herehttp://www.facebook.com/NMARhinos.
Or tune in via Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA8a2xHhVUGAOe6cArC97xg.

In this inspiring picture book, fierce and determined children confront the hardships of Ban Vinai refugee camp, where Kao Kalia Yang lived as a child. Accompanied by the evocative and rich cultural imagery of debut illustrator Billy Thao, the warriors’ secret mission shows what feats of compassion and courage children can perform, bringing more than foraged greens back to the younger children and to their elders. In this unforgiving place, with little to call their own, these children are the heroes, offering gifts of hope and belonging in a truly unforgettable way.

“Yang Warriors is a gentle reminder that superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. A moving and powerful story of the hope and resilience of a Hmong family.” —Carole Lindstrom, author of We Are Water Protectors
Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/yang-warriors.

Wednesday, Apr 14

Translanguaging Pedagogies in Elementary Classrooms: Widening Possibilities with Long-Term Teacher-Researcher Collaboration w/ CARLA – Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition @ Noon • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: umn.zoom.us
Register here for the Zoom link: https://umn.zoom.us/…/tJItf-GrqDIoH90o62vRGdIhtUVdvdQBl-G2

Translanguaging pedagogies demand resistance to the monolingual subjectivities inherent in school systems, yet there are several ideological, ecological, and practical obstacles in implementation.  Drawing on ethnographic methods in connection to a larger multi-year participatory design research study, this study further explores the role of collaboration in developing translanguaging pedagogies with my research partner, Ms. Hassan. Qualitative thematic analysis demonstrated several emergent findings: (a) that the teacher perceived that long-term collaboration not only strengthened students’ multilingual identities and learning processes, (b) facilitated transformative change in ideologies surrounding multilingualism and, (b) further inspired critical thinking and resistance to school norms and policies. I will conclude the presentation with discussion of implications for research and teaching.

Presenter: Leah Shepard-Carey is a Ph.D. in Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota. As a former public school educator, her research focuses on fostering multilingualism and multilingual literacy practices in early childhood and elementary English-medium classrooms.
This presentation is cosponsored by the Second Language Education Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Longfellow Diabetes Support Group w/ Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors @ 1-2:30pm
Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors is resuming their monthly diabetes support group using Free Conference Call.  Beth Peltzer, MSW, will lead the group in discussion about living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  Adults of all ages are welcome.  Please contact Julia Ockuly 612-729-5799 or email juliaockuly@LShealthyseniors.org to receive the call in information.

Michael Sears “Tower of Babel” w/  Once Upon A Crime @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Michael Sears will be discussing his new book, Tower of Babel. Queens, New York—the most diverse place on earth. Native son Ted Molloy knows these streets like the back of his hand. Ted was once a high-powered Manhattan lawyer, but after a spectacular fall from grace, he has found himself back on his home turf, scraping by as a foreclosure profiteer. It’s a grubby business, but a safe one—until Ted’s case sourcer, a mostly reformed small-time conman named Richie Rubiano, turns up murdered shortly after tipping Ted off to an improbably lucrative lead.
Register Herehttps://www.crowdcast.io/e/michael-sears-tower-of/register

Virtual Talk – A Collaboration with Sweden: Helena Hernmarck’s Tapestries for Hudson Yards w/ American Swedish Institute @ 1pm • ONLINE EVENT
Tickets: http://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/collaboration-sweden-helena-hernmarcks-tapestries-hudson-yards
Swedish-born tapestry artist Helena Hernmarck has called the United States home since 1975. This virtual presentation will celebrate her ongoing collaboration with Swedish textile firms through the lens of her recent four-year commission for 35 Hudson Yards, New York, NY. The commission involved two sets of tapestries, each approximately 225 square feet, executed in Hernmarck’s signature tromp l’oeil handweaving technique. The tapestries were woven at Alice Lund Textilier in Borlänge, Sweden, with wool spun and dyed at Wålstedts Textilverkstad in Dala-Floda, Sweden, from Swedish rya sheep. Hernmarck will discuss her long history working with each firm, and shed light on their common goals and complementary working relationships. The recent Hudson Yards tapestries showcase this collaboration at its best, as the American Swedish Institute’s Folk Costume Details tapestry did before it.
Cost: $10 ASI members / $15 non-members

The Legacy of Bearing Witness While Black in Minnesota w/ Weisman Art Museum and Office for Equity and Diversity – University of Minnesota @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
A dialogue with Dr. Allissa V. Richardson and Dr. Danielle K. Kilgo
Join us on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. (CDT) for a talk by Dr. Allissa V. Richardson, journalism scholar and author of Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones and the New Protest #Journalism (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Dr. Richardson will discuss how smartphone testimony from two brave Minnesotans, Diamond Reynolds and Darnella Frazier, galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement in 2016 and 2020, when they filmed the police killings of Philando Castile and George Floyd, respectively. Both Reynolds and Frazier were engaging in a centuries-old practice of Black witnessing, which has always harnessed the power of journalism to shine a light on deadly racism. Dr. Richardson will draw connections between 19th- and 20th-century African American newspapers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and today’s Black citizen journalists.

Dr. Danielle K. Kilgo (John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication) will moderate a Q & A session following the talk. We invite you to submit questions for Dr. Richardson in advance to weismanprograms@umn.edu. Questions may also be submitted during the event.

This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Register now >> z.umn.edu/RichardsonLecture 

Racial Healing Series : Four Critical Steps to Your Healing Journey w/ Stanton Adams Consulting LLC @ 9am-Noon • ONLINE EVENT
Online: eventbrite.com
Race is a socially constructed system yet is has very real impacts on the lives of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of color).
Four Critical Steps to Racial Healing: Research has shown us that race is a socially constructed system of categorizing humans largely based on observable physical features such as skin color, and on ancestry. There is no scientific basis for or discernible distinction between racial categories. Although Race is a socially constructed system it has very real impacts on the lives of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of color). Racism, Discrimination, and microaggressions can lead to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, lowered self-esteem, and self-harm.

Join us in the first in a four-part series where we discuss the impacts of race and racism. These workshops provide opportunities to assess your environment for equity and disparities, helping you build a plan for Racial Healing. As well as thoughtful activities and exercises based on the latest methods to help participants from all backgrounds unlearn internalized negative messages, resist social inequities, transform their communities, and challenge all forms of racism when they see or hear it.
Who Should AttendThese workshops are for anyone who wishes to integrate understanding and acknowledgment of how multiple social issues impact the people they serve, live with, work with, or teach. Or those who simply care about the issue of race and racism and they want to learn tangible ways of exacting change.

This three hour event will teach you strategies you can use to both improve your understanding, no matter which stage you’re at. Maybe you’re...
● Frustrated with not understanding Concepts around race and racism and you know it’s time to change.
● Feeling like you’re behind, and never making any real progress in your business.
● Working too hard to get others to understand, rather than bringing them in on autopilot.
Whatever it is for you, it’s time to simplify.
Title: Five Critical Steps to Start Your Journey
Racial Healing is not as cute and easy to discuss as Diversity!
You’re getting a lot of things right, but you know you could be doing more to make it all easier and more effective.
What you really want is to…
• Understand Social Justice so YOU can take action in a more effective way
• Have conversations about Race and Equity in a brave space
• Get clear action plans that are effective at making change
• Understand these concepts to be a better ally to BIPOC people
• Figure out how to have a tough conversation when we disagree
ObjectivesBy the end of this session, you will walk away with a customized action plan. We hope that once you have taken this course you are brave enough to speak out whenever and wherever you see inequities.
• Defining Racial Trauma and Racial Healing and why they matter to the journey.
• Examining what your unique Racial Healing journey looks like. We will discuss the things you need for the journey?
• Understanding the concept of Social Justice

Gender Identity & Pronouns w/ Southeast Seniors @ 1:30 • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Merriam-Webster recently added a new definition in its entry for “they,” noting that the pronoun is also used to refer to an individual whose gender identity is non-binary. Respecting someone’s self-identification means using the gender pronouns with which they most identify. Learn why organizations are adopting the practice of introducing a person with their name and gender pronoun and how awareness helps inclusion of the LGBTQ community.

Jason Bucklin is the Coordinator of Out4Good & LGBT Programs with the Minneapolis Public Schools Office of Student Support Services.
This program is co-sponsored by Southeast Seniors & Minneapolis Community Education and will be held via Zoom. To register or for more information: 
• contact Southeast Seniors at 612-331-2302 or info@seseniors.org
• provide your name, phone number and email.
Registration closes at midnight the evening prior to the program to ensure that all participants receive the Zoom link and handouts (if applicable) prior to the start of the class.

Thursday, Apr 15

Candlelight Flow w/ Amanda Joy Yoga @ 8pm • ONLINE EVENT
Tickets: http://www.yoga-sol.com/livestream
This meditative, peaceful practice will get you moving to help you unwind at the end of the day. Gain a deeper awareness of the present moment while developing strength, focus, and flexibility through breath work and postures. Add your own candles, as you wish.
Pay what you can. $7-$20 suggested contribution.

The Cedar Presents: KASHIMANA: A One-On-One Concert with Music in Minnesota & The Cedar Cultural Center @ 7:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online via The Cedar Public Access Channel • Free – Suggested Donation: $10
Next up on The Cedar Public Access Channel, singer-songwriter and composer Kashimana performs a short set of songs at The Cedar as part of Music in Minnesota’s series of one-on-one performances. As a way to highlight audience members’ love of live music and the empty state of many venues, Music in Minnesota created a concert and interview series where one lucky audience member won the opportunity to see local musicians perform live. In this time of waiting for venues to reopen, we’re excited to share Kashimana’s soulful performance for audience member Andrea Buekelman recorded earlier in March – we hope these songs help spread some of the magic of hearing music from The Cedar stage.
Read more about the one-on-one concert and interview with Kashimana and Andrea Buekelman, here: https://www.musicinminnesota.com/one-on-one-kashimana/

Kashimana is a singer-songwriter, composer, producer, lyricist and artist with a rich soulful blues voice that soars through her original compositions. Along with her distinctive voice, Kashimana’s stage presence pulls you in and leaves you in a warm and fuzzy thrall that’s hard to shake. Her songs show you where her heart beats because they are catchy and paint compelling stories of her experiences growing up in Nigeria, Kenya, traveling through Africa, Europe and settling in the US.
Special thanks to Utepils Brewing for sponsoring Music in Minnesota’s series, and Music in Minnesota for creating this special series. Funding for The Cedar Public Access Channel is provided by our general operations grants along with support from The Nash Foundation.

Policing in Communities of Color – BLSA Night of Distinction w/ University of St. Thomas School of Law @ 6-7:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Mark your calendar for the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) 2021 Night of Distinction. The online event will feature an open and candid conversation about policing in communities of color. BLSA will also give out its annual awards and announce the 2021-2022 student board members.

Discussion panelists will include St. Thomas Law professors Rachel Paulose, Rachel Moran and Mark Osler, and St. Thomas Data Analytics and Justice & Society Studies professor Tanya Gladney, Ph.D.
Register at: https://blsanightofdistinction2021.eventbrite.com

Looking Back to Move Forward: The Housing Crisis w/ Hennepin History Museum @ 7-8:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: eventbrite.com Please register in advance at the link above. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration.
In his book The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein reflects on the legacy of the Fair Housing Act of 1968: “You might think that fifty years would be long enough to erase the effects of government promotion of and support for segregation. But the public policies of yesterday still shape the racial landscape today.” Today, the Twin Cities are grappling with an unprecedented housing crisis, which disproportionately affects BIPOC communities. We must ask: How did we get here? How can a shared understanding of history help us find a better path forward?
This event is sponsored by the Minneapolis Foundation and the Pohlad Family Foundation.
Chanda Smith Baker, Senior Vice President, Minneapolis Foundation
David Hewitt, Office to End Homelessness, Hennepin County
Denise Pike, A Public History of 35W
Kirsten Delegard, Mapping Prejudice
Shannon Smith Jones, Hope Community
Tyra Thomas, Street Voices of Change


City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

Need help paying your utility bill? If you’re having a difficult time paying your utility bill, contact Community Action Partnership for financial help. Community Action Partnership’s program has grants and other resources to help people catch up on some of their bills.
Visit caphennepin.org and look under “what we do” or call 952-697-1393 to find out if you’re eligible.

Metro Transit: Beginning Monday, April 5, we will begin allowing up to 20 passengers on 40-foot buses, up to 30 passengers on 60-foot buses, and up to 33 passengers on light rail train cars. Our messaging on essential trips only will be discontinued with a request to travel responsibly.
These limits are supported by the Minnesota Department of Health, align with the most recent Governor’s orders, and are very similar to those already in place at many other transit agencies across the nation.
Read more at http://ow.ly/G08O50EeSvJ

Sign up for $1 rides with the Transit Assistance Program. Easy sign up this Wed. and Thurs. at the Starlight Transit Center! April 7 and 8, 3:30-6:00 pm.
To sign up, bring a form of identification and proof of income document. More info at: metrotransit.org/tap

2021 collection of leaves and bundled brush begins week of April 5:
The 2021 season for Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling collection of leaves, brush and other yard trimmings starts the week of April 5. Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers can set properly prepared yard waste at their alleys or curbs next to their garbage carts by 6 a.m. on garbage day.

The City encourages gardeners and landscapers to leave yard waste untouched until daytime temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees (mid-April or early May) to protect pollinators. Bees often nest in broken stems of plants, and butterflies overwinter in leaf piles.
• Solid Waste & Recycling customers can set yard waste out in a reusable container, compostable bags (paper or certified compostable plastic – look for the BPI logo) or bundled with string or twine.
• Reusable containers must be 32-38 gallons in size and 26-32 inches high with sturdy handles.
• Each container, bag or bundle must weigh less than 40 pounds.
• Branches must be less than 3 inches in diameter and cut to less than 3 feet or shorter.
• Bags marked “biodegradable” or “degradable” don’t meet the State law and are not accepted.
• Solid Waste & Recycling crews can’t pick up dirt, soil, sod, branches wider than 3 inches in diameter or longer than 3 feet, stumps or trees.

Nobody should rake leaves into the street. It’s against the law and bad for our lakes, creeks and river.
For questions about leaf and brush pickup, customers can check the website or call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Green Partners grant applications are now open
Proposals are being accepted now for Green Partners grants. This program provides funding and support to organizations to actively educate, engage and motivate residents to become environmental stewards and take environmentally friendly actions. Visit hennepin.us/greenpartners for more information about projects we fund.
We award two types of Green Partners grants:

  • Environmental action grants for projects that focus on motivating adults to do more to protect the environment by focusing on one or two environmentally friendly actions using behavior change strategies.
  • Youth environmental education grants for projects that engage youth in learning about the environment and becoming environmental stewards using youth environmental education best practices.

View the environmental education grants flyer (PDF) for a comparison of the grant options.Applying for a grantApplications are being accepted until 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 6. Application materials and a link to the Supplier Portal can be found on the Green Partners website.
How to apply: Applications must be submitted through the Hennepin County Supplier Portal and pre-registration is required to apply. Instructions to register can be found here.
Virtual information meetings:

  • Tuesday, April 13 from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Monday, April 19 from 1 to 2 p.m.

RSVP to a virtual information meeting via this form. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information meeting or contact the Green Partners grant program manager for feedback on project ideas before applying at patience.caso@hennepin.us or 612-348-9352.

City offers web resource with trial information
A new City web resource offers information and updates around the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd.
City information and links to partners in the new web section will help residents, businesses and others:

  • Find current street closures.
  • Sign up for trial updates from MN District Court.
  • Report suspicious activity.
  • Look up mental health and well-being resources for support during traumatic times.

They can also explore ways to prepare and stay informed, learn about security preparations and updates during the trial, follow impacts to traffic and transportation, and find public data on the officers involved.
The web pages will be updated as new information becomes available and as situations change.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Gov. Walz, FEMA announce federally supported vaccination site at Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Gov. Tim Walz and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced April 5 that Minnesota will receive a federal Community Vaccination Clinic, following the governor’s request for a fully supplied mass vaccination site to augment the State’s vaccination efforts. The site will be located at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and receive 168,000 doses over eight weeks. The site will administer a combination of Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson doses, which will result in over 100,000 total people being vaccinated during the eight-week period. The doses administered at the Fairgrounds will be in addition to Minnesota’s regular statewide vaccine allocations.

Minnesotans living in the zip codes near the Fairgrounds with the highest scores on the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index will be eligible for appointments at this site. Up to 1,000 doses per day will also be taken offsite to community-based clinics in high Social Vulnerability Index areas.

Vaccinations will begin at the Fairgrounds on April 14 and serve Minnesotans living in the highest Social Vulnerability Index zip codes near the Fairgrounds. Appointments will be available to Minnesotans 16 years of age and older who live in the following zip codes in Ramsey and Hennepin County: 55454, 55103, 55130, 55411, 55404, 55117, 55428, 55119, 55107, 55106, 55407, 55430, 55412, 55102, 55429, 55421, 55104, 55114, 55432, 55118, 55420, 55413, 55402, 55109, 55406, 55423, 55415, 55405, 55408, 55425, 55112, 55111, 55403, 55101, 55344, 55435, 55113, 55458.

The site will be by appointment only. Minnesotans living in the zip codes listed above can sign up for the Vaccine Connector to be selected for an appointment. Minnesotans can call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 for language assistance and any questions about signing up for the Connector. More information on directly booking appointments through a call center will be shared next week. There will be no cost and Minnesotans will not need to provide an ID or medical insurance to be vaccinatedLearn more about the State’s vaccine distribution plan

All Minnesotans 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccineEvery Minnesotan 16 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The final eligibility expansion comes as the federal government has promised an increased supply of vaccine by April. Minnesota has directed providers to prioritize vaccine appointments for people most at risk of getting COVID-19, or those who could develop severe illness if infected. This includes older Minnesotans, those with underlying health conditions, and those in frontline jobs. Providers will then have the flexibility to provide available appointments to other eligible Minnesotans.

We are glad so many people want to get vaccinated and know that waiting for vaccine is extremely hard right now. Vaccine is constantly being made and distributed. Everyone’s opportunity to get vaccinated will come; it will just take some time.
You can do your part now by continuing to help slow the spread of COVID-19: Wear a mask, wash your hands often, stay 6 feet away from anyone you don’t live with, and stay home if you are sick. Doing all of these things will help keep people healthy until all Minnesotans have the opportunity to get vaccinated.

How to get your shot:

  • Sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine connector in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong to get updates on vaccine opportunities in your area.
    • You may be randomly selected to make an appointment at one of the State’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program locations. If you are selected, you will be notified by text, email or phone call by one of the State’s vaccination partners.
  • Find vaccine locations and providers near you using the State’s interactive map.
  • Contact your primary health care provider or a local pharmacy.
  • Use CDC: VaccineFinder to find pharmacy appointments near you.
  • Your employer may also reach out with information about vaccination opportunities.
  • Anyone eligible for a City vaccination clinic will be contacted by the City or their employer or organization. The City is continuing to work on vaccinating the priority groups identified by the State.

COVID-19 hotline for Immigrant Communities
Get answers in your own language about COVID-19 information, testing and resources.
You can also get help in your own language with other needs like food, school, child care, employment and health care. Call the Refugee and Immigrant COVID Care hotline at 651-318-0989, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.COVID-19 emergency rent and utility bill assistance
If you have experienced hardship due to the pandemic and need help paying your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance. While you can’t be evicted for not paying rent during Gov. Walz’s executive order, rent is still due. When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction. Eligible Minneapolis renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months total assistance.  

Get ready by downloading this checklist to see if you’re eligible and find out what documents you’ll need to be ready when the program opens for applications later this month. 

RentHelpMN is a collaborative effort among the City of Minneapolis and other local and State governments across Minnesota to provide emergency rental assistance to Minneapolis households and households across the state.

Landlords:’ Download the landlords checklist for information about how to alert your tenants, help them get ready to apply and prepare your documentation for when the program opens for applications. 
You can sign up for email updates about when RentHelpMN will open and how to apply on the State’s website.

Free COVID-19 tests detect COVID even as variants:

The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 saliva tests. Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not you have symptoms. It’s one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent exposing your loved ones to the virus along with wearing masks correctly, keeping 6 feet from anyone you don’t live with and hand-washing.

Testing is especially important now with people going back to school and because some of the recently found variants seem to spread more easily than the original strain – up to 70% more.

The State of Minnesota especially recommends these people get tested:

Free COVID-19 tests: Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products for 30 minutes before taking a COVID-19 saliva test.

  • Columbia Manor Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, April 8 and 15

You can expect to get your test results in about 24 hours. 

More free COVID-19 saliva tests

  • Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room B 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.
  • Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.
  • Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St. 2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment. You can expect to get your test results in about two-three business days. Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers.
  • Brooklyn Park Starlight Center 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests on the City website.

Why get tested? Videos in Spanish, Somali and Hmong Whether you feel sick or not, get tested. This will protect your loved ones and help us all return safely back to school, work and other activities. Watch and share these short videos in SpanishSomali and Hmong.


Ways to Help

Du Nord Foundation Community Market (food pantry) opens this month, and they are looking for volunteers. Please feel free to share the link below with anyone who may be interested. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4da8a823a0f4c25-come

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.


Other Information, Events, Activities & Resources:

Clean River, Clean Seas
Under the leadership of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI), the mayors of the Mississippi River in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the National Geographic Society and the University of Georgia have launched an initiative to combat plastic pollution along one of the world’s greatest waterways. Through this initiative, thousands of community volunteers are collecting data along the upper, middle and lower Mississippi River to gain a better understanding of the state of plastic pollution along the river. This data is being generated through a ‘citizen science’ approach using a free mobile app for tracking upstream and coastal litter called the Marine Debris Tracker.  To learn more on how you can be a part of the solution and use the Debris Tracker to collect data: https://www.unep.org/regions/north-america/regional-initiatives/mississippi-river-plastic-pollution-initiative/join.

Service Saturday: North Loop and River Park Cleanup
Saturday, April 10, 9 am
514 Third St N
The North Loop Neighborhood Association invites you to join them to help clean up the North Loop, including along the Mississippi River. For information and schedule: https://www.facebook.com/events/1063930020795606/.

Celebrate Earth Day with Mississippi Park Connection
Thursday, April 22, 7 pm
Four years ago, Mississippi Park Connection pledged to plant 15,000 trees to address devastating gaps in the forest canopy caused by Emerald Ash Borer. In 2020, they planned and planted the first climate-change adaptation experiment in an urban forest in America. This summer, they will reach their goal and plant the 15,000th tree! Join Environmental Stewardship and Volunteer Manager Mary Hammes for a special fundraising event on Earth Day where she will discuss successes from the campaign and introduce the project partners, Marcella Windmuller-Campione, a forestry professor at the University of Minnesota and Leslie Brandt, a climate scientist from the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the U.S. Forest Service. What have been learned over the past four years? What is next for the forest canopy? How will climate change impact our forests? Make a gift to support this work and come away with hope for the future of our urban forest canopy. For information and to register: https://www.facebook.com/events/736875086949612/.

Pull Garlic Mustard at River Gorge Sand Flats
Saturday, May 22, 9 – 11 am 
River Gorge Sand Flats 
Join Friends of the Mississippi River for a morning of invasive species removal at the Minneapolis river gorge sand flats (sometimes called the Longfellow flats), known for their large sandy beaches and wonderful river-edge view. Working alongside FMR staff, volunteers will remove garlic mustard – an invasive plant encroaching on many areas of the river gorge and outcompeting native plant species. For information and to register: https://fmr.org/events/2021/05/22/pull-garlic-mustard-river-gorge-sand-flats?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=a156b247-f7bd-4ff3-909c-6ac7fadb61e7.

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: Golden Twilight

2021 History Forum Takes on ‘E Pluribus Unum — The Roots of the Rural-Urban Divide with Steve Conn
Tuesday, April 20, 6:30 – 8 pm

Hennepin History Museum, Plymouth Congregational Church, Alliance Housing and Align Mpls present: The Color of Law Discussion with Author Richard Rothstein
Wednesday, April 21, 7 – 8:30 pm

Hennepin History Museum presents: Mutual Aid Community History Workshop
Saturday, April 24, 1 – 2:30 pm