Weekly Roundup: April 16-22

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Increased Minnesota National Guard presence arrives, additional street closures in place
Minnesota National Guard and police presence have ramped up in Minneapolis as a result of civil unrest in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center on April 11.
According to the Minnesota National Guard, just over 2,000 National Guard members have been activated to assist local authorities in maintaining public safety in the Twin Cities. 

Additional street closures are in place in downtown Minneapolis as a result of the increased security, including: 

  • Third Street South, between Second and Third avenues. 
  • Fifth Street South, between Fourth and Fifth avenues.
  • Fourth Street South, between First Avenue North and Second Avenue South, due to construction and for security concerns.
  • Sixth Street South (the street and both sidewalks) remains closed between Third and Fourth avenues next to the Hennepin County Government Center.

Visit the City’s road closure map.  Learn more about Operation Safety Net, the coordinated law enforcement effort focused on public safety during the Chauvin trial. 

Community patrols selected to de-escalate and provide support in communities through 2021: The City of Minneapolis has awarded about $1 million to seven community organizations to provide positive outreach and support services during and after the trials of the former officers involved in the killing of George Floyd. These community organizations will provide positive outreach and community engagement; support two-way communication between communities and the City; de-escalate, mediate and resolve conflicts if needed; and share information about existing City and community supports and help community members access them. Contracts will run through Dec. 31, 2021.
The seven organizations are:
• A Mother’s Love
• Center for Multicultural Mediation
• Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)
• Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and T.O.U.C.H. Outreach
• Change Equals Opportunity (C.E.O.)
• Restoration Inc
• We Push for Peace.

The organizations will work in specific areas of the City covering north, south and downtown. Eligible organizations included nonprofit or community-based organizations, neighborhood organizations, cultural organizations, places of worship or faith organizations, and individuals. Visit the City website for more information about the City of Minneapolis Office of Violence Prevention and its other programs. https://www2.minneapolismn.gov/government/departments/health/office-violence-prevention/

City offers web resource with trial information:
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. Find information translated in Spanish, Somali, Hmong and Oromo

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

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Best. [zoom] Meeting. Ever. Annual General Membership Meeting @ 6pm, MONDAY, APRIL 26
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://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mWB9MfkXRiyQowUUmB47vg
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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 26th, 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

Participate in the first ever Minneapolis garden tool swap: Spring is here. Many of us are turning toward our home and green spaces. When cleaning out your storage, hang on to unused yard tools and gardening items.
Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling and community partners will be holding the first ever citywide swap event of garden tools and plant related equipment. From first-time gardeners to those with green thumbs, all are welcome at this free event.
Minneapolis Garden Tool Swap

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8
  • Bring your unused items to a swap event near you. Face masks are required and residents must maintain at least a 6 feet distance from other people.
  • Event locations: Corcoran Park, 3334 20th Ave S.; Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.; Logan Park, 690 13th Ave NE; and Folwell Park, 1615 Dowling Ave. N.
  • Visit Solid Waste & Recycling’s website for more information.

Cleaning your storm drain during transitional weather is a great way to protect our local waterways! Trash and debris that were previously covered by layers of snow are uncovered and can be picked up. This debris can clog up storm drains and cause flooding. Learn more and adopt a drain near you at adopt-a-drain.org.

Friday, Apr 16 

This Is Minnesota Orchestra: Television, Radio + Streaming Live 2021 @ 8-9:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
The Minnesota Orchestra returns to the Orchestra Hall stage this fall with a re-imagined concert season designed for television, radio and streaming audiences. Hosted by Sarah Hicks and Classical MPR’s Melissa Ousley, the broadcasts and livestreams will afford wide and easy access for audiences across the state and beyond to experience a live Minnesota Orchestra performance. LEARN MORE: https://minnesotaorchestra.org/…/this-is-minnesota.

“Seniors Dance Joyfully” Online w/ Tapestry Folkdance Center @ 9:30-10:30am on the 
1st & 3rd Fridays of the month • FREE • ONLINE EVENT

Tapestry Folkdance Center and is excited to create a new variation of it on Zoom! Dance & Visit. For more information contact mcgnelson@aol.com.

Alternative Realities, Conspiracy Theory, and the Constitutional and Democratic Order w/ University of St. Thomas School of Law @ 8:30am-4pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/…/alt-realities-conspiracy…
Conspiracy theories and claims of alternate realities have been a recurrent feature of American political and constitutional thought for nearly the whole span of American history. From the anti-Masonic panic of the 1820s, to the John Birch Society of the 1950s and 1960s, conspiracy theory has played an important, though often unacknowledged, role in the American political order.

Recent decades, however, have witnessed a proliferation of conspiracy theories and their gradual “normalization” by large segments of American society. September 11 “truthers,” anti-vaccination activists, and a belief that acts of terror must be “false-flag operations” characterized the early years of the twenty-first century.

The Trump Era, furthermore, has seen the emergence of ever more detailed conspiracy theories, whether one has in mind Q-Anon, COVID-19, or unfounded claims that the 2020 presidential election was fatally flawed by unsubstantiated claims of fraud or wrong-doing.

Saturday, Apr 17

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!

“Songs from the Heart” – Melissa Holm-Johansen Sings Grieg Songs in Translation w/ Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Soprano Melissa Holm-Johansen, accompanied by pianist Stephen Swanson, perform some of Edvard Grieg’s most moving and enduring songs in English translations from the Norwegian originals.

Songs were central to Grieg’s compositional output. His songs, largely unknown by non-Norwegian speakers, were some of his greatest works, and constitute some of the most exquisitely crafted and profoundly moving songs of the Romantic era. These English translations are the work of noted Grieg scholar, William Halverson, author and translator of many standard works on Grieg. This recital celebrates the completion of a historical recording of these Grieg works in translation, about to be released by these performers! Stay posted for details of the nature of the concert experience of these “Hjertets melodier,” Songs of the Heart.

Sunday, Apr 18

YA Discussion Group w/ Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers @ 5:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
The YA Discussion Group is a virtual book club for young adults. We read a different book each month and discuss it alongside whatever else we’ve been reading, watching, and thinking about. This is the world’s lowest-pressure book club—don’t like the book? Don’t finish it! Ran out of time? It’s that kind of year. Rather tell us about the 20-volume fantasy epic that’s been consuming your every waking moment? We want to hear about it!

To join the YA Discussion Group and get a link to our next meeting, please contact Linda at linda@wildrumpusbooks.com. Please note: Book club meetings take place on Zoom.


Monday, Apr 19

Blow Your House Down Virtual Book Talk w/ ModernWell and Valley Bookseller @ 7-8:15pm • ONLINE EVENT
Tickets: modernwell.spaces.nexudus.com/en/events/view/1414894594/blow-your-house-down-virtual-book-talk
Join us in discussion regarding author Gina Frangello’s new, compelling, honest, and thought-provoking memoir “Blow Your House Down”, a story of family, feminism, and treason. Her story is a powerful testimony about the ways our culture seeks to cage women in traditional narratives of self-sacrifice and erasure. Frangello uses her personal story to examine the place of women in contemporary society: the violence they experience, the rage they suppress, the way their bodies often reveal what they cannot say aloud, and finally, what it means to transgress “being good” in order to reclaim your life. Frangello will be in conversation with Lacy Crawford, author of the novel Early Decision and the memoir Notes on a Silencing

Plant-Based Cooking Class with Tamuno Imbu w/ Compassionate Action for Animals @ 5:30-6:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT • Tickets: Free – $5
Learn to make a new plant-based dish in this online cooking class. CAA’s home cooking expert, Tamuno Imbu, will be your guide. Want to learn to cook a delicious, plant-based dish? Join this online cooking class for a fun hour of cooking tips and inspiration. Recipe to be announced soon!
This class is part of Twin Cities Veg Week 2021. Learn more about Veg Week offers and events at exploreveg.org/tcvegweek .

Tuesday, Apr 20

Amy Suiter Clarke “Girl, 11” – Interviewed by Wendy Walker w/ Once Upon A Crime @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: crowdcast.io
Minnesota-born debut author Amy Suiter Clarke will be interviewed by best-selling author Wendy Walker. Elle Castillo once trained as a social worker, supporting young victims of violent crime. Now she hosts a popular true crime podcast that focuses on cold cases of missing and abducted children. After four seasons of successfully solving these cases in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Elle decides to tackle her white whale: The Countdown Killer.
Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/amy-suiter-clarke-girl/register

CURBS, FLOORS AND CHAIRS:THE KEY TO INDEPENDENCE w/ co-sponsored by Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors and Minneapolis Community Education (MCE) @ 10:30-11:30am
All movement and activity, including stepping onto curbs, getting off the floor or rising from low couches, requires good balance, joint mobility, and coordination. Learn tips and exercises that you can practice to get up and over the physical obstacles in your life.
To register, please call MCE at 612-668-3775, or send an email to Helene.Gauthier@mpls.k12.mn.us.

DoulaGivers End-of-Life World Training Day w/ Atma Prema Wellness @ 7-8:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: register.gotowebinar.com
***A FREE, 90 minute live event, from the comfort of your home!***
World Training Day— a worldwide training event where we will hold the Doulagivers Level 1 End of Life Doula Community Caregiver Training on the same day all over the world. Death is something that we all have in common no matter what culture, religion, or socioeconomic status. We believe that this education to support people to have the most positive end of life experience is a human right, not a privilege. We invite you to participate and host a training event in your local community.

In the 90-minute webinar, participants will learn how to care for someone who is dying from the time of terminal diagnosis all the way through until the end-of-life. Participants will learn the three phases of end-of-life and the interventions they can use to provide comfort and support to both the patients and their loved ones in each phase. This workshop empowers family to have the skills to care for their loved ones and to help reduce the fear of death. Giving this training for free, embraces the concept of community taking care of community. You will learn the three (3) phases of end-of-life, and much more!

The information presented in this training is appropriate for everyone: family, caregivers, volunteers, and community members and is here to support people all around the world and in any setting.

Online: crowdcast.io
Join Rain Taxi for a special lunchtime conversation on politics, prose, and pictures with graphic novel creation duo Ted Rall and Pablo Callejo. Their new book, The Stringer (NBM Publishing), is an ode to when fact-based journalism mattered, set at an important turning point a few years ago, as well as a globe-trotting, action-packed, timely statement about how a society without a vibrant independent culture of reporting can degenerate into chaos. More info here: https://www.raintaxi.com/ted-rall-and-pablo-callejo/

Searching for Social Justice: Engaging Critical Consciousness & Dialogic Pedagogy through Critical Participatory Action Research w/ CARLA – Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition @ Noon-1pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: umn.zoom.us
Register here for the Zoom link https://umn.zoom.us/…/tJEvcumqrT4iH9Rpn7R2L51YfzHkIwDqJ3JP
“Social justice” has become a major emphasis in education, so preparing pre-service teachers to develop praxis aimed at educational equity has driven many contemporary trends in teacher preparation programs. However, questions remain about how teacher educators can facilitate pre-service teachers’ consciousness raising on the conceptualizations and practicalities of teaching for liberation. This presentation examines the ways one teacher educator worked alongside her pre-service English language teachers to reimagine their classroom as a site of dialogic education (Freire, 1970) through a Critical Participatory Action Research (CPAR; Kemmis, McTaggart, & Nixon, 2014) project on the School-to-Prison Pipeline that challenged participants to actively engage in critical explorations of themselves as both intercultural humans and teachers from a lens that extended beyond the walls of their classroom. Through CPAR, participants deconstructed traditional top-down knowledge dissemination pathways and became responsible for and responsive to their own complex journeys of discoveries of who they are as critical teacher-scholars in their sense-making of “social justice.” Implications for the potentials of CPAR as a “practice-changing practice” (Kemmis et al., 2014, p. 2) in language teacher preparation will be discussed.

Presenter: Amanda Swearingen is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota. Her research explores pre-service teachers’ developing identities as critical intercultural scholars and pedagogues and the ways teacher preparation curriculum engages with critical intercultural communication.

Wednesday, Apr 21

Online Laughter Yoga w/ Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors @ 10:30-11am
Have you tried Laughter Yoga? It might not be what you think! The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. Sustained, unconditional laughter has many health benefits. Not surprisingly, laughter helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing endorphins. You will remain cheerful throughout the day. It also encourages deep breathing which supplies more oxygen to the body and brain, thereby making one feel more energetic and relaxed. Laughter Yoga also reduces stress and strengthens the immune system. This class is appropriate for every level of fitness, and will be done in a seated position. Join Volunteer & Service Coordinator and Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor, Julia Ockuly, in some fun, simple exercises which will have you laughing in no time.
Classes will be held on Wednesdays, April 21, May 19, and June 16 from 10:30 – 11:00 am. If interested, please send an email to juliaockuly@LShealthyseniors.org to receive Zoom sign-in information.

M Health Fairview COVID-19 Community Education Forum @ 11am • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Topic: Communities Rallying Together During COVID-19
During this one hour forum representatives of different cultural communities and school district communities will share about how their community has rallied together during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will hear how different communities have been impacted by COVID-19, challenges they have faced and ways the community has adapted over the past year. We hope you can join us for this dynamic panel discussion, there will be time for questions and answers!

To register for a forum, please complete the registration form herehttps://surveynet.fairview.org/redcap/surveys/?s=X7CE9RWXH4. A Zoom link will be emailed to you closer to the event. If you have any questions, please contact us at: CommunityEngagement@fairview.org

Film Screening: Dominion w/ Compassionate Action for Animals @ 6:30-9pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT 
Join us to watch the documentary, Dominion, together online. Then, take part in a brief discussion afterwards. Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, Dominion is a hard-hitting documentary that has won multiple awards for its writing, directing, and music.

According to Nami Melumad of the Los Angeles Festigous Film Festival, “Dominion is an eye-opening film that many people don’t want you to see. Director Chris Delforce, luckily, does and he created an incredible documentary to expose the ongoing atrocities committed by modern animal agriculture. The film includes difficult-to-watch footage taken by drones and hidden and handheld cameras to expose some of the darkest sides of humanity. Delforce was also able to recruit Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Sia, Sadie Sink, and Kat Von D to narrate it––which certainly contributes to the already moving experience of watching this film.”
The film is appropriate for those 16 years of age or older.

The Color of Law w/ Hennepin History MuseumAlliance Housing Inc. and Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis @ 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 this virtual event for Twin Cities residents, Richard Rothstein will discuss his critically acclaimed book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, a searing account of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide. Rothstein shows that these policies created racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation. In exposing institutional racism, he answers an important question—how did we arrive here?—and raises another one—how do we move forward? The presentation will be followed by Q&A.

About the Speaker: Richard Rothstein is a distinguished fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a senior fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In addition to his most recent book, Rothstein is the author of many other articles and books on race and education, including Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap and Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right. He also was the national education columnist for the New York Times for several years.
This event is sponsored by the Minneapolis Foundation and the Pohlad Family Foundation. 

Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) w/ Northrop and Ragamala Dance Company @ Apr 21 at 6:30pm – Apr 28 at 11:45pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Tickets: http://www.northrop.umn.edu/events/mukti-bhawan-hotel-salvation-film
Adil Hussain stars as Rajiv, an overworked businessman, who agrees to honor the final wish of his father, Daya, by accompanying him to the holy city of Varanasi. There, they check in to the Hotel Salvation, where residents are given just two weeks to live out their final days or return home.
2016 • Not rated by the MPAA • 1 hour, 42 minutes •In Hindi with English subtitles • This film is presented in conjunction with Ragamala Dance Company

Freaque + Kaitlyn Walsh, A Performance w/ Eat My Words Bookstore @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: crowdcast.io
An evening of music and writing from Freaque and Kaitlyn Walsh.
Freaque is for the derelicts, the heretics, the tree stumps, and those who live on the fringes of society. A tattered voice, made of strung out words, hung to dry over broken chords on his mother’s piano. His songs range from the kind of folk and blues you find in graveyards and gardens, to fuller grooves you can find in swamps, sewers, and junkyards. In a wooden womb of darkness, he took what he had and rose above a society that constantly tells us we are not enough, that we’re only worth the possessions we own, the money in our bank accounts, and our body’s abilities. We do not have to conform to societal standards to be valued as human beings. That is why he creates music and art.

Right before the pandemic hit, Kaitlyn Walsh moved to her ancestors’ homelands (northern Minnesota) to be near her grandmother and more deeply connect with Anishinaabe life ways. That’s about when she started writing poetry and short stories. While she spends most of her time growing and gathering foods and plant medicines, words will come to her after running in the woods, praying by Gichigami (Lake Superior), or working barefoot in soil. She writes to process grief, joy, pleasure, and the lived and historical trauma she carries. The eldest of her grandma’s granddaughters and named after her grandma’s mother, Kaitlyn feels called to embody matriarchal power and heal as an act of cultural preservation. She has a lot to learn.

Virtual Talk: The Photography of Todd Webb Outside the Frame w/ Minneapolis Institute of Art @ 6-7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: ticket.artsmia.org
Join us for a FREE roundtable discussion about “Todd Webb in Africa: Outside the Frame” with community members who have roots in countries where these photographs were taken. This is a FREE virtual event that takes place via zoom. Reserve your tickets here: https://ticket.artsmia.org/…/Virtual-Talk…

This exhibition features recently recovered early color photographs by the American documentary photographer, which were commissioned by the United Nations in 1958 to document emerging industries and technologies throughout the continent of Africa. While Todd Webb’s photographs present an outsider’s view onto the social, political, and cultural dynamics on the continent at a critical period between colonialism and independence, he resisted essentializing and exoticizing frameworks in order to create complex images of countries on the cusp of change. At the same time, his photographs raise important questions concerning photographic agency and power, racial and national privilege, and the ways in which Euro-Americans conceived of modernization at a crucial period in Africa’s history.

In this roundtable discussion, community members Aziz Osman and Fatuma Elmi, Kofi Odoom, Gladstone Sabah, and Andrea Mwalilino, who have roots in Somalia, Ghana, Togo, and Tanzania–all countries on Webb’s itinerary–reflect on the photographer’s depictions of their homelands and engage questions central to the history of documentary photography in Africa.

“Todd Webb in Africa: Outside the Frame” is on view in Mia’s Harrison Gallery through Sunday, June 13, 2021. Learn more and visit the online exhibition here: https://collections.artsmia.org/…/2830/todd-webb-in-africa

To attend this program: RSVP by calling (612) 870-6323 or register online: https://ticket.artsmia.org/…/Virtual-Talk… to receive an email with the Zoom link for the program. If you have never used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app or join from your browser. Zoom works best on the Google Chrome browser. If you are having any trouble, contact our visitor experience team at visit@artsmia.org Give back: This program is free. Mia relies on your support to present its programs and exhibitions. Please consider making a contribution here: https://tickets.artsmia.org/products/donate

Thursday, Apr 22

Fredrick Soukop, author of BLISS w/ Eat My Words Bookstore @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: crowdcast.io
Author Fredrick Soukop discusses his book Bliss – recently nominated for a Minnesota Book Award in Fiction – with Matt Callahan.
Fredrick Soukop is a 33-year-old writer living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In March of 2020, Regal House Publishing released his debut novel, Bliss, which received a 2020 IPPY bronze medal in the category of Great Lakes Fiction, was a finalist for the 2020 Eric Hoffer Award, and is a finalist for the 2021 Minnesota Book Awards. His second novel, Blood Up North, was shortlisted for the 2019 C&R Press Fiction Award and is forthcoming from Vine Leaves Press in February of 2022.
About BLISS: In search of meaning amid America’s sedated upper middle class, a cynical college graduate forgoes medical school and moves to inner-city Chicago. When he falls in love with a woman uncompromisingly devoted to her community, he finds himself caught between two lives, one he does not want and one he cannot have. Soukup’s Bliss is “The Graduate” of our time.

COVID-19 in the Workplace: Creating Safe Workspaces w/ Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety @ Noon-3pm • FREE • ONLINE EVET
Online: mcohs.umn.edu
With concern about virus variants, yet the hope of vaccination, what messages should we be providing to employers and their workers? What steps are needed to prepare for workers to return to work in-person?

Join Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of President Biden’s Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board and the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), to understand the latest developments of the pandemic and explore options for protecting the workforce. Following his talk, a panel of experts representing workers from agriculture, health care and retail trade industries will discuss measures to keep employees safe in light of health inequities.

New Blood – 5 debut authors in 1 night! w/ Once Upon A Crime and Jessica Laine Mork @ 6pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Event by Online: crowdcast.io
Join us for a night of readings by debut authors!
Featuring: Nancy Johnson | Sung J Woo | Sam Tschida | Mia P. Manansala | Cynthia Pelayo
Hosted by Jessica Laine
Register Here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/new-blood—5-debut/register

Artist in Conversation: Stephanie Syjuco w/ Walker Art Center @ 7-8:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: walkerart.org

What would it mean to disappear in an era of near total surveillance? How do we protect our privacy online? Or how might we make something visible in an oversaturated image sphere? Can we trust the images that we see? Join us to hear artist Stephanie Syjuco and exhibition curator Jadine Collingwood discuss the dynamic power of visibility and invisibility in the exhibition Low Visibility.
Register for this free Zoom today.

Earth Day Teach-In: Environmental Justice and Animal Agriculture w/ Compassionate Action for Animals @ 7:30-8:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Join us for an interactive virtual discussion about animal agriculture and environmental justice.
The event will feature Wendy Pilot, co-host of Native Roots Radio and a volunteer with The Humane Society of the United States-MN ; Michael Chaney, Director of Project Sweetie Pie and winner of the 2020 Environmental Initiative Award; and Ben Lilliston, Director of Climate Change and Rural Strategies at Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy who has led the work to enact stronger climate-related regulations on Minnesota feedlots (aka factory farms) , and you’ll get to participate as well!

The panel is free to attend and you can join here.
7:30-7:45 Each panelist shares briefly about their work
7:45-8pm Panelists respond to pre-submitted questions.
8pm to 8:15pm Panelists and attendees break into small groups. Every person shares what they learned and what actions they might take.
8:15 to 8:30pm Attendees share answers in the chat; attendees can directly ask questions of the panelists
This event is part of the Twin Cities Veg Week series of events from April 18-24. 


City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

Get ready for spring street sweeping; sign up for notifications to avoid a ticket and tow
Public Works crews are gearing up to start the City’s comprehensive street sweeping program to clear away what has accumulated in the streets over the winter. The City has scheduled Tuesday, April 20, for the first day of sweeping. Beginning Monday, April 19, drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs to avoid a ticket and tow.

Starting April 20 for approximately four weeks, sweeping crews will take care of more than 1,000 miles of city streets. Alley sweeping will be completed by then. To make sure the crews can do the most complete job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweeping parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot. Read more.  

 Gov. Walz extends peacetime emergency: As Minnesota continues to ramp up vaccination distribution and monitor new variants of COVID-19, Gov. Tim Walz today signed an executive order to extend the peacetime emergency in Minnesota. The peacetime emergency is critical to the State’s ability to respond to the pandemic, including efficiently distributing the vaccine. The federal government and 46 other states remain in a state of emergency.

Minnesota’s peacetime emergency gives the State the tools necessary to quickly establish additional State vaccination sites and acquire supplies and technology to support the vaccine effort. It also supports the expansion Minnesota’s testing capacity; protects Minnesotans against evictions and wage garnishment; provides expedited procurement power for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other equipment; allows Minnesota to follow the advice of public health experts in combatting the spread of COVID-19; protects workers from unsafe worker conditions; requires Minnesotans to wear a face covering in certain settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and provides economic relief and stability to Minnesotans and small businesses impacted by the pandemic.Diverse applicants wanted for Minneapolis boards and commissionsNine City boards and commissions have openings for appointments this spring. The City seeks applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences representing the demographics of Minneapolis to strengthen the work of the City. Translation and interpreting services are available so all residents can participate.

City boards and commissions have brought forward recommendations that resulted in renter protections, wage protections and a ban on a hazardous chemical in dry cleaning. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis help shape key policy decisions, give community-based input into the City’s administration of services and supply valuable insights.

People can apply through the open position pages linked below and stay up to date on vacancies, position descriptions and timelines at minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings. Applications are open now.

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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.

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.


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.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Workers in food service now being vaccinated:Workers in priority frontline jobs will be vaccinated at City and community vaccination sites over the coming weeks, and now workers in the food service industry are being vaccinated. All food service workers who would like to get vaccinated should make sure to sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine connector so they can be contacted to make their appointments.
The State and City are working to connect workers in critical industries to the resources they need to get vaccinated.
Everyone who would like to be vaccinated to make sure they are signed up on the State’s vaccine connector.

Vaccination site now open at fairgrounds for residents of most vulnerable zip codes: Minnesota has opened a mass vaccination site with federal support at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, which will receive 168,000 doses over eight weeks to help provide fair and equitable access to vaccines. The site will vaccinate more than 100,000 people 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 Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Social Vulnerability Index will be eligible for appointments at this site to help protect people hardest hit by the pandemic. Up to 1,000 doses per day will also be taken offsite to community-based clinics in those areas.

The Minnesota State Fairgrounds were selected for being well known, centrally located, accessible by public transportation, and expansive enough to allow for a high volume of drive-through vaccinations. The site will also allow Minnesotans who use other forms of transportation to get vaccinated.

Appointments will be available to Minnesotans 16 and older who live in these zip codes in Hennepin County and Ramsey County: 55402, 55403, 55404, 55405, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55415, 55420, 55421, 55423, 55425, 55428, 55429, 55430, 55432, 55435, 55454, 55458, 55103, 55130, 55117, 55119, 55107, 55106, 55102, 55104, 55114, 55118, 55109, 55112, 55111, 55101, 55344 and 55113.

Sign up: 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 later.
There will be no cost and Minnesotans will not need to provide an ID or medical insurance to be vaccinated.
 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.


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:

Nice Ride Bicycle Season Starting

West River Parkway Closure

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis History

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: Third Avenue Bridge Renaissance

Preserve Minneapolis presents: Minneapolis Brutalism: Virtual Panel
Thursday, April 22, 5:30 – 6:31 pm

Westminster Town Hall Forum presents: “The Arc of Justice” Series
May 4, 11, 18 and 25

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
The stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’s National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/miss to learn about places to go, things to do, citizen science projects, the Ranger on Call program and the park’s nature.

Story Map Tool Reveals the Hidden Journey of Stormwater Runoff to the Mississippi River
How long does it take for stormwater runoff to get from your street to the Mississippi River? The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s new “Path to the River” tool uses modeling data to reveal stormwater’s hidden journey through our storm sewers. Experience this one-of-a-kind tool for yourself, learn how it was developed, and take a look at their new and improved Story Map at: http://www.mwmo.org/news/story-map-tool-shows-the-real-life-path-of-stormwater-runoff-to-the-mississippi-river/.

Minnesota Great River Road Information
There are 700+ things to see and do in the Minnesota segment of the Great River Road in the Plan Your Trip online map on this site, plus travel guides/story maps under the photos and videos tab at www.mnmississippiriver.com.

Great River Road Explorer’s Guide
Most of the Great River Road Explorer’s Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can be downloaded in PDF format – just go to http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/mnmississippiriver.comguide.cfm.

River Travel Magazine
River Travel magazine focuses on communities and attractions on both sides of the Mississippi River and was formed to showcase the nationally designated and internationally known Great River Road, 3,000 miles bordering the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to New Orleans. Visit rivertravelmagazine.com to enter travel contests, read travel blogs, and find many events, festivals and happenings along the Great River Road.

River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and Resources
As rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscaping practices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. In fact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find what you need, when you need it. This is where the Friends of the Mississippi River’s web page comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested local and practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Visit http://www.fmr.org/landscapefortheriver.