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Read full July 2020 edition

Posted on 27 June 2020

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FEATURED, UPRISING

Voices of an uprising

Posted on 27 June 2020

Holding space at George Floyd Memorial site By JILL BOOGREN In the weeks following the brutal killing of George Floyd outside of Cup Foods, the four corners of 38th St. and Chicago Ave. have become sacrosanct. Buildings are adorned with portraits of George Floyd, large and small. A sculpture of a Black Power fist stands […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, NOKOMIS, UPRISING

‘We’re not going to go on with our lives the way things were before’

Posted on 27 June 2020

Protesters at Minnehaha Parkway and Nokomis Ave. serve as visual reminders By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Stefanie Beniek is driven to be a visual reminder every Monday night from 5-7 p.m. at Minnehaha Parkway and Nokomis Ave. The group of local residents started gathering at that corner shortly after George Floyd was murdered a mile away […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, UPRISING

Art heals the soul

Posted on 27 June 2020

Community healing mural is first to go up at George Floyd Memorial site on Chicago and 38th Ave. By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN When artist and community activist Christopheraaron Deanes heard about George Floyd’s death, he went right to 38th St. and Chicago Ave. – but he didn’t show up empty handed. He came fully armed with […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, LONGFELLOW, UPRISING

ABOLISH THE POLICE: Local residents talk about why they support movement

Posted on 27 June 2020

By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Editor’s note: In an effort to support a conversation about a current initiative in Minneapolis, I talked to three local activists and Longfellow business owners about defunding the police for this article. There are also suggested resources within the article for learning more. We welcome signed letters to the editor talking […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW, Through Their Eyes, UPRISING

‘This is it. We’ve had enough.’

Posted on 27 June 2020

By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN Kayleen Kabba will be going into 10th grade at South High School in the fall; if there is school, that is. She said, “The ‘not knowing’ about that feels big. There is a lot of ‘not knowing’ in my life right now.” Like people of all ages, Kayleen is struggling to understand […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW, Through Their Eyes, UPRISING

‘It looked like just another killing of a black man in America’

Posted on 27 June 2020

By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN Dre Vann started coming to Brackett Park in the Longfellow neighborhood when his gym closed in March. He and his friends use the Depression-Era concrete picnic tables as workout benches. They lift free weights, heavy ones, with enviable strength and discipline. When he saw the video of George Floyd’s murder, Dre hardly […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW, Through Their Eyes, UPRISING

‘We continue to pray that people get along’

Posted on 27 June 2020

By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN Senem Yumshuk prays every morning on the lawn in front of Holy Trinity Church. At the base of an oak, she prays for her children. At the base of an elm, she prays for children everywhere. She moves to another oak and prays for her mother. There are many trees. There are […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW, UPRISING

Q&A with Kelly Drummer of MIGIZI

Posted on 26 June 2020

By Elena Vaughn MIGZI is grieving. The organization had just completed renovations in the summer of 2019, opening their space for Native American youth. The building (3017 27th Ave. S.) was burned down on Friday, May 29, 2020. On June 24, Kelly Drummer provided an update on how the group is healing and moving forward. […] Continue Reading

HISTORY, LONGFELLOW, UPRISING

Remembering 27th and Lake

Posted on 25 June 2020

By Iric Nathanson Neighbors who live around 27th and Lake St. are now finding themselves at the edge of a war zone of burned out and boarded buildings. Their commercial district encompasses the Third Precinct police station, the Minneapolis site that made national news when it was torched by rioters in the aftermath of George […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW

Rebuild Longfellow: Grassroots group is partnering with local businesses

Posted on 25 June 2020

By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN At a spontaneously organized meeting on May 30, 2020, community activist Francisco Segovia spoke to a crowd of several hundred people gathered at Longfellow Park. With many Lake Street businesses still smoldering, he said, “Now is the time to show up and make a difference – we need to really show our […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY, UPRISING

East Lake Street Clinic ‘unscathed for a reason’

Posted on 25 June 2020

Clinic helps through devastating times By Chloe Peter Allina Health East Lake Street Clinic, located at 3024 Snelling Ave S, stands across from the Minneapolis Third Precinct, an area that was highly targeted by protestors the night of May 28, 2020. Although trees less than 200 feet away, the Arby’s to the north, and the […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, OPINION

We can feel both-and: Support protests and grieve loss of local businesses

Posted on 25 June 2020

Have a little grace By Amy Pass There was a saying that was repeated so often when I was in graduate school that we all used to groan when our professors would say it. It was a deceptively simple phrase that went like this: “It’s a Both-And.” We used this phrase to refer to situations […] Continue Reading

NOKOMIS, OPINION, UPRISING

Thanks, Nokomis East neighbors

Posted on 25 June 2020

NENA Board President By JEROME EVANS Dear Nokomis East Community: this is a letter of gratitude. In case we haven’t met, my name is Jerome Evans and I chair the board of directors for our Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA). I served on the board for a few years before becoming chair so I can […] Continue Reading

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