This month’s Winter Solstice marked the shortest and darkest day of 2020, an unprecedented year that will be remembered for global pandemic, collective loss, and civil uprising. Our interdependence is clearer now than ever, along with our ability to withstand change, and in some cases, to allow these shifts to provoke deep transformation. There is now a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel as multiple vaccine options become available, institutions begin to fulfill their commitments to anti-racist resources and action, and global shifts in leadership are anticipated in 2021.
Please continue to take good care of yourselves, and others as you are able, with the hope that in the new year you will come to know that you are stronger than you thought you were. Wishing you peace and wellness, on this final day of 2020, and in all the days to come!
Call for Submissions to Anthology Project
Ode to George: Reflections on George Floyd’s Memorial Site at 38th and Chicago | In an effort to celebrate, honor, and preserve this space that has sprouted and flourished under the care of community, this call for submissions seeks PERSONAL ESSAYS, POEMS, AND VISUAL ART that reflects on the significance of this space as articulated by Shanene Herbert in “A Guide for White Allies in Black Spaces of Mourning.”
All Are Welcome to Submit: This call is for emerging (including young people) and established artists from the local, national, and international community. Given this book’s impetus and mission, this anthology will prioritize the voices of Black and local artists. [Learn more.]
Reckoning to Rise Together
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 91st birthday and kicking off a week of hope and healing, join the Center for Economic Inclusion (CEI) on Friday, January 15 from 12 noon - 1:00 pm for an exclusive virtual screening of their new documentary-short, Reckoning to Rise Together.
A moderated discussion and Q & A with Twin Cities' business owners Jim Mills (J-Klips), Kiara Ellis (The Nail Bar), and Tim Wilson (Urban Lights Music) will follow the film screening.
The Center for Economic Inclusion is a cross-sector organization committed to strengthening the Minneapolis-St. Paul region's civic infrastructure and collective capacity to disrupt systems and influence market forces to catalyze shared prosperity and advance an inclusive economy.[Register online.]
November marked Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance, Native American Heritage Month, and the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving. A month, at its best, focused on honoring our origins and intricacies, and growing giving and gratitude. We can bring this awareness forward into the future by contributing with pride via #GivingTuesdayLGBTQ, understanding with counsel from the Native Governance Center about Tribal sovereignty and governments and why treaties matter, and practicing in spite of our differences of identity and opinion, Turning Toward Each Other as we navigate conflict and complexity.
Day by day, we are making it through 2020, this year of pause and pandemic. Individually, and together. Much gratitude this month and always for your continued readership and connection!
Give to the Max Day 2020 and Giving Tuesday
GiveMN salutes your generosity. Tens of thousands of Minnesotans and people around the world answered the call on #GTMD20, giving tens of millions of dollars to thousands of causes across our state. On behalf of GiveMN's nonprofit and school partners, thank you for continuing to support communities across our state and fueling their critical work. And on December 1, you'll have the chance to be a part of a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on Giving Tuesday. [Contribute online.]
We Care for Us: Care Package for Grounding and Action
Minnesotans have been joining together across race, class, and zip code to defend our democracy and activate joyful politics. We're caring for ourselves. We're caring for our communities. As Minnesotans, it's what we do. Our strength comes from care, solidarity, collective action, and our stories: we keep us safe. TakeAction Minnesota created a virtual care package for grounding + action. Inside you will find resources and tools on caring for you, caring for your community, and taking action together. [Read more.]
October marked Indigenous People's Day, commemorating Native American peoples and their cultures as the first peoples on this land we currently inhabit, and as we transition into the next month, we celebrate El Día De Los Muertos, which allows us to honor the souls of all those who came before us and who are the other half of humanity. Situating ourselves now in this place and among the people around us, we can turn our attention toward the future. That future will be significantly influenced by this coming Tuesday's 2020 United States General Election.
On Thursday, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that ballots arriving after 8:00pm on Election Day in Minnesota must be separated because they may not be counted. If you haven't already voted, your options now are to:
Hand-deliver your mail-in ballot by 3:00pm on Tuesday, November 3rd OR
Vote in-person between now and 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 3rd.
You can check your voter registration, locate your polling place, learn how to vote early in person, find out what's on your local ballot, and more at: www.mnvotes.org.
Minnesota has traditionally ranked the highest in voter turnout and civic engagement across the nation. Let's do our parts to vote, support others to do the same, and continue to engage and advocate for a better Minnesota in 2020 and beyond.
Give to the Max Day 2020
Give to the Max Day will be back on Thursday, November 19, 2020! Plan to join GiveMN and thousands of Minnesota nonprofits and schools in raising millions of dollars together for the organizations which make our communities stronger. Donors may make their Give to the Max gifts when Early Giving begins on November 1. All gifts made from November 1 through November 19 will count toward Give to the Max Day prizes. Through the first decade of Give to the Max Day, donors have given nearly $200 million to more than 10,000 nonprofits and schools in just eleven giving days! [Learn more.]
Books for Breakfast 2020
You're invited to 826 MSP's second annual Books for Breakfast--and this year, they're coming to you! Spend the morning VIRTUALLY with special guest, Marlon James, to benefit 826 MSP's youth writing programs. Grab your breakfast and join in to learn about anti-racism in education, show support for 826 MSP, and hear from our special guest, local educators, and the young people who are writing us all toward a better future. Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 19 from 9:00 -10:00am. [Learn more.]
The leaves change color, the days grow shorter, and the temperatures drop as we mark the transition to the autumn season. The cycles of our natural environment are recognizable even as our human conditions become increasingly unfamiliar. Our country and communities are burning: from wildfires, from centuries of racialized aggression and oppression, and from the widening social distance betwixt one another as COVID and our polarized perspectives challenge our sense of collective trust. Rather than turn away, these dual pandemics call for us to turn toward one another and invest in the community fabric that remains as well as to sew together new threads.
Activating an anti-racist lens to our historical and current challenges as a nation, casting votes for Presidential and municipal elections to advance greater civility and inclusivity within our elected leadership and culture, and supporting mutual aid and connections in our daily lives and communities are part of the key ways we can show up for ourselves and each other right now. Specifically, there are opportunities to text voters with CAAL during upcoming phone banks, write letters to voters to increase turnout, and continue learning and engaging via the opportunities within this Dispatch. Through all of this, tending to individual and communal social and emotional well-being are critical, and ultimately may result in healthy practices and ways of being we might not have otherwise developed if not for our time in quarantine. Take good care as we all make a new way.
Tapping the Potential of Community Engagement
This 4-part workshop series is designed to deepen your knowledge, broaden your perspective, and sharpen your skills as you explore the potential for community engagement to create equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities. The sessions are for anyone who is interested in learning more about community engagement, or for those who wish to deepen their work with community. Session Topics: -Session 1: What is Community Engagement? -Session 2: Shifting Power: Moving from Service to Engagement -Session 3: Healing through Community Engagement -Session 4: Moving Forward: Integrating Community Engagement Practices and Shifting Work Culture [Learn more.]
It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race™
It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race fosters a space for racial justice engagement that is open to all people, no matter where they are in their racial justice journey. Participants connect with a network of people committed to racial justice and attendees leave the event ready to advance inclusion at work, in the community and with family and friends. Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of George Floyd's murder, YWCA Minneapolis has shifted the event to a virtual platform and expanded our event program to address the issues most impacting our community. It's Time to Talk attendees will have access to exclusive workshops and events leading up to October 21. This virtual event will feature a conversation with Khaled Beydoun, moderated by Dr. Erika Lee. [Register online.]
It's that time of year again for our annual Great Minnesota Get Together and back-to school, and neither are what we have traditionally known them to be. Anxieties and necessary invention abound as so much of who we are, the culture we have allowed, and the systems that we have reinforced are increasingly exposed. This time of dual pandemics persists and calls on us to find ever greater resources within ourselves and one another.
"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” -The Gospel of Thomas
Just as the heat of summer is giving way to cooler air as fall starts to show its arrival, we are reminded that nature moves in cycles and the seasons are still with us in this otherwise unrecognizable time. Looking ahead, we know it will be hard to remember in the depths of winter how there could ever be such light and warmth, so let us honor that we are right now in that place of proof. While so much of what is shared in this month's newsletter is via virtual, physically-distanced engagement, let's keep connected to our curiosity, individual growth, desire for transformative change, and our social connectedness. Stay well and #MaskUpMN!
Board Repair ReLaunch
This event is hosted by Board Repair, an independent network that aims to create a more effective nonprofit sector by increasing participation of BIPOC on boards in the Twin Cities. At this virtual gathering, Board Repair will: -Update you on Board Repair fall offerings -Network with other BIPOC individuals who are interested in board service -Connect and explore board service opportunities -Hear your needs and how Board Repair can help! This gathering welcomes individuals who identify as BIPOC who are interested in nonprofit board service and or joining a nonprofit board. The event will be hosted on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon via Zoom (link will be provided prior to the event). Please register by September 9 to claim your spot. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance. [Learn more.]
Apply for the Bush Fellowship
The Bush Fellowship is a recognition of your extraordinary accomplishments and support for your potential. It is an investment in you, so that you can make a difference in your community. The Fellowship is a flexible grant of up to $100,000 to help you strengthen and develop your leadership. As a Fellow, you define your own vision and create a unique Fellowship plan to learn the skills and build the relationships that will help you make your vision a reality. Criteria for selecting Fellows is based on the combination of an extraordinary track record of success, a Fellowship plan that reflects the ability to dream big about what is possible and the skills and potential to bring the plan to life. Application deadline is September 17, 2020 at noon Central. [Learn more.]