Sunday, May 31, 2020

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] May 2020

[#mnrising Dispatch] May 2020

We're gutted. And heartbroken. Because George Floyd was killed earlier this week while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department and because of the violence and destruction that has barraged our local neighborhoods amidst the ensuing protests for justice for George and our Black, Indigenous, and communities of color in Minnesota. But we know in our guts and hearts what needs to be done: We join in the demand for justice to be served and for this time of uprising to result in change that has been long overdue for our communities and systems.

Acting on the small and large scale, we can: Support locally-organized mutual aid efforts, donate to community organizations especially those serving and led by BIPOC leaders, advocate to our community leaders for accountability and transformative systems change that results in truly equitable opportunities and outcomes, and turn toward one another to protect and rebuild our communities. All while taking safety precautions as we continue to unite to diminish the spread of COVID-19. Take action as you are called, and take good care of yourselves and one another.

Editor's Note: It has recently come to our attention that a Facebook Group with the same moniker was created earlier this year. As an 11+ year old network, Minnesota Rising is not at all associated with this newer group. 

Unsung Hero Award Nominations

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is pleased to announce the annual Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards. In partnership with the McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation that advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive, four Minnesotans, two from the Twin Cities metro and two from Greater Minnesota, will each receive $10,000 in recognition of the significant impact they have had on the state of Minnesota and its communities. Nominations will open on Monday, May 18, 2020, and close Thursday, June 18, 2020 at noon. [Nominate an Unsung Hero.]

We Love Lake Street

Make a donation to help rebuild Lake Street’s small businesses and community organizations. The Lake Street Council (501c3) will donate 100% of funds to help rebuild Lake Street, starting with direct support to small businesses and nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses and serve the local neighborhoods. A majority of Lake Street businesses are owned by immigrants and people of color, and Lake Street Council is committed to ensuring that support is accessible to all businesses and has an equitable impact. As the Council works to allocate and distribute these funds, they will focus on helping the hardest-hit and most vulnerable businesses in the community, which disproportionately includes immigrant and POC-owned businesses. [Donate online.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Mind Opener: What is Food Justice, and Why is it Important?
Citizens League
Wednesday, June 3
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Online Event

Jane Whitlock: "What I learned about life from death"
TEDxMinneapolis: Virtual Series
Thursday, June 4
5:00pm - 6:00pm

SPECTRUM Community
A community of multicultural changemakers creating an inclusive impact economy
June 9 - 11, 2020

Jan Malcolm and Responding to COVID-19 in Minnesota
Thursday, June 11
11:00am - 12:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Capitol Pathways End of Session Celebration
Thursday, June 11
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Live Online Event!

Thong Nguyen: "Can virtual reality change your mind?"
TEDxMinneapolis: Virtual Series
Wednesday, June 17
5:00pm -6:00pm

So You Want to Work on Elections?
Monday, June 22
12:00pm - 1:00 pm

Racism 101 Virtual Workshop
YWCA Minneapolis
Thursday, June 28
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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