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 email@example.com 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.]
It's an historic time as we continue to see protests and legislative proposals in support of Black lives, neighbors stepping up to provide mutual aid and social connections in a time of physical distancing, and increased individual and collective initiative to create change. In addition to holding critical conversations, making donations, and volunteering time, it's more important than ever to take action by completing the 2020 Census Form and making plans to vote in this Presidential Election Year. Fill out the Decennial Census form online at my2020census.gov and register to vote by mail or other manners at the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. Keep engaging in each and all of the ways available to you in order to leverage your voice, your vote, and your power to take action in 2020 for the future that is to follow!
BMPP Micro-Grant Applications
BMPP Giving Circle's 2020 grant cycle is now accepting proposals. Micro-grants of up to $2,500 are available for projects serving the Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander communities that are focused on building solidarity across Black, Indigenous, Asian and Latinx (all usually included in the umbrella of BIPOC) communities and healing projects that hold and support communities during this moment. This can include (but is not limited to) community and neighborhood organizing efforts, community teach-ins that liberate the mind and creates opportunities to unlearn and relearn BIPOC-centered histories and issues, work that centers the needs of BIPOC communities in issues-based advocacy and power building, and providing healing for communities, artists, organizers, etc. Deadline is August 14, 2020. [Learn more.]
Pro bono services from Goff Public
"Over many years, Goff Public has been honored to help address racial disparities in our community through a variety of client and pro bono work and involvement in civic organizations. But we know that much more must be done to achieve a just and equal society, so we are dedicating our experience, talent and hard work where it can count. We are currently offering some of our communications and government relations services at no cost to local nonprofits and advocacy organizations that are working to achieve racial equity within our community. Whether it is advocating for legislation at the state Capitol, developing communications strategies or pitching stories to news outlets – we want to support organizations that are striving for constructive change, building relationships, and sharing resources and perspectives to help educate the community. Organizations that are interested in our pro bono services can fill out the form by August 21." [Learn more.]