The recent unveiling and celebration of four major works of outdoor art on Snelling Avenue were the culmination of a year’s worth of effort by artists, business owners, foundations and the city of St. Paul. In 2014, The Knight Foundation named John Oppenheimer the winner of its inaugural Knight Arts Challenge St.
All photos by Kayla Steinberg
Although it was mainly a plot to cool out radical activism, Labor Day is widely remembered as a celebration of the successful fight for the eight-hour day. Yet, while we’re approaching the United States’ 121st official Labor Day, it is now impossible for low-wage Minnesota workers to support their families while working only eight hours a day. Anthony Shields, a young community organizer with the workers rights campaign at Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), remembers the struggles his single mother faced working two full time jobs. “I would only see my mother for five hours a day, and between those five hours, she was exhausted and trying to get some rest, just because her one full time job wasn’t enough for food, not enough for the rent, and not enough for clothes on our backs,” he said.
Marie Egbujor opened Paradise Beauty Salon in North Minneapolis’ 919 West Broadway in November of 2009. Originally from Haiti, she cherished the opportunity to run her own business. Marie chose the location on West Broadway because of the affordable rent and diverse environment.
A roundup of community news from all corners of the Twin Cities, including stories from inside and outside the Black Lives Matter march to the State Fair, a Lao/Hmong Friendship Play, reminiscing about peace protests in 2008, and more from our Media Partners.