Best of Neighborhood News 3/16: UMN student creates Spanish-language podcast for local Latino community


After working with Latino school kids and parents in Minneapolis, Antonio Elias, a University of Minnesota Student and member of the latino based fraternity Sigma Lambda Beta, and Mitch Roldan wanted to give local Latinos a new platform for news. This lead to the creation of Hablando Franco — a Spanish-language podcast that will feature news and commentary that aims to inform Latinos all across Minnesota.  The podcast which translates to Speaking Frankly, will touch on a variety of topics and issues facing the Latino community, from new policies incorporated by the new presidential administration, to more local issues such as the lack of teachers of color in Minnesota.

“It’s something that we need and something that our community can use to get informed,”

-Antonio Elias

Listen to the podcast at their official website and read more about the impact they aim to have on the Latino community in Minnesota at the Minnesota Daily.

Years in the making, Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center opens for business

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on Sunday celebrated the grand opening of a long-heralded career center aimed at connecting area residents to employment opportunities and educational resources.  The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center, which has been in the making for over two years, drew nearly 100 neighborhood residents and government officials from the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County. The center was founded to combat unemployment challenges among East African residents in the neighborhood, which has long seen some of the highest joblessness rates in the city.

“This is a community space.  It’s also a space that signifies the East African community’s growth in this part of the city of Minneapolis.”

-Council Member Abdi Warsame

Find out more about the impact this new career center will have at MinnPost.

East Side Freedom Library named winner of national award

The East Side Freedom Library has been selected as the 2017 winner of the John Sessions Memorial Award.

The award, sponsored by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contributions of the labor movement to the development of the United States. The mission of the East Side Freedom Library is

“to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice, and work toward equity for all.”

Find out more about the East Side Freedom Library at Workday Minnesota.