On the afternoon of Saturday, June 30, Minneapolis was one of 600 cities and towns across the country to come alive with thousands of people vigorously and collectively denouncing the U.S. government’s federal immigration policies as part of the Families Belong Together nationwide march. Photographer Nancy Musinguzi’s recent photos captured the over 7,000 people who marched to build solidarity among different cultural groups, organizations and socially progressive movements.
Minneapolis poet Adina Burke, who identifies as a bisexual woman with Cerebral Palsy, has heard it all when it comes to how folks react to her identities. Some of the worst responses have come from folks she’s dated and even outsiders who comment about her relationships. “My partner who is a cis male, gets high fives and thumbs up for doing things a normal loving boyfriend would do like help me with my coat and ex-girlfriends have gotten praise from their peers because of how inclusive they are being by dating me,” Burke says. “But I’m not a Mitzvah project.” While Burke’s partners are lauded for performing basic relationship duties, she has found that she frequently asks herself, “What do I have to offer?” and worries that she is burdening her partner with her disability. “I’m a person with a lot of great qualities, and I’d like to live in a society one day that views my partner as lucky as I am to have them,” she says. Continue Reading
Following in the wake of the #MeToo movement and heightened visibility for sexual assault survivors, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is considering funding a memorial in Boom Island Park. Break the Silence, a local group of survivors and allies, is seeking the Board’s support for the construction of the memorial, and commissioners have voted to explore funding options. “The memorial concept holds true to what we have seen nationally, that when survivors tell their stories they unconsciously give other survivors permission to tell theirs,” [Sarah Super, Break the Silence organizer] told the board. Find more details on the prospective project at The Journal. Native theater company debuts first full production
Turtle Theater Collective, a Native theater company based in Minneapolis, debuted their first full length production on March 9 at The Southern Theater. Continue Reading
A Minneapolis City Council committee discussed plans with law enforcement and a local nonprofit to combat heightened sex trafficking during the Super Bowl LII on Jan. 18. As reported by the Minnesota Daily, the Minneapolis Police Department is using undercover operations and building relationships with the hospitality industry to combat the issue. In addition, 12 community organizations formed an Anti-Trafficking Response Committee. “We know sex trafficking occurs. Continue Reading
Chanting a reverberating “Si Se Puede,” residents of the Lowry Grove manufactured home community marched five miles from their homes in the city of St. Anthony to the Hennepin County Government Center for their Aug. 26 court hearing. Continue Reading
The Community Plaza, a property of the Cedar Cultural Center, used to be a fenced-in, empty space that was inaccessible and wasn’t used for much. On April 23, this space has transformed into a place for authenticity and culture. Continue Reading
In 2015, the city of Minneapolis, with the help of 17 community organizations, continued its exploration and outreach for a North Minneapolis greenway, to help share information and collect feedback from community members. Continue Reading