African community members engaged in meaningful discussion with Brooklyn Park city authorities and foundation representatives at the African civic engagement conversations in April. These three members of the West African community in Brooklyn Park expressed their frustration with the city’s lack of diverse representation on committees and in not being given opportunities to create meaningful change. They also point out some of the structural barriers for smaller nonprofit organizations run by immigrant communities, such as a lack of funding, resources, time, and not having an “in” in funding cycles.Related stories:• Brooklyn Park African and African-American communities convene 350 leaders for civic engagement• OUR STORIES | Ethel Livingstone talks civic engagement in African communitiesReporting for this article supported in part by Bush Foundation. Continue Reading
Ethel Livingstone is a Liberian American and North Minneapolis resident who considers herself to be civically engaged. A first-generation immigrant from Liberia, Ethel has lived in Minnesota since the 1970s and works as a community health worker. She talks about some of the struggles new African immigrants face, misconceptions about the Northside, and the need for more dialog between African and African American communities, such as the African civic engagement conversation which took place in April. Continue Reading
How welcoming is Minnesota to newcomers? That’s the question being posed by The Advocates for Human Rights. This year and next, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit is monitoring, documenting, and assessing the experiences of immigrants and other key communities against international human rights standards. It’s part of a project called the One Voice Minnesota Network, an effort to build more welcoming communities statewide by providing tools and resources and promoting collaborations.
Want to know what’s happening in Worthington, Minnesota? Well thanks to WGTN-TV 3, you can now check in online to see what’s happening via local TV programming. WGTN-TV 3 has been showing local programs, such as government meetings or local sporting events for a while but you had to be in the area to access the shows. Continue Reading
Author PAUL ROGAT LOEB has revised his acclaimed 1999 volume on the roles we can all play in making our communities serve us and our neighbors better – from the nagging neighborhood issue right up through global climate change. The pride and satisfaction of civic engagement – even in these most trying times – is that intangible sense of being in and of the world and living a meaningful life – the very Soul of a Citizen. (Podcast below) TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL talks at length with Paul Loeb about the way this works and ways it might not, admitting that this edition reflects a darker mood across the country even as he encourages continued involvement in civic life. GUEST: PAUL ROGAT LOEB Author, Soul of a Citizen [Paul Loeb appears at First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis Weds, April 21st, 7:00PM and at 3:30PM Thursday, April 22nd, at Coffman Bookstore of the University of MN.] Continue Reading
Dozens, if not hundreds, of new bills are introduced at the Minnesota Legislature every week, and the lucky ones that progress toward becoming laws first have to make it through several committee hearings in both the Senate and House of Representatives, where they can be gutted, killed, transformed or beefed up.So, how to keep track of the bills that are important to you? The Minnesota Legislature’s answer is called MyBills, a free subscription service that allows you to keep track of bills based on their topic or their author.Once you select a bill to start following, you can receive e-mails (sorry, no texts) notifying you of any modifications or movement of that bill through the legislative process. You will even receive alerts that let you know beforehand when the bill you’re following has been scheduled for a committee hearing or put on the House or Senate calendar for a possible floor vote.Be warned, however. It’s easy to sign up to follow so many bills that you’ll quickly suffer from information overload. At last count, 3,024 bills had been introduced in the Senate and 3,386 in the House during this two-year session. Continue Reading
Association Encourages Citizens From All Sectors of Neighborhood to Run
The Summit Hill neighborhood south of Summit Avenue is a historic and vibrant community made up of homeowners, renters and the thriving East Grand Avenue commercial strip of local and national businesses. The neighborhood boundaries are Summit Avenue on the north, Ayd Mill Road on the west, Ramsey St. on the east and 35E on the south. As one of the City of St. Paul’s seventeen citizen participation districts, this area is represented by the Summit Hill Association(SHA)/District 16 Planning Council led by an elected 21-member volunteer Board of Directors. Continue Reading