How the ‘creative economy’ is killing culture on Lake Street

On Nov. 2,  a multiracial group of people gathered at Plaza Centenario on the corner of 12th Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis. Organized by the Immigrant Movement for Justice, Por Raza and Morena Minnesota, an ofrenda for Day of the Dead was built to honor family members and community leaders throughout the world who passed away due to injustice. The plaza was established by the tireless efforts of local community groups Cuernavaca-Cuernavaca-Axochiapan-Morelos (CCAM), Club Morelos (CM) and Latino artists. Towering above pedestrians stands a bronze statue of Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata created by German Michel Leal, an artist from Morelos, Mexico, a sister city of Minneapolis. Continue Reading

Asylum for migrant minors – A letter to HHS and DHS from teachers

This letter was sent to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, and Jeh Johnson
, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, on behalf of the League of Latino Educators:Dear Secretary Burwell & Secretary Johnson,On behalf of the League of Latino Educators (LLE) and our teacher members, I write to urge for the humane treatment of the unaccompanied migrant minors fleeing to your care. These minors are refugees in need of asylum. LLE opposes the expedited deportation of these minors and requests that their human rights be honored and protected. We condemn the actions of hate groups posing as patriots staging rallies and protests to stop busses and prevent migrants from accessing the rights afforded by our own laws.As teachers, we welcome any student that walks into our classroom with open arms, no matter their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, income, family background or immigration status. We understand the challenge of meeting their diverse needs, but we wake up everyday determined to do what is right for these children, our children, and the future of our country. Continue Reading

Noche Hispana Artists | Curio Dance and See More Perspective

This video interview features Curio Dance and See More PerspectiveSEE MORE PERSPECTIVE has been described as a “Chicago Institution”, “Walking creativity”, “The hardest working, most unjustly slept on artist in the Twin Cities”, and “Everything I love about hip hop”…This award winning hip hopper is a Twin Cities Native, Chicago transplant, MC, Poet, Producer, Engineer, Visual Artist, Actor, Educator, Thinker, Lover and one hell of a cook. He is a recipient of the 2012/13 VERVE Grant from Intermedia Arts which he’s used to create an exciting new album of spoken word poetry called ‘The Cosmos According to Your Closed Eyes’. He was also a semi-finalist in the “Forever Saint Paul Challenge for the Million Dollar Idea to Make Saint Paul Great”.This is Boom-Bap from the stars at the pyramids. A dance party with indigenous kings, quantum physicists, and your little cousins. These are lyrics that school, uplift and capture the imagination. Continue Reading