June 04 – June 10, 2020
Edition 110 

Nine Members of the Minneapolis City Council Pledge to Defund the City’s Police Department

Alondra Cano, Minneapolis City Council Ward 9 representative speaks to community members at “the Path Forward” meeting at Powderhorn Park. Photo by Jerry Holt/Star Tribune

It’s hard to believe that just 17 days ago George Floyd was murdered by Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer. With just over two weeks of protesting and calling for the abolition of the Minneapolis Police Department, a lot has happened since May 25th in the Twin Cities. As of Sunday, June 7th, the Minneapolis City Council announced their commitment to disband the local police department. With split opinions on this decision, tension continues to be high. City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison has taken to Twitter to reiterate intent with the dismantling of the MPD, stating:

“And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together. We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response. It’s really past due,”

On the other hand, when Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was asked if he would commit to defunding the MPD at a rally on Saturday, his ambiguous answer was met with chants like “Go home, Jacob, go home!” and “Shame! Shame!” From local protesters. He finally claimed that he does not support abolishing the police department, and in turn was booed out of the protest. ¡Guau!

 

Remembering George Floyd

Crowds gathering outside of Trask Worship Center on North Central University’s campus to remember George Floyd on Thursday, June 4th. Photo by Alycia Monserrate/NewPublica.

On Thursday, June 4th, hundreds of people came together on the North Central University campus in downtown Minneapolis to remember George Floyd. The memorial brought Floyd’s family members, political leaders, civil rights leaders and celebrities to both remember his legacy but also to call for justice. Reverend Al Sharpton, in his eulogy spoke powerful words calling for reformation of a system that has long upheld the oppression of black people in the United States stating,

“George Floyd’s story has been the story of black folks, because ever since 401 years ago, the reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed of being is you kept your knee on our neck.”

Aside from Floyd’s family members and other local leaders, countless community members gathered outside the Trask Worship Center at NCU to listen to the service that was broadcast over speakers into the streets. At times it was so silent, all you could hear were the words from inside the service. At other times the streets were filled with chatter as people came together to feed the community and take care of one another. Individuals provided water and Gatorade while establishments like East Village Grill and The Freehouse handed out free beverages and plates of food. The city is coming together like never before to offer any resources that are available.

#StaySafeMN

Given all that the Twin Cities has been through in the last couple of weeks, it is still important to remember that we are living in a pandemic. Protesting, rallying and organizing for the community are all essential tools in making social change but we also need to remember to take care of our health. The Minnesota Department of Health announced that Tuesdaysand Wednesday, June 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24 from 12-6pm will be available for free COVID-19 testing. These dates are specifically set aside for those living in the Twin Cities area who have participated in a protest, vigil, or other neighborhood event. You do not need to have symptoms or insurance to get tested, take advantage of the opportunity if you have been actively involved in the community over the last two weeks. It’s important to state that Latinx people are testing positive for COVID-19 at rates that are higher than would be expected given our share of the population. ¡Más vale prevenir que lamentar!

Rebuilding Lake Street

Maria Gutierrez and Mauro Madrigal spoke at a press conference on the challenges since the protests began and ask for help to rebuild Lake Street. Photo by Alycia Monserrate/NewPublica

Maria Gutierrez and Mauro Madrigal spoke at a press conference on the challenges since the protests began and ask for help to rebuild Lake Street. Photo by Alycia Monserrate/NewPublica
During the initial days of protests after the murder of George Floyd, many local businesses, big and small, experienced damage to their buildings. Whether it was a break in, looting, or an establishment being completely burned to the ground, Lake Street and many other parts of Minneapolis are unrecognizable. ¡Qué lástima! For the Latinx and broader immigrant community, Lake Street is a place of pride and growth. Building Lake Street up to be bustling with culture and life has taken a lot of hard work and years of dedication. Small business owners are calling for help in order to rebuild what they’ve spent so many years establishing. Leading the charge to rebuild Lake Street are foundations like the African Development Center (ADC), African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS), Council on American-Islamic Relations – Minnesota Chapter (CAIR-MN), and the Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC). If you are able, take a moment to check out the Rebuild & Heal MN website to learn more and donate so that Lake Street can be revitalized once more. ¡Andale!

 

Fondo del Barril

     Art by Fanesha Fabre @faneshafabre courtesy of Hip Latina

Aside from protesting and social change, art has been used as a method to bring hope and keep people connected through the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted and killed people of color, specifically Black and Latinx people. Coping is hard to do but especially so when your community is unjustly affected. With no shortage of talent among the Latinx community, we wanted to take a moment to recognize the work being created. In order to make sense of the rapid changes that the world was confronted with at the start of the pandemic, NYC-based Domincan-American artist, Ganesha Fabre, creates COVID-19 related art. ¡Magnifico!

“I created this piece as a way to help those you may be struggling with coming to terms with quarantine. I was having some difficulty accepting this new reality myself,” she says. “My goal is for my art to make viewers feel hopeful and have faith that things will eventually get better. I want my art to remind others not to give energy to the things they cannot control. I want my art to make others feel comforted and that they are not alone.”

Resources for Minnesota Families

Minnesota is home to a robust network of more than 300 food shelves that may be able to offer additional food support to families and individuals who are suffering from hunger.

  • Many local food shelves are modifying hours or operations to ensure food can be provided safely.
  • Visiting a food shelf will not impact your immigration status or your ability to become a citizen under the federal “public charge rule.”
  • Hunger Solutions can help locate a food shelf near you. Call the Minnesota Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151 or use the interactive map at hungersolutions.org

Many Minnesota families are facing difficult times, finding it hard to pay bills and access healthy foods. Help may be available through public programs.

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Women, Infants & Children (WIC) nutrition program and others can help you buy food while budgets are tight.
  • To help recipients purchase food, monthly benefits are loaded on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card or WIC Card. These cards can be used to buy groceries at authorized food stores, retailers and farmers markets.
  • Contact your county or tribal public health or human services office to learn if you may be eligible for public food assistance. Hunger Solutions can help find your local office and connect you to application assistance services. Call the Minnesota Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151 or use the interactive map at hungersolutions.org.You can also apply online at applymn.dhs.mn.gov
  • SNAP, MFIP, and WIC benefits can help families access additional supports including health screenings, emergency assistance, nutrition education, and employment and training supports
  • If you live in the metro area, call 612-373-3333 for information about public transportation.
  •  If you live in a rural area, visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/transit/riders/index.html for information about public transportation close to you.

Café Libre

Don’t miss the special Cafe Libre program on Coronavirus (COVID-19) that was broadcast June 6th on Univision Minnesota in collaboration with New Prensa.

Café Libre, is a weekly program in Spanish featuring NewPublica’s very own Alberto Monserrate and Melisa Franzen. In this talk show you can keep up with the latest things that are happening in Minnesota including politics, health, immigration and more. Tune in every Saturday at 10am for the latest events at Univision Minnesota, in collaboration with your online media source New Prensa. Pour a cup and join the conversation. Check out one of the latest episodes covering coronavirus here. For all the latest episodes, visit our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

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