February is the month to celebrate Black excellence, the time to share Black knowledge, pride and the continuation of the African American journey. Continue Reading →
By Dwight Hobbes
Cherise Rachel Vincent isn’t merely a presence in the room. She commands it. A lithe 5’5”, fluidly articulate with a pleasant yet frank demeanor, she arrests attention with understated authority. Which comes in handy for her professional capacity as a public face at Be The Match. Specifically, she is associate human resources strategic business partner at the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match. Continue Reading →
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By Lissa Jones
Proposals are currently under consideration to significantly increase emissions from Minneapolis polluters that have a disproportionate impact on low-income communities of color such as those in Phillips and on the North Side. On April 3, several community organizations sponsored a “Reality Check” on air and water pollution at Kwanzaa Community Church to discuss the potential impact of the proposed increases on the health of these neighborhoods and the people who live there. The event flyer invited the community to “hear about the status of Northern Metals and HERC (the garbage burner) in North Minneapolis and how their emissions may impact your health.” About 25 people were in attendance, including State Representatives Karen Clark and Joe Mullery, as the panel presented their findings and concerns to the group.
The panelists were Jeff Skrenes of the Hawthorne Community Council; Lea Foushee, environmental justice director with the North American Water Office, a nonprofit organization chartered in 1982 to educate people about solutions to environmental problems; Lara Norkus-Crampton, a nurse, garbage burner activist, and former planning commissioner for the City of Minneapolis; and Beverly Propes, a public health nurse. Their presentations covered the status of the legal work on Northern Metals; examined the correlation between the pollution emissions and health outcomes for children attending school in the affected neighborhoods; reviewed studies from across the world detailing the health effects of pollution emissions on communities with incinerators; and looking at alternative solutions through the lens of a community organizer. Continue Reading →
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Is ‘Heritage Park fatigue’ causing City leaders to neglect the historic project? Or is a land grab underway?
By Charles Hallman
The Minneapolis City Council recently voted to begin foreclosure proceedings against properties in North Minneapolis’ Heritage Park, once billed as the most ambitious housing start-up in city history. A Black developer formerly praised by City officials for his investment in the project now worries that his losses may become someone else’s gain and the Black community will be the poorer for it. Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Senior Project Coordinator Matt Goldstein said that the City’s action, which took place December 16, involves two loans totaling an estimated $2 million owed by Heritage Housing, LLC. “The foreclosure is only [about] those two loans,” he noted. Continue Reading →