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Council on Black Minnesotans announces ‘aggressive’ agenda during its ‘Day on the Hill’

Edward McDonald

Director laments tepid support from Black legislators

The Black population in Minnesota has increased by at least six times since the Council on Black Minnesotans (COBM) was founded in 1980. The COBM’s primary mission is to advise the governor and the state legislature “on statutes or rules necessary to ensure that Black people have access to benefits and services provided to people in this state,” according to the preamble to its charter that was passed out during its annual “Day on the Hill” event last week.

Executive Director Edward McDonald talked January 15 with more than 30 “lobbyists” at Christ Lutheran Church, located across the street from the capitol building, who gathered there after visiting lawmakers. He said that it’s even more important that the state legislative body hear “the furious cry” from Black Minnesotans to seriously address the various disparities in the state.
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Turning Point announces ‘big-time’ partnership with North Memorial

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Chemical healthcare needs in the Black community historically have been emphasized less than they should be. Turning Point since 1976 has provided both culturally specific inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency treatment services and other related programming. It served nearly 500 clients in 2013; 42 percent of the provided services were chemical dependency treatment with 94 percent of its clientele Black. The nonprofit agency’s mission expanded several years ago with the establishing of its Culturally Specific Services Center (CSSC) for “providing social services, public health programs, and culturally specific solutions” to meet the community’s needs. One result is that Turning Point and North Memorial Medical Center have joined forces. Continue Reading →

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Another ‘long, hot summer’ threatens North Minneapolis

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

 

After the latest rash of violence on Minneapolis’ North Side over the last couple of weeks, community residents and civic leaders are all searching for ways to stop it. Many are calling this the 21st Century’s version of “a long, hot summer” in the city. “We need to come up with real solutions this time,” stated Bishop Divar Kemp, who was among nearly 30 persons who attended a July 9 mid-morning meeting in the basement of New Salem Baptist Church on Fremont and 30th Avenue North held just hours after three Black women were shot in the area during the early-morning hours. “We are having a long, hot summer,” he said. Over a dozen shootings have occurred in the city so far this summer, reported Minneapolis Police Lt. Richard Zimmerman, who was among several officers in attendance at last week’s meeting. Continue Reading →

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Former mayor to mayor-elect: Get public support for a change agenda

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

Minneapolis in a few weeks will see a new mayor and several new faces on the city council. Betsy Hodges was elected the city’s first White female mayor, and the election also achieved three other “firsts” — the first Somali (Abdi Warsame), the first Latina (Alondra Cano) and the first Hmong (Blong Yang) among seven new city council members. “One of the things I think is awfully important is that the city government [now] really reflects the constituents that live in the city,” said Sharon Sayles Belton in an MSR interview. “We always questioned whether or not the wards would ever support us being able to elect more people of color to the city council or other units of government. “It’s clear, given the changing demographics in Minneapolis and with the right political construct, it is absolutely possible. Continue Reading →

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National, local controversy greets opening of new state health exchange

Critics say Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ad campaign misfires with communities of color
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange program, debuted the signup process on October 1. Officials during an October 4 conference call with reporters, including the MSR, estimated that 5,000 accounts were opened during the first week. “We think it’s been going very well,” remarked MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov. She added that many people did “anonymous shopping” but did not disclose specific numbers. “Minnesota is unique,” said Todd-Malmlov. Continue Reading →

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Chasing the tornado money

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By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

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Jerry Freeman

Senior Editor

 

Almost immediately after the tornado struck North Minneapolis in May 2011, the Minneapolis Foundation established its Minnesota Helps Fund and raised $1,756,060 to assist Northside residents. Many other groups and organizations furthered the cause with food drives and fundraising events. On July 14, MSR began a series of stories called “Chasing the Tornado Money” with the following subhead: “Community individuals, local corporations and foundations have contributed well over a million dollars in donations, grants and matching funds to assist North Minneapolis residents affected by the May 22 tornado. Responding to questions from readers about where all these dollars are going, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder decided to provide a community service by reporting, in the interest of transparency, on just where the funds have gone and how they have been used.”

One year and several “Chasing the Tornado Money” stories later, the MSR interviews three individuals representing three major contributors to the recovery effort — the foundation, the participating community organizations, and the Northside Community Response Team — on how they now view the work completed and the relief provided to storm victims through funds totaling more than $2 million.  

The Foundation

“Our fundraising efforts were really concentrated on the first year [of the recovery],” reports Minneapolis Foundation Grantmaking and Special Projects Director Jo-Anne Stately. Continue Reading →

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‘For our people, by our people’ — Turning Point launches a unique, culturally specific approach to providing service

 

 

In recognition of the June 13 open house for Turning Point, Inc.’s new Culturally Specific Service Center, the MSR is republishing online our September 8, 2011 story “For our people, by our people” to remind readers what the new center is all about and how its culturally sensitive programs can “address disparities and the issues surrounding chemical dependence, poverty and homelessness” in the community.  

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Turning Point, Inc., a North Minneapolis-based private mental health and chemical health agency, soon plans to open its doors for a “Culturally Specific Service Center.” The one-stop comprehensive approach to addressing dysfunctional individuals and families will take into account the history of Black people and the disparities they must still contend with in their daily lives. “We have been working on this for a long time,” notes Turning Point President/CEO Vincent “Peter” Hayden, who has long dreamed of establishing a culturally specific “one-stop” service center. He believes that existing local organizations aren’t working in a collaborative fashion to better serve the Black community. “We are not working together as Black people — we are still trying to be the big person on the block,” admits Hayden. Continue Reading →

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