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Project Sweetie Pie: Teens get fresh food in North Minneapolis

 

 

By Stephanie Fox

Contributing Writer

 

It began in 2010, with sweet potato pies and a new idea. The new idea was to create sustainable agriculture in the heart of the city, letting kids learn to grow vegetables and then (the new part) to show them how to sell what they grew to local businesses. Project Sweetie Pie is the brainchild of community organizer Michael Chaney and Rose McGee, the owner of Deep Roots Gourmet Desserts. Their idea was to train high school students in North Minneapolis to plant, maintain, and harvest food from gardens as a commercial enterprise. “We started with five gardens in 2011.” said Chaney. Continue Reading →

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McGee avoids foreclosure

 

After a year-long journey fighting her wrongful foreclosure, Rose McGee has won a settlement with CitiMortgage and Fannie Mae. “We are working on final details for a settlement resolution, and I will be staying in my home,” said McGee. Seventy community members gathered to support McGee in a prayer vigil circling the Hennepin County Government Center water fountain Tuesday afternoon before she went into settlement court, where she finally reached a deal with her mortgage holders. McGee, a community leader known for her storytelling and sweet potato pie business, fell into foreclosure after losing her job at a nonprofit. Immediately after, she contacted CitiMortgage to let them know. Continue Reading →

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Judge orders mediation over McGee home foreclosure

 

 

 
Rep. Ellison joins rally to halt eviction
 
By Becky Dernbach

Contributing Writer

 

 

Last week more than 50 community members rallied in support of Rose McGee as she faced off against Fannie Mae in settlement court alleging wrongful foreclosure. When Fannie Mae still refused to offer what she considered a fair deal, the judge ordered the parties to return for further court mediation May 14. “The outcome of the court process today was very disappointing,” said Rose McGee. “The offer that Fannie has made is unreasonable. If they made a reasonable offer, I would gladly accept it. Continue Reading →

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Stand with Rose McGee: She is like us

 

If you haven’t heard by now, you should have heard that our friend Rose McGee is in danger of losing her house. The long and the short of it is that because of a brief unemployment she got behind on her mortgage. Citi-Mortgage made her think that they were going to work with her to modify her loan, but while having her file dozens of documents supposedly to help modify her loan, the bank started foreclosure procedures at the same time. The practice is called dual tracking and has become a common trick of the banks. Rose is simply seeking a loan modification. Continue Reading →

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Black farmers fight to retain land ownership

 
Modern-day struggle renews, redefines 40-acers-and-a-mule promise
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Land ownership, which signaled both privilege and power, was a European concept brought to the country. “The way we think about property is a European tradition,” notes Maria Wiseman, an assistant solicitor in the Division of Indian Affairs with the U.S. Interior Department. Wiseman and the University of Wisconsin’s Katrina Quisumbling King and Jess Gilbert last month discussed the significance of Black farmland ownership in the Rural South at the Black Environmental Thought II conference at the University of Minnesota. The “40 acres and a mule” promise was a result of Special Field Order No. 15 issued by General William T. Sherman in 1865 that was intended to make available “hundreds of thousands of acres of confiscated and abandoned Confederate lands to former slaves for settlement,” explained Wiseman. Continue Reading →

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