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Royal Red Hat Sabathanettes celebrate sisterhood and bonding

Local society chapter is 10 years strong and growing
 

By Dwight Hobbes
Contributing Writer

 

The Royal Red Hat Sabathanettes’ April 18 induction ceremony and celebration was a simple, yet elegant affair conducted with winning grace at Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis, with the characteristic lavender and crimson color scheme displayed in attire and reflected in table settings. Eleven new members were welcomed into the ranks. “We love, cherish and care for each other, help each, support each other,” said a brightly smiling Clara Tims, who also goes by the nickname “Cake Lady” (she sells cakes and pies). It’s an elementary concept and a powerful one. Red Hat Society is a worldwide sisterhood whose principle purpose is as basic as it is profound — social interaction and bonding between women. Continue Reading →

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Energy coop uses lantern workshops to bring families, communities together

By Raymond Jackson Contributing Writer   Communities of Light Cooperative is a self-sufficiency, training and assessment organization whose first product is solar energy-related. In 2009 an organization named Communities of Light was formed by several Phillips Neighborhood residents, and in 2010 they began their Solar Lanterns and Solar Generators project/workshops due to great interest in helping to build healthier neighborhoods. The workshops and training began and continue with a mission of building strong and trusting neighborhoods. The organization’s goal is to positively enhance the mental and physical health of those in the neighborhood by providing services that would help them meet some of their daily life challenges. As a result of several earthquakes and other catastrophes, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake that destroyed entire towns and villages, taking approximately 22,000 lives, member of Communities of Light felt that a community group could grow strong while assisting others to heal and restore themselves to healthy living. Continue Reading →

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Boys & Girls Clubs a safe place for kids to go

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

A locally based restaurant chain recently raised money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help support its youth sports and other related programs. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Buffalo Wild Wings donated 100 percent of the money raised from “paper pinups” purchases by patrons for its Team Up for Kids initiative, which provided at least $650,000 in grants to clubs across the country. The monies raised at more than 930 restaurants across 49 states was donated to help support youth sports, education, and training for administrators and volunteer coaches. “It’s ironic that Buffalo Wild Wings reached out to us,” notes Minneapolis’ Southside Village Director Mark Graves. “Right before they reached out to us, we were struggling trying to figure out either how we would buy up-to-date helmets or

uniforms.

“The grant money we received from Buffalo Wild Wings has helped purchase helmets and some jerseys,” says Graves, adding that nearly 65 kids participated in the park’s football program,

which has three teams and one “fundamental flag football” team. Graves has been with Southside Village for 23 years. Continue Reading →

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Family of Terrance Franklin: ‘We will fight’

Attorney suspects cover-up of one officer’s ‘anger decision’ 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 Click here for Terrence Franklin autopsy report file

 

After a grand jury decision to not bring charges against Minneapolis police for the shooting death of Terrance Franklin, his family still feels justice has not been done and plans to file a civil wrongful-death suit against the City in about 30 days. Attorney Michael Padden said during a September 26 press conference in downtown Minneapolis that the Franklin family still seeks “a leveled playing field” and will continue to pursue justice for their son. “The primary reason

 

that “They killed my son,” added Walter Franklin, Terrance’s father. The MSR afterwards spoke exclusively to Walter Franklin. “I technically can’t tell anyone how I feel about [losing] someone very close to you, this being your first seed,” said Franklin. Continue Reading →

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County Attorney Freeman on Terrance Franklin case: ‘It’ll be up to a grand jury’ — MSR inquires into historical failures to prosecute police for misconduct

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

Historically, many local Blacks believe that no matter what evidence is presented, nothing happens to Minneapolis police officers for misconduct against people of color. The May 10 death of Terrance Franklin, reportedly at the hands of City police, has thus far done nothing to erase such beliefs. A common theme expressed during recent public demonstrations is that the city’s Black community has no confidence in the police department investigating Franklin’s death or in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office that might or might not do anything to the responsible officer or officers for acts of misconduct. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman pledges that his office will do anything in its power to see that justice is done in the Franklin case. Freeman spoke one-on-one with the MSR last week for nearly an hour. Continue Reading →

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MSR Brief: Closed meeting of Sabathani board gives rise to speculation

 

Community members are asking what is going on lately at Sabathani Community Center as rumors circulate on the topic of recent meetings closed to the public. “People are asking questions,” admits Art Serotoff, who works inside the longtime community center in South Minneapolis. He acknowledged that he has heard the rumors but refused to speculate. Informed sources have indicated to the MSR that personnel issues involving the center’s administration are under discussion and are the reason for maintaining confidentiality. When approached after a July 1 closed meeting, Sabathani board members who were present unanimously declined to comment. Continue Reading →

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Park Board embraces change in response to changing communities — Outreach director says cultural competency now a basic staff expectation

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

Minneapolis is vastly different today than a couple of decades ago as the city’s population has grown with more persons of color. Is the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) keeping pace with the demographic changes? Residents of color often complain that neighborhood parks and centers aren’t as welcoming as in the past, and many suspect it is because MPRB staff doesn’t reflect or respect them. However, in recent months the MPRB has instituted several changes they believe will better serve their increasingly diverse customers. “When you walk into our parks, people should know who our staff is,” explains Community Outreach Director Cordell “Corky” Wiseman on the staff dress code. Continue Reading →

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Terrance Franklin’s death demands justice

 

 

The recent killing of Terrence Franklin by Minneapolis police by shooting him in the back of the head five times and in the back twice fits the pattern of police abuse of their powers. Those of us who have been around or haven’t been lulled to sleep by talk of color blindness in our society know in our hearts that on occasion the cops abuse Black people in general and people of color in specific. We don’t know exactly what happened in that South Minneapolis basement, but I do know that the story the cops slipped to the Minneapolis Star Tribune does not make sense. It’s one of the most contrived and imaginative of all the grand and tall tales cops have spun to try to make their crimes sound reasonable. In other words, they are lying! Continue Reading →

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There’s no love in the gang

 

Summer’s coming soon — time for any conscious or concerned parents to make a decision. Young boys and girls must make a decision, too. There’s no love in street organization or what people call gangs. It’s time to step away, get out and separate. It’s not illegal to be an organization, but it is illegal to engage in crime through an organization. Continue Reading →

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