Vickie Evans-Nash

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Main Street Project tackles array of justice issues

 
Empowerment at the grassroots is their forte
 
By Vickie Evans-Nash
Contributing Writer

 

Main Street Project is a grassroots organizing initiative with three primary areas of interest: economic justice, civic engagement and media justice. Neil Ritchie is founder and executive director of Main Street Project, established in 2005, initially the nonpartisan arm of the League of Rural Voters established in 1986. For about 25 years Ritchie has done rural community organizing work from both a political and economic development perspective. In 2005, Main Street Project responded to a Northwest Area Foundation initiative to encourage leadership in four states that represented their geographic territory — Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and Idaho. They would assist immigrant populations in rural communities that did not get the same attention as urban communities or have the same access to philanthropic resources. Continue Reading →

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Holiday party planned for long-term homeless women

 

By Vickie Evans-Nash

Contributing Writer
“Everybody deserves to have something for the holiday,” says Tonda Daggs. On Wednesday, December 14, volunteers will prepare and serve a meal for approximately 90 women, many of whom have a decade or more of memories of having nowhere to go — not just for the holidays, but on a daily basis. For more than a month now, Daggs and a group of dedicated volunteers have been making no-sew fleece blankets and jewelry to present as holiday gifts to women who have experienced long-term homelessness. They are looking for support from the community as well. Tonda Daggs with blanket gifts for homeless women
Over 10 years ago, Daggs was diagnosed as bipolar. Continue Reading →

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