Saturday’s Somali Independence Day Festival is the largest of its kind in North America, and kicked off a week’s worth of events.
The Bethune Park celebration on Saturday in Minneapolis will be just one of several Juneteenth events planned around the state.
“When we start to talk about trauma, usually we’re talking about something personally that happened to you, but I started to see the traumatic effects of white supremacy,” said Resmaa Menakem.
Andre Wright’s photos are augmented by quotes from the likes of Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, Michelle Alexander, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Meek Mill, and Ayanna Pressley. MinnPost took in the opening, in interviews and photos.
The Twins’ 40-man roster includes 17 Spanish-speaking country-born players, which, combined with the team’s support staff, makes for one of the most Latino-heavy franchises in pro sports.
The partial results of the project, “The Illusion Of Choice: Evictions and Profit in North Minneapolis,” were presented Thursday evening at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC).
Photos and voices from “the first march of many.”
For 45 years, the MayDay parade has been a much-anticipated rite of spring, melding all things hippie-trippy with all things anarchist-punk-political, and injecting of fun, imagination and creativity into the winter-beaten citizens of Minneapolis.
The “First Person Plural” production brought together actors, artists, composers, musicians and community leaders from the Twin Cities’ Somali, film, theater, and music communities to tell a story of love conquering all.
Now a full-fledged movement, examples of hip-hop architecture can be found in the United States, as well as Australia, the Netherlands, and France.
“We were telling stories from folks within the community and trying to figure out that balance of how do you honor someone’s story and interpret it in a way that is both public art and performance,” said poet Sagirah Shahid.
The students’ film, “Rondo: Beyond the Pavement,” will screen Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) at The Family Place in St. Paul.
“There aren’t very many spaces for positive identities and contributions from African diaspora people to be centered and explored, and so we want this to be a place of exchange,” said Executive Director Anthony Galloway.
These days, part of Gerardo Guerrero Gomez’s work is reassuring would-be immigrants, Dreamers, and Mexican-Americans about their adopted country’s creeping anti-immigrant attitudes.
The Southeast Asian Diaspora Project, based in north Minneapolis, uses storytelling as a tool to spark conversations, reclaim historically invisible histories and connect the past to today’s issues within the Southeast Asian community.
As activists across the state gear up for the second MNxMN conference (Feb. 24 at Harding High School), the group’s tagline says it all: “Empowering civic engagement in Minnesota.”
The fact that the plan even mentions food policy was seen as a victory in the eyes of food policy pros around the metro.
Regan Gonzalez (one last name: It’s Irish-Mexican) spoke with MinnPost about the rewards and challenges of running a fast-growing suburb, as well as her plans for a unique State of the City address next month.
“We are probably the coldest Women’s March going on today. I was in Antarctica two years ago, and it’s actually colder here today,” said Erin May Quade, emcee of Saturday’s Women’s March at the state Capitol, to a crowd of a few thousand.
The book’s author, historian and Augsburg professor William Green, will present “Fireside Chat: Racism in Minnesota: How We Got Here,” Sunday at the Plymouth Congregational Church.