‘Interactive’ panhandling discussion tonight at Basilica

An “interactive” look at panhandling — from lots of perspectives — will be held tonight at the Basilica in downtown Minneapolis in an event sponsored by Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness.

Organizers call it “a public conversation addressing the way we respond when solicited for money,” and actors from the zAmya Theatre Project will lead the interactive dialogue.

They say it will look at the issue from the viewpoints of panhandlers, business owners, religious groups, police and neighborhood groups. Monica Nilsson, director of St. Stephen’s Street Outreach and Community Education, also will discuss the community impact of panhandling and solutions.

The free event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Basilica, on Hennepin Avenue at 17th Street.

Sponsor DCEH says it works to decrease homelessness by shifting from “an immediate needs approach to long term solutions through a combination of education, advocacy and action,” using “learning and volunteer opportunities for congregants, community partnerships, and development of effective strategies and programs.”

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