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Remarkable friendship spurs community action; Friend’s spirit inspires the homeless

Remarkable friendship spurs community action; Friend’s spirit inspires the homelessFriends of Wes Revely continue his powerful legacy of community involvement

“Wes was a dear, personal friend, an incredibly talented person,” said Jeanna Brown, life coach, author and Twin Cities native now living in California who spoke in Wes Revely’s honor last Saturday, October 9 to At Home Group’s homeless clients in downtown Minneapolis. “I am excited to be able to honor Wes and continue his legacy of volunteerism and community involvement,” said Brown.

Revely’s friends describe him as an amazing man, a gifted Lockheed Martin engineer who was awarded six patents during his 10-year employment with the company in Eagan, MN. He was a mentor to Twin Cities youth and a tireless advocate of volunteerism and community involvement. Revely touched hundreds of lives with his kindness and support and was deeply mourned when he lost his battle with sickle cell disease in April of this year.
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More community dialogue needed on drastic plan to close North High

State Rep. Bobby Champion (DFL – Minneapolis) and State Rep. Jeff Hayden (DFL – Minneapolis) recently responded to Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson’s plan to close Minneapolis North High School. Champion, a graduate of North High, said closing the cities most storied high school sends the wrong message to the people of North Minneapolis. 

“I am not ready to give up on our future, but that appears to be what some people think we should do,” said Champion. “This is my home and this is our community. We need to stand together for our schools, for our children, and for our community. Now is not the time to cut and run.”
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Mary David receives Arc Housing Award

Mary David receives Arc Housing AwardMary David, who supports people with developmental disabilities living independently in South Minneapolis, received the Inclusive Housing Award from The Arc of Minnesota. David received her award at The Arc of Minnesota Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Breezy Point Resort in Breezy Point, Minnesota.

The Inclusive Housing Award honors individuals, agencies, and organizations that provide outstanding support for persons with developmental disabilities so they can live in the community as independently as possible. David, who works for Opportunity Partners, is being honored for her outstanding work of supporting people who live semi-independently. She assists individuals through the entire process of finding appropriate housing, facilitates the transition from their current living situations to their new homes, anticipates challenges and creates solutions, and supports people once they are settled. She also advocates with policymakers at the Capitol to support housing for individuals with disabilities.
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October is Get Going Living Green Month

October is Get Going Living Green MonthAs we prepare for fall, make sure you take time to add a bit of green to your routine. If you are up for the challenge, pick one thing that you will try or do this month. Here are some examples, and feel free to add your very own. I want to hear about what you are doing! If you email or Facebook me back, I will enter your name in a drawing to receive 1 of 10 eco-friendly gifts this month. So, what shade of green are you?

Invest in a water bottle. Over 100 million plastic bottles make it to US landfills EVERY DAY! Purchase a refillable bottle, and soak up the savings.

Buy a CFL light bulb( the spiral kind) and save up to $ 60 a year on energy costs. My husband and I switched all of our light bulbs to CFL’s and within a year our energy bill was cut in half!
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Residents rally for bus access

Residents rally for bus accessTransportation justice means transportation access, said North Minneapolis residents and business owners who held a protest rally at Golden Valley & Penn last Saturday.

At issue was Metro Transit’s removal of bus service stops at that intersection. Metro Transit curtailed service to that corner at the requests of Minneapolis Police Department.

MPD asked Metro Transit to move bus stops two blocks to the north or south in response to one store owner’s allegation that the bus stop provided cover for loiterers and drug dealers whose violent behavior posed a safety risk to area residents and passersby.
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Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church celebrates contributions

On November 15, 1866, Pilgrim Baptist Church was formally organized. The African American congregation, granted mission status by the First Baptist Church of St. Paul, met in various residences for a number of years before constructing a church at Thirteenth and Cedar Streets in St. Paul. Robert Hickman would be ordained eleven years later and would become the congregation’s official pastor.  The history of Pilgrim Baptist Church (Pilgrim) is rich and intertwined into the historical happenings of the State of Minnesota. For all of its contributions, Pilgrim has been designated a Historical Site.  The following excerpts provide a glimpse into the story of Pilgrim. 
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Number of Minnesota children living in poverty up 56 percent

Between 2008 and 2009, nearly 34,000 more children were living in poverty in Minnesota, according to the American Community Survey. This continues an alarming trend in Minnesota that has seen a 56% increase (60,000 more children) in children living in poverty since 2000. Poverty is defined as an annual income of below $21,947 for a four-person family.

Additionally, Minnesota’s increase is greater than other states, causing the state’s ranking to decline from 5th to 12th. “All of these dramatic shifts in poverty numbers raise great concern for our children’s future,” stated Jim Koppel, Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)–Minnesota Director, “because we know that living in poverty is the greatest predictor of future struggles for our children.”
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