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Aug 04th


Turning guns into art

Turning guns into artDeseria Galloway of the Twin Cities Anti-Violence Coalition and Wellspring Second Chance Center is one of the few dedicated community members who is committed to keeping the Twin Cities safe. “The Twin Cities Anti-Violence Coalition’s mission is to support efforts in the community by addressing violence on every level, specifically gun violence,” said Galloway who recently took the guns she and others collected last year at the ‘Bury Our Guns, Not Our People’ Gun Buy Back and turn them into art.

With the help of Smith Foundry sculpture John Poole and Lieutenant Gregory Reinhardt of the Minneapolis Police Department, Galloway was able to melt over 70 weapons down into two separate sculptures that will be given to NorthPoint, Inc. and Shiloh Temple International Ministries, host sites, to the buy back. Galloway believes for each gun they have collected about two lives have been saved. She truly feels it is important to take these symbols of negativity and turn them into symbols of positivity and change.

City approves operator of new bike walk center in north Minneapolis

Center will help increase access to biking and walking in the area

A proposal by Redeemer Center for Life to operate a new bike walk center in north Minneapolis that will help improve access to, and affordability of, physical activity opportunities for north Minneapolis residents while encouraging them to bike and walk more for transportation and recreation was approved. The Minneapolis City Council. Redeemer Center for Life is a non-profit, faith-based, community development organization located in the Harrison neighborhood.

Help Sabathani win dream makeover

Help Sabathani win dream makeoverHelp Sabathani Community Center win a $50,000 building makeover by simply going to your computer and logging on to, then vote for Sabathani as your favorite community house.

Sabathani is in the running with 9 other community centers across the country to win the makeover of their dream. The five community houses that receive the most votes between now and June 17th will receive a $50,000 makeover.

Peers honor Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds

Peers honor Professor Nekima Levy-PoundsProfessor Nekima Levy-Pounds from University of St. Thomas (Minn) has won this year's Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award announced The Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education. Professor Levy-Pounds is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, were she has taught since 2003.

Levy-Pound’s commitment to teaching and achieving social justice is best exemplified by her vision in founding the Community Justice Project (CJP), an award winning civil rights clinic.  The University of St. Thomas School of Law website describes the CJP as follows:

It’s Your Affair presents The Big Hat Luncheon

It’s Your Affair presents The Big Hat LuncheonOn May 21, 2011, It’s Your Affair will host an annual charitable event, The Big Hat Luncheon. The purpose of this event is to enrich the lives of women and girls and provide attendees with a memorable experience and information that is valuable to life’s journey.

The theme of The Big Hat Luncheon is “Giving Back to our Youth: Providing Young Ladies with Building Blocks for the Future.” The keynote speaker is Neda Kellogg, Founder and CEO of Project DIVA. Project DIVA provides coaching and consulting services to young ladies in the Twin Cities area with the goal of inspiring and motivating them to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Community dialogue on racial and ethnic fairness in the courts

Community dialogue on racial and ethnic fairness in the courtsJudge Pamela Alexander convenes a community dialogue on racial and ethnic fairness in the courts, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Wednesday evening May 18th, 2011 at the Powderhorn Park Recreation Center in Minneapolis Minnesota. 

Alexander, former  Assistant Chief Judge at Hennepin County District Court., is president of the Council on Crime and Justice, which is sponsoring the dialogue in cooperation with The Fourth Judicial District Equal Justice Committee.

Event organizers say the community dialogue invites residents and stakeholders to “let your voice be heard by providing insights, perceptions, and experiences as the Justice System aims to best fulfill their mission of providing equal access and justice under the law for the citizens of Hennepin County.”

Doors open at Northside Women’s Space

Doors open at Northside Women’s Space“At Kwanzaa we share our stories, we’re called to make the world a better place. You can preach to people or you can help people, we are Christians doing Christ’s work,” said Deborah Isabelle a 3M employee and Clerk of Session at Kwanzaa Church Tuesday night, April 26, 2011. She was one of the many church members who joined community members, advocates, and sponsors at the open house of Northside Women’s Space. Kwanzaa Church in North Minneapolis is transforming their place of worship into a safe space for women and girls who are in the business of prostitution.
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