Insight News

Oct 06th


Frogtown neighborhood unites in 15th Annual Peace Celebration

Frogtown neighborhood unites in 15th Annual Peace CelebrationUniting as neighbors seeking peace following acts of violence in 1996, Summit-University and Frogtown residents gather Friday, June 17, for the 15th consecutive year to celebrate folks turning division and conflict into a more harmonious and vibrant community.

The Growing Peace By Strengthening Our Community Roots 2011 peace celebration takes place Friday from 2:00–6:00 p.m. at the Ober Community Center, 376 Western Avenue, in St. Paul. The Peaceful Love Warriors (now the Community Peace Builders) organized the first celebration in 1997. In addition to the annual peace event, the group still plants peace poles in community gathering spots throughout the Twin Cities.

Comcast donates $50,000 to North Minneapolis relief efforts

Comcast last week contributed $50,000 in cash and in-kind support to the tornado relief efforts in North Minneapolis.  A donation of $30,000 from the Comcast Foundation went directly to the Minneapolis Foundation to assist with family and community needs in the aftermath of the devastating tornado that hit the community on May 22, 2011.  Comcast augments that contribution with a minimum of $20,000 of in-kind public service announcement support to help raise awareness of on-going relief efforts.

Church is all you really need…addressing domestic violence

Domestic violence ranks as the number one public health problem for women in America.  History has taught us all well, that whatever is disaffecting mainstream America, then Black America is really getting hit disproportionately hard.  There has not been a time in our history of American oppression that we were not able to look to our traditions of faith and find refuge and resources.

Minnesota Sinfonia's Magic of Music in St. Paul

Minnesota Sinfonia's Magic of Music in St. PaulFamilies are invited to join the Minnesota Sinfonia in experiencing great favorites from the movies, the classics and everything in between - all chosen especially for children.  Come listen to the story of Peter and the Wolf narrated by singer and actress Kathleen Hardy.

The program will focus on how we use music to describe magical moments and a wide range of our emotions. Music will be taken from Harry Potter, Peter and the Wolf, and favorites from ragtime, marches, dances and more.

The concert will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at John A. Johnson Elementary School at 740 York Ave, St. Paul, 55106. Admission as always is free. Audience members should arrive early—all concerts are first-come, first-seated.

North Minneapolis youth advocate perishes in tragic vehicular mishap

North Minneapolis youth advocate perishes in tragic vehicular mishapChez’ron Marie Anderson died in a traffic accident on June 2, 2011 doing what she loved to do — traveling to visit family and friends. She was loved by many for her warmth, compassion and non-judgmental approach to life.

Anderson, as co-founder of Alternatives: A Program for Youth – a Minneapolis, Minnesota non-profit organization that focused on challenges faced by “youth of promise’ in North Minneapolis, was able to give back through her work and was known as a friendly and positive youth advocate.  Her early life was not an easy one, she become a single parent and struggled to overcome a number of adversities.  Despite these challenges, Anderson did overcome with a combination of assistance and intestinal fortitude.  Anderson’s earliest experiences behind her, found an opportunity to leave the bad to embrace the good.  After a near fatal brain aneurism and the care of a childhood and long-time friends, she made a life-change. Anderson worked with one of those friends, Winfred Payne, to co-found Alternatives. The two worked tirelessly to develop the concept of a safe place for young people to gather and focus on alternatives to gang violence, drugs, crime, poverty and hopelessness.

City of Saint Paul awards Rondo Avenue Festival 2011 Sustainable Saint Paul Award

The Rondo Avenue Festival was among 12 businesses, individuals and organizations that were recently recognized with a 2011 Sustainable Saint Paul Award at the annual awards ceremony on April 20 in the City of St. Paul Council Chambers at the St. Paul Courthouse.

“These 12 recipients represent the best in sustainable initiatives during the past year,” said Mayor Coleman. “I am proud to be giving these awards to individuals and organizations whose efforts continue to make St. Paul a national environmental leader.”

Northside Volunteer Clean-Up Day: 2,000 volunteers needed

The City of Minneapolis announced that Saturday, June 4 will be the official North Side Volunteer Clean-Up Day in north Minneapolis following the May 22 tornado. Mayor R.T. Rybak, Council President Barb Johnson, Council Members Don Samuels and Diane Hofstede, and Senator Al Franken thanked many of the agencies and volunteers who have already given their time to help the residents and businesses at an event.

Since the tornado, thousands of people from Minneapolis and beyond have asked how they can volunteer on the North Side to help residents clean up their properties and get folks back on their feet to make it through this difficult time. Urban Homeworks, a local housing organization, has helped coordinate the initial debris cleanup volunteer efforts on behalf of the City of Minneapolis. Since Sunday, 3,000 volunteers have conducted initial debris assessments and cleanup, and professionals are now handling the removal of heavier debris in the affected area. Due to this huge response, additional volunteers are not needed for debris cleanup until Saturday, June 4.
The City of Minneapolis is hoping to mobilize 2,000 volunteers to help in light debris cleanup in the affected area. Those who would like to volunteer on Saturday, June 4 must call 311 (612-673-3000) to register.  Only people who have registered will be able to take part in the effort that day.
Urban Homeworks estimates that its volunteers have helped remove debris from more than 3,500 homes since Sunday. The Minneapolis Red Cross operated the shelter for those affected by the tornado at the Northeast Armory and estimates that it has served more than 1,000 meals and 6,000 snacks, distributed 196 comfort kits, made 180 medical service contacts, hosted 396 overnight shelter stays, and deployed three mobile feeding and bulk distribution trucks.
For more information about tornado recovery for North Minneapolis visit the Minneapolis Recovers website.
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