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November 2018 The Alley Newspaper

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The 43-year path traveled by The Alley newspaper

Wendell Phillips

By HARVEY WINJE

PREAMBLE
People have told stories, shared information, and offered opinions for many ages and without printed paper and recordings through avenues that have there own style of permanence. Hieroglyphics, art and picture writing provided a means that could be preserved in another style of permanence. The printing press increased the possibility of a broader way to distribute written communication but fewer people were able to produce the writing. Electronic and social media has expanded the amount of communication occurring and with much less expense and to many more people.

In 1976, some people in the Phillips Community knew the benefits of some written form of talking to one another that could also help to preserve the community’s history. Thus, a newspaper began and took the name “The Alley”, acknowledging some of the most common, honest, and least pretentious, day-to-day conversation happens in backyards and across alleys. It is where basketball is played, cars are repaired, and refuse put in carts. Alley Communications became the name of the nonprofit corporation in 1999 as a way of identifying the organization that had begun to develop a broader mechanism to include other communication projects and strategies in addition to publishing the newspaper.

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What’s next for The Alley – November 2018 update

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BULLETIN! EPNI Indoor Urban Farm Supporters

BY CAROL PASS
The future of the East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm project will now be determined at the Wednesday, Nov. 14 Ways & Means Committee meeting at 1:30 P.M. 3rd floor of City Hall after the possibility of a negotiated settlement regarding the East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm was removed from the October 30th Ways & Means meeting.

We need your presence on the 14th of Nov. to show citywide support for a sustainable East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm Project.

This delay will provide the City and Public Works time to understand EPNI’s 2-acre proposal with shared space. The fact is: this is the smallest possible sustainable size for this project. We have worked the math and done the research – anything smaller and we no longer have a project. We need to make this clear. Shrinking this project further will absolutely require us to give up the entire project, something we are not prepared to do.
Come stand with us for the promise of a positive economic future for East Phillips. The choice is now! Read the rest of this entry »

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Spirit of Phillips – November 2018

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Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment funded; operator chosen

Amble’s Machinery and Industrial Supplies’ 105-year-old building had over 40,000 Sq. Ft. of metal fabrication equipment, tools, steel stock, parts, pumps, nuts and bolts, hardware of all kinds, hoses, belting, fixtures and material handling that was sold as Jim Amble retired after 42 years in the business at 2109 Cedar Av. and sold the property to Red Lake Nation for their development.

The Mpls. City Council has approved $1.5 million in funding for the temporary Navigation Center, which will provide a safe and service-rich environment for people currently living at the Franklin/Hiawatha homeless encampment.

The Navigation Center will be established at 2109 Cedar Ave., a 1.25-acre site adjacent to the Franklin Avenue METRO Blue Line station and near the encampment. The center is scheduled to open in early December and be operational until the end of May.
The Navigation Center site includes parcels owned by the Red Lake Nation and the City of Minneapolis.

City staff are looking at several temporary structure options for the center, including trailers. Demolition work is underway to prepare the site. The center — the first of its kind in Minneapolis — will be modeled after similar concepts in other cities, including Seattle, San Diego and San Francisco. They are designed to offer short-term, low barrier access to shelter and support services.

It has been agreed that Simpson Housing Services will coordinate the housing and services at the nearby site owned by Red Lake Nation in cooperation with Tribe and community partners.

HARVEY WINJE
The 1.25 acre site is on an “island” with the Franklin Light Rail Station, Cedar Box Company, and Takoda Institute surrounded by Cedar, Franklin, and Hiawatha Avenues. As the buildings were “swallowed” and returned to the earth, words like “swords into plows” came to mind and visions of plows turning the earth beneath so Mother Earth can foster the rising of a place for her people.

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Backyard Initiative Celebration

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10 Years of Backyard Initiative Achievements

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Backyard Initiative What We Learned

What We Learned

The Backyard Initiative (BYI) is a partnership between residents of South Minneapolis and Allina Health. The Cultural Wellness Center, as lead agency, is the organizer and facilitator of this partnership. The goal of the BYI is to improve the health of residents living in the seven neighborhoods of the area called the Backyard. The BYI improves community health through the work of Community Health Action Teams (CHATs), which are formed and operated by residents in the Backyard. An evaluation conducted in 2016 showed that the Backyard Initiative activities were increasing four health indicators:

  • Social support: The many kinds of support that a community member
    receives from and gives to other community members.
  • Social cohesion: The sense of community and belonging.
  • Health education: The degree to which community members have the
    capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic information and
    services needed to make appropriate decisions regarding their health.
  • Health empowerment: The ability and motivation to take care of
    oneself—to attain the knowledge, skill, and confidence to do what it
    takes to get healthy and/or stay healthy.

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POEM FOR HOPE

By THOMAS SMITH

I wake, mind and spirit clouded by the news.
Which news? Oh, you know — a finger here,
a toe there, the orange mutilations.
The gray sky says that things have been both
better and worse. How did the woman
interviewed
on NPR put it — Americans have
developed a preference for certainty
over hope. That’s the current we swim against.
Damp as it is, the air is surprisingly
clear. Suddenly I’m not walking alone.
A small hawk, a Cooper’s, alights on
a low branch, not flying off as I
come nearer, letting me have a good look.
I’ve never seen a Cooper’s hawk in this
place, much less at close range. I pull my
breath inward, beholding in sharp detail
the small shapely head with its hooked beak
and burning eye, its wings and tail that so
elegantly charge with life the space around
them. Friends, the greatest realists are those
who, uncertain about their certainty,
keep a door open to hope. This is still
a beautiful planet. You know how geese
before migrating will all at once start
into motion and with a great discordant
orchestral cry rise en mass from the water.
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