Wellness: by Coalitions and Compromises No New Pollution and Congestion – for now. Owner of Roof Depot Site Rejects City’s Water Works Offer
By Carol Ann Pass
Many East Phillips families and their children thank and appreciate the fact that the Owner of the Roof Depot Site said NO (at least for now) to the city’s plan to interject more pollution and unwanted traffic to the already health and congestion challenged East Phillips Neighborhood.
The city plan was to move all the operations of the City’s water maintenance facility along with their fleet of 68 large maintenance trucks, many of them diesel, and the personal vehicles of their large work force into our already polluted and congested neighborhood – specifically, into the current Roof Depot site at 1860 E 28th St. In pushing this plan forward, the City of Minneapolis Public Works Dept. has worked for over a decade without so much as mentioning this major plan to the surrounding residents, or considering including them in the planning process. This is disturbing and disappointing, given the past responsible actions of Public Works involving citizens in the work that had already gone on in the nearby Public Works site on E. 26th St. The question ‘What has changed?’ needs to be asked.
It is never good enough to simply be against something, one must also be for something better.
The Better Plan for the Roof Depot Site:
Wellness: by Artists and Artisans Mikwanedun Audisookon, a center for Art and Wellness BY SHARON M. DAY, Executive Director of IPTF
This will be the new home of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force (IPTF). It will be built on the property adjacent to the current home of IPTF and Manidoowahdak Odena Housing Complex at 1335 East 23rd Street.
This will not just be a building created of bricks and mortar. This will be a building built from dreams and inspiration.
Over ten years ago, during a visioning session, the Board and Staff of IPTF drew up the designs for a building that would house our bodies and nurture our belief that we are the caretakers of this hemisphere. As caretakers, we need to take care of the land and the environment.
This new building will be made of compressed earth blocks, it will host an array of solar panels and be heated and cooled by the sun via a geo thermal system.
It will host a theater space for the Ikidowin Youth Theater Ensemble, one of the oldest ongoing Native theaters in the United States.
It will host a healing room, where people can be joined in quiet meditation, and it will host clinical space for our work with individuals.
This new space will have a commercial kitchen where we will feed people a good breakfast and healthy lunch made from foods we grow in the gardens just outside our doors.
It will host an art lab where we can begin to teach our youth and adults traditional tribal carving, basketry, feather boxes and whatever they wish to learn. Our community center can be a place for visiting artists in residence and pottery!
If you wish to see the plans or donate go to Indigenouspeoplestf.org.
by Cherry Flowers, Growing the Backyard CHAT
Introduction to this Special Feature: Growing the Backyard Community Health Action Team (CHAT), one of ten CHATS of the Backyard Initiative (BYI), encourages and celebrates the growing of culturally relevant foods and medicinal herbs in the Backyard neighborhoods. What better way to encourage growing than to honor those who are already growing food and provide resources for those who wish to join the movement?! A number of gardens located in the Backyard are featured in the article below and on pages 6 and 7 of this issue. The Growing the Backyard CHAT did our very best to connect to as many gardens in the BYI area as we know about. They have various missions and what they do with their produce may vary as well. While each is unique, they are connected by the commonly held belief: “fresh produce, picked and eaten minutes and steps from where it is produced is fresher and higher in nutrients than produce from any other source”.
If you did not see your garden or favorite market in the BYI area featured in this special feature, let us know. We would love to connect with you to share information, skills, the passion for growing and news about the Backyard Initiative. Contact: Tim Page, 651-271-3795, email@example.com
Cultural Wellness Center Garden
2020 Oakland Ave
Contact: Tim Page, 651-271-3795, firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the Backyard Initiative, this site is organized by Tim Page, project lead of Growing the Backyard CHAT and co-owner of Page & Flowers/Holistic Health Farms. It is designed to demonstrate produce container gardening for people who may have limited access to the land needed for an “in ground” garden or for places where the soil is poor or contaminated. We have also found that it is possible to grow more food in less space by arranging the planters in a block without walkways because you can always move them if you need to. This also saves water since you can water just the plants and not the walkways!
Vegetables are planted in individual pots or raised beds including a number of Garden-In-A-Box containers donated by Minnesota Green of the Minnesota Horticultural Society. Some of the boxes are assigned to various neighbors. There is a focus on growing the herbs used for making herbal teas as part of a Youthprise product development project. The Wellness Center Garden is also home to a composting project implemented by Patsy Parker, the incredible committed founder of Compostadores. At many locations around the Twin Cities, Patsy has helped to implement compost bin building projects and she works tirelessly to make sure the bins are filled with food waste quickly so they can begin a year long process of transforming into compost. The compost is then used to amend the soil in the garden where it is located.
English Learning Center Student Garden
2315 Chicago Ave S
Contact: Kathleen Roche, 612-874-9963, email@example.com
Midtown Farmers Market—Fresh Local Flavor For All.
Enjoy freshly prepared food while you fill your bag with produce, meats and cheeses from local farms, browse the wares of local artists, and enjoy the entertainment. Join us every Tuesday, 3 to 7 pm and Saturday, 8 to 1 pm throughout the season at the most accessible market in the Twin Cities. Whether you’re coming by car, bus, bike, or train, we’d love to see you at the market!
Confused about the market’s location? Don’t be! We’re just 300 feet east of where we used to be near the Lake Street LRT station parking lot. Have a question? Ask on Facebook or Twitter, or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mishkiikii Gitigan Karma Market – Mondays, early afternoon to 7:30pm from May to October we offer pay-what-you-can Karma Markets, free “Grow Your Own” classes Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30, and gardening advice from our full-time farmer-educator.
CityKid Farm/Urban Ventures Farmers and Mobile Market – 2832 5th Ave S, Minneapolis Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 4-6 pm
Free Food Distribution day in our Little Free Farmers Market
Photo Credit: Emma Freeman
The Fours Sister Farmers Market www.facebook.com/foursistersmarket
Corner of Franklin and Bloomington on Sundays 11:00AM to 3:00PM from August 16th – October 4th., 2001 Bloomington Ave S.
Four Sisters Farmers Market is an Indigenous-centered farmers market on
Franklin and Bloomington in the Phillips Community of Minneapolis. A collaboration between Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), Land Stewardship Project (LSP), and Hope Community Inc. (Hope), the market seeks to be a farmer-driven space that is part of building a community-based food system in the Phillips Community. Hope and LSP see the market as an opportunity to build multi-sector community networks that support moving individuals from passive consumers to active producers in a more fair, healthy, and just community food system.
Little Free Farmers Market:
Every Saturday starting July 11th till September 12th volunteers meet at Sabathani Community Garden, were we have a plot dedicated to this project. We harvest from it, as well as two more gardens, and fill up the Little Free Farmers Market. They start this route at 8:30am and by 10am, the market is open at the corner of Columbus and 33rd. St. People that stop by get to choose and take home a variety of organic produce for FREE. We like to share recipes, and encourage people to try new things. Contact us if you want to volunteer.
By Artists and Healers May 30, 1944 – June 9, 2015 Anna Elizabeth Stanley Artist, Scholar, Civil Rights Worker, Agitator, Spiritualist, Humanitarian, and fiercely, loving Friend to hundreds of people
BY BETH PETERSON
Greatest of Thanks and Salutations to my friend Anna Elizabeth Stanley for her powerful work and great presence in the world and for her contribution to mask making, education, the fight for civil rights, justice, and perseverance of the spirit.
Recently at the South Los Angeles Powerfest, artist Al McKie of Newhood Order was printing 100 tee shirts free for the community with the message “I like Peace, but I love Justice”. These words embody the practice many saw in action through the life of Anna Stanley.
Born in Philadelphia, Anna grew up amidst many experiences both great and terrible. Her Grandmother “Ma Dear” was her strongest mentor and supporter and even moved to Minnesota when Anna began her years as a student activist at the University of Minnesota. She travelled to Mississippi to work for the passage of the voters rights acts and fought for justice at home as well, working with fellow students to make big changes that led, among other outcomes, to the formation of the African American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.
Anna influenced generations through her love and care for children and respecting and nurturing their brilliance at a young age through her work at a preschool that brought together low income and high to moderate income children to learn together.
She was a scholar who loved art and theater and in midlife joined In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater to fulfill her vision of making puppets and masks to honor the Orishas and to uphold the connections between the human world, nature and the spirit world. Read the rest of this entry »
BY SUE HUNTER WEIR
Wow! I think that everyone who attended “Santo y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos” would agree that their reaction was “Wow!” One thing’s for sure, you won’t see a movie like this one every day. It was quite possibly one of the worst and funniest movies ever made. Local wrestler, Spider Baby, gave a stirring introduction, and a handful of diehard fans came wearing their Santo and Blue Demon masks which helped to get all of us into the spirit of the thing.
Superhero “Santo” and his best friend “The Blue Demon” had to battle the bad guys, and there were a lot of them: Frankenstein, a vampire, a mummy, a werewolf and the cheesiest-looking Cyclops ever to walk the earth. The bad guys messed up when they kidnapped our hero’s girlfriend (you have to picture Frankenstein driving a getaway car). And even though the bad guys had created an evil duplicate of the Blue Demon, it didn’t take long for Santo to sort out who his true friend was. (There is no need to issue any kind of a “spoiler alert” since the movie was long on action, incredibly short on plot). And what can we say about the Busby Berkeley-esque song and dance scenes that appeared out of nowhere? This is one where you really had to be there. And, who knows, if you missed it, you may get another chance—there are 51 more movies in the series and, not surprisingly, no one picked up the copyright.
Dr. Peter Holl was a man of rock-solid opinions and an all-consuming commitment to improving public health. In addition to being one of the shakers and movers who helped save Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery in the 1920s, he served for a number of years as Minneapolis’ Health Commissioner where he supervised the city-wide vaccination of school children, placed people with smallpox in quarantine, monitored the municipal water supply and tested the city’s lakes to make sure that they were safe to swim in. He wrote a daily column for the Minneapolis Tribune in which he answered questions from the public about their health concerns. He also maintained a private practice. He was a man of enormous energy and drive. He was also a bit of a showman.
In 1911, Dr. Holl teamed up with the Minneapolis Tribune to sponsor a contest aimed at turning Minneapolis into a “flyless” city. Flies were known to be carriers of the bacteria that caused typhoid fever and the thinking was that if the city could rid itself of flies, it would be well on its way to ridding itself of typhoid. If the idea of a fly-swatting contest sounds a little crazy, the goal of getting rid of typhoid was not. More than 820 people buried in the cemetery died from the disease.
The contest was always referred to in the paper as a “war” on flies, and, so, beginning at 10 a.m. on August 21, 1911, the Minneapolis Tribune, armed the city’s children, ages 16 and under, for battle. Boy Scouts, the Boys Club, Sunday School classes and individual children throughout the city enlisted in the war against flies.
Every day, between 10 to 11 a.m. and from 3 to 4 in the afternoon, children could pick up their fly-catching supplies (special collection boxes that were furnished by the Standard Paper Box Company and a button that read “The Tribune and I Swat the Fly”) at one of the city’s 13 drop-off sites. For children with greater ambitions than merely swatting flies, the Tribune printed photos of home-made flytraps (usually a tomato can fitted with a mesh screen). Children fanned out across the city in search of the best locations to set their traps; grocery stores and livery stables being preferred locations. The Tribune also ran photos of traps built and baited by Dr. Holl that demonstrated that flies preferred a diet of bread and milk over a diet of molasses or egg.
Children had to submit their entries before noon each day to have them tallied in the day’s count. And each day, the Tribune printed a list of the top contenders. This, in turn, led to some strategizing—children withholding their flies in order to fake out their competitors. Each day, the Tribune sent a wagon to each of the 13 drop-off sites and brought the flies back to the health department to be counted and credited to the children’s accounts. The paper never mentioned who had the unenviable task of counting all of those flies.
The contest ended at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 2nd. The winner was a 13-year-old boy named George Knaeble; he won a $50 prize for turning in 266,340 flies. Teddy Bedor won the second-place prize of $25 with 264,660 flies, and Henrietta Beck took third place and won $15 by collecting more than 186,000. In all, 3,028,578 flies were turned in. (Sadly, no children living within Phillips’ borders placed in the top 10).
Did catching flies work in reducing typhoid? It’s really not possible to say because typhoid was spread through other means, as well. And, Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers was not necessarily representative of the entire city, but it is interesting that in 1910, one year before the contest, there were 15 burials for people who died from typhoid. In 1911, there were three cases, and there were three in 1912, as well. Coincidence? You’ll need to decide for yourselves. Meanwhile, we can be thankful to Dr. Holl for saving many lives in his role as Health Commissioner and physician and for saving our Cemetery.