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Reducing harm

Reducing harm

Southside Harm Reduction Services working to distribute and pick-up syringes, provide naloxone, and reduce stigma for those using drugs TESHA M. CHRISTENSENLuce Guillen (left) carefully places a used syringe into a container held by Michael Neil on Saturday, Aug. 24 during a clean up on the Midtown Greenway, Lake and Bloomington. Neil, a [...]

Join Nice Ride for $5

Join Nice Ride for $5

By Tesha M. Christensen Nice Ride Minnesota Executive Director Bill Dossett (front right) rides with Council Member Kevin Reich, chair of the Minneapolis City Council Public Works Committee, at the launch of the Nice Ride dockless system last September. The non-profit is now partnering with Lyft to offer pedal-assist ebikes, as well. Things [...]

SOUNDS OF SOUL

SOUNDS OF SOUL

Phillips musician recalls Black music scene of his youth Alfred Johnson By Tesha M. Christensen Sitting on the front porch one summer day, painting in the sweltering heat, Alfred Johnson reminisced about his early days in music and the burgeoning Twin Cities Black music scene of the 1970s and 80s. He’s even found his way into a book [...]

New public art at Bde Maka Ska

New public art at Bde Maka Ska

Photo by BRUCE SILCOX The city of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) announce the dedication of a new gathering space and public artwork at Bde Maka Ska on June 8, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Festivities will include music, comments from descendants and artists, refreshments and activities for the whole family. The artwork [...]

MayDay, HOTB: What will we build together?

MayDay, HOTB: What will we build together?

By CORRIE ZOLL, HOTB EX. DIRECTOR   Photo by Tesha M. ChristensenA record number of people attended the 45th annual MayDay parade and celebration on Sunday, May 5, enjoying beautiful weather while celebrating organizer Sandy Spieler’s last year. A lot has happened over the past six months. HOBT experienced many of the same [...]

MayDay 1974-2019: Tree of Life reflections

MayDay 1974-2019: Tree of Life reflections

Photo by Susan GustThe 2019 Tree of Life team stands under the ToL on the stage of HOBT. What keeps crew members there for decades are the same feelings and experiences that make MayDay a cherished event. By CAROL AND DAN NEUMAN, CARETAKERS OF THE TREE OF LIFE Performing the Tree of Life (ToL) at the Mayday Ceremony is an honor and a [...]

Hennepin County’s first African American commissioner Angela Conley is a lifelong Southside resident with innovative ideas on how to bring more diverse voices into government.

Hennepin County’s first African American commissioner Angela Conley is a lifelong Southside resident with innovative ideas on how to bring more diverse voices into government.

By Tesha M. Christensen Photo courtesy of Chris JuhnAngela Conley (center) is Hennepin County’s first African American commissioner, and she’s staffed her office with other women of color who are working on racial equity issues. On the left is Policy Director Cacje Henderson and on the right is District Outreach and Scheduler Cheniqua [...]

To end all violence

To end all violence

Photo by Monica NillsonKalpulli KetzalCoatlicue dancers at the first Indigenous Women’s March held on May 11. Over 200 people participated in support of ending violence. Native community gathers for first Indigenous Women’s March on May 11 By CAMILLE GAGE 2018 was a challenging year for the Native community, but also a time when [...]

WE ARE 2065

WE ARE 2065

South Minneapolis painter Joanna Hallstrom explores how the United States will be 54% People of Color by 2065 in portraits of 16 local students PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOANNA HALLSTROMAshre, 9, (at left) and Diane, 7, talk about their experiences of school, family and growing up. These hundreds of hours of audio were then cut down to about 20 minutes [...]

Meet Diane Amgamarca-Ortiz

Meet Diane Amgamarca-Ortiz

By Tesha M. Christensen Diane Seven-year-old Diane Amgamarca-Ortiz can make friends with anyone.  She’s in second grade at Risen in Christ Catholic Church (1120 E. 37th St.), and takes the bus over to Banyan Community after school. At Banyan, she works on homework, plays in the gym, and “chills out.” Diane is one of 16 South [...]

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