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The Never-Ending Tragedy

Peace House Community – A Place to Belong

By MARTI MALTBY

I’m writing this on February 5, during the first really cold spell we have had this winter. Yesterday was not a shining moment in my career of serving the homeless. One of our community members who has serious physical handicaps mentioned in passing that he needed to get his tent and belongings from another part of town because his life was in danger. I commute to work by bike so I wasn’t able to help him, but his comment about being in danger didn’t register with me and I didn’t look for other resources for him. When I arrived at work this morning a garbage hauler was standing over a collapsed tent in the vacant lot behind the Peace House Community building. As I rode past I recognized the wheelchair sitting next to the tent and realized that the community member was probably in the tent. Worse, because the temperature had dropped below zero during the night, I knew there was a real chance that he had frozen to death during the night. Fortunately he was alive, although he was understandably traumatized by his situation. I brought him into the PHC building and immediately started making phone calls to ensure he would not have to spend any more nights outside when the low temperatures (and most of the highs) are forecast to be below zero for the next week and a half.

I desperately want to describe in more detail the community member’s physical condition, or the fear he felt for his life, or the betrayal he felt from his street friends who abandoned him when he needed them most. They could not even be bothered to help him set up his tent. I want to do this to impress on my mind and yours the need to change the way our society treats its members who can’t function “properly” or who aren’t economically viable. Tragically, I can’t, first because I can’t find the words suitable for such a graphic task and second, because the community member is already intensely vulnerable to the elements and to predators in the homeless community. Broadcasting the specifics of his condition and his vulnerability would simply victimize him more.

I want to be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves, but then I run into my own limitations, like when someone saying “I’m scared for my life” doesn’t affect me. I did what I could for the community member. I listened as he cried and tried to make sense of his friends being willing to let him freeze, but I found no words that could comfort him if they didn’t come with a safe place to sleep. I tried to access the social service system for him, but all I did was get him on a shelter waiting list that already had over 100 names. This is the system that pays me and thousands of other workers a comfortable salary, but couldn’t find shelter for someone who would almost certainly be dead by the time you read this because of its failings. 

I will not tell you how this episode ends, because this is just one example of a tragedy that happens countless times every day in this city, let alone across the county. Until society can straighten itself out, there is no end for those on the streets.

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Library News

By CARZ NELSON
“READING NEST” by Jessie Merriam

We live in changing times. For updated information on Hennepin County Library services during the Coronavirus Pandemic, visit www.hclib.org. All information is accurate as of March 16, 2021. 

LIBRARY UPDATES: HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY QUITS CHARGING FINES 

The library has gone fine free. Patrons will no longer be charged for overdue material, but they will continue to be responsible for the replacement cost of unreturned or lost items. An item is considered unreturned 41 days after its due date. 

To kick off the new policy, the county extended amnesty to residents with outstanding fines. On March 10, all Hennepin County Library cards were reset to a $0 balance.

LABOR PROGRAMS LED BY UMN’S LABOR EDUCATION SERVICE 

We got a hot tip that HCLib is sponsoring programs that will be led by the University of Minnesota’s Labor Education Service. Registration information for these events will be made available on the library website. 

Thursday April 29th at 6:00 PM- Know Your Rights in the Workplace- Learn about your rights whether or not you’re represented by a union. Learn about legislations and organizations that protect workers’ rights. 

Thursday May 6th at 6:30 PM-Celebrating May Day: Workers of the Twin Cities Labor Movement- Workers from Tattersall Distilling, Ausburg University, and the Awood Center talk about recent organizing campaigns in their workplaces. 

East Lake Library Grab&Go 

East Lake Library, located at 2727 E. Lake St., is open for Grab and Go service 

Sunday 12-5 PM; Mon, Tues, Thurs 9 AM to 5 PM Wednesday 12-8 PM. 

Franklin Library 

1413 E Franklin Ave., is open for computer use only. Call (612) 543-6925 to make an appointment. The building will remain locked, but staff will let you in at your appointment time. Masks are required and will be provided if you do not bring one. Because of social distancing, staff will be unable to offer computer assistance. You will have access to a desktop computer, Internet, and printing. You will need to bring your own headphones. 

At this time, Franklin Library is open for computer use ONLY. Other areas and services, including book/DVD checkout, are not available. Returns are accepted during staffed service hours. 

Franklin Computer Hours 

Tues & Weds – 9 AM to 5 PM 

Thursday – Noon to 8 PM 

Friday & Sat – 9 AM to 5 PM 

Sunday & Monday – Closed 

HOSMER LIBRARY

Hosmer Library, 347 E 36 th St., is open for retrieving holds, limited browsing of materials, checking out items, returning library materials, quick reference support, computer appointments and printing. 

Meeting rooms, study rooms, children’s play areas, and lounges will not be available for use at this time. 

Masks are required and will be provided if you don’t bring one. Check the library website for up-to-date service information and hours. 

Due Dates Extended 

Due dates for physical materials continue to be automatically extended. You are not required to return materials at this time. Libraries are accepting returns during staffed service hours only. Items will be removed from your account after a three-day quarantine. 

Outdoor Wifi Available at Franklin & Hosmer Libraries 

Free Wi-Fi is available in the parking lots and grounds of several Hennepin County libraries, including Franklin and Hosmer. Library staff can help you find the best signal. 

Homework Help 

Live, virtual tutors are available through Help Now www. hclib.org/programs/homework-help. 

At-Home Service 

At Home service is provided free of charge to Hennepin County residents who can’t get to a library due to illness, disability, or visual impairment. To apply for At Home service, submit an online application or apply by phone 612-543-8850 Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM. 

Expanded Hours for Libary Social Worker 

A social worker is available outside the library at Franklin Library Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 AM – 5 PM, East Lake Library Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 AM-5 PM. 

Basic needs (clothing, food, meals, shelter) 

Chemical Health 

Disability Services 

Education & Employment 

Hennepin County Benefits 

Housing 

A listening ear 

Mental Health Resources 

Transportation 

E-Books and Audiobooks 

Libby: Available for iOS and Android devices; use the app to access downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. 

Cloud Library 

Downloadable ebooks for readers of all ages. A reader app is available for Apple, Android and other devices. 

Online Services 

Go to the library without leaving home. Here are just a few of the services available at www. hclib.org: 

Tools for job searches 

Ancestry Library Edition and other resources to research family history 

Local music on MNspin 

Ask Us: Have a reference or library account question? Call, text, chat with, or email a library worker. 

www.hclib.org/contact 

Call 612-543-KNOW (5669) 

to reach library staff by phone. 

Mon to Thurs – 9 AM to 9 PM 

Friday & Sat – 9 AM to 5 PM 

Sunday – Noon to 5 PM 

ESPAÑOL/SPANISH: Llame o envíe un texto al 651-503-8013 para recibir ayuda en español. 

HMOOB/HMONG: Hu losis text rau lub tsev nyeem ntawv ntawm 612-385-0886 txais kev pab hais lus Hmoob. 

SOOMAALI/SOMALI: Caawimaad Soomaali ah, soo wac ama qoraal (text) usoo dir maktabada 612-235-1339. 

Carz is a Phillips resident and an enthusiastic patron of Hennepin County Library. 

The Alley Newspaper is a member of 

Give. And light a fire under inequality. 

www.changeisbetter.com 

(651) 647-0440 

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Better Days Are Coming

METRO TRANSIT

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON 

There are two big pieces of news this month. One isn’t transit-specific but will have a major impact in the next few months on transit, and that is we seem to be turning the corner on the coronavirus pandemic. Masks may soon become historical relics, as forgotten as they were after the 1918 flu. In addition, our transit service will probably return to normal soon, though “normal” may not be the same as what it was before. Ironically, for many of us it may be even better. The suburban commuter market tanked during the pandemic due to many office jobs being done from home instead. Quite a few companies may find the work-at-home model to be cheaper as they won’t have to rent, buy, or maintain as much office space. In addition, some companies are pulling out of downtown Minneapolis due to uncertainty about the safety of doing business there. Personally, I find that sad, but the implications for transit are actually good. That is because there will be less need for rush-hour-only bus routes that run empty to and from the garage and only carry passengers one way, usually from the suburbs to downtown in the morning and back to the suburbs in the evening. The resources no longer needed for such routes will be able to be used to provide better all-day service in inner-city areas like Phillips. 

The other big piece of news is more directly relevant to Phillips residents who have reason to visit the North Side, including the northern suburbs. The Blue Line extension to Brooklyn Park ran into a snag last year because BNSF was unwilling to allow it on their right-of-way. The Metropolitan Council released a report recently proposing new routing that doesn’t need to use railroad property. Instead, it will go down Bottineau Blvd. through Robbinsdale and Crystal. This really isn’t good news for those suburbs, as the new line will be a couple of blocks east of their primary business centers. However, North Minneapolis gets an upgrade: instead of going down Highway 55, the new proposed route is via either Broadway or Lowry. Broadway is the main business center of North Minneapolis, and Lowry has the widest right-of-way, which means the least destruction of nearby properties. Either would be good.

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Spirit of Phillips Cartoon

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Really Really Free Market

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Midtown Global Market

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association Inc. News: March

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Ventura Village

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Community Wellness Center

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