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Aw Shoot! Doesn’t This Feel So Much Safer

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Backyard Initiative – May 2018

How does the work of the BACKYARD INITIATIVE align with the overall health status?

CULTURAL WELLNESS CENTER, MARCH 2011

The Backyard Initiative (BYI) is a 10-year partnership between community residents in South Minneapolis and Allina Health. The Cultural Wellness Center, as the lead agency, assists in facilitating the partnership and the community engagement process. This community organization has a long history developing social enterprises by engaging community residents to improve health through self-study, surfacing and producing knowledge, cross-cultural knowledge exchange and relationship building. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 2018 Alley Newspaper

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Laura Waterman Wittstock, still the superb journalist

Laura Waterman Wittstock | J Arthur Anderson/ALLEYNEWS

First Person Radio Signs Off the Air

By ELAINE SALINAS

The final segment of First Person Radio (FPR) aired on KFAI Radio in Minneapolis on February 14th, 2018, forty years after it originated as The Native American Program on KUOM-AM, the University of Minnesota’s radio station. First Person Radio can best be described as a labor of love coupled with a commitment to produce timely and accurate news and information about the American Indian community to counter the many misrepresentations and inaccuracies perpetuated about Native people in the major media. Not surprisingly, the program was birthed by a volunteer group of bold young Indian University students organized by a seasoned and visionary journalist, Laura Waterman Wittstock. Laura, from the Seneca Nation in New York, had worked with the pioneering Native American Press Association in Washington, D.C. in the early 1970s. First Person Radio was the first work of MIGIZI Communications. Read the rest of this entry »

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Riverside Meadow named for Annie Young

CAM GORDON/ALLEYNEWS

Martha Anne “Annie” Young 1924-2018

By CAM GORDON

On Saturday, March 17, over 100 people gathered in Lower Riverside Park to celebrate the life of longtime Phillips resident and recently retired Minneapolis Park Commissioner, Annie Young, who passed away earlier this year on January 22. The celebration included a dedication and ribbon cutting to commemorate the renaming of Lower Riverside Park as Annie Young Meadow in her honor.

This was the same Park where Young gathered for years with a group of close-knit friends almost every Friday night to enjoy one of the gems she worked so hard to protect and to improve in her nearly 28 years as an at-large Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commissioner. Read the rest of this entry »

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Opioid Crisis: Facts you didn’t want to have to know

By LINDSEY FENNER

  • The opioid crisis is the deadliest drug crisis in American history.
  • Drug overdoses now kill more people in the U.S. than car accidents or guns.
  • Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death of people under 50.
  • In 2016, opioids accounted for 66 percent of drug overdoses.
  • Opioids are powerful but highly addictive pain relievers that include morphine, heroin, Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin, methadone, and fentanyl.
  • It’s getting worse in the Midwest: Between July 2016 and September 2017, opioid overdoses increased 70% in the Midwest, compared to a 30% increase in the U.S. as a whole.
  • Minnesota has one of the greatest rates of disparity in the U.S. for opioid-related deaths based on race.
  • In Hennepin County, Native Americans represented 10.1 percent of deaths by opioids in 2016, but only 0.6 percent of the total population. That is not a typo.
  • The epidemic has shifted: At the beginning, overdose deaths were primarily from prescription opioid painkillers (aggressively marketed by pharmaceutical companies). Now heroin and fentanyl cause most overdose deaths.
  • Fentanyl and derivatives like carfentanil are synthetic opioids that can be thousands of times more powerful than heroin. They are difficult to track and are often mixed with other drugs without the knowledge of the person using the drugs.
  • It is EXTREMELY unlikely that you could get a contact overdose from touching someone who is overdosing from synthetic opioids or from just touching the powder. You may have seen that on the Internet, but it’s not true.
  • Naloxone or Narcan, the opioid antidote, is available without a prescription, is easy to administer, is not addictive, and is incredibly safe to use.
  • Minnesota Good Samaritan laws protect regular folks from criminal prosecution or civil damages when administering naloxone to someone they believe is suffering a drug overdose.
  • Minnesota’s Steve’s Law grants immunity from prosecution for possession/paraphernalia if you call 911 to get help for an overdose.

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Messiah Demolishes Sanctuary and Sells to the Money Changers, 2018 A.D.

Opinion

By HARVEY WINJE

There is tragic irony this Passover/Good Friday/Easter Season in the Phillips Community.

For Christians, this is a season of introspection, betrayal, death, and celebration. Passover March 30, 2018, is reminiscent of Passover 2,000 years ago when, “Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast those that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, ‘It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.’”  Matthew 21:12–13. Sunday April 1, 2018, is Easter. Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s Up at the Franklin Community Library – April 2018

By ERIN THOMASSON

K-12 Homework Help
Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
& Thursdays, 3:30-7:30pm
Free in-person tutoring: K-12 students. No advance sign-up. Info:
www.hclib.org/homework. Sponsor: Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

TEEN PROGRAMS
Urban 4-H Club
Tuesdays, 5-7pm
Urban gardening to digital photo/video & theater. Partner: U of MN.

Dhalinta Horumar sare rabta / Young Achievers
Wednesdays, 4:30-6pm 
U dabaaldag Dhaqanka Soomalida, sameyso saaxiibo cusub iyo in aad isticmaasho hab nololeed cafimaad leh. Lamaane: WellShare International.

Celebrate Somali culture, make new friends and practice healthy lifestyles. Partner: WellShare International.

Teen Tech Workshop
Wednesdays, 5-6:30pm
Create music, videos, animation & other projects using high & low-tech, from iPads & 3D printers to synthesizers & sewing machines. Led by the library’s Teen Tech Squad.

Franklin Learning Center:
612-543-6934 flc@hclib.org
Free, one-to-one tutoring for adults who are learning English & math, preparing for the GED & citizenship exams, and gaining life skills. Community volunteers needed; No experience necessary. Training and materials given.

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Phillips West News – April 2018

By CRYSTAL WINDSCHITL

Phillips West Neighborhood Upcoming Events:

Check out the Phillips West Website: www.phillipswest.info

PWNO Meeting
March 1st (Thursday) 6-7pm
Join your neighbors and other Community Partners for updates from Local City Government, 3rd Precinct Police. Wells Fargo will be present to discuss their plans for a new parking ramp. Met Transit will also be present to discuss locations for the new D Line (Rapid Bus Transit along Chicago Avenue). This meeting will take place at the Center for Changing Lives in the Centrum Room (2400 Park Avenue). Free parking is available in the rear of building off Oakland Avenue. Free Delivery Pizza & Beverages will be provided! If you would like more information or would like to get involved with the neighborhood please contact Crystal at 612-879-5383 or email her at pwno2005@yahoo.com
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Transit – Safety and comfort, real and perceived, is needed equally for all routes

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON

Even though this month is the quarterly schedule change, it’s a fairly slow month for transit news. In Phillips, only Routes 9 and 19 had any changes, and they were just minor adjustments to make the scheduled bus times more closely align with how long the route really takes.

That said, I convinced my roommate to try taking the bus to a May Day volunteer meeting at In the Heart of the Beast Theatre (and he encourages everyone to donate $5.00 to the May Day parade). He told me his story: Read the rest of this entry »

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