February 24—The Minnesota Masonic Charities presented a $20,000 donation to the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), a 501(c) (3) dedicated to helping homeless veterans and those at risk of homelessness. The charity has committed to support MACV over the next three years, giving them a total of $60,000.
There are an estimated 400,000 veterans in Minnesota. According to the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, just over 1% of these veterans and their families are either homeless or facing a crisis that puts them at risk of homelessness. While this seems like such a small amount, just one homeless veteran is unacceptable.
Twin Cities master artists and storytellers collaborate to present an epic celebration of Black culture, Dance, Jump and Jive. The performers tell the story of African music’s influence in America and the world.
The performance depicts how African rhythms, chanting and dance moves survived the Middle Passage from Africa to the Americas, and, survived slavery while giving birth to Gospel, Blues and Soul, Pop, Swing and Jazz music idioms.
The First Community Connections Conference, hosted by the City of Minneapolis: Neighborhood and Community Relations, was held Saturday February 11th from 8am-5pm at St Mary’s Event Center 2540 Park Av. S. The conference was designed to showcase and build successful collaborations between neighborhoods, cultural communities, residents and the city.
The theme for the 2012 conference was building diversity and increasing participation in neighborhood organizations.
“We are going to be a country where children will continue to do better than their parents; whether it is life expectancy, jobs or experience,” said Angela Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PolicyLink. “It is not clear if that will be our future, if we do not find a way to make it our future,” she said.