Insight News

Feb 08th


Black History Month Events:

Lady Griot – Feb. 3, 5pm    
Lady Griot connects the audience to the blues with resonance, poetry and dramatic flair. West Seventh Library, 265 Oneida St.

Robert Robinson  -  Feb.  5, 2pm
Join acclaimed gospel and contemporary music artist Robert Robinson for a live concert at the Rondo Library.  Robinson has performed with Aretha Franklin, Grammy Award winner Andrae Crouch, the Sounds of Blackness, Bobby McFerrin, Barry Manilow, Jermaine Jackson, and others.  The Star Tribune called him “Pavarotti of gospel.  Rondo Library. 461 N. Dale St.


Champion gets "A" grade


At an event held at the State Capitol last week, State Representative Bobby Joe Champion (DFL 58B) received an award for his efforts in addressing racial equity during the 2011 Legislative Session. The “Champion for Racial Justice” award was given to legislators who had received an “A” grade on their Racial Equity Report Card from the Organizing Apprenticeship Project.


Sabathani art exhibit in the making

Sabathani art exhibit in the making

Sabathani Community Center will begin putting together a storytelling art exhibit about the history of Sabathani and the people who were key in creating the organization.  Sabathani was formed in 1966 by South Minneapolis residents and members of Sabathani Baptist Church to provide structured activities for African American youths.


Elections 2012: Feb. 7 Precinct Caucus locations


Elections 2012: Feb. 7 Precinct Caucus locations 7:00 PM. http://www.58df .org/calendar/
  W3-P7        Cityview School  3350 North 4th Street
  W4-P1        Creekview Park Rec. Center  5001 Humboldt Ave. N.
  W4-P2        Creekview Park Rec. Center  5001 Humboldt Ave. N.


Bottineau Transitway open houses


The public is invited to attend a series of open houses in January 2012, involving the Bottineau Transitway. The project is in what is called the “scoping phase” and is soliciting public comment through February 17, 2012, on its scoping booklet, which includes:
•    The history, purpose and need of the project.
•    Information about proposed alternatives under consideration for study and other issues that will be covered in the Environmental Impact Statement.
•    A general timeline for the project, including key decision-making milestones.


North Minneapolis neighborhood beat...

The Cleveland Neighborhood Association will hold a neighborhood board meeting 7-8pm January 23rd at Lucy Craft Laney 3330 Penn Ave. N. due to the Martin Luther King Holiday originally scheduled for January 16. For more information: Debbie Nelson, 612-588-1155 or

GED Classes
Sumner Library, located at 611 Van White Memorial Blvd. is now accepting enrollment for GED classes. A ten-dollar registration fee is required for material expense. All classes however are free. The classes are held mornings from 10:00am-noon and evenings from 6:30-8:30pm Monday through Thursday. For more information: 612-377-5399.


Minnesota Somalis rally against suspension of money transfers

Minnesota Somalis rally against suspension of money transfers

A major bank in Minneapolis has closed the accounts of companies wiring money to Somalia from their U.S.-based families, creating a crisis for Somalis who depend on the U.S. funds.

Minnesota, home to the largest Somali-American population in the U.S., reportedly sends about $100 million back home each year, according to the U.S. Treasury. Several hundred Somali-Americans rallied in Peavey Park last week to protest the action.

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