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An American-African

Dumelang! ( I greet you) My name is Carol McCullar and I hail from South Africa. I have been living here in Minneapolis for the past 18 months. One thinks that the movies are sufficient to teach you all about the American way of life! Nothing can prepare you for what awaits you once you have undressed at the port of entry, had your blood drawn, finger prints taken, grandmother’s first boyfriend’s name and address noted and all the rest done.  You walk through the little opening –at customs praying that you don’t trigger any alarms because of the 12 stones you took from your mother’s grave, securely pinned with a safety pin in your luggage.  Once through- you smile! “I am an American!” you think to yourself!
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Intermedia Arts Bar B Que Fest launches summer program

Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Av. S., Minneapolis, a Twin Cities based multidisciplinary, multicultural arts organization will launch its summer program season 4-7pm June 19th, with a Bar B Que Fest community celebration that features art making and a DJ dance party.

The event will showcase Intermedia Arts’ new community spaces including the newest art-on-our-walls project, and introduce new staff members. Hands on activities for families include button-making and screen-printing, as well as the interactive gallery installation exhibit, the Storefront of Ideas.

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Forum on supporting juveniles

A Community forum on supporting youth through juvenile justice reform and violence prevention takes place 6:30 pm-8:30 pm., May 20, 2010 at Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center, 2924 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis. The forum will cover Minneapolis’s Blueprint for Violence Prevention and the work of Juvenile justice reform/ Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI).

The open forum explores how can the community and government agencies better support youth?

For further information call (612) 596-8512, or email carol.wandersee@co.hennepin.mn.us

1,200 volunteers serve 30 area nonprofits on Comcast Cares Day

1,200 volunteers serve 30 area nonprofits on Comcast Cares Day On April 24, a volunteer crew from Comcast painted and cleaned at the Minneapolis Urban League’s Sharon Sayles Belton Community Center at 411 E. 38th St. in Minneapolis. The community center was one of more than two dozen work sites for “Comcast Cares Day.”

“We’re glad to help,” said Comcast’s project coordinator Robert Langle. “This building was damaged by last summer’s tornado and it gets lots of community use.”

Comcast has strong ties to the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) throughout the year. Diana Hawkins, government affairs specialist for Comcast, serves on the MUL board and was at the community center for Saturday’s work session. This is the third year that a volunteer crew has worked at an MUL site for “Comcast Cares Day.”
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Creating a village

Creating a villageEunita Jackson spoke passionately to over 60 of her neighbors about children and young people in the neighborhood: "They need to know that we know each other, and that we care about them and believe in them. That we're in charge and they can count on us."

The room was quiet as she spoke, then loud with enthusiastic applause when she finished. This vibrant, lively crowd met on April 11 at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church at 26th and Thomas Avenue North.

Some say creating a village in a diverse North Minneapolis neighborhood can't be done. Some say it can't be done in any neighborhood because people don't know their neighbors these days.
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NAACP and Sierra Club honor “Green Heroes of Color”

NAACP and Sierra Club honor “Green Heroes of Color”The Sierra Club North Star Chapter and the Minneapolis NAACP partnered together to hold an Earth Day Celebration to honor “Green Heroes of Color” on Thursday, April 22. The celebration included dinner, a demonstration garden, and youth performances by Climate Change Crew and the Arts Us dance crew. St. Paul City Council Member Melvin Carter III (Ward 1) and former Minnesota State Representative, and governor hopeful, Matt Entenza were also in attendance.

Climate Change Crew is part of the Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Their song, “Change Is Needed,” won the Green for All National ‘Dream Reborn’ contest.

Keynote speaker Leslie Fields, the National Director of Environmental Justice for the Sierra Club and a former lobbyist for the National NAACP Washington Bureau, congratulated the people of Minnesota for all the work we have done regarding food security and environmental justice and hopes we will continue to lead the country and be a voice for those who are not heard.
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Earth Day celebration introduces Girl Scouts to engineer profession

Earth Day celebration introduces Girl Scouts to engineer profession

Swapping out light bulbs, testing heating and cooling systems, and discussing ways to update older buildings for energy savings is a tough job for any team of engineers. But when the team’s average age is 10, and they are proposing safety goals to administrators at their own middle school, the challenge is even tougher. Unless, of course, it’s Earth Day and the budding engineers are Girl Scouts who come together to make our world a better place.

 

We are looking at things like which light bulb is better to use,” said Naya Tadavarthy, 10. “Maybe one is more money, but if it is better in the long run, then it’s worth it. We are learning to notice the things around us more so we can keep learning about science and technology.”
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