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Feb 07th


"Northside Fresh" working to improve access to healthy foods in North Minneapolis

Coalition officially kicks off on Food Day—October 24

Seventy-nine community-based organizations and individuals committed to the North Minneapolis food environment and promoting economic development opportunities for North Minneapolis residents have come together to create Northside Fresh.

The Psychology of Racism and The Right to Be Stupid (Part II)

In last week’s article, I began to address the psychology of racism and the “stupid” decisions that people make because of their adherence to pro-racists beliefs.  In Part Two of this article, I will continue to discuss the psychology of how racism is created, destructively maintained, and overcome in our personal and political lives.

Youth get eye exams, glasses at MUL clinic

Youth get eye exams, glasses at MUL clinicMore than 600 youth received free vision care including full vision exams and new eyewear last week during a OneSight Clinic held in Minneapolis. The weeklong event was sponsored by Target Optical.

OneSight worked with MUL staff to reconfigure the Minneapolis Urban League building at 2000 Plymouth Ave. into a temporary clinic during the week of October 3-7.  The OneSight “Vision Van” was parked prominently in the lot, and served as an auxiliary clinic for making specialized eyewear.

The Psychology of Racism and The Right to Be Stupid (Part I)

My husband, who is a naturalized citizen from Nigeria, often talks about his love for this country.  He believes that anything is possible in America, and goes on to say that “If people work hard enough, pray hard enough, and prepare well enough (eventually despite circumstances and obstacles), they will be successful.” The sense of self-efficacy (belief in one’s own personal agency and ability to affect one’s own life) is a core part of the African belief structure that we recognize during Kwanzaa as the value of  “Kujichagulia” (Self-Determination). 

Free eye exams for children and youth

One Sight, Luxottica Foundation & Minneapolis Urban League will assist children and youth with free eye exams and eyewear on October 3-7, 2011 at the Minneapolis Urban League, 2000 Plymouth Avenue N., Minneapolis MN 55411. One Sight volunteers from independent practitioners offices, (Lens Crafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, Sunglass Hut) and within the community will work to provide free vision care and eyewear to those in need in the Twin Cities. There will be a big vision van parked in the MUL parking lot Mon – Fri of next week, which are equipped with two eye exam lanes, finishing labs and dispensing areas. One Sight volunteers will provide free vision care. The hours of operation is approximately 9-2pm for children/youth and making eyewear 2-4pm.

We’re being “lynched”—And we don’t even know it

I recently attended a conference during which a speaker who addressed the issue of children and gang violence moved me.  Soon after he began to speak, I thought about how gang culture is similar to many groups within our communities.  I started to think about how gangs have a culture of their own, and that our Black children are often divided by the “colors” of their clothes rather than the “color” of their skin.  

The childhood obesity epidemic

Childhood obesity is an epidemic in America, especially in America’s communities of color. Over the past forty years, obesity rates have soared more than four-fold among children ages 6 to 11. Today, 31.8 percent of youth between two and nineteen years of age – or twenty-three million kids – are obese or significantly overweight. If nothing is done, this may be the first generation that will not outlive their parents.
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