We did it! We hit our goal of 112 new members/donations before the end of June!
Thank you to everyone who has made our drive a resounding success. Every member matters, a lot, so please do sign-up if you haven't done so. We will write something more sappy when the drive is officially over, but thank you so, so much. We are tremendously grateful for all of you and this push is going to help keep us in a strong position for the months to come.
But wait! There are only a couple days left to get in on the Booster special! If you sign up/level up to become a Southwest Voices member at the Booster level by the end of the week, we will hand deliver you a limited-run screen print of our new Southwest map, designed by Juxtaposition Arts.
Last night, around 70 people marched down Hennepin Ave. S in protest against the mayor's veto of all-day bus lanes. We were there to cover the marchand talk with people who want parking to stay on Hennepin Ave. S. We will have a story up later today.
You may have heard that a Justice Page Middle School teacher got a Fulbright (!!!) but did you know it's to study street art in Colombia? We talked with Ellisa Cedarleaf Dahl about her upcoming research trip to Columbia and her experience with street art in Minneapolis.
Members of the Armatage Green Team wrote a response to City Council Vice President and Ward 13 Councilmember Linea Palmisano's recent forum with ISAIAH. At the forum, Palmisano uplifted the Green Team's rain garden project but members of the team said, "We do not agree that quick, hyper-local actions like our project should be considered adequate solutions to combat climate change."
LINK ROUNDUP 🔗
The Star Tribune has more coverage on the impacts of the halted 2040 Plan. Josh Martin covered this for us last week as well. (Star Tribune)
Minneapolis Public Schools announced its ending its contract with Gaggle, "a controversial digital surveillance tool that monitored students’ online behaviors during pandemic-induced remote learning." (Minnesota Reformer/The 74)
Hennepin County has some tips for staying healthy at the beach. (Hennepin County)
The employees at the downtown Minneapolis Trader Joe's announced in the store that they are unionizing. (Reddit)
COMMUNITY RESOURCES 💪
There is a vacancy on the Public Health Advisory Committee for a Ward 11 representative. To apply, you must live or work in Ward 11. Adding your voice to the committee will help address the health concerns and challenges in Ward 11. The committee advises the City Council on policy matters affecting the health of Minneapolis residents, reviews and recommends proposed priorities for the Health Department, makes recommendations to the Council, and serves as a liaison between the City and the community in addressing health concerns.
Sign up to volunteer at the Tangletown Fourth of July Parade and Party at Fuller Park. The event runs from 10:00 a.m - 1 p.m. This event is organized and run by neighborhood volunteers, and they need help from neighbors to make it happen.
East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association will be starting a tablet lending programs for those 60 and over in the fall. The program is for those who have never used a tablet before, as well as those who are already familiar. Student volunteers are available to help set up the tablets as you would like, If you are a high school student, or know one who may be interested in volunteering on this project, please let us know!If you are interested in joining this program when it starts, contact the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association.
OUT & ABOUT
Celebrate summer at the annual East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association Summer Kick-Off tonight from 6:30 - 8 p.m. There will be music, playground games, crafts, a face painter, and more. Bring a picnic supper and enjoy a fine summer evening in the park.
There's dark Appalachian folk music being performed at Icehouse tonightwith The Resonant Rogues. Bluegrass band Steam Machine opens.
Surly Grrly finishes its June residency at Mortimer's tonight with Black Widows and TIMISAROCKER.