The rain is predicted to lessen by 9 AM and be gone by 10 AM…download the map with your coffee this morning and make your plan of attack! Be sure to stop by the Judson Streetfest at 41st & Harriet today to check out the music, silent auction, kids games, and great food as well, 11- AM- 8 PM!
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The KFNA Crime Prevention and Safety Committee Community Clean-up on Tuesday May 21, from 6:30-8:30 PM. We will gather at MLK Park for a snack and a chance to meet KFNA’s new Project Organizer, Cheryl DeGroff. Then we will fan out and start to clean up some of the dozen or so graffiti tags located in and around MLK Park. Materials for the clean-up will be provided but if you have a small bucket please bring it, as it is often helpful to wash down the tag-site with plain water after using the chemical remover. Please invite your neighbors to attend this event with you and help make Kingfield more beautiful and safer (graffiti attracts more graffiti—let’s keep it out of Kingfield!) To make sure we have enough supplies on hand including maps of the graffiti sites, please RSVP for this event to email@example.com.
Project Sweetie Pie and Kingfield Neighborhood Get Morrill Hall/Tilsen Foundation Award to continue community healing.
Few track the anniversaries of highways, but 35W built in 1963 was a strategic decision to divide the Black communities from the more affluent white communities in Minneapolis–and it succeeded. Cultures evolved differently and continue to this day between the Kingfield Neighborhood with an average of $50,000 and adjacent Bryant neighborhood with an average of $12,000. Other statistics couldn’t be more sharply contrasted. The healing started, and this year exciting events will help it continue. Project Sweetie Pie is part of the healing.
Partnership between Project Sweetie Pie and Kingfield Neighborhood Association:
To honor the work of the Afro American Action Committee (AAAC) and Rachel Tilsen, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Committee (with members of Field, Regina, Bryant, Lynhurst and Kingfield neighborhoods), and Project Sweetie Pie will be creating a mosaic vegetable garden at the Martin Luther King Park in South Minneapolis. This project galvanizes mutual understand and friendship between neighbors in the Kingfield, Bryant and Field communities. Together the Kingfield Neighborhood Association and Project Sweetie Pie will engage people young and old to benefit from gardening, creating art, and culinary classes.
The Morrill Hall/Rachel Tilsen Social Justice Connection:
During 1968 after the assignation of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hundreds of organizations on and off campuses across the country took action to create social justice. In 1969, at the University of Minnesota, a campus of 40,000 students, only 87 were Black and none were from the local area.
In 1968 the Afro American Action Committee (AAAC) emerged and in 1969 staged a sit-in at Morrill Hall, then the President’s office and the hub of college business. Take a moment to view the AAAC’s award-winning video at www.vimeo.com/6608437 with a story told by Rose Freeman Massey, Ph.D, Horace Huntley, Ph.D., and John S. Wright Ph.D. Their stories are outlined in an article from the Mn Daily Rachel Tilsen was a fierce freedom fighter and lover of life. These courageous 30 students, Rachel Tilsen, Ken Tilsen and the Tilsen generations give us an example of how simple actions create social justice for all. On their behalf, our project was chosen, and we are so grateful.
From Dog Park to Gardens:
A proposed Dog Park at MLK tore these communities apart—right down either side of 35W, which 50 years ago institutionalized a divide between the predominately white and Black neighborhoods. For 50 years this issue these neighborhoods seemed to have little to talk about and not much to share. When white neighbors could not understand why Black neighbors were so opposed to a dog park everyone realized that there was a huge problem. The press misconstrued the issues and the historic lack of communication and separate actions fueled outrage and confusion. The dog park was framed as symbolism. The tension, the labeling, the race-batting clearly demonstrated that we were on separate sides of the highway had two world views.
Clearly residents of the Kingfield neighborhood didn’t understand about the continued issues of race but fortunately wanted to learn.
They began in earnest. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Council literally began building bridges across 35W. One of the first actions was to honor the Lee Family, hold a march and raise funds for a historical plaque giving voice to, and honoring the home and struggle of the first Black family in the Field neighborhood. The neighbors then launched what has now become the City of Minneapolis One Read program with Michelle Norris’ book and a curriculum. Last year the book was the Spirit Car. From anger and misunderstanding have come a host of ambitious projects including this mosaic garden.
History of the The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Council:
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Advisory Committee was born out of a series of meeting the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) held to consider and approve an appropriate site for a dog park in King Park. The proposal created tremendous controversy in the community at large and overwhelming opposition in the African American community. This issue of whether or not King Park was an appropriate place for a dog park also exposed a very deep rift and lack of understanding between African Americans and Caucasian Americans.
As a result of several public hearings the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board chose to eliminate King Park from consideration as a dog park location and instead established the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Committee. The goal of the newly formed Committee was to develop a plan to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at King Park. The MPRB also approved an allocation of $32,500 for improvements to the Park, the same amount allocated for the creation of an off leash dog area.
The committee held 6 meetings during which a series of recommendations along with a schematic design were developed for presentation and adoption by the MPRB. The Plan consisted of a multi-phased approach for the improvements at the Park.
The Committee is guided by the belief that the adoption and implementation of these recommendations will ensure that the Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will live on at the Park for future generations. These steps will transform the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park into a place of statewide significance and instruct the larger community on living and building a truly liveable community.
The project will begin this year as a youth garden organized and led by Project Sweetie Pie, integrating paid youth interns from Step-up with unpaid community youth. It will be small– 9 raised beds or 81 square feet. The beds will mimic the demographics of the Mosaic Quilting project recently installed on the other side of the building which celebrates the cultural communities that make up our neighborhood. The mosaics of glass and metal interpret cultural textile patterns. The gardens will do the same through cultural food crops, and eventually though cultural cooking and celebrations we hope.
Thanks to the MN Horticultural Society we are receiving the cedar boxes , dirt to fill them, and a donation of plants at no cost. We will pick these up next week, and then begin to try and figure out dates for the community interaction to begin on this project. If you are still interested in this project and want to be kept informed as we move forward, including being invited to volunteer plot building, planting, and cooking days…please let me know!
Thank you all for your energy and commitment to a greener and healthier Kingfield—please let me know how you would like to be involved!
Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Executive Director Kingfield Neighborhood Association
Michael Chane, Founder www.projectsweetiepie.org
The Sunday event, on 20 blocks between 22nd and 42nd, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
By Chris Steller, Southwest Minneapolis Patch
The 2013 date for the event is Sunday, June 23, 2013, according to an announcement at theOpen Streets Mpls website posted Friday.
Open Streets closes Lyndale to motor vehicle traffic from 22nd Street W. to 42nd Street W.—and opens the street to every other kind of traffic and activity.
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Do you have a business in Kingfield and an idea you might want to try at Open Streets? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk about it!
One-sort recycling, where customers combine their glass, plastic, paper, aluminum and cardboard into one container when putting them out for collection, will be a reality for all 75,000 residential customers by the end of June.
Minneapolis recycling customers will get new blue recycling carts between April and June. All will receive letters in the mail with instructions before they get their carts. You will keep your same recycling pickup day. With your new cart, you still need to recycle properly. Please rinse recyclables and don’t mix in garbage or other materials such as yard waste, Styrofoam, plastic foam, plastic film or plastic bags.
You can find more information about one-sort recycling in Minneapolis and look for their scheduled rollout dates at www.minneapolismn.gov/onesort.
Sierra Club and the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign to invite you to join a coffee conversation in your neighborhood about solar power and clean energy jobs.
WHEN: Sat., May 4th, at 10:00 am.
WHERE: Anodyne Coffee
WHO: You, with J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director of Fresh Energy
WHAT: A one-hour conversation about “The Road to a Clean Energy Future”
MORE INFO: 651-290-0154
Please register for this event.
MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet
MSP FairSkies is beginning to formulate what is acceptable noise and jet traffic overhead, and we want you to be a part of the response to the airport. Other cities around the country have set limits and noise quotas with their jet traffic. We need to do the same. We plan a 60-minute presentation, with plenty of time for discussion. We will show the inconsistencies in the airport plans, and mostly the inadequate sharing of information with us, the neighborhoods imposed upon. For more info on FairSkies visit http://mspfairskies.com