We are not a “homeowners association” or a membership organization. Everyone in Kingfield belongs to KFNA. Our work is often low visibility, behind the scenes, and focused on supporting community members. In these uncertain times this support is critical. Yet the reality is that the city of Minneapolis is facing significant budget pressures and KFNA’s financial support will be cut significantly over the next several years. To continue to exist in our current capacity, we need donations and engagement from you, as neighbors and stakeholders.
Please consider a financial donation to allow KFNA to continue to be an active community builder and voice at the table. Every dollar helps. Support KFNA Directly this week with any size donation this week as part of Give to the Max.
The City Council has approved Neighborhoods 2020 program guidelines for equity, funding, and governance among City-supported neighborhood organizations. These guidelines are designed to preserve neighborhood organizations and create equitable communities in which all people are valued, all communities are engaged, and leadership mirrors the diversity of the city. Under the approved plan, there are equitable engagement funds available to each neighborhood which are allocated based on an equity formula developed by CURA and total program funding and base level funding for each neighborhood organization will be discussed through the City’s budget process.
The current proposal provides less than .25 of 1% of the entire City budget to be divided between the 70 Minneapolis neighborhood associations.
Now 60% Uncomfortable”; a Space to Talk About Race and Being Anti-Racist, August 19, 6:30-8 PM
“How to be a Better Ally” with Duck Washington, Wednesday August 26, 6-8 PM,
All on Zoom (online)
All events are limited to 25 participants AND Registration is Required
Led by Danger Boat Productions; co-hosted and funded by KFNA and LNA. More info and registration here.
All donations by attendees are dedicated to Danger Boat’s Productions fund for BIPOC performing artists to develop new work; please donate generously upon registration to keep this work going and support ongoing, deeper conversations with artists of color.
Looking for a place to start talking about race and being anti-racist? Join us at any of the above events for a welcoming space to talk about race and what it means to put being anti-racist into practice. Racism is everybody’s problem. For too long, the responsibility to understand and dismantle racism has fallen on communities of color. As white people, we may have recognized the world is stacked unfairly against our BIPOC friends, but then we asked them to do all the education, footwork and problem solving on it.
A Place to Start is a facilitated space to get people (particularly white people) to talk about racism, its consequences, and how we all share the responsibility to do the work for change.
Now 60% More Uncomfortable dives deeper into exploring racism and being anti-racist. Having attended a previous “Let’s Get Uncomfortable” session is not required to sign up, but attendees should be prepared to talk openly about their own past shortcomings on race, reflect on the ways they benefit from a white-centered society, and what sacrifices or changes they are willing to make to address these issues.
How To Be A Better Ally is a two-hour training that combines facilitated lecture, interactive group work and team role play. Participants gain tools to identify the racism they see in their communities, to better understand the traits and tactics of a constructive ally, and to practice promoting safe environments for all.
These conversations are financially supported by the neighborhood associations of Kingfield and Lyndale. Please also donate generously to keep this work going and support ongoing, deeper conversations with artists of color, as detailed above.
“My commitment to a more just Minneapolis is working to ensure people don’t forget the importance of racial equity and the importance of this moment in time. To that end I plan to be on the 38th street bridge every tuesday from 4:30-5:30 until the end of this year with banners and signs keeping my own commitment right in front of me and hopefully others as well. Please join me. ”
–Becky Dankowski, KFNA Board Member
This week, KFNA Staff and Board of Directors have made commitments to one another to how we will, both as individuals and as an organization, create a more just Minneapolis.
We are calling on community members, to do the same and submit an audio recording of their commitments to action, over the following week, in response to the question above.
There are four ways for you to share your commitments:
1) Call and leave a message @ 612-234-1867
2) Record a “Voice Memo” on your phone and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Submit a written comment of (which will be read and recorded by a KFNA board member) to email@example.com
4) Send a written or voice message via the mobile Facebook messenger app to The Kingfield Neighborhood Association
Submission Length: Please keep your answers to 60 seconds or 200 words (if written)
Submission Deadline: Friday June 19th @ 9pm