Kingfield Residents and Businesses:
While we are relieved that an arrest has been made today of the officer who killed George Floyd, we firmly believe that there is still much more work to be done in our neighborhood and the City of Minneapolis as a whole to demand justice. The work to address the racism and police violence displayed in the killing of George Floyd is the responsibility of every resident and organization in the City of Minneapolis. As one of those organizations, it is our promise to take on this work.
We know Kingfield residents, particularly our black indigenous neighbors of color, are impacted in a variety of ways and we want you to know we are here to stand with you and offer support.
As we are sure you have been following, the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police has grown to include damage to property throughout the city. For the last two nights, we have seen the impacted areas expand to include almost every neighborhood across South Minneapolis, including broken windows and damaged store fronts around 36th/ Nicollet and 36th/ Lyndale in Kingfield.
It is important to note that we are not aware of a known threat, demonstration or event planned in our neighborhood but in an abundance of caution, we are suggesting that you consider the following:
- Businesses should consider adjusting hours of business and secure your location via boarding windows or other precautionary measures.
- Businesses should consider removing potentially dangerous materials from your building and any items of value including cash boxes and safe contents.
- When at all possible, businesses and residents, do not confront or escalate anyone breaking into buildings or threatening property. If you must stay with your businesses, please plan a secondary exit.
- Kingfield residents and businesses should review any curfews or guidelines issued by the City/State official and stay in contact with loved ones. (Current curfew: May 29 & 30, 8 PM – 6 AM for all streets and public places.)
If you are looking for ways to help, KFNA has a list of community organized clean-ups and donation needs posted on our Facebook page (Kingfield Neighborhood Association) and website at www.kingfield.org. We will continue to add to this list in the coming weeks.
We will continue to communicate to the neighborhood as we get further information.
KFNA Board Executive Committee and Staff–
Chris DesRoches, KFNA Board President, on behalf of the KFNA Executive Committee
Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Executive Director
Looking to help our city our community in this very challenging time? A neighbor, complied this list of needs and site clean-ups. We will try to update this throughout the day as needs change, but please try and check-in with site organizers before you show up to make sure needs have not shifted or been filled.
Mural credit Greta McLain. Photo credit Jeff Pierson.
1) At the memorial site (38th & Chicago) organizers have asked for the following materials to help protect the items that have been made, left to honor George Floyd:
-bungee cords of various sizes
-any kind of plastic sleeve or coverings
-anything you can think of to help protect artwork, cards, posters should it rain
2) FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED FOR RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY FIRES TODAY:
Residents need: Peanut butter, bread, cold cuts, cheese slices, crackers, canned soup or stew, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned fish, canned beans, pasta and sauce, rice, and toilet paper.
We’ll have curbside drop-off and staff will be wearing masks
MPS FOOD DONATIONS SITE CHANGES TODAY:
Some of the MPS food distribution sites have been changed, here is the update for those donations (box of fresh food for ANY child 0-18 who lives in the city of Mpls, no ID req’d)
-Brian Coyle Center (420 S 15th Ave) 11:15-12:00pm
-Willard Park (1625 Queen Ave N_ 12:30-1:15pm
Hamline/Midway Cleanup (today) (meet at Gordon Park High School)
Minnehaha Mall cleanup (today)
Lake St Cleanup (today)
Community Dua (Prayer) w/ Imams (Saturday)
National Day of Action (Saturday)
Virtual Community Vigil for George Floyd (Saturday)
SIGN THESE PETITIONS:
Minneapolis Public Schools to end MPD contract
Defund MPD (City of Mpls)
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman
Minneapolis Police Union
Independent Local Media:
https://www.migizi.org/ (serves Native youth, bldg burned down)
Small Businesses/Lake Street/Shop
https://www.cuapb.org/ (communities united against police brutality)
The public comment period for the draft Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan will close this Friday, May 22nd. The 10-year action plan will guide future planning, design and implementation of transportation projects for all people in all the ways they move around.
Provide your input and feedback on our interactive website
Check out the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan website to learn more and provide feedback at go.minneapolismn.gov. The interactive website includes opportunities to provide your input on the plan – including draft strategies and actions and priority networks.
Watch a recording of our online open houses
At three online open houses staff presented highlights of the Transportation Action Plan and answered questions from the audience in real time. Our online engagement events have concluded but you can still watch recordings of them on our website at go.minneapolismn.gov/get-involved.
View the history at “https://z.umn.edu/historyof35W“
By exploring the history of 35W in South Minneapolis this visual Story Map guides you through the city’s process of building the freeway, the disastrous effects of construction on the surrounding neighborhoods, the impacts and long term effects still felt today, and concludes by encouraging you to submit a creative response to the history. Creative responses can be a drawing, a poem, a shared personal story, or whatever you feel interested in sharing – no prior artistic experience is required and all skill levels are encouraged.
Through this project we can begin to examine the history of the built environments around us, as well as imagine not only what a freeway gives through convenience, but takes away from community and neighborhoods. This project pushes back against the idea that there was no community opposition to 35W, that no one has been impacted, and that the city’s initial assessment of “no functional neighborhood” in the freeway corridor was, and is, absolutely false.