The Kingfield Neighborhood Association recognizes the importance of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan in shaping the future of Minneapolis. We understand that the policies and guidance set out in this document will shape the future of its residents’ lives, the neighborhoods in which they live and the outlook for the city as a whole. As a vibrant, active and connected community we are deeply invested in ensuring that the Kingfield neighborhood continues to grow and thrive over the next twenty years. This document seeks to comment, support and question the policies laid out in the 2040 Comprehensive plan as they relate to our neighborhood.
We recognize that our perspective is limited but have made a conscious effort to consider our neighborhood wholestically in the broader fabric of Minneapolis. While these comments don’t represent all of the residents of Kingfield, we have done our best to consider multiple perspectives and focus on the broad and inclusive topics that affect our community.
KFNA’s response as submitted to the City of Minneapolis can be read here. Comments on the KFNA response to this Plan or on the 2040 Draft Plan itself can be submitted to the KFNA Redevelopment co-chair Chris DesRoches at Chris@kingfield.org.
by CURA’s Neighborhood Organizing and Leadership Program
Thursday February 15, 6:30-8:30 PM
Stassen Room 170, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S (U of M West Bank)
Who is this for?
The training is open to people of color who want to join their neighborhood board and create local change so they are prepared to run at their neighborhood association or district council annual meeting elections, or want to inquire about board vacancies in their community. (Note: KFNA’s Board election is coming up on March 7th, 2018 at The Aliveness Project!)
If you are a Person of Color or know a Person of Color interested in joining their neighborhood association, CURA’s Neighborhood Organizing and Leadership Program is looking for participants for a free training to empower and assist them in their journey toward leadership. We are looking for People of Color that want to create change and fight injustice in their community through neighborhood board membership.
For more information or to register, interested participants should fill out this registration form.
Questions? Email Malik Holt-Shabazz at email@example.com or call 612-791-7734.
If you have questions specific to the Kingfield Neighborhood Association Board and the upcoming election on March 7th at 7 PM (potluck beforehand at 6 PM) email Sarah Linnes-Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-823-5980.
You are invited to paint locally handmade bowls being prepared for the annual Kingfield Empty Bowls Event. It’s fun (AND FREE)! Hosted by the Lyndale Community Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 13th from 6-7:30pm in the Banquet Hall at Zion (128 W 33rd Street). Please bring family and friends for this engaging arts and social justice neighborhood activity! Your handiwork will decorate bowls that will then be glazed and used at the Kingfield Empty Bowls fundraiser coming on Thursday Feb 8, 2018.
And while you are there, enjoy a delicious homemade dinner! The Lyndale Community Dinner is a weekly meal that welcomes neighbors together for a feast of food and friendship. Dinner is prepared by a variety of groups, neighbors and organizations who rotate hosting. The meal is always healthy, creative and delicious… and free (donations are graciously accepted, and help support the weekly dinners).
Our next meeting is on February 2 at 5:45PM at Butter Bakery.
On behalf of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association Board (KFNA), we of the KFNA Equity and Outreach Committee want to reiterate our unwavering commitment to fostering a more inclusive sanctuary for all people in this great neighborhood. This weekend, a neighbor’s house was vandalized in response to an “All Are Welcome” sign. Even if not intended to be a direct attack on the sacred value of inclusion, this was its impact. While we have aspirations to be a more inclusive community, we aren’t there yet as a neighborhood, as a city, as a state, or as a country. Our current political climate is only serving to make this aspiration far more difficult to achieve. These unacceptable behaviors will continue, yet, each of us has the power and responsibility to actively resist.
This is our ask: do something today that makes our neighborhood a more inclusive place. And tomorrow. And the day after, and the day after that. At the very least, make a commitment to being kind, generous, and to listen to those around you. To truly listen is to allow yourself to be changed by what you hear. Equity is something that can be achieved, but it requires constant maintenance. For our part, the KFNA Equity and Outreach Community Task Force will continue to work with the board, local businesses, and our neighbors to make Kingfield an accessible, inclusive place to live, work, eat, and play. We welcome your active participation and/or your feedback at our monthly meetings.
Our next meeting is on February 2 at 5:45PM at Butter Bakery. We will hear from the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, which has made promising strides toward equity and inclusion. The last half of the meeting will an open community conversation.
In solidarity and power,
KFNA Equity and Outreach Community Task Force