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)
East St. Paul – 1530 Maryland Ave. E, St. Paul, MN 55106.
Minneapolis Armory – 1025 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413.
Moorhead Armory – 1002 15th Ave. N., Moorhead, MN 56560.
Duluth Armory – 4015 Airpark Blvd, Duluth, MN 55811.
Faribault Armory – 3000 W. Airport Rd, Faribault, MN 55021.
St. James Armory – 521 Armstrong Blvd N., St. James, MN 56081.
38th & Pleasant (SW corner), Sunday May 17th, 10:30 AM- 12:30 PM
If you are experiencing, or anticipating, a shortage of grocery staples in the coming week, please know you are invited to participate in the Incarnation/Sagrado de Corazon Grocery Distribution Event this coming Sunday. Intended for low-income households, or those that have difficulties accessing food, there is no cost to participate in this event. Enough groceries will be available to provide food-security for the coming week to 1100 families.
Participants are asked to arrive by car, if possible. Four lanes will be formed and be directed to enter the parking lot from Pleasant Avenue. Boxes of groceries will be placed in your car by volunteers. Each box contains enough calories of food to feed a family of four for an entire week. Much of the food is dried or canned so will be shelf-stable.
Please know that you are welcome to share this information with others in our broader community. Zip codes will be collected at the event to allow for increased food distribution at this location in the coming weeks.
If you are interested in supporting this outreach you can make direct financial donations to the Incarnation COVID-19 Food Shelf at this link: http://bit.ly/IncarnationFoodShelf
Organized by Incarnation Church/Sagrado de Corazon