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KFNA September 2020 Board Meeting
September 9, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
KFNA meets monthly and neighbors are welcome to join the conversation. Community Forum starts each meeting where you can bring up an issue or ask a question, or stay for the entire meeting to learn about neighborhood projects and work that the KFNA Board is doing in the community. This month KFNA is discussing community safety.
In the early 1980’s, Minneapolis neighborhood organizations were initiated, in part, as a “crime prevention” strategy; giving geographic communities autonomy and a bit of funding was seen as a way to stabilize communities and prevent urban flight to the suburbs. “Fighting crime” by neighborhood groups was largely done by educating neighbors about calling 911 and working with community-focused civilian officers, but the real work of “building safety” was done by our neighborhood non-profits by helping neighbors form block clubs and focused on grassroots engagement.
KFNA recognizes that personal and property crime is felt to be on the rise by some community members and many neighbors are on edge and some feel unsafe. In our current complicated era, and in part due to our complicated beginnings, KFNA wants to hold a community conversation that is “about crime”, but also focused on the safety of our community and the value of people over property. Our goal is to begin the work of creating a vision of a safe community for all our neighbors that takes into account our organizational commitment to anti-racism and justice, and a toolkit for blocks to utilize to make sure all community members feel safe and supported.