Many people have been looking for additional positive ways to engage in our community since the election, in the interest of building deeper connections and making sure all neighbors feel welcome to our neighborhood and city. KFNA continues to compile a list of actions each person can take, in case these inspire you to get involved. Please contact the person listed for each action to offer your time or assistance. Thank you!
- Download an App called “Countable”. It tracks all of the Congressional bills and votes and is basically a list of what laws are being proposed in Congress, who is sponsoring them, what the laws are trying to do, as well as a section on why people agree or disagree with the legislation. There’s also a feature where you can send a note to your representatives on whether you agree or disagree with the legislation. You can elaborate on why, you can just signify yes or no, or you can send a video message to your rep through the App and you also get notified every time one of your representatives votes on a bill. Anything that makes it easier for each of us to stay in touch with legislation and legislatures this year is worth a try.
- Sign the petition that Facebook should help all Americans exercise their right to vote by implementing Election Day reminders for all local and state elections. Giving voters more information is key to our democratic process and can help turn out voters to local races, where they are desperately needed. Our Democracy is stronger when everyone participates and a reminder is just plain a polite and responsible idea. Mark Zuckerberg (the owner of Facebook) has said: “our goal is to give everyone a voice.” It is up to us to hold him to that, by making sure that Facebook provides millions of voters with crucial information needed to gain their voice. We know that Facebook will listen, if we can demonstrate grassroots support from across the country. That is where we come in, using our community and our networks we need to get as many signatures as possible. https://actionsprout.io/4BC49B?source=share
- Write a thank you email or personal note to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges or your councilperson, 8th Ward’s Elizabeth Glidden, for passing the Minneapolis resolution condemning violence and hate speech against Muslims and the complimentary Our One Minneapolis Resolution which reaffirms Minneapolis as a sanctuary city.
- Food donations are being accepted now through January 16, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, for the 8th annual Minneapolis Park & Rec Board food drive. Neighbors can drop food at any MPLS Rec Center but the center with the most donations wins a free movie in the Park, so KFNA encourages MLK Park, at 4055 Nicollet. Recipients of the donated food city-wide are again The Aliveness Project (38th & Nicollet) and Beacon Interfaith, the developing company of Nicollet Square (37th & Nicollet) and the owner of many other transitional housing options.
- Read this article “Fake or Real?” published by National Public Radio that has some good tips on how to self-check facts in current news stories. Remember that “Stopping the proliferation of fake news isn’t just the responsibility of the platforms used to spread it. Those who consume news also need to find ways of determining if what they’re reading is true….” Before sharing it.
Stay Involved/Get Involved, Neighbors. KFNA is continuing to crowdsource ideas of what we can do together to make our community a better place. Please feel free to share your ideas on our Facebook page or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.