Archive for April, 2010

Community Justice Project

This is a 2-minute video submitted with the Community Justice Project case team application for the Carter Partnership Award. The University of St. Thomas Community Justice Project works at improving the lives of the African American community in the Twin Cities. The CJP, directed by Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, has engaged in intensive research into practical solutions to longstanding challenges such as racial disparities in the criminal justice system, police brutality, and racial disparities in the educational and juvenile justice systems for at-risk youth. The award application was made in partnership with the NAACP of St. Paul.

The Carter Partnership Award honors a recipient whose campus-community partnership program addresses critical areas of public need undertaken by a college or university in partnership with a community group. The award was created as a tribute to President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter for their lifelong efforts to develop and support safe, healthy, and caring communities throughout the world. They have consistently supported public improvement efforts based on cooperation, mutual learning, and shared responsibility.

The winner will be announced at the end of the month.

Saluting Entrepreneurs

The Atlanta Post ranked the Twin Cities as #5 in its list of Top 5 Innovative Cities for African-Americans, in part based on the Minneapolis Consortium of Community Developers’ commitment to African-American entrepreneurship. Nieeta Presley, executive director of Aurora/St. Anthony NDC, is vice chair of the MCCD.

Read the whole article here.

Rec Fee Assistance Available

Rec PhotoParents have until the end of May to submit an application for fee assistance credits that can be used towards most recreational sports and activities offered by St. Paul Parks and Recreation. The city of St. Paul Fee Assistance Program program was established to help parents/guardians with fees for youth programs. To be eligible for the program, participants must live in Saint Paul, be 18 years of age or younger and meet family income requirements, which are based on federal guidelines.

Parents/guardians must fill out one form per child and submit it directly to the recreation center.  Mailed, faxed or late applications will not be accepted. Proof of residency must be shown when submitting the application. Proof of residency can include a current driver’s license, current utility or phone bill. The name on the document must match the name of the individual applying for the assistance.

Due to limited funds, an application does not guarantee being awarded fee assistance credits. The application selection process will be a lottery. Participants who are selected will receive $75 in fee assistance credits. The credits can only be used only for future programs and not applied to past programs. Unused credits will be forfeited at the end of the year. A participant can receive fee assistance credits only once during a calendar year.

For more information, call 651-266- 6377 or e-mail

Bury Our Guns… Not Our People

In answer to the growing epidemic of gun violence, The Twin Cities Anti-Violence Coalition and it many partners:

  • Parents of Murdered Children
  • Alternatives to Violence Project
  • Citizens for Safer Minnesota
  • Minneapolis Department of Health & Family Support
  • African American Men Project
  • Acme & Smith Foundry
  • Shiloh Temple International Ministries
  • Gospel Temple COGIC
  • Oasis of Love
  • National Association of Black Social Workers

and others have committed to hosting several Anti-Violence Weekend Events. The Coalition will focus on awareness of youth violence, as statistics show that many of the crimes committed today are committed by youth. We recognize that a long-term solution lies in a multi-pronged, multi-faceted approach to poverty, drugs and lack of opportunities. However, holding meaningful activities in the communities most impacted by gun violence is one way to begin to address youth violence.

Upcoming activities planned by the coalition are:

  • May 1, 2010:   Anti-Violence Motorcycle Ride, Brookdale Mall at 8:30am
  • June 11, 2010:   Anti Violence Talent Show Contest, Capri Theater, Minneapolis 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • June 12, 2010:  Lay Down Your Guns, Hug Your Sons Car Wash, 10:00 am-3:00 pm (site to be determined)
  • June 12, 2010: Anti-Violence Five on Five Basketball Tournament, Zanewood Community Center 10:00 am-4:30 pm
  • The Anti-Violence Weekend Finale is:
  • Gun Buy Back – Project II in two locations, Shiloh Temple International Ministries, 1201 West Broadway Avenue North, Minneapolis, and Gospel Temple COGIC, 247 Grotto St N, St. Paul, from 10:00 AM-10:00 PM,  June 18, 2010

Tax Deductible Donations (for operations/administration) to:

Citizens For A Safer MN
2395 University Ave. West , Suite 300E
St.Paul  MN 55114

For more Information, please contact:

  • Deseria Galloway, 612-296-2895
  • Shane Price, 612-543-2905

Through the above anti-violence education and awareness events we hope to heighten the community’s understanding of the impact gun violence has on our kids and mobilize them to actively work toward a solution. The challenge is to motivate neighborhoods to no longer sit on the sidelines in silence and watch our youth hurt and kill themselves or others.

We want to educate and raise awareness around gun violence. Each anti-violence event will dedicate a portion of time to educating the audience on gun violence, its impact, offer conflict resolution services, counseling, to provide information and resources, encourage healing to begin.

2010 Allies for Justice Awards Dinner and Celebration

Stops For us

Nieeta Presley of ASANDC and Joan Vanhala of Alliance for Metropolitan Stability

Please join us for the 2010 Allies for Justice Awards Dinner and Celebration on Wednesday, May 19, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Nicollet Island Pavilion (40 Power Street, Minneapolis).

Join us to honor this year’s Allies for Justice Award recipients, chosen because they embody Headwaters Foundation’s conviction that, together, we can create social and political conditions that guarantee justice for all.

For the first time, the Allies for Justice Awards will honor a group of organizations for their collective impact in the local community. Through their collaboration with each other and numerous other community organizations on Central Corridor Light Rail Transit development in St. Paul, these Headwaters grantees have brought attention to the issues of affordable housing, maintaining bus service in this transit-dependent community and, in a recent victory, the need to add stops in three high-density neighborhoods. The 10 organizations being recognized for moving forward on transit equity are:

  • Alliance for Metropolitan Stability
  • Community Stabilization Project
  • District 7 Planning Council
  • Got Voice? Got Power! / Aurora St. Anthony NDC
  • Jewish Community Action
  • JUST Equity
  • Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing
  • Somali Action Alliance
  • TakeAction Minnesota

Women’s Health Screening

Application Deadline Friday

Building Connections to Community Program: A Three Session Leadership Training Program

  • The Building Connections to Community program is designed to introduce people to community work and focuses on helping participants develop a greater awareness of themselves, make connections with others in the community, and build skills to more actively engage in the community.
  • 3 sessions
  • Program is FREE for participants

Click here for an informational flyer and application.

(If you apply, you’re committing to attend all 3 sessions)

  1. Saturday, May 8 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  2. Saturday, May 15 – 9:00 – 3:00 pm
  3. Saturday, May 22 – 9:00 – 12:30 pm

o   Child care is available.
o   Learning occurs through engagement in group activities, small group discussions, personal and shared reflection, and exchange of personal experiences.
o   Fill out your application and send it to PattiJo Verdeja at Wilder or by phone at 651-280-2457
o   It’s a great leadership development opportunity at no cost to the participant.