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Community Roundtable

Organizer Roundtable

About 30 people attended the Organizer Roundtable on the Building Sustainable Communities project.

More than 30 attendees from 22 organizations gathered at the Model Cities Communities Room on University Avenue on February 24, 2010, to hear impassioned community leaders share their raw experiences — the triumphs and the difficulties — in realizing the true meaning of collaboration.

Collaboration, in this case, meant creating neighborhood-centric, multi-partner coalitions aligned with the Building Sustainable Communities initiative supported by Twin Cities LISC.

As part of a monthly roundtable series organized by the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, the event, titled “Community Partnerships for Success,” drew excellent attendance according to Joan Vanhala, coalition organizer with AMS.

“I appreciated the different leaders who talked honestly about their challenges in working with coalitions towards one common goal,” said Vanhala.

Those leaders included Mari Bongiovanni, executive director, East Side Neighborhood Development Company; Staci Horwitz, program director, City of Lakes Community Land Trust; Cathy Maes, executive director, ICA Food Shelf; Judy Elling, executive director of ResourceWest in Hopkins; and Nieeta Presley, executive director, Aurora/St. Anthony Community Development Corporation.

During the two-hour session, leaders outlined the formulation of their collaborative, conveying both excitement and frustration in the challenges and rewards of developing cross-sector partnerships.

“I can see that in the different presentations, we’re at different levels of maturity, and we all came out in completely different ways,” said Bongiovanni. “We [St Paul’s East Side] needed to sit at the table for quite a while.”

After four years, Bongiovanni admitted her collaborative is still working on finding a comprehensive voice, which has slightly fragmented recently due to resident churn in a tough economy. That said, she noted the effort put forth in a multi-year process that started with informational meetings and evolved into 64 organizations sitting at a table calling each other to ask for advice and referrals.

“That was a big step,” she said. “Before we were all in our little silos and hoping that we would get funded and others wouldn’t because that would be more money for us.”

The next Organizer Roundtable will be “Race, Power and Organizing,” which will address the dynamics of race in day-to-day life, and how to integrate racial equity in campaign focus.

Race, Power and Organizing

Noon – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 31
Rondo Community Library
461 N. Dale St.
St. Paul, MN 55103

Building Sustainable Communities Roundtable

LISC logoJoin Model Cities, the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, Aurora/St. Anthony NDC and other Frogtown Rondo Action Network partners at an Organizer Roundtable — Community Partnerships for Success: Building Sustainable Communities from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, at Model Cities Community Room, 839 University Avenue, Saint Paul. (Map/Directions or Transit Planner)

In 2007, the Twin Cities was chosen by the national Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to carry out a Building Sustainable Communities demonstration to promote more integrated and comprehensive approaches to community development. Twin Cities LISC is implementing the project with a focus on five areas: St. Paul’s East Side, the Central Corridor, Minneapolis’ north and south sides, and the suburban community of Hopkins. They chose these areas because each offers a multitude of potential partners, opportunities and issues.

Come hear from community leaders involved in the program about their efforts to direct resources toward community-based projects already under way that would otherwise be constrained by limited means and abilities. Join in the dialogue about how innovative partnerships like this can leverage resources for community projects.

Organizer Roundtables are free but registration is required. Light snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Black History Month Events at Libraries

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington in the 1971 film "Jazz Odyssey." Creative Commons-licensed image by Louis Panassié.

Here’s a look at upcoming Black History Month events at St. Paul libraries:

  • Saturday, February 20. 1-3 p.m.
    “My People”
    Central Library (90 W. Fourth St., Saint Paul. 651-266-7000)
    Tony Garrett will present “My People”, a genealogical journey about his family and the importance of preserving family history. Program immediately followed at 3 p.m. by a Genealogy Workshop by Saint Paul Public Librarian James Moriarty to teach program attendees how to use the ancestry library.
  • Saturday, February 20. 10-11 a.m.
    “Stories of Hope”
    by Isabell Monk O’Connor
    Merriam Park Branch Library (1831 Marshall Ave., Saint Paul. 651-642-0385)
    Acclaimed actress, author and educator Isabell Monk O’Connor will read stories from our national past that are heavily influenced by the African-American journey.
  • Sunday, February 21. 2-4 p.m.
    “Take the A Train to the Library for a Tribute to Duke Ellington”
    Central Library-Magazine Room
    Vocalist Debbie Duncan and saxophonist Dean Brewington will perform with a stellar quartet in this tribute to the late and very great Duke Ellington.
  • Monday, February 22. 7 p.m.
    “A Face of Courage”
    Sun Ray Branch Library (2105 Wilson Ave., Saint Paul. 651-501-6300)
    Tommy Watson is an elementary school principal and example to others of how one man came from a poverty and crime-ridden neighborhood, to achieve personal success and inspire others. He is the author of A Face of Courage: The Tommy Watson Story- How Did He Survive?
  • Wednesday, February 24. 7 p.m.
    “A Literary Evening with Alexs Pate”
    Hamline Midway Branch Library (1558 W. Minnehaha Ave., Saint Paul. 651-642-0293)
    Alexs Pate, best-selling author, hosts a fireside gathering to discuss his varied literary career an thoughts about being an African-American writer today.
  • Saturday, February 27. 10-11 a.m.
    “Stories of Hope”
    Highland Park Branch Library (1974 Ford Pkwy., Saint Paul. 651-695-3700)
    Storytelling by Isabell Monk O’Connor
  • Sunday, February 28. 2-4 p.m.
    “Warm Up on a Cold Day to Super Cool Miles Davis”
    Rondo Community Outreach Library (461 N. Dale St., Saint Paul. 651-266-7400)
    The Dean Brewington Quartet will perform with vocalist extraordinaire Lila Ammons.
  • Sunday, February 28. 2 p.m.
    Central Library- 4th floor Meeting Room
    Watch “Dreamgirls,” the film adaptation of a 1981 Broadway musical that tells a story of R&B and Motown funk, based loosely on the lives and career of The Supremes.

Admission is free for all events. This programming is funded in part with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

UABA, AEDA, University United and U-Plan Move in Together

Community members turned out for opening of new center.

Community members turned out for opening of new center.

By Jake Kulju

September 22, 2009 may have seemed like any other day, but on University Avenue, it was a day of celebration. Hundreds of people gathered for free food, entertainment and speeches from local politicians, including a welcome from mayor Chris Coleman, at the new Community Solutions Center at 712 University Ave.

The event marked the grand opening of the center, a joint effort of the University Avenue Business Association (UABA), the Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA), University UNITED and U-Plan.

The open house was held from 3 to 6 p.m., with a welcome by the mayor and program beginning at 4:30 p.m. Special guests included City Council members Russ Stark and Melvin Carter III, County Commissioners Toni Carter and Janice Rettman, state Reps. Alice Hausman, Erin Murphy, Phyllis Kahn and Cy Thao and state Sens. Mee Moua and Dick Cohen.

Several large tents spanned the parking area in front of the new Community Solutions Center, covering tables full of free food from local businesses. Food and beverages were provided by Abundant  Catering, China One, Chindian, Mai Village, Ngon Vietnamese Bistro, Saigon Restaurant, Shuang Hur Supermarket and SugaRush.

The grand opening of the center was sponsored by US Bank, Update Company, Impressive Print, Lao Family Community and Lifetrack Resources.

City Councilman Russ Stark, right, speaks with a constituent at the grand opening.

City Councilman Russ Stark, right, speaks with a constituent at the grand opening.

Reminder: See You Thursday!

Please stop by our offices on University Avenue Thursday afternoon for our end-of-the-year community celebration! The event will take place between noon and 6 p.m. and will include good conversation, wonderful food, door prizes and a book-signing by Mahmoud El-Kati from 4-5 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Join us for MLK Day Events

Photo courtesy Library of Congress

Photo courtesy Library of Congress

The Council on Black Minnesotans will host the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration, “The Fierce Urgency of NOW,” on Jan. 18.

A Rally begins the day with youth speakers, music and dance from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Central High School Auditorium. (map/directions)

Marchers will walk from Central High School to Concordia University Gangelhoff Auditorium (map/directions), where the main program will be held from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

Keynote speaker will be Nekima Levy-Pounds, director of the Community Law Project at University of St. Thomas.

Surf’s Up!

This year’s Ward 1 Beach Party, organized by Ward 1 City Councilmember Melvin Carter III, will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at the city’s newest recreation center and only indoor water park, Oxford Community Center, 270 Lexington Parkway North (click here for map/directions).

The free event will include food, community resource information, water park access, activities for the whole family, and great prizes and giveaways.