Justice for George Floyd Initiatives

This page houses information about community events, volunteer opportunities, donation needs, and a variety of other resources dedicated to the memory of George Floyd and/or the fight for racial justice. As this page is in no way an exhaustive list of resources available in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, please use this form to submit information about an event/item that you believe should be added. This will help ensure we all work together to keep our community informed.

If you have specific questions about this page, contact Joanne Reeck or Kerri Maher.

Please note the events/items listed on this page have not been vetted and/or do not necessarily represent the entire or partial views of Augsburg University.

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Upcoming Events
Racial Healing: From Awareness to Action Thursdays in September, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Vital Conversations Series: Realities of Race and Racism Mondays, Sept. 14, 21, 28 & Oct. 5, 7 pm – 8 pm
Another World is Possible: Keynote Series Wednesdays, Sept. 16, 23, & 30, 12 pm – 1 pm
Online Introduction to Restorative Justice Training Friday, September 18, 3 pm – 5 pm
The People’s Floyd Commission Hearing 2 Friday, September 18, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Recreation as Resistance Saturday, September 19, 12 pm – 4 pm
FILL THE VAN Donation Drive for North MPLS Saturday, September 19, 3 pm – 6 pm
We Still Can’t Breathe March and Rally Sunday, September 20, 12 pm – 3 pm
Community Conversation on Race and Equity Monday, September 21, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
John Lewis: Good Trouble – National Screening & Panel Discussion Monday, September 21, 6 pm – 8 pm
The Geography of Twin Cities Racism Monday, September 21, 7 pm
Kao Kalia Yang Reading Wednesday, September 23, 7 pm – 8 pm
Online Book Discussion: “How to be an Anti-Racist” Thursday, September 24, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The People’s Floyd Commission Hearing 3 Friday, September 25, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Justice for Jamarion Robinson Saturday, September 26, 2 pm – 5 pm
LEAP! 2020: Feeding Native Families, Empowering Native Youth Monday, September 28, 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Hidden History of Segregation and How Suburban Families can Fuel the Future Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Activism & Allyship with Nekima Levy Armstrong – Zoom Workshop Thursday, October 1, 1 pm – 4 pm
How Can We Breathe: Elders & Youth Thursday, October 1, 5:30 pm – 8 pm
Justice & Unity Friday, October 2, 4:30 pm
EDTalks: Championing Black Student Achievement Monday, October 5, 7 pm – 8 pm
The BlackOUT III Saturday, October 17, 12 pm – 6 pm

Table shows list of initiatives and events.

Events

Racial Healing: From Awareness to Action

Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Online Event

From the Event Page: This course will meet on Thursdays,
Sept. 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 6:30-8:30 pm CST.

This course will include foundational definitions and working assumptions, connect inter-personally to strengthen capacities for deep learning, investigate the contours of personal DKDK (we don’t know what we don’t know!), and help to develop and share action plans for next steps to participate in the racial healing so urgently needed today. Each session builds on previous sessions – so participation from the beginning is essential.

Cali Anicha: Cali is a career P-12 educator currently working as an Adjunct and Consultant with local universities. Cali recognizes herself as a recipient of the unearned over-advantaging of whiteness. Recognition of the advantages conferred as a cis-gendered woman who economically benefits from multiple educational opportunities has grown for Cali over the years. More recently, she is coming to understand that notions of dis/ability are foundational to beliefs about human worth and dignity.

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Vital Conversations Series: Realities of Race and Racism

Mondays, Sept. 14, 21, 28 & Oct. 5, 7 pm – 8 pm
Online Event Hosted by Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

From the Event Page: You are invited to gather with fellow Hennepin members and friends to have Vital Conversations about the realities of race and racism in America.

Using the award-winning Vital Conversations Video Series provided by the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), we will dive into some tough topics that threaten to divide and damage our community. The video series features contemporary theologians, sociologists, laity, clergy, scholars, activists and other thought-leaders dealing with challenges of race, culture, and oppression in the world today.

Join a Zoom call for one or all four of the 75-minutes sessions. We also welcome back those who attended this summer. Heather Alden and Michelle DeVaughn will be facilitating.

9/14: Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Diangelo
9/21: Meaningful Conversations about Race with Rev. Dr. Hooker
9/28: Tearing Down Fences in Baltimore with Rev. Cynthia Moore-KoiKoi
10/5: The Lunch Date, an Oscar-winning short

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A Breath for George; songs, interviews, poems, and reflections

Tuesday, September 15, 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
UNIVERSITY of WISCONSIN RIVER FALLS 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls WI. 54022

From the Event Page: Bring A Lawn Chair—Twin Cities-Wide FREE Outdoor Screenings Honoring the Life and Death of George Floyd

New Dawn Theatre is standing with Twin Cities’ theaters – Penumbra, Pillsbury House, Mixed Blood, Yellow Tree, Gremlin, Plymouth Congregational Church – to present for free outdoor screenings of A Breath for George; a collection of songs, interviews, and poems created to honor the life of George Floyd. Artists featured include: James T. Alfred, Aimee Bryant, Perri Gaffney, Peter Macon, Thomasina Petrus, T. Mychael Rambo, Frank Sentwali, Regina Marie Williams and Jevetta Steel. Interviews with Sarah Bellamy, Harvey Blanks, Melvin Carter Jr., James Craven, Talvin Wilks and Professor John Wright are also included in the collection. All screenings are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for local charities.

A Breath for George was created by New Dawn Theatre and Minnesota artists as a platform to: honor Mr. Floyd’s life; speak to this moment and moments past openly and honestly; and to share avenues which promote hope and positive changes for the future. A Breath for George gives voice to the ways Black citizens & residents historically have been negatively affected emotionally, physically and financially by systemic racism and nationwide police violence.

“There is value in people knowing that they are not alone in the way that they are feeling right now. There is also value in speaking truth to people who have never heard our stories or ever been in position to hear our stories,” says New Dawn Artistic Director Austene Van.

TICKET PRICES
FREE

If you would like to put your heart into action but are unsure of where to begin, please consider volunteering or donating to any of the listed organization committed to rebuilding our communities and eradicating systemic racism.

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Another World is Possible: Keynote Series

Wednesdays, September 16, 23, and 30, 12 pm – 1 pm
Online Event Hosted by Violence Free Minnesota

From the Event Page: Join Violence Free Minnesota as we host a keynote series featuring adrienne maree brown, Mimi Kim, and Ejeris Dixon. Each September, Violence Free Minnesota’s member programs working year-round to end relationship abuse gather together for a multi-day state-wide meeting. This year, as our Annual Meeting goes virtual, our theme is “Another World is Possible.” We hope you will join us!

adrienne maree brown
SEPTEMBER 16, 2020
NOON CT to 1:00PM CT

adrienne maree brown is the author of Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is the cohost of the How to Survive the End of the World and Octavia’s Parables podcasts. adrienne is rooted in Detroit.

Mimi Kim
SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
NOON CT to 1:00PM CT

Mimi Kim is the founder of Creative Interventions and a co-founder of INCITE! She has been a long-time activist, advocate and researcher challenging gender-based violence at its intersection with state violence and creating community accountability, transformative justice and other community-based alternatives to criminalization. As a second generation Korean American, she locates her political work in global solidarity with feminist anti-imperialist struggles, seeking not only the end of oppression but of the creation of liberation here and now. Mimi is also an Associate Professor of social work at California State University, Long Beach. Her recent publications include “The Carceral Creep: Gender-Based Violence, Race, and the Expansion of the Punitive State, 1973-1983” and “From Carceral Feminism to Transformative Justice: Women of Color Feminism and Alternatives to Incarceration.”

Ejeris Dixon
SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
NOON CT to 1:00PM CT

Ejeris Dixon is an organizer and political strategist with 20 years of experience working in racial justice, LGBTQ, anti-violence, and economic justice movements. She is the Founding Director of Vision Change Win Consulting where she partners with organizations to build their capacity and deepen the impact of their organizing strategies. She also serves as a consultant with Roadmap Consulting a national social justice consulting team. From 2010 – 2013 Ejeris served as the Deputy Director in charge of the Community Organizing Department at the New York City Anti-Violence Project where she directed national, statewide, and local organizing and advocacy initiatives on hate violence, domestic violence, police violence, and sexual violence. From 2005 – 2010 Ejeris worked as the Founding Program Coordinator of the Safe OUTside the System Collective at the Audre Lorde Project where she worked on creating transformative justice strategies to address hate and police violence. She is the co-editor of Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement, which was released by AK Press. Her essay, ” Building Community Safety: Practical Steps Toward Liberatory Transformation,” is featured in the anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States.

Event Information


Online Introduction to Restorative Justice Training

Friday, September 18, 3 pm – 5 pm
Online Event Hosted by Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute

From the Event Page:
Tickets · Free – $75
irjsep182020.eventbrite.com

2-hour online training
Pay-What-You-Can up to $50

Ruptured relationships create psychological trauma, conflict, and violence. Restorative Justice allows for truth-telling, reconciliation, and repairing harm for healed just relationships. Creating healed just relationships is violence prevention. Restorative justice prevents violence and builds peace into our lives and communities. Join us to learn, explore, and apply restorative justice philosophy, principles, and practices to build peace within your spheres of influence to repair harm for healed just relationships. This training is for everyone: laypeople, paraprofessionals, and licensed professionals. Training tuition and 2 hours of continuing education for Minnesota social workers, teachers, and nurses is $75.

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The People’s Floyd Commission Hearing 2

Friday, September 18, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
North Commons Park, Golden Valley Rd at Logan Ave, Minneapolis

From the Event Page: **Food will be provided.** **PLEASE bring a chair or blanket for seating.**

The community has been through a lot since George Floyd was killed yet public officials have yet to hold hearings or engage in an analysis of what led to his killing or the uprising that followed.

We will be holding a series of hearings to examine these issues from a number of angles. Each hearing will start with a short presentation on the topic, followed by public testimony.

At the end of the series, we will produce a report and recommendations.

TOPICS:
9/11 The conditions that led to George Floyd’s killing.
9/17 Police and fire department response; the role of white supremacists.
9/25 The city’s response since George Floyd’s killing; impacts on small businesses.
10/2 Legal issues–people facing charges, people filing lawsuits.
10/9 The state of police accountability and going forward.

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Recreation as Resistance

Saturday, September 19, 12 pm – 4 pm
Lake Pickerel – 550 Lilydale Rd, St Paul, MN 55118

From the Event Page: We know that joy is a form of resistance. In the midst of the uprisings for racial justice, we’re coming together in Lilydale – a place with a long history of police violence against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities on the West Side – to spend time outdoors in community and reclaim a space that has been used for harm through joy and recreation.

The natural world should be a safe space for all West Siders. Time outside is critical to our mental, physical, and spiritual health. Our Recreation as Resistance event will include free mini-workshops and activities, including fishing, birding, kayaking, a nature walk, a community mural, a “Poetree”, and more. We’ll finish our restorative morning with a Healing Circle, led by Dr. raj and with testimony from community members.

This event is open to all people, including families. We will be centering the voices, experiences, and stories of those most harmed. Coffee, juice, and snacks will be provided. Masks and social distancing are required. A port-o-potty will be on site. Please email Ellie Leonardsmith with questions, elliel@wsco.org.

Schedule of events:
-9 am Dakota Honor Song
-9, 10, & 11 am Stations: fishing, birding, kayaking, art & poetry, nature walk & meditation
-12 pm Healing Circle

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FILL THE VAN Donation Drive for North MPLS

Saturday, September 19, 3 pm – 6 pm
Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis

From the Event Page: Join us in supporting the communities of North and Northeast Minneapolis as we kick off a new On the Haus donation drive initiative. All items collected during the drive will immediately go to Sanctuary Covenant Church on Broadway. When considering donation items, please stick to the primary and secondary lists below – while it’s awesome that you want to share your sourdough yeast starter, our goal is to gather items that are specifically needed! Those who swing through with a bag of donated items will receive a free beer token. Those looking to hang out at Bauhaus after donating will need to place a reservation through Open Table. More on FILL THE VAN:

When: Kicks off Saturday, July 25th, and then the 3rd Saturday of each month. 3-6pm or until the van is full.

Where: Bauhaus front parking lot. Drop site will be located in the green space on the North side of the parking lot. Please drive up to the Bauhaus tent/Gemütlichkeit van to drop off your items. To ensure social distancing, we’ll be directing traffic and allowing only one person to drop off goods at a time. Masks are also REQUIRED.

Primary Items Needed:
– Feminine Products
– Laundry Detergent
– Dish Soap
– Lotion
– Body Wash
– Shampoo and Conditioner (for textured hair)
– Hand Soap
– Hygiene Products
– Beans
– Soup
– Canned Food
– Children’s Snacks
– Peanut Butter
– Jelly
– Baby Wipes
– Diapers (especially size 2 and 3)
– Pull-Up Diapers (All Sizes)
– Toothbrushes
– Deodorant

Secondary Items Needed:
– Bar Soap
– Toothpaste
– Pasta
– Pasta Sauce
– Tampons
– Mac and Cheese
– Cereal
– Toilet Paper

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We Still Can’t Breathe March and Rally

Sunday, September 20, 12 pm – 3 pm
Cup Foods

From the Event Page: Hello Everyone, We are a new community organization that is out here to demand police reforms, racial equality and change in the world. We are looking for ppl wanting to get involved, help put together events, man the social media page, be an ally or just want to support our cause. Please look forward to our first community event coming up in Minneapolis.

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Community Conversation on Race and Equity

Monday, September 21, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Online Event

From the Event Page: Join Rep. Dean Phillips and special guests for a free and open-to-the-public virtual community conversation on race and equity.

WITH:
– Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03)
– Rep. Joe Neguse (CO-02)
– Keisha Davis, Assistant Principal, Birch Grove Elementary
– Joy Marsh Stephens, Director of Race and Equity, City of Minneapolis
– Dr. Raj, Professor, Metropolitan State University School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
– Chris Webley, Founder, New Rules

Join the conversation LIVE by listening here:
http://bit.ly/dbpccre

Leave your questions and ideas here:
https://bit.ly/ccrequestions

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John Lewis: Good Trouble – National Screening & Panel Discussion

Monday, September 21, 6 pm – 8 pm
Online Event Hosted by MSP Film Society and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

From the Page: Join a nationwide audience for a screening of the documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble and a panel discussion hosted by New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)! John Lewis: Good Trouble is an intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy, and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism – from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he was throughout his career.

Digital tickets are available for just $12 beginning this Friday, September 4.
Your $12 ticket includes:
1. John Lewis: Good Trouble film rental, to watch at your leisure
2. Exclusive access to a 15-minute interview between Congressman John Lewis and Oprah Winfrey: this wide ranging conversation was one of the last interviews Congressman Lewis held in his lifetime.
3. Exclusive access to a one-hour panel, recorded in July, between the film’s director, Dawn Porter, and two of the original Freedom Riders, Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton
4. Access to a panel discussion of the film, hosted by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, on Monday, September 21 at 7:00pm CST
*Every purchase also includes a $5 donation to the Ordway.*

The film chronicles Lewis’s 60-year history as a civil rights leader and includes rare footage from his life as well as interviews with him and his colleagues. Facilitated by New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the September 21 panel features Dawn Porter, the film’s director; Khalil Gibran Muhammed, Professor of Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy; and Lonnie Bunch, head of Smithsonian Institution who also worked with Congressman Lewis over many years to open the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Tickets on sale this Friday, September 4
Streaming live Monday, September 21

Find more information here: https://ordway.org/events/john-lewis-good-trouble/

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The Geography of Twin Cities Racism

Wednesday, September 21, 7 pm
Online with Facebook Live Hosted by TownTalks

From the Event Page: The documentary “Jim Crow of the North” was released in Spring 2019, and was a wakeup call to many Twin Cities residents who believed Minneapolis to be removed from the racial strife so prevalent in the 20th century South. More than a year later, following the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests and violence, what can we learn from the film and the Mapping Prejudice project? What do we need to know about our past in order to help contribute to a future that is fair to all our citizens? Join the Talk!

Moderated by Rev. Dr. Alika Galloway of Liberty Community Church.
Panelists include
– Daniel Bergin, executive producer at TPT and creator of Jim Crow of the North;
– Kirsten Delegard, director and co-founder of the Mapping Prejudice project at the University of Minnesota;
– William Green, author and professor of history at Augsburg University

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Kao Kalia Yang Reading

Wednesday, September 23, 7 pm – 8 pm
Online Event Hosted by University of Minnesota English

From the Event Page: This is a Zoom online event presented by the Creative Writing Program. The Edelstein-Keller Writer in Residence for 2020-22, Yang is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir and The Song Poet, both Minnesota Book Award recipients, along with her children’s book, A Map into the World. She is co-editor of the collection What God is Honored Here? Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Indigenous Women and Women of Color. This fall, Yang will publish a collective memoir about refugee lives titled Somewhere in the Unknown World and another book for children called The Most Beautiful Thing. 7 pm. Zoom registration info to come. For information, email sutt0063@umn.edu.

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Online Book Discussion: “How to be an Anti-Racist”

Thursday, September 24, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Online Event Hosted by Shepherd of the Valley- Apple Valley, MN

From the Event Page: Register: www.sotv.org/online-book-discussion-how-to-be-an-anti-racist (Deadline is September 23)

Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.

In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science–including the story of his own awakening to antiracism–bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

This discussion will be held using Zoom. Purchase and read the book “How to be an Anti-Racist” before class. Facilitated by members of the Racial Truth & Justice Team.

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The People’s Floyd Commission Hearing 3

Friday, September 25, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
East Phillips Park, 2307 17th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55404

From the Event Page:

**Food will be provided.**
**PLEASE bring a chair or blanket for seating.**

The community has been through a lot since George Floyd was killed yet public officials have yet to hold hearings or engage in an analysis of what led to his killing or the uprising that followed.

We will be holding a series of hearings to examine these issues from a number of angles. Each hearing will start with a short presentation on the topic, followed by public testimony.

At the end of the series, we will produce a report and recommendations.

TOPICS:
9/11 The conditions that led to George Floyd’s killing.
9/17 Police and fire department response; the role of white supremacists.
9/25 The city’s response since George Floyd’s killing; impacts on small businesses.
10/2 Legal issues–people facing charges, people filing lawsuits.
10/9 The state of police accountability and going forward.

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Justice for Jamarion Robinson

Saturday, September 26, 2 pm – 5 pm
U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

From the Event Page: On August 5th 2016, 16 officers forced their way into the apartment of Jamarion Robinson’s girlfriend. They fired a total of 90 rounds of ammunition. Jamarion had 76 bullet holes in his body and after murdering him they cuffed him dragged, dragged him down the stairs to the living room, and threw a flash bang grenade at his body leaving him burned. The police were there because of a warrant they had out on a man that pointed a gun at officers a few days prior. This man was not Jamarion Robinson. These officeres used excessive and deadly force to murder Jamarion Robinson. The Department of Justice has been covering this up and DA Paul Howard has been dragging his feet in prosecuting the officers. It has been over 4 years and Jamarion Robinson and his family still do not have justice. We demand that the DA moves forward with the trial and that the officers involved are indicted. Justice for Jamarion.

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LEAP! 2020: Feeding Native Families, Empowering Native Youth

Monday, September 28, 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Metropolitan Ballroom
Tickets · $50 via Eventbrite

From the Event Page: LEAP! is Division of Indian Work’s annual fundraiser to support its Horizons Unlimited Food Shelf and Youth Leadership Development Program.

LEAP: Feeding Native Families, Empowering Native Youth, is the Division of Indian Work’s annual fundraiser to support its Horizons Unlimited (HU) Food Shelf and Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP). HU has provided food for the Twin Cities American Indian community since 1952 and remains the only culturally-sensitive food shelf serving the west metro American Indian population; YLDP has worked to empower American Indian youth since 1980.LEAP event highlights include live entertainment, a silent auction, live auction, appetizers, and a cash bar. Proceeds raised during the evening will support food shelf and youth program costs. Last year we raised more than $75,000! We invite you to be part of an amazing event filled with laughter, friendly bidding competitions, and a common purpose—helping to provide services to the Twin Cities Native American community.

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Hidden History of Segregation and How Suburban Families can Fuel the Future

Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Online Event Hosted by Elmbrook Parent Network and Leadership Council

From the Event Page: Explore the history of our community while learning strategies for families seeking to help kids “become what’s next” in a diverse society.

Residential segregation did not happen by accident – and it has many damaging ramifications for our communities’ and country’s well-being. This talk uncovers the little known political, economic, and social forces that created and maintain residential segregation locally and nationally. In a lecture that is both data-based and surprisingly engaging, Reggie Jackson illuminates the roles of federal and local governments, the real estate industry, and a de- industrializing economy in creating this situation. In 2020, just half of all infants born in the US will be white. Though many of us are raising white kids in predominantly affluent white communities, they will live their adult lives in a highly connected, very racially and culturally diverse globalized society. This talk will also examine questions like: How are our schools preparing kids for a diverse and inclusive society? How can we as parents and grandparents help suburban children understand, relate well to, and collaborate with people whose lived experiences, perspectives, and styles differ from their own?

Speaker Biography
Reggie Jackson is a Co-Founder and Lead Trainer/Consultant for Nurturing Diversity Partners, a consulting firm that fosters diversity, inclusion, and equity within institutions and communities. They educate groups about the history, sociocultural dynamics, personal skills, and institutional practices that build a more equitable society.

Reggie has been a much sought-after speaker, researcher, and writer for over a decade – regionally and nationally. His work helps institutions and individuals understand how our country’s racial hierarchy developed historically, its impact on our lives today, and how we can realize America’s promise for all citizens. Reggie shares seldom-told stories and facts about the experiences of African-Americans and other peoples of color past and present. He writes and provides background on current racial issues to regional, national, and international media.

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Activism & Allyship with Nekima Levy Armstrong – Zoom Workshop

Thursday, October 1, 1 pm – 4 pm
Online Event Hosted by Minnesota CarePartner
Cost:$35

From the Event Page: Nekima Levy Armstrong will present a 3 hour training on how to engage in activism and allyship. More details to come.

3 CEUs are being applied for with Minnesota boards BBHT, BMFT, BOSW

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Justice & Unity

Thursday, October 1, 5:3o pm – 8 pm
Hosted by Minnesota Humanities Center

From the Event Page: In the second virtual community circle of the Minnesota Humanities Center’s How Can We Breathe series, Elders and Youth will engage in dialogue surrounding America’s civil rights movements and their evolution.

In this intergenerational discussion, participants and panelists will explore how present civil rights work is tied to past efforts and how we might spark positive change as we move toward creating a more perfect union.

Facilitator: Rose McGee of Sweet Potato Comfort Pies
Learn more:https://mnhum.org/event/online-how-can-we-breathe-elders-and-youth/

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Justice & Unity

Friday, October 2, 4:30 pm
Minnesota State Capitol

From the Event Page: Everyone knows someone who has been affected by police brutality, gun violence and racism. It is time to take back our communities and fight for one another. Every Black life matters and we will not stop until it is known. Too often it is thrown in our faces that “Black on Black” crime is more of an issue but many fail to realize we have been fighting and continue to combat violence in our own communities. Let’s silence those negative voices and show just how much we are here fighting for all of our Black sisters, brothers, children, and elders.

It is time for us to join in unity with one another and fight this fight together. Division is how they win, Unity is how they crumble.

We specifically want to honor Jaffort Smith and his family with this march. Jaffort was shot 52 times by St.Paul Police in 2016 and his family still hasn’t received justice. The Smith family along with so many are still seeking justice. We have to stand with them and demand justice be done.

Please join us October 2nd, 4:30 pm at the Minnesota State Capitol! 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55155.

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EDTalks: Championing Black Student Achievement

Monday, October 5, 7 pm – 8 pm
CoMotion Center for Movement

From the Event Page: Join us for two compelling EDTalks on championing black student achievement! Learn how to address misperceptions and reshape our systems to best support Black youth.

This month’s presentations and speakers include:
EDTalk 1: Changing Outcomes for Black Males with Michael V. Walker, Director, Minneapolis Public Schools Office of Black Student Achievement
EDTalk 2: Learn to Read, Learn to Lead with Dr. Artika Tyner, Professor and Founding Director, University of St. Thomas Center on Race, Leadership, and Social Justice

For more information and to register for this FREE VIRTUAL event, visit our website: https://www.achievempls.org/edtalks-championing-black-student-achievement.

EDTalks is co-sponsored by AchieveMpls and The Citizen’s League, with generous support from Bush Foundation and Comcast. #EDTalksMN

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The BlackOUT III

Saturday, October 17, 12 pm – 6pm
CoMotion Center for Movement

From the Event Page: The BlackOUT III: A Vision of celebrating Black Excellence, in a Black-owned space, to spend money with / support Black-owned food vendors, and Black-owned merchandisers while listening to some of the Black Pillars and performers from our community all in the midst of jammin’ to Black DJs bumpin’ Black Music the entire time!!
Come out and spend some money with your peoples; see, learn about and support new black businesses right here in our city!!

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Resources and Donations

Resources to Support the Minneapolis Protests and Community

Google doc filled with volunteer opportunities and a multitude of other resources.
List of Resources


Places to Donate

153 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color (The Strategist, August 11, 2020)

SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS’ FAMILIES

George Floyd’s family
Donations cover funeral costs; counseling services; legal fees; and care for his children. https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother fund
Donations support the family’s legal battle.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud

Breonna Taylor’s family
Donations fund legal fees and offer extra support.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/9v4q2-justice-for-breonna-taylor

David McAtee’s mother and family
https://www.gofundme.com/f/justicefordavidmcatee

PROTEST TIPS AND SUPPORT

Safety During Protest
https://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/SafeyDuringProtest_F.pdf

The Black Trans Protesters Emergency Fund
Raises money for physical resources, bail, and medical care for black, transgender protesters, which will be redistributed to black, trans-led organizations https://www.instagram.com/p/CA8GE-HDbxa/

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education. https://www.naacpldf.org/about-us/

The Legal Rights Center
A non-profit law firm based in Minneapolis, offering legal defense, educational, and advocacy services. https://www.legalrightscenter.org/

Black Visions Collective
A black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul. https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/about

The Know Your Rights Camp
An organization founded by Colin Kaepernick that provides education and training in black and brown communities has set up a legal fund for Mpls. https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/

ORGANIZATIONS WORKING AGAINST POLICE ABUSE

Showing Up For Racial Justice
Works to educate white people about anti-racism and organizes actions to support the fight for racial justice and undermine white supremacy.
https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/donate-to-surj.html

Communities United Against Police Brutality
Operates a crisis hotline where people can report abuse; offers legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals; and engages in political action against police brutality. https://www.cuapb.org/what_we_do

POCI Caucus of Minnesota Legislature
Introduced reforms they are pushing at the State level to address police misconduct and prevent more killings and police misconduct against the communities they serve. https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/Profile/News/10399/30019

New Era of Public Safety
An Advocacy Toolkit for Fair, Safe, and Effective Community https://www.obama.org/wp-content/uploads/Toolkit.pdf

Campaign Zero
Has a comprehensive package of urgent policy solutions informed by data, research and human rights principles to change the way police serve our communities. https://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision

NPAP
Their mission is to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of the Constitution and the laws of the United States https://www.nlg-npap.org/

MPD 150
A participatory, horizontally-organized effort by local organizers, researchers, artists and activists helping organizers in other cities to establish practical abolitionist strategies.
https://www.mpd150.com/

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
The Mission of Hallie Q. Brown is to improve the quality of life in our community by providing access to critical human services, fostering and promoting personal growth, and developing community leadership.
http://www.hallieqbrown.org/site/index.php/get-involved/volunteer/
http://www.hallieqbrown.org/site/index.php/get-involved/donate/

MOODI
(Mobile Outreach and Outdoor Drop-In)
Initiative of the Cultural Wellness Center in Minneapolis, providing immediate response and resources for people currently without shelter. https://www.givemn.org/story/Mxmjeg

We Love Lake Street
Gathers donations for small businesses and non-profits on Lake Street in Minneapolis, to help with the clean-up effort, as is the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition. https://www.welovelakestreet.com/checkout/donate?donatePageId=5ed02a6ccfba127f3c1cc3fd

Okra Project
Combats food insecurity in black trans and gender-nonconforming communities. It set up two funds — the Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund, for trans men, and the Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery Fund, for trans women — to help cover the costs of mental health therapy sessions with licensed black therapists. You can donate money here, and learn about donating services by following the links above. https://www.theokraproject.com/

Mutual Aid Fund
Good place to send community support amid a pandemic. https://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/collective-care/

Fair Fight
Organization founded by Stacey Abrams that aims to end voter suppression and equalize voting rights and access for fairer elections. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/fairfight-2020-dtd

BLACK VISIONS COLLECTIVE (BLVC)
Believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems.
https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/


Black Minds Matter (Free Cora Course)

Confronting Racism at Work: A Reading List (Harvard Business Review)

2020 Inclusion, Anti-Racism, and Wellness Resources (National Institutes of Health)

Anti-Racism Education Resource List (NYU Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation)

Anti-Racism Resources (OC Human Relations)

The Great Unlearn (curated by Rachel E. Cargle)

Racial Equity Resource Guide (W.K. Kellogg Foundation)

Training and Popular Education (Racial Equity Tools)

Racial Justice, Racial Equity, and Anti-Racism Reading List (Harvard Kennedy School)

Training for Racial Equity and Inclusion: A guide to selected programs (Written by Ilana Shapiro, Ph.D., Alliance for Conflict Transformation/Linked via Racial Equity Tools)

Resources for Ending Anti-Black Racism (Soul 2 Soul Sisters)

Let’s Talk About Anti-Blackness (Yes! For Teachers)

Confronting Anti-Black Racism (PBS LearningMedia)

Anti-Racism Resources: Educate Yourself (Project Home)

Training Resources To Reduce Inequity And Bias In The Workplace (Training Industry)

Implicit Bias (Racial Equity Tools)

8 Online Classes and Workshops That Help You to Examine Your Own Bias (Well + Good)

Virtual Events on Diversity and Inclusion (The Chronicle of Higher Education)


Supporting Black-Owned Businesses

How to Support Black-Owned Businesses in Minnesota (KARE 11)

Black Owned Businesses in Minnesota That Need Your Support (shoppeblack.us)

A Roundup of Black-Owned Restaurant Lists for Supporting These Businesses in the Twin Cities (Eater Twin Cities)

How to Find and Support Black-Owned Businesses (Yes!)

100 Black-Owned Businesses to Support (Forbes)

25 Black-Owned Businesses You Can Support Right Now (The Oprah Magazine)

39 Black-Owned Businesses You Can Support Today and Everyday (Glamour)


Miscellaneous Resources and Information

The Epicenter for Change T-Shirt

We are excited to launch this limited-edition The Epicenter For Change T-shirt to support Minnesota communities impacted from the unrest stemming from the death of George Floyd.

Designed by local youth artists from Juxtaposition Arts in North Minneapolis, the T-shirt depicts images of Minnesota communities united together. The Minnesota Twins logo sits as a marker to the Twin Cities, embodying the strength of Minnesota as an epicenter for change.

Proceeds benefit: West Broadway Business and Area Coalition/Northside Funders Group, Lake Street Council, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.

Cost: $30.00 Donation

Information and Order Form


Black Lives Matter Lawn Signs – Twin Cities

All lawn sign proceeds go to Black-led organizations. This BLM lawn sign project was started in 2015 by SURJ MN with direction from Lena Gardner, in consultation with other BLM founders. 

Facebook Page
About the Signs


Refugee Savings Program

ISUROON
Contact: Ramla Elmi ramla@isuroon.org or (612)353-5765
Information about the program


Higher Ed Learning Collective

Public Facebook Group that includes a post of  Black Lives Matter Instructional Library


Augsburg University Religion Department

Statement of Commitment to Anti-Racist Action and Education
Read the complete statement