Community Building Committee Meeting 1/5

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January 5, 2021 | 7pm – 8:30pm 

Agenda

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7:00 Welcome and Intros

  • Check that recording is started to the cloud
  • Call to order
  • Designate minute taker
  • Attendance:
  • Email admin@sng.org to be added to newsletter/committee updates
  • Vote to approve previous month’s minutes: 
    • In favor:
    • Opposed:
    • Abstensions:
  • Harvest other items to add to agenda

7:10 Updates – Sam

  • Committee Charter
  • Events
    • National Night Out
    • Garage Sale
    • King’s Fair
    • Winter Frolic
  • Board Vacancies

7:20 Vote on Name: Community Engagement Committee/other suggestions

7:30 Brainstorm for guidelines around safety initiatives

  • Suggestions from 12/8/20 meeting
    • Guide for organizing neighbors/houses & canvassing
    • Walking groups
      • Focus on fitness
    • Initial Training
      • Video, quiz, volunteer onboarding
    • Security Cameras
    • Virtual Contact (discord, text groups, etc)

Meeting invitation:

Seward Neighborhood Group is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Seward Soft Serve Holiday Market

Don’t miss out on amazing local goods! Visit our own Seward Soft Serve on Sunday, December 20th from 10am to 4pm.

In their words:

“A soft serve ice cream cafe in the Seward Neighborhood of Minneapolis featuring house-made vegan and dairy ice cream alongside local goods from local makers.”

Buy online, do curbside pick up, and check out the goods here: https://www.sewardsoftserve.com/

COVID-19 guidelines:

  • 5 customers at a time for social distancing
  • Masks covering mouth and nose required
  • No eating or drinking in the building

Xcel Energy’s Flex Pricing Pilot

Xcel Energy’s Flex Pricing Pilot aims to reduce electricity demand and help participants save

Xcel Energy’s two-year Flex Pricing Pilot began on November 1, following its postponement due to the pandemic. With Flex Pricing, electricity prices vary depending on the time of day. That means participants’ bills will depend on how much electricity they use and also on when they use it. Xcel Energy is piloting Flex Pricing with 10,000 customers in Minnesota, including some Seward residents. 

Electricity costs more to produce when demand is high. During these times when customers are using the most energy, we often need to get energy from sources that cost more and rely more on fossil fuels, which are less environmentally friendly.

Flex Pricing is one way Xcel Energy is helping communities and customers work together to reduce peak electricity demand. Demand is the amount of electricity needed to supply everyone with all the electricity they need at any moment in the day. When demand spikes, typically on weekday evenings, the energy needed to meet that demand might need to come from sources that cost more and rely more on fossil fuels, which are less environmentally friendly. If we can reduce those spikes in electricity demand, we could use even more renewable energy now avoid and building new fossil fuel power plants in the future.If you’re part of the Flex Pricing Pilot, Xcel Energy will mail you a welcome packet in October. Participants can opt out of the pilot anytime. For more information about the Flex Pricing Pilot, visit xcelenergy.com/FlexPricing.

Learn some of Xcel’s Energy Saving Tips!

The below collection will be updated to include new posts as they’re published.

Did you know that changing the time when you use energy can help the environment? If we all work together, we can use even more wind and solar power. It’s as easy as…running a full dishwasher before bed. Shift running your dishwasher to after 9pm to take advantage of wind power. Learn more: www.xcelenergy.com/shiftingenergy

¿Sabía que cambiar la hora cuando usa la energía puede ayudar al medio ambiente? Si todos trabajamos juntos podemos utilizar aún más energía solar y producida por el viento. Es tan fácil como…. Poner la lavadora llena de trastes antes de acostarse a dormir. Cambie a poner su lavadora de trastes a después de las 9pm para aprovechar la energía solar y producida por el viento. Entérese más: www.xcelenergy.com/shiftingenergy

Ma ogtahay in aad bedesho sida sida aad u isticmaasho korontada in ay caawin karto degaanka? Haddii aynu dhamaanteen is wada kaashano, waxa aan tamar ka dhalin karnaa dabeysha iyo qoraxda. Waa ay fududahay sida ay u fududahay in aad xilliga seexashada habeenkii aad mar kaliya isticmaasho makiinadda weelasha lagu dhaqo. Dhaq weelasha wixii ka dambeeya 9ka fiidnimo si aad u isticmaasho tamarta dabaysha iyo qoraxda. Si aad waxuga ogaato soo booqo www.xcelenergy.com/shiftingenergy

Did you know that changing the time when you use energy can help the environment? If we all work together, we can use even more wind and solar power. It’s as easy as…doing laundry on the weekend. Shift laundry to the weekend to take advantage of wind and solar power. Learn more: www.xcelenergy.com/shiftingenergy

Ma ogtahay in aad bedesho sida aad u isticmaasho korontada in ay caawin karto degaanka? Haddii aynu dhamaanteen is wada kaashano, waxa aan tamar ka dhalin karnaa dabeysha iyo qoraxda. Waa ay fududahay sida ay u fududahay in aad fasaxa todobaadka oo kaliya dharka dhaqato. Dharka dhaqo fasaxa todobaadka oo kaliya si aad u isticmaasho tamarta dabaysha iyo qoraxda. Si aad waxuga ogaato soo booqo www.xcelenergy.com/shiftingenergy

¿Sabía que cambiar la hora cuando usa la energía puede ayudar al medio ambiente? Si todos trabajamos juntos podemos utilizar aún más energía solar y producida por el viento. Es tan fácil como…. lavar la ropa los fines de semana. Cambie lavando la ropa al fin de semana para aprovechar la energía solar y producida por el viento. Entérese más: www.xcelenergy.com/shiftingenergy

COVID Care Project

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center have recently begun the COVID Care Project which is intended to help people who have been affected by COVID or other major and minor life stresses. It is an anonymous, confidential, and free call-in line service that has access to interpreters. They can also help find resources by connecting callers to numerous local and national resources for their health, financial well-being, housing, employment and other things. They are available to talk with groups about life with COVID and how to manage it.

Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association awarding rent relief for Minneapolis residents

Renter Support Fund will open for applications on Saturday 12/12 at noon and close on Wednesday, 12/16 at noon. More information can be found at ppna.org/renter-support-fund, but a few reminders below:

1) Renters must live in Minneapolis to be eligible

2) 25 renters are selected using a lottery system

3) Selected renters will receive $900 of support over Jan-Mar 2021

Application link.

Questions can be directed to grace@ppna.org

Longfellow/Seward Healthy Senior Offerings

Laughter Yoga

Wednesday, December 16, 10:30 -11:30 am

If you have been feeling as if there has been nothing to laugh about lately, consider joining our Laughter Yoga class. Laughter Yoga improves mood, reduces stress, and is good for your health. This class is appropriate for every level of fitness and will be done in a seated position. Join Julia, LSHS Volunteer & Service Coordinator, in some fun, simple exercises which will have you laughing in no time.

To register: call Julia Ockuly at 612-729-5799 or email: juliaockuly@LShealthyseniors.org.

Volunteer Help:

  • grocery shopping and delivery
  • food pickup and delivery from the Minnehaha Food Shelf (on Tuesdays for greater Longfellow residents)
  • rides to medical appointments
  • regular friendly check-ins by phone, mail, or email

Please call 612-729-5799 or email juliaockuly@LShealthyseniors.org for more information.

Other Activity Ideas:

  1. Tour the Lourve online https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
  2. Go on a tour of a National Park https://www.nps.gov/…/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
  3. Check out TPT’s exercise schedule from 6-7:30am on TPT Life Channel 2-3. There are chair exercises, stretching, and more! https://www.tpt.org/schedule/
  4. Watch a Broadway Musical (some fees may apply depending on the musical) https://www.playbill.com/…/15-broadway-plays-and…
  5. Send some snail mail to a family member or friend! (Especially if they are alone or in a care facility) 
  6. Print out a crossword puzzle or complete it online. https://www.washingtonpost.com/crossword-puzzles/daily/ Maybe you could even print one and send it to someone without a printer to brighten their day!

Thank you Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors for coordinating these resources!

Visit their website HERE to learn more and stay up to date.

The Alliance: Actualizing Equity Event

Join The Alliance in their FINAL event of Actualizing Equity 2020! 

Friday, Dec 11 | 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Online / Zoom

From housing to public health, community safety to democracy defense, 2020 was an intense and unrelenting year for organizing across every issue. Always leading with love and possibility, leaders of color across the Twin Cities secured critical wins that have dulled the harshest impacts of COVID and racism in our communities. But 2020 was much more than the sum of its parts. Together, we mobilized our communities across issues and identities to advance bold visions for the future, while embracing and visibilizing an ethic of self-care and healing to sustain ourselves and our movements into 2021 and beyond.

As this unprecedented and tumultuous year comes to a close, what strategies and practices are we carrying forward to ensure we never go back to a “normal” that isn’t liberatory for both ourselves and our communities?

Join for an inspiring conversation with:

  • Gabriella Anaïs Deal-Márquez, Voices for Racial Justice
  • Truth Maze / William Harris, Reclaim the Block
  • LyLy Vang Yang, Take Action MN
  • Abdulrahman Wako, Union Park District Council
  • Moderated by Eleonore Wesserle of Dreams To Power and the Narrative Justice League

Register here.

Previous events in the series include:

From Moratorium to Mass Movement: How Do We Stop the Coming Wave of Evictions?

Download the recap resource and watch the full video from our May event

From Inclusion to Leadership: Advancing Equity in Climate and Environmental Justice

Download the recap resource from our July event.

From Relief to Reconstruction: Advancing Equity in Small Business and Economic Development

Download the recap resource and watch the full video from our June event

Human Rights Day Dec 10

On December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first agreement among countries around the world recognizing the rights that we all hold as human beings, was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. For this reason, December 10 has been designated as Human Rights Day. 

This year, the City of Minneapolis passed a Resolution honoring December 10 as Human Rights Day, and has requested that the 35W bridge be lit in blue and white, the colors of the United Nations flag on that day.

Also, December 10 at 11AM, we invite you to join a virtual panel discussion sponsored by the City of Minneapolis, the City of St. Paul and the United Nations Association Minnesota Chapter addressing human rights challenges faced here in our communities, from the death of George Floyd to the disproportionate health, economic and social impacts of COVID-19.

The panel discussion, moderated by Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights attorney Abdifatah Mohamed, will focus on how we squarely face our own human rights record and commit to actionable steps as our communities process the traumas of 2020, and will include the following speakers:

  • Valerie Jensen, Director of the Department of Human Rights and Economic Inclusion, City of Saint Paul
  • Rachel Pittman, Executive Director, United Nations Association of the USA
  • The Honorable LaJune Lange, Honorary Consul of South Africa in Minnesota and former District Court Judge
  • Bosteya Jama, community leader and former co-Executive Director of the Cedar-Riverside Community Council (invited, not confirmed)
  • Amy Bergquist, senior staff attorney of the Advocates for Human Rights, and member of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission

This event will also be livestreamed on Facebook, on the pages of the UN Association Minnesota ChapterCity of Minneapolis, and City of St. Paul.

Register

Register to attend the virtual panel discussion, and check back for updates to the program

Learn More

To learn more about Human Rights and Human Rights Day, visit the United Nationsthe University of Minnesota, and the Advocates for Human Rights.

Where to get immigration assistance

If you or someone you know needs immigration help, please contact the City of Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, or see this list of trusted nonprofit legal service providers.  Through relationships with immigration legal service partners, the City of Minneapolis demonstrates its commitment to residents, by making sure that residents with immigration questions are connected to safe and trusted providers. 

For the Youth!

Youth Enrichment Programs

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board recreation programs for December are dedicated to youth enrichment programs which offer opportunities for growth and exploration through engaging, creative activities. They help young people develop discipline and skills for problem-solving and decision-making, and promote their sense of achievement and self-esteem.

Youth enrichment programs take place at various recreation centers this month, with some outdoor options. All have pandemic precautions in place; face coverings and social distancing are required for all participants.

Browse and register here.

Unemployment Benefits for High School Students During COVID

On Tues, Dec 1st, the MN Court of Appeals ruled that high school students laid off due to the Covid-19 pandemic can access unemployment benefits. The background information can be found on the YouthPrise webpage, and thank you to BrookLynk for putting this info together!

All enrolled high school students who lost a job or suffered lost of income during COVID-19  can now claim Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” Award

Honor those who help transform our community for the better — and for all.

Accepting nominations through Dec. 14

Each year, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)’s annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” Award has recognized people and organizations who demonstrate dedication and distinguished service to the park system and the lives of Minneapolis residents.

“Living the Dream” honorees embody Dr. King’s message of justice for all and commitment to community, and their actions reflect his teachings and legacy.

For a full description of award criteria and to fill out a nomination form, please visit www.minneapolisparks.org/livingthedream, or call 612-230-6400.

Award recipients will be honored at the 2021 virtual celebration scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2021.