Deriska waxay ka caawiyaan deriska inay talaalaan! Neighbors help neighbors get vaccinated!

SNG Vaccine Equity Project Meeting Saturday 3/13 at 10am

Calling all Internet sleuths, drivers, and neighbors who can make connections! Community members working with the Seward Neighborhood Group are helping East Africans, Indigenous folks, and other people of color in the neighborhood who want a COVID vaccine get an appointment.  

Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (BIPOC) are hit the hardest by COVID yet face many barriers to getting a vaccine. Not everyone has the time, technology, and privilege to make it happen.

If you’re interested in joining this effort, please email We welcome anyone who wants to do work, including Internet sleuths, drivers, “connectors”, and folks who speak languages other than English. 

*BIPOC folks who want help getting an appointment should also email *

Deriska waxay ka caawiyaan deriska inay talaalaan!

Maaddaama dad badan oo reer Minnesota ah laga tallaalo COVID, bulshooyinkeenna Bariga Afrika ee maxalliga ah, dadka asaliga ah, iyo bulshooyinka kale ee midabka leh ayaa laga tagayaa.

Kooxahan ayaa halista ugu badan ugu jira COVID daran iyo dhimasho, hase yeeshee waxaa lagu tallaalay heerarka ugu hooseeya. Ma aha in qof walbaa uu haysto waqti ama marin uu Internet kaga helo ballanta internetka.

Kooxda Seward Neighborhood Group ayaa qabanaya kulan Ballaaran Axaddaan si ay u qorsheeyaan sida derisku uga caawin karo dadka reer BIPOC helitaanka ballamaha tallaalka. Fadlan kaalay, dhammaantood waa la soo dhaweynayaa!

Neighbors Help Neighbors Get Vaccinated!

When: Saturday, March 13th at 10am

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 883 2267 5360

Check the SNG calendar

CANCELLED Equity Committee 3/11

The Seward Neighborhood Group’s Equity Committee is NOT meeting tonight, March 11th. Thank you for your understanding and please check back on our website for updates.

Vaccine Clinic for Seniors and Caregivers co-hosted by Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors and Living at Home Network

View original message from Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors online HERE.

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Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors is co-hosting a COVID-19 VACCINE (Moderna) CLINIC in partnership with the Living at Home Network.

Eligibility: Seniors 65+, caregivers 18+

Date and Time: Monday, March 15, 2021, 11:00 am-noon
(participants must be able to attend the 2nd dose clinic on Monday, April 12)

Location: Lauderdale City Hall (1891 Walnut St., St. Paul, MN)

Registration: Call Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors at 612-729-5799 no later than 2:30pm on March 11th.

*Participants do NOT need to live in our service area or receive services from Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors to attend this clinic.*

If you have vaccine-eligible neighbors or friends who are not online, please share this information with them!
Copyright © 2021 Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors, All rights reserved.

Racist Impacts of Highways, Past and Present

By Steph Larsen of Sierra Club

Read the article online HERE.

Highways, Past and Present

By Steph Larsen March 8, 2021 FacebookTwitterEmailI-94 TrafficI-94 Traffic

Photo courtesy of Joshua Houdek

When a person is sick, is it right to create an environment where they can get better, or fill their environment with more of the thing that’s making them sick?

Similarly, when traffic congestion is problematic, is it logical to reduce the number of vehicles on the road, or encourage more traffic by making the road bigger and wider?

Keeping these questions in our minds — I used to think that transportation projects were racially neutral. Most of us drive on highways, and these roads need to go where they need to go, right?

I was wrong. 

Take the example of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. This suburb north of Minneapolis has been impacted by several expansions of Interstate 94 over the years in attempts to reduce traffic congestion. The irony is that highway expansions actually increase traffic and congestion (a phenomenon called “induced demand”). Now, there’s a proposal to expand the highway even further, which the Minnesota Department of Transportation estimates would double traffic in Brooklyn Center from 60,000 vehicles per day to 120,000 vehicles per day. The plan would divert traffic from more affluent communities to low-income communities and communities of color.

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Brooklyn Center is the most racially diverse city in Minnesota, with 60 percent of the population being Black, Brown, Indigenous, or other people of color. The proposed highway expansion project concentrates pollution in an area that already leads the state in childhood asthma and emergency room visits. 

You might be wondering what the specific impacts of this expansion would be to the community of Brooklyn Center. Nobody from the state will say.

For years, residents have been trying to get some answers to basic questions, such as:

How many homes will be destroyed, and how many families and businesses will be impacted? How does the state plan to reduce air and water pollution in the adjacent Mississippi National River and Recreation Area? What is the plan to deal with the increase in the already high rates of childhood asthma, and how will they get care when they need it? How will the highway expansion impact the community’s access to nature and green spaces? Why has bus service to Brooklyn Center decreased, and why is public transit not being used more heavily to reduce congestion? 

With every question, residents hit a wall. Yet, incredibly, the community is being pressured to endorse the project without having answers to these critical questions. 

In other words, the residents of Brooklyn Center are being asked to sacrifice their health so that more cars and trucks can speed through their city, but their sacrifice won’t actually meet the state’s stated goal of reducing congestion. There are effective ways to reduce congestion, but to date the state of Minnesota has not been willing to move forward with any alternatives to highway expansion.

That’s incredibly unjust and shortsighted.

Since the 1950s, highways have been placed in such a way that they inflict the most damage on low-income communities and communities of color. A piece in the LA Times reminds us that the Los Angeles freeway system was intentionally built to deter racially diverse communities from flourishing. Though these decisions were made in the 1950s, they continue to adversely impact communities of color, who suffer from the legacy of segregation and racially motivated freeway construction through their neighborhoods.

But these inequities are not just in the past. The story of Brooklyn Center is happening today, and is being repeated in cities across the country. 

US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg recognizes the inequitable damage highway construction and expansion has done to communities of color. In a tweet last December, he acknowledged that “Black and brown neighborhoods have been disproportionately divided by highway projects or left isolated by the lack of adequate transit and transportation resources.” And he committed to prioritizing “righting these wrongs.”

Mayor Mike Elliott of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 
Photo courtesy of Mayor Elliott 

When I asked Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott, affectionately known to his constituents as “Mayor Mike,” what solutions he would like to see for his community regarding the proposed highway expansion, he gave the following ideas for Secretary Buttigieg, and we wholeheartedly agree:

  • Require that pollution reduction as well as social and environmental impacts on communities of color be a part of any highway project, and fully explore all alternatives that decrease vehicle traffic before a project can be approved;
  • Require a team work directly with local communities and residents to assure that traffic between communities is fairly distributed and all methods are utilized to enhance rather than harm such communities;
  • Prioritize funding alternatives to highway expansion that actually relieve traffic congestion — like public transit access, safe bicycle and pedestrian traffic — and work with other agencies to increase high-speed internet access and work-from-home policies;
  • Be flexible on the timing of spending funds that have already been allocated so that impacts on low-income communities and communities of color can be fully understood and residents are not rushed into hasty decisions;
  • Fulfill President Biden’s executive order to ensure that 40 percent of federal climate investments benefit low-income communities and communities of color.

You can rise in solidarity with Mayor Mike, and all the communities dealing with unjust and harmful highway expansions! Send your message to Secretary Buttigieg right now, urging him to “right the wrongs” of past highway projects.

Steph Larsen is a senior online organizer with the Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All campaign.

What you can do:

  1. Share Racist Impacts of Highways, Past and Present with community members and decisionmakers.
  2. Like, reply, and share this twitter thread:
  3. Like, comment, and share this facebook post:
  4. Send a quick message to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg
  5. Participate in a I-94/252 EIS listening session on Thu, March 11, 5-6:30pm.
    Details and zoom links.

Environment Committee Resources

Watch the 3/3 Environment Committee educational meeting on recycling and composting!

Thank you Kellie Kish, Adriana Salse, and Tamara Downs-Schwei for presenting!

View Waste Behavior Survey Results here.

Review the presentation visuals and resources here.

Explore all the Environment Committee materials in google drive HERE.

Get involved with the Environment Committee by emailing Mike Trdan at

Community Development Committee Meeting 3/9 at 7pm

Seward Neighborhood Group
Community Development Committee

March 9, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm 

Zoom Link:

Link to CDC materials


7:00 Welcome and Intros

7:10 – 7:30 Brief Updates

  • Letter of support for Big River Yoga Rezoning Update (Sam)
  • Transportation Working Group (Sheldon)
  • Agra and SNG/CDC Updates (Sam)
  • Seward Redesign Updates (Chris)
  • Ward 2 Updates (CM Cam or Robin) 
  • Ward 6 Updates (CM Jamal or Sean)

7:30 – 8:20 Discussion & Action Items

  • Proposal to Recommend the Endorsement of the Minneapolis United For Rent Control | Discussion & Action (Celeste/20 minutes; 7:30-7:50) 
    • Vote on Recommendation or table if additional discussion is needed
  • Proposal to Extend the Greenway in Support of the Midtown Greenway Coalition | Discussion & Action (Sheldon/20 minutes; 7:50-8:10) 
    • Vote on Resolution or table if additional discussion is needed
  • Equitable Development Scorecard Introduction & Group Visioning (Ramla/10 minutes; 8:10-8:20) | Introduction & Discussion
    • Deeper follow-up in the spring 

8:20 Review Action Items and Assign Tasks

8:30 Adjourn

Environment Committee Meeting Reminder! 3/3 at 6

View upcoming meetings on SNG’s calendar HERE.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 822 1654 0682

Share your opinion on granny cottages for a chance to win $100!

Researchers in Iowa State University’s Community and Regional Planning program are conducting a
study on Accessory Dwelling Units and would like to hear from Minneapolis residents. Accessory
Dwelling Units (sometimes just referred to as ADUs or “granny cottages”) are smaller dwelling units
located on the same lot with single family homes, with the smaller unit generally rented out or used as
additional living space. ADUs can come in a few different forms, such as a converted garage, a detached
unit in the backyard, or even a converted basement space.

To understand Minneapolis residents’ opinions on ADUs, we have put together a brief survey and would
appreciate your input! Both renters and homeowners are welcome to take the survey, and survey
responses are anonymous.

The survey includes an option to be entered into a drawing to win a $100 VISA gift card. Contact
information for the drawing will be separated from the rest of your responses.

Click the link to take the survey:

Questions? Please contact Andrea Wagner ( or Dr. Kathryn Terzano

Take the survey HERE.

Neighborhood Engagement Committee 3/2 at 7pm

The Neighborhood Engagement Committee is meeting tomorrow 3/2 at 7pm. Join zoom meeting HERE and view it on SNG’s website calendar.

Update: the working group for youth service will meet Wednesday at 4 rather than tonight at 7. Zoom link will be posted on the calendar.


7:00 Welcome and Intros- 30 seconds to a minute 

● Call to order 

● Designate minute taker 

● Designate a timekeeper 


● Vote to approve previous month’s minutes

7:10 Updates of vaccine working group (Matt)

7:15 Updates and discussion of youth work 

● MS86 Youth book work group update (Anne) 

● Youth book club 826 update (Marcel) 

● Advantage Services (Sam? Faisal?) 

7:45 2021 Events and Discussion 

● Vote to approve Sam’s suggestion of moving King’s fair to even years 

● Garage Sale 

– Permission to have it in triangle park, and/or towers yard 

– Pressure to open community rooms in the towers for the Garage Sale 

– Permission for residents of apartment buildings to use their front yards 

– Homes, garages, and yards 

8:30 Adjourn

NEC materials

HOME Line: Tenant organizing webinar — Organizing Tenant Associations in a Pandemic!

How can we organize with our neighbors while staying safe during the pandemic? On Thursday, March 4th at 6:00 PM, HOME Line will host an online webinar about how renters can build power while social distancing and protecting our health. Tenant leaders from the Burlington Residents Association and the 262 Tenants Association will share their best tips and tricks. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.

This free webinar will be held live on the Zoom webinar platform and will be recorded. This event is designed for an audience of tenants and renter advocates. You must register in advance to attend.

Please note that we will provide general organizing information and practical advice during this webinar. If you are a renter in Minnesota and you have a legal question about your specific housing situation, please contact our free tenant hotline: 612-728-5767