Transforming Community Safety by the City of Minneapolis 3/2 at 6pm

City holding online meeting March 2 on transforming community safety work

The City is working to create holistic community safety services with much staff, partner and community participation. This process is focusing on three main areas:

  1. Preventing violence.
  2. Alternative responders to police for some 911 calls.
  3. Reforming law enforcement policies, protocols and practices.

An online informational meeting about the City’s work to transform community safety has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 2. 

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Meeting details also available on SNG’s public website calendar.

Covid-19 Testing and Immunization Updates

vaccine rollout

Gov. Tim Walz has announced that Minnesota will remain focused on vaccinating most of the state’s seniors before expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. Walz issued guidance to vaccinate 70% of adults 65 years of age and older before expanding eligibility, and aims to reach this goal by the end of March. 

The State has made tremendous progress in vaccinating our most vulnerable population. As of Thursday, Minnesota has vaccinated more than 43% of Minnesotans aged 65 and over. Severe illness and death in our long-term care settings have plummeted as we vaccinated these most at-risk Minnesotans: deaths are down 97% from their November peak, and cases are down 89%.

Once 70% of the state’s seniors have received the vaccine, Minnesota will expand eligibility based on underlying health conditions and workplace exposure risk. Based on current projections, the next group of Minnesotans eligible for a vaccine will begin getting them in April, and every Minnesotan should be able to get a vaccine by this summer.

Learn more about the State’s vaccine distribution plan

Minneapolis unveils new vaccination web tool

The City of Minneapolis has developed a new web tool to help residents find information in multiple languages on the current status of the vaccination rollout, what to expect when getting the vaccine, and the safety of getting a vaccine.

The web tool includes:

  • The up-to-date status of the phased vaccination rollout. It shows which groups of people are being vaccinated now and which groups are next.
  • Detailed information about: the COVID-19 vaccines available, the safety of receiving the vaccine and what people need to know before, during and after a vaccine appointment.
  • An acknowledgement of past trauma for those who have experienced discrimination in medicine and vaccinations. This web tool is one effort in the City’s commitment to ensure equity, justice and transparency in distributing the vaccinations.
  • A form for community organizations and other groups to request a Minneapolis Health Department speaker to address common vaccine questions and concerns. The form is in four languages.

People should also check back for more web functions yet to be added, which could include a mapping tool to find vaccination locations and an interactive quiz to find out if they are eligible.

Find the City’s new COVID-19 vaccine web tool on the City website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Connector and vaccination resources

Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated are encouraged to sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, regardless of their current vaccine eligibility status at

When you become eligible to receive a vaccine, the Vaccine Connector will alert you, help you schedule an appointment and notify you if there are vaccination opportunities in your area.

Free COVID-19 tests detect COVID even as variants

The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 saliva tests. Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not you have symptoms. It’s one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent exposing your loved ones to the virus along with wearing masks correctly, keeping 6 feet from anyone you don’t live with and hand-washing.

Testing is especially important now with people going back to school and because some of the recently found variants seem to spread more easily than the original strain – up to 70% more.
The State of Minnesota especially recommends these people get tested:
People returning to school, sports or other extracurricular activities and everyone they live with. By getting them tested every two weeks through the end of the school year, the State hopes to keep schools and sports open.

Free COVID-19 tests

Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products for 30 minutes before taking a COVID-19 saliva test.

Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, March 13 and 20Columbia Manor Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, 1301 10th Ave. N. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27You can expect to get your test results in about two business days.

More free COVID-19 saliva tests

Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room E 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.

Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St. 2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment. You can expect to get your test results in about two-three business days. Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers.

Brooklyn Park Starlight Center 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests on the City website.

Why get tested? Videos in Spanish, Somali and Hmong

Whether you feel sick or not, get tested. This will protect your loved ones and help us all return safely back to school, work and other activities.

Watch and share these short videos in SpanishSomali and Hmong.

Public health information: Slow the spread of COVID-19

Seward Civic and Commerce Association Meeting with Councilmembers Osman & Gordon

Thursday, February 25th
Noon – 1:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 875 8386 0081
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 Join meeting for SCCA’s annual visit with Seward’s City Council Members, this year via Zoom! Council Members Cam Gordon (Ward 2) and Jamal Osman (Ward 6) will give updates on issues at the City of Minneapolis and take questions on issues and policies important to you, such as Covid, crime, or the proposed Commercial Vehicle parking ordinance. This is your chance to engage directly with your elected officials at the City. See you on Zoom!

You’ll be able to submit questions via the chat, or you can submit them ahead of time to

Communications Committee Meeting 2/25 at 7pm

Join SNG’s Communications Committee in discussing the future of the Profile tomorrow night (2/25) at 7pm.

Thursday, February 25th at 7pm
Join zoom HERE
Meeting ID: 885 5944 3395


7:00 Welcome and Intros – Celeste facilitating

  • Call to order
  • Designate minute taker
  • Attendance:
  • Vote to approve previous month’s minutes LINK HERE
  • Introductions: Name, pronoun, what brings you here tonight

7:15 Kevin & Celeste present idea for Profile reboot

  • Celeste- community engagement & racial equity goals
  • Kevin- Profile history, supporting local artists, vision going forward
  • Discussion & brainstorm (30 mins)
    • Content
    • Frequency
    • Style 
    • Interactiveness, opportunities to engage
    • Budget and ads

7:45  Assign out to-dos

  • Set next meeting time

View Communications Committee Materials HERE.

Environment Committee Meeting 3/3

Join SNG Environment Committee on Wednesday March 3rd from 6 – 7:30 p.m. to hear updates and ask questions from Solid Waste & Recycling and Homegrown Minneapolis. Adriana Salse and Kellie Kish will give updates about recycling, organics recycling and waste reduction initiatives and share findings from the COVID-19 waste behavior survey conducted at the end of 2020. Tamara Downs-Schwei will share about the City’s Food Action Plan development, Garden Lease program, and an update on food distribution efforts in the City.

  • Wednesday 3/3 from 6 – 7:30 pm
  • Join zoom meeting HERE
  • Meeting ID: 822 1654 0682
Above flyer created by Board Member Kieran Morris

Corcoran Neighborhood/Nonviolent Peaceforce Training

Join Seward’s neighbor neighborhood of Corcoran in partnership with Nonviolent Peaceforce for a two part training that will address preparedness for the upcoming Chauvin trial.

  • Nonviolence and Solidarity: Thursday 2/25 6-7:30pm
  • Tactical Safety and Security: Thursday 3/4 6-7:30pm

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Proposed Land Bridge Update and Background

It is extremely difficult to stay up to date and engaged on long term and major development projects. “Can a Land Bridge Restore What a Black Community Lost?” from Streets Blog USA is a great article providing historical overview, laying out potential paths forward, and why they matter.

There are ways for community members to get involved now and there are sure to be many opportunities in the future as well. Please email if you would like to be connected to this work.

SNG Board Meeting Wednesday 2/24 at 6:30pm

Please join the virtual SNG Board of Directors Meeting Wednesday (2/24/21) at 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 415 887 073

6:30 Record Board Attendance
6:33 Agenda & Minutes Approval
6:35 Councilmember Osman Update
6:45 Councilmember Gordon Update
6:55 Financial Review (Raphael)
7:10 Committee Motions/Actions
NEC Committee: Nothing
History Committee: Nothing
Executive Committee: Nothing
CDC Committee:
Vote on Committee Charter (Purpose & Structure) document (Approved with amendments)
Vote on tenant housing equity training in partnership with Home LINE
A letter of support for Big River Yoga Rezoning
Equity Committee: Nothing
7:40 Election for Seward Towers Rep.
7:45 2 BOD Seat Vacancy Election (Announcement of New vacancy for next month)
7:55 Upcoming Events/Activities
8:00 Faisal Report

View all materials in the board packet here:

Community covid & immunization information/question session

TOMORROW!! Please join as the Seward Neighborhood Group hosts the City of Minneapolis to answer your questions about covid-19 and immunization.

When: February 23rd at 4pm
Where: Virtual – Zoom

Meeting ID: 839 6402 5528 (CLICK HERE to join)

View all upcoming events and virtual meeting details HERE.

Be Green by Shifting Energy Use

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…warming up the room earlier in the day if you use a space heater.

Shift space heater use and warm up your space earlier in the day to use more wind and solar power.

Ma ogsoon tahay in aad bedesho xilliga aad  isticmaasho tamarta ay caawin karto degaanka? Haddii aynu si wadajir ah isu kaashano, waxa aan adeegsan karnaa tamarta laga dhlaiyo hawada iyo qoraxda. Waa mid fudu…qolka oo mnaalintii diirimaad noqda haddii aad isticmaasho makiinada yaryar ee kululeeya iinta u dhow.

Isticmaal makiinadaha yaryar ee kuleylka xilliga hore ee maalinta si aad u istricmaasho tamarta laga dhaliyo sabeysha iyo qoraxda.

¿Sabía que con cambiar las horas en que utiliza la energía puede ayudar al medio ambiente? Si todos trabajamos juntos, podemos utilizar aún más energía eólica y solar. Es tan fácil como …caliente la habitación temprano en el día utilizando un calentador eléctrico.

Cambie el uso de su calentador eléctrico para calendar la habitación temprano en el día para utilizar más energía eόlica y solar.

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