Hiawatha Homeless Camp Update; Mindful Direct Action Training; Community Reparations Gala, and More

In this blog:

  • MPR: Families at homeless encampment weigh staying together, seeking shelter
  • Mindful direct action training Nov. 11 at First Universalist in Minneapolis
  • Inaugural Community Reparations Gala
  • Indian Country Today: Planned Scorsese film version of “Killers of the Flower Moon” raises concerns in Osage County
  • Censored News: Standing Rock Water Protectors file Class Action Lawsuit against Morton County, North Dakota and TigerSwan

MPR: Families at Homeless Encampment Weigh Staying Together, Seeking Shelter

An MPR story updates the situation, and difficult choices, faced by those staying in the homeless encampment along Hiawatha.

Hennepin County, which operates about 1,000 shelter beds, says it’s been able to place 18 encampment families into shelters. They’ve found supportive housing for three families. But tents continue to pop up, now surpassing 200.

The city agreed to spend $1.5 million to build an emergency shelter on property owned by the Red Lake Nation. They hope to have it ready by early December to house about 150 people through winter. It’s described as a low-barrier alternative to traditional shelter, which city and tribal leaders hope will be attractive to people at the encampment.

Click on the link above for the full story.

Mindful Direct Action Training Nov. 11

What does it look like to answer moral injustice with mindful/prayerful direct action? How can we “calm the waters” of direct action events for all involved by maintaining a centered, mindful presence? In these turbulent times we are called to act in the rich tradition of spiritually grounded protest for a better world.

Training will be held Sunday, November 11, 1– 6 p.m. at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, Sanctuary Room, 3400 Dupont Ave S, Minneapolis.

From the Line 3 tar sands pipeline to police violence and the ongoing attacks on immigrant communities, come learn ways to directly confront injustice while practicing how to be in better community with each other and our Earth.

Join us for an introductory training to the skills needed to spiritually ground ourselves and defend our communities. This training will combine mindfulness techniques to reflect on your spiritual calling to act, to practice de-escalation during protests, and to organize for inclusive direct action. This event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Facilitated by Kaia Svien and Ethan Nuss from Common Ground Meditation Center and Alina Yaman from Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.

RSVP here.

Inaugural Community Reparations Gala

The Racial Justice Network is inviting people to join its first annual celebration of community, and an opportunity to learn about and contribute to Community Reparations—featuring a keynote by internationally renowned keynote speaker, Resmaa Menakem- author, healer, and trauma specialist, featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

In addition, enjoy a fabulous dinner and wine served by Chelle’s Kitchen and unwind to live music.

The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul. Register here. Tickets are $100.

The Racial Justice Network (RJN) is a multi-racial, grassroots organization, committed to fighting for racial justice and building bridges across racial, social, and economic lines. RJN recently established a Community Reparations Fund as a vehicle for creating economic justice in our community.

Gather together to learn about a project to raise funds for long overdue reparations and economic development. The Network’s first major goal is to assist Black Lives Matter leader and activist, Chauntyll Allen & her partner with resources to purchase their first home.

Scorsese, DiCaprio to Direct, Star in “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Raising Concerns About How Trauma Gets Depicted

Indian Country Today reports that David Grann’s bestselling novel, “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” is going to be turned into a movie. Martin Scorsese will direct it and Leonardo DiCaprio will star in it. That has raised concerns in Indian Country about how this deep trauma gets depicted, the story said:

The book includes a lot of sensitive and graphic material detailing the systematic murders of many Osages during the 1920s oil boom on the reservation that made the Osage the wealthiest people per capita in the world.

“If you’re a fan of filmmaking and you’ve seen a lot of Scorsese’s films, you know that he handles a lot of violent material in his filmography,” said former Osage Nation Principal Chief Jim Gray. “It’s just his thing. … I have no doubt we’re going to get slow motion pictures of Osages getting their heads blown off.”

Click on the link above for the full story.

Standing Rock Water Protectors file Class Action Lawsuit against Morton County, North Dakota and TigerSwan

Censored News reported last month that “Standing Rock Water Protectors filed a class action civil rights lawsuit against Morton County, North Dakota Governors, TigerSwan, and others, demanding a jury trial.”

The suit focuses on the closure of Highway 1806, which served both the Standing Rock Nation and the water protectors camps during 2016 and 2017. …

The lawsuit describes the attempt to silence lawful free speech rights, and the unlawful closure of the road that was necessary for travel, including medical needs and business access.

The closure of the highway was due to “evil motive or intent,” the lawsuit states.

Click on the link above for the full story.

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