Events: Updates on reparations work and East Phillips Urban Farm proposal, fundraiser for Dakota Community Center

In this post:

  • MN Council of Churches announces dates for conversations around truth telling, reparations
  • Fundraiser for a Dakota Community Center this Saturday
  • Community meeting set on East Phillips’ efforts to redevelop Roof Depot site into a community amenity rather than a public works yard

Minnesota’s Racial Legacy Dates

In the fall of 2020, the Minnesota Council of Churches committed to a decade-long effort of truth telling, education, and repair with the state’s Native American and African American communities. That work is moving forward with events taking place over eight days in five Minnesota faith communities.

Details coming. Save the date and plan to attend one near you:

  • Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis: June 13, July 11
  • Westminster Presbyterian, Minneapolis: June 26, 1 – 3 p.m. & November 5
  • Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis: TBD
  • Shiloh Temple, Minneapolis: August 20
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran, Duluth: October 16, 2 – 5 p.m.

Fundraiser for Dakota Community Center

The Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community is celebrating its 26th anniversary and holding a fundraiser for a community center.

The event will be held this Saturday, noon – 4 p.m. inside inside Peter’s Church, 1405 Sibley Memorial Highway in Mendota. There’s a $15 admission charge, which includes a meal and refreshments. (Additional donations are appreciated.)

“We have been working hard for almost 30 years to create a community center,” the announcement said. “This facility will be used for our meetings, language and cultural classes, teaching our children and helping our elders. Your donations help us Preserve, Protect and Promote the Dakota Culture for Future Generations. … If you can’t make it, please consider making a tax free donation payable to MMDTC. 1351 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota, MN 55150.”

The Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota lived in what is now the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The community is a nonprofit 501C3 organization, and is seeking federal recognition.

Community conversation set for June 12 on East Phillips Urban Farm development

East Phillips residents invite you to a community conversation about the future of the Roof Depot site, said the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. Whether you’re a longtime resident of East Phillips, new to the neighborhood, or just looking to support important environmental justice work in the Twin Cities – please join!

Community members, led by neighborhood group East Phillips Neighborhood Institute (EPNI), have been fighting for years to stop the development of a polluting public works facility in favor of a community-led urban farm vision on the Roof Depot site. After years of work, and lots of back-and-forth with the City, East Phillips is at a crossroads and hard decisions need to be made about what the community wants to do next. 

Join EPNI, community members, and urban farm supporters for a meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. June 12 at 2307 17th Ave. S. in Minneapolis’ East Phillips neighborhood. The event is a great opportunity to hear about the options in front of the community, learn about the history of the neighborhood and its urban-farm proposal, and help East Phillips decide how to make the vision for a community-oriented development at the Roof Depot a reality.

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