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June 1, 2020



Note the early-September application deadlines for some of these!

Take Action/Black Visions Collective

Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia
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Habitat for Humanity


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Full-time Grant Writing and Fundraiser position

 

InquilinXs UnidXs por Justicia (United Renters for Justice) (IX) is an organization founded to build tenant power and change the Minneapolis housing system. It was founded by latinx tenants to oppose high rents, bad conditions, and intimidation by landlords. The organization has grown into a broad coalition of renters and allies challenging our market-based housing system. Our membership is majority Black, Indigenous and People of color and lives on the south and north sides of Minneapolis, and we have just launched our first state-wide campaign. 

 

We are seeking a full-time fundraiser and grant writer.

 

We are a growing organization, and this is a new position. A key duty of the first year will be to work with the executive directors to develop the position to best support our expanding work. At a minimum, the fundraiser and grant writer will manage the grants calendar, including researching and prospecting new grants. They will write all first drafts of grant applications and ensure the timely submission of applications and reports. They will communicate regularly with funders to give project and organizational updates. As time allows, this position will organize yearly fundraising events, grow the individual donor base, and manage communication with individual donors, including yearly asks, updates and thank yous.

 

This position works with the entire staff — organizers, executive directors, and office manager — and is expected to attend staff meetings and retreats.

 

This position is remote for as long as public health requires, but is based in Minneapolis.

 

Reports to: Co-Director at Inquilinxs Unidxs

 

Primary Priorities:

 

-        Maintain the grants calendar, including grant researching and coordinating with the office manager.

-        Manage the grant writing from the first draft of the application through the final report.

-        Articulating changing priorities of the organization for individual and grant funders.

 

Secondary Priorities:

 

-        Implementing a plan to grow base of individual donors

-        Designing pathways for member base to be involved in fundraising

-        Manage contact and communication with individual donors

-        Manage the planning of fundraising events at IX

 

Qualifications:

A competitive candidate will have:

       An understanding of the distinction between organizing and advocacy/service organizations

       Ability to build relationships with people from different backgrounds

       Ability to self-direct

       Experience writing grants, organizing events, and fundraising from individual donors

       Strong writing skills

       Basic knowledge of spreadsheets and Google drive

 

Compensation:

The salary is $45,000/year, with a premium health care insurance plan.

 

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Jennifer Arnold by September 7th by email to jennifer@inquilinxsunidxs.org.

 

 

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Organizer with Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia

 

InquilinXs UnidXs por Justicia (United Renters for Justice) (IX) is an organization founded to build tenant power and change the Minneapolis housing system. It was founded by latinx tenants to oppose high rents, bad conditions, and intimidation by landlords. The organization has grown into a broad coalition of renters and allies challenging our market-based housing system. Our membership is majority Black, Indigenous and People of color and lives on the south and north sides of Minneapolis. IX is currently seeking an experienced community leader to serve as an organizer to work with our members on the Southside of Minneapolis and build our Tenant Unions. This is a full-time position.

 

The organizer will be responsible for building with our leaders in three landlord portfolios, organizing to prevent evictions and cancel rent within those portfolios. The activities of this position include conducting member meetings to determine next steps in campaigns, doorknocking to reach more members within the portfolio, and supporting the organizing to prevent evictions across Minneapolis. The organizer will collect data around member experiences, support the leadership of members, coordinate and support meetings with management, and connect members to other resources as needed.

 

Primary Responsibilities:

The organizer will connect with our longstanding leaders and members within three portfolios on the southside, and with our members determine the next steps to ensure our members can stay in their homes. Steps will include doorknocking to meet old and new members, conducting meetings within the portfolio and with management, and connecting our members with legal and other resources.

 

This position will also support a project we are piloting to work with allies to support community members who are facing eviction. 

 

Qualifications:

A competitive candidate will have:

       Strong organizational skills with an emphasis on being able to manage multiple projects at once

       1-2 years of community organizing experience (including volunteering)

       A strong critique of capitalism

       Excellent written and oral communication skills

       Some familiarity with computers

       Ability to work flexible hours, including some evening and weekend hours

       A passion and love for building a healthy community

       Will speak spanish[1] 

 

Compensation:

The salary is 45,000/year, including a fully funded health care plan on a full-time basis.

 

To apply, send a reason statement (include why you want this position and why you are a good fit for this position) and your resume to Jennifer Arnold by September 7th

He can be reached at: jennifer@inquilinxsunidxs.org or 3715 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407.

  

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Organizador@ con Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia

 

InquilinXs UnidXs por Justicia (Tenants United for Justice) (IX) es una organización fundada para generar poder para cambiar el sistema de vivienda en Minneapolis. Fue fundada por miembros de la comunidad latina para trabajar con las comunidades de inquilinos más oprimidas por los altos alquileres, las malas condiciones y la intimidación de los propietarios en Minneapolis. IX está buscando un líder comunitario con experiencia para que sirva como organizador para trabajar con nuestros miembros en el lado sur de Minneapolis y construir nuestros sindicatos de inquilinos. Este es un puesto de tiempo completo.

 

El organizador será responsable de construir con nuestros líderes en tres portafolios de propietarios, organizándose para evitar los desalojos y cancelar el alquiler dentro de esas carteras. Las actividades de este puesto incluyen la realización de reuniones de miembros para determinar los próximos pasos en las campañas, tocar puertas para llegar a más miembros dentro de los portafolios  y apoyar la organización para prevenir los desalojos en Minneapolis. El organizador recopilará datos sobre las experiencias de los miembros, apoyará el liderazgo de la gente, coordinará y apoyará las reuniones con la gerencia y conectará a los miembros con otros recursos según sea necesario.

 

Responsabilidades primarias:

El organizador se conectará con nuestros líderes y miembros dentro de tres portafolios en el lado sur, y con nuestros miembros determinará los próximos pasos para garantizar que nuestros miembros puedan permanecer en sus hogares. Los pasos pueden incluir tocar puertas para conocer a miembros nuevos y antiguos, realizar reuniones dentro de los portafolios y con la administración, y conectar a nuestros miembros con recursos legales y de otro tipo.

 

Este puesto también apoyará un proyecto que estamos poniendo a prueba para trabajar con aliados para apoyar a los miembros de la comunidad que enfrentan el desalojo.

 

Calificaciones:

Un candidato competitivo tendrá:

       Fuertes habilidades organizativas con énfasis en poder gestionar múltiples proyectos a la vez

       1-2 años de experiencia en organización comunitaria (incluido el voluntariado)

       Una fuerte crítica al capitalismo

       Excelentes habilidades de comunicación oral y escrita

       Alguna familiaridad con las computadoras

       Capacidad para trabajar en horarios flexibles, incluidas algunas horas de la tarde y los fines de semana

       Pasión y amor por construir una comunidad saludable.

       Hablar español.

 

Compensación:

El salario es de 45.000 al año, incluido un plan de atención médica totalmente financiado a tiempo completo.

 

Para postularse, envíe una declaración de motivos (incluya por qué desea este puesto y por qué es adecuado para este puesto) y su currículum vitae a Jennifer Arnold antes del 7 de septiembre.

Puede ser contactado en: jennifer@inquilinxsunidxs.org o 3715 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407.


se ve muy bien, tal vez solo agregar que gente de color e inmigrante son alentadas a aplicar para la posision, quise agregarlo pero no tengo el lenguaje especifico +jennifer@inquilinxsunidxs.org



Mask Up People or be Fined!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), face coverings are effective in preventing the transmission of respiratory droplets that may spread COVID-19.

Ideally, face coverings should be worn in combination with other infection control measures, including social distancing, but face coverings are especially important in settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain. As the CDC has explained, face coverings are most effective when they are worn by all individuals in public settings when around others outside of their households because many people infected with COVID-19 do not show symptoms. Consistent with this guidance, Minnesota has strongly recommended widespread use of face coverings since April. An increasing number of states are now mandating face coverings in certain settings to control the spread of COVID-19.

For these reasons, beginning July 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Minnesotans must wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings, including when waiting outdoors to enter an indoor business or public indoor space. This order and the related industry guidance, is available at the Stay Safe Minnesota website (https://staysafe.mn.gov), as well as any other guidance referenced in this order.

“face covering” must be worn to cover the nose and mouth completely, and can include a paper or disposable face mask, a cloth face mask, a scarf, a bandanna, a neck gaiter, or a religious face covering. When leaving home, Minnesotans are strongly encouraged to have a face covering with them at all times to be prepared to comply with the requirements of this Executive Order.

Exempt Individuals:  a. Individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering. These individuals should consider using alternatives to face coverings, including clear face shields, and staying at home as much as possible.  b. Children who are five years old and under. Those who are under two-years old should never wear a face covering due to the risk of suffocation. Those who are at least two are encouraged to wear a face covering if they can do so in compliance with CDC guidance on How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings. c. Individuals at their workplace when wearing a face covering would create a job hazard for the individual or others, as determined by local, state or federal regulators or workplace safety and health standards and guidelines.

Any individual who willfully violates this Executive Order is guilty of a petty misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $100. This does not apply to: (1) children younger than 14 years old; or (2) students 14 years old and older who are enrolled in a school or higher education institution, and who are on the premises of the school or institution for educational purposes.

ANSR is assisting Bloomington Public Health next week with listening sessions on restricting flavored tobacco products. There are still some slots open for this. We're asking you to reach out to your advocates who might live in Bloomington and encourage them to sign up for one of these listening sessions. They are also looking for young adults (18-21). Two time slots available: Tuesday, August 4th at 6 p.m. OR Wednesday August 5th at 12 p.m., both via Zoom. RSVP required by Aug. 3. 
More info and RSVP (required) at http://blm.mn/tobacco
If you have someone willing to participate, please also share with them our flavored tobacco fact sheet (in follow-up email) that will give them a few talking points about why restrictions on flavored tobacco are needed.
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Cultural, Faith, and Disability Communities Update on COVID-19

Minnesota Department of Health
July 23, 2020
The Cultural, Faith, and Disability Communities COVID-19 Update is being sent to the following three MDH mailing lists to reduce duplication:
  • Cultural, Faith, and Disability Communities COVID-19 Updates
  • MN Immigrant and Refugee Health Announcements
  • The Center for Health Equity
Today's COVID-19 updates include:

Status of COVID-19 in Minnesota

Updated July 23, 2020
  • Total positive: 48,721
  • Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 42,524
  • Total approximate number of completed tests: 905,315
  • Deaths: 1,561
    o Deaths among cases that resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities: 1,198
  • Total cases requiring hospitalization: 4,818
    o Hospitalized as of today: 282
    o Hospitalized in ICU as of today: 107
Numbers are cumulative since Jan. 20, 2020.
The number of lab-confirmed positive tests among Minnesota residents will be updated daily on Situation Update for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with test results from the previous day. The page also includes a map of counties with confirmed cases, and more.
This total reflects only the results from laboratory testing. There are more cases in Minnesota, and the virus is circulating in communities. It is important for everyone to follow advice on community mitigation and social distancing to help us flatten the case curve.
Governor has launched a public dashboard which includes race data of cases: Minnesota COVID-19 Public Dashboard.

MDH Resources

Stay Safe MN PSA is now available in 8 additional languages; Spanish , HmongVietnameseLaoKaren,
AmharicChineseRussian
  • Oromo, Arabic, and Somali PSAs coming soon.
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Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations under Executive Order 20-81

As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone.  Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Research has shown that use of face coverings can greatly reduce the risk of infection when combined with other prevention efforts such as social distancing and hand hygiene.
For more information about face coverings and the Executive Order, please see the Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings.

Free COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Community Testing in Shakopee, MN

WHEN: Friday, July 24; 2:30-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Canterbury Park - 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee, MN 55379
(Enter via Barenscheer Boulevard entrance off of Canterbury Road to enter Canterbury Park/Expo Center parking lot)
WHO: Open to everyone; Symptoms or no symptoms; FREE - no insurance needed
HOW: Drive-up during the event to register on site or pre-register for an appointment at Shakopee Community COVID-19 Testing so you don’t have to wait in line. (Registration site is in English, Somali, and Spanish)

COVID-19 Community Testing in Iron Range

WHEN: 
  • Tuesday, July 28, noon to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: St. Louis County Fair Ground - 1010 Discovery Drive, Chisholm, MN 55719
WHO: Open to everyone; Symptoms or no symptoms; FREE - no insurance or identification needed
HOW: For convenience, you are encouraged to pre-register. This will give you a specific time slot and minimize time waiting in line. You can register online at COVID-19 Community Testing: St. Louis County (MDH). There also is a link to register at Coronavirus Information on the Saint Louis County website.
You will be allowed to drive up without an appointment, but those who have not pre-registered may have to wait or be directed to come back later. Anyone who is unable to sign up online, or who needs a translator, can call 1-855-612-0677 for assistance.
To learn more, or to register, visit COVID-19 Community Testing: St. Louis County (MDH).

Updated MDH Guidance

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home until all three of these things are true:
  • You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better.
           and
  • It has been 10 days since you first felt sick.
          and
  • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers.

Important Announcements

Minnesota Council on Disability #MaskUp Statement

In an effort to keep Minnesotans safe from COVID-19, the Minnesota Council on Disability (MCD) urges you to #MaskUpMN. Our disability community is of particularly high risk for becoming infected and having serious health complications due to underlying medical conditions. Numerous factors increase our community's risk of becoming infected including: 
  • People who rely on caregiver support and cannot avoid coming into close contact with others who may be infected, such as direct support providers and family members.
  • People who live in congregate care settings, such as adult foster care and group home settings.
  • People who have trouble understanding information or practicing preventive measures, such as hand washing and social distancing.
  • People who may not be able to communicate symptoms of illness.
We can and must all do our part to protect our neighbors from the spread of the virus. 
MCD supports a statewide mandatory mask policy to protect Minnesotans with disabilities. This crisis is far from over and we cannot let our guard down in this pivotal moment. MCD urges you to act with compassion by wearing a mask in public indoor spaces. 

Other Updates

Center of Excellence in Refugee Health Webinar Series

Community Solutions during COVID-19: Effective partnership and communication strategies with refugee & immigrant communities
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
2-3 p.m. ET | 1-2 p.m. CT | 12-1 p.m. MT | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify two to three challenges faced by refugee/immigrant communities
  • Describe one to two partnership strategies undertaken by these community representatives
  • Describe at least two preferred communication strategies identified by refugees and immigrants
Presenters:
  • HODAN GULED 
    CEO; Briva Health (organization reducing health care disparity in Minnesota)
    Vice chair; MNSure Health Industry Board Advisory Committee
  • ASHOK GURUNG
    Clinical research assistant; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Mental Health First Aid instructor; Nepali interpreter
    Community organizer
  • ADRIEN MATADI
    Care navigator, multilingual refugee intake and scheduling specialist;  Denver Health and Hospital Authority's Refugee Clinic
    Community liaison for refugees and immigrants and City Denver

Telemedicine Training Available for Families Who Receive EIDBI

Introduction to Telemedicine for Families is an optional recorded training session focused on supporting families who are new to using telemedicine to receive Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention services for their children. In this training, we discuss:
  • What telemedicine is—working with your child's provider through video conferencing (e.g., Zoom or Skype) to receive EIDBI services
  • Required technology
  • How to prepare for sessions
  • Programming
  • How to help center sessions around your child and family.

Day Services Open for all People with Disabilities 

More people with disabilities are now able to return to programs that support employment and social activities under new guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Individuals who live in group homes and other congregate care settings have from Monday, July 13 been able to attend day services programs. Providers are required to have a COVID-19 preparedness plan in place to protect service participants and staff and follow other state licensing requirements related to hours and capacity.

OMH

Save the Date: Advancing the Response to COVID-19

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, Office of Minority Health (OMH) will host a virtual symposium to highlight state, tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations.
The Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities virtual symposium will feature presentations and strategies developed for public health leaders and community organizations confronting the pandemic. It also aims to support and disseminate promising practices, programs and strategies for combating COVID-19, especially in communities of color.
Stay up to date on the virtual symposium by signing up for OMH email updates and by following us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Health Care Landing Page

The Minnesota Department of Human Services launched a new webpage, Health Care Landing Page to help Minnesotans having a hard time paying their health care bills during the pandemic.
The webpage makes it faster and easier for Minnesotans to get information on how to:
  • Apply for free COVID-19 testing for the uninsured.
  • Apply for low-cost to no-cost health care coverage through Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare or Emergency Medical Assistance.
  • Get help with applications for public health care programs.
The page will be translated soon into Hmong, Karen, Spanish, and Somali.

Multi-lingual COVID-19 Farming Videos

Minnesota Department of Agriculture and University of Minnesota (UMN) Extension have created five videos in the series “COVID-19 on the farm / at the farmers market”:
  • Basics of COVID-19 Transmission on Farms
  • Gloves, Masks, and Handwashing to prevent COVID-19 on farms
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing for COVID-19 on the Farm
  • COVID-19 Safety at the Farmers Markets
  • Maintaining 6 Foot Distance on Farms
The videos are available on the UMN Small Farms YouTube channel and they are available in three languages:

Grants/Funding

Emergency Solutions Grant COVID-19 Funds (Apply by 8/12/2020)


The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking proposals from qualified responders to provide emergency shelter services and/or outreach to unsheltered individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Minnesota.
Recipients of these funds should be used to:
  • Prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19 and related economic hardships among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance
            and
  • Support additional and/or maintain homeless assistance activities to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, related economic hardships, and persistent barriers to housing.
Providers in all areas of the state are eligible to apply under the RFP. However, entities providing services in non-entitlement areas of Minnesota will receive priority under the RFP (described in the evaluation and scoring section).
Non-entitlement areas refers to any community in Minnesota that located outside one of the following entitlement communities: Duluth, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Dakota County, Hennepin County or St. Louis County (these communities receive their own ESG funding directly from HUD).
Proposals must be submitted electronically by 4 p.m. CST, August 12.
Visit the DHS website to learn more about the Emergency Solutions grant
Please direct questions to Katelyn Warburton

Reminders

Discrimination helpline

Discrimination Helpline

Report Discrimination and Bias
COVID-19 does not discriminate based on race, where you come from, your immigration status, or anything else. 
If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of discrimination or bias call Minnesota's Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or submit this online form. The helpline is staffed by investigators from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Translation/interpretation services are available.
If you are the victim of a crime, including a hate crime, or fear for your safety, call 911 immediately.

Minnesota Helpline:

For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
Mon.-Fri.: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Isaiah 58:7 NLT


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     Greater Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church

Subject: Pastor Russell’s response to George Floyd

2600 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Pastor Russell of Greater Friendship MBC and the members are infuriated at the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. It is unconscionable to again hear another Black man repeat to police officers that "I can't breathe," while his life was prematurely taken from him, his family, and his friends.

Watching the video of Mr. Floyd's arrest is beyond disturbing.  It displays the inhumane acts of four less compassionate police officers who were less concerned about Mr. Floyd's life than they were about exerting their power over someone who has already been subdued and restrained.

Adding to the disregard of countless pleas for a human life, we all watched with our own eyes, a man; a Black Man take his final breaths and have his lifeless body recklessly handled by Minneapolis Police. 

Supported by our leadership with the National Baptist Convention,  we believe that the time is now to address the systematic issues of White Supremacy and police brutality in our community.

We cannot, and we will not continue to suit up for a race we were never intended to win. 

Our hearts are saddened about this event. We do understand the reason for the protest. We are praying that our protests are peaceful and effective. We will do everything we can to meet the needs of the people who are impacted. 

We have seized the opportunity to take action calling Mayor Jacob Frey, Chief Medaria Arrandondo, civil rights organizations, and all of our young activists to join with us to begin the difficult and necessary task of restoring justice, compassion, and mercy to the African American citizens of the Minneapolis area. We are also in communication with Governor Tim Walz. 

We believe that the firing of the four police officers, and charges against one, is just a start to what must come and call for all four officers to be charged and prosecuted for their immoral and unconscionable act.  Even with convictions, no amount of justice can bring back the life of Mr. Floyd, but it can restore hope in a system that should be inclusive to all citizens. 

We grieve with the family of George Floyd and the community that he touched.  We pray that God will lead and guide us in the days to come.  We look to the words from the prophet Micah to further console us in these troubled times: 
"He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God" Micah 6:8.

President Dr. Billy G. Russell 
Greater Friendship MBC
2600 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55406