Small Business Spotlight: Trio Plant-Based

Trio Plant-Based, currently owned by Louis Hunter, opened in Sept. 2018. It’s one of the only Black-owned vegan restaurants in Minnesota and offers vegan comfort food and recently launched a new menu which highlights its soul food platters and bowls, a variety of burgers, and covered fries.

50 Years of Movement Art: Ricardo Levins Morales opens his first exhibit

Another World is Possible: Five Decades of Revolutionary Art with Ricardo Levins Morales is open until Nov. 22 at 3715 Chicago Ave. The exhibit hours are Mon.-Wed. and Fridays. from 9am-5pm; Thurs. from 9am-8pm; and Sat. from 11am-3pm; the exhibit is closed on Sundays. For more information on Levins Morales and the exhibit you can check out: https://www.rlmartstudio.com/exhibit/

Losing a job unexpectedly is devastating

 

According to the state data, low-wage earners do not make use of the state’s unemployment insurance program. 

The fear of losing housing, food, transportation, and basic necessities can be overwhelming. The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance program is supposed to protect workers from these harms. Through this program, a  full-time minimum wage worker who accesses unemployment insurance (UI) receives about $800-$1,000/month for six months while searching for work. But UI does not protect all workers equally. State program data illustrate that the program heavily and disproportionately serves white males in the construction trades. According to that same data, thousands of Minnesotans who lose work in hotel, restaurant, retail, temp work, and low-wage health care are unable to access unemployment each year and instead turn to Minnesota’s less generous welfare programs. These Minnesotans lose jobs due to illness and emergencies where no sick or personal time is allowed.

Funding journalism and building support for independent journalism

Hello UpTake supporters –

It’s been an amazing week for our organization and we’re grateful for you. I want to talk about the stretch goal we launched last week and why it’s so important we invest in training and paying freelance journalists. First, a bit of housecleaning, we had originally announced that we had made our original goal of $4,000 on Wednesday, but there was an unfortunate accounting error (I’m always learning how to do this work better) and we did not actually meet our $4,000 goal until early Sunday. Because of your generosity, we can afford to make some absolutely crucial fixes to our website’s back-end operations and technology. You’ve shown faith in our organization, our mission, and our leadership and we appreciate it.

Big news from The UpTake

 

Thank you to all who joined us for our first Community Cafe at Sammy’s Avenue Eatery on Tues. the 16th! Many of you might not know this but The UpTake has been going through a period of transition since I’ve taken over. News organizations, including our own, have struggled to find sustainability and, even more so, we’ve struggled to understand what our role is in an ever-changing world that distrusts journalism and journalists. We also believe that it’s time for journalism to reconsider who we are, what we do, and why we do it.

10 Minute Walk to a Park

Story and Video by Bill Sorem
A 10 minute walk to a park for 97% of the Minneapolis population was one of the metrics that has traditionally kept Minneapolis on the top of the listing of cities park systems by The Trust For Public Land. The 2019 listing had Minneapolis in 3rd place, behind St.Paul which was in second. First place went to Washington D.C. In 2018, Minneapolis was in first place for the 6th consecutive year, with St. Paul 2nd. Christensen noted that this was a nice honor, but only one of the considerations in park system planning.

Hagedorn Echoes Trump-Style Talking Points In CD1 Debate

Black Lives Matter is “extreme,” and the federal government needs to focus on preventing “Islamic terrorists” from voting or even entering the U.S.— just some of the positions held both by Republican congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

Legislature Fails To Protect Poor From Financial Predators

Businesses are driving poor people further into poverty says a group of Minnesota religious leaders. Their new report on “poverty profiteering” says inaction by Minnesota lawmakers is to blame along with payday lenders, big banks, and wall street.