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.

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.

Minnesota loses one dairy farmer every day

On May 7, the Civc Buzz of the Minneapolis League of Women Voters had two speakers discussing, “The Urban/Rural Struggle for a Sustainable Future.” Both speakers, Meg Moynihan and Amanda Babcock, discussed the challenges of running a farm, whether it be in rural Minnesota or an urban landscape. Watch the livestreamed discussion here. Story and video by Bill Sorem.

New Farm Bill Signed Into Law; Hungry Americans Remain

Hunger-fighting groups applaud the new 2019 Farm Bill signed by President Donald Trump, for not including more work requirements in order for adults to be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).