Jimmy Carter, Habitat For Humanity, Build Homes In Twin Cities

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Former President Jimmy Carter was in the Twin Cities yesterday and today for Habitat for Humanity’s 27th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The project is actively building and restoring a total of 86 homes in cities nationwide, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Annapolis, Md., Minneapolis, St. Paul and Birmingham, Ala.

Carter appeared yesterday in north Minneapolis’ Hawthorne eco-village along with Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Keith Ellison and Mayor R.T. Rybak. Today, the former president went to work in St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood. Former Vice President Walter Mondale, Rep. Betty McCollum and Mayor Chris Coleman also wore their grubby clothes to lend a hand today. In the Twin Cities, Habitat for Humanity is currently building five new homes, renovating nine, and conducting 14 home repairs for low-income families.

Carter met the new owners of these Habitat for Humanity homes, and presented each with an autographed Bible. We spoke to the former president about his work with Habitat for Humanity, and his reaction to President Obama reinstalling solar panels on the White House roof for the first time since Carter’s presidency.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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