Sanctuary Supply Depot aims to support houseless encampment residents

By: JD Duggan, Freelance Journalist

The group accepts donations at Boneshaker Books in Seward neighborhood 4-6 p.m. each day. After police disbanded an encampment that included hundreds of people in Powderhorn Park last summer, volunteers sought a new way to distribute resources. Unsheltered people moved to smaller encampments throughout the city and Sanctuary Supply Depot was formed. “We wanted to continue to support folks with supplies, but realized, Oh, the logistics of that are very different when everyone is spread out versus when everyone is in one place,” said Sarah Greenfield, an organizer with the Supply Depot. Greenfield is one of multiple volunteers and organizers that established the group last year.

Radical News Radio Hour: Environmental Justice, Immigrant Justice, the Budget, and Education (#50)

Today we’re talking about efforts to defund the Public Employees Relations Board with Saint Paul Federation of Teachers President Nick Faber. We’re also talking about the somewhat unexpected budget numbers with Clark Goldenrod with the Minnesota Budget Project. We’ll also hear from Antonia Alvarez, an immigration justice organizer currently on day seven of an 11-day fast in Washington, DC. Alvarez is President of a statewide and regional organization called Pueblo de Lucha y Esperanza. Finally we’ll hear from Steve Sandberg, Board member with the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute, on the future of Roof Depot property in Phillips neighborhood.

When A Loved One Comes Out

Family support is an essential protective factor against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation for LGBT+ adolescents, and social support is vital for mental health outcomes.

Updates: Police reform legislation at the Minnesota State Legislature

After the murder of George Floyd last May, the Minnesota legislature saw momentum in police reform, passing a ban on choke holds and neck restraints, end warrior-style police training, and increase data collection around police use of deadly force. The recent death of Daunte Wright by police and the conviction of Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s death have renewed focus on police reform, though there has been pushback by Republicans in the Senate.

Unrest unfolds after Brooklyn Center police kill Black man

After Brooklyn Center police shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright, protesters and mourners gathered outside the police department to call for change. Police met their emotions with chemical munitions and less-lethal weapons. A curfew was set in place by multiple mayors and Gov. Tim Walz to quell ongoing unrest.

Column: The Peculiar Timing of the $27 Million Settlement

The “peculiar” timing of the unprecedented $27 million pretrial settlement, paid by the city of Minneapolis to the victim’s of killer cop, Derek Chauvin, wasn’t peculiar at all. Without unwavering accountability, such settlements enable the city and county to repeatedly get away with executing grave injustices against vulnerable populations and no real commitment to cease this behavior, as demonstrated with the violent police raid of the Near North homeless encampment on March 18.

Pandemic, POC & Mental Health

The pandemic has had a distinct impact on BIPOC communities. Here are tips on what to do if you’re suffering from the impacts of the pandemic on your mental health.

Creating a Change

By. McKenzie Kemper, Freelance Writer-In-Training 

It feels a little bit like we are on a horrific merry- go- round- the murders in Atlanta, the arrests at the homeless encampment in North Minneapolis, the progression of the Chauvin trial and tensions around it, tensions around persons trying to cross the border from Mexico, the hospital deaths and riots in Jordan, and the spinning continues. 

After President Biden was elected it felt like we had a moment to catch our breath, a moment of relief and peace and then the vicious ride began again. 

Maybe I spent a lifetime with my head buried in the sand, willfully ignorant to the atrocities around us or maybe since there weren’t as many 24/7 news networks as there are now so we did not have access to the information of every atrocity occurring around the world, all the time. 

The interconnectedness of our country, and our world is a good thing. I think we need to be aware of what is going on so that we can do the work to change it. 

We, as a country, are fractured. We were built on a broken foundation with lofty ideals created by people who could not even live up to the ideals they spouted and undoing everything built into that is going to take a LOT of hard work. 

It’s also going to take more Civic Engagement that ever before. It’s going to take a leap of faith to be elected in community elections where your voice can impact the place you live. 

We all have opinions, some more than others (yeah, I’m calling myself out) and it is my belief that people deserve to make their voices heard even if I do not understand or agree with their beliefs.

A look at jury selection and the seated jurors in the Chauvin trial

In the trial of Derek Chauvin, fifteen jurors were seated — two of those are alternates and one will likely be dismissed by the time of opening statements. Mary Moriarty, former chief public defender for Hennepin County, noted that race is central to this case. The jury panel includes six people of color and nine white people with varying views about Black Lives Matter, racial justice and police.