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Meet the founder of the only black owned bookstore opening in Minnesota

 

Green Card Voices COMMUNITY STORIES by Rebecca David.

Meet Dionne Sims, the founder of the only Black-owned bookstore opening in Minnesota. Press play to hear what Dionne hopes the bookstore will represent, her dream of opening it, and why she says it’s important to have a space that represents the voices of the Black community and racially diverse stories.

Rebuilding Lake Street

 

Green Card Voices COMMUNITY STORIES by Rebecca David
The Midtown Global Market is one of the many businesses and nonprofits that was impacted by the civil unrest after the murder of George Floyd. Listen to Pham’s Rice Bowl – Pham’s Deli & Manny’s Tortas share how things have been going for them. We also spoke with Lake Street Council on the resources they are providing to help businesses on Lake Street.

Virtual Story Stitch Facilitator Training

 

Green Card Voices has launched a monthly virtual story stitch facilitator training. Everything you need to know about the conversational card game and how to become a facilitator is in the video. We can’t gather in large settings but having important conversations don’t have to stop now.

Green Card Voices launching free 2020 Summer Civic Engagement Program for youth

 

Green Card Voices COMMUNITY STORIES by Rebecca David.

We are so excited to announce starting this coming Monday, we are launching a free 2020 summer civic engagement program for youth. Our Green Card Voices Immigrant and Refugee Youth Ambassador Zaynab Abdi will be leading this. The program sponsored by Up to Us will be an interactive weekly 1 and a half-hour virtual workshop with different topics, training, and several speakers.

Celebrating World Refugee Day by honoring the voices of refugees

Green Card Voices COMMUNITY STORIES by Rebecca David.

Happy World Refugee Day from all of us here at GCV. Today is a chance for us to continue raising awareness and uplifting refugee voices such as Suud Olat who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya. He is now running for city council in Minneapolis. This day is also about educating and recognizing the efforts being made by various organizations including CAPI USA.

Say their names cemetery honors lives of black people who have died in the hands of police

 

Green Card Voices COMMUNITY STORIES by Rebecca David.

Following the death of George Floyd, two University of Pennsylvania students flew to Minnesota to bring attention to the lives of black people who have died in the hands of police. We spoke with a U.S. Army veteran who drove from Florida to pay his respects.

March to Defund the Minneapolis Police Department

 

Green Card Voices COMMUNITY STORIES by Rebecca David.

Protesters marched the streets of Minneapolis demanding the defunding of the Minneapolis Police Department. The rally was organized by Black Visions. We followed along and listened to the messages organizers and those in attendance had to say. The City council will soon be addressing the public on their thoughts on the budget. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey spoke to those in attendance and said he does not support defunding the police.

Community comes to celebrate the life of George Floyd

 

Green Card Voices COMMUNITY STORIES by Rebecca David.

The life and impact of George Floyd were celebrated yesterday. People gathered at 38th and Chicago to listen to the memorial service being broadcasted on the radio. We hear from them why they chose to be there.

Two Green Card Voices Storytellers using their voice to make a difference

 

Green Card Voices COMMUNITY STORIES by Rebecca David.

As justice for George Floyd continues to be a fight in the state of Minnesota. Ongoing efforts in St. Paul and Minneapolis to clean up and feed people living where the protests have been happening have been going on. We went to Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center and Pimento Jamaican Kitchen to see how these immigrants are showing love for their city and taking care of their neighbors.

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen collects donations and gives them out to the community

 

Green Card Voices COMMUNITY STORIES by Rebecca David 


Pimento Jamaican Kitchen in Minneapolis is collecting donations of food, baby items, hygiene products, and much more to give away to people living where the protests have been taking place. Many of the businesses on Nicollet Ave are boarded up and the community doesn’t have a place to get groceries or food.

Pimento plans to bridge that gap and help out.

The owner of the restaurant Tomme Beevas shared his story of how he started the business in our Green Card ENTREPRENEUR Voices.