Ward 8 Update Newsletters July 29, 2015

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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July 29, 2015

Reminder: Early Mornings with Elizabeth


Criminal Justice Reform and Police Community Relations: 
What are our next steps?

Friday, July 31, 7:30 – 9:00 am
Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave S (in Café Levain)    

Criminal justice reform, and the need to improve police community relations, is a topic of national and local concern.  Communities across the United States are asking the hard question, “Are we the next Ferguson?”  Please join us for a critical conversation about criminal justice reform; learn what Minneapolis is doing to improve police community relations and disparities in our criminal justice system and join our discussion of what more must be done. 

We will be joined by two of the most influential City staff working to improve city services with a race equity lens, City Attorney Susan Segal and Minneapolis Police Departments’ Deputy Chief and Chief of Staff Medaria Arradondo.  We are also joined by Jason Sole, an author and professor, consultant to police and community groups, and civil rights activist.  Mr. Sole is the chair of the Minneapolis NAACP criminal justice subcommittee.

Please join us for this important conversation – we welcome your input as part of our continuing discussion together.

Get Ready for National Night Out!


For several years in a row, Minneapolis has been the #1 city in the country for National Night Out celebrations.  This year's NNO celebration is Tuesday August 5.  This is a great night to meet neighbors, share food, and build strong block networks.

Elizabeth will be traveling through Ward 8 visiting as many NNO gatherings as possible. Want to invite Elizabeth to your event?  Let us know by using the Ward 8 contact form and we will do our best to see you on Tuesday August 4.

38th and Chicago Culture Crawl July 31


On Friday, July 31, 6-9 pm, join neighbors for a Culture Crawl at 38th and Chicago.  Come to the Chicago Avenue Culture Crawl to experience the diversity of people, businesses and cultural expressions at the corner of 38th Street & Chicago Avenue. Six stops have events and activities you will not want to miss.  

Art Organizations
CANDO (Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization) hosts an opening reception for Margins from noon - 9pm. This group exhibition focuses on artists of all levels who belong to groups that are often marginalized in mainstream American society and how this marginalization interacts with their identity and their artwork.

The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (CAFAC) is devoted to sparking creativity and fueling community through art forms produced by heat, spark, or flame. Stop by CAFAC during the Culture Crawl for some fiery fun, including demos of fire art forms and browsing the latest exhibit in the gallery. 

Covet Consign & Design is a home consignment store that carries gently used items for the urban eclectic space. In addition to home décor, Covet Consign & Design will feature live painting by artist Yuya Negishi. Known for his engaging personality as well as paintings that mix traditional Japanese aesthetics with hip-hop influences, this is sure to be a dynamic event. Also on view will be a solo show of new work by Emily Lynch.

The Third Place Gallery is an extension of Wing Young Huie’s artwork, combining photography with social practice. Stop by to see a career-spanning show of Wing’s photographs, then challenge him in ping-pong. If you win, take home a free copy of Wing’s acclaimed book Lake Street USA. If you lose, you’ll still have fun and get to see some great photography.

Stop by Smoke in the Pit for smoked ribs, wings, catfish, and all of the sides until 8pm. This neighborhood take-out spot offers some of the best barbecue north of the Mason Dixon line, cooked by Dwight Alexander and family who been serving up classic soul food in South Minneapolis since 1998. 

From pour-over to espresso, Blue Ox Coffee is dedicated to the finer points of our favorite caffeinated beverage. Develop your palate and learn from the masters with a coffee tasting. Blue Ox will be open until 9pm for the Culture Crawl.

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