MN Transition Coalition News - November 22, 2021

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Register for the next Sexual Violence Prevention Network Quarterly Meeting

Date: December 9, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Presenters: Cristine Davidson and Rebecca Balog, Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition

In 2021, the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) conducted a sexual violence prevention/leadership Indigenous Youth Town hall and a Healthy Indigenous Masculinity Virtual Panel with male/male identified folks to discuss healthy Indigenous masculinity. This conversation focused on both informing and influencing an outreach strategy, the ‘Healthy Indigenous Masculinity Poster Series’. This series captured the essence of healthy Indigenous masculinity across the age spectrum, and invited male identified relatives to engage, mobilize, and participate effortlessly in anti-violence/wellness efforts. This series expressed inspiring energies around nurturing Indigenous fatherhood along with tender self-exploration of being a whole, healthy, healed person interwoven and necessary to fabric of Indigenous communities. The result was a digital and printed poster campaign distributed across Minnesota and Indian Country on social media. (Photographer Nehdahness Greene, Leech Lake Reservation).

Please join us to explore the results of these conversations, outreach, and outcomes of engaging Indigenous youth and males in collective liberation to end sexual violence across Minnesota and our relatives across Indian Country. Together, we can link arms to end sexual violence.


Promoting Justice

A Speaker and Discussion Series hosted by the Ombuds for Corrections

What: Legislative Advocacy - Changing Policy, Changing Lives When: Tuesday, December 7, Noon - 1:30 How: Zoom Format: Noon to 1:00 PM for presentation; 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM for discussion and questions.

Real systems change often requires action at the legislative level. Join us for a presentation and discussion on how that change happens.

Agenda includes:

  • OBFC Legislative Priorities
  • Legislative Advocacy Overview
  • Community change advocate special guests who will discuss their experience. 

We will also open it up at the end to invite community groups to share two minutes about their upcoming legislative proposals. 

The presentation is from noon to 1:00 PM so people are able to return to their day if needed. Questions and discussion will be from 1:00 to 1:30 for those who are able to stay.

Register for the Zoom event here.

To request reasonable accommodations or for questions, please email


Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration (URMI) Online Series 2021

Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration (URMI) designing an online series for 2021 with the theme “From Mental Illness to Public Wellness,” comprised of four virtual sessions held between April 16 and November 5.

The URMI team invites you to watch all four sessions, each now posted on YouTube!  Featuring:

  1. Alisa Roth, NPR contributor and author of Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness
  2. Naomi Gaines-Young, author, singer, emcee, songwriter, and mental health advocate
  3. Sasha Cotton, Director of the Minneapolis Office of Violence Prevention in the Minneapolis Health Department, and Antonio Williams, educator, advocate, and community organizer
  4. Sharon Brooks Green, Founder and CEO of Peace of Hope, Inc. and author of The Other Side of the Wall: How to Survive Your Loved One's Incarceration

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, April 8, 2022, URMI will return IN-PERSON to Metropolitan State University’s St. Paul campus.  Stay tuned for registration details for this annual daylong conference!  Follow URMI on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed on upcoming events, articles, and resources.

In addition, Library Services staff at Metro State University's Library and Learning Center have developed this special resource guide as an educational supplement to the URMI 2021 series.


BIX Produce is Hiring

Night Production Machine Operator

Openings: 4

Schedule: Sunday - Friday; Saturday off +1 additional day off during the week

Hours: Sunday start 5PM, Mon - Fri start 6PM - Production Completion

Pay: $17.56 - $19.50

Job Description:

Night Production Associate

Openings: 4

Schedule: Sunday - Friday; Saturday off +1 additional day off during the week

Hours: Sunday start 5PM, Mon - Fri start 6PM - Production Completion

Pay: $16.00 - $16.75

Job Description:

Night Warehouse Associate

Openings: 2

Schedule: Sunday – Friday, Saturdays off + 1 day off during the week

Hours: Starts between 5PM-9PM – Warehouse Completion

Pay: $22.00 - $24.50 +$2,000 New Hire Bonus

Job Description:

Material Handler

Openings: 1

Schedule: 5 days per week, 1 weekend and 1 weekday off

Hours: 7AM – 6PM typically an 8-10 hr shift

Pay: $18.50 - $21.50 +$2,000 New Hire Bonus

Job Description:

Day Production Associate

Openings: 10

Schedule: Monday-Saturday; Sunday + 1 other day during the week off

Hours: 7AM or 8AM Start - Production Completion

Pay: $15.00 -$15.75

Job Description:

Class B Delivery Driver

Openings: 2

Schedule: 4-5 days a week, Saturdays are REQUIRED

Hours: Starts between 3AM-5AM – Route Completion

Pay: $23.00 - $28.00

Job Description:

Special Diver

Openings: 3

Schedule: Mon-Sat, Sunday off, +1 weekday off

Hours: 5AM-9AM start to Route Completion

Pay: $17.86 – 23.11

Job Description:

*Note: BIX will pay for CDL B after 3-months of employment


The Office of Justice Programs is seeking applicants for Director of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relative's Office

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is hiring a Director for the newly established Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relative’s Office within the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs. The Director will be responsible for establishing and leading the MMIR office solely dedicated to ending violence against Indigenous people throughout Minnesota. The Director will lead a staff of three to implement the recommendations of the 2020 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's Task Force Report and subsequent initiatives through ongoing consultation and collaboration with Tribal Nations and Bands, pertinent state agencies, impacted communities, and local, state, and federal partners. Knowledge of state and federal criminal justice and state systems and the impacts on tribal nations is an asset for this role. Experience with crime victim issues in tribal nations and/or urban Native American communities is also desired.
This position closes December 7.
To learn more and apply go to the Minnesota Careers Website: Director MMIR Office - SPA Director




People and Pets Together - Resources for Vet Service and Pet Food

People and Pets Together - Our mission is to support the relationships that people have with their pets and to prevent the surrender of pets during times of economic crisis.

Free Rides to Interview Prep, Job Interviews, and/or a Job

United Way and Goodwill® offer rides to interview prep, job interviews, and/or a job. These free rideshare, bike, or scooter rides are only available in certain cities to those who qualify. After entering your information, you can expect a response within a week.

Minneapolis MN is one of the area’s that provide this service.  



Fraud Awareness and Prevention Tip: Responsibility to Report

Reporting Channels and Protections

Our statewide goals are to prevent waste and abuse, and to protect state assets. Despite prevention efforts such as increased awareness and education, fraud can still happen. State agency employees and stakeholders must know what to look for in fraud detection. Agencies must have proper reporting channels to report such activity. The Statewide Code of Conduct Policy requires state agency employees to report violations of the policy, significant internal control deficiencies, evidence of theft, embezzlement, or unlawful use of public funds or property. Agencies are responsible for establishing and maintaining an agency-specific conduct and ethics program, training annually, and establishing fraud reporting mechanisms.

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Report to the Nations, 2020 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, tips are the most common way fraud is detected; half of those fraud tips come from employees. Become familiar with your agency’s channel(s) for reporting such activity. Some agencies have hotlines or other anoymous channels, or employees can report to managers, senior leadership, or agency human resources. You can also report allegations of wrongdoing, possible misuse of state money and other resources, and noncompliance with law to the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. The Fraud Reporting Resources site offers many specific channels to report any suspected fraud.

Managers, supervisors, and senior staff must understand their agency’s reporting channels and be ready to assist in escalating any cases brought to their attention. The state’s Whistleblower Act protects state agency workers who report a suspected violation in good faith.


Showing Love in the Form of Laundry

We know as families experiencing homelessness there are many challenges. And a warm clean set of clothing can give us a feeling of familiarity. A group of loving people want to gift you with the service of doing your laundry for a day. We know that laundry is an expense that adds up quickly. We want to give you the financial break and the mental break of doing a load of laundry (or two if you have some kids) on:

Wednesday November 17, 2021
North End Laundry Mat
1675 Rice St
St. Paul, MN

5 pm - 9 pm
While supplies last