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Oct 26, 2017

In this edition:

  • READ Panel on Evicted by Matthew Desmond
  • ACTING BLACK: Demystifying Racism Performance
  • Psychological First Aid Training for City Staff
  • ReCAST Wraps Up First Year
  • ReCAST Minneapolis Team to Present at Overcoming Racism Conference, Nov. 4
  • Restoring Power: Trauma & Resilience for Organizers
  • The Nu Skool of Afrikan American Thought - Topical Lectures on African American History, Culture & Issues of Today

READ Panel on Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

The Reading for Equity And Diversity (READ) book club is hosting a panel discussion for the current book selection, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. This panel will feature members of the City's Innovation Team to discuss their work around evictions in Minneapolis that was inspired by this book.

The panel will also contain: a mental health specialist, Mauricio Cifuentes from Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) who will be discussing the traumatic effects of being evicted; a managing attorney, Luke Grundman, from Mid-MN Legal Aid; and the Director of Organizing and Public Policy for HOME Line, Eric Hauge.

  • Nov. 9 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in City Hall, Rm 241

City employees can register in COMET

More information about Evictions in Minneapolis

ACTING BLACK: Demystifying Racism Performance

Carlyle Brown

Part spoken word, part stand-up comedy, part Ted Talk complete with PowerPoint presentation, Acting Black is a 60-minute solo show created to inspire open and honest conversations about race and diversity.

Using the power of art to investigate difficult concepts Acting Black takes us to the roots of American racism and its consequences for all of us by exploring the evolution of the Black stereotype, tracing the birth of its beginning from a single individual on a specific night in Louisville, Kentucky in 1828 to the racial conflicts we still endure to this day.

Acting Black provides its audience with a context and the critical tools to engage in the most important part of its presentation and that is the facilitated discussion that follows the performance, usually lasting 30-45 minutes. 

  • Nov. 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Capri Theater - 2027 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis

This event is open to the public! Acting Black is co-sponsored by the Minneapolis Equity & Inclusion Team under ReCAST Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Black Employee Network (MBEN).

Please email questions to

Psychological First Aid Training for City Staff

Psychological First Aid Training

Psychological First Aid training is being offered to first point of contact staff and leaders. This training is meant for a variety of staff including housing inspectors, community engagement specialists, 911 and 311 operators and others. Cultural, somatic and psychological first aid is an evidence-based, trauma-informed approach built on the idea of human resilience.

Goals and outcomes include:

  • Better City responsiveness when navigating trauma and civil restlessness issues.
  • Better City responsiveness to communities of color as it relates to trauma and civil unrest.
  • Better educational knowledge relating to health, productivity and quality of life for employees.

New dates for City employees:

  • Mon.-Tues., Nov. 20-21 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
    2001 Plymouth Ave. N. 
  • Mon.-Tues., Dec.18-19 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
    2001 Plymouth Ave. N. 

City employees can register in COMET.

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ReCAST Wraps Up First Year

As ReCAST Minneapolis' first year comes to an end, the team is asked to produce an annual report that highlights achievements, challenges, lessons learned and a look at activities that will begin in the next year in relation to the grant's five goals:

  • Build a foundation to promote well-being, resiliency, and community healing through community-based participatory approaches.
  • Create more equitable access to trauma-informed community behavioral health resources.
  • Strengthen the integration of behavioral health services and other community systems to address the social determinants of health.
  • Create community change through community-based, participatory approaches that promote community and youth engagement, leadership development, improved governance, and capacity building. 
  • Ensure that program services are culturally specific and developmentally appropriate. 

While the first year of ReCAST consisted primarily of planning, we began to implement many activities that aligned with the goals above. Our greatest accomplishments in this first year include: starting internal Trauma Training with our partner Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES); utilizing other City programs, Creative CityMaking and Welcoming Cities Task Force, to organize two events during Welcoming Week; and the community-led response to the Philando Castile dashcam footage release and the Yanez verdict. The full report will be available on the ReCAST Minneapolis website to view after it had be submitted.

Trauma Training with CLUES

In August, we began an internal training for staff around trauma specifically tied to the immigrant and refugee population in Minneapolis. The sessions offered covered and introduction to trauma and how it shows up in these communities, the power of healing relationships, and secondary or vicarious trauma and how to deal with it. The sessions will end with an expert panel discussion with immigrant and refugee community members well versed in the mental health field.

Offering these training sessions and targeting the City employees who work with these communities on a daily basis gives those individuals the skills and tools to do their jobs without triggering themselves or community members. Staff members like housing inspectors, 911 or 311 phone agents, and others benefited greatly from these trainings. The contract with CLUES allows us to video tape these trainings and provide them for others to watch, however, we will be scheduling more in person trainings for City employees.

Welcoming Week Events

The City of Minneapolis took park in Welcoming Week, Sept. 15-24 - nationwide initiative designed to bring together immigrants, refugees native-born residents. In partnership with the ReCAST Minneapolis' Creative CityMaking Southside team, GoodSpace Murals, two events were organized to foster dialogue and understanding about Minneapolis's rich diversity and to build trust between community and Government.

The event at the Brian Coyle Center featured a panel discussion, information from community organizations and interactive activities. These activities will inform future work with the Creative CityMaking Southside in creating a mural installation with events to foster the growing relationships of community and Government.

The following event was held at Powderhorn Park in partnership with Wellstone International School and featured youth experience with immigration with a panel discussion and different forms of artwork. The Wellstone Student Council was able to partner with City staff to generate questions and evaluate the event through conversations with participants around what makes Minneapolis a welcoming city. This qualitative data will also inform the work of the Creative CityMaking Team. 

Community-led Response to the Yanez Verdict

In June of 2016, the dashcam video of the Philando Castile incident was released shortly after the verdict was announced for the Yanez trial. Partner organizations of ReCAST as well as City departments came together to create spaces for community and City staff to express their emotions in a safe environment. The ReCAST Minneapolis team held conference calls throughout the week as a place to identify needs of the community, work collectively to create spaces in community to address those needs and create awareness around other healing spaces in the following days of the verdict. Organizations involved in this coordinated effort include: Minneapolis Urban League, Stairstep Foundation, Minneapolis Health, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Kente Circle, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Police Department, MPD Chaplains, Masjid An-Nur, New Creation Church, Joi Unlimited and Cultural Wellness Center.

Events were advertised via KMOJ radio, email distribution lists, community healers' circles, printed advertisements and social media. Events and resources were well utilized by ReCAST Minneapolis partners and stakeholders. Below are examples of the spaces held to foster community healing. Some of these events existed prior to the verdict being announced and others were the product of the coordinated effort of organizations described above.

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ReCAST Minneapolis Team to Present at Overcoming Racism Conference, Nov. 4

At the 2017 Overcoming Racism Conference, Joy Marsh Stephens and Ebony Adedayo will be presenting on the intersection of racial equity, systemic racism, trauma and systems change.The presentation will consist of an overview of the Equity and Inclusion work the City of Minneapolis is doing with the ReCAST grant internally as well as externally.

Tickets are still available at the door for the Saturday portion of the conference and doors open at 8:30 a.m.

More information

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Restoring Power: Trauma & Resilience for Organizers

This workshop is a 6 hour exploration of the dynamics of trauma and resilience; their expression in our bodies, their active presence in our communities and their relationship to organizing, alliance building and change. We will share tools for expanding our resilience and clarity in the face of oppressive patterns, systems, and organizing challenges. 

  • Friday, Nov. 10 from noon - 6 p.m.
    Land Stewardship Project - 821 E. 35th Street, Minneapolis

More information and registration

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The Nu Skool of Afrikan American Thought - Topical Lectures on African & African American History, Culture & Issues of Today

The Way Opportunities Unlimited, Inc.

A Movement for Black Equality in Minneapolis, MN 1966-1970

Following the Minneapolis rebellion in 1966 on the North Side of the city, "The Way Opportunities Unlimited, Inc." was created to meet the needs of Black people on the North Side. The organization listened to the political, social, and economic demands made by the Black community. Few studies document the history of Black people in Minneapolis and even fewer studies document the existence of "The Way." Camille Maddox has reconstructed the history of "The Way" and will present its development, its existence, and its legacy.

  • Fri. Oct. 27, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
    High School for the Recording Arts, 1166 University Ave. W, Saint Paul

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About ReCAST Minneapolis

The Resilience in Communities After Stress & Trauma (ReCAST) Minneapolis Program is funded through a multi-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). ReCAST Minneapolis is intended to assist high-risk youth and families, and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through the implementation of evidence-based violence prevention and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services. SAMHSA created the ReCAST Program to support communities that have lived through demonstrations of mass protest in response to police-involved shootings of unarmed African-American males. 

For more information, please email

This update was developed [in part] under grant number 1H79SM063520-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.

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