In our Affirmation of Faith service, we’re asked if we will serve all people, following the example of Jesus and strive for justice and peace in all the earth. Those prepared to take the next step in their faith journey respond: "I will, and I ask God to help and guide me." We have watched the death of George Floyd and know in our hearts that we need a new way forward. There are both immediate and long-term responses needed. We invite you to consider how you can make an impact. Check back here for updates to what we're working on and how you can be part of the effort.
Brenda and Ethan Gilsrud gathered items from an early June All Saints donations and dropped off 20 bags and boxes of diapers, food and household supplies at Urban Ventures.
See additional photos by Brenda Gilsrud.
- Everywhere there is a need: "I was encouraged to see so many people wanting to help."
- Most stores are boarded up, but open.
- Holy Trinity is very busy — in a good way! Many people were dropping off food and also coming to pick up their one bag of groceries.
- Urban Ventures was quiet and organized. They have a gym full of food. It is difficult to manage the food situation, especially with the necessary COVID-19 precautions. An Urban Ventures representative mentioned they are very thankful for the item donations and indicated that going forward, financial donations would be most useful to provide targeted support. Urban Ventures has set up an account for local businesses to get money to pay for cleanup and insurance costs. Please click here to contribute.
- Additional donation option: We Love Lake
(See post below for more information on this organization.)
In partnership with community organizations and 19 local congregations, ICA is hosting a 6-month long community food and hygiene items drive. Items will be distributed to Calvary Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis, Gethsemane Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis, YWCA in the Midtown/Lake Street area, and ICA Food Shelf.
Find out more information here about future collection dates and current needs.
Another way to make an impact is to donate financially to one of the following organizations.
Urban Ventures https://urbanventures.org/
Creating a fund to assist small business owners with insurance deductibles and/or expenses not covered insurance and to help local businesses reopen and thrive. Please click here to contribute.
We Love Lake Street https://www.welovelakestreet.com/
The Lake Street Council (501c3) will donate 100% of funds to help rebuild Lake Street, starting with direct support to small businesses nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses and serve our neighborhoods.
We have the opportunity to learn more about racism and the larger systemic solutions that are needed. If you don’t know how to start, this link offers suggestions for layered approaches to becoming an ally in the fight for racial justice.
UNDERSTANDING SYSTEMIC RACISM
YouTube video describing the long-term effects of racism
RESOURCES ON RACISM AND POLICING IN MINNESOTA
The Jim Crow of the North by TPT - documentary on Twin Cities PBS
MPD150 extensive history of policing in Minneapolis
Campaign Zero: https://www.joincampaignzero.org/
"We can live in world where the police don’t kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions and ensuring accountability."
"MPD150 is a participatory, horizontally-organized effort by local organizers, researchers, artists and activists. It is not the project of any organization. We stand on the shoulders of the work that many organizations have been doing for years and welcome the support of everyone who agrees with our approach. We hope that the process we are developing will help organizers in other cities to establish practical abolitionist strategies."