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Super Saturday 2 Accountability Sheet!

posted Nov 8, 2011, 9:40 AM by mpls tornado

Thank you to all who made it out to Super Saturday 2. It is wonderful to have such caring neighbors always willing to reach out and help in times of need. This 2nd Super Saturday was a follow up to the 1st one held in June this year where we raised 14,000 pounds of donations in a 12 hr period. As we mentioned before, mplstornado folks are here for the long term. We will have several more events coming up as we move into winter. Thank you!

Accountability Sheet info:

Boys/Mens Shirts/sweaters = 1452
Boys/Mens Pants= 371

Girls/Womens Shirts/Sweaters= 1604
Girls/Womens Pants= 497

-- Coats
Mens= 98
Womens= 87
Childrens= 64

Hats= 62
Mittens= 44
Scarves= 51

Handmade items= 90
Boots/shoes= 61

Total Items= 4,481

- 89 people donated

- 109 received clothing items, of which many were mothers picking up clothes for 1 or more children.
- All unclaimed odnations were delivered to Shiloh Temple, (1201 West Broadway Ave Mpls, MN 55411), Al Masjid An- Nur Mosque,(1729 Lyndale Avenue North Mpls, 55411) and Oak Park Center c/o Pillsbury United Communities, (1701 Oak Park Avenue North Mpls, 55411) and the for redistribution.

- Many folks who came to pick up donated clothing received additional aid from The Neighborhood HUB (3210 Oliver Avenue North Mpls, 55411). Their on site staff was able to do real time intake for those with immediate needs such as housing, transportation, and health related issues.

- Dr Juneau Robbins was on site for a portion of the event and was able to give FREE chiropractic care to some of community residence and tornado victims. His primary office is located @ 2524 39th Avenue North Mpls, 55412

Thank you!! A Post- Moja Press Release

posted Jul 20, 2011, 5:54 PM by mpls tornado   [ updated Mar 9, 2012, 3:34 PM ]

Greetings Twin Cities Residents,

We would like to first and foremost thank everyone who came out to support the wonderful festivities revolving around 'Moja', which were a daytime Meeting between legendary Hiphop artist KRS One and the North Minneapolis Community, followed by a benefit concert at First Avenue nightclub downtown Minneapolis, headlined by KRS One, and also performed by Detroit's Slum Village, Minneapolis' Toki Wright, Truth Maze, Black Pearl, e.t.c. The energy and vibe brought about by this experience were amazing.

We would like to greatly thank the University of Minnesota Institute For Advanced Study who footed majority of the cost of the show, as well as all local artists and performers who supported the show......same as media outlets who helped spread word, and community too

 As mentioned before, there are a couple of ways to contribute towards our relief efforts:

1. Via Paypal at http://mplstornado.info

Thanks much,


PRESS RELEASE: Hiphop Legend KRS-One and Slum Village to headline North Minneapolis Post Tornado Relief benefit concert at First Avenue Night Club, Tuesday July 19

posted Jul 11, 2011, 2:52 PM by mpls tornado   [ updated Jul 11, 2011, 3:05 PM ]

July 12th 2011

Globally recognized hip-hop legend KRS-One and Detroit-based hip-hop group Slum Village will headline a North Minneapolis Post Tornado relief benefit concert on Tuesday July 19 at First Avenue Nightclub, downtown Minneapolis. Joining them will be an amazing lineup of artists from the tornado-stricken North Minneapolis neighborhood, some of whom include Rhymesayers artist Toki Wright, Truth Maze, poet Black Pearl, and more. The show will also contain brief messages from community leaders, Bboy (break dancer) showcases, and more. It will be hosted by Dj Xpect and special guests.

KRS-One, a rapper, scholar, and community organizer from the Bronx, New York, has received several awards over the past years including the 2004 VH1 Hip Hop Honors, 2007 BET ‘I Am Hip-hop’ award, 2007 BET Lifetime Achievement award, and 2007 Urban Music Awards’ Living Legend Award. He also formed the ‘Stop The Violence’ movement and the Temple Of Hip Hop ministry/school.
Slum Village, an internationally known and liked hip-hop group, was formed in Detroit by Rapper T3, The Late Baatin, and also deceased legendary producer J. dilla. With several hits under their belt, surviving member T3, accompanied by the late J. Dilla’s brother illa J, will be belting out Slum Village hits as well as unreleased material from the Late J. Dilla and Baatin.

The name of the concert is dubbed ‘Moja’. a Swahili word meaning ‘One’. In the wake of the tornado devastation, Peter Kerre, also known as Dj Xpect, set up the Facebook page North Minneapolis Post Tornado watch http://facebook.com/mplstornado. The page quickly went viral as community members used the social media tool to help fellow residents stricken by the disaster. The page also played a very important role in connecting organizations and agencies with not only donations but also volunteers for relief efforts. Despite having being instrumental behind the help of hundreds of families as well as successful relief efforts, such as the much talked-about Super Saturday effort held on June 11, 2011 in which the MplsTornado folks rallied community and raised 14,000 lbs. of non-perishable food and hygiene products in a mere 12 hours, their operations have been severely hampered by lack of resources and funding.

The purpose of the concert is not just to raise money but also to celebrate unity in the community as residents move to overcome a disaster and move forward helping each other. 100% of profits from the concert will go towards North Minneapolis–geared relief efforts by the MplsTornado team.  Kerre credits the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Advanced Study for enabling them to put together this concert.  Several local promoters and DJs have volunteered to help promote the event, including Mezesha Entertainment, Mpls Dancehall, ATG Djs, Temple of Hip-hop, Vigilant Promotions, The Xiles, and more. MplsTornado.info is incorporated with the state of Minnesota as iRelief Organization (http://ireliefnow.org). iRelief’s fiscal agent is the University Of Minnesota Institute For Advanced Study, which is 501c3 Certified. (http://ias.umn.edu/giving.php). Advance tickets can be purchased online for $33.50 at http://first-avenue.com/event/2011/07/mojareliefconcert . Tickets at the door are $40. It is an 18+ show. Doors open 9pm.

NOTE: Krs One will also be speaking to residents of North Minneapolis on the concert day, Tuesday July 19th at the North High School Auditorium. 1500 N. James Avenue, Minneapolis MN 5541. This community meeting is open to all. No cover. Begins at 5pm promptly


posted Jul 7, 2011, 12:14 PM by mpls tornado   [ updated Jul 7, 2011, 12:17 PM ]

Hello :


On July 1, Governor Dayton sent a letter to the US Small Business Administration (SBA) requesting a Disaster Declaration for Hennepin County. Today, the SBA granted Governor Dayton’s request.

As a result of the declaration, people may be eligible for financial assistance from the SBA—even if they don’t own businesses. In addition, homeowners, renters and personal property owners may apply to the SBA for loans to help recover from the tornado. More detail on how to apply for the loans will be available in the coming days.


A copy of Governor Dayton’s request and a press release announcing the declaration are attached. Please help spread this message to everyone impacted by the tornado.






Micah M. Hines

Assistant Chief of Staff

Office of Governor Mark Dayton

130 State Capitol

Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

“Tornadoes, Tears, and Trauma: A conference on recovery, resilience and restoration

posted Jul 6, 2011, 2:09 AM by mpls tornado   [ updated Jul 6, 2011, 2:12 AM ]

Join Kwanzaa Community Church and a host of community partners for an all-day conference, called “Tornadoes, Tears, and Trauma: A conference on recovery, resilience and restoration,” being held on Saturday, July 16 from 8:30 – 3:30 at UROC - 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN. 

   The conference will feature presentations by childhood trauma expert Dr. Bravada Akinsanya, and will also feature breakout sessions with small group discussions. The conference will examine the healing power of childhood resilience, how it can be enhanced and how it can lead them toward healing and restoration. 

    Additional partners involved in planning of the conference include the University of Minnesota - UROC, The City of Minneapolis Department of Health and Support, His Works United and a host of other community and faith-based organizations. 

We hope you will join us for this special event! For more information and to register, visitwww.kwanzaachurch.org.

Makeda Zulu-Gillespie
Community Liaison
Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center/ University Northside Partnership
University of Minnesota Office for System Academic Administration
2001 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

phone: 612-626-9829
fax: 612-626-9957
email: zulug001@umn.edu

Nonprofit Chosen to Lead North Minneapolis Effort ( Business and Economic Dev)

posted Jul 6, 2011, 1:56 AM by mpls tornado   [ updated Jul 6, 2011, 2:04 AM ]

For Immediate Release 
Contact: Kim Isenberg, 651-259-7161

June 28, 2011 Kim.Isenberg@state.mn.us


Nonprofit Chosen to Lead North Minneapolis Effort

~Group will provide business counseling and other services~


ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded a $200,000 grant to a Minneapolis nonprofit that will provide business counseling and economic development services in north Minneapolis.


The agency awarded the funding to the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON), a collaborative that specializes in providing guidance and other assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs in north Minneapolis.


The grant is part of a commitment that Gov. Mark Dayton made in March to encourage business and job growth in a part of the Twin Cities that has struggled with issues of poverty and chronic unemployment.


“We are pleased to award this funding to a group that knows the neighborhood and has done much to promote entrepreneurship and economic activity in north Minneapolis,” said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. “The Northside Economic Opportunity Network is committed to creating an environment that encourages job growth and other opportunities for residents in that part of the city.”


Under the effort, the group will provide a variety of services to neighborhood businesses and entrepreneurs, including counseling, business planning and marketing, access to capital, cash-flow management and startup assistance.


The one-year initiative will begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2012. All services provided under the program will be available at no cost to clients.


Neighborhoods that will be eligible for services under the initiative are Harrison, Sumner-Glenwood, Near North, Willard-Hay, Jordan, Hawthorne, Cleveland, Folwell, McKinley, Victory, Weber-Camdem, Shingle Creek and Lind-Bohanon.


The Northside Economic Opportunity Network, which was formed in 2005, is led by Executive Director Grover Jones. Current partners in the group are Build Wealth Minnesota, Catalyst Community Partners, EMERGE Community Development, the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), Metropolitan Economic Development Agency (MEDA), the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce, the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC), Northway Community Trust, ProBid LLC and the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC).

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at www.PositivelyMinnesota.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PositivelyMN.





Upon request, the information in this news release can be made available in alternative formats by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161


Urgent: If Facing Foreclosure

posted Jul 5, 2011, 7:42 AM by mpls tornado

The federal government has a new initiative for homeowners facing imminent foreclosure if they are 90 days delinquent and their income has declined at least 15% because of involuntary unemployment or underemployment or medical issues. 
Applications are due by July 22.  Contact Ed Nelson or Julie Gugin at 651-659-9336, or go to www.EHLPMinnesota.com.  The program name is Emergency Homeowners Loan Program.  It is an interest-free loan program up to $50,000.  The loan can be used for past due mortgage, tax and insurance, and then for future payments of them.  After the two year loan period, 20% is forgiven each year if the homeowner stays in the home. 
Please disseminate this to everyone you know so we can get this urgent notice to those facing foreclosure in time for them to apply. 
Joe Mullery 
387 State Office Building 
Saint Paul MN 55155 

Moja!!! Concert Series. Tuesday July 19th, First Avenue. Mpls

posted Jul 1, 2011, 3:42 PM by mpls tornado   [ updated Jul 1, 2011, 3:47 PM ]

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IMPORTANT:: Benefits info from State Dept of Human Resources during Govt shutdown

posted Jul 1, 2011, 8:04 AM by mpls tornado

We've received this from The County who in turn received this mssg from the Dept of Human Resources

According to DHS some clients may receive their benefits up to one day late, on July 2nd.  There is the potential for clients who receive paper checks (warrants) through
the mail to not receive them until July 5th but I believe that this would involve a small number of clients as the majority get benefits on EBT cards
or through direct deposit.

Information regarding July 1 cash benefits issuance

Because the state did not have an approved budget for Fiscal Year 2012, some cash benefits for Minnesota Family Investment Program clients were delayed.  Counties were notified today that issuance did not occur. Clients were notified the week of June 13 that their benefits could cease if we did not have an approved budget or authority to issue benefits.

The court order issued today by the Honorable Kathleen R. Gearin provides the authority for the department to resume payment of cash benefits. The department will work immediately to issue benefits to clients.

Clients receiving their cash assistance benefits through Electronic Benefit Transfer, direct deposit or warrants can expect to access their cash
benefits as follows:

     Minnesota Family Investment Program clients receiving benefits issued through Electronic Benefit cards will be able to access benefits on June
     30. This is a one-day delay for about half of Minnesota Family Investment Program clients, but the normal day of issuance for the other half.
     Clients receiving all other cash assistance (Minnesota Supplemental Aid, Refugee Cash Assistance and General Assistance) issued on Electronic
     Benefit Transfer cards for will receive their benefits on the usual schedule, July 1
     Clients receiving benefits through direct deposit for any cash programs will receive their benefits up to one day late, July 2
     Most clients issued benefits through warrants for any cash programs will receive them on time, July 1, or one day late, July 2; however, some
     may not receive them until July 5, due to the holiday.

Tornado Relief related Concert 'MOJA' hits Minneapolis Tuesday July 19th

posted Jun 29, 2011, 8:15 AM by mpls tornado   [ updated Jul 1, 2011, 4:00 PM ]

We are glad to announce Moja, the first of a series of concerts we will be hosting to enable us to expand our relief effort operations on the ground in the North Minneapolis disaster zones. As many of you may or may not know, we have been a first responder and went active within an hour of the May 22nd Tornado touching down in N. Minneapolis. Ever since, we have continuously provided relief and support round the clock without any donor backing or funding. Just hand outs from well wishers. As days go by, the needs of the people on the ground are increasing as the humanitarian crisis worsens. While we have the manpower, we have no resources to back up our operations on the ground, no office, no transportation e.t.c. We have applied for several grants but have been turned down despite receiving massive media attention both via TV and Print media.. Instead of giving up, we have decided to create our own path and try to generate revenue for our operations, while still reaching out to the major foundations and well wishers with the hope they can help us expand our operations since our workload has trippled. This should not be hard, bearing in mind the widely successful Super Saturday event that we hosted with no backing but brought in 14,000 pounds of food and Hygiene products in a 12 hr period that were delivered to disaster zone residents within 48hours. This is all part of our INSTANT IMPACT motto whereby as soon as we have resources, we effect them ASAP. The University of Minnesota Institute of Advanced Studies has graciously donated to us a grant to enable us to put together Moja.

Moja is a swahili term for One. We are simply naming the concert one since it is all about unity and coming together for a cause. Below is more info:

DATE: Tuesday July 19th 2011

ACTS: Headlining acts are Legendary Hiphop Artist and Philosopher KRS One, and Slum Village. Supporting acts include North Minneapolis raised Toki Wright, Truth Maze, and more local N. Minneapolis artists tba. Hosted by 96.3 Now/Shadyvilled DJ Peter Parker alongside Dj Xpect of the Xile Djs from New York City

VENUE: Daytime: Community Address by KRS One ( Location To be confirmed but most probably North High School Auditorium) 
             Night time: First Avenue Nightclub, downtown Minneapolis
COVER: $30 Advance Tkts, $40 at Door. Tkts can be purchased from First Avenue Box Office or online at http://first-avenue.com

PS: We are still looking for sponsors to help push out the event and maybe help cover some extra expenses such as hotels, transport, e.t.c. so if you have a business or know one looking to jump on board and sponsor for a good cause, please let us know. We could also supply paperwork so your contribution is tax deductible. Thank you

Contact # 612 636 5686

Below is media coverage of our efforts to date


ABC Eyewitness 5 News KSTP- Super Saturday Minneapolis Tornado Relief


Minneapolis Star Tribune- From New York With Love--Former Minnesotan coordinates tornado relief from New York Apartment

KSTP ABC News Minnesota- Super Saturday Relief Efforts

Minneapolis Star Tribune- Super Saturday Tornado Relief

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