News from the Ninth Ward
News from the Ninth Ward
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NEWS FROM THE NINTH WARD
Monday, March 8 was International Women's Day. In observance, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is hosting a virtual exhibition called "Breaking the Silence", which seeks to honor and lift up victims of physical, sexual, or psychological trauma as well as to illuminate and critique the societal structures in place that "permit and defend these particular inequities." 
Artist credit: Claudia Valentino and Constanza Carballo, MIA.

City and Community Resources

City Communications

The City of Minneapolis has launched a Trial Support and Safety Website that includes FAQ's, links to other agency information, online resources, and more. This site will be updated throughout the trial. New content translated content will continue to be added. 
Mayor Frey and department leadership will continue to give weekly media briefings that are livestreamed from the City of Minneapolis Facebook page. Make sure to follow City social media to stay up to date and receive the most current info available, listed below. 
The Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis Fire Department, and the Community Supports Team presented a preparedness plan to the City Council on March 1. This presentation is available to the public as a video on the City's Youtube channel. You can also view the PowerPoint presentation presented to the Council at this meeting. 

Key Dates in the Trial 

March 9: Jury selection, which is ongoing.
March 29: Trial opening statements are anticipated to commence.
April: Instructions given to jury. Jury sequestered and deliberate until they reach a verdict.
August 23: Trial proceedings begin for three additional officers involved in the case.

Trial Details

The State Court has posted public details about the trial to its website for public access; found under State vs. Derek Chauvin, 27-CV-20-12646

Jury selection is scheduled for three weeks, from March 9 to March 26. During that time, court will start at 8:00 a.m. The opening statements in the trial are anticipated for March 29. The trial itself is estimated to take between two and four weeks. There are no plans at the current time to conduct court over weekends. Jurors will be fully sequestered during deliberation.

As you may be aware, Judge Cahill has indicated that due to international interest in this trial and the “unique and unprecedented” challenges presented by COVID-19, the trial will be live-streamed. Court TV is the only network planning to broadcast the entire uninterrupted proceedings live every day from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. You are also able to stream court proceeding on the MPR News Facebook page

Hennepin County Government Center

On February 26Hennepin County announced its decision to lockdown the Government Center (and its parking ramp). Beginning March 1 and continuing through the conclusion of the trial, this lockdown will be enforced. With the exception of security and those personnel, attorneys, and jurors associated with the Chauvin trial, that facility will not be open to the general public. Delivery of county services have been redirected to other facilities and locations, all of which is listed on the Hennepin County website.

Call-In Numbers

911: For emergencies where someone’s safety is at risk that require an immediate response from police, firefighters, or paramedics.
612-692-TIPS (8477): For reporting tips to the Minneapolis police about any suspicious activity that doesn't require an immediate response. Example: Reporting a fast-moving car without license plates or spotting something odd in an alley
800-222-8477:  To contact Crime Stoppers of Minnesota with information regarding a crime or a fugitive.  This can potentially lead to a reward. Learn more here.  
612-673-2499: For general questions from business and commercial property owners about preparations before the trial, operating during the trial, and local regulations. Questions can also be sent by email to SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov.
311: For all other non-emergency concerns

Follow social media and the news to stay updated:

Facebook: @Cityofminneapolis 
Instagram: @Mplsgov
Trial FAQ from MPR: Click here

Operation Safety Net, MPD, and National Guard presence in Minneapolis

City preparations for the trial of Derek Chauvin have been ongoing for the last eight months to make sure that all residents, businesses owners, and visitors are protected throughout this traumatic time in our city.
It is important to note that there are no imminent credible threats at this time, and there are no plans for curfew. Law enforcement services will be provided with multiple government partners to prevent the targeting and destruction of our immigrant, small business, and local commercial and community corridors.
The two main pillars of the unified command structure under "Operation Safety Net:"
1. Preserve and protect lawful First Amendment nonviolent protests and demonstrations.
2. Prevent large scale violent civil disturbances, assaultive actions, property damage, fires, and looting to government buildings, businesses, and critical infrastructure. 
Minneapolis residents can expect to begin to see an increased police presence over the course of March as a part of Operation Safety Net commences. There will be a noticeable presence of police and National Guard troops in community and along local business corridors in later phases as we near a verdict, likely 2-4 weeks after deliberations and opening statements begin. All National Guard troop movements during enhanced patrols will be accompanied and escorted by the City's Third Precinct officers. These enhanced patrols are intended only for deterrence of crimes and unrest, not necessarily enforcement. This presence is not to discourage lawful protest and protesters exercising their First Amendment rights, but for cautionary measures.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo joined other law enforcement leaders for a media briefing on March 1 to share information on Operation Safety Net, which brings together local and state law enforcement agencies, as well as the National Guard, under a unified command structure.
Another press conference from February 17 provides a good overview of Operation Safety Net and different phases of this multi-jurisdictional initiative over the course of the the trial. 
The City, through the Cultural Wellness and Health Directory aims to connect residents and the broader community to a network of culturally specific practitioners who provide mental health and healing services as well as other forms of healing from trauma. Read more about trauma informed services at the City of Minneapolis
Right now it is not being recommended by the City that businesses board up their windows. This is of course a personal decision that all business owners will have to make. Taking precautionary measures to protect property, goods, and personal documents from unforeseen events is always smart. A resource for business owners can be found here. 

Office of Violence Prevention seeking  community-based organizations to assist with outreach and support services  

The City’s Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) has released an RFP to fund a network of community-based groups that can be activated during periods of heightened tension during the remainder of 2021, including during the trials of the former officers involved in the killing of George Floyd.
The RFP is available through the City’s eSupplier portal. Once you have navigated here, tap “Use the Portal”. Once there, click or tap “Contracting Opportunities”, then “RFP_Community Outreach and Support Services” (Event ID 0000001445), then “View Bid Package”.
Click here for instructions about using the portal. Anyone needing additional assistance can contact City Procurement by phone at 612-673-2311 or email at eProcurement@minneapolismn.gov.
If you know of qualifying organizations that would be a good fit for this work with expertise working in trauma-informed services with community members at a grassroots level, consider sharing this opportunity with them. The RFP closes on March 17. 

Emergency rental assistance available through Hennepin County

Apply now for emergency rent assistance from Hennepin County. Households with unpaid rent and low incomes may qualify for help paying for rent and utility bills. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 19 at noon.
This is an initial short-term program to get urgent help to households with high need. More help will be offered to even more households through a statewide COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance program opening later this month.

Rent is still due during the State of Minnesota’s evictions moratorium. You can’t be evicted for not paying rent under Governor Walz’s executive order, but this order may be lifted soon and you will be at risk of eviction if you have unpaid rent. 

State resources to recieve your vaccine

Minnesota is a national leader in getting shots into arms. As of March 3, the Centers for Disease Control ranks Minnesota third among states for the percentage of doses received that have been administered. Minnesota providers have administered more than 1.4 million doses to almost 930,000 Minnesotans. More than 54% of Minnesotans 65 and older and 56% of K-12 educators and child care workers have gotten at least their first dose.
Call the State of MN COVID-19 Response Center with questions on how to get vaccinated at 1-833-431-2053.

Free COVID-19 testing available

Free COVID-19 saliva tests

Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room E
10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends
Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave.
2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.

Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St.
2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment.
You can expect to get your test results in about two-three business days.
Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers. 

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport
7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week.
Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests on the City website.

If you can’t attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you.

The State is also offering free at-home saliva tests. Any person in Minnesota can order a saliva test kit from the COVID-19 Test at Home program.

Resources

The COVID-19 test is free, and you do not need insurance for the test. If you need medical care but don’t have health insurance, the Minnesota Department of Health offers resources to find low-cost health care or health insurance.

Why get tested?
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