WANT COMMUNITY CONTROL OF POLICE?
According to Minneapolis for Community Control of Police (Mpls4CCP), work groups, panels, and community review boards have little to no power to stop or prevent police violence. It has a solution – an amendment to the city charter – and is gathering signatures from neighbors to get a 13-person, publicly elected, non-law enforcement affiliated Civilian Police Accountability Commission on the city ballot in November. Mpls4CCP has been doing public education, has charter and ordinance language, and has been gathering signatures since March of 2021. Learn more by attending an information session on Sunday, Feb. 26, at noon, North Regional Library (1315 Lowry Ave. N.). For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/mpls4ccp and at https://mpls4ccp.square.site.
CUBA FILM FESTIVAL COMING
Since 2010, the Minnesota Cuba Film Festival (MCFF) has brought to the Land of 10,000 Lakes some of the best Cuban films. This year’s festival will take place at MSP Film at the Main Theater six consecutive Wednesdays, March 1-April 5, 2023. The MCFF features films that address the achievements and challenges of the Cuban people through the eyes of its filmmakers. The festival highlights diverse and challenging films of social change, human struggle and the boldness of the human spirit.
‘UNTITLED 17’ OPENS AT SOOVAC FEB. 18
SooVAC opens “Untitled 17,” marking the 17th year of SooVAC’s flagship juried exhibition series. The guest juror this year is Alejandra Peña Gutiérrez-Director of the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota. The “Untitled 17” opening reception is set for Saturday, Feb. 18 from 6-9 p.m. The exhibition runs Feb. 18 to March 25, 2023. Soo Visual Arts Center is located at 2909 Bryant Ave. S.
TWO-PERSON EXHIBIT OPENS FEB. 22
The Department of Art at the University of Minnesota presents, Sites of Exhaust, the Regis Center for Art (RCA) Emerging Artist Program exhibition featuring the work of MALFLOR and Nancy Julia Hicks A public reception is set for Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6-8 p.m., at the Quarter Gallery at the Regis Center for Art (405 21st Avenue South). More at z.umn.edu/quarter.
SWHS STUDENT SERVES AS REP
The Minneapolis Board of Education has announced sophomore Halimah Abdullah and junior Abdihafid Mohamed will serve as the 2023 Student Board Representatives. Abdullah and Mohamed were selected for these roles by fellow students on the MPS CityWide Student Leadership Board. Abdullah is a highly involved student at Southwest. She is part of the school’s Muslim Student Alliance, and has also organized and taken part in various demonstrations and protests in order to encourage systemic change regarding issues she is passionate about. She believes as a leader in the importance of courage despite fear and in treating everyone with equal respect and recognition. “I highly value teamwork and the amount of collaboration and balance that is needed for teamwork to be successful. I know when to add input and direction, and I know when to take a step back and follow,” said Abdullah.
MINNESOTA MADE SPIRITS TASTING
Celebrate the distilleries of Minnesota at the historic Granada Theater (3022 Hennepin Ave.) in Uptown Minneapolis on Thursday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $60 and proceeds benefit the Uptown Association. Sample products from over 12 local distilleries, mixers and THC seltzers. More at UptownMinneapolis.com.
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