2017 was an amazing year in which we had a least two events per month, and sometimes many more! The most exciting thing is that we became a 501(c)(3) organization in June!!!
We capture the highlights here:
This was a very special program offered by the YWCA especially for youth.
At the suggestion of Huda Yusef, who was on our Ask a Muslim Woman panel, we began a monthly book club in November. The best part is that Huda is leading it! See the Book Club tab for more information.
On August 15, we partnered with the League of Women Voters of the Roseville Area and the Ramsey County Library to view the film “13th” followed by a discussion. If you were not able to join us, the film is available on Netflix (and other sites).
Ask a Muslim Woman
For more information on this program and for a link to the video of this event, please see the Ask Series page.
Art Show “Race: A Story of Us”
For this show, more than 30 artists displayed their work related their experiences of race. On July 15, there was a reception where the artists discussed their work.
Do Good Roseville participated in the Rosefest parade and gave out almost 2,000 silicone bracelets printed with “Do Good Roseville” and lots and lots and lots of candy!
Community Conversation about verdict in Philando Castile trial
We had scheduled a Juneteenth celebration at Central Park, but in light of the verdict in the Philando Castile trial, we changed both the purpose and the venue. Instead we held a community conversation where we invited anyone in our network to join us to talk about the impacts of that verdict. We sincerely thank New Life Presbyterian Church for allowing us to meet there on very short notice.
Rapid Response Training
We consider the City of Roseville’s decision to consider a ‘separation ordinance’ to be an important political issue, but there is also the human side of the issue where families are broken up in an inhumane manner. We cannot directly control the political outcome, but we can find ways to help our neighbors. We are doing that in as many ways as possible, including hosting meetings of our local faith communities and building partnerships with with representatives in the local schools. We are also exploring ways for people to contribute to the support of affected families.
Since ICE is a federal agency there is no way to know which of our neighbors have been affected as they do not have to report to any local authorities. In order to know what is happening in our community, we are partnering with Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee to host a Rapid Action Network training. The purpose of the network is not to interfere with authorities, to break any laws, or to put anyone at risk. It is our way to be notified when our neighbors are approached by ICE, and to act as witnesses to the event.
Race: The Power of an Illusion
We did a special showing of the Race: the Power of an Illusion series at Rosepointe Senior Living in Roseville.
Ask a Black Man – Part 2
The Black and White Conversation
Building on the positive energy of the first ‘Ask a Black Man” panel discussion, Nyia Harris hosted an expanded panel called “Ask a Black Man – Part 2 – the Black and White Conversation”. This panel had 3 members of the original panel, joined by 3 white men to round out the conversation. In case you couldn’t attend the discussion, you can view it by clicking this link: Ask a Black Man – Part 2
In April we hosted 2 more meetings of the Faith Communities from the Roseville Area. These meetings brought the total number area faith communities involved to 13! As a result of our first meeting, New Life Presbyterian Church has made a commitment to become a Sanctuary Supporting Church. They have also shared their documentation with all of the other participants. ISAIAH provided us with additional documentation which is available on our Freedom and Sanctuary page.
We also expanded the conversations to our community as a whole with a Neighbor to Neighbor conversation where 25 people joined the conversation.
Representatives from 10 different faith communities in Roseville met for this discussion, which included a representative from ISAIAH.org.
More than 70 people joined us to see and discuss this film. We thank the League of Women Voters for partnering with us on this event. Stay tuned for more actions as a result of these discussions!
We were pleased to partner with the Roseville Human Rights Commission, the Shoreview Human Rights Commission and the Ramsey County Library for our 2nd showing of these series. More than 70 people attended each of the viewings. The films are available online for anyone who missed them!
This wonderful program was created by Nyia Harris. Over 100 people attended and they gave the panelists a standing ovation in appreciation of their willingness to answer any and all questions. For a summary of this great program, click this link to read the Star Tribune article
Many thanks for Memoona Ghani of the Islamic Resource Center for sharing so much information about Islam and for her patience in answering the wide variety of questions!