Sept 20th 2019
For Immediate Release
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 9/19/19) – CAIR-MN, Main Street Alliance of Minnesota, Bethany Lutheran Church, Seward Civic & Commerce Association, Redesign Inc., and the Seward Neighborhood Group urged community members to support vandalized East African immigrant businesses.
See: Minneapolis Police make arrest in East African Business vandalism
Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxdvJTL-_JU&feature=youtu.be
Community Groups Statement:
We are coming together to show that while hate can break windows, we won't let hate break our community. We stand in solidarity with Seward business owners and the East African community that has been targeted more broadly and believe it is important that we all stand up in unison and say that hate has no business here.
Community groups are asking Minnesotans to join them in helping rebuild and show solidarity with these businesses.
2. Make a point of shopping at one of these businesses. Stop by the Capitol Cafe, Lakes Pharmacy, Seward Market and Halal Meat, Barber and Braiding, $5 Pizza and Tobacco Plus and enjoy their many products and services. Show them that our neighborhood is welcoming and supportive by actually supporting them.
4. Attend events in the Seward community this weekend at which affected neighbors and businesses will be gathering to process and show support:
- The King’s Fair, happening at Matthews Park from 12pm to 5pm, will offer a space for neighbors to come together, listen to live music, and make signs to show solidarity.
- The Milwaukee Ave Peace Celebration takes place from 4pm-5pm to celebrate the International Day of Peace. We would like community members to patronize immigrant businesses on that day.
The vandalism has caused ripples of fear and financial stress for the businesses that are on the hook for repairing the damage and who have seen a decrease in customers. These businesses are a valuable part of our community and they need our love and support. Please stop in and let them know how much you value their contributions to our community.