From the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors:
Minneapolis is built on Dakota land, and has long been home to a significant Native American Indian population. The Native people here are resourceful, resilient, and committed to our families, communities and cultures. Centuries of genocide and forced assimilation have created a range of challenges for 21st century American Indians. Native people make up a disproportionate number of the homeless population in Minneapolis. Causes of homelessness are related to economics, domestic violence, addiction, mental illness, and many other causes.
In recent weeks many people joined together to create a safe encampment near the Franklin/Hiawatha corridor. This community is comprised primarily of Native people, many with significant housing challenges. A broad coalition of partners and stakeholders are coming together to address the short-term, mid-term and long-term barriers to housing for the residents of this camp. Working together, we hope to find housing for the camp’s residents by the end of September, and certainly before the weather turns cold.
The Twin Cities comedy community is hilarious, powerful, and compassionate. We are going to harness these qualities to help another group of people in our community who really need it.
We are having a ONE NIGHT charity show with several AMAZING talents and we will be accepting donations and/or donated items (Water, utensils, hot cups, and Plastic Bins are in high need). Let's call that your ticket - please come and give what you can.
So come join our community gathering and experience:
* Mayyadda (Musician, singer, song writer)
* Gay/Straight Alliance (Improv duo Doug Neithercott and Tim Hellendrung)
* Gregory Parks (Silent & physical comedy solo improv artist)
* Kind Of Funny But Also A Little Sad (Improv duo Rita Boersma and Mike Fotis)
* Burn It Down Improv (Improv crew Will Roberts, Ellen Jaquette, and Chico Carlucci/Eric Heiberg)
Beyond the show, the Our Cities on Our Stages committee will be collecting donations through the end of October at select locations to be announced.
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