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Weekend Calendar: March 20-22, 2015
Thursday, March 19 2015
 
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March 20

Aliveness Project NNHAAD HIV Testing Day

In observance of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, local organizations serving Native American communities will be offering free HIV testing and educational events to raise awareness about the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on American Indians and to honor those who are living with or have died of the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Native communities currently have the fifth highest rate of new HIV infections in the U.S. when compared to other population groups. Factors contributing to higher disease occurrence and lower life expectancy among American Indians include disproportionate rates of poverty, discrimination in the delivery of health services, limited access to quality health education, cultural differences and social stigma. The Minnesota Department of Health encourages HIV testing.

10 a.m.to 3 p.m., The Aliveness Project, 3808 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, call 612-824-5433.

 

March 21

What's Our Plan? A Teach-In on Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in MN

Co-sponsored by Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, MN350 and the International Forum on Globalization. Speakers include Winona LaDuke, Rep. Frank Hornstein, Victor Menotti, and regional leaders in movements to stop frac-sand mining, bomb trains, and oil pipelines.

Minnesota is being besieged with new fossil fuel infrastructure that violates the treaty rights of indigenous people and endangers the health of our communities and we are not prepared. Let’s come together and find common spiritual ground from which to address this public policy crisis and protect ourselves and the earth. Unlike most teach-ins, "What's Our Plan" will be interactive and solution-focused, drawing on the diverse assets of the group to create plans for action. Participants will leave not only better informed, but better equipped, connected to allies and ready to take next steps

Free, 9 a.m. to noon; Lunch, noon, $10 featuring The Sioux Chef Sean Sherman. First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. For more information and to register, visit www.eventjoy.com/e/join-mnipl-and-honor-the-earth-for-a-weekend-of-action-2006197.

 

March 21

First Time Homebuyer Workshop

A Native American based curriculum will cover topics including: Steps to becoming a homeowner; How to prepare financially; What can you afford?; The importance of credit; How to choose the right mortgage loan and get it; Responsibilities of homeownership; and more!

HomeStretch Workshops meet the National Industry Standards of Homeownership Education

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open to the public; Lunch Provided. Bii Gii Wiin CDLF, 1113 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN.

For more information or to register call 612-354-2249, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.facebook.com/biigiiwiin.


White Earth Strategic Planning Meeting

Light lunch served; Elder Luncheon will be canceled for the meeting.

10 a.m. to noon. 1308 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN.


Empty Bowls

Join us at this family-friendly event featuring a contemporary powwow performance from the student group, Ta Oyate Ota (Lakota for “many nations of people”) from American Indian Magnet School, while also enjoying a tasty bowl of homemade soup and fresh baked bread. Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches Department of Indian Work Food Shelf.

11 a.m.-2 p.m., White Bear Lake United Methodist Church, 1851 Birch Street, White Bear Lake, MN.

Tickets can also be purchased with cash or check at the door. Attendees will have a chance to participate in a Free Will Offering. For ticket price and more information, contact Connie Johnson, Development Outreach Coordinator at 651-789-3857, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.spacc.org.


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