South Minneapolis is full of talented artists, wise elders, forward-thinking entrepreneurs, gifted storytellers, and visionary organizers. Our volunteers check in with some of these Southside gems twice each month to record a message for their community. You’ll hear everything from thoughts on the news of the day to guided meditations, poetry and storytelling to relationship advice. Check in with your neighbors below.
Junauda is a creative activist, writer, playwright, and multi-dimensional performance artist who is Minneapolis-born, West-Indian descended, and African-sourced. Her work centers around Black wildness, Afro-futurism, ancestral healing, sweetness, spectacle, and shimmer. As one half of the Free Black Dirt collective, Junauda has introduced us to work like Queen: A Puppet Play, The Sweetness of Wild, and There Are Other Worlds. She has led the Wild Seed portion of the May Day parade for the past several years, and her poem “Can We Please Give The Police Departments To The Grandmothers?” was one of the first recordings that KRSM shared.
Ricardo is an artist, gallery owner, printmaker, mentor, and a self-described “healer and trickster organizer”. He was born in Puerto Rico and raised by the community organizers and radicals of late 1960’s Chicago. Ricardo is probably best known locally for his instantly recognizable posters, but he stays busy with many projects including his work as a co-founder of MPD150 – a group dedicated to understanding the history of the Minneapolis police department, in order to better understand it and eventually dissolve it.
Jake is the lead organizer for the Parks & Power campaign at Hope Community Inc. In partnership with the community, Parks & Power has helped to shine a spotlight on racial inequities and the need for new leadership at the Hennepin Country parks system. He is also a talented hip hop artist, the co-founder of Off-Ten Publications, and an instructor for community organizing work through the SPEAC program.
Irna is a full-time campaigner with Daily KOS, a progressive website that is at once a news organization, community, and activist hub. She has led several digital campaigns on a range of issues, from voter suppression efforts to legislation targeting the transgender community. She also played a key role in the creation of Daily Kos’s Liberation League, which focuses on educating and moving the organization’s members to take action on racial and gender justice issues.