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Terrall: “It’s an interesting space we’re watching evolve. I’m hoping that there’s some planfulness for spaces downtown. Organic spaces. Spaces where people can come and be themselves. Space to just unwind. To be validated in your humanity. If you need to use the bathroom, there’s a space for you to use the bathroom. If you need to charge your phone or just chill for a second to get out of crisis. Just a reminder that you’re okay. That hasn’t been created down here for many of the population who are considered the ‘issue.’ The outcasts. The unseen. Until they’re seen, and then it’s an issue.

There’ve been a lot of great conversations about creating spaces for years. Lots of years. But there always seems to be some type of hitch. We need to create a space downtown for young people. There’s hidden brilliance amongst all these people who are out here, especially the young ones who have survived through the system and are still finding a way to smile. We need a boost. We need somebody to come and say ‘This thing is real and we see the potential.’

None of this works without a collective effort and a shared vision for what things could be. If this has the potential that I think we all see, this is a perfect convergence of interests. This is a great opportunity for things to be different. And I think it would be a beacon to other cities across the country and across the world.

We’re on the cusp of something. And it could either be inclusive and useful, or it can be status quo and continue to be the way things are. If we’re innovative, progressive, socially responsible and aware as Minnesotans, then do something. Do something useful for people who may not able to do that, whatever that is, for themselves. Pay it forward.”

Game Grumps Live update

So basically here’s a synopsis of Game Grumps Live in Minneapolis:

•Brian and Ross hiding a Bulbasaur plushie and a Squirtle plushie (respectively) in a huge ass auditorium and playing a massive game of hot and cold with each other was hilarious
•Ross (my fave) was sO FUCKING CLOSE TO ME OMG I COULD HAVE GOTTEN A HIGH FIVE WHY DIDN’T I
•the new hashtag #arewerobots
•Grumps played Mario Party 10
•Both sides of the room got to play (I was on Team Waluigi, other side was Team Donkey Kong)
•"WA-LU-I-GI *clap clap clapclapclap*“
•Danny’s obsession with thousands of people golf clapping and/or snapping
•WINSTON THE PUPPY
•"Dicks out for Donkey Kong”
•ruthless roasting from both sides
•Team Waluigi won against Team Donkey Kong AND Arin AND Dan

It was an amazing night, shoutout to my big for bringing me 💕

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“Seron Aikasse” // Self-portrait, February 2015 I am a friend of nature and I will forever stand as that. A part of me will be longing always for adventure, to see the movement of water, the colors of the sky, and the texture of mountains. I’ll always capture the ever changing patterns of nature and stand in freedom of the beauty before me. www.tylerrayburn.com/shop 15% off all photo prints until the end of June!

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THE LAKE HARRIET BANDSHELL

The bandshell at Lake Harriet is an iconic place in Minneapolis, even though the current structure isn’t actually that old. The very first entertainment pavilion was built on this spot in 1888, and over the years they kept burning down, until a “temporary” bandstand was erected in 1925 and lasted for 60 years. The most recent iteration was built in 1986.

There are many things to love about this structure, but my absolute favorite is that the architect, Milo Thompson, designed a series of windows at the back of the bandshell, so that you can look beyond the entertainment on the stage to the lake. It’s a simple and ingenious idea, and it adds so much to events held there.

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Watch: This documentary covers the incredible journal of a woman who is about to become the first Somali-American elected to an American legislature

The series about the true stories of American immigrants is being produced by America Ferrera. A survivor of Somalia’s civil war, Ilhan spent four trying years in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to the United States with her family at age 12. Her story only gets more inspiring from there.

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Black Lives Matter is held to such a ridiculously high standard. If anyone who is REMOTELY associated with BLM commits an act of violence, white people use it as an excuse to smear the name of the entire movement.

Cops can murder unarmed Black people and many white folks still jump to defend the police force.

This is racism. This is white supremacy culture.

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Indigenous Peoples' Day Gains Momentum As A Replacement For Columbus Day
Denver, where Columbus Day was first celebrated about 100 years ago, now permanently recognizes Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The state of Vermont and the city of Phoenix have joined the list of places that now call the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day, in a show of momentum for honoring indigenous people on the federal holiday that’s named for Christopher Columbus.

Phoenix is now the largest U.S. city to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, according to member station KJZZ, which says the move came on a unanimous vote. Other cities have adopted similar laws in recent years, from Seattle to Minneapolis.

The city council of Denver, which observed Indigenous Peoples’ Day last year under a temporary proclamation, embraced a permanent observance this week — a development that’s particularly striking because Denver is where the idea for a holiday honoring Christopher Columbus first took root.