Following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Little Earth, the only Urban Native American-preference HUD housing community in the world (with over 38 different Tribes represented), became a vital resource to this community and neighborhoods throughout Minneapolis, feeding and providing emergency aid to over 1000 people per day in addition to its own 1,200+ residents.
In the midst of dealing with losses of lives, violence, and overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic, access to food and critical healthcare suddenly became primary issues at the forefront of the community’s emergency response.
Now as the community prepares for the trial with National Guard occupation already underway in parts of downtown, S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 asks for your donations to support Little Earth to sustain during this next wave of violence.
S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 Founders Demario Davis, Drew Brees, and Josh Norman visited Little Earth in February 2021 to meet with community leaders, the Director of the Minneapolis Department of Health Office for Violence Prevention, State legislators, and local lawmakers to plan for an emergency response to assist communities in Minneapolis through the next wave of violence expected from the trials in the murder of George Floyd.
In December 2020, S.H.I.E.L.D 1 sent a delegation to fund Little Earth Urban Farm for the next three months leading up to the trials of George Floyd. Working beyond capacity, it Little Earth became a critical resource hub.
It often fed over 1,000 people per day in addition to its own residents, when local groceries stores had burned to the ground in the wake of protests after the death of George Floyd, as access to transportation and emergency services were cut off, and resources were scarce in central Minneapolis.
Little Earth faced numerous losses of life due to violence, overdoses, and lack of access to emergency healthcare, while still enduring the challenges of a global pandemic.
CUMULATIVE COVID-19 CASE RATE PER 100,000 FOR MINNESOTANS. POSITIVE CASES SIX TIMES HIGHER IN BLACK POPULATIONS AND SEVEN TIMES HIGHER IN LATINX POPULATIONS COMPARED TO WHITE POPULATIONS IN SEPTEMBER, 2020.¹
AGE ADJUSTED RATE PER HUNDRED THOUSAND RESIDENTS IN MINNESOTA FOR 2017.²
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DATA FOR DURATION OF THE PANDEMIC SINCE MARCH 2020, AS OF AUGUST 2020 ³
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DATA FOR DURATION OF THE PANDEMIC SINCE MARCH 2020, AS OF AUGUST 2020 ⁴
WASHINGTON POST ⁵
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ⁶
¹ Minnesota Department of Health. (2020, September 13). Minnesota COVID-19 Response, COVID-19 Cases. Retrieved from: https://mn.gov/covid19/
² Minnesota Department of Health. (2019). Race Rate Disparity in Drug Overdose Death. Retrieved from: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/alcohol/data/suicideopioidalcohol.html
³ Minnesota Department of Health. (2020, September 13). Minnesota COVID-19 Response, Unemployment. Retrieved from: https://mn.gov/covid19/data/data-by-race-ethnicity/index.jsp
⁴ Minnesota Department of Health. (2020, September 13). Minnesota COVID-19 Response, Homelessness. Retrieved from: https://mn.gov/covid19/data/data-by-race-ethnicity/index.jsp
⁵ Ingraham, C. (2020, May 30). Racial inequality in Minneapolis is among the worst in the nation. Retrieved from: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/30/minneapolis-racial-inequality/
⁶ Minnesota Department of Health. (2021, March 9). Ratio: Disparity between mortality of given race compared to white. Retrieved from: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/practice/resources/chsadmin/community-populations.html
47.2% IN BUFFALO, COMPARED TO 11.8 % NATIONAL AVERAGE IN 2019 ¹
14.3 % IN BUFFALO, COMPARED TO 3.6 % NATIONAL AVERAGE IN 2019 ²
Job growth 3.3% over 5-year change compared to 9.3% National Average ³
¹ Poverty in Buffalo: Causes, Impacts, Solutions
Truth Commission on Poverty in Western New York (2018)
² Bureau of Labor and Statistics
³ Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Buffalo Major Economic Indicators (2018)
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