Weekend Best Bets: June 11-14

This weekend: marches for social justice, documentary screenings, a music fest at home, mural painting, and more
George Floyd Memorial at Chicago Avenue FLICKR
George Floyd Memorial at Chicago Ave. and 38th St.

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Minnesotan Suburbs March for Racial Justice

What: Awaken the Suburbs—Peaceful Plymouth Protest
When: Thursday, June 11, 5 p.m.
Where: Parkers Lake Community Playfield, 15500 County Rd. 6, Plymouth

Though most of the protests and marches taking place in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death have been confined to the Twin Cities, Minnesotans living in suburbia and beyond still want to make their voices heard to demand racial equality. The Plymouth Protest event will start at Parkers Lake Community Playfield and end at the Plymouth Police Station. Learn more.

Bluegrass Music Festival at Home 

What: Blue Ox Music Festival: Live from the Pines
When: Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13, 1-10:30p.m.
Where: Facebook and YouTube 

The Blue Ox Music Festival, usually held on the Whispering Pines Campgrounds in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is moving its lineup online for 2020. The event will feature two nights of performances from bluegrass band Pert Near Sandstone to celebrate the release of their new album Rising Tide. In addition, Blue Ox Music Festival is hosting virtual performances from Sam Bush, Lillie Mae, Del McCoury, and more, as well a bluegrass workshop and healing yoga session. The festival is free to stream on either Facebook or YouTube. Learn more.

Muslim Community’s Prayers to Honor George Floyd

What: Community Dua and Healing
When: Friday, June 12, 3-4 p.m.
Where: George Floyd Memorial, 3759 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis

The Minnesota Da’wah Institute and CAIR-MN are hosting a prayer event to honor the life of George Floyd and to organize peaceful and healing steps to rebuild the community. Muslim leaders and imams will be directing the prayers, and all are welcome to come out and take part in this event. This will be the second Dua and Healing event hosted, and there will be a third opportunity next Friday at the same location and time. Learn more.

March for DACA

What: Stand for DACA
When: Friday, June 12, 5:30 p.m.
Where: 1200 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis

The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee is hosting a march to call for immediate legal status to be granted to all DACA recipients and for an end to violence in immigrant communities from police and ICE officers. Beginning at Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office, the march is meant to call for the end of all forms of racial injustice, especially as faced by immigrant communities in the United States. Learn more.

Groceries for Good at the Mill City Farmers Market

What: Mill City Farmers Market
When: Every Saturday, 8 a.m.-1p.m.
Where: 704 S. Second St., Minneapolis

The Mill City Farmers Market (MCFM) is a staple of the Minneapolis community and a great way to buy local, fresh produce. The MCFM is open each Saturday through October, and though it looks a bit different than in years past, organizers are welcoming patrons with face coverings and are encouraging everyone to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. In light of the recent uprising that has left many Minneapolis residents in new food deserts (in addition to those that have already existed), the MCFM wants to help deliver fresh produce to these communities most directly affected. Donate produce through the MCFM and learn more. (Read more: Where to drop off and pick up donations in the Twin Cities)

Lake Street Community Mural

What: Kmart Mural
When: Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 10 W. Lake St., Minneapolis

Illustrator Melodee Strong is creating a mural on the façade of the Kmart on Lake Street and is inviting the community to help her paint. The building is set to be demolished later this summer, but Strong hopes that it can serve as a space for community solidarity in the meantime. She asks that people bring the whole family and their facemasks to take part in this day of artistic healing. Donate to Strong’s GoFundMe to help her cover the cost of materials and learn more.

North Minneapolis Self-Care Saturday

What: #HealMPLS—North Minneapolis Outdoor Self Care Day
When: Saturday, June 13, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: The Zen Bin, 2100 Emerson Ave. N., Minneapolis

After weeks of protests and community pain, local holistic wellness center The Zen Bin is hosting a self-care afternoon for the North Minneapolis community to relax and heal together. The event will offer plant-based meals from Nyum Plant Kitchen, mental health coaching services, and a variety of other self-healing activities like meditation and yoga for all ages. The event is free, but donations are welcome. Learn more.

Protest Against Police Brutality at Hennepin County Government Center

What: International Solidarity Day of Protest Against Police Terror
When: Saturday, June 13, 1-4 p.m.
Where: 300 Sixth St. S., Minneapolis

Black Lives Matter Minnesota and the Racial Justice Network, in conjuncture with nine other community groups, are hosting a protest outside the Hennepin Country Government Center on Saturday to stand in solidarity with protestors around the world who have taken to the streets to fight for an end of police brutality. Learn more.

Whose Streets? Free Screening

What: MSP Film Society Virtual Cinema
When: Sunday, June 14, 1 p.m.
Where: MSP Film Society Website

The MSP Film Society is offering a free screening of the 2017 documentary Whose Streets? for a 24-hour period on Sunday. The film shares the experiences of activists attending protests in St. Louis, Missouri following the death of Michael Brown at the hands of police in 2014. After the screening, MSP Film Society Programmer Craig Laurence Rice will be hosting conversations with community leaders to discuss Whose Streets? and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in Minnesota and around the world. The MSP Film Society will host another free screening of a documentary, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, on Sunday, June 21. Register for the Whose Streets? screening here or learn more.

Virtual Screening of Free Trip to Egypt

What: #PledgetoListen Day of Unity Documentary Screening
When: Sunday, June 14, 6 p.m.
Where: Kindness Films YouTube

Canadian-Egyptian filmmaker Tarek Mounib is offering a free screening of his documentary, Free Trip to Egypt, in celebration of the one-year anniversary of his #PledgetoListen Day of Unity. Mounib’s film follows a diverse group of individuals with different perspectives as they travel with him to Egypt, learning about Middle Eastern culture in a way that contradicts their own biases. Mounib hopes to encourage others to listen to and embrace perspectives that differ from their own to find unity. The screening of Free Trip to Egypt will be followed by a Q&A with Mounib. Register to screen the documentary here.