Join us at our cargo-container studio, the AMMU (Autonomous Mobile Media Unit), in the courtyard of 3032 Minnehaha Ave at 5:30pm this Saturday, Sept. 25th for the launch of our newest social tool, R-A-M: Reconstruction-Area – Memory.
R-A-M is a toolkit for recognizing others committed to constructing neighborhoods of care so that people may engage in conversations on street corners or host community forums to rebuild their neighborhoods, in our case, the 9th Ward enclaves of Powderhorn, Central, East Phillips, and Near Bryant. We’re gathering as creative folks, artists, organizers, and local troublemakers to experiment and collaboratively imagine with our neighbors to plan a different future for East Lake Street, one where a multitude of voices and visions lead.
East Lake Street is being rebuilt in ways that will continue to push out our neighbors, local businesses, and the communities we’ve formed here. Political Representatives, Property Developers, and other PIGs (Private Interest Groups) are hoarding the power to decide on what the future of our neighborhoods and city systems will be rather than creating forums and processes for us all to collectively decide through cooperation, care, and creativity. Our formation, Confluence, is an anarchic Community Design Studio for people to come together and redevelop Minneapolis’ 9th Ward from the grassroots. R-A-M, along with the AMMU, and other mechanisms in the works, are simple, open sourced tools for recognition and cooperative creation. They are free and available for all to use as they see fit.
We’re reaching out to invite you to be a co-inventor of tools that amplify our power as the people who give life to East Lake Street and the surrounding neighborhoods so that we might reimagine and rebuild this place we call home.
Please join us at the AMMU (in the courtyard adjacent to the 3rd Precinct at 3032 Minnehaha Ave.) at 5:30pm this Saturday, Sept. 25th. Duaba, Sam, and Vic will give a brief overview of R-A-M, it’s design and use. From there we’ll test out the tool with your help.
Snacks and good cheer on site!
Like much of the country in full, our neighborhood in particular has been deeply affected by the growing opioid crisis. Many of our neighbors, to varying degrees, need an open door to care, some more acutely than others. As our neighborhood asks vital questions of itself in the wake of the 2020 Uprising, and we collectively formulate shared agreements regarding what “safety for all” means moving forward, it is urgently important that we consider health and safety as synonymous.
If you are interested in joining a growing, organic network that’s aim is to provide access to tools for those experiencing an opioid overdose join Confluence Studio and a coalition of addiction and harm reduction groups on Saturday, August 28th for a Naloxone training workshop and info session.
A representative from Steve Rummler Hope Network will be present to provide training in how to recognize the signs of a person at risk of overdosing from opioid in-take and how to administer both Intramuscular (IM) and Nasal Naloxone as a life saving measure. As well, free IM and Narcan kits will be made available for those willing to carry and administer aid if ever the need arrives. Furthermore, we will take this time to discuss plans towards cultivating and maintaining an organic network of care for the Lake St. Corridor, a “design system as entryway” so that training in the administration of NARCAN and its availability is as commonplace as CPR training or a defibrillator kit for those in cardiac arrest.
An amazing day hosting Marc Fischer for the first pop-up exhibit at the AMMU of two recent publications: Police Scanner and Legal Concealers. On view for at least another month…
Marc, Laura Baldwin, and Sam talked about the publications and the differences between navigating and observing the court system on a daily basis.
After a short break we jumped into a conversation between Sam and Kenneth Bailey of Boston’s Design Studio for Social Intervention…
Sam and Kenny’s conversation could have gone on and on, focusing on the poetics of social life and power, access to tools for grassroots transformation and so much more.
We’re excited to begin to transcribe these conversations and add them to a growing list of dialogues soon to be printed and distributed throughout the neighborhood.
Confluence crew enjoying tortas by the river. Making plans and excited to introduce everyone to the AMMU on Monday.