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Opportunities for Learning and Action about Reparations and Partnering with Model Cities

Model Cities is beginning to plan their anniversary—they are 55 years old in 2022! We are listening for ways that Pilgrim can support and be involved with Model City’s celebration.

Volunteers can help at Safe Space, St. Paul’s emergency overnight shelter (managed by Model Cities) on some Sunday mornings. Launder bedding for shelter guests and help organize the clothing closet. If you are interested in trying this out, Katia is volunteering on April 10 and would be happy to pick up a couple people at Pilgrim at 8:30am for a 9-11am shift. Contact if you are interested.

Pray for the work of the St. Paul City Council’s Legislative Advisory Committee on Reparations as they move into the final quarter of their work. See background and charter for this committee here.

Learn more about how racism was baked into the US Constitution and the impact of the Amendments made during the Reconstruction era in a series of videos made by Dr. James Stewart, Macalester history professor emeritus, who says “White supremacy is the law of gravity in the US unless and until we do something about it.” View Jim Stewart's Historical Tonic for Fragile White Folks.

Consider engaging with MCC Truth and Reparations process. Rev. Pamela Ngunjiri and Rev Jim Bear Jacobs are Co-Directors for this Minnesota Council of Churches work that will involve storytelling/truthtelling; Education; and Reparations. See more information here.


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