7 Mile Fashion’s mission is to be the “One stop shop for all your ethnic beauty care needs,” from hair extensions to make-up, head scarves, wigs, jewelry, supplies, and clothing for men and women. Two of their three locations sustained damage during the uprising. On May 28th, their  2116 East Lake Street store was completely burned down. On the same day, their North Minneapolis location on 611 W Broadway Ave, was looted over two days and a fire ruined anything that was left. Founded in 1989, the store grew little by little to employ about 30 employees, mostly immigrants and BIPOC. Their goal is to rebuild, bringing back their employees’ jobs and livelihoods. Being under-insured, this gofundme will help rebuild both stores and allow them to restock with needed materials and the merchandise they are known for.

Landscapes of hope – East Lake Street – Retail

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Photo credit: Tasoulla Hadjiyanni

A food drive at Sanford Middle School in Minneapolis was overwhelmed by the amount of donated groceries and supplies. The school’s parking lot along with a neighboring park were covered with donations and parents along with students came together to sort things out. Engaging children in ways that can bring about change is a powerful means of helping them see the role they can play in creating a better world.

Landscapes of Hope – Schools

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Photo credit: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/01/us/iyw-minneapolis-donates-groceries-trnd/index.html

Across the street from the post-office that was destroyed by fire, overwhelmed from smoke is Tubman, an organization offering services from shelter to counseling and in-school programs for youth. Tubman is named after Harriet Tubman, an African American abolitionist and political activist who escaped slavery and used the Underground Railroad network to free others. At a time when crisis centers are overwhelmed with calls and domestic assaults are on the rise due to the pandemic, the shelter provides safety and support to many mothers and children who were evacuated for safety.

Landscapes of hope – 4432 Chicago Avenue S – Shelters

Photo credit: 1) Kare 11, 2) Tasoulla Hadjiyanni

Gandhi Mahal restaurant is one of the properties that sustained fire damage in the protests. “Let my building burn, justice needs to be served,” Ruhel, the Bangladeshi owner declared. Ruhel’s story is a poignant reminder of the American dream, as Ruhel moved to the U.S. in 1996 with the principles of Mohandas Gandhi in his heart and worked his way up to eventually own his own restaurant. His commitment to “bring diverse people of different beliefs together” translated to his restaurant becoming the setting for community gatherings, volunteerism, and advocacy. During the early days of the protests, the restaurant became a safe haven for those needing first aid.  

Landscapes of hope – 3009 27th Ave S – Restaurants

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Photo credit: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8370057/Owners-one-restaurants-burned-protests-says-LET-BUILDING-BURN.html

The beach in Spain’s Canet d’en Berenguer, a Mediterranean town located just north of Valencia, will be transformed for social distancing. Only 5,000 sunbathers will be allowed and reservations will be needed. Pere Joan Antoni Chordá, the city’s mayor call this, “Like a ‘business-class’ beach,” where a grid pattern will be used to divide the beach into square sections, each separated by two meters (six feet). The question is what happens to those who cannot afford it.