Catholics busy in restoration of Minneapolis

Jun 5, 2020 | 0 comments

Volunteers help to clean up following Minneapolis demonstrations that led also to some property destruction

‘Catholics join solidarity efforts in Minnesota’

This is the heading for a story by the National Catholic Reporter of another aspect of events in Minnesota – spontaneous volunteering to repair and restore hope in Minneapolis, racked by policing violence and the angry demonstrations that followed – with rioting and looting also happening

For example “volunteers, without the structure of any formal organization, are working to transition more than 200 people to a hotel-turned-homeless shelter, getting them off the street and away from violence”

Others are organising food redistribution from suburban areas to centres where disturbances have disrupted normal supplies.

“We’re building something good here. It looks messy right now, but we’re building something good. Nobody has any doubt about that.”  That opinion came from Ellen Koneck, 31, a Minnesota native and a parishioner at St. Odilia Catholic Church. ”

Who can doubt the multi-racial and ‘multi-colour’ aspect of what has taken to the streets following the brutalisation of George Floyd, so misrepresented by the worst Washington DC administration in living memory, seeking to justify an even more brutal response from police and military

To read the full NCR report, click here.

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