Recently, the Star Tribune lifted up WSCO’s Solidarity Fund for COVID Relief, organized to protect families most impacted by the pandemic – and the resulting economic fallout – from evictions. We are glad to see our work and our community gaining attention throughout the metro, and we’re grateful to the reporters shining a light on one of the many grassroots efforts supporting Twin Cities families during the pandemic.
However, we were disappointed when we saw that the original version of the article used the phrase “people here illegally” to describe undocumented people eligible for support through WSCO’s Solidarity Fund. At our urging, the Star Tribune eventually amended the articule to use the word “undocumented.”
On August 3, 2020, artists Ernesto Ybarra and Xilam Bilam will begin their two-week transformation of the West Side’s iconic Gateway Pedestrian Bridge (also commonly called the “Girl Scout Bridge”), which provides a safe pedestrian crossing on Delos Street over Robert Street on the West Side of St. Paul.
Ybarra, born and raised on the West Side, and his cousin Bilam, a St. Paul-based artist, will create a mural, commissioned by West Side Community Organization, that celebrates the history, culture, and people of the West Side, connecting past and future generations.
PLEASE NOTE: During the mural installation, Robert Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic.