The Holidays are here, and this year I thought I’d do something different to get us all together during this wonderful season. I know most will spend this time with their loved ones, so I’d like us to spend time as a community as well. I’ll be hosting a free dinner and concert titled “Music for the Holidays with Sen. Champion and Friends” on December 17, 2015 at The Capri Theater. I’m excited to have guests like Paris Bennett from American Idol and Ashley DuBose from the Voice performing! Details are below on the flyer. I hope that you will be able to join me and invite those that you think may be interested in joining us as well! Especially folks you know could use an evening surrounded by community and friends.

Bobby and Friends Holiday Concert – Thursday, December 17
Capri Theater – 2027 W Broadway, Minneapolis MN 55411
Dinner Reception from 6pm – 7:15 pm
Performances Start at 7:30 pm
Free admission with donation of gentry-used clothing

Featuring: Sarah Renner – Paris Bennett – Ashley DuBose – Tonia Hughes – The Lioness – Ray Makeever – Wayne Starks – Chantel SinGs – Ginger Commodore – High Praise Ministries Choir – New Salem MBC Choir – Shiloh Temple Choir – Henry High School – Hollywood Dance Studio – Les Jolies Petites – The Little Drummers and more!
All clothing will support the Threads 4 Teens Clothing Drive

During the event, there will also be a Threads for Teens Holiday Clothing Drive taking place at the Capri as well! If you can bring gently used or brand new clothing to donate to those in need, we’d greatly appreciate it. Last year, we were able to give many families bags of clothes/shoes and this year we plan to do it again! Also, if you have a family that would benefit from receiving a bag of clothes/shoes, please contact Joane’ McAfee at Details are below.

Additionally, Sen. Dziedzic and myself will be hosting a second African American Data Forum with our guest presenter, Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben of the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development. The Commissioner will update us on data, DEED’s response to the data, and what measurable results have come from their investments. There is a flyer with more information below as well. I’ve attached all three flyers for you to share with your networks.

Finally, there has been a lot of discussion and media coverage around the shooting of Jamar Clark and what is happening at the 4th precinct. As you may know, this happened right here in our Senate District. As your State Senator, I will remain engaged with all interested parties and continue to listen to and advocate on behalf of all of my constituents. I hope that we all continue to work together as outside investigations are conducted.

I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving with your loved ones and as always feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns.