In October of 2016 over 500 water protectors came to City Hall to demand that Hennepin County Sherriff Rich Stanek rescind his decision to send deputies to North Dakota as a way to crackdown on Indigenous leaders and environmental protection groups at the Sacred Stone Camp.
Photo Credit Star Tribune
Dear Neighbors,
This past December various members of our community engaged my office asking our City government to divest from financial institutions that invest in projects that destroy mother earth. Many of these calls and conversations centered on divesting from banking groups that supported the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The #NoDAPL movement has been one of the most significant social movements of our time. It has been courageously led by Indigenous Nations, Indigenous families, and supported by their allies worldwide. Internationally, it became a powerful water protection movement that an overwhelming number of our Ninth Ward residents backed.
As such, I have made sure our office has been leading with and for our Indigenous and environmental justice community on this front. For that very reason I served as the chief author of a staff direction (see item number four) that puts our local government on a path to divest from banking institutions that exploit mother earth. This staff direction also builds on the previous divestment resolution that MN350, Council Member Cam Gordon, and I helped to approve.
Undoubtedly, the strength and resistance of the #NoDAPL movement has brought more visibility to the need for more responsible banking practices and environmental justice. It is my hope you can join us for our next "Cafe con Alondra" on March 8th to keep building on this momentum to protect our planet and our people.
Join neighbors and community experts for a conversation about the #NoDAPL effort and the movement for cities, institutions, and individuals to divest from financial institutions that invest in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Council Member Alondra Cano was the chief author of a Council action that puts the City of Minneapolis on a path to divest from big banks that don't meet our ethical and environmental standards. Join us to expand our strategies and actions to ensure the City of Minneapolis divests from financial institutions that invest in the fossil fuel industry.

Guest speakers:

Crystal Norcross and Mesha Camp, Indigenous organizers of the "Nibi-Mni Wiconi-Stand in Solidary-NoDAPL Action" march and rally

Mark Ruff, Chief Financial Officer, City of Minneapolis

Ulla Nilsen, Corporate Accountability Team, MN350
Wednesday, March 8
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Walker Community Church
Save the date for the Midtown Phillips annual meeting.
This yearly event is a great opportunity to come together with neighbors over a delicious meal, learn about resources in the neighborhood, and participate in board elections. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, February 28
6:30 p.m.
More Info: Midtown Annual Meeting
The Great Streets program has issued a request for proposals for innovative activities that strengthen business districts, including all of the East Lake Street corridor. Read all about the program and its requirements, interested groups can apply online.
Lake Street Council and other organizations are also offering the city-sponsored Storefront Improvement Program which is a matching grant available to qualifying businesses. Check out the details.
Finally, the One Minneapolis Fund will soon be accepting proposals from neighborhood or cultural organization for projects that develop leaders and engage communities. Keep an eye on the City webiste fo more info.
Last year, the Comp Plan team was out in the community for some big events and targeted focus groups, connecting with more than 1,100 residents to discuss the big questions about what we want the future of our City to be. You can read the results of this engagement on the Minneapolis 2040 website. Mark your calendar for the Community Connections conference on April 1, where the next phase of engagement for the Comprehensive Plan will kick off. In the mean, please sign up for updates and follow MPLS 2040 on Twitter for the most recent happenigns with the plan.
Photo above: Ninth Ward artist Molly Van Avery brings creative engagement to the Comp Plan process.
Take advantage of this paid opportunity to receive training in the Emergency Medical Service field. This partnership between the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and HCMC ais to provide opportunities to community members and help our emergency services more faithfully reflect our communities. Women, American Indian people, and pepple of color are encouraged to apply. Find all the details and apply on the City website.
Please consider joining the weekly Minnesota American Indian Month 2017 Planning Committee that meet every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the All  My Relations gallery located at 1414 E. Franklin Avenue. People come together to plan the events for this year's American Indian month celebration, they make decisions, and work toward hosting the greatest Minnesota Indian Month yet! All are welcome to join the committee. Snacks from Powwow Grounds are provided.
Currently the Planning Committee is looking for sponsors, partners, donations, graphic designers, entertainers, and public speakers. If you're interested in contributing or if you would like to submit your idea for a Minnesota Indian Month event to be added to the official online calendar please e-mail Taylor Payer at tpayer at nacdi dot org.
The Art of Resistance is a monthly community gathering for creation, dialogue and justice. Each month they will feature various works from local artists, facilitate discussions, and build the resistance through art. The kick off event will include a full day of art and a panel with artist Ricardo Levins Morales, Andrea Jenkins and D.A. Bullock.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Gallery opens to the public. Visual art of resistance will be featured in the gallery in addition to photographs from Wing Young Huie.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Visual media, film, and projection art screenings

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Spoken word, essay reading and other performance work

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Panel on The Art of Resistance
Ricardo Levins Morales visual, Andrea Jenkins written and D.A. Bullock film.
We will have a moderated conversation about their respective mediums followed by breakouts in each of the 3 areas of visual art, written work and film. The breakouts will allow space for deeper dialogue around collaboration outside of the event.

8:30 p.m. Live music, DJ’s and live visuals
Friday, March 3
The Third Place Gallery
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Alondra Cano represents the Ninth Ward on the Minneapolis City Council. The Ninth Ward consists of the Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods along with a sliver of Longfellow. Our diverse and vibrant communities boast beautiful parks, a number of thriving small business corridors, the Midtown Exchange, world class hospitals, and an informed and engaged community of changemakers, artists, and activists.
Updates & Events:
Stay current on the City's work to raise the wage by regularly visiting the City of Minneapolis' minimum wage landing page.
SURJ MN is holding a series of discussions on reparations.
You will be invited to share personal stories, notice what fears and beliefs are blocking us from greater action, and help strategize to build the movement for reparations. 
Wednesday, February 22nd
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
First Universalist Church of Minneapolis
Please join us in a discussion about the City of Minneapolis' Green Zones policy initiative — an effort to support the health, economic development, and the environment in communities that face the cumulative effects of environmental racism and economic vulnerability. Come tell us what you like about the Green Zones effort, what you would like to add, and what you would like to change. 
We will offer a light dinner, child care, $35 stipends for participants, and travel reimbursement to participants. 
Thursday, February 23 and Wednesday, March 1
This session, the Minnesota legislature is going after First Amendment rights in a big way, with a number of bills against protest and free speech. Come to this forum to learn about the bills, how they harm the community, and what we can do about them.
Sunday, February 26th
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
 Minneapolis Federation of Teachers
A day for the Minnesota Latino community to come to the Minnesota State Capitol. Hear from and visit state legislators.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Legislative and Community Speakers

11:00am - 2:00pm - Community members guided to visit with legislators.

It's important that legislators hear from the Latino community on what is important to them during the legislative session.
Monday, March 6
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
State Capital
Council Member Alondra Cano publishes a monthly newsletter focusing on the work we are doing to address crime and safety issues in our Ward. Check out the latest issue online and click here to sign up!
There is an opening on the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission for our area. Contact our office at 612-673-2209 if you want to learn more. 
Corcoran Neighborhood is hiring a Community Development Manager.
City of Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions.
LatinoLEAD is hiring an Executive Director.
Call (612) 673-2209
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