Noticias
NEWS FROM THE NINTH WARD
Philando Castile died next to his fiancee and her four-year-old daugther after being shot four times by a St. Anthony police officer. Rest in power.
Artwork by Jon Hunt and Kahlil Brewington
Dear Neighbors,
I, like many of you, was heartbroken and distraught at the news of the wrongful killing of Philando Castile. Philando, who would soon have celebrated his 33rd birthday, was shot by a St. Anthony police officer four times. Philando’s fiancée and her four-year-old daughter witnessed the shooting as they remained inside the car next to Philando. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Castile’s family, friends and community. I want them to know that during this very painful and difficult time his community is not alone.
I, like many of you, am angered by this vicious pattern of wrongful deaths, specially when I hear that Philando’s mother says she feels that the African American community is “being hunted down.” As the daugther of undocumented immigrants whose community has been targeted and persecuted, I firmly believe that no one in this country should ever feel like they are being hunted down.
The irrational fear of the Black men and boys in our community – our brothers, our fathers, our grandfathers, our uncles, and our cousins – must end. Uprooting and eradicating the legacies of slavery and racism in our current policing systems needs to be a top priority for our state, for the institutions that train and educate police officers, for our certificate programs, and for the hiring practices we use to employ people who want to be law enforcement agents.
I am in active communication with Governor Dayton's office requesting he launch a special state-wide task force to engage all of the police units in Minnesota to obtain training administered by the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, faith leaders and White allies to deconstruct implicit bias within our state's law enforcement agencies. This task force should also design and help implement police accountability measures across the board and in union contracts like the ones Campaign Zero has offered.
Many Ninth Ward residents have stayed up late into the nights or didn’t get any sleep at all responding to this critical moment in time and I thank them for holding the hearts of our people close to theirs and for being unwavering warriors for justice. I believe these residents are our true north.
I know that our community still carries the burden of the death of Señora Maria Iñamagua, an Ecuadorian immigrant who passed away from lack of proper medical attention while detained by immigration agents. We still carry the sadness of the loss of young Fong Lee who was killed by a Minneapolis Police officer while he biked in his neighborhood. We can feel Alton Sterling’s painful death as he sold CDs and cigarettes in Baton Rouge. While we know that these instances have been too many, they have also brought many together.
Together, standing up for justice, charting the way to focused strategies and calls to action that will stop the irrational killing of Black and Brown men, women and families is the world we are committed to creating for us and our children. I am here to stand with you every step of the way.
En la lucha,
                 TOWN HALL FORUM with                  COUNCIL VICE PRESIDENT ELIZABETH GLIDDEN, COUNCIL MEMBER CAM GORDON and COUNCIL MEMBER ALONDRA CANO
Mural on East Lake Street and 22nd Avenue by Jeremiah Bey, Jordan Hamilton, Andres Guzman, Olivia Levins Holden, Leilani Mendoza, Donald Thomas, and Nellie Pierce with support from Arianna Genis and Ashley Fairbanks.
Photo by Jigme Ugen
On the heels of the Orlando massacre and the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, our community comes together to grieve the beloved Philando Castile and the loss of the precious life of a two-year-old baby in north Minneapolis. With the tragic killing of five Dallas police officers and attacks against peaceful protestors, the status quo is unsustainable.
Please join me, Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden and Council Member Cam Gordon as we invite residents across our city to our Town Hall Forum to share their thoughts and feelings about these recent events taking place in our society. As policy makers, we are compelled to build community to better understand the nature of the challenges our residents are facing and to strategize collectively about the ways we can all work together to help create a more just, loving and peaceful community.
Tuesday, July 26
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
For more information and to RSVP please visit the Town Hall Facebook invite
    THIRD PRECINCT LEADERSHIP CHANGE
It has been a privilege to work with Inspector Michael Sullivan over the past two and a half years. He has led the Third Precinct with compassion and integrity and he will be very much missed by all of the communities with whom he has forged deep connections over the years. This month, as he moves on to lead the First Precinct in the downtown area, we are thrilled to welcome Inspector Catherine Johnson. Inspector Johnson most recently led the Special Crimes unit for our Minneapolis Police Department and has more than two decades of experience in our police force.
Look out for upcoming opportunities to meet Inspector Johnson and honor Inspector Sullivan for his work and leadership.
 OPEN STREETS ON EAST LAKE STREET
Save the date as East Lake Street closes down to cars and opens up to bikes, pedestrians, music, art projects, food carts, community building, and so much more. Please join us!
Sunday, July 24
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
East Lake Street between Elliot Avenue and 42nd Avenue
For more information go to Open Streets Minneapolis
CONGRATS ONE MINNEAPOLIS GRANTEES
Congratulations to these amazing Ninth Ward organizations who received much deserved support during the 2016 One Minneapolis Fund cycle!
To learn more about the One Minneapolis fund and upcoming grant cycles please visit the City of Minneapolis' One Minneapolis website.
MOON PALACE HAS A NEW HOME!
Read more about the book brigade that moved dear Moon Palace into their beautiful new space. They are open during the reconstruction of Minnehaha just like our other local businesses, swing by and check out their new spot.
SHOP ON MINNEHAHA AVENUE DURING THE STREET CLOSURE
Despite closures on Minnehaha, our beloved local businesses are still open and ready to serve you. As road construction moves into our corner of Minnehaha we want to remind you to shop local at these neighborhood gems.

Peace Coffee- Wonderland park is offering a special "Construction Club" deal for frequent drinkers (read all about it on their website).
Moon Palace Books, your local independent bookseller, now located in a new, larger space right next to Peace Coffee, stocks books of all genres, and tons of original gifts for everyone on your list.  
Trylon Microcinema is still showing the films you won't see screening anywhere else in their intimate theater.  
Plum Crabby Vintage has all kinds of unique finds, especially vintage home furnishings.
Hub Bike Co-Op stocks all kind of bikes for all kinds of people plus all the bells and accessories and can diagnose and fix any problem or even enroll you in a class so you can learn to DIY. A one stop shop for all your bicycle needs.  
And Harriet Brewing makes incredible home brew and has a rotating line up of live music- what more do you need?
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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.
UPCOMING
WATCH COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
There are three very important efforts that will be discussed at the upcoming Committee of the Whole Council meeting. Tune in to hear an update on the City's efforts to diversify our workforce by eliminating the "Rule of Three" hiring practice. The Council will also discuss the Charter amendment citizen-driven efforts to raise the wage and to have police officers carry their own liability insurance.
Wednesday, July 20
10:00 a.m.
Watch live online and check out the Committee's agenda.
VOTING!
No excuse absentee voting is a Minnesota law, so anyone can either request an absentee ballot by mail or vote in person at the new Early Voting Center.
217 South Third Street
Monday- Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Read all there is to know about early voting on the City website.
OWÁMNI: FALLING WATER FESTIVAL
Owámni means “falling water” in the Dakota language, making it an apt name for a festival beside the only waterfall on the Mississippi River. This free and family-friendly event celebrates Indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art, food, and more. 
Saturday, July 30 
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Father Hennepin Park 
LONGFELLOW ROOTS, ROCK, AND DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL
This music festival with three stages and two after party sites is artist driven, volunteer run and a fundraising mechanism for the 30 year-old non-profit community arts organization Patrick's Cabaret! Featuring lots of live music, local artisans, delicious food, and more!
Saturday, July 16 
2:00 p.m.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
START PLANNING FOR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
The 33rd National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 2. This is a great eveinng to plan an event with neighbors, gather, share food, and get to know them better.  If you would like to host a gathering you can register and get your street closed for free until July 19th.
GOODSPACE COMMUNITY MURAL FOR PHILANDO
Taje a look at the National Day of Action Through Art mural that was done in memory of Philando Castile and all those who have lost their lives through police violence. 
The mural was completed on Saturday July 16th at the J.J. Hill Montessori School where Philando Castile worked.
Find more info on Facebook
PARKS AND POWER SUMMER PEOPLES ASSEMBLY
The work of transforming local government in the name of Racial Equity is urgent and necessary. This is a space to hear from various groups across the city that are working for justice in the Minneapolis Parks system. Come connect, network, strategize, break bread and build collective power.
Thursday, July 21
6:00 p.m.
More info and RSVP on Facebook
OPPORTUNITIES
Heart of the Beast is hiring a Marketing Coordinator and a Development Director.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is hiring a Development Director.
Minneapolis is offering free home energy efficiency assessments and no interest financing on recommended upgrades. Read more here.
The City of Minneapolis, is hiring a number of positions in elections. More info on the City website
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