Noticias
NEWS FROM THE NINTH WARD
Black is Sacred at the Heart of the Beast Mayday Parade and Festival. Curated by Junauda Petrus, Ramon Cordes, and Jordan Hamilton. Hats off to Julian McFaul for the car design. Photo by Adja Gildersleeve. 
REPEALING LURKING AND SPITTING
Dear Neighbors, 
The City Council has begun the process of repealing the laws against lurking and spitting. Like many of our so-called 'low-level offenses' these policies are enforced in alarmingly disproportionate numbers against Indigenous people and people of color. These laws are broken and outdated and I am planning to support the hard work of my colleagues, Council Member Cam Gordon and Council Member Blong Yang, to repeal these ordinances.
It is very important that our Police Department has the tools that they need to ensure the safety of our communities. The lurking and spitting ordinances have proved that they do not help to keep our beloved community safe. Recently, an independent ACLU study and our own analysis completed by the Minneapolis Police Department showed that people of color are many times more likely to be arrested than white people for all low level offenses. I am confident that our police officers can keep our communities safe without lurking and spitting prohibitions, which serve only to deepen our city's racial inequalities.
I appreciate all of the community members who are engaging with their elected officials on this proposal and using this opportunity to think big and tackle our difficult national conversation about police accountability and police-community relations. We are in the midst of a singular historical moment that is uprooting the negative legacies of slavery and colonization in our policing systems. Today, this mass movement to improve our policing culture grows locally, nationally, and internationally and is reaching diverse communities from an array of racial backgrounds. This collective voice for change is illuminating long-simmering issues in communities of color that we can no longer ignore. I am in this struggle with you and I look forward to the progress we will continue to make together.
Onward,
Everyone is invited to a public hearing with the City Council where official comments will be enterted into the record today Wendesday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. and a second public hearing on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Both public hearings will take place at City Hall, Room 317.
Soccer! It's increasingly popular in our immigrant and progressive communities and the news of the MN United Football Club's MLS expansion and the possibility of another stadium has been widely talked about in recent weeks.
Join our office and Left Wing Futbol TC for a community conversation about all things futbol and stadium.
Tuesday, May 19 
 5:30 p.m.
BIKE TO WORK WITH ALONDRA
Join us as we celebrate Bike Week with a group ride to Downtown! Join Alondra and Ninth Ward neighbors for Bike to Work Day, part of Minneapolis Bike Week. We'll be leaving the Midtown Global Market a little after 8:00 a.m. to catch up with the other Southside Wards near the Sabo Bridge and then proceed to Government Center Plaza where the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition will be hosting a Bike To Work Day event at 8:45 a.m. Learn more about all the Bike Week happenings.
PLACEMAKING AT CEPRO
Cepro, the greenspace between 10th and 11th Avenues on the north side of the Midtown Greenway will be the site of an exciting placemaking and visioning event. The county-owned site was poised to become a community asset beginning in 2005 when the Midtown Phillips neighborhood led a collective process that identified conservation, universal design and public art as priorities. Landscaping work and furnishing upgrades followed in 2011, but a planted perennial garden did not happen and the space has not attracted the routine use that keeps public spaces vibrant and safe. But if the Cepro greenspace has yet to realize its full potential — even its name is unofficial — it has a solid foundation suitable for an array of activities, uses, and other opportunities. Come help complete this dream!
Wednesday, May 13
5:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m.
Events take place at Cepro and the Midtown Global Market 
BIKE LANES AND ROAD UPGRADES COMING TO THE NINTH WARD
In a sign that Spring is truly on its way, we have a busy construction season planned in the Ninth Ward. Projects include resurfacing on 26th and 28th Streets, 31st Street, and many streets in the Central Neighborhood. I am so pleased that both the 31st Street and 26th/28th Street projects will also be added to our growing network of bike lanes-- and the bike lanes on 26th and 28th street will be protected, like the photo above, which will make it easier for people to commute by bike and calm traffic on these busy streets. Bike lanes will also be added on Chicago Avenue south of Lake Street. Please check out all the links for more information, including public hearings, and contact our office if you have any further questions or comments. 
CURBSIDE ORGANICS COMPOSTING
Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers will soon be able to recycle food scraps, paper, cardboard and more. The new organics recycling program is an easy way to reduce waste. Check the city website to see when you will receive your green bin!
To take part, call 612-673-2917 or send an email.
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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
COMMUNITY
OFFICE HOURS
Do you have an issue or a concern that you'd like to share? Come tell Alondra all about it! Call the office to make an appointment (612) 673-2209
Tuesday, May 12
1:00 p.m. to 4:00  p.m.
MEANINGFUL JOBS FOR AMERICAN INDIANS NOW
Join up with the rest of the community for a World Café conversation identifying concrete ways in which the state of Minnesota, local American Indian Organizations, and the American Indian community can coordinate, collaborate, and expand services within the American Indian Community so that full employment becomes a reality for our people.
Wednesday, May 13
5:00 p.m.
 TWO RIVERS GRAND REOPENING AND FUNDRAISER

Two Rivers Gallery is honored to be reopening its doors with an exhibition and silent auction of selected works from our permanent collection. Work from artists such as Ed Two Bulls, Ritter, Steve Blake, and Barbara Adams will be included in the show. Proceeds from the silent auction and donations will go to the gallery in order to support local emerging Native artists and will also be used for the renovation of the gallery. Readings by: Ardie Medina (Anishinaabe) and R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. (NuEta)
Friday, May 15
6:00 p.m.
CORCORAN NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD ELECTIONS AND GARDEN POTLUCK
You’re invited to the Membership Meeting of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization to be held outdoors at Corcoran Community Garden. This is a free event and all are welcome!
Wednesday, May 20
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
3301 24th Ave. S.
 OCTAVIA'S BROOD:
A FLY, FUTURISTIC, IMAGINE ANOTHER WORLD READING
Ancestry Books and Moon Palace Books team up to host a reading from "Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements" edited by adrienne marie brown and Walidah Imarisha. Readings by adrienne maree brown, Autumn Brown and Bao Phi.
Tuesday, June 2
7:00 p.m.  to 9:00 p.m.
OPPORTUNITIES
The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is hiring a bilingual Spanish/English Organizer
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association is hiring a community organizer
The Minneapolis Police Department is hiring Community Service Officers
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