March to raise awareness about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
March to raise awareness about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
American Indian artist Gregg Deal created the poster above, based on his daughter Sage's image, to bring attention to the disproportionate number of Indigenous womyn who are abducted, disappeared, and abused each year. This week, we stand with the Indigenous community to demand that las mujeres are returned home. Gregg encourages folks to download this poster for free from his website.

Dear Neighbors,

Today, artists, advocates, families, residents, and womyn will gather for a community art build to raise awareness about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) in our community. The Ninth Ward is home to many of the families and relatives who have been impacted. As a way to reclaim Valentine's Day, we invite you to stand in solidarity with our neighbors and march with them to demand a stop to this abuse.
Below, we include a list of ways you can support this movement and show up for the womyn in our village:

Wednesday, February 12
MMIW Community Art Build from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
At the MN Indian Women's Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave. S.
More info on Facebook

Friday, February 14
MMIW March from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
At the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave.
More info on Facebook

The MN State Legislature's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's Task Force is hosting four community listening sessions for consideration in the inclusion of the Task Force's recommendations to the State in December of 2020. For more information about the listening sessions or the Task Force, please contact the MN Department of Public Safety.

Saturday, February 22
Minneapolis Task Force Listening Session from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
At the MN Indian Women’s Resource Center, 2300 15th Ave. S.
More info on the MN Department of Public Safety website

En la lucha,


El Consejo de Padres Latinos de las Escuelas Públicas de Minneapolis (MPS) se va a reunir hoy, miércoles 12 de febrero, para platicar sobre las propuestas de cambio que el Distrito Escolar ha presentado. Esta reunión es para todos los padres Latinos con hijos o hijas que son parte de las Escuelas Públicas de Minneapolis y que quieran aprender más sobre el proceso que se llama el “Comprehensive District Design” que empezó en el año 2017.
Si tiene preguntas sobre esta reunión, favor de llamar a Edgar Alfonzo al 651-347-3082.
El periódico StarTribune ha publicado una serie de mapas que ayudan a explicar las diferentes propuestas de cambios al sistema escolar, el artículo se llama "Cómo Minneapolis podría remodelar su distrito escolar" y lo puedes leer en la página de web del StarTribune.

Miércoles, 12 de febrero
Reunión del Consejo de Padres Latinos de MPS
6:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m.
Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway Avenue, North Minneapolis
El credito de la foto es de MPS


Last week I joined Mayor Jacob Frey, Council Member Linea Palmisano, Council Member Steve Fletcher, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, and the Police Federation to announce the City's task-force to review and improve our off-duty policing program.
The taskforce will be charged with reforming and regulating off-duty work done by Minneapolis Police Department officers and bringing forward recommendations to help inform the mayor’s 2021 budget proposal. The recommendations will serve to support officer wellness, public safety, and accountability.
I am excited to start this conversation with the Mayor's Office, my Council Colleagues, and with our peace officers and the community. You can read more about the effort on the Star Tribune.
Welcome to our #MplsVotes newsletter segment. This is where you can get the latest City of Minneapolis information regarding the 2020 Presidential Nominating Primary (PNP) taking place on Tuesday, March 3, and the General Election in November of 2020.
Presidential Primary
Super Tuesday is less than three weeks away! Whether you prefer voting on election day, or voting early, get out and vote! You can cast your ballot from now up until Tuesday, March 3, for the Presidential Nominating Primary. 
In Minneapolis, caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 25th and voters cast their preference for the State House, State Senate, U.S House, and U.S. Senate seats.
Caucusing is done in person. By law you are allowed time off work to attend party caucuses with ten days notice given to your employer.

Key Election Dates for 2020 
Voting is ongoing for the Presidential Nominating Primary.
Party Caucuses - Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.
Presidential Primary - Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
State Primary - Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

For more information on all things related to the elections happening in 2020, including finding your polling place, visit the City's Elections and Voter Services website.
To find out more about Minnesota's process for the Presidential Nominating Primary, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.
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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.
Last month my office brought forward a resolution opposing the implementation "public charge" rule. This federal law, set to go into effect February 24, expands the definition of what constitutes a public benefit or "charge" (like Medicaid or SNAP). Recipients of certain benefits would be ineligible to seek citizenship or green-card status. We feel this unduly impacts low-income immigrants at a disproportionately high rate. 

Although many won't be impacted, experts and activists are concerned implementation runs the risk of confusing residents, causing them to dis-enroll from essential benefits prgrams like healthcare and food assistance for fear that using them might make them ineligible for citizenship. 

I encourage residents to inform themselves and their families. You can gain a wealth of information on the City of Minneapolis' Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs website where you can access a helpful flow chart from the Volunteer Lawyers Network to learn who is impacted and how.

The City of Minneapolis is hiring a Business Services Specialist- B-TAP Coordinator.
The City of Minneapolis is hiring a Small Business Community Liaison 
Lutheran Social Services is Hiring a Community Navigator
Clean Water Action is hiring a Campaign Organizer.
The Corcoran Neighborhood Organization is hiring a Community Program Director
U.S. Census Bureau is hiring Census Workers
Metro Transit is hiring Bus Drivers.
The Link is hiring Youth Specialists and more.


The CareerForce Center on East Lake Street and Chicago Avenue will be hosting a career fair to connect local job-seekers with perspective employers. ASL, Spanish, and Somali interpreters will be available. Employers, please register here.
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