Noticias
NEWS FROM THE NINTH WARD
If you couldn't make it, check out the epic video highlights from the
Art Sled Rally 2016! Video courtesy of Unicorn Riot.
Join us as we kick off the community events celebrating the Indigenous roots of the Mexica New Year by recognizing Mexica New Year in the City of Minneapolis!

We will host a public morning reception with guest speakers from the Dakota and Mexica nation, cultural performances, and refreshments before the City Council passes an honorary resolution observing Mexica New Year. Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli has a weekend of events planned from March 11-13 with Indigenous groups from around the U.S. and Mexico. Join us!
Friday, February 26
8:00 a.m.
2ND ANNUAL WOMEN'S MEMORIAL MARCH,
"SOLIDARITY SHAWLS" HONOR THE WOMEN
Come out and help raise awareness about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. This march has been organized to memorialize and remember the women who have disappeared. American Indian women experience some of the highest rates of violence in the country, often from non-Indigenous offenders. There will be events in Duluth as well.
Sunday, February 12th
11:00 a.m.
Minneapolis American Indian Center
Learn more on their Facebook event page
(photo courtesy of TC Daily Planet)
MINNESOTA REPORT BACK FROM
UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION
Photo at the UN Working Group of Experts’ Chicago hearing (January 28-29, 2016) courtesy of US Human Rights Network (USHRN) 
As the conversation continues in the city and state about inequality and disparities, here is a report back from a United Nations group studying the issue, critical information will be provided.
On Friday, February 12 at Sabathani Community Center, University of Minnesota Professor Dr. Rose Brewer and Shirlynn LaChappelle, President of the Minnesota Black Nurses Association, will lead a Report Back on the Chicago events and testimonies, the preliminary findings issued by the UN’s Working Group of Experts on Persons of African Descent. A facilitated discussion of next steps in using the power of international scrutiny and the human rights framework to help advance our social justice issues here in Minnesota will take place.
Friday, February 12th
 
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sabathani Community Center, Room 218
PALABRISTAS PRESENT:
5TH ANNUAL EROTIC POETRY
OPEN MIC! 
Join the amazing poet collective Palabristas: Latin@ Word Slingers for their 5th Annual Erotic Poetry Open Mic. We are lucky that some of these poets call the Ninth Ward home.
This evening of steamy words and drinks is a perfect Valentine's date, a chance to express what 'erotic' means to you. Come read a poem orcome to support and listen. This yea'rs writing challenge is in honor of the 5th anniversary of the even: write a five-line poem. 'Erotic' poetry can be however you define erotic, from the sensual, steamy, and saucy to the tender, loving, empowering, and beyond!
Saturday, February 13
Cafe SouthSide, 3405 Chicago Avenue South
Learn more at their Facebook event page.
THE STORY OF
CROW BOY

"The Story of Crow Boy" explores the intriguing life story of Taro Yashima who wrestled with human brutality, racial discrimination, and the ravages of World War II to build work of social conscience, compassionate insight, poetic visual form, and ultimately – of joy. Yashima reminds us what it means to be human, and offers understanding into the complexities of cultural survival. 

Created by Masanari Kawahara, Sandy Spieler, Steven Epp and Momoko Tanno.

February 18th - Febraury 28th 

APPLY TO BE AN URBAN SCHOLAR!
The Ninth Ward had the great joy of working with an Urban Scholar last summer, they brought so much wit, intelligence, and ability to accomplish excellent projects. We remain grateful for all of the work that Gabrial Ramirez-Hernandez was able to accomplish with us and for our ward residents. We look forward to the opportunity to engage with more students from our community.

Urban Scholars is a 12 week paid professional development internship program providing students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with a distinctive professional experience. Focused on essential skills and creating resume-building career pathways, Urban Scholars is training the next generation of leaders.
If you or anyone you know is interested, apply here.
35W TRANSIT ACCESS PROJECT ENVIRONMENT ASSESSMENT AND MUNICIPAL CONSENT
City staff will be seeking input from the community about the 35W access transit project. They will be holding various meetings over the next few months to connect with the public. Mailiings will be going out to all residents as well. We providing a timeline for the process below. Public comment will be open from April 5th through April 20th. 

• March 21 – Notice of availability of the environmental document will be published in the Environmental Quality Board’s MONITOR
• April 5 – Public meeting/public comment opportunity on the Environmental Assessment, Collin Powell Center (presentation between 6:30 pm and 7:15 pm)
• April 20 – Public comment period for the EA closes
• May 3 – Minneapolis public hearing on Municipal Consent at TPW
• May 3 – Hennepin County will consider layout approval at its Public Works, Environment & Energy Committee
• May 10 – Hennepin County will approve the layout
• May 13 – Minneapolis City Council will act on Municipal Consent
 CAFE CON ALONDRA: GREEN ZONES

Leading on Environmental Justice for
Low-Income, High-Pollution Neighborhoods
Over the past two years, I have been a leading voice on advancing Green Zones for our communities. I am proud to be an author of this vital effort and invite you to join me for a timely discussion on this initiative.
Help me welcome environmental justice experts and organizers for a conversation about the City of Minneapolis' current work to develop a Green Zones designation and policy for the most low-income and high-pollution neighborhoods in Minneapolis. At this forum we will learn more about the environmental and racial inequities facing specific areas of our city and how other cities across the nation have addressed these issues. Local experts and community members impacted by this proposal will also discuss the intended outcomes of a Green Zones policy as they share the core components of what this proposal should address. Panel information and updates to be shared in the coming days. In the meantime, please feel free to take a look at the Green Zones resolution (see item #12) that the full City Council plans to review this Friday.

Featuring:

Roxxanne O'Brien, Member, Community Environmental Advisory Commission

Shalini Gupta, Executive Director, Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy

Monday, February 29 
5:30 p.m.
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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
VALENTINE CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Bring your kids to Powerhorn Park to make their own customized Valentines! 
Friday, February 12th
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $2.00
Learn more at the Park Board website.
PARKS AND POWER: RACIAL EQUITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT WORKSHP 
This month we are working with Racial Equity Impact Assessments (REIA) as a tool for creating Race Conscious progressive policies. REIA are used to evaluate proposed policies and budget decisions, some of the questions contained include: will this policy bring us closer to Racial Equity or make disparities worse? How are Communities of Color and Low-Wealth communities impacted by this policy? How have Communities of Color and Low-Wealth people been engaged in crafting this policy?
Thursday, February 18th
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Learn more at their Facebook page.
MIDTOWN PHILLIPS ANNUAL MEETING
Learn more about the work of the Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, the resources it offers, and how to get involved. Free dinner from A La Salsa, information tables, community updates, and board elections. All are welcome!
Tuesday, February 23
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Anderson School Cafeteria
Learn more on Facebook.
TAKEACTION MN's ANNUAL MEETING + BIRTHDAY PARTY
Join TakeAction's 10th Birthday Party! They’ll have board elections, put forward a plan for this year’s election cycle and more. Birthday cake and a celebration after the meeting.
Saturday, February 27th
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Register on their Facebook page.
NOMMO AUTHOR'S SERIES:
CLAUDIA RANKINE
The Givens Foundation's NOMMO African American Authors Series provides rare opportunities to publicly define the state of the art of African American literature and to locate the work and contributions of national as well as Twin Cities African American writers within the present authoring of our literary tradition.
Claudia Rankine was born in Jamaica in 1963. She earned her B.A. in English from Williams College and her M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University and is currently the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College.
Thursday March 10
7:00 p.m.
OPPORTUNITIES
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is hiring a Lobbyist and Public Policy Analyst.
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) is in search of a culturally competent Executive Director.
Take Action is hiring a New Economy Program Lead Organizer.
USA Cooperative youth Council is hiring an Organizing Director.
Equal Exchange Coop is hiring a Midwest Customer Service Representative.
Open Eye Theater seeks folks for their Summer Driveway Tour.
Hope Community is seeking a Community Resilience Organizer.
CONTACT US
Call (612) 673-2209
VISIT OUR WEBSITE.
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