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Minneapolis and Mexico join to celebrate Zapata and Días de los Muertos.
Minneapolis and Mexico join to celebrate Zapata and Días de los Muertos.
Celebrate Días de los Muertos by honoring the life of Emiliano Zapata with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Cuernavaca City Mayor Antonio Villalobos, and Council Member Alondra Cano. Join us on Saturday, November 2nd to view the ofrendas, watch a free Cine Latino movie screening, and stay for a community reception featuring Mexican filmmaker Francesco Taboada, Emiliano Zapata’s grandson Mr. Manuel Manrique Zapata, and local folk artist Monica Vega. Invite your friends using the "Las Flores de Zapata" Facebook event page, hope to see you there!
Photo is a movie still from Francesco Taboada's documentary Los Últimos Zapatistas, Héroes Olvidados

Dear Neighbors,

Earlier this year, our Cuernavaca Sister City and Emiliano Zapata's family invited me to join them in Morelos, Mexico to be a part of the official ceremonies marking the one hundred years of rememberance of the life and legacy of Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador designated 2019 as the Year of Emiliano Zapata and he led the honorific program in Cuernavaca that I and our Minneapolis-Cuernavaca Sister City Association joined. That day, thousands of people came together across Morelos (where Emiliano Zapata was born) to uplift the social justice values that Zapata stood for. Growing up, these values shaped me and fueled my activism on campus and in community. Emiliano Zapata's story makes me proud to be a Mexican American and the brave movement he led fills me with hope for change.
Standing there in the Morelos plaza, I took a deep breath to absorb the immensity of the moment around me. I made a commitment to ensure that the people of Minneapolis could be a part of this big moment too.
Today, I'm elated to announce that thanks to a collaborative partnership with Mayor Jacob Frey, the Weisman Art Museum, Meet Minneapolis, the Minneapolis-Cuernavaca Sister City Association, the Minnesota Vikings, and the MSP Film Society's Cine Latino we are doubling down on our efforts to elevate the history of Zapata's resistance in our local communities and highlight the impact of Mexican artists, culture, and history in Minnesota.
And we're not stopping there. Next year, this collaboration will grow to sustain an artist-in-residency program between Mexican-based and Minneapolis-based artists to strengthen Mexican folk and traditional art forms. I am so thankful for the generous support of next year's lead sponsor, the Minnesota State Arts Board.
So on Saturday, November 2nd please join us for this free community celebration titled "Las Flores de Zapata" to commemorate Días de los Muertos with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Cuernavaca City Mayor Antonio Villalobos, Mexican filmmaker Francesco Taboada, Emiliano Zapata’s grandson Mr. Manuel Manrique Zapata, and local folk artist Monica Vega. Full details can be found on Las Flores de Zapata website and on the Facebook event page.
I can't wait to see you at the Weisman!


A Free Días de los Muertos Event
Saturday, November 2nd

3:00 p.m.

Ofrendas with Monica Vega

The event kicks-off with an artist talk by Mexican folk artist Monica Vega who will lead a guided tour of the ofrendas she created to honor the life of Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata. Join us to learn about the tradition of Días de los Muertos, hear how ofrendas are made, enjoy some traditional pan de muertos con chocolate, and make your own take-home art to remember Zapata’s story of resistance.
More details can be found on Las Flores de Zapata website and on FacebookPhoto courtesy of Xavier Tavera.

4:00 p.m.
Free Movie with Filmmaker Francesco Taboada
Mexican and Cuernavaca-based filmmaker Francesco Taboada Tabone will join us to view his documentary film called Los Últimos Zapatistas, Héroes Olvidados (The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes). In this movie, a cadre of elderly ex-soldiers who fought beside General Emiliano Zapata in the 1910 Mexican Revolution vividly relate tales of battle and daring, nearly a century after the war’s end. Through colorful and candid interviews, these survivors of the legendary Liberation Army of the South reveal a collective history not to be found in any book. They speak of the failure of the Revolution and of the agrarian, social and ecological challenges still threatening their country today. Los Últimos Zapatistas, Héroes Olvidados was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2003 Ariel Awards.
The film is free and open to the public, but please register in advance on the Cine Latino website.

5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Community Conversation and Reception
Following the documentary screening, join Cuernavaca-based filmmaker Francesco Taboada Tabone, Emiliano Zapata’s grandson Don Manuel Manrique Zapata, Monica Vega, and the Cuernavaca City Mayor Antonio Villalobos for a panel and community discussion about the life and legacy of Emiliano Zapata. Celebrating one hundred years of remembrance, the panelists will invoke Zapata’s spirit as they trace the ways in which his vibrant struggle lives on in the every day experience of today’s Mexican people and social justice allies throughout the world.
More details can be found on Las Flores de Zapata website and on Facebook.


After years of working on this project, we can finally say it is complete! Thank you to all the Ninth Ward residents and to the advocates in the bike community for your steadfast advocacy to get this area fixed. I also want to thank our Ninth Ward Senior Policy Aide, Dylan Kesti, for his focused time and attention to see this project through to fruition. Today, pedestrians and folks on bike can now rely on a more safe and comfortable crossing across Powderhorn Park.
By working with the responsible authority, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and serving as a bridge with the Minneapolis Public Schools property division, Dylan was able to advance this infrastructure improvement project. We thank the Park Board for making this investment to increase the safety of the sidewalk at Powderhorn Park while helping provide more space for those using bicycles as a method of transportation.
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), the March 3 caucus, and the General Election in November of 2020.
Pop quiz: Why will Minnesota be participating in a Presidential Nominating Primary as opposed to precinct caucus?

Answer: In 2018 Governor Mark Dayton signed a law re-establishing the primary process to run concurrent with other participating states. Precinct caucuses will still take place for local and state seats. 

2020 marks a very exciting time for the City of Minneapolis and Minnesota as a whole, as the local municipality such as the City of Minneapolis will be using its infrastructure and planning resources to administer the Presidential Nominating Primary on March 3rd for the first time since 1956.

The PNP process, run by states as opposed to parties, enfranchises more voters and drives greater visibility and turnout. As opposed to our more insular caucus process, where party business and discussion takes place in addition to preference polling and delegate allocation, the PNP tends to drive a broader base to participate.

Throughout history, the Minnesota State Legislature history has sought to hold PNP’s to increase participation from both the community and candidates.

2016 witnessed a huge turnout and excitement for Presidential candidates across the board. 2020 is anticipated to see even greater turnout, with more voters expected to go to the polls than any time in our nation’s history. These realities brought differing political parties and legislators together for the fourth time in Minnesota history to pass a law in 2018 to establish the presidential primary. While precinct caucuses will be taking place on February 27 for local and state-wide seats, the Tuesday, March 3rd PNP will focus solely on your presidential preference vote.
Check the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website for helpful resources regarding the Presidential Nomination Primary.
Find your polling place on the City's Elections & Voter Services 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.
With street sweeping starting on October 22, we want to make sure you have every resource at your disposal to avoid towing fees and inconvenience. Use the City's website to learn when street sweeping will happen on your block.

Street sweeping signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance, with parking bans in effect from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All non-compliant vehicles will be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

Please check out the City's informational videos explaining this service. Public Works explains why street sweeping is important for our loal waterways and how to comply to avoid towing. The videos are available in English, Spanish, Somali,and Hmong.
October is Energy Awareness Month, the City of Minneapolis wants homeowners and renters to know some ways to save energy and money.
Schedule a free Home Energy Squad Visit by calling 651-328-6220 or on their website to learn how you can make improvements to your home that save money on energy use. This free service is available to both renters and homeowners.
Starting January 15, 2020 homebuyers will be able to learn energy information about a Minneapolis home before they sign on the dotted line. Sellers will need to include energy efficiency characteristics in the already-required Truth in Sale of Housing report covering information on the home’s insulation, heating system, and windows. If you make energy efficiency improvements for a more energy efficient home, you’ll get a higher score.

Got more energy questions? Call one of the Center for Energy and Environment energy advisers at 612-244-2484 or via email

Public Works is hiring Service Workers until October 31. 
The Minneapolis ACLU is hiring a Staff Attorney.
Tubman is hiring a Part-Time Youth & Family Advocate.
AmeriCorps and Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) is hiring a VISTA Volunteer and Communications Coordinator
Metro Transit is hiring 80 bus drivers.
The Hawthorne Neighborhood Council is hiring an Outreach Administrator.
Keep checking the City of Minneapolis' jobs website and the MN Council of Nonprofits to see current job postings and opportunities. 
Call (612) 673-2209
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