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Council Members Bender & Cano, Rep. Keith Ellison
Council Members Lisa Bender (Tenth Ward) and Alondra Cano (Ninth Ward) with Congressman Keith Ellison on Inauguration Day. Watch the inauguration and first council meeting.
Meet the new Ninth Ward Council Member & Staff
Alondra Cano: Council Member
Alondra was raised in Chihuahua Mexico, she is the daughter of undocumented workers who came to the U.S. when she was ten years old. Alondra knows that a living wage is a moral imperative and that's why, over eight years ago, she began organizing the May 1 march for workers’ rights at Powderhorn Park
. After moving to Minneapolis in 1999 to attend the University of Minnesota, Alondra helped organize Minnesota's largest 40,000 people march for immigration reform; she mobilized 1,000 high school students through a civil rights curriculum to pass the Minnesota Dream Act; she occupied the U of M President's office and was arrested to keep General College open, she fought fiercely for more resources for the ethnic studies departments and took on big-media to abolish the term "illegal immigrant" and won - today, the Associated Press no longer uses this terminology because no human being is illegal.
Through her work as a farmer and Board Member of the Women’s Environmental Institute she challenged 3M's environmental pollution to protect urban and organic farming. After becoming a mother and giving birth to her three sons at home, she was hired by then Council Vice President Robert Lilligren and spearheaded several progressive projects to elevate the voice of people of color in the environmental justice movement, attract more public art investment in disenfranchised communities, and revamp the Latino engagement of the city.
While she was running for the city council seat, Alondra worked as a Senior Communications and Public Affairs Specialist with the Minneapolis Public Schools, leading the district’s efforts to engage and inform multilingual families through the lens of language and culture. Alondra is a graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Insitute in Washington D.C., she completed a LISC community development careership with Hope Community, and earned her Bachelor of Individualized Studies in Management, Chicano Studies, Popular Education and the Politics of Identity from the University of Minnesota.
Alondra is excited to bring her track record of achieving the radical change we have been fighting for by continuing to work with the many residents of our community to build power, create coalitions, and pass the public policies that our diverse city needs.
Aisha Gomez: Senior Policy Aide
Aisha is a Southside based social, racial, and environmental justice advocate and activist. She joins the Ninth Ward office after spending the last few years supporting environmental and food justice projects with the Women’s Environmental Institute, mostly in the greater Phillips neighborhood. Aisha is connected to many cultural and community organizations, healers, artists, and change makers. She is a graduate of South High School and holds a BS from the University of Minnesota in Environmental Science. She looks forward to serving the Ninth Ward with warmth and integrity and working to bring more neighborhood voices to the process at City Hall . She lives with her partner and son in the Central Neighborhood.
Ashley Fairbanks: Policy Aide
Boozhoo! For over a decade, Ashley has been a passionate advocate for a better life for people on the Southside. As an Anishinaabe woman, Ashley is committed to improving the lives of Indigenous peoples in our community, especially on issues of crime and justice, culture and health. Beyond that, she is also a dedicated urban farmer, lover of bicyles, the Co-Chair of the Art Shanty Projects board and a fellow in Intermedia Arts' Creative Community Leadership Institute. Ashley graduated from South High School and the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in American Indian Studies. 
Did you know bees pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops, which constitute 1/3 of everything we eat? Despite their importance to our ecosystem, bees are often overlooked. In September of 2013, a legal pesticide application killed thousands of honey bees in a Minneapolis neighborhood.
If you believe in the importance of protecting the bees, please join The Beez Kneez, Dr. Marla Spivak, University of MN Bee Squad, Homegrown Minneapolis, local politicians, beekeepers and more for a very important night of reflection and action at the  Healthy Bees, Healthy Lives Kick-Off Event at  Gandhi Mahal Thursday, January 16th at 6:30pm. 
Friday, January 24th, 7:00pm 
Cedar Cultural Center
Saturday, January 25th, 12:30– 5:00pm, Wellstone Center St. Paul.
Saturday, January 25th 2:00pm
Powderhorn Park
Deadline: January 31st, 2014
Step Up Program Accepting Applications
STEP-UP is the City of Minneapolis summer jobs program for youth ages 14-21. STEP-UP recruits, trains, and places low-income youth in a wide range of jobs. Apply now.
Diversifying the Minneapolis Police
In her first week in office, Council Member Cano met with 3rd ward Inspector Mike Sullivan to discuss the importance of diverse officers and community voices to the Minneapolis Police.  Do you know someone interested in becoming an officer? Learn more about the  MPD Community Safety Officer program.

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