Last April, my office was honored to work with a coalition of American Indian community members to pass a resolution that changed Minneapolis' first Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Our partners at the Native American Community Development Institute were instrumental in this victory and we invite you to join us in celebrating the first Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, October 13th!
I'm humbled that environmental justice advocate, economist and Vice-Presidential candidate Winona LaDuke will be a part of this monumental day. Winona will lead a conversation about the successes of the global Indigenous movement in forging new ways of representation and talk about next steps to implement Indigenous Peoples Day in our city.
There will be a community feast provided by Indigenous caterers Sean Sherman founder of the Sioux Chef and Cheo Smith. Free t-shirts and commemorative screen-printed posters for early arrivals. RSVP and learn more on Facebook, we hope to see you there!
Monday, October 13
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Speakers, Ringing Shield Drum and Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli Danza
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Discussion with Winona LaDuke
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Film "Women are Sacred" by Bfresh productions
Nearly 200 young adults, community leaders and children gathered at Sabathani Community Center two weeks ago to engage in a public discussion with Chief of Police Janee Harteau. Over forty people shared their stories, focusing on the experiences they have had with the Minneapolis Police Department. Many members of communities of color expressed deep challenges when dealing with police officers and demanded greater accountability measures to improve police-community relations.
We were fortunate to welcome youth from the We Win Institute who artistically told of a future without violence through dance, drum and song. The performance was followed by a detailed and constructive dialogue where people stayed for an extra hour to identify ways to move forward in fixing our policing systems and improving our mechanisms for accountability.
Guided by our highly regarded moderator Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds with important contributions from a well respected panel of community experts including Dr. Rose Brewer and author Jason Sole. City representatives also joined the panel discussion including Police Conduct Oversight Commissioner Jennifer Singleton, Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden, Council Member and Vice Chair of the Public Safety and Civil Rights Committee Cam Gordon, and I.
Unfortunately, Chief Harteau did not join us to listen and respond to community concerns. Despite the Chief's absence, I feel that we emerged from the session with a clear directive from the community. I want to thank Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden and Council Member Cam Gordon for joining me as co-hosts of the event and staying late so that all of the community members who wanted to speak were heard. I feel strongly that now is the time for us to make major strides in improving the relationships between our community and the police, focusing on accountability and oversight. I am working closely with my Council colleagues and the community to move forward on the requests that we heard about.
I am pleased to hear that this successful forum prompted Chief Harteau to host a series of forums to connect with the public and look forward to seeing concrete steps emerge from these sessions.
The cold is coming! You may be aware of the challenges facing Minneapolis Community Action. Many in our community rely on Community Action's energy assistance program to help them stay warm during the long winter months. While Minneapolis Community Action will not be administering these programs for the foreseeable future, Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin will be processing Energy Assistance applications for Minneapolis residents. If you have already submitted your application, you do not have to file a new one. The low-income weatherization program can be accessed by contacting the Sustainable Resources Center.
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Meet Little Boy, the world's first talking (and farting) atom bomb. As this reluctant creation is brought to life, he contemplates his origin and impact. Created by puppeteer, painter, and Hiroshima-born performance artist Masanari Kawahara, who was grew up playing in the Peace Park built where the bomb was dropped. 
Presented by Pangea World Theater and directed by Ninth Ward resident Molly Van Avery
October 1-5
Join your neighbors to build community and freshen up the neighborhood before the snow falls. Free supplies, t-shirts, and food  for participants! 
Saturday, October 11
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Free Breakfast at Lutheran Social Service or Welna Ace Hardware
10:00 - 12:00 p.m. Clean Sweep
12:00 p.m. Free lunch and more Stewart Park
An evening of celebration through hip-hop featuring Los Nativos, Tall Paul, and Olmeca. RSVP and find more info on Facebook.
Sunday, October 12
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Want to help build a strong coalition of frontline community organizers focused on Enviromental Justice? Join Neighborhoods Organizing for Change to debrief on national work done in California and New York. Work together to develop a plan for continued efforts in the Twin Cities. Refreshments and childcare will be provided. Find more info and RSVP on Facebook.
Monday, October 13
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
911 W. Broadway Avenue
Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th but you may now vote in person at City Hall any weekday 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. or by mail.
The City Council made voting more convenient by extending hours of operation making voting in-person at City Hall available in the two weeks leading up to election day:
  • 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, October 20 – 31
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays October 25 and November 1
  • Noon – 5 p.m. Sundays October 26 and November 2
For more information about voting before Election Day at City Hall, visit the city elections website or call 311.
Minneapolis Police Department is hiring cadets.
The Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission will start reviewing applications for open positions on October 11. Find applications and more information on the City's website. 
Call (612) 673-2209
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