We honor the lives of the young people lost to the Florida school shooting by standing up to say #NeverAgain. Pictured above are Minneapolis students who came to City Hall to testify in front of our City's Intergovernmental Relations Committee (IGR) on February 21. This was part of a massive national call to action to end gun violence. The IGR Committee then moved to approve additional gun violence prevention measures on the City's policy agenda.
Dear Neighbors,
As the Chair of our City's Public Safety and Emergency Management Committee, I wanted to acknowledge a recent report regarding the number of American Indian women who are being stopped, searched, and arrested at higher rates than other racial groups by our Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). I first became aware of the report findings when a reporter asked me to comment on his "American Indian women in Minneapolis disproportionately drawing police attention" article. Please note that I had not previously been contacted by St. Kate’s or St.Thomas universities to be notified about the conclusion of their study nor to address their findings.

Immediately after reading the story, I reached out to our Mayor's Office, our Chief of Police, and our City Attorney. I want you to know that we are all hands on deck to review the report and work to address any wrong-doing we may find. I have also reached out to key leaders in the American Indian community to let them know about the article and to express my openness in receiving their thoughts and concerns on this matter. Already, productive discussions and exchanges are taking place on this front.

As a policy maker, I'm working with our City Coordinator's Office and MPD to better understand what is taking place behind these numbers. It is hard to say whether these numbers have increased, stayed the same, or decreased over time because the City began tracking racial demographics with MPD contact in 2014, no comparative data to the report's 2014-2016 results exist. I'm also weighing in how all of the efforts I have co-developed with community experts, resident voices, and City leaders to eradicate Commercial Sexual Exploitation and end the opioid abuse in our neighborhoods are impacting both our community of women and the numbers in this report.

Because I have been able to get our municipal government to be so active in addressing these challenges on Lake Street, our officers do have more contact with the residents and families experiencing Commercial Sexual Exploitation and chemical dependency. Our goal has always been to ensure this contact recognizes our residents as survivors of abuse and trauma, not as criminals. We've co-created enforcement mechanisms in tandem with community experts to diminish establishing criminal background records for our struggling families and swiftly connect them with wrap-around social services run by professionally equipped staff who can give women survivors the support they need or may be looking for. However, with or without the careful approach we've taken to this work, I believe this discussion has some important themes we need to unpack and we'll leave no stone unturned as we dig in.

Please know that I'm more than willing to listen to your perspective on this issue. Any insights or ideas you would like to share with me are welcomed, you can reach me at alondra (dot) cano (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov.
Mil gracias,

20,000 immigrant youth have lost protection from deportation since Trump killed DACA, according to United We Dream - the nation's largest immigrant youth led organizing network.

President Trump has vowed that thousands who are still protected will begin losing their DACA status starting March 5th. Meanwhile, millions of undocumented immigrant families continue to survive the threat of deportation and fight for their rights in the schools, at work, and in our communities.

The time for neighbors, students, teachers, professors, congregations, organizers, families, elected officials, and coalitions to come together in epic numbers to stand with our immigrant community and fight for the DREAM Act is now.

Join us for a community conversation and strategy session with organizers from United We Dream, Nestor Gomez (co-founder of Caile, a MN immigrant youth organizing group), and NAVIGATE to learn about what's happening at the national level with DACA and the DREAM Act. Come organize to build power with DREAMERS! Our panel will be moderated by Quito Ziegler, a New York city based artists, strategist, and freedom fighter.
Wednesday, March 7
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Walker Community United Methodist Church
Route 5 is getting a major upgrade and Metro Transit wants your input. 

Metro Transit is planning a rapid bus service, called the D Line, to replace Route 5. This route runs primarily on Chicago Avenue, Emerson Avenue, and Fremont Avenue. A rapid bus brings faster service and a more comfortable ride for bus-riders.

Several potential station locations have been identified by Metro Transit, who are now in the station planning phase of the D Line project. D Line stations would be constructed in 2020 and 2021. But for right now, Metro Transit needs your input.

There are several ways you can voice your opinion on the plan:
  • Review the plan & comment online
  • Email comments to
  • Call Metro Transit customer relations at (612) 333-3333
  • Attend an open house to learn more, talk with project staff, and share your input:

Wednesday, February 21, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at North High School
Thursday, February 22, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wellstone High School
Sat., March 3, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Brooklyn Center Transit Center

Metro Transit will report back to the community with revisions in a recommended plan this spring, and bring a final plan to the Metropolitan Council this summer for approval.

Watch and share this video made by Metro Transit to learn more about the D Line project.

This is a teach-in and open conversation with authors and activists Amanda Huron and Chaun Webster. Can a commons work in a place where land and resources are scarce? How can strangers who may not share a past or future come together to create commonly held spaces in the midst of capitalism?  Amanda will share stories and lessons gathered from her work researching housing cooperatives across the U.S. and Chaun will discuss his work as a researcher and poet examining the same questions in Minneapolis.

Friday, March 9
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Moon Palace Books

Ninth Ward poet and author Bao Phi (left) collaborated with Berkeley -based illustrator Thi Bui on a children's book titled 'A Different Pond'. The story is about a Minneapolis boy who wakes up early to go fisihing with his dad and learns lessons from him about life, work, and struggle.
The book, a finalist for the Minnesota book award, has been recognized as a Caldecott Medal Honor Book by the American Library Association, one of the highest honors bestowed in children's literature each year.
There is so much genius on the Southside, we love to see it recognized and honored. Congratulations Bao!
You can pick up your copy of 'A Different Pond' today at local gem Moon Palace Books and keep it in the neighborhood.
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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.
For the past two years CURA staff and researchers have been conducting an analysis on gentrification in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Using qualitative and quantitative methods they have worked to determine what kind of neighborhood change is happening, examining census and housing market data, and the perceptions of people living and working in communities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Come learn about the results.

Friday, February 23
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Carlson School of Management
Make Believe Neighborhood celebrates Mr. Rogers and the neighborhood helpers he told us to look for – the ordinary people who do extra-ordinary work to make our own neighborhood a brighter, healthier, friendlier place

February 23 and 24 
Times vary
*Saturday post-show discussion with Mayor Frey and Council Member Cano
In the Heart of the Beast
Presented by Pangea World Theater, this is a devised theater piece exploring the mechanics of displacement in an age of immense income inequality. This play brings to life a development struggle in which Skid Row residents organize against gentrification by an alcohol fueled entertainment district.  

February 23 and 24 
7:30 p.m.
*Pre-show discussion with CURA on Saturday, Feb. 24
Old Arizona Theater
It is time to gather to envision the theme for MayDay! All are welcome to brainstorm the theme for the 44th MayDay Parade. We invite you to join with neighbors and MayDay artists in a conversation about where we are as a community right now: our hopes, concerns, and images that resonate and inspire as we look towards this new year.

Tuesday, February 27
6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Join the Longfellow Community Council, Council Member Alondra Cano, MPD's Third Precinct, Hennepin County, MetroTransit, and the MN Department of Transportation to review updates on planning for the improvements slated for the intersection at Hiawatha and East Lake Street. Please join us!

Tuesday, February 27 
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Dowling School Auditorium

Share your experience and your vision for a “Just Solar” Economy. The solar industry is poised for rapid growth, but is it ready to advance equity and opportunities for all? Come hear from NAACP Environmental Justice Director about what is happening around the nation and meet local leaders to build access, workforce development, and public policy solutions that can hold the solar panel developer community accountable.

Saturday, March 10 
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Metropolitan State University
The City of Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions including a Senior Advisor on Human Trafficking.
Geek Love Cafe, the new restaurant that will be inside Moon Palace Books, is now hiring for all positions.
Call (612) 673-2209
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