Standing with Jamar Clark's family, elected officials and hundreds of community members at the #4thprecinctshutdown in support of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis' demand to have the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension release any and all video footage documenting the incident which led to Mr. Clark's death. Read my entire statement on Facebook
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Dear Community,
I write today with a heavy heart. Our community is mourning the death of Jamar Clark, an unarmed young Black man who was shot in the head during a struggle with Minneapolis Police officers this past Sunday. Rightly so, many residents are concerned about the process we will follow to investigate the cause of this incident. I thank Mayor Betsy Hodges for being engaged with this matter and appreciate her expedient action calling for an independent investigation to be conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison has also requested that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch investigate what happened and determine if there were any civil rights or criminal violations.
While our State and Federal agencies investigate Mr. Clark's death, I support and stand with the community that has taken to the streets to demand the public release of any and all video footage documenting the events which led to the death of Mr. Clark. I, like many of you, believe that witholding the video footage from the public sends a message that there is something to hide when in fact we could be using these videos to build a transparent and clear path to justice for everyone that was involved in this tragic event. Releasing video footage in these types of incidents, though varied, is not a unique practice. Recently, in Chicago, a County judge ruled to release the video footage of a Black youth who was shot by the police sixteen times. In the Walter Scott case, video footage made available to the public served to bring clarity about the facts of the incident. Releasing this video footage may not feel comfortable for some, but it is a necessary shift that we must push for in order to build a new culture of policing accountability which addresses the loss of African American lives at the hands of police officers at desperately alarming rates throughout our nation.
I have also been at the #4thprecinctshutdown, including on Wednesday night this week, when I was so concerned by the use of chemical irritants, batons, and projectiles against a largely peaceful crowd exercising their constitutionally protected rights to gather and speak. After personally witnessing the interactions between the overwhelmingly peaceful crowd and our police officers I believed it was necessary to request that Chief of Police Harteau stop using mace on the public to ensure the de-escalation of a growing stand-off between our residents and our officers. When I returned the following day, I was very pleased to witness a more calm response from police to the peaceful demonstrators. I thank Chief Harteau and the 4th Precinct leaders for changing their policing philosophy to create a safer environment for all.
In the weeks and months ahead I will work hard to ensure that the process we build to review this case is fair and transparent and that the community demands for oversight and accountability are met. We will need your voice every step of the way, please keep pushing for change.
For now, Jamar's friends and family are in my thoughts daily. Please consider donating to the fund that has been set up to help his family cover funeral costs.
Amor y paz,
(Above) Hundreds of community members and Black Lives Matter supporters flank U.S. Congressman Ellison, State Rep. Ray Dehn, and Minneapolis City Council Members Alondra Cano, Lisa Bender and Cam Gordon during a Thursday night press conference on the #JusticeForJamar incident.
As you may remember, the next step in the fight for $15 in Minneapolis is to commisison a study on the economic impacts of a higher minimum wage on our city and the region. Please read the RFP, applications are due December 1st.
Please spread the word!
In the Heart of the Beast's beloved Saturday Puppet Shows for kids are in full swing! 

Little Lu: A World Within is an original shadow puppet show by Liz Howls, Lady Midnight, and Blake Love told through narration and music. Lu, a little girl with a restless heart, and brother Benny come to live with their grandfather in his unusual house. While investigating her “new” rickety home Lu discovers not everything is as it seems.

Saturday, November 21, 2015 
In The Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater
10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. 

The Mayor's proposed budget is available online. Property tax notices were mailed out last week. The final opportunity for public comment and the budget adoption take place Wednesday, December 9 at 6:05 p.m. All meetings are in City Hall Council Chambers, room 317. Read more about the process on the City website and don't hesitate to contact my office with any questions or comments.
As apartment vacancy rates plummet and rents soar, many renters are experiencing issues with housing quality, rising energy costs, and displacement. Please join me and organizers working in our communities to lift up the voices of renters for a conversation about the experiences of renters in our City.


Edain Altamirano, Corcoran Neighborhood Organization 

Anain Lozano, InquilinXs UnidXs por Justicia

Eric Hague, HOMEline

Monday, December 7
5:30 - 7:30 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.
The Minneapolis St. Paul film society presents their annual and much anticipated series celebrating notable new films representing,a dozen countries where Spanish is spoken and where significant, cutting-edge filmmaking is currently being made.
November 19-25
The Holiday No Coast Craft-o-Rama is a craft event that began in December 2005 as a way to feature a variety of designers, artists, crafters and other talented creators of unique handmade goods.
December 4-5
Brought to you through the Indigenous Voices Series
Don't feed the Indians, written by Murielle Borst-Tarrant, is co-presented with Intermedia Arts Theater. 
Watch out when Indian show business meets the Doctrine of Discovery. A raucous play and political satire loosely based on Dante's Inferno. A comedic look at the negative marginalization of Indigenous Peoples and the appropriation of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. See what happens when the Indians push back.
November 20 - 22
Community Meeting to vote on Bylaw Changes and NRP Plan Modifications for the proposed 2016 Budget. Neighborhood party to follow to support the CANDO 2016 vision!
Friday, December 11th
5:00 p.m.
CANDO Community Space 
The 2015 Naked Stages fellows, Marisa Carr, Junauda Petrus, and Eliza Rasheed, will each premiere a new performance at Pillsbury House Theatre this December.
December 10th-19th
The City of Minneapolis is hiring a STEP-UP coordinator
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is hiring a Development Director and an Education Coordinator
The Native American Community Development Institute is hiring a  Community Organizer
The MetCouncil is seeking applicants to serve on their Equity Advisory Committee
Call (612) 673-2209
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