We're kicking off 2020 with a fur-free vision for Minneapolis. During our last Council cycle, myself and Council Member Cam Gordon began the work to establish an ordinance that would protect animals and our environment while reducing the amount of fur products that are sold here. Read the article "Minneapolis City Council members take enlightened step toward fur-free city" to learn more about the issue.
The request to make Minneapolis a fur-free city came from hundreds of our Ninth Ward constituents and the leadership of oragnizers at Fur Free Minneapolis. Over the past nine months we've taken the time to explore this request and have finally taken the official steps to get us to an ordinance by the end of this year.
Keep your eyes out for community input sessions on this topic and a public hearing in the fall!
Image from Fur Free Minneapolis by The Kenspeckle Letterpress.
Many of us can agree with Minneapolis Public Schools when it determined that the status quo in our schools is untenable. In December of 2017, MPS leadership started the Comprehensive District Design (CDD) process, a system-wide analysis that hopes to tackle institutional racism and provide an equal and fair educational experience to all our children.
As we engage with this process, remember that the Cruz-Guzman versus the State of Minnesota lawsuit is present. The ACLU suggests this lawsuit shows "the Saint Paul and Minneapolis public schools are more segregated today than in the 1970s when Brown v. Board of Education was settled."
📣 The CDD draft plans of the proposed changes are now ready for public review and input, you can access them online at 👉🏽 https://mpls.k12.mn.us/cdd.
As an MPS parent, I welcome MPS' willingness to openly commit to deconstruct the institutional racism baked into our district's policies. As an elected official, I encourage as much public input as possible before the MPS Board votes to adopt a final plan in April.
Here are some important ways for you to weigh in and stay connected to this process:
👩👧👦Attend the Latinx listening session on Feb. 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Davis Center.
📺 Watch the Jan. 28 Board meeting on Channel 15 or online at mps.eduvision.tv.
📝 Participate in the online survey: mpls.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aXFnXuSz4L9Xx41
FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The Minneapolis Black Employee Network, the Department of Civil Rights and the Hennepin County Employees of Color are collaborating to host activities and events that observe Black History Month. This year’s theme is Celebrating History, Honoring Tradition, Uplifting Community.
You’re invited to join events featuring music, dance, storytelling, spoken word and a variety of guest speakers 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m. every Thursday in February:
Friday, January 31, 8:30 a.m.
Black History Month breakfast reception
City Hall, Room 319
Friday, January 31, 9:30 a.m.
City Council resolution presentation recognizing Black History Month
City Hall, Room 307
Thursday, February 7
Kickoff celebration with poetry, storytelling and music
City Hall Rotunda
Thursday, February 14
Honoring tradition with music, dance and fun
City Hall Rotunda
Thursday, February 21
Uplifting community with comedy, history, music and recognitions
City Hall Rotunda
Thursday, February 28
Celebrating history with a speaker and spoken word
Hennepin County Government Center
COMMUNITY GARDEN APPLICATIONS
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.
60A Special Election
While Iowa will host their caucuses next week so their residents can vote in the Presidential Nominating Primary, Minnesotans don't have to wait for their caucus to vote. You can cast your ballot from now up until Tuesday, March 3rd for the Presidential Nominating Primary. This is the first time since 1992 that Minnesotans can participate in the Presidential Nominating Primary without the caucus.
In Minneapolis, caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 25th and voters cast their preference for the State House, State Senate, U.S House, and U.S. Senate seats.
Caucusing is done in person. By law you are allowed time off work to attend party caucuses with ten days notice given to your employer.
Key Election Dates for 2020
Voting is ongoing for the Presidential Nominating Primary.
Party Caucuses - Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.
Presidential Primary - Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
State Primary - Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
For more information on all things related to the elections happening in 2020, including finding your polling place, visit the City's Elections and Voter Services website.
To find out more about Minnesota's process for the Presidential Nominating Primary, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.
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.
RADON KITS AVAILABLE FROM THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS
The City of Minneapolis is giving away 200 radon test kits to increase awareness about cancer risks as a result of radon exposure. They are first come first serve!
Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that occurs naturally in Minnesota soil and can enter homes primarily through cracks and openings in basement or foundation floors and walls. Pick kits up in person at the address below:
City of Minneapolis Department of Development Review
250 S. Fourth Street, Room 300
FREE FILM SHOWS
The Craft Bar and Lounge inside the Minneapolis Convention Center will open at 5 p.m.
Thursday, February 27
Thursday, March 19
The Lion King
Thursday, April 16
CAREER FORCE JOB FAIR
Career Force on Lake Street and Chicago Avenue will be hosting a career fair to connect local job-seekers with perspective employers. This is a great opportunity for local businesses and new employees to interact and share information and resources.
Wednesday, February 1
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
777 East Lake Street