Noticias
NEWS FROM THE NINTH WARD
#SquadGoals. Alondra with Ninth Ward council staff Aisha Gomez and Coya White Hat-Artichoker, in front of a mural designed and painted by youth from Little Earth in the Wiconi Waste porgram supported by the Nsrgnts. 
Dear Neighbors,
Often, when I’m invited to speak at rallies or forums, I say “if you're not getting in trouble then you're not doing your job.” As I reflect on 2015 I realize just how much I live by the spirit of this statement.
I don't say it to be insolent or to get a laugh. I actually say it because I believe it to mean that we must willfully hurl ourselves at deconstructing institutional racism and fighting for justice every step of the way - even when it is uncomfortable, inconvenient, not popular, scary, and unbelievably powerful. Our communities simply cannot wait any longer for the changes that we seek and deserve.
This hurling image comes from environmental activist Derrick Jensen who talks about the salmon hurling themselves against the concrete of the dams that were built on the Columbia River. You see, the salmon were trying to return home. He goes on to say, "we too must hurl ourselves against and through the literal and metaphorical concrete that contains and constrains us, that keeps us from talking about what is most important to us, that keeps us from living the way our bones know we can, that bars us from our home. It only takes one person to bring down a dam.” I’m thankful to be working with so many of you who are also trying to bring down the dams that have created opportunities for some but failed to open up opportunities for the many.
I've never been satisfied with simply mastering the rules of the game. I've always been committed to changing the rules of the game and creating more opportunities for those who have been left out to join in and play. This is why, on our very first Council Meeting in 2014 I made the motion to suspend the Council rules and open up the floor for public comment. Since then, this move set the tone for my political philosophy and actions on the Council. If politics are not able to respond to the community needs of our people, then what are politics good for?
Over the past two years by working shoulder-to-shoulder with our residents we have been able to interrupt the status quo that has caused, whether intentionally or not, the racial inequities we see in our city. By using our platform and policy initiatives to stand up for workers’ rights, racial equity, environmental justice, and renters’ rights we’re pushing the institution to operate out of a paradigm of inclusion, justice and community empowerment.
I am proud to say that with your support, I’ve been able to put racial equity squarely on the City Council agenda. It is good that our Mayor has also prioritized this line of work, and together we will continue to fight to make this racial equity vision a reality for Minneapolis. Please keep your eye out for the “OUR MPLS Racial Equity Report Card,” a partnership between Voices for Racial Justice and more than a dozen other community organizations working to advance racial justice in our region.
This year I’m completely energized and excited to keep working on our Ninth Ward priorities – Green Zones to help low-income high pollution areas of our city and strong renters’ rights protections to ensure the most vulnerable residents of our city can have a bigger voice in their housing options. We will continue to advance the fight for a $15 per hour city-wide minimum wage ordinance. I am committed to continuing to do the work it takes to promote small business development and addressing crime and safety in our neighborhoods. I know you are too, and we are ready to hit the ground running to bear solutions on this front.
Last but never least, I am so grateful to our powerful and connected Ninth Ward staff, Aisha Gomez and Coya White Hat-Artichoker, who make our office relevant and accessible to our residents every day. I deeply thank them both for their ongoing commitment and service and please know we are all here to work hard for you in this coming year.
Onward to 2016!

CAFE CON ALONDRA: BLACK LIVES MATTER AND GRAND JURIES
Join me for a conversation with community representatives from Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, the Minneapolis NAACP and Neighborhoods Organzing for Change as we discuss police accountability, grand juries, and what is next for the movement for Black Lives in our communities.
Monday, February 1
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  
2307 17th Ave S - East Phillips Park
RSVP and more info on the Facebook event page
LEGISLATIVE WORKING GROUP ON ECONOMIC DISPARITIES IN MINNESOTA
The legislature will be talking about economic disparities this Friday and taking public testimony. Consider going and sharing your thoughts with legislators as they develop their agenda. 

Friday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. 
Legislative Working Group on Disparities and Opportunities
Chairs: Sen. Bobby Joe Champion and Rep. Jim Knoblach
Room 200 State Office Bldg.
Agenda:  
Public Testimony 
To testify, please contact Rep. Knoblach's office at 651-296-4999
SUPPORT THE PHILLIPS POOL!
Minneapolis Swims is working hard to bring together funding partners to open the first public, indoor swimming pool in The City of Lakes, Minneapolis, MN. For the first time ever, we look forward to having a 10-lane facility, in the heart of a densely populated, cenrally located, lower-income neighborhood.
SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PERFORM AT CARNEGIE HALL
South High School juniors Marie Berlovitz and Ethan Davenport have been selected to take the stage at Carnegie Hall in the 2016 High School Honors Performance Series on Feb. 7, 2016.

Berlovitz and Davenport achieved the performance honor in a selection process that began last spring with auditions. They join 750 singers selected from a field of 18,000. As finalists in this process, they are considered among the highest-rated high school performers worldwide. Berlovitz, a soprano II, and Davenport, a tenor I, are members of the South High Pop Singers and the Varsity Choir under the direction of music teacher Laurie Meyers.

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in Carnegie Hall.

Learn more at http://honorsperformance.org/home-program. Tickets are available for the Honors Choral Performance and can be purchased through the Carnegie Hall box office at http://www.carnegiehall.org/.
ARTIST NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE (ANPI)
Americo Speed: Celebrating the Spirits Ofrenda by Ninth Ward artist and recipient of a 2016 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, Tina Tavera
CURA’s Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) provides small grants to artists working in communities of color and/or low-income communities in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. ANPI grants recognize the valuable role that the arts and artists play in community revitalization efforts and are intended to support the involvement of artists as key actors and leaders of community building and development. This grant program is particularly focused on directly funding individual artists or groups of artists working to build more equitable communities in the Twin Cities.
NINTH ANNUAL ART SLED RALLY
It is time once again for the Annual Art Sled Rally, a fun-filled spectacle in Powderhorn Park produced by the South Sixteenth Hijinks. All ages can work with a cadre of artists to make and adapt sleds and sled-like art objects. Bundle up and enjoy the amazingly creative crafts and clever emcees at this popular event.

Create your own contraption to slide amongst a throng of cheering spectators or bundle up and cheer on the insane creations with a group of friends or family. This is a free and family-friendly event.

Saturday, January 30
2:00 p.m.
Western Slopes of Powderhorn Park

APPLY TODAY FOR STEP UP, INTERNSHIPS FOR 14-21 YEAR OLDS
Applications for the summer are now open!
STEP-UP is a nationally recognized youth employment program that trains and matches Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 with paid internships. As one of the country's premiere youth employment programs, STEP-UP serves populations that face some of the greatest barriers to employment, particularly youth from low income families, youth of color, youth from immigrant families, and youth with disabilities.
After STEP-UP interns complete training, they are eligible to work for pay at Minneapolis businesses and nonprofit organizations to gain job experience, explore career interests, and build professional skills.
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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.
UPCOMING
CITY COUNCIL VOTE ON GREEN ZONES RESOLUTION
Community power and presence is required to hold accountable a Green Zones resolution which will be heard in the Community Development and Regulatory services committee
Tuesday, January 19th
1:30 p.m.
CONOCE TUS DERECHOS! KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
Ven a infórmarte sobre los planes de la oficina de ICE y como prepararse en caso de ser detenido. Join us to learn about ICE's raids in MN and learn about your rights in case you are detained. 
Friday, January 15th
6 - 8 p.m. 
2323 11th Ave S 
MLK DAY AT POWDERHORN PARK
Join your beloved community for a celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. There will be a delicious meal, cultural performances, youth activities, and communiuty workshops.
FREE and open to the public 
Monday, January 18
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Powderhorn Park 
LAKE/BLOOMINGTON CRIME MEETING
Join our office, MPD leaders, and the Hennepin County Attorney’s office for updates on crime trends in the Bloomington and Lake Street area, an opportunity to meet the new beat officers, and ideas about what we can do to address crime as a community.

Tuesday, January 26

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Plaza Verde

MARLON JAMES AND DAVE EGGERS
Catch novelist, winner of the 2015 Mann Booker prize, Macalester professor, and Ninth Ward resident Marlon James in conversation with renowned novelist Dave Eggers. 

Thursday, February 4

7:30 p.m.


"PLAN IT" ENTREPRENEUR TRAINING
Are you interested in pursuing additional training to help expand or start a small businesses? The Corcoran Neighborhood Organization has partnered with the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) to provide the "Plan IT" entrepreneurship training program for area small businesses and residents. 

This 12-week  course, taught by an experienced instructor, covers the fundamentals of managing and growing a small business. In addition to leaving with a sound businesses plan, course graduates will receive 10 hours of free one-on-one consulting and access to a host of services through NDC.

LAKE STREET ARTS! OPEN ENSEMBLE
As a part of our Lake Street Arts! initiative, Pangea’s ensemble welcomes artists, activists, and community members into our learning circle during Open Ensemble. Each month, we open company rehearsals and bring performance skill-building trainings to community. 
OPEN HOUSE FOR SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS PARKS MASTER PLAN
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) hosts its fifth community open house related to the South Service Area Master Plan (SSAMP) on Feb. 1, 2016, 6-8 pm at the Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S. The SSAMP is a project that will create new plans for all neighborhood parks in Minneapolis residing south of Downtown and east of I-35W. 
 HEARING ON POWDERHORN PARK WADING POOL AND PLAYGROUNDS 
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners will consider approving concept designs of improvements planned for the Powderhorn Park wading pool and playgrounds at a public hearing on Wednesday Jan. 20, 2016. The hearing will begin at 6:30 pm inside MPRB headquarters, 2117 West River Road.
OPPORTUNITIES
The City of Minneapolis is hiring for a number of positions, including seven 911 dispatchers (High School diploma or GED required) and a Neighborhood Support Specialist. Bilingual candiadates are encouraged to apply for these positions.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is hiring Lobbyist and Public Policy Analyst and an Environmental Justice organizer.
The Metropolitan Council is hiring a Community Relations Specialist.
Nice Ride MN is hiring a Director, Finance and Business Planning
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) is in search of a culturally competent Executive Director.
Applications are now being accepted for the Urban Scholars program, focused on developing leadership capacity in communities of color for people who have completed at least a year of college. Apply today!
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