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Dear Neighbors,
As the daughter of undocumented immigrants who came to this country seeking a better life and ready to contribute, I am on fire over President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. With you and thousands of other Minnesotans, I spent years organizing, marching, advocating, and raising education about the need to fix our broken immigration system. That work, in conjunction with a national movement for a fair and just immigration reform policy, gave birth to the DACA program. Millions across our country agree this program is beneficial for all of our communities - and that's why we're taking action.
I invite you to join me on Sunday, September 24th for an organizing meeting with the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition at Holy Rosary Church from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to learn about what's happening with the DACA program and how you can fight back and support our local immigrant rights movement. At this community forum we will be learning about MIRAC's immigrant rights platform, which will be presented to the Minneapolis City Council in the coming weeks. We will also seek your feedback on the work of the City's Sanctuary Cities Task Force, on our effort to update and strengthen our Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Minneapolis Police Department separation ordinance, as well as our active plans to introduce a municipal identification ordinance.
Immigrant Rights Organizing Meeting 
Sunday, September 24
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Holy Rosary Church, 2424 18th Ave S, Minneapolis
(Facebook event and Flyer coming soon)

La lucha continua,
The City recently joined Welcoming America’s network of Welcoming Cities and Counties, recognizing its commitment to inclusiveness toward immigrants and all its residents. Nearly 100 local governments across the country belong to the network launched by Decatur, Georgia-based Welcoming America, a nonprofit founded in 2009. In 2016, there were nearly 400 events in 150 communities for Welcoming Week. 
The City of Minneapolis will take part in “Welcoming Week” September 15 to 24, a nationwide initiative designed to bring together immigrants, refugees and long-time residents. 

The City is hosting two community events to foster dialogue and understanding about Minneapolis’ rich diversity and to stand up for immigrants and refugees in our community. Please consider joining!

• 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 19, at the Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S. The event will feature a panel discussion, information from community organizations and several interactive activities, including storytelling and a chance to share thoughts on what makes a welcoming city. RSVP and more info on Facebook

• 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S. The event will
 focus on youth experience of immigration, including a panel discussion and artwork. In case of rain, the event will be held nearby at Wellstone International School, 3328 Elliot Ave. S. RSVP and more info on Facebook 

The City will also launch its #WeAreMpls campaign during Welcoming Week, which will highlight compelling stories and photos of newcomers and long-time Minneapolis residents.

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We are moving toward making Minneapolis a Zero Waste City! I am proud that my office has been a key part of the team developing Minneapolis's first Zero Waste plan.  Join us to learn more and provide input and feedback.
City staff and subject matter experts will present the draft plan and you can let us know what you like and what we missed in an open house style session. There will be refreshments and zero waste activities for young people.
Can't make it in person? We still want your input! Please check out the plan and fill out an online survey
Thursday, September 21st
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street

The Midtown Greenway Coalition and many community partners have been working on a shared street demonstration project on 29th Street between Bloomington and 16th Avenue South.
Join us for a free neighborhood Block Party! There will be table tennis and sign-making from Ready Go, basketball, free ice cream, flower plantings, tours of the demonstration project and more! 

At 5:00 p.m. feast on a meal that reflects the cultures in the Phillips neighborhood, featuring halal, vegan, and gluten-free options so all can join in the feast. RSVP and give what you can as your donation. 
Saturday, September 23
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
29th Street between Bloomington and 16th Avenue South
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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.
Join a colaition of organizations and Tribal Nations to say no to transporting tar sands oil across sensitive habitats and wetlands in Northern Minnesota. Learn more about Line 3 here.
Thursday, September 28
4:00 p.m.
MN State Capitol
The 4th annual Minneapolis Trans* Equity Summit, hosted by the City of Minneapolis in collaboration with he Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.
This year’s focus is on health and history, with breakout sessions on meeting healthcare needs, being an ally, health care laws, public policy and more. Community members and organizations interested in learning about and furthering transgender equity, are encouraged to attend.
Thursday, September 28
9:00 a.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center
Join neighbors and friends to celebrate the Central neighborhood. There will be Food, Art Activities, Games, Music. Come see the new Green Central Park design!
Saturday, July 16
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Council Member Alondra Cano publishes a monthly newsletter focusing on the work we are doing to address crime and safety issues in our Ward. Check out the latest issue online and click here to sign up!
The Lake Street Council is seeking artist (or artist teams) applications to propose art projects for Lake Street public artwork series. Application deadline is September 30th.
The City of Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions including seasonal help with elections!
Take Action MN is hiring for a Program Director and other positions.
The MN Indian Wiomen's Resource Center is hiring a Safe Harbor youth worker and other positions.
Call (612) 673-2209
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