Council Member Alondra Cano at the Humphrey Mondale Dinner to hear our U.S. presidential candidates with (from left to right) Ashley Fairbanks, Arianna Genis, Aisha Gomez, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, Jeremiah Bey, Marlene Rojas and Coya Hope White Hat-Artichoker.
Join us as we kick off the community events celebrating the Indigenous roots of the Mexica New Year and supporting a City of Minneapolis resolution to honor this day!

We will host a public morning reception with guest speakers from the Dakota, Anishinaabe, and Mexica nations. We will have cultural performances and refreshments before the City Council votes on the honorary resolution. Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli has a weekend of events planned from March 11-13 with Indigenous groups from around the U.S. and Mexico. Join us!
Friday, February 26
8:00 a.m.
Minneapolis City Hall, Room 319 (third floor)

Leading on Environmental Justice for
Low-Income, High-Pollution Neighborhoods
Over the past two years, I have been a leading voice on advancing Green Zones for our communities. I am proud to be an original co-author of this vital effort and invite you to join me for a timely discussion on this initiative.
Help me welcome environmental justice experts and organizers for a conversation about the City of Minneapolis' current work to develop a Green Zones designation and policy for the most low-income and high-pollution neighborhoods in Minneapolis. At this forum we will learn more about the environmental and racial inequities facing specific areas of our city and how other cities across the nation have addressed these issues. Local experts and community members impacted by this proposal will also talk about the intended outcomes of a Green Zones policy as they share the core components of what this proposal should address. 


Roxxanne O'Brien, Member, Community Environmental Advisory Commission

Shalini Gupta, Executive Director, Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy
Carlos Parra, Organizer, Tamales y Bicicletas

Monday, February 29 
5:30 p.m.
Low-income communities and people of color in Minneapolis experience deep racial inequities when it comes to health, employment, and educational outcomes. These communities are also are overburdened by a concentration of negative environmental conditions such as traffic, stationary pollution sources, brownfield sites, arsenic, lead, blight and substandard housing.

In an effort to support these communities and address these negative impacts, the City Council created a Green Zones Workgroup aimed at analyzing data and developing recommendations for Green Zones designation in our city.

The Workgroup is tasked with identifying Green Zone recommendations based on specific data sets, including environmental issues (land, air and water) as well as race and income, to create basic overlays to demonstrate the intensity of the intersection of these factors.

We invite you to apply to be considered for a membership spot in the Green Zones workgroup. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Muellman, Sustainability Program Coordinator by email or at 612-673-3014.
Join your Southside neighbors for a non-partisan, family friendly event to learn more about Minnesota’s open primary caucus system. 
Guest Speakers include City Council Member Alondra Cano and Mark Haase of Restore the Vote MN.

Live aluminum metal casting by Pedal To The Metal Foundry. 

Free smoothies provided by Food Not Bombs and Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center with their bicycle powered blender. 

Free Acupuncture and healing arts by Southpoint Acupuncture.
Sunday, February 28
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Some Caucus locations in the Ninth Ward have changed since last time we voted. 
Please confirm your caucus location at the Secretary of State's website and attend Monday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. to meet your neighbors and participate in democracy! 

KWESTRONG Snowshoe 5k

Aagime - "She Snowshoes"

Boozhoo, join Kwestrong Indigenous Women's Wellness for our second Snowshoe 5k! All skill levels welcome

Sus Voces: Women Printmakers from Mexico
Curated by Ninth Ward resident, Maria Cristina Tavera, "Sus Voces: Women Printmakers from Mexico" features a variety of prints by nine artists living and working in Mexico such as Adriana Calatayud Morán, Rossana Cervantes Vasquez, Edith Chávez, Mercedes López Calvo, Diana Morales Galicia, Paulina Olascoaga Chávez, Daniela Ramirez, Jimena Ramos, and América Rodriguez.

"Sus Voces" shares the unrelenting voices of nine contemporary women artists who explore their perspectives on the human condition in Mexico through artistic expression. The prints on view are distinctly contemporary, made with a wide range of traditional printmaking techniques – primarily relief, lithography, and intaglio. Thought-provoking subject matter sheds light on the daily routines, political concerns, personal philosophies, and senses of personal identity in this group of artists whose race and gender relegate them to a group often under-represented in the art world.

Friday, March 4

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


"The Story of Crow Boy" explores the intriguing life story of Taro Yashima who wrestled with human brutality, racial discrimination, and the ravages of World War II to build work of social conscience, compassionate insight, poetic visual form, and ultimately – of joy. Yashima reminds us what it means to be human, and offers understanding into the complexities of cultural survival. 

Created by Masanari Kawahara, Sandy Spieler, Steven Epp and Momoko Tanno.

Catch this show if you can, it's been getting great reviews. Here is one from the Star Tribune.

February 18th - Febraury 28th 

Minnesota welcomes nationally recognized immigrant rights organizers Cesar Vargas and Erika Andiola for the first time. Join us as they both share their inspiring stories as grassroots undocumented activists in the movement for access to higher education and an end to the deportations. Come discuss current topics regarding the presidential elections and the impact the elections will have on the Latinx community.
Music and botanitas available during program. Donations accepted.
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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.
Take $15/hr minimum wage to the ballot:
Campaign Launch Event
Low-wage workers in the Twin Cities are launching a grassroots campaign to put a $15 minimum wage on the ballot in Minneapolis in 2016. The initiative is backed by 15 Now Minnesota, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), the Minneapolis NAACP, Socialist Alternative, the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), the Minneapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter and other community and labor organizations. 
Saturday, February 27
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Taste the World in Downtown Longfellow
Let your taste buds take a tour of the world in Downtown Longfellow! The restaurants at the intersection of 27th Ave and Lake Street invite you to enjoy an evening of $5 small plates, specialty drinks, live entertainment, prize giveaways and local art vendors from the League of Longfellow Artists (LoLa)! 
Sunday, February 28
5:00 p.m. - Close
One Minneapolis Fund
The One Minneapolis Fund is designed to support the development of diverse leadership development and community engagement in the City of Minneapolis. Community or Cultural organizations should submit proposals for projects that develop leaders and engage communities. The organizations must be both grounded in cultural and/or community organizations and be actively working toward building an inclusive Minneapolis.

Learn more about the grant cycle and application on the City's website.
This Friday, the City Council will vote on purchasing the Roof Depot property to create a municipal Water Yard maintenance facility. Our office stands wth the community on this issue and we invite you to come to City Hall to be a part of this vote.
Friday, February 26
9:30 a.m. 
City Hall
The Givens Foundation's NOMMO African American Authors Series provides rare opportunities to publicly define the state of the art of African American literature and to locate the work and contributions of national as well as Twin Cities African American writers within the present authoring of our literary tradition.
Claudia Rankine was born in Jamaica in 1963. She earned her B.A. in English from Williams College and her M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University and is currently the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College.
Thursday March 10
7:00 p.m.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is hiring a Lobbyist and Public Policy Analyst.
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) is in search of a culturally competent Executive Director.
Take Action is hiring a New Economy Program Lead Organizer.
Equal Exchange Coop is hiring a Midwest Customer Service Representative.
Hope Community is seeking a Community Resilience Organizer.
The Midtown Farmers Market is seeking an Assistant Manager.
The Office of the Secretary of State is hiring a Voter Outreach Specialist.
Minneapolis Parks and Rec is hiring for a part time Park Patrol Agent.
Call (612) 673-2209
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