The South Minneapolis Public Safety Coalition (SMPSC), the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA), and the Love East Lake neighborhood group hosted their very first Safety and Livability Day at City Hall. Residents from throughout the city came to visit with Council Members to request their support in seeking resources to clean up their neighborhood streets and commercial corridors. Help was also sought in providing flexible responses to overburdened areas high in crime and low in income.

It was an honor to join you and the South Minneapolis Public Safety Coalition (SMPSC), the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA), and the Love East Lake neighborhood group at the very first Day in City Hall!
The ask from community was simple: have the City allocate specific funding to address the livability and safety issues in the most low-income and high-crime areas of Minneapolis.

These community groups have been engaging residents in monthly community meetings, seeking input on what elements of safety and livability are most important to them, and delivering this ask to make sure it is in line with the most pressing needs of residents. Some of these basic issues include more and better lighting for our commercial districts, improving the Minneapolis Police Department's response times to 911 calls, extra trash pick up in areas hit by the opioid abuse and commercial sexual exploitation.

Grassroots organizing is vital to growing power and voice for issues like this, which then lead to systems change through policy and budgets. Our Ninth Ward Office welcomes the request from the community on this front and we look forward to continuing to work on this demand from now until the budget is approved by the full City Council in December of this year.
If you would like to join these community based efforts please be sure to join the South Minneapolis Public Safety Coalition's monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at the Salvation Army on East Lake Street.
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What is SCOUT? 

Safe Communities of United Tribes (SCOUT) is a grant-funded Initiative by the Bureau of Justice Assistance with three programs focused on youth empowerment, community engagement, and crime reduction. SCOUT's Peacemaking Program utilizes a restorative justice approach to support holistic healing, accountability, and conflict resolution. As a future diversionary program, Peacemaking will be structured to incorporate low level crime in partnership with the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office and Police Department, following our initial pilot within the Little Earth community. 

Who can Become a Peacemaker?

Anyone. A Peacemaker is a volunteer- it could be a friend, a relative, a member of community, perhaps the owner of a local corner store, or a firefighter; anyone can become a Peacemaker. Our Peacemakers engage with individuals who have been referred to the Program by Little Earth Management or community partners, and hold structured Circles to help navigate conflict and repair harm. Focused on collaboration and active listening, Peacemakers meet each individual where they're at, and get to the heart of the issue in order to support accountability, promote healing, and prevent further violence. 

How do I Become a Peacemaker?

Attend our Peacemaking Training! All volunteers are required to attend and complete our mandatory training, which includes 6 Sessions of guided curriculum with guest presenters from the Center for Court Innovation and Navajo Nation. RSVP on eventbrite here
If you are interested in becoming a Peacemaker, please contact Makenzie Nolan via email at scout.le.nolan (at) gmail (dot) com or call 952-288-8711 to be added to the list. To learn more and help spread the word about the SCOUT, please watch and share the "We Are SCOUT" visual introduction on youtube. 


Live along Lake Street and want to share your smart-photography skills to a wider audience? Post a photo of Lake Street on instagram, twitter or facebook with one of the hashtags #MyLakeStreet or @VisitLakeStreet to enter contest. First place will receive $100 in gift certificates to Lake Street businesses, and the other finalists will receive $25 gift vouchers to the Midtown Global Market.
Photos will be included in a Lake Street calendar for 2020. Contest ends Friday, May 24, so make sure you post soon!
Named Best Art Gallery of 2019 by the City Pages, Modus Locus is a flex-use space in Powderhorn that hosts gallery shows, workshops and events. It’s a place to celebrate art by local residents and guests from around the world. Their mission is to inspire and activate healthier communities through interaction by conscious, creative activities and conversations. Their philosophy is to nurture a space that is accessible and inviting to our diverse and ever changing community.
For more information about upcoming classes and events visit the Modus Locus website and follow them on social media @ModusLocus.
Congratulations to Open Streets Minneapolis for organizing another sucessful Bike to Work Day!
The City of Minneapolis has serveral job openings, be sure to read about them on the City's Job website
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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 City of Minneapolis' Small Business Team is hosting informational pop-ups to keep small business owners and residents up to date on the construction at 35W and Lake Street. Stay up to date on the project timeline, street accessibility notices, bus re-routes, and connect to small business resources by attending one of these events. You can learn more on Hennepin County's website

Tuesday, May 28

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Plaza Mexico, 417 E. Lake St.

Minneapolis residents enrolled in SNAP or TAP benefit programs are eligible and encouraged to apply for discounted Nice Ride memberships, as the mission of this program is to create equity in transportation options and to increase better health outcomes for low income residents.
Until August, this community can sign up for $5 and have access to unlimited 60-minute bikeshare rides throughout Minneapolis. To check eligibility, please go to the Nice Ride website to sign-up and learn more about the program.
The City continues to look for applicants to serve on the Violence Prevention Committee. This committee was created to help guide the City's work to reduce violence and to serve as a liaison between the community and the City. We encourage diverse residents, especially those with backgrounds from the Latino and American Indian community, to apply.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Apply: Visit the City's website to apply to serve on this Committee. 
If you are interested in joining the City of Minneapolis to provide input on 911 response strategies, with the goal to expand categories and better service residents, please consider joining this summer workgroup. Six positions will be filled in total.
Community members will work with representatives from 911, MPD, the Fire Department, the Office of Violence Prevention, and the City Attorney’s Office to complete this work and provide recommendations.
You can read more details on the City's website.
Deadline for applications is this Friday May 24.
Please join the South Minneapolis Public Safety Coalition (SMPSC) for their monthly meetings to discuss public safety issues affecting residents along Lake Street.
Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of each month at the Salvation Army on Lake Street. Please see the next meeting details below. Any changes to these details will be included here.

Wednesday, June 12th 
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1604 E. Lake Street, Mpls
Call (612) 673-2209
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