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Council Member Alondra Cano welcomed St. Paul Lutheran's Church art program youth participants for career day.
Dear Neighbors,
As ‪Minneapolis grows we must ensure that low-income families and communities of color as well as Indigenous people are not pushed out of our city. On August 5th the Council will decide if they want to approve placing a question on the November ballot allowing Minneapolis voters to decide if they would like to have a $15 per hour city minimum wage.
Even though our city continues to grow because of our friendly bike lanes, more public transit, booming development opportunities and drive for density - none of these efforts have built in protections against the displacement of people of color and Indigenous people. Over the past 15 years, as cities become popular places to live in through urban renewal efforts the most vulnerable of our communities have been left to fend for themselves with very little intentional policy making to uplift and protect their voices and families.

Our low-income and diverse communities are being priced out of Minneapolis through skyrocketing rents, lack of affordable housing, low wages, high costs of newly built commercial space, and the ongoing rippling effects of the foreclosure crisis.

As half of Minneapolis' Indigenous, African American and Latino population live in poverty it is clear how a raise in the wage is a vote for racial equity. This August 5th vote is the day we should allow those very families to decide if they want a raise in the wage. Those of us who sit at the lap of privilege with our salaried jobs furnished by the tax dollars of the more than 10% of Minneapolis voters who signed the petition to raise the wage should graciously step out of the way of democracy and Let Minneapolis Vote,

Two thirds of Minneapolis households living in poverty are headed by single women. Raising the wage in our city is not only about racial equity, it is also about helping women break the cycle of poverty.
Listen to my WCCO Radio interview on 830 AM talking about the moral imperative to approve the $15 per hour minimum wage ballot question on August 5th to let Minneapolis voters decide whether or not they want to raise the wage in our city.
Photo by Roshini Rajkumar.
You are invited to share the weekend with Manuel Manriquez Zapata, grandson of General Emiliano Zapata, who will help us conmemorate Zapata Day in Minneapolis with an official resolution presentation and community celebration the day after.
Zapata Resolution 
Friday, August 5
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Minneapolis City Council Chambers
350 S. 5th Street, Third Floor

Latinos Unidos por La Cultura y Arte (LUCA) invites you to join families, friends and community members to attend the Zapata Community Celebration dedicated to honor the legacy and contemporary influence of General Emiliano Zapata Salazar, a hero of the 1910 Mexican revolution.
Zapata Community Celebration 
Saturday, August 6
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Plaza Centenario at East Lake Street and 12th Avenue South
The City Academy is a five week series for participants to learn how city government works including topics on general government, tax assessments, city planning, public works, police and fire operations. The academy also features tours of the City’s 911 operations center and the water treatment facility. The City Academy is free to the public. 

On Tuesday night, over 130 change makers met to work together to end the violence in our community and address police reform. I was very thankful to Sharon Day and Junadua Petrus for helping us to talk about a new system of policing based on love, healing, cultural identity, and abundance. The work we are doing entails undoing the hundreds of years of practices that re-inforce slavery and colonization in our current policing systems. Being successful at undoing this legacy will take focus and persistence, please know I am here for the long haul to get that accomplished. It is an honor to be able to do this work with Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden and Council Member Cam Gordon.

Residents talked about the increasing violence in shootings as connected to a loss of hope and lack of opportunities. Because, as a resident pointed out, "who could have hope when your family can't have a living wage or your cousin may not come back after a trip to the grocery store?" But on August 5th the Council could decide to allow our comnunity to bring some of that hope back by supporting placing the $15 per hour minimum wage question on the ballot. We could also vote to build a stronger culture of police accountability by supporting the police insurance ballot question.

Our communities are facing unprecedented challenges, we as policy makers should rise to the occasion and vote in an unprecedented way to stand up with and for the people by letting Minneapolis vote on the proposed Charter amendment questions.

As a part of Pangea World Theater's Lake Street Arts! initiative, the Immigration Roundtables series brings focus to topics of immigration from a diversity of perspectives. Each gathering highlights voices from unique immigrant communities, followed by intentional reflection and guided dialogue on the stories and knowledge shared by our guest speakers and the circle members at our Roundtable. 
This roundtable will explore topics of immigration from the perspectives of the LGBTQ community. All are invited to participate in this dialogue that will honor the intersections of identity, particularly in light of the tragedy in Orlando.
Saturday, July 30
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Council Member Alondra Cano's office in partnership with the Minneapolis Police Department will be publishing a special bi-weekly newsletter focused on crime and safety in the Ninth Ward.
This newsletter will share factual information about crime rates, what the City is doing to address these issues, harm reduction resources, updates on special community safety initiatives and much more. 
Please email if you would like to be added to the newsletter recipient list.
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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.
BBQ, games, and family fun at the park! Also a chance to review plans for the redesign of Green Central Park. Can't make it? Take a survey about the park plan before August 1.
Thursday, July 28
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Ice cream, carnival games, and live puppet shows at Open Eye! Meet your neighbors, feed a hungry gator or two and enjoy a cone with friends while singing along to "The Adventures of Katie Tomatie," "Molly and the Magic Boot" and "The Adventures of Juan Bobo." 

FREE! Rain or shine. Appropriate for ages 1-100. Shows at 11:00 a.m., noon, and 1:00 p.m. 
Saturday, July 30
11:00 a.m  - 3:00 p.m.
Owámni means “falling water” in the Dakota language, making it an apt name for a festival beside the only waterfall on the Mississippi River. This free and family-friendly event celebrates Indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art, food, and more. 
Saturday, July 30 
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Father Hennepin Park 
The 33rd National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 2. This is a great evening to attend an event with neighbors, gather, share food, and get to know them better.
No excuse absentee voting is a Minnesota law, so anyone can either request an absentee ballot by mail or vote in person at the new Early Voting Center.
217 South Third Street
Monday- Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Read all there is to know about early voting on the City website.
Heart of the Beast is hiring a Marketing Coordinator and a Development Director.
Achieve Minneapolis is hiring a Career Readiness Coordinator.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is hiring a Development Director.
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is hiring a full time childcare provider.
Call (612) 673-2209
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