Noticias
NEWS FROM THE NINTH WARD
American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt and Council Member Alondra Cano celebrating the life of and community love for Trinidad Flores, a Little Earth youth leader who passed away at 16 years old due to heart disease.
COUNTDOWN TO MAYDAY
HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN!
In the Heart of the Beast Theater opens up to allow the MayDay magic unfold. Photo credit Candida Gonzalez.
The countdown has begun to our most beloved community rite of Spring - the annual MayDay parade and festival! Each April, the Avalon Theater on East Lake Street, home to In the Heart of the Beast Theater (HOBT), is transformed into a creative laboratory and workshop where the community comes together to build the entire MayDay parade from nothing but cardboard, colorful fabric scraps, hot glue, and love (not entirely true, please see a full Materials Wish List here).
Open workshops are held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, see the whole schedule to plug in. All skill levels and ages are welcome, stop by and learn about the theme and then make your own creation or connect to a bigger project. Come as much or as little as you like. If you can't make it to the build or you want more ways to support, MayDay/HOBT is always in need of volunteers, especially on the day of the festival, and financial support. You can read more about all the ways to participate in May Day at HOBT's website.
It is especially lovely to see the way that so much of the artistic brilliance in the Ninth Ward is incorporated into MayDay. Ninth Ward residents Sandy Spieler, Malia Burkart, Ramon Cordes, Jordan Hamilton, Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey (collectively Free Black Dirt) are among the staff artists who are guiding the creation of this year's parade and festival. 
Note that this month you can 'round up' at the Seward Co-op stores and the Co-op Creamery to support HOBT and MayDay as part of their SEED program, which supports projects that build healthy, thriving communities.
I can't wait to see you all at Powderhorn Park on Sunday, May 1st!
HELP ECUADORIAN EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
Over 42,000 Ecuadorian people call the Twin Cities home. As you may have heard, Ecuador was hit by a devastating earthquake this week. The Ecuadorian Consulate in Minnesota is supporting a community online fundraising site to help the survivors, please consider donating.
CAFE CON ALONDRA: WORKERS' RIGHTS, 
PAID SICK, WAGE THEFT and $15 NOW
As the City Council considers an ordinance that would ensure all employees who work in Minneapolis have access to paid-sick time, we invite you to join us for a community conversation about workers' rights, including paid-sick time off, wage theft, and raising the wage to $15 per hour for low-wage workers.
Tuesday, May 3
5:30 p.m. 
Featuring panelists from Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL)
and 15 Now Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS MAKING BUILDING ENERGY USE MORE TRANSPARENT
The City of Minneapolis recently completed a study on energy savings in large and commercial buildings. They found that these buildings have the combined potential to save $24 million on energy costs per year and avoid more than 120,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by increasing their energy efficiency. This is a huge potential savings for the city that will also have a good environmental impact. The City has been completing this study annually to encourage energy efficiency. If you would like to learn more about this study, you can find it here at the City's website.
INTERACTIVE MAP OF FARMERS MARKETS NOW AVAILABLE!
Love fresh and local produce? Looking for a way to support a healthy sustainable local food system? The city has created an interactive map of all the Farmers Markets throughout the city! There are over 40 Farmer's Markets in Minneapolis and the map will provide you with their locations, hours of operation and season. Find the map on the City website.
GIRA EN BICI:
URBAN SOLUTION TO POLLUTION
Join Tamales y Bicicletas (TyB) on an environmental justice solutions bike tour! Depart from their bike shop and head on a small tour of local polluters in the neighborhoods in south Minneapolis and ending at the TyB urban farm with light refreshments and conversation about urban solutions to pollution.
Saturday, April 22
2:00 p.m.
1501 East Lake Street
PHILLIPS SEED DISTRIBUTION PARTY!
TEEN JOB FAIR
The Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair is an chance for teens ages 14 - 19 to connect with businesses and organizations for information about jobs, employment training, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Some of the employers will be accepting applications and interviewing at the job fair. Others will require an on-line application. Attendees will be welcome to use computers at the library to complete applications.

The Teen Job Fair is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. Parents, guardians, counselors, and teachers are welcome to attend the event.
Saturday, April 30

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

HUMANIZE HI-LAKE!








The intersection of Hiawatha and East Lake Street is one of the most dangerous and least pedestrian and bike friendly in our Ward. In response to concerns raised by residents and the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, my office is working with Hennepin County, with collaboration from Metro Transit and the MN Department of Transportation, to envision what a more human Hi-Lake might be like. A consultant has completed a study that outlines alternative configurations. It is available on the City website. Take a look and let our office know what you think!
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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.
Plug into local efforts to raise the wage with 15 Now Minnesota. They are doing weekly signature drive efforts for their ballot initiative which would raise the wage to $15 per hour in Minneapolis. 
Support 15 Now and stock up on beautiful social justice themed art work by Ricardo Levins Morales at an art sale this weekend.
Below is a great video produced by Ryan Stopera/Ubuntu Media documenting an action by fast food workers for a $15 minimum wage and a union that took place in Minneapolis on April 14 as part of a coordinated nationwide effort by Fast Food workers.
UPCOMING
PUBLIC HEARING TO STRENGTHEN ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS FOR OIL PIPELINES
Support the citizen request to have the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources (rather than the Public Utility Commission) be put in charge of the Environmental Impact Statement process for the Sandpiper and Line 3 oil pipelines.
Public comments will be taken at this meeting and there is also a written public comment period through May 1.
Wednesday, April 20
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
520 Lafayette Road, St Paul 
STATE OF THE CO-OPS IN MINNEAPOLIS 
How many co-ops exist in Minneapolis? What different types of co-ops exist? What industries do they support? What resources are available to support co-ops? These questions and many more will be answered at this event. 
Wednesday, April 20
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
PARKS AND POWER: BUILDING A RACIAL JUSTICE PLATFORM
The  Parks and Power April network convening will include report backs from organizing groups in parks across the city and developmennt of a Racial Justice Platform for the 2017 Park Board elections.

Dinner provided, email with childcare or translation needs.
Thursday, April 21
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS C-TAP: COOPERATIVE FEASIBILITY CLASS 
If you are interested in learning how to create a co-op in Minneapolis this free eight week course will help you learn the process. 
CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS IN CHICANO LATINO STUDIES
Critical Conversations in Chicano and Latino Studies: Cafe, Pan y Plática is an intellectual space for scholars to workshop new research, to discuss pedagogical strategies, and contemplate new issues within the field. Everyone on and off campus is welcome to attend.
Monisha das Gupta
Associate Professor Ethnic Studies & Women’s Studies 
Wednesday, May 4
10:30 a.m.
Scott Hall 2
Learn more about the series and upcoming speakers on Facebook.
SOUTH HIGH ALL NATIONS PROGRAM POW WOW 
Come and honor South High All Nations Program's graduating seniors. Featuring a Lacrosse demonstration and regional Potato Dance championship
Grand Entry, 1:00 p.m. 
Host Drum, Red Bone
MC is Deanna Standingcloud
Co-MC is Donavan Mountain
Free & open to the public
Friday, May 6
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
SMALL DEVELOPERS 101 TRAINING COURSE
The City of Minneapolis wants to help boost the capacity of women and people of color small developers. This course will take place over two days in May. It is limited to 25 participants. 
May 12 and 26
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Register for the course here.
OPPORTUNITIES
Great Plains Institute is seeking a Sustainable Communities Program Assistant.
SEIU is hiring a Minnesota Political Organizer.
CTUL is hiring a Capital Campaign Leader.
The City of Minneapolis, is hiring a Deputy Director for the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department, a bike/pedestrian transportation planner, and a number of positions in elections. More info on the City website.
The Institute of American Indian Arts has paid residencies open to Native artists.
CONTACT US
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