I wanted to update this post to let you know that the United in Love and Action: A Coalition Response to Hate, Bigotry, and Misogyny event was spearheaded by Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden and co-hosted by the entire Council and our Mayor Hodges. We joined more than 20 community organizations, a dozen state elected officials and 400 residents to build community and plan for what's ahead in these trying times. Check out the Facebook event, linked above, to stay connected to next steps.
Dear Neighbors,
This morning the Minneapolis City Council began the budget mark-up process to amend and adopt the Mayor's proposed $1.3 billion* budget. I was happy to support a significant budget amendment effort led by Council Member Andrew Johnson to establish a Small Business Support Group and a Small Business Workteam to ensure that our small business community can better thrive.
There were additional amendments and a robust discussion about community policing during our morning meeting and I invite you to visit the City's website to watch the video of our debate.
The budget process will continue with a public hearing scheduled for this coming Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m. where members of the community are invited to attend and share testimony. Council Members will cast their final vote that night to adopt the amended budget.
Each year your beautiful show of solidarity and the community coming out in force has stopped budget proposals that threaten the vitality of our community or you have helped restore funding cuts to efforts you care about.
I invite you to come participate in the budget public hearing and final vote on December 7th to make your voice heard and to protect the investments that will help us end the racial inequities in our city.
With love and justice,
In a previous newsletter, it was stated that the City budget was $1.3 million. The actual amount is $1.3 billion while the $1.3 million referred to the total investment slated for the infill housing budget request, which is a budget request I have been actively working to shape over the past weeks leading up to the budget amendment period. Apologies for the confusion.
Final Budget Hearing and Adoption
Wednesday, December 7
6:00 p.m.
Minneapolis City Hall 
350 South 5th Street, Room 317
You can view the Mayor's proposed budget on the City website
Join Council Member Alondra Cano, the Ecuadorian Consul Eduardo Sanchez Peralta, the Mexican Consul Gerardo Guerrero, Centro Tyrone Guzman, the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, NAVIGATE and Holy Rosary Church for a community forum on "know your rights," sanctuary cities, and immigration policies under the new Trump administration.
Sunday, December 4
1:00 p.m. Food provided by the Ecuadorian Consulate
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Immigration Forum and Q & A
If you have questions or would like to learn more please contact Council Member Alondra Cano at the Ninth Ward office at 612-673-2209.
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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.
Updates & Events:
Read Minneapolis' recently released minimum wage study.
Keep up with City Hall's news on our minimum wage efforts on the City's new minimum wage page.
Stay connected with local efforts to raise the wage by following 15 Now Minnesota, NOC, and CTUL.
The RLM Art Studio team welcomes everyone to their annual holiday art sale! 

100's of social justice posters, buttons and cards are 20% off.
Saturday, December 3
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio 3745 Minnehaha
City of Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions.
The Center for Media Justice is hiring for a Communications Director
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