Council Member Alondra Cano with Farhio Kalif, Shirlynn LaChapelle, Peter Brown, Fartun Weli, and Kathlyn Stewart introducing a resolution honoring International Human Rights Day.  
Dear Community,
Last week, the City Council adopted the 2016 budget. I was so pleased to be able to vote for a budget that makes significant investments in equity which will significantly support our Ninth Ward residents. My thanks to Mayor Hodges and her staff for all the work they put into crafting a budget that reflects our shared values. Here is a highlight of a few of the investments I voted to support:   
  • $13 million in affordable housing, with a focus on family housing
  • $200,000 for support of the Working Families related initiative
  • One-time and ongoing funding for the Clean Energy Partnership
  • One-time and ongoing funding for the Creative City Roadmap
  • $120,000 for Multilingual Communications
  • $2.1 million for police body cameras
  • Enhancements to the Great Streets program, which support businesses in Racially Concentrated Areas of Poverty (RCAPs) like the Ninth Ward
  • Enhancements for our Urban Scholars program, which provides paid internships to promising college students, creating a pipeline to public sector careers
  • Investments in the Cradle-K initiative to address racial disparities 
  • $25,000 for marketing through various cultural media platforms
  • $50,000 for developing a zero-waste plan
  • $20,000 for culturally specific autism awareness
  • $350,000 for 30 TechHire Initiative scholarships that will provide women and people of color with job training to meet employers growing demand for a workforce equipped with technology skills
  • $330,000 for BUILD Leaders, a jobs program for men of color ages 18-24 employed to do mentoring work for boys of color, focusing on the African American and American Indian communities  
  • 100,000 for Homeline Services & Interpreters for non-English speaking tenants 
As some of you may remember, shortly before the budget hearing was to begin, some of my colleagues announced that they would bring forward an amendment to spend $605,000 to fortify and improve security at the Fourth Precinct. After weeks of peaceful community presence at the #4thprecinctshutdown in response to the death of Mr. Jamar Clark, the attack by white supremacist vigilantes against peaceful demonstrators, and due to lack of any detail or discussion about this proposal ahead of time I could not support this proposal.   
When the community learned about this last-minute budget amendment, they mobilized hundreds of people with just a two hours' notice to come and express their opposition. The public testimony was a much needed difficult, emotional, and moving exercise in democracy that I was honored to be able to witness. The lived experiences shared by our Minneapolis voters changed the course of the hearing and the 4th Precinct proposal was withdrawn from consideration.
I want to thank all of those who came to offer their personal stories. It mattered that you were there. I want to thank all of the residents of the Ninth Ward that testified and that my office has heard from since that night. Your engagement helps me make policy decisions that reflect your voice, needs and concerns. I also thank my colleagues for carefully listening to the community and withdrawing the proposal.
From my staff, Coya and Aisha, and I, we wish you a peaceful holiday season and a happy New Year. It is our honor to work with you and to serve you each day. There is yet more difficult work ahead but we are in it together.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) introduced a resolution supporting the opening of the Somali Embassy in Washington, DC.
The opening is the first time Somalia has had an official United States Embassy since 1992. 
“It was a tremendous honor to attend the opening of the Somali Embassy,” said Rep. Keith Ellison, who represents the largest Somali diaspora in the U.S. “The Somali people have shown incredible resilience in the face of extreme social and political challenges. I am proud to support Ambassador Awad and the new Somali Embassy as they seek to build the relationship between our two nations and promote peace in Africa. This is a historic moment.”
“Since the founding of the Congressional Somalia Caucus, we have worked to focus on priorities that would improve the security and governing systems there and the opening of the Somali Embassy in Washington is a tremendous step in that direction,” said Emmer. “As Somalia works to resettle refugees back into their country after decades of turmoil, famine and conflict, increased cooperation between our countries is critical. I applaud the efforts made by the State Department, NGOs and aid organizations that made this possible, but there is much work to be done. We must continue to work together to improve financial, intelligence, security and anti-terrorism cooperation as it’s vital to the national security of both nations.”

Read the full text of the resolution here.
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After STEP-UP interns complete training, they are eligible to work for pay at Minneapolis businesses and nonprofit organizations to gain job experience, explore career interests, and build professional skills.
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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.
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