Support immigrant communities, come to 20th anniversary of Mercado Central
Support immigrant communities, come to 20th anniversary of Mercado Central
Dear Vecinos,
In the face of inhumane attacks against our immigrant community, we push back with the hope and resiliency of our ancestors. This year, the Mercado Central members and immigrant business owners who launched the Mercado economic development project twenty years ago have achieved a huge milestone: 100% ownership of their building and assets.
As federal mandates try to divide our communities, local leaders fight back hand in hand to reclaim and defend our neighborhoods. Please join the Mercado Central, the state's only Latino-owned cooperative market, in this celebration by attending this event and bringing your family, friends, and co-workers.
We have many dedicated partners to thank for this significan success. We want to share a special thank you to Latino leader Juan Linares, Project for Pride in Living, the Latino Economic Development Center, the Neighborhood Development Center, David Rubedor (Director of the City's Neighborhood and Community Relations Department), Mariano Espinoza (Latino Outreach Specialist at the City's Neighborhood and Community Relations Department), and Rebecca Parrell in the City's Community Planning and Economic Development Department for the years of work they invested to support the Mercado in completing this journey.
Hope you can join Mercado leaders on Saturday, July 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Mercado Central on East Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue South to celebrate this achievement!

Find out more about the event on the Mercado Central website.

The Minneapolis ciclovía tradition, more commonly known around our parts as Open Streets, stays strong. This Sunday, get your walking shoes on or take out your bike to the East Lake Street and Minnehaha area to activate our city without cars.

If you would like to see a map of the route or if you and your organization would like to host a table please go to the Open Streets website to reserve a spot. You can also receive a free bus voucher to make it out to the event, please visit the Metro Transit website and take a brief survey to obtain your free bus pass.

Sunday, July 21

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

East Lake Street from Elliot Avenue to Minnehaha Avenue

I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our new Ninth Ward team. These talented and caring people are here to serve our community, I hope you can join me in giving them a warm welcome as your advocates in City Hall.
Dylan Bradford-Ketsi (center-left in picture above). A Minneapolis resident in the Fourth Ward, Dylan has a long history of working in electoral and issue based organizing campaigns here in the metro area. As the incoming Senior Policy Aide, he brings a wealth of expertise in environmental justice and sustainability field as well as a background in food policy. He's no stranger in City Hall as he led the 2013 campaign for the municipalization of electricity production, thereby helping Minneapolis to get on a faster track to more green energy. His policy chops will serve our community well.
Graham Faulkner (right in picture above) joined the Ninth Ward office as our front man (and yes, he also plays music) in the Associate Policy Aide position. He comes from the political organizing community in Minneapolis and has been the manager for both the AK Hassan for Park Board and Hodan Hassan for State Representative campaigns as well as worked on Ilhan Omar's successful bid for Congress. What a power house!
Stephany Lopez (left in picture above) joins us for the summer as our Urban Scholar intern through the City's summer leadership and professional development program. She will be entering her third year at University of Northwestern in St. Paul and is focusing her studies in Political Science, History, and Economics. She's already single handedly organized a crime and safety block party for our residents and is tackling Latino Heritage Month policy proposals.
Please feel free to call our office at 612-673-2209 to get in touch with this fabulous team!
Background mural created and installed in City Hall by GoodSpace Murals and local artist Greta McLain.
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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 and Metro Transit are partnering to create three new bus lane projects in high traffic areas across Minneapolis, impacting Ninth Ward residents with it's implementation along Chicago Avenue between 28th Street and the Chicago-Lake Transit Center.
Successful pilots along Hennepin Avenue have informed and inspired these upcoming projects that seek to improve service reliability. Implementation will further strengthen our Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan,  supported by Bloomberg Philanthriopies' American Cities Climate Challenge
Await more time specific and design details from the Ninth Ward and Metro Transit.
Tuesday, August 6th will be the 37th annual National Night Out! Be sure to register your block party with the City by July 23rd so you can close off your street for free. Registration from July 24 to 29 will cost $100. Official closing date for registering your event is July 29th.
Last year, more than 1,600 events registered with the City. National Night Out is an opportunity to enjoy the summer while getting to know your neighbors better. Some blocks set up games, bouncy castles for kids, and encourage people to play their musical instruments. This is your night, enjoy it! 
News outlets report that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may up enforcement operations in ten cities across the country. While  Minneapolis is not yet a public target for ICE, we know that incidents here will happen.
Minneapolis is a Welcoming City and we remain vigilant.  Please visit the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs to connect people to existing legal clinics, know your rights presentations, and community organizations that offer protection, advice and support when our community members need it most.

Mayor Jacob Frey, City Council President Lisa Bender and Minneapolis Police Chief Medeira Arradondo have taken a position against threatened raids and deportations. A portion of their statement is excerpted below:

"The City of Minneapolis condemns any actions that would put our residents and families at risk or actions that instill fear in our community. The City of Minneapolis is a welcoming city that believes all people, including immigrants, are valuable contributors to society, vital to the success of our communities and to our shared future.

Minneapolis Police have not and will not cooperate with, nor participate in, any such ICE activity. Minneapolis officials are prohibited from taking any action to detect or apprehend people based solely on their immigration status. Our entire city is proud to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers, sisters and neighbors. Know your rights and discuss resources available through the Immigrant Law Center: 651.287.3715.

By replacing fear with knowledge, the City of Minneapolis works to make our communities safer. The City partners with legal service organizations to ensure that residents have access to competent legal information and advice, regardless of ability to pay."

Call (612) 673-2209
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