Organizer Jovita Morales and a group of 70 Latinx neighbors met with Mayor Jacob Frey and Neighborhood and Community Relations staff member Mariano Espinoza at City Hall this month to advocate for establishing a Municipal ID program for Minneapolis residents.
Dear Neighbors,

We stand with the children who have been cruelly separated from their families at the border and by ICE raids in communities across the country. We stand with the refugees seeking asylum who are denied access. We stand with our neighbors who live in fear as these unjust policies continue. Here in Minneapolis we are moving forward in partnership with immigrants and refugees in our community to create a Minneapolis where all are valued and cherished.
Thank you to all of those who read about and supported Estefania, a local organizer and dreamer who was picked up by ICE last week. She is out of custody but has a hearing coming up and has to mount a strong defense. You can support her gofundme or follow Navigate/ Unidos MN for updates on her case. 
As we move forward with the Municipal ID ordinance that I authored, I want to extend my gratitude to the community members who are organizing with the Minneapolis Immigrant Movement and the Waite House. We had an important forum, pictured above, at City Hall a couple weeks ago where residents met with Mayor Frey and Council Members to share their stories about what a municipal ID would mean in their lives. We are working with banks, local groups, and our City Attorney's office to put the finishing touches on the draft ordinance and we aim to start issuing IDs in the first quarter of 2019.
On supporting our immigrant families, this week the first Director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Michelle Cecilia Rivero joined the City.
The Office will take a proactive, coordinated, enterprise-wide approach to accomplish the following:
  • Enhance the civic and social integration of immigrant and refugee communities.
  • Promote economic development and ensure access to resources and programs within immigrant and refugee communities across Minneapolis.
  • Collaborate with federal, state and local governing bodies, nonprofit organizations and community stakeholders on immigrant and refugee issues, programs and policies.
  • Advocate for continued immigration reforms at all levels of government to eliminate inequities.
  • Provide relevant, accurate information and education—including community resources—to residents regarding significant issues that impact immigrants and refugees.
  • Ensure that Minneapolis remains a welcoming city for immigrants, refugees and existing residents. 
Finally, The Mercado Central has nurtured Latinx businesses and communities for the last 19 years. Please look out for a comunity celebration commemorating the transfer of ownership to the coperative merchants of the market,fulfilling at long last the original community vision for the beloved Mercado which will take place on August 17th. This will be such an epic event that you won't want to miss.

En la lucha,
From time to time there so many great career opportunities at the City that we just have to shout them out!
The Minneapolis Police Department is hiring four community navigators to work with the Native American, African-American, Somali, and Latino communities.
The City Coordinator's office is hiring a Resilience Officer
The Neighborhood and Community Relations department is hiring a Neighborhood Support Specialist that will assist neighborhood organizations and City departments with community engagemnet.
911 is hiring six operators.
Diverse and multilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.
You can now text 311TXT with any concern that you would call 311 about!
Less is more; use fewer words to get better results. For example, text “garbage service”, rather than “when will my garbage be picked up” or “lost cat” rather than “how do I report my cat missing”.
You can text and get information on any service 311 provides.

There are some services that have to be handled by an agent. If you are prompted to download the mobile app, then your request can be handled on our mobile app.

Android phones: After you text, you will receive one Google Chrome Icon for each answer, simply click on the icon to get to where you are going.

iPhone: After you text, you will receive a reply that says “tap to load preview, tiny cc”, then part of your answer will come up with a Now in a red box; click the now to get your answer.

Help us out by completing a survey to help 311 to make adjustments where needed in our texting project.
At this time the texting function only supports English
The 35W@94 (transit access) project is well under way. Our neighborhood is already being impacted by closures and increased bus traffic. 
Stay up to date on the project by visiting the website and signing up for project email updates. Please note that access to downtown from 35W is currently limited- check the website and consider transit or bicycling to your destination!
If you have any questions or concerns contact the project hotline at 612-284-6125 or email info at 35w94 dot com.
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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.
Through an 8-event series with more than a dozen community organizations as co-hosts, “Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed” will reckon with our dark history of covenants, redlining and structural racism; and convene cross-sector, community-centered conversations to chart a course for housing equity in Minneapolis moving forward. The series kicks off June 21 at Sabathani Community Center
One Water is the premier national conference focused on sustainable, integrated, and inclusive approaches to managing water, our most precious natural resource. From inspiring plenary sessions, skills building institutes, interactive workshops, mobile tours, and unparalleled networking opportunities, One Water Summit 2018 is not to be missed. 
Tuesday, July 10 - Thursday, July 12
Ten years ago, Gandhi Mahal began its mission to be the change we want to see in the world by demonstrating sustainability & cultivating a more peaceful community. As a member of our community, you've been with us the whole way. 2018 marks our 10th anniversary, and we invite you to celebrate with us! Purchase your tickets today! 
Thursday, June 21
6:00 p.m.
Gandhi Mahal Commnity Room 

Protect our Water

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will make a final decision on the Line 3 pipeline in June. The PUC is holding four consecutive meetings to deliberate and gather information, with the decision coming likely near the end of the fourth day. These meetings will be June 18, 19, 26, and 27. Pack the room every day!

Monday, June 18,
8:30 AM - Wednesday, June 27 at 5:00 PM
The City of Minneapolis is hiring cultural Community Navigators to work with MPD. 
Take Action MN is hiring for several positions.
Metro Transit is hiring bus drivers.
Call (612) 673-2209
The Sanneh Foundation and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board are partnering to bring free soccer summer camps to children in our community this summer. 
Camps are for youth ages 5-12 and are held at Parks across the City, including Powderhorn Park, East Phillips, and Stewart in the NInth Ward. Read more and sign up online!
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