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Onlookers cheered for the 7th Annual Art Sled Rally at Powderhorn Park.
Hello! We’ve started the year off on strong footing, and having Aisha Gomez and Ashley Fairbanks running the Ninth Ward office with me has allowed us to hit the ground running. During our very first council meeting I introduced a motion to suspend the rules and to allow for public comment because it’s not every day that hundreds of racial equity champions descend on City Hall to share their views and perspectives on the disparities in our city. As a public servant, it’s important that City Hall listen on the people’s terms. Though we needed a higher threshold of nine votes to pass this special motion, I was able to secure the support of six of my colleagues. Having seven votes of confidence allowed us to send a clear message about the importance of taking action to end our city’s racial disparities, not just talk about them. Our work is certainly cut out for us and we are ready to work hard for the needed results.
At the January 6th organizational meeting I was voted as Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, a dynamic committee which will allow me to engage our state and federal elected officials on priorities for our city such as raising the minimum wage, protecting our pollinators, and recruiting investment for projects like the redevelopment of the Midtown Farmers Market, bring a renaissance for the Mercado Central Cooperative, implement bus and transit improvements on Lake Street and the Greenway, and help us make the 30 miles of protected bicycle facilities in the Climate Action Plan a needed amenity for our heavily polluted neighborhoods. I was also voted to be a member of the Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee, the Health, Environment, and Community Engagement Committee and the Audit Committee (schedule forthcoming).
My outside appointments include serving as one of 39 Board Members of Meet Minneapolis, the city’s convention and visitors association where varied stakeholders from the business community like the Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx, the Hilton Minneapolis, and Alatus LLC (Block E owners) come together with government to make Minneapolis thrive. This is an important board seat that can help us move our racial equity agenda with an impacted but often unengaged audience. Other outside appointments include serving on the Northern-Lights-Express passenger rail project, a high speed lightrail line from Minneapolis to Duluth; the joint City and County Lead Task Force; the Midtown Community Works Partnership; and the Twin Cities Community Land Bank.
This month has been filled with racial equity meetings for our office, trying to assess the depth and quality of the racial equity work our city is doing. This has involved meetings with the City Coordinator Paul Aasen raising ideas about our city’s need to communicate with multilingual audiences; the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department to learn about their Blue Print for Equity discussions and outreach plan; with the Civil Rights Department on their internal Equity Toolkit aimed to train city staff; and with the Organizing Apprenticeship Project to align our community and city efforts on this front. This past week I was honored to be a speaker alongside Goldman Environmental Prize recipient Kimberly Wasserman at the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy’s forum on Race, Climate and Community Health. During this forum an important environmental mapping tool was released to help families, students, and residents learn more about the pollution in their neighborhoods. When her baby developed asthma, Kimberly Wasserman mobilized with her community to kick the coal plant out of her Chicago neighborhood. We are trying to do the same thing in south Minneapolis, working with our state elected officials and city departments, exploring ways we can move foundries out of our communities to ensure we address environmental racism, air quality concerns, and racial health disparities. If you’re interested in getting involved in this effort, please contact us!
There is so much happening in City Hall and all of it needs your voice and energy, in future newsletter cycles we hope to be able to connect you to more efforts and coordinate better on how we can all have a collective impact in improving our city and truly making Minneapolis an equitable city for all.
Did you know that goats are already legal in many US cities, including St. Paul? Goats provide a great contribution to cities, including great alternatives to commercial dairy and holistic ecosystem management. Would you be interested in owning a goat in the city? Contact us.
The proposed  Seward Co-op Friendship Store has sparked community dialogue around gentrification, equity, business hiring practices, food access, and food justice.
Join the Pillsbury House Theatre for a FREE  performance and community conversation as part of their Breaking Ice series. 
Thursday, January 30th at 7p.m., Friday, January 31st at 7p.m.  or Saturday February 1st at 7p.m.
More than 2,000 people packed the open house at St. Paul's River Centre to provide public testimony and learn more about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Polymet Mine in Northern Minnesota. Opinions were sharply divided among the roughly 60 people who offered testimony. The mine would provide union-wage mining jobs for 20 years, and many temporary construction jobs, to a region that has been economicaly stiffeled. But the mine also threatens ancient wild rice beds, and aquatic life on lands and waters that are protected by treaties between the United States and sovereign tribal nations in northern Minnesota.
What are your feelings on the mine? Do you have concerns? Public comment will be accepted on the DNR website through 4:30 p.m. on Thursday March 13, 2014. 
In this time of dangerously cold weather, it is important to watch out for another. If you see someone in need, please call St. Stephen's Street Outreach at 612-879-7624. If there is no answer, please call 911.
Join Alondra on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at Andersen United Community School for community updates, board elections, information about neighborhood resources, free food, and entertainment.
Join Ward 8 Council Member Elizabeth Glidden February 5th 5:30-6:30p.m. at Café Southside, for a community event to thank and recognize Powderhorn and Central neighborhoods and to welcome Council Member Alondra Cano.  
Northern Spark, a dusk-to-dawn urban art festival taking place in five connected zones of Minneapolis, including the  Midtown Greenway,is scheduled for June 14, 2014. There is currently an open call for  greenway-specific projectsprojection projects, and  projects in any medium or discipline.
The City of Minneapolis  is hiring! Check out the listings for East African and Southeast Asian Community Specialists and a Homegrown Minneapolis Program Coordinator.
Urban Scholars is a leadership development summer internship from May 27, 2014 to August 15, 2014. This year, City of Minneapolis Urban Scholars is partnering with Minneapolis Public Schools, Metropolitan Council, and Greater Twin Cities United Way to help diverse undergraduates and graduate students to develop their leadership skills.   Apply today.
Looking for a low-cost way to get in shape in the Ninth Ward? The Phillips Fitness Center, located at 2323 11th Avenue S. offers memberships for only $10/month. Call 612- 370-4926 for more information.
Starting in Fall 2014, Bdote Learning Center will offer both Dakota and Ojibwe language immersion education for grades K-3. Call 612-279-6361 for more information.
Call (612) 673-2209
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