Council Member Alondra Cano and Ninth Ward Policy Aide Mary Anne Quiroz (co-founder of Indigenous Roots) teamed up with MN350 to organize two charter buses sending 148 supporters - half of them Indigenous youth - to protect the waters with the Sacred Stone Camp in the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.
Dear Neighbors,
You may have heard about the housing discrimination some Ninth Ward tenants, many of them Latino families, have been facing. These renters have bravely organized and worked with tenants rights advocate groups like Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia (IX), and HOMEline to demand dignity and fairness in housing. 
These renters have been survived substandard living conditions and a lack of response from the property manager and owner Steve Frenz when requesting repairs of unsafe housing conditions. In the course of pursuing a Tenant Remedy Action with the help of pro bono attorneys from Faegre, Baker, and Daniels, it became clear that Spiros Zorbalas - who the City of Minneapolis stripped of his rental licenses in 2013 - had remained in ownership of these buildings all along. The tenants have since filed a lawsuit against the landlords to seek justice and they have requested that the apartment buildings be placed under a different managing agent.
The City's Department of Regulatory Services, our City Attorney, and our Ninth Ward office have been tracking this issue very closely. As a municipal agency, we have launched an investigation into the exact ownership status of the Frenz properties. Next steps will depend on the response from Mr. Frenz. In the meantime, we are preparing to respond to a variety of outcomes stemming from the original court case. Although some of these strategies will not be able to be fully disclosed due to legal issues, I want you to know that this area of work is very important for our office and this is why I am teaming up with Chicanos Latinos Unidos en Servicio, LISC, and the Twin Cities Land Bank to convene a multi-jurisdictional workgroup involving key leaders in the affordable housing industry to dive deep into this issue and craft collaborative solutions.
In the meantime, please know I am dedicated to ensuring that the City of Minneapolis be a leader in providing a safe, healthy, and affordable place to live for all of our residents.
Council Member Alondra Cano addresses tenants and organizers as they rally in City Hall during a nationwide Renters Day of Action organized by Inquilinxs Unidxs, Defend Glendale and many other partners.
Join Gulgun Kayim, Director of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy at her community office hours and hear all about the City of Minneapolis' efforts on arts and culture. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Comprehensive Plan, it's three year engagement process and ways to participate.
Friday, October 7
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
3405 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis
More info and Sign Up for Updates: Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan 
Minneapolis 2040 will be hosting a family friendly and interactive open house to engage the community on planning the future of our city. Come share your thoughts and priorities with City planners and artists have a say in the future development of Minneapolis. Free refreshments from local vendors will be available.
Tuesday, October 25
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
920 E. Lake Street
Public Works is hiring throughout October for the Public Works Service Worker 1 Trainee Program. The program offers adults a chance at on-the-job training to meet the qualifications for the Public Works service worker 1 position. Trainees perform manual labor to support construction and maintenance work while also learning the fundamentals of the construction industry and how to drive and operate Public Works equipment. Through the course of the program, they earn their Class B commercial driver’s licenses.
This program helps the Public Works department change the face of its workforce to better reflect the community it serves. The first class of graduates in the trainee program included 64 percent employees of color and 21 percent women. All have now been hired as Public Works service workers for the City. Applicants don’t have to attend an information session; they can also apply online.
Public Works Information Session in Ninth Ward
Friday, October 7
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Public Works Hiawatha Facility
1901 East 26th Street
For a limited time, the City of Minneapolis is offering free Home Energy Squad visits for income-qualified residents, including renters. All Minneapolis residents are eligible for a $70 home visit -- and to qualify for a FREE visit, your home must have an income of less than $48,100 for one person, $54,950 for two people, $61,850 for three people, or up to $90,650 for eight people.
During a Home Energy Squad visit, a team of energy experts evaluates energy saving opportunities in your home and installs free materials to help you start saving on the spot. Your visit may also include a test to measure your home for air leaks; an insulation inspection using an infrared camera; a safety check of your home’s heating system and water heater; and an “energy fitness plan” with a list of energy-saving priorities and financing information. And if the Home Energy Squad recommends insulation or air sealing, ALL Minneapolis residents also get special access to 0% financing to complete the work, thanks to an exclusive partnership with the City of Minneapolis. For more information Call 612-335-5874 or visit 
Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated with a weekend full of ceremony, arts, culture, theater, music, food and festivities. Miigwech, pidamaye, and thank you to Native American Community Development Institute - NACDIAll My Relations ArtsMUID Community Group, Wakemup Productions, 1491s, City of Minneapolis, Little Earth United Tribes, Saint Public School System, and Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli/ Indigenous Roots for co-organizing all these events in our Twin Cities communities!
October 8 -10 
Various venues in the Twin Cities
Minnesotans have a chance to be the first in the nation to cast a ballot in this year's general election when in-person early voting started on Friday, September 23. Minneapolis voters can go to any of the four Early Vote Centers located around the city to cast their ballot early, starting on this day.
If you don't live in Minneapolis, visit to find where you can go to vote early by in-person absentee ballot. 
All four Early Vote Centers will be open:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Downtown Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third St.
North Minneapolis, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N. in the Urban League building
South Minneapolis: 1860 E. 28th St. in the Roof Depot building
Northeast Minneapolis: 2516 Central Ave. NE. in the Water Bar building
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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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Read Minneapolis' recently released minimum wage study.
Keep up with City Hall's news on our minimum wage efforts on the City's new min wage page.
Stay connected with local efforts to raise the wage by following 15 Now Minnesota, NOC, and CTUL.
Pangea World Theater & Oyate Hotanin are excited to present an evening of Native provocation, humor, amd dreams brought to the stage and hosted by special guests and Native comedians Rob Fairbanks aka "Rez Reporter" and Tonia Jo Hall aka "Auntie Beachress."
October 9 - 10
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
711 W. Lake Street
The Native American College Fair is free and open to the public, we are looking forward to having students, families and community members attend the fair. This even is co-hosted by Augsburg Fairview Academy, the Minneapolis Public Schools Indian Education Program and the St. Paul Indian Education Program.
Thursday, October 13
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
2307 17th Avenue S
Join Council Member Alondra Cano, State Senator Melisa Lopez Franzen, Director of the Minnesota Council of Latino Affairs Henry Jimenez, and Take Action's Digital Organizer Arianna Genis for a timely discussion on the role of organizing in election season.
Tuesday, October 18
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Dept. of Chicano/Latino Studies
U of M, 19 Scott Hall
Bringing together educators, students, parents, and communities from across the Twin Cities Metro to collaborate, network, and organize social justice in education, the Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair is now in our 5th year! 
Friday, October 21
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
4320 N Newton Avenue
The City of Minneapolis is hiring for Election Judges and for a Director of Long Range Planning.
Banyan is hiring for a Physical Education Specialist.
Achieve Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is hiring a Development Director.
Call (612) 673-2209
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