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NEWS FROM THE NINTH WARD
ZERO WASTE: RECLAIMING OUR INDIGENOUS ROOTS
Years back, I excitedly told my mother about the Three Sisters garden of corn, beans and squash that we were planting at the Women’s Environmental Institute. She deeply listened to my stories of spending days under the sun weeding, watering, and taking care of this garden. The best part was being blanketed under an endless night sky pock-holed with thousands of stars; the type of sky I hadn’t seen since my days growing up in my small hometown called Litchfield. One day, my mother lightly mentioned that I should look into the agricultural practices of our Mexican ancestors, looking at ways they built their irrigation systems with no electricity and how they were able to make cities like Xochimilco one of the nation’s main producers of corn, beans, chiles, and squash by using the chinampa, or floating garden, system of agriculture.
Like so much of the wisdom we get from our elders, I didn’t quite get the magnanimous nature of this advice until sometime later. Today, my two year old son Yaxkín – whose Mayan name means the one and only sun – has a star blanket, given to him by my mother, which reminds me of the unruly action we must take every day (think composting toilets in every home) to honor the deep responsibilities we carry to preserve and protect what the Bolivian Indigenous community refer to as Pachamama, mother earth, and our fragile existence as humanity.
So to celebrate our first 100 days in office, the Ninth Ward office took the lead in organizing and hosting the city’s first Zero Waste Forum at Walker Church with Congressman Ellison’s office to continue to reclaim our Indigenous roots as a sustainable society and to invite every resident to help make Minneapolis a zero waste city. San Francisco is doing it, and I know that we can.
The Zero Waste Forum was co-hosted by a handful of my council colleagues including Council Member Cam Gordon and welcoming remarks were given by Congressman Ellison, Rep. Hornstein, Mayor Hodges, Council Vice President Glidden. Guest speakers included members of Homegrown Minneapolis as well as the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy. U.S. Senator Al Franken’s office also sent a staff representative to join us. Over 100 community members and organizations like Minneapolis Energy Options, Eureka Recycling, and Hennepin County Environmental Services took a part in a deep discussion about looking at the waste effects of electricity production and consumption; making calls of action to end HERC like activities and encourage other Hennepin county cities to take on the zero waste challenge; encouraging creative renewable energy options like community bike power stations where energy can be generated by residents on bikes and shared at the neighborhood level; and changing state laws to allow us to use what Russ Henry called ‘humanure’ and to tap into the power of composting toilets.
This was an incredibly energizing experience and we are ready to keep going with the momentum the community has shown for this effort. We’ve created a Zero Waste Facebook page and we encourage you to like it, share it, and post on it. More city resources, tips and updates on what the City of Minneapolis is doing towards achieving this goal will be posted on the page so please stay tuned, connected, and active. We hope to organize a second discussion on this topic to allow for more idea formation and collaboration and are working with my colleagues to help host a North side Zero Waste Forum. In the meantime, tell us more about all the unruly action we must take to help Minneapolis reach a zero waste goal because frankly, there is no time to wait.
En la lucha,
Alondra
NINTH WARD BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: FULL CYCLE BIKE SHOP
As spring approaches (hopefully), the time has come for us non-winter cyclists to think about getting back on our bikes. If your bike needs a tune-up, or you need a new one all together, head over to Full Cycle Bike Shop on 35th & Chicago. 
Full Cycle is a non-profit that offers paid internships to homeless and street-dependant youth 23 and under. Full Cycle offers many services, including onethat allows homeless youth to build a bike using free parts, they also provide outreach and food shelf assistance.   Donate here.
The bike shop is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11a.m.- 6p.m., and sells a variety of bicyles, parts and accessories. The shop is staffed by experienced bike mechanics that work to teach the youth valuable skills.
Full Cycle Bike Shop | 3515 Chicago Avenue. | 612-824-7581
PARKING RESTRICTIONS LIFTED THURSDAY!
The removal of Winter Parking Restrictions will take effect on Thursday, March 27, at approximately 10 a.m. This decision has been made in consultation with Fire Chief John Fruetel based upon the improved street conditions.
PUBLIC HEARING: MIDTOWN FARMER'S MARKET
Hennepin County will propose a plan to redevelop the 6.4 acre property at 2225 East Lake Street, currently owned by Minneapolis Public Schools. The multi-phase plan would include a Family Service Center along with new offices, retail, housing, parking, and space for the Midtown Farmers Market. Find images of the plan below.
You are invited to a public hearing on April 3 at 6:00pm at 2225 East Lake Street. Weigh in and get involved in shaping the plan including retail offerings, sustainability and urban agriculture, bike/walk connections, plaza design, and more. This is the April meeting of Corcoran Neighborhood Organization's Land Use & Housing committee. The CNO Board will decide whether to support the plan based on input at the April 3 meeting.
Childcare, translation for Spanish speakers, and light refreshments will be provided at the meeting.
Read more about development on East Lake Street in recent Star Tribune articles: " High hopes for development unfulfilled for Minneapolis' Hi-Lake LRT stop" and " Plan to Develop Key Lake Street Site Revived"
"Questions? Contact Eric at eric@corcoranneighborhood.org or 612-724-7457.
CINE LATINO @ MSP INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival returns April 3-19, 2014.  This year the Festival presents Cine Latino, a Spotlight on Spanish Language Film. This is a carefully curated program of 30+ notable new films representing, at last count, some 15 countries where Spanish is spoken and where significant, cutting-edge filmmaking is currently being made. These titles have been recommended by the numerous experts on Spanish language film from around the world with whom we have developed relationships over the years, and selected from important Spanish Language film programs including the renowned San Sebastian and Guadalajara Film Festivals. Cine Latino is one in an ongoing geographically-focused film series reflecting the new international populations in Minnesota, presented both as part of the April Festival and as a stand-alone program.
RAIN GARDENS AND BEYOND- $15 WORKSHOPS
You can help keep our lakes, rivers and streams clean by making simple choices about your yard such as starting a rain garden. Metro Blooms workshops offer the latest information on a healthy yard and combine a do-it-yourself approach with expert help to put “rain gardening” in the hands of gardeners and non-gardeners alike.
For more information and to register, go to  www.myraingarden.org orcall 651-699-2426.
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UPCOMING
COMMUNITY OFFICE HOURS
Monday, March 31
8:30-11:00a.m.
Peace Coffee (Rotates weekly, Cafe Southside on April 7.)
Join Alondra and her staff to discuss whats going on in the Ninth Ward. Appointments are recommended; call 612-673-2209 or e-mail us. Walk-ins are also welcome.
PPNA COMMUNITY CAFE
Thursday, March 27
6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
Council Member Cano will be the featured speaker at this week's PPNA Community Cafe sharing updates about her goals and priorites for the Ninth Ward. Stop by for a few minutes or stay for the entire event!
RALLY AGAINST THE ALBERTA CLIPPER PIPELINE
Thursday, April 3
1:30p.m.
Kellogg Park, St. Paul
On April 3rd,stand up to protect the Great Lakes region by saying no to the proposed Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline expansion. Come with your friends, come with your colors and signs, come dressed as your favorite critter or ecosystem that motivates you to act -- or just come as you are. RSVP today.
PLANT THE SEEDS: MAY DAY FUNDRAISER
Friday, April 4
7:00p.m.
At this event we'll invite you to: Take in a preview of the 40th MayDay Parade story! Sample snacks and sweets from local restaurants. Enter drawings for masks and more. Make art with Parade and Ceremony staff. Buy tickets.
OPPORTUNITES
APPLY FOR CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
Looking for a way to get involved? Minneapolis has several boards and commissions that Minneapolis residents can sit on to help influence policy on topics of their interests. There are openings on the Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Civil Rights Comission, and several other boards.
MINNEAPOLIS PARKS BILINGUAL AMBASSADOR
Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board  Bilingual Information Ambassadors are responsible for providing information 
about MPRB programs, services and facilities customers using bilingual skills (Spanish or Somali).  Download an application.
YOUTH FARM
Spring is almost here, and Youth Farm has lots of new ways to get involved this season!  If you are interested in getting connected with any of the opportunities listed below, or would like more information, please contact Beth Ringer at  beth@youthfarmmn.org or  651-325-7453.
CONTACT US
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