"Feeling the need for community, I put on some black and bought my coffee to support my people at Café SouthSide. We will rise. Love > Fear. Love to Orlando, everywhere."
Ninth Ward resident Cory Moore with canine friend Push
Dear Neighbors,
Our hearts are still heavy as we continue to mourn the horrific Orlando shooting that killed 49 people, almost all of the the victims were Latinx and many were LGBTQI community members. This is a deeply sad moment in our nation's history. This is a frustrating moment for so many of us who know we could've done more to prevent this type of senseless act of violence through better gun control policies. This is a sobering moment for many of us as we realize how much more work we need to do to stop racism and homophobia.

Raising awareness about the experiences and perspectives of our LGBTQI community is a vital step in creating a more unified and hate-free society. In a post retweeted more than 15,500 times author @jerameykraatz insightfully stated "if you can't wrap your head around a bar or club as a sanctuary, you've probably never been afraid to hold someone's hand in public." Understanding the importance of establishing, protecting and uplifting these safe spaces for and with our LGBTQI is deeply needed right now.

This is why taking local action to support LGBTQI owned businesses like Cafe Southside matter. And why making a donation to support the creation of RARE, a safe space for our LGBTQI communities of color, matters. Please also consider supporting and particpating in the Latinx led events to honor the life of these community members.

Acknowledging that you might be feeling grief and despair I extend my hand to you to express that I care and am here to support you. I am also inviting you to take action with me and support RARE by making a donation so we can reclaim space against these injustices.

When we work together we can ensure that love prevails,

It was an honor to host Mayor Hodges at Little Earth last week for a conversation with commuity residents about the positive work happening and raising awareness about issues facing the community.
I had the honor of joining Ilhan Omar, Andrew Zimmern and many community members at an iftar dinner to celebrate this beautiful holy month of Ramadan. Zimmern is highlighting and filming our Muslim community for his first episode of "Bucket List," a new food show he is launching. Thank you Jamal Hashi, Sade Hashi, Abdi Ahmed and Safari Restaurant for hosting this wonderful dinner. The Ninth Ward is such a vibrant, extremely integrated, tremendously diverse, loving, powerful community with so many different languages, people and cultures. It is humbling, this greatness. I'm both very proud and deeply aware of the significant responsibility of representing the future of Minneapolis on our City Council.  
In light of recent events in Orlando, we stand in solidarity with members of the LGBTQI community to celebrate and remember Pride in the Twin Cities!
Saturday, June 25 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, June 26 6:00 p.m.
Loring Park, 1382 Willow Street

Stopping the era of extreme extraction to protect our waters and our people will require a generation of extreme organizing. 

Join us for this community dialogue to learn about the fight against crude oil pipelines and sulfide mining. Come meet other people interested in this issue and help us build a Twin Cities base of supporters, EJ organizers, allies and families willing to speak for the water, wild rice and the future of our community.

Guest Speakers:

Anishinaabe author, international environmental activist, and Honor the Earth leader Winona LaDuke (White Earth). Honor the Earth is leading the efforts to stop crude oil pipelines like Enbridge's Sandpiper.

Environmental lawyer and former St. Paul City Council Member Paula Maccabee who is the Advocacy Director and Counsel for WaterLegacy, the group leading the charge against PolyMet mining.
Wednesday, June 29
5:00 p.m. Community meal
5:30 p.m. Program
Thank you to the organizing support from MN350, MPIRG and Sierra Club 
All summer long Open Eye Figure Theater performs puppet shows in backyards, front yards, and parks throughout the Twin Cities, bringing communities together with original family-friendly theatre.  All shows are free and open to anyone who wants to attend. There are a number of shows in the Ninth Ward now through the end of August.  Check out the full performance schedule for all the details.
Help raise funds for the Midtown Greenway!

Join the Midtown Greenway Coalition for a glowing night of fun and fundraising on the nation's best urban trail. 
The Greenway Glow takes place THIS SATURDAY, June 18 and it consists of a community arts festival, a ten mile bike ride, and a 5K fun-run or walk.
Read all about it and participate on the Greenway Coalition's website.
Residents may have noticed an uptick in noise coming from airplanes flying over our neighborhods.
If this concerns you, please log in to the Metropolitan Airports Commission Noise Program Office  website to file a complaint or call their 24-hour noise complaint hotline at 612-726-9411.
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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.
'Huge win' for workers as DC Council approves $15 minimum wage 
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is opening a satellite office on the Southside just in time to gear up for the fight for $15. Read more and join their Grand Opening this weekend!
Stay connected with local efforts to raise the wage by following 15 Now Minnesota
Join NavigateMN in solidarity with our Latinx/POC/Indigenous community at various events to remember and celebrate the precious lives that were taken in Orlando.
After a slow start, Xcel Energy has sped up the approval process for community solar gardens in Minnesota, allowing many Minnesotans to save money with solar.
Importantly, however, many people still cannot participate because the current program requires a high credit score and/or upfront money. 
Join Community Power as they return to Xcel's downtown Minneapolis headquarters to celebrate through playful street theatre the company's work to quickly approve community solar gardens, while also inviting Xcel to step into its full responsibility to create access to solar to all Minnesotans.
Tuesday, June 21 
11:00 a.m.
Xcel Energy HQ- 414 Nicollet Avenue
The air we breathe is something many people take for granted. But in the industrial parts of North, South, and Southeast Minneapolis, the air is anything but clean. Heavy air pollution leads to things like asthma, which is a primary cause of school absences and countless emergency room visits. 
The air we breathe is something many people take for granted. But in the industrial parts of North, South, and Southeast Minneapolis, the air is anything but clean. Heavy air pollution leads to things like asthma, which we know is a primary cause of school absences and countless emergency room visits. 
Monday, June 20 
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary
ROCK N ROLL BOOK CLUB PRESENTS: MICHELLE CRUZ GONZALES The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band
Michelle Cruz Gonzales makes Moon Palace Books a stop on her midwestern tour for The Spitboy Rule, her collection of essays about her time as the drummer for the legendary hardcore band Spitboy and her experiences as a Xicana in the 1990s punk scene.
Monday, June 20 
7:00 p.m.
Feed your mind and body at this year's Poetry and Pie Picnic with poets and pie aficionados at this annual arts event. Bring a blanket and leave with a handmade napkin and blessings. 
Sunday, June 26
11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Powderhorn Park, southside of the pond
CTUL is hiring a Capital Campaign Leader.
The City of Minneapolis, is hiring a number of positions in elections and an Urban Designer. More info on the City website. 
Call (612) 673-2209
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