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NEWS FROM THE NINTH WARD
THINK SPRING
Photo Courtesy of Mashkiki Gitigan.
ALONDRA WONDERS: WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND?
Do you have an issue that you'd like to discuss with Alondra and her staff? Our community office hours provide a great forum to do so. The calendar on our website shows where and when these office hours take place. The next community office hours will be Monday, February 24th from 8:30a.m. to 11:00a.m. at May Day Cafe on 3440 Bloomington Avenue. We hope to see you there!
NINTH WARD BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: STONE'S THROW URBAN FARM
Have you been through the Phillips neighborhood and been confused about the greenhouses and small farm fields? You have discovered Stone's Throw Urban Farm, an amazing business in the Ninth Ward that tills the soil throughout South Minneapolis and the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul. Stone's Throw operated their own Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and also sells produce at local farmer's markets and restaurants. 
Stone's Throw provides a great example of non-traditional uses of urban land, but they are doing great work throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin with the establishment of their farmer co-op, Stone's Throw Agricultural Co-op. The Co-op partners with farms like the Agua Gorda Co-op, to help farmers market and recieve fair prices for their goods.
Support Stone's Throw by stopping by their booth at upcoming markets, purchasing a CSA or eating at restaurants that sell their produce!
GET READY FOR YOUR GARDEN!
While this winter might seem endless, spring is right around the corner! The City of Minneapolis has specials on  composting bins and rain barrels to help you on your way.
For more information on how to get started in the world of gardening, check out  Gardening Matters. 
You can also g et your soil tested through the University of Minnesota Extension service for just $17!
SUPPORT MAYDAY!
Mayday 2014 is coming soon and In The Heart of The Beast needs YOU to make it happen! There are many options for getting involved, including attending community meetings, building and designing materials for the parade and donating to support the project.
GO SOLAR WITH NO UPFRONT COST
For decades, Minnesotans looking to install solar have had to pay $15,000 or more upfront. Other states have been successfully using solar leasing to deliver solar to thousands of residents without upfront cost. For the first time in Minnesota, Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF) is now helping launch a solar leasing model that allows residents to install solar for no upfront cost, with monthly payments equal to 75% of the money you save on your energy bills. You no longer need a bunch of money on hand to go solar – with landlord support, the program can even work for some renters.
This program is dependent on access to the Made in Minnesota Solar incentive, the deadline for which is February 28th, 2014, so residents interested in participating should contact Cooperative Energy Futures no later than February 14th to schedule a free site assessment. Please contact bruce@cooperativeenergyfutures.com or (612) 568-2334 right away if you’re interested. You can also learn more about the program at http://cooperativeenergyfutures.com/solar-leasing/
HENNEPIN COUNTY WITHDRAWS PROPOSAL TO INCREASE GARBAGE BURNING
In a major victory for communities in North Minneapolis fighting against environmental injustice, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted 6-1 to withdraw their proposal to increase the amount of garbage burned at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC), located between Target Field and the Northside. The facility, which emits pollutants including mercury, dioxin, particulate matter into the air, sits next to a majority low-income, people of color community that suffers disproportionately from exposure to air pollution, and asthma. These communities organized and held elected officials accountable for ensuring that equity and public health were the guiding principles in decision-making. We applaud their hard work and celebrate this important victory.   
The Hennepin County Board's resolution calls for Minneapolis to develop a plan for curbside organics recycling by Jan 1, 2015. Look in this space for upcoming opportunities to provide input on how to transform our city into a zero waste leader!
GOATS IN THE CITY
After our last newsletter, many of you responded that you would support the legalization of goats in Minneapolis. If you'd like to help this become a reality, connect with the  Minneapolis Alliance for Goats.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEIGHBORS
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.
UPCOMING
ONE BILLION RISING
Friday, February 14
6:00p.m.
Join men, women, and children from across the world in calling for an end to violence against women and girls! Our local event, part of a  coordinated worldwide effort, will feature a free meal, music, dance, guest speakers, and simultaneous translation into Spanish. RSVP to the  Facebook event.
MNSURE ASSISTANCE
Wednesday, February 19
4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Do you need health Insurance? Are you wondering what options are available to you and your family?  Pillsbury United Communities is partnering with  MNSure to help sign individuals and families up for the new health insurance plans available as part of the Affordable Care Act. 
DRIVER'S LICENSE & RAISE THE WAGE FORUM     
Friday, February 21
6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
Join local Latino leaders, elected officials, and allies for a community forum about the important public safety issues around providing driver's licenses to all Minnesotans, regardless of their immigration status.   RSVP to the  Facebook event.
MIGRATIONS
Saturday February 22
7:00 p.m.
An exciting line-up of Twin Cities poets, novelists, nonfiction writers, performance artists, and a pottery maker will come together and share work around the theme of Migration.  
Featuring Lisa Brimmer, Chava Gabrielle, Shannon Gibney, IBé, Satish Jayaraj, Hei Kyong Kim, Marc LeMaire, Eva Song Margolis, Sun Yung Shin, Eric Sharp, Chaun Webster
MIDTOWN PHILLIPS ANNUAL MEETING   
Tuesday, February 25
6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
Join Alondra at the annual meeting of the  Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Assocation for community updates, board elections, information about neighborhood resources, free food, and entertainment.
PPNA COMMUNITY CAFE
Thursday, February 27
6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
Alondra will be the featured guest at the  Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association's February Community Café. Come by and hear updates about our work at the city, connect with other community members, and share your opinions. 
OPPORTUNITES
The City of Minneapolis  is hiring! Check out the listings for East African and Southeast Asian Community Specialists and a Homegrown Minneapolis Program Coordinator.
The Land Stewardship Project is hiring a Community Based Food System Organizer to support the food justice work at Hope Community.
READING TOGETHER: ANCESTRY BOOKS
Ancestry Books Pop-Up Bookstore is an effort to bring literature from under-represented authors to Minneapolis.  It is great to see local bookstores gaining support in our city! Support their  Kickstarter today.
CONTACT US
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