I couldn't think of a better time to honor and uplift the Latinx community. With attack after attack coming from the White House against our friends, our families, and the people who make our community the place we call home it's high time the City of Minneapolis doubled down on our efforts to highlight the role of Latinxs in Minneapolis.
This Friday at 9:30 a.m. I welcome you to join us in City Hall for the passage of a resolution honoring Latino Heritage Month and stay for the City Council vote on the "Futuro Latino Empowerment Commission." At noon, in City Hall Room 319, I will be participating in a community conversation with the City's Latino Employee Resource Group, Mayor Jacob Frey, City Coordinator Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde, and other City leaders that focuses on increasing the number of Latinx employees at the City.
This month we are also highlighting the importance of the Census. We must have every Latinx who makes up the state's soon to be largest minority population fill out the Census to ensure we don't lose a Minnesota Congressional seat. I hope you can join me, Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Jonathan Weinhagen, and State Demographer Susan Brower on Monday, September 30th.
You can access all of the date, time, and location details for the series of events we are hosting and supporting for Latino Heritage Month on the City's website.
It wouldn't be me if I did not end on an organizing note. I want to affirm that in times of fear, we can organize. In times of oppression, we can organize. In times where all hope feels lost, we can organize.
This is why I want to invite you to join me and U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar in celebrating the radical love we have for our community by coming to our "Organizing for Immigration Action" forum on Tuesday, October 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Powderhorn Park Recreation Center Gym (3400 15th Avenue South). This session will help community members learn about the current immigration related bills introduced in Congress and provide interactive ways for residents to become active in working to end the injustices faced by immigrant families. Childcare and light food will be provided so please bring your crew!
En la lucha,
Engaging community consistently as we get closer to election day (only 418 days away!) will help increase civic participation, excitement, and overall turnout. As we do this organizing work, we also need to be doing intentional outreach and education with residents, both voting eligle and non, around the importance of participating in the 2020 United States Census. An accurate count of residents will be key in securing stronger political and economic representation for all communities across Minneapolis. Commit to taking part in the MN Census!
For Latino Heritage Month we want to highlight these Census related events as we gear up to ensure everybody counts:
Latinos and the Census
A community conversation with Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jonathan Weinhagen, and Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower about the impact the Census will have on the Latino community in their schools, jobs and community.
Monday, September 30
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Midtown Global Market, Main Stage, 920 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis
Latino Youth and the Census
Engaging and informing young people about the Census and its impact on the future of our local community is vital. In this special session with high school students at Cristo Rey High School, the City will provide key information for youth to better understand and be ready to help their families fill out the Census.
Friday, October 11
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, 2924 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis
Latino Family Fair with Minneapolis Public Schools
Save the date for this family friendly information fair for Latino students and parents, organized by Minneapolis Public Schools. This event is still in formation but it will be a multi-hour event where Superintendent Ed Graff and Council Member Alondra Cano will join Latino families to talk to them about the ways the Census works and how we can all prepare to fill it out.
Saturday, October 12
Location and Time to be announced
Please check the City's Latino Heritage Month website for updates
Do you want to invite the City of Minneapolis to host a learning session about the Census? Please call the Ninth Ward Office at 612-673-2209 so we can help you put an event together for your school, church, or community group.
WELCOMING WEEK'S HORA LATINA
Welcoming Week, September 13 to September 22, is a national celebration organized by "Welcoming America." As a part of the Welcoming America Network of affiliated cities, counties, and non-profits, we believe that all people, including immigrants, are valuable contributors and community members vital to the success of our city and our shared future. Welcoming week allows us to highlight these achievements and contributions while creating meaningful opportunities for community members, whether immigrant, refugee or native-born, to come together, learn from one another and demonstrate that we are stronger in partnership.
The City of Minneapolis' Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs in conjunction with Wellstone International School is hosting a Welcoming Week celebration Friday, September 20 at Powderhorn Park. This close collaboration with Wellstone School will include music, free food, soccer, salsa lessons with Rene Thompson, and a performance from Grupo de Danzas Colombianas and Mi Peru-Minnesota. Voter registration and resources from organizations serving immigrants and refugees will be provided. Bring your friends and families!
Friday, September 20
2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Powderhorn Porch Fest is a unique neighborhood musical event organized by community members and Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA). For one night two blocks of 17th Avenue are transformed into a walking music festival. Porches become the stages and front yards become the show space for community to watch great local music. In addition to live performances there will be food trucks and other neighborhood vendors along the route.
Keeping in step with their strong social justice work, PPNA has partnered this year with Minneapolis housing justice organizations to expand awareness around homelessness and housing insecurity. To see the music lineup and get plugged into housing justice work, go to the facebook page and click attending. Also, consider donating to make sure Powderhorn Porch Fest can take place next year.
Saturday, September 21
4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
17th Avenue South, between 32nd and 24th Streets
SYRINGE CLEAN UP
I'm pleased to announce that the City of Minneapolis' Health Department is launching a "street sweeps" program to safely remove used syringes that are found on the streets and sidewalks. These clean-ups are crucial to addressing the immediate safety and livability concerns of community members and city priorities.
We at the City acknowledge that picking up used needles on our streets is only taking care of the symptom of a much deeper problem. Nonetheless, we are committed to providing this service at the same time that we lean on our State and County partners to help establish more treatment centers that can provide wrap-around support services for the people in our community who are experiencing chemical dependency.
Please visit our Ninth Ward City Council website for all the details on the City's needle pick up program and the mobile kiosks that will serve as locations to throw away used syringes.
If you have feedback or want to report an issue on the street sweep or needle kiosk program, please contact the City’s Health Department Opioid Team at 612-358-4167.
RAPID TRANSIT COMING TO ROUTE 5
Metro Transit is investing over 75 million dollars, 55 million of this federal funds, to redevelop the route 5 bus as a "Rapid Transit" corridor. The Route 5 bus is the busiest and highest ridership route in the city, accommodating over 16,000 rides each weekday! What does "Rapid Transit" mean, anyways?
- Limited stops with more frequent service
- Signal priority (buses "ask" traffic lights to turn green or stay green)
- Pre-boarding fare payment takes place to speed up stops
- Raised curbs at platforms and complete snow removal aids customers
Consider attending the South Minneapolis and Richfield area open house to learn more and share your thoughts or concerns with the project:
Tuesday, September 17
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Augsburg Park Library
7100 Nicollet Avenue, Richfield
Welcome to our #MplsVotes newsletter segment. This is where you can get the latest City of Minneapolis information regarding the 2020 Presidential Nominating Primary, caucausing, and the General Election in November of 2020.
Pop quiz: Who will be the largest voting minority group in the 2020 election?
Answer: In the spirit of Latino Heritage Month, we are proud to share it is in fact the Latinx community!
Latinos, and minority groups across the board, participated at markedly higher rates in the 2018 midterms. Over 40% of eligible Latino voters cast their ballot in 2018, up from only 27% in 2014. With these tends and changing demographics in mind, it is expected that in 2020 the Latino community will account for 13.3% of the total US voting population, the largest minority group in the electorate.
This election will likely be the highest turnout in Minnesota history, due to a Presidential Nominating Primary (PNP), MN's participation in "Super Tuesday," and an upward trend in voter turnout across communities. However, this activity has associated economic impacts. Due to printing costs for more ballots, overtime pay and staffing costs of election judges, and rising postage costs, the State-wide elections price-tag will be nearly three-times higher. The MN Secretary of State's office has requested close to $12 million from the MN Management and Budget Commission, funds that the city of Minneapolis will be able to capture as reimbursements for expenses associated with the Presidential Nominating Primary. This will help ensure our election takes place smoothly, so that everyone who is able to has a chance to cast their ballot, whether in person on election day, early in person, or by mail.
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.
CELEBRATE MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
Join community members along East Lake Street this month to celebrate Mexican Independence Day in Minneapolis, the largest Latino gathering in the state! Expect a lively parade, Mexican music, dancing, carnival rides, prize drawings, children's activities, crafts, food, and much more. Check out the facebook event here.
Sunday, September 15
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Between 2nd Avenue South and Portland Ave on East Lake Street
6TH ANNUAL TRANS EQUITY SUMMIT
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the theme for this year’s summit is “shifting the narrative.” The event will highlight the silenced histories and envision the futures of trans and gender non-conforming communities.
The Summit is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in furthering transgender equity is encouraged to attend. This is an event for trans and gender non-conforming community members to connect to resources and each other, and for potential allies to learn more about issues affecting the community.
We recommend that you register in advance at eventbrite, and please read more at click attending at the City of Minneapolis official facebook event page.
Thursday, September 26
9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
LATINO BUSINESSES WAGE THEFT ORDINANCE RESOURCE SESSION
The Small business team is hosting a presentation and Q&A open to the public, but intentionally focused to Mercado Central’s individual vendors and businesses, to inform employers as to their changing responsibilities to employees after the passage of wage theft prevention measures, both through the State and City Council.
This presentation will be offered in Spanish, accommodations will be made with translation to English on an as needed basis. We hope you can attend if this is appropriate to your needs!
Friday, September 27
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
1515 E. Lake St., Minneapolis
WILDERNESS INQUIRIE'S 9TH ANNUAL "GREAT RIVER RACE"
The 9th annual Great River Race is coming to the Mississippi river this Saturday! "Close the Gap" on the Mississippi River is a canoe race and fundraiser, proceeds of which will go to Canoemobile Minnesota outdoor education program. Canoemobile has been termed a "floating classroom," engaging a diverse group of learners on topics like science and history while on the water. To help address the achievement gap in MN schools this program reaches over 15,000 kids annually!
Ninth ward office staff will be joining Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and other city staff to go head to head against St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and his team. Don't miss this match up of the year! See race overview here.
Saturday, September 14
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hidden Falls Regional Park North Gate, S Mississippi River Blvd, Saint Paul