Heart of the Beast Theater, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Abubaker As-Siddique Islamic Center, Stones Throw Urban Farms, Mad Dads, and 50 neighbors gather for peace in honor of Erin Miller and Frank Penny. 
Dear Community,

There has been an increase in aggravated assaults in the Ninth Ward in 2015. This is a troubling trend manifesting mostly in shootings. A couple of weeks ago, police patrolling the Midtown Phillips Neighborhood heard shots fired and responded to find Frank Penny and Erin Miller in a car, both of whom had been shot. Frank Penny was deceased and Erin Miller died from her wounds a few days later. MPD is investigating this incident and asking for the public's help. Anyone with information is being asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of the victims.

MPD is also seeking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect or suspects in the beating death of Rebecca Anderson, who was assaulted in September and died from her injuries on November 26. The public is again being asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477   

I work closely with Inspector Michael Sullivan, the leader of MPD's Third Precinct, as well as members of Chief Harteau's administration, Hennepin County, the City Attorney's office, and the Mayor's office on issues of Public Safety. I want you to be aware of some of the strategies we are implementing to address Public safety in the Ninth Ward. Some of these are ongoing and others will be new in 2016.

  • A couple weeks ago, Mayor Hodges and Chief Harteau announced a new unit in the Police Department tasked with investigating violent crime, especially shootings. Read more.

  • In partnership with the Third Precinct my office convenes a monthly Problem Properties meeting. We work with our Regulatory Services Department, Business Licensing, the Hennepin County prosecutor's office, the City Attorney's Office, and others as necessary to pursue holistic solutions to residences and businesses that are sources of crime in our communities. 

  • Little Earth of United Tribes has created a robust, resident-led Community Building Team that is engaging community by leading walks, creating block/cluster clubs, and conducting trainings with residents.

  • The Third Precinct and my office have begun to conduct public safety meetings with businesses on East Lake Street, focusing on the Bloomington and Chicago nodes.  These will continue in the New Year, with special multilingual meetings focusing on the issues facing immigrant businesses.

  • Beat patrols, bike patrols, and directed patrols in squad cars have continued to focus on the East Lake Street area, including Midtown and East Phillips between Lake Street and the Greenway.

  • MPD's Gang Intelligence Team has been authorized by the Chief to assist the Third Precinct in extra patrol and focused enforcement in the greater Phillips community.

  • The Community Response Team will be re-established in 2016 with new supervision and team members. They will be tasked with focused enforcement in response to community concerns related to public safety. The CRT Team members will be attending community meetings and other neighborhood functions to build community-police relationships. 

  • MPD continues to deploy mobile cameras and collaborate with Metro Transit and Park police to respond to areas of community concerns related to parks and transit.

  • In 2016, we will have two extra beat officers, an increase from four to six officers. These officers work in teams of two walking the neighborhood to establish quality relationships with the local businesses and community. We are working to extend the hours that the officers are out walking the beat. 

  • I am asking each of the Neighborhood Groups in the Ward to establish a Crime and Public Safety subcommittee to deal with issues that come up on an ongoing basis.
While we work on refining our policing strategies, I want you to know that I am also working on addressing root causes of crime. Addressing poverty as I work to ensure that our neighbors have workplace protections and the ability to support their families through a Citywide minimum wage increase. I support organizing, healing jutice, and community building efforts as ways to lessen social isolation. I truly appreciate the compassion, nuance, and creativity that our community brings to these difficult conversations.
As apartment vacancy rates plummet and rents soar, many renters are experiencing issues with housing quality, rising energy costs, and displacement. Please join me and organizers working in our communities to lift up the voices of renters for a conversation about the experiences of renters in our City.


Edain Altamirano, Corcoran Neighborhood Organization 

Anain Lozano, InquilinXs UnidXs por Justicia

Eric Hague, HOMEline

Monday, December 7
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Can't join us? Follow #MPLSrents on Twitter
The Mayor's proposed budget is available online. The final opportunity for public comment and the budget adoption take place Wednesday, December 9 at 6:05 p.m. The meeting will be in City Hall Council Chambers, room 317. Read more about the process on the City website and don't hesitate to contact my office with any questions or comments.
'Between the Worlds' is a tribute to the beauty and mystery of the winter solstice, the time of darkness when earth is dormant.

Flowing with acapella choral pieces, haunting cello and guitar, lively accordion music, balafon, marimbas and flute – 'Between the Worlds' is a river of music from start to finish. The evening moves along a ceremonial journey from vibrant color to the stark whiteness of snow, mirroring the dance of crones toward the dark curtain of death. Through puppetry and masked dance the audience and performers will celebrate the birth of the returning light.

December 11 - December 21
In The Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater
7:00 p.m.

Join the Department of Chicano Studies, U of MN, American Studies Department, and Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota as we honor Jesús Estrada Pérez. 

Jesús Estrada-Pérez, PhD Candidate in American Studies, was an engaged student and respected leader at the University of Minnesota. In memory of Jesús' scholarship and activism, Homenaje a Jesús/Tribute to Jesús, features artists from his dissertation "Decolonial Fantasies: Gay Chicano Art and the Practice of Queer Utopian World-Making." 

December 4th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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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.
Please join the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council in celebrating another year of growing, processing, distributing, eating and composting healthy, sustainable and locally grown food. Come share your food system priorities for 2016!
Thursday, December 3rd
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

The Holiday No Coast Craft-o-Rama is a craft event that began in December 2005 as a way to feature a variety of designers, artists, crafters and other talented creators of unique handmade goods.

December 4-5

Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio Holiday Sale: 20% off 100's of posters, cards, and buttons on social justice themes.
"The art we create is our way of processing and expressing how we experience the world. This gives it a medicinal quality in that art reminds us to experience that world, to notice its shapes and sounds and notice the relationship of its external rhythms with our internal ones. Because we are all made from the same clay and breathe from the same air, we recognize something of ourselves in the art created by others."

Saturday, December 5th 

10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

For the past 2-1/2 years, Hope Community staff, leaders, and partners conducted a Community Food Listening Project involving more than 400 Phillips Community residents in dialogues about food, land, health, culture, and justice. Join us to hear what people had to say.

The SOUL Food Monologues are part of an ongoing series of StoryHealer workshops, led by LaDonna Redmond, designed to uncover and promote the powerful food and justice stories of everyday people working for change. 

Friday, December 11th
5:30 p.m.
Community Meeting to vote on Bylaw Changes and NRP Plan Modifications for the proposed 2016 Budget. Neighborhood party to follow to support the CANDO 2016 vision!
Friday, December 11th
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
CANDO Community Space 
Hope Community is seeking a Youth Stewards Facilitator.
Honor The Earth is seeking a Development Coordinator.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is hiring a Development Director and an Education Coordinator
The Mayor's office is seeking a Communications Director.
Call (612) 673-2209
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