It was an honor to welcome members of the Tibetan community for a celebration of the anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising and declaration of Tibet Day. Special thanks to Jigme Ugen and the Tibetan American Foundation.
Photo credit Thor Anderson
Dear Neighbors,
This week was the spring equinox - one of two days in the year with an equal amount of darkness and light. We welcome the sun back and gear up for the MayDay Parade, the Ninth Ward's beloved rite of spring, I hope that you take time to notice and enjoy the few minutes of extra daylight each day has to offer.
Along with this new energy sometimes we see an increase in many other types of activity. From the bustle of waking up our gardens, to making plans for spring break, to the street crimes we all know so well can hit a peak leading to summer time.
This is why I'm thankful that the $75,000 I was able to secure in City funding to reduce and prevent commercial sexual exploitation has been granted out to The Family Partnership, the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, and The Link. My thanks to the City's Health Department for accepting this financial allocation and stepping up to allocate these funds in a timely and professional manner. As you may know, my office publishes a monthly newsletter focusing on the work we are doing to reduce crime and increase safety in our ward, check out the latest issue online and click here to sign up.
Each spring the City sweeps every street in town and it's almost that time! Street sweeping begins the week of April 11. Don't get caught off guard. To avoid getting ticketed or towed please check out the interactive schedule online and mark your calendar. Find all the information online.
Join with community for an evening to celebrate and raise funds for MayDay!

Live Music, tasty food, puppets, vintage MayDay films and photos! Meet the artists and learn the theme of MayDay this year, enjoy the joyous music of the Brass Messengers and Voice of Culture, make-and-take art projects for all ages. Let's bless this space with joy and launch this 43rd MayDay.

Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks included. Cash bar available by Crave. Vintage MayDay posters for sale.

Aren’t able to make the event, but still want to support MayDay? Please donate.
Learn all about MayDay on the HOBT website.
Tuesday, March 28
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
This year's keynote speaker for the Community Connections Conference is Dr. Rose Brewer. Join us for this free conference to learn more about the City's initiatives, the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan update, and the role of neighborhood associations in our community. Remember that Minneapolis 2040 is the City’s 20 year legally binding plan to direct the physical development of our city - so your voice matters so much in this conversation. Find out what’s happened so far in this Comprehensive Plan process and connect with City staff and your neighbors about how our city can grow in equity. Learn more online and register today.
Saturday, April 1
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center (downtown)
After a long and successful tenure at Youth Farm, Ninth Ward resident Phil Rooney, has joined the Youth Coordinating Board as Director of Projects. 
In his role he will be responsible for the Minneapolis Afterschool Network and the Positive Corridors for Youth Project. He will also assume responsibility for the oversight and implementation of new projects.
"I am delighted to welcome Phil to the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board staff," said YCB Executive Director Ann DeGroot.  "Phil’s commitment to young people, his passion for youth work and his drive to make a difference make him an excellent addition to the vibrant work of the Youth Coordinating Board."  
The Greater Minnesota Freedom Coalition is an inclusive group of immigrants, refugees, and allies working together to foster safer and more sustainable communities for all throughout rural Minnesota.

They are fundraising to organize "know-your-rights" trainings, build a supportive network, and develop rapid response teams to help and protect immigrant communities in greater Minnesota. Donate today!
Looking for a new spot to roll out your development idea, your art project, or your indoor roller skating tea house? Sky is the limit. Check out this 6,000 square foot retail and commercial space available for your dream project or business venture. Located right here in the Ninth Ward!
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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.
Updates & Events:
We want to know what you think! Fill out the Minimum wage Survey.
The City recently finished up a series of community listening sessions about the minimum wage. They are scheduled to bring forward a proposal for an ordinance by mid-summer 2017.
Stay current on the City's work to raise the wage by regularly visiting the City of Minneapolis' minimum wage landing page
Bring open pollinated or heirloom seeds to trade. Be sure to bring extra envelopes or baggies. 
You do not have to bring your own seeds to participate! 
Suggested donation of $5.
NO ONE is turned away for lack of funds or seeds.
Saturday, March 25
6:00 - 10:00 a.m
Waite House
2323 11th Avenue South
Come take a tour of the Midtown Greenway Market and learn more about the reconstruction project of the Cedar Avenue Bridge.
Tuesday, March 28
6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center
2824 13th Ave. S.
I hope you can join us on Saturday, April 1 to kick off 30 days of biking. Please come out to support this Minneapolis tradition and bring your friends and family. 
Saturday, April 1
11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
The Commons
Check out the City of Minneapolis traffic map to keep up to date on current road closures.
As the 35W Transit/Access project gets underway track the progress on the MNDOT website.
Lake Street Council is hiring for an Engagement Specialist.
Heart of the Beast Theater is hiring for multiple positions.
The Women's Foundation is hiring for multiple positions.
The City of Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities is hiring a bi-lingual (preferably bi-cultural) Spanish coordinator.  
Call (612) 673-2209
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