Photo credit GoodSpace Murals
The "I am a water protector" temporary installation in the 2017 Northern Spark art festival reflected the stories of environmental justice warriors who traveled to Standing Rock, North Dakota. This powerful collaboration was made possible by organizers from MN350, local artists from GoodSpace Murals, and Mexika community members from Indigenous Roots. It's official, summer is in full swing!
Photo by Ryan Stopera, design by Ramses Alarcon for CTUL
Dear Neighbors,
After years of protests, strikes, and community organizing across our entire city - 71,000 low-wage workers are on the verge of winning a herstoric victory: a $15 per hour minimum wage in Minneapolis.
I've been proud to stand with our working families on this issue since day one. I was the first Council Member to publicly come out for a $15 city-wide minimum wage ordiance. Later, I was the first Council Member to publicly oppose any tip-penalty that would exclude portions of our workforce. In order to anchor these public positions that guide the moral compass of our City, my office also focused on consistenly engaging my Council colleagues and City staff on this significant legislative effort. Since January 2014, our office began convening numerous internal meetings, hosting conference calls, and sharing research to develop understanding and a veto proof coalition among the Council on this issue. With our careful eye we ensured that our minimum wage study was on track and completed on time. Every step of the way, we have unflichingly advocated for $15 thereby firmly bringing our Council along with you to decidedly put your City government on a path to raise the wage.
This is why I'm thrilled to invite you to join us on Thursday, June 22 for our public hearing on our proposed minimum wage ordinance. This public hearing is one of the final steps we will be taking before officially adopting and approving our city-wide minimum wage ordinance at our full City Council meeting on June 30th.
Anyone that wishes can testify at this public hearing, please come share your voice and opinion on this once in a lifetime City public policy. If you cannot be there in person, you can still participate by submitting your written comments via email to councilcomment at minneapolismn dot gov. Please be sure to stay current on the City's work to raise the wage by regularly visiting the City of Minneapolis' minimum wage landing page.
In the coming days, the final details of this minimum wage proposal will be hashed out by the Council. Rest assured I will continue to fight for the most progressive and inclusive ordinance for our working families.
Hasta la victoria,
Photo from Mercado Central
Congratulations to the Cooperativa Mercado Central and the Lake Street Council for earning the City of Minneapolis' 2017 Green Business AwardIn recognition of their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, we congratulate Mercado Central and the Lake Street Council for working together to reach this important achievement. We are excited that Minnesota's first and only Latinx led urban cooperative has taken leadership on this front to improve the health of our communities.
Since its launch in 2012, the City’s green business cost-sharing programs have been fueling investment in clean air technologies and energy efficiency. Lake Street Council has been an important partner in this work as they leverage existing relationships with businesses to support them in making environmentally conscious changes. Great work, everyone!
Want to see if you can participate? Read all about the City's green business cost share program to get plugged in.
The Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association needs your help to identify the strengths and resources that we have in our community!
Everyone has something positive to contribute to the world and many of the things we need to create a healthy and vibrant community already exist around us. One approach for learning about a community is asset mapping, which is an inventory of the gifts, talents, and resources within a neighborhood. Once community strengths and resources are identified and inventoried, you can also more easily think about gaps and how to address community needs and improve health.
Throughout the summer, neighborhood volunteers (like you!) will be going out to door knock the neighborhood and start to take note of these assets. The door knocking sessions will take place on July 1, July 15, August 5, and August 19 in the morning. You could do one time, or even all four. Snacks and training will be provided at each session. If you are interested in joining this effort please contact Maggie Moran for more information: midtownphillips at gmail dot com or 612-232-0018.
Join Nimo Farah, Programs Director for the Somali Museum of Minnesota, and Abdirahman Hassan for a guided group tour of this unique museum on East Lake Street. Additional tours are available during regular museum hours on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A small fee is charged at the door. If you would like to schedule a visit outside of these hours please call 612-234-1625 to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you there!
Group Tour
Saturday, June 24
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1516 East Lake Street
For more information or to RSVP, visit the event Facebook invite
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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.
Dine out and do good! Birchwood Cafe is donating 35% of this night's proceeds to benefit MN350: Building a Climate Movement in Minnesota and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL) to act now on climate justice.
Thursday, June 15 
5:00 p.m.
Enjoy free pie and coffee while you relax and hear poets reading new work. Bring your own blanket, your poetry ears, and your friends and family. Poems will be recited in both English and Spanish. Everyone is welcome.
Sunday, June 18 
11:00 a.m.
Powderhorn Park, south picnic area
Clean water unites us all. It's the most valuable resource we have, and one that we must fight to defend. That's why NorthGate Brewing will donate a proceed of every beer sold on this night to support the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters.
Join our local Ninth Ward musical groups One Ukulele and Wailing Loons and so many more to keep protecting our waters.
Wednesday, June 21
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Join the Lake Street Council, local artists, and our small business community to create a more thriving East Lake Street corridor! 
Bring the kids to enjoy a performance of the puppet show “Shota and the Star Quilt.” Stay to make a community quilt with local artist Stephanie Lynn Rogers’s Sewing Circle.
Saturday, June 24
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Come to City Hall and play with kittens! Learn all about adopting an animal from Minneapolis Animal Care and Control and enjoy the competition for such powerful positions as Meow-er and Kitty Council President! 
Tuesday, June 27
10:00 a.m.
City Hall 
Who is ready to lead our city into a fossil-fuel free future? Come listen to candidates seeking to represent you as Mayor of Minneapolis as they answer questions about our local energy future that impact housing, climate resilience, racial equity, and workforce development for clean energy jobs. 

Co-hosted by Community Power (of Minneapolis Energy Options) and MN350.
Thursday, June 29
6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Council Member Alondra Cano publishes a monthly newsletter focusing on the work we are doing to address crime and safety issues in our Ward. Check out the latest issue online and click here to sign up!
The City of Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions including Fire Cadets and a City Planner.
Call (612) 673-2209
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