Dear Community,
Previously, I've told you about the Collaborative Public Safety Strategies money that I have been advocating for and that the full Council approved this past December. As you might recall, the Mayor allocated these $250,000 in resources to reduce crime and increase safety in Little Earth and the Phillips community after I hosted a meeting with her at Little Earth with some of our resident leaders. Since then, a number of people and groups have stepped up to offer their ideas on how to achieve the goals of this funding program. Now is the time to decide which ideas and strategies will be awarded funding so the work can get underway.
In order to ensure that the awarding process is community-driven and that the ideas and proposals that are selected reflect the needs of the community, the City of Minneapolis is inviting community members to participate in the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will help decide which community-based proposals receive funding. The people on this Selection Committee will score the ideas through a guided process with City of Minneapolis staff and content area experts.

Please consider applying to become a Selection Committee member, we are looking for people who are:

•Personally and/or professionally invested in the Little Earth neighborhood
•Looking to support or inspire new and innovative ways to solve the issue of community violence
•Have a keen eye for potential over perfection
•Have a clear understanding of the neighborhoods they seek to review on behalf of
•Committed to reading and scoring proposals for an extended period of time, based on the scoring parameters

The Collaborative Public Safety Strategies' second round of community reviews will take place on May 31 through June 2. Once reviewers are selected they will receive more detailed information. Please apply today on the City website!
La lucha sigue,
James Cross is an unlikely community organizer but to see him at work in the Little Earth community is to watch a natural in action. He has a kind word, hug or handshake for everyone who passes - the aunties heading to women's group, the moms going to socialize with friends while their kids play at the park, and most importantly, the young men. Many of these young men are at risk of slipping into a cycle of violence and drugs that he has experienced in his own life.
His commitment and passion for seeing his people healed is evident in how he spends his time and his tireless advocacy for the community that he loves, even if it means expressing an opinion that is unpopular or challenging to those in power. James' journey as someone experiencing addiction and incarceration to spending his time supporting people seeking sobriety was profiled in a recent article by Jon Collins for MN Public Radio:
"James helped to start a group called Natives Against Heroin. He runs weekly talking circles in south Minneapolis at Little Earth. He does outreach in the community, connects people with treatment, when possible, and talks to prisoners.
'Dealing with Natives and the trauma and the historical trauma we've been through, I think we need to have our own programs specific for Natives,' James said. 'Use our culture, use our flute music, use our ... pow wow music, round dance music, use our own theories from our forefathers and our elders.'
Native American communities are the hardest-hit racial group in Minnesota's opioid epidemic. Native Americans died of opioid overdoses at a rate nearly five times higher than that of white Minnesotans between 1999 and 2014, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
'I started doing my spirituality, started getting involved in trying to show people I'm changing,' he said. 'It's hard to be Native American in the community and show people you changed because you ruined the community and hurt the community so many times with your actions of criminality or drugs.'
When he runs into people from his old gang life, James said he tells them the same he would anyone else: 'Are you ready to get cleaned up, bro?' If they say they're not, he keeps going, but said he hopes he's leaving some trust behind."
James urges community members to become trained in administering narcan and to stay connected to people who have fallen into addiction because you never know when someone might reach out for help. He is always in need of volunteers and people to help support his efforts. You can reach James Cross at 651-442-03103 or via email at realtalknative43 at yahoo dot com.
Call 911 to report any criminal activity or if you see or know of a child who is being hurt or exploited.
Call Dawn at Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center 612-728-2000 to get help for American Indian women experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, chemical dependency, and domestic violence. The MIWRC is also able to serve GLBTQ victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Call PRIDE 24 hour crisis line 612-728-2062 to get help for people experiencing commercial sexual exploitation or substance abuse issues. PRIDE is also equipped to serve GLBTQ victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Make a child protection report at 612-348-3552 or online if you encounter a child who you think is being sexually exploited. 
Call St. Stephen's Street Outreach Workers 612-874-0311 to get immediate help for people who are experiencing homelessness.
Call Day One Services 24 hour crisis line 1-866-223-1111 to get help for people experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, sexual violence, or domestic abuse.
The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic is open for walk-in patients Mondays and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St Paul's Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Avenue South. No insurance needed, all medical care provided for free.
Walk-in Counseling Center provides free, anonymous mental health counseling and referrals five days a week right in the neighborhood. 2421 Chicago Avenue South.
If you need assistance as a crime victim contact the Hennepin County Attorney's Office 612-348-4003 and ask to speak with an advocate or Cornerstone Services at 952-884-0376 and ask for Michelle, Cheryl, or Rebecca.
Contact your crime prevention specialist to receive a No Trespassing sign that can be placed on your property and enforced by MPD.
Email John Baumann to receive regular updates on crime trends in our area.
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.
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911 for all emergencies.
612-348-2345 for non-emergencies.
If you suspect drug dealing but have not actually seen it call 612-673-5706.
If you are in doubt call 911 and they will route your call properly.
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch 612-673-2856 or karen (dot) notsch (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov for issues South of Lake Street.
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist Brett Nyman 612-673-3482 or brett (dot) nyman (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov for issues North of Lake Street.
Read more about the ways Crime Prevention Specialists can help.
Check out MPD's Third Precinct website for additional information and resources.
Every month my office works to identify and monitor problem properties in our neighborhoods. We bring together representatives from the City of Minneapolis' Police Department, Attorney's Office, Housing Inspections, Business Licensing, Parking Enforcement, and the County's prosecutor's and probation office to coordinate and discuss commercial, residential, rental, and owner occupied buildings that are causing problems related to public safety.
Problem properties should be reported to your area's Crime Prevention Specialist or to the Ninth Ward office at 612-673-2209. Please note that MPD needs to receive two reports on the same problem property in order to prevent the program from being mis-used.
Midtown Phillips Crime Meeting, June 12 (repeats every second Monday of the month), 6:30 p.m. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Avenue South.
CANDO Community Meeting, June 20 (repeats every third Tuesday), 5:30 p.m. (Crime and safety breakout begins at 6:30 p.m.) CANDO Community Space at CTUL, 3715 Chicago Avenue South.
Lake Street Commercial Safety Conversation, June 20 (repeats every third Tuesday), 6:30 p.m. Las Mojarras, 1507 East Lake Street.
Call (612) 673-2209
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