Council Member Alondra Cano kicked off Inauguration Day at 5:00 a.m. by joining low-wage families and workers who are organizing to improve their lives and gain more workplace rights. She is pictured above with State Representatives Erin Murphy and Ray Dehn and State Senator Scott Dibble. 
Photo courtesy of CTUL
           PRESIDENT TRUMP'S            
Photo credit Quito Ziegler
Over the past 24 hours, I've been working with State Representative Ilhan Omar, other elected officials, and community organizers to host a community response to President Trump's expected executive orders announcing he will be halting immigration from Somalia, Syria, and other countries. We have also heard that tomorrow the President will begin to make cities use our local police officers to enforce federal immigration laws.
Please join us today for a community and elected official press conference to fight back against these measures.
Wednesday, January 25
3:00 p.m.
State Capitol building, Room B971 (basement, next to press corps office)

Dear Neighbors,
What a joy to see so many of you in the streets over the weekend. I love our community and I look forward to standing with you as we continue to march in joyful resistance and work together to create the Minneapolis that our families and children deserve. 
As you have read before in this space, the City Council has directed staff to engage the community and develop a proposal for an increase in the minimum wage in Minneapolis. I strongly support a $15 minimum wage with no penalty for tipped workers and an implementation schedule that protects our beloved local business community. 
City staff have planned a series of listening sessions for business owners, workers, and any other concerned residents. Staff will be present at these sessions to answer questions and take comments. If you are unable to participate in any of these sessions please contact the Ninth Ward office and we will ensure that your comment is included in the public record. 
Tuesday, January 24: Latino Community, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Mercado Central
Thursday, January, 26th: East African community, 6-7:30 p.m., Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S.
Monday, January, 30th: East Town Business Partnership, 3-4:30 p.m. location TBD
Tuesday, February 7th: Native American community, 5:30-7 p.m. All My Relations Gallery (Powwow Grounds), 1414 E. Franklin Ave.
Tuesday, February 14th: Minneapolis Downtown Council and Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, 4-5:30 p.m. TBD
Wednesday, February, 15th: African American community, 3-5 p.m. NEON, 1007 W. Broadway Ave.
Tuesday, February, 21st: general public 6-7:30 p.m., Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.
Thursday, February, 23rd: general public 6-7:30 p.m. Urban League, main gathering room, 2100 Plymouth Ave
Please check the City's minimum wage listening session webpage to get the latest information about the location of these sessions.
As always please contact my office if you have questions or comments to share, or if we can be of assistance.
We are at your service and by your side,
This week, a Hennepin County judge handed down a ruling upholding most provisions of the Minneapolis Paid Sick and Safe Time policy that so many workers, advocates, organizers, and small businesses worked for.
This delivers a blow to the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, which asked that the law not be implemented on the grounds that it was in conflict with State Law.
Still unclear is whether the provision that requires all companies that have an employee that works more than 80 hours per year in Minneapolis to provide sick time regardless of whether the company is located in the city will be upheld. This issue will be argued by the two sides in an upcoming trial.
When workers organize, the people win!  
Save the date for the Midtown Phillips annual meeting.
This yearly event is a great opportunity to come together with neighbors over a delicious meal, learn about resources in the neighborhood, and participate in board elections. I hope to see you there!
Tuesday, February 28
6:30 p.m.
The Annual Art Sled Rally is a fun-filled spectacle in Powderhorn Park produced by the South Sixteenth Hijinks. Decorate a sled or sled-like contraption, sign a waiver, and try to make it down the hill as your neighbors cheer you on! All are welcome to bundle up and enjoy the amazingly creative crafts and clever emcees at this beloved neighborhood institution. The show goes on regardless of the weather so this year we may be mud sledding or ice sledding- please dress appropriately.
Saturday, January 28
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Powderhorn Park
3400 15th Ave South
The East Phillips Improvement Coalition (EPIC) is seeking community members to join the board. EPIC is the official neighborhood organization for East Phillips and they provide important opportunities for community engagement and connection to all residents. As a board member you would help make decisions about the direction of the the organization and identify programming needed in the community. If you're interested please check out the 2016 EPIC Board Member Nomination Forms.
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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:
Read the recently released minimum wage study.
Stay connected with local efforts to raise the wage by following 15 Now Minnesota, NOC, and CTUL.
Pangea World Theater's Lake Street Arts! invites questions that artists may have about working with city governments generally and specifically to Minneapolis, MN. 
Co-hosts include D.A. Bullock, Julia Nekessa Opoti, Mankwe Ndosi, and Alejandra (Tobar Alatriz). 
Conversation is guided by the pedagogy of popular education in which everyone has something to learn and teach.
Wednesday, February 1st
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Pangea World Theater
711 W Lake Street, Ste. 102 
During Epiphany, Mt. Olive is illuminating the topic of criminal sexual exploitation in the Midtown Phillips Neighborhood. Join us to listen to the voices of survivors and organizations working to end the demand and lift up survivors of sex trafficking. Explore ways in which we, as a community, can collaborate in our response. 

Community meal at 12pm.
Saturday, February 4th
10:00 - 12:00 p.m. 
Mount Olive Luthern Church
3045 Chicago Ave South 
City of Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions.
LatinoLEAD is hiring an Executive Director
Hennepin County is hiring an Bilingual Adult Literacy Instructor for the Franklin Library Location
Call (612) 673-2209
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