Ward 8 Update Newsletters - January 15, 2016

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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January 15, 2016

CONTACT INFORMATION

Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208
elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

 

OFFICE HOURS

Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, 1st floor hallway nearest to the parking lot

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!

 

 

City of Lakes

Moving Forward in 2016

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Hello 2016. We’re in a revolution that’s building steam; one of the most exciting and terrifying times of our generation. And I’m ready for the work.

2015 moved us all. Again and again, our attention has been forced on the inequities deeply rooted in our country and culture. The organizing power of people through groups like Black Lives Matter, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), Centro de Trabajodores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) and so many others has built the momentum we need to break free from the strong hand of white privilege.

Our nation is plagued with what Harvard researchers are calling the public health epidemic of police killings, disproportionately of People of Color. Even our campaign for US President is filled with xenophobia and hatred. We are better than this. We need everyone to step up to be part of this people-powered movement for change.

The equal rights of all people are at stake; our focus is essential. Here are some of my priorities for 2016, policy reforms that focus on racial justice and dismantling structural racism:

Protect Workers. The City passes earned safe and sick time and addresses wage theft.

Raise the Wage. I'm proud to state my support for raising the wage in Minneapolis/fight for $15 campaign. Raising the minimum wage at the state level is preferred; if not that, the Twin Cities region or county is the next best option. But we can’t wait forever for these options while people can’t pay their basic bills. That’s why I support raising the wage at the city level.

Criminal Justice System Reform. These efforts must be our priority at every level of government. Over the years I’ve supported every major system reform proposal at the city level, some successful and some not (i.e. subpoena power for civilian review authority), and I’ll continue to be a partner on this work. There are a lot of ideas out there for reform. Some getting the most attention now are state-level reforms, such as banning or otherwise reforming the grand jury system (an idea I support) - which requires identifying good bill authors and building a coalition.

Protecting Section 8 Renters. Increasing options for voucher holders to find housing and banning discriminatory treatment is a proposal I’m working on.

Support Trans*Equity. From my City Council office, I help lead the City’s Transgender Issues Work Group. The plan in 2016 is to focus on employment issues, criminal justice reform, and increasing publicly accessible gender-neutral restrooms.

Fight Climate Change. The negative impacts of climate change are disproportionately felt by low wealth communities of color. I will help lead on increasing residential property energy efficiency, including a residential energy benchmarking system which is part of the Clean Energy Partnership work plan. This is also part of a larger effort led by residents to focus on multi-family residential properties and renters rights.

… And there is a lot more.

We’ve heard from residents at City Hall more over the past year than in many years prior. Let us keep hearing from you. Make us uncomfortable with the status quo.

My pledge is to keep focused on the work of policy at City Hall. Listen and learn. Partner with amazing community members and organizations. I’m so proud to play a role in this great movement for change.

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Early Mornings with Elizabeth

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Early Mornings with Elizabeth: Wage Theft and Conditions Faced by Low-Wage Workers
Friday, January 22, 7:30-9:00 am
Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave S

Join Elizabeth on Friday January 22 for a discussion of wage theft.  What is wage theft?  Most simply, it is the failure to properly pay workers for time worked.  Despite many laws that prohibit wage theft and direct how and when employees are paid, worker experiences with wage theft are not uncommon in Minneapolis and around the country.  

We are pleased to welcome workers telling their personal stories of wage theft, members of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL).  Staff from CTUL will present findings of the organization’s recent survey and report on conditions faced by low wage workers entitled “Confronting Exploitation.”  You can review the report here. We will also be joined by Michele Garnett McKenzie, Deputy Director of Advocates for Human Rights, to discuss that organizations’ work to prepare recommendations regarding needed worker protections.

Please join us for a great discussion of wage theft - what is the problem, who is affected, and what are recommendations for the future.


Organics recycling - Sign up by Feb 1

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The City of Minneapolis’ organics recycling program is about to go citywide. Right now, the City collects food scraps, coffee grounds, meat trimmings, eggshells and many other items from about 12,000 residences for composting. Starting this spring, the rest of the city will be able to recycle organics too. Residents living in the second phase areas of this program will need to sign up by Feb. 1 to get their recycling carts during the spring rollout.

The City is now putting together a delivery list for new organics recycling carts. Those who sign up by Feb. 1 will get on that list.

Those who sign up after that date will get their carts in the summer. (Residents in the first phase rollout area who aren’t already in the organics recycling program can sign up now to receive a cart within a couple weeks.)

To be part of the program, use the online form, call 612-673-2917 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or email SWRcustomer@minneapolismn.gov. There is no additional cost to participate. About 34,000 households have already signed up to participate in the organics recycling program.

Find more information at www.minneapolismn.gov/organics


Workplace Partnership Group conducts listening sessions

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The Workplace Partnership Group, which is developing policy recommendations related to earned sick time and paid time off, wants to hear from employers, employees and the community. Over the coming weeks, the group will hold a series of community-based listening sessions to gain insights, concerns, perspectives, experiences and suggestions from the public. You can see the full list of listening sessions here.
Two sessions have been designated for general comment, and you are invited to attend: 

  • Jan. 20: General public
    6:30–8 p.m.
    Minneapolis Urban League
    2100 Plymouth Ave. N.
  • Jan. 21: General public
    6:30–8 p.m.
    Sabathani Community Center
    310 E. 38th St.

All listening sessions are open to the public, and time may be reserved at each session to accept public comments. Each session is hosted by a member or members of the Workplace Partnership Group. 

The Minneapolis City Council established the Workplace Partnership Group last fall as a working group specifically tasked with developing policy recommendations related to earned sick time and paid time off. The group will report its recommendations to the City Council’s Committee of the Whole no later than Feb. 24.

Find more information, including a list of partnership members, here: www.minneapolismn.gov/workplacepartnership.


Health Department surveying smoke-free options for rental housing

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Minneapolis and its partners are working to increase the availability of smoke-free rental housing for Minneapolis residents. Living in smoke-free properties is healthier and safer. 

As a first step, the City is surveying rental property owners about the smoke-free status of their rental properties and offering consultations and free resources such as sample policies and smoke-free signs.

The City also helps renters who want to advocate for their apartment buildings or condominiums becoming smoke-free.

Residents and property owners can both find more information here.


Public hearing on City’s recommended Community Action Agency designee

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The Minneapolis City Council is required under state law to designate a new Community Action Agency serving Minneapolis residents.  A public hearing regarding the recommended designation of the Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin as the Community Action Agency for the City of Minneapolis will be held:

6–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 27
Pohlad Room (second floor)
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

At the hearing, representatives of Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin and the City of Minneapolis will discuss the designated agency’s qualifications, expertise and experience in providing Community Action services to low-income people. Anyone interested can speak at the hearing. You can review the website for Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin here.

The Community Action program was established in 1964 by federal law. The program’s purpose is to assist low-income individuals and families to acquire useful skills and knowledge to become economically self-sufficient. Community Action Agencies are responsible to implement the program.  Programs that have served Minneapolis residents have included Energy Assistance (including assistance paying energy bills), Weatherization programs, and more.

The hearing will be conducted by the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings.


Applications now accepted for STEP-UP summer youth employment program

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The City of Minneapolis youth employment program STEP-UP is now accepting applications for 2016 summer interns. Eligible Minneapolis youths ages 14-21 who are interested in participating in the 2016 STEP-UP class have until Feb. 5, to complete an application online.

STEP-UP is one of the country’s premiere youth employment programs, serving Minneapolis youths who face some of the greatest barriers to employment. Prior to being placed in their internships, youths receive work readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce that prepares them for a professional work environment. Returning interns receive advanced training that helps them deepen their professional skills. Throughout their internships, they gain valuable on-the-job skills, make strong professional connections, and become exposed to careers they may have not otherwise accessed without STEP-UP.

Since the program was launched in 2004, it has provided more than 21,000 internship opportunities. In 2015, STEP-UP placed more than 1,600 Minneapolis youths in jobs with more than 200 businesses, public agencies and nonprofits. The 2015 class held 91 percent youths of color, 40 percent youths from recent immigrant families, and 12 percent youths with disabilities or other significant barriers to employment. Representing 38 different languages from around the world, 30 percent of the class spoke fluently in languages besides English.

Businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2016 can find information on the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP website.

STEP-UP is a City of Minneapolis program in partnership with AchieveMpls, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Project for Pride in Living.

To learn more about STEP-UP or to access the online STEP-UP application, visit the City of Minneapolis website