Ward 8 Update Newsletters - December 12, 2016

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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December 12, 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

United in Love and Action

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Thank you to all who were able to participate in our November 2016 event, United in Love and Action: A Response to Hate, Bigotry and Misogyny.  Over 400 people attended on a cold, wet and snowy night to share support for each other and plan action together.

Conversation and next step suggestions are still active on the United in Love and Action Facebook event page.

We were honored that so many community partners helped sponsor this event, many leading its planning and organizing, including Advocates for Human Rights, Café Southside, Coalition of Somali American Leaders, De León & Nestor LLC, Domestic Abuse Project, Gender Justice, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Jewish Community Action, Jewish Community Relations Council: Minnesota & The Dakotas, Main Street Alliance, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Navigate MN, OutFront Minnesota, RARE Productions, Sabathani Community Center, Seward Co-Op, St. Peter's AME Church, SEIU State Council, and Waite House/Pillsbury United Communities. We encourage you to reach out to these organizations for volunteer and contribution opportunities.


Take a stand against hate, report it

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If you witness hate-motivated speech or actions, the City has several options for filing complaints. You can call 911 to report a threat in progress, contact Minneapolis Police to file a police report online or in person, call 311 to report any non-urgent actions or contact the Civil Rights Department.

The Civil Rights Department enforces the City’s anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws. If you or someone you know is the victim of harassment or discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, sex, LGBT status or other protected classes, please contact 612-673-3012 or visit www.minneapolismn.gov/civilrights/.

The City recently adopted resolutions standing with the people of Minneapolis and condemning bigotry. The Standing with all Members of Our One Minneapolis resolution commits the City to fighting for the rights, freedoms and interests of all of the members of the Minneapolis community, no matter skin color, gender, the way of worship, birthplace, sexual orientation, or any other identity. The Solidarity with the Muslim Community resolution recognizes that the United States was founded by immigrants, many fleeing religious persecution, who enshrined freedom of religion as one of the nation’s fundamental legal and ethical principles.

Click here for downloadable fliers in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.


City’s 2017 Budget Adopted

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The Mayor and City Council have approved a 2017 budget for the City. The $1.3 billion budget includes a 5.5 percent increase in the property tax levy. The Mayor and City Council already anticipated a property-tax increase of 4.9 percent in 2017 when they passed a landmark, 20-year agreement to fund the infrastructure and operations of neighborhood parks and City streets earlier this year. 

Budget Highlights:

Participatory Budgeting

One of the items I’m very excited about is $50,000 dedicated to working with community to design a process for using participatory budgeting (PB) for some part of the city budget.  PB is used all around the world, and involves direct participation of the public - often through voting - to decide how to direct use of city funds.  You can learn more about participatory budgeting at the Participatory Budgeting Project More to come soon!

Divestment

The Council unanimously approved a motion asking staff to report back to the council with options for divesting from financial institutions that invest in fossil fuels.  The motion stated:  “explore scenarios to divest and stop doing business with financial institutions that invest in the fossil fuel industry and projects such as the Dakota Access Pipeline, and report recommendations to the Ways & Means Committee no later than end of second quarter 2017; the report shall explore the possibility of establishing a municipal bank or participating in a publicly-owned banking operation

 Small Business Office

After months of engagement with small business owners, the city increased its commitment to a small business navigator office with additional staff and resources.  A large number of council members worked on this important initiative, with Council Member Andrew Johnson taking special leadership.

Community Policing Initiatives

More than $1 million was dedicated to community-based strategies to improve public safety, including a mental health co-responder model, group based violence initiative, and more.  Council Member Glidden co-authored a motion to increase investment in domestic abuse prevention funding as part of these strategies.

Affordable Housing

A total of $14.5 million in affordable housing development, including a naturally occurring affordable housing strategy, the Family Housing Initiative, and additions to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Civil Rights - Response to Hate

A position was added to the civil rights department to help respond to increased complaints of discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes.  The Civil Rights department will also lead coordination efforts with the State of Minnesota and other jurisdictions around these issues.

Clean Energy and Environment

Renewing the Green Business Cost Sharing program, continuing funding for the successful Clean Energy Partnership, and implementing the commercial building efficiency component of the city’s Climate Action Plan.

Trans* Equity

Supporting the annual Trans* Equity Summit and working to provide access to gender-neutral bathrooms in public buildings.


A Message from Elizabeth

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Seasons greetings,

My thanks to the people of the Eighth Ward of Minneapolis for giving me the honor to represent you for three terms on the City Council.  Thank you for your love and support through twelve exciting years full of changes, including welcoming two beautiful daughters, now eight and four years old, to my family.

After much consideration, I have decided it is time for someone new to have the opportunity of representing the Eighth Ward on the Minneapolis City Council; I will not be seeking election to a fourth term.

I have always felt that local politics is dynamic, a place where creative change is possible.  I know that there will be healthy competition for the 8th Ward seat and am confident that we will see candidates commit to continue and expand on the progressive policy work I’ve been fortunate to help lead at City Hall for more than a decade. 

In the coming year, I’m devoting myself to important work in progress, including voting on a city minimum wage, defending Minneapolis as a sanctuary city, expanding civil rights protections to Section 8 renters, and organizing city leaders in Minneapolis and across the US around progressive policy issues.  

When I first ran for city council, after working over a decade as a civil rights and workers rights lawyer, I took a leap of faith knowing that no matter the result I would remain committed to building capacity for progressive policy change.  Today, I’m taking a similar leap — I’m ready for a new challenge and believe me, I have a lot more to give!

A blessed New Year to you and yours. I will keep you informed of my next adventures.

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