Ward 8 Update Newsletters - February 1, 2017

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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February 1, 2017

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

Supporting Each Other: Resisting Hate, Bigotry, and Unconstitutional Acts

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In the last few days, the world has protested President Donald Trump’s unconstitutional and bigoted executive orders, that in effect ban refugees from at least six Muslim majority countries, increase deportations, divert federal funds for a border wall between the United States and Mexico, and punish so-called “sanctuary cities.”

Combined with the President’s earlier comments about desiring and supporting a “Muslim ban” this cannot be interpreted as anything other than authorized state-sanctioned discrimination on the basis of religion. As an elected member of the Minneapolis City Council, I take an oath to uphold the laws, not only of the City of Minneapolis, but of the United States of America.  When I see something that so clearly violates our U.S. Constitution, and our federal laws prohibiting discrimination, I must speak out in opposition. You can view my comments, during a Monday City Council Committee meeting at 49:05 here.

Our city residents have not been quiet – they have let the world know that we support immigrants and refugees and we oppose these executive orders and other unconstitutional and unlawful acts by the Trump Administration, as well as many actions designed to harm our Earth, people of color, and working people.

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The City of Minneapolis expresses solidarity with our residents, and is proud to be the home of the largest Somali community in the United States, one of the six Muslim majority countries targeted for vile and inhumane treatment through the President’s executive order.

It is hard to imagine that the country we love would today authorize state sanctioned religious persecution and our President would make public statements approving the use of torture. As a volunteer lawyer for people seeking asylum, I used to represent people fleeing exactly these types of conditions seeking safe refuge in the United States.  We now have a firm call to action to exercise our constitutional rights to assembly and free speech in support of our values.

We the People are the United States of America – and it is up to us to unite in our fight for our democracy and constitutional values. Take care of each other and take care of our country!

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All are Welcome Here:

#NoBanNoWall Committee

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Join the Intergovernmental Relations Committee of the Minneapolis City Council, Chaired by Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, for an official presentation about the recent Presidential executive orders impacting immigrants and refugees. The Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 7, at 9:30 am in City Hall, Room 317.  You can watch live on Channel 14 or replay at your convenience here.

Confirmed presenters include
Emilia Gonzalez Avalos of Navigate-MN, Jaylani Hussein of CAIR-MN, John Keller of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Teresa Nelson, ACLU-MN, Robin Phillips and Sarah Brenes, The Advocates for Human Rights and Susan Segal, Minneapolis City Attorney.

We also hope to welcome Representative Ilhan Omar as a special guest speaker, depending on her committee meeting schedule at the Minnesota House of Representatives.


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 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.


Minneapolis wins awards for solar energy and clean energy

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Minneapolis has received awards for solar energy and clean energy: a SolSmart Gold designation award and a Minnesota Clean Energy Community Award.

SolSmart Gold designation
Minneapolis earned a national SolSmart Gold designation for making it faster, easier and cheaper to go solar. The award from SolSmart – a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy – recognizes Minneapolis’ national leadership in advancing solar energy.

Minneapolis efforts include updating zoning requirements, reducing solar permitting time and costs, education and outreach, training staff and solar installers, advocating at the Public Utilities Commission, placing solar capability on City-owned buildings, and committing to community solar gardens.

Minnesota Clean Energy Community Award – Clean Energy Partnership
Minneapolis received an achievement award as part of Minnesota’s first Clean Energy Community Awards program sponsored by the Minnesota Commerce Department. The awards acknowledge work done by Minnesota communities’ programs, policies and technologies to further the state’s clean energy goals and encourage energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy generation.

Minneapolis received its award for the formation of the Clean Energy Partnership. This approach partners the City of Minneapolis in a unique way with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy to help the City reach its Climate Action Plan and Energy Vision for 2040 goals of a 30 percent greenhouse gas reduction by 2025 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050. Through the Clean Energy Partnership, the City and the utilities study, prioritize, plan, coordinate, implement, market, track and report progress on clean energy activities in Minneapolis.


City holding listening sessions to discuss minimum wage

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The City of Minneapolis is hosting several listening sessions in coming weeks to gather feedback on a potential minimum wage policy for employers in the City of Minneapolis.

The City Council has directed City staff to present minimum wage policy recommendations mid-year after doing additional research and community engagement on the topic. The listening sessions will be an opportunity for community stakeholders to share viewpoints on how a change in the minimum wage would impact them.

Details will be posted at the City’s minimum wage webpage so check there to verify dates and times as additional listening sessions and details are confirmed.

Upcoming meetings include:

  •  Tuesday, Feb. 7: Native American community, 5:30-7 p.m. All My Relations Gallery (Powwow Grounds), 1414 E. Franklin Ave.
  •  Tuesday, Feb. 14: Minneapolis Downtown Council and Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, 4-5:30 p.m. DID conference rooms (TBD) 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15: African American community, 3-5 p.m. NEON, 1007 W. Broadway Ave.
  •  Tuesday, Feb. 21: general public, 6-7:30 p.m. Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.
  • Thursday, Feb. 23: general public, 6-7:30 p.m. Urban League, main gathering room, 2100 Plymouth Ave.  

The community engagement plan follows a presentation to the City Council’s Committee of the Whole in October 2016 by a research team presenting highlights of a study analyzing the relative impact of a local minimum wage increase in the City of Minneapolis and regionally in Hennepin County and Ramsey County. The study, led by the University of Minnesota’s Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Justice, examined the impact of increasing the wage to $12 and $15 per hour phased in over five years.


Urban Scholars applications open

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The City of Minneapolis is once again offering its leadership development summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students. Now in its sixth year, the Urban Scholars program aims to provide college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with resume-building professional work experiences. College students interested should apply online at www.minneapolismn.gov/urbanscholars by Saturday, Feb. 18. The 12-week program is a full-time paid internship experience that runs from May 22 to Aug. 11.

Interns will work in key areas of different City departments, including the Mayor’s Office and City Council offices, and with the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools, the State of Minnesota, Greater Twin Cities United Way, and the Minneapolis Park Board. Scholars also participate in the Urban Scholars Leadership Institute for essential leadership and communications skills and focus on building networks, skills and opportunities.


City launches program increasing contracting opportunities for small businesses

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To make it easier for small businesses, particularly businesses owned by women and people of color, to do business with the City of Minneapolis, a new program expands opportunities for small businesses to compete for City contracts alongside other small businesses instead of larger, more established companies.

Key goals of the program include increasing competition for contracts, expanding opportunities for historically underutilized small businesses and stimulating the local economy.

The program is part of a broader City effort to diversify the City’s supplier base and support small businesses.

For more information, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/finance/procurement/TargetMarketProgram.