Ward 8 Update Newsletters - February 10, 2017

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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February 10, 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

State bills attempt to interfere in local decision and remove workplace protections

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One of the most important issues at the Minnesota State Legislature is an attempt by lawmakers to strip away the ability of city elected officials to respond to the needs of their communities.

The bills, House File 600 and Senate File 580, are mis-titled as the Uniform Labor Standards Act – while they would prohibit cities from improving working conditions with such measures as the Safe and Sick Time Ordinance, passed unanimously in Minneapolis and St Paul, the legislature has no laws in many areas where they want to prevent city action, or has not taken action in years. For instance, our minimum wage is woefully low and there is no law on sick leave benefits in the State of Minnesota.

You can find out more about these bills here.

You can look up bill language here.

The City of Minneapolis has an official policy position opposing these bills, which are anti-worker and interfere in the work of local communities. The League of Minnesota Cities, and Metro Cities, the two largest membership organizations for cities in the state, also oppose these bills, and any attempt by the state to interfere in local decision-making.  I was privileged, as the Chair of our Intergovernmental Relations Committee, to speak on behalf of the City in opposition to the bill this past week at the legislature.  You can engage on this issue by contacting your legislator and calling Governor Dayton. 

These bills are part of a national trend, to consolidate power and cater to special interests.  We saw how disastrous this was in North Carolina, when the State Legislature stripped the ability of a city to update its own civil rights ordinance. 

Our plea to the State Legislature: Don’t take away the right of communities to elected representation at the local level.

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Minneapolis Condemns Trump Executive Orders, Approves Sanctuary City Staff Direction

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The Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution condemning President Trump's executive orders on refugees and immigration, and directed city staff to recommend ways for the city to resist the president's orders.

The Intergovernmental Relations Committee heard from local legal experts and impacted residents at an emotional meeting, discussing the impacts of the recent executive orders and recommendations for how the city could support its immigrant, Muslim, and refugee families.

Presenters included 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 of The Advocates for Human Rights, and Representative Ilhan Omar.

The proposals are partly an attempt to connect Minneapolis to other cities that have taken similar action or are contemplating action, to oppose the orders, said council member Elizabeth Glidden. "It's going to take not just these legal strategies, or resolutions that are passed by city governments and state governments, but a movement of people," Glidden said. "Government is never at the front of that, government is following the lead of people."

The resolution, which you can read in full here, says in part:

That the City of Minneapolis hereby condemns President Trump’s Executive Order banning immigration from Muslim-majority countries as an open act of discrimination against Muslims, as a violation of the United States Constitution, and as an illegal act in violation of federal laws and directives;

That the City of Minneapolis objects to attempts to impose federal control over local jurisdictions’ ability to represent, protect, and keep safe the residents in their cities as unconstitutional attempts to commandeer local resources and coerce the City to enforce federal administration policy related to immigration laws;

That the City of Minneapolis objects to the diversion of federal funds to build a wall on the southern border of the United States with Mexico and objects to the executive orders of January 25, 2017, as antithetical to our American values and offensive, humiliating, and race-based attacks against the country of Mexico and its people; and

That the City of Minneapolis is resolved in urging the members of the Minnesota Congressional delegation to actively condemn, oppose, and object to the executive orders issued January 25 and 27, 2017, on immigration and refugees.

The staff direction, authored by Council Members Alondra Cano, Elizabeth Glidden, and Jacob Frey, 1) directs staff to establish a Sanctuary City Task Force which will report back to the council with recommendations by the end of March; 2) directs the city to continue work now underway with the Minneapolis Foundation to establish an immigration defense fund; and 3) directs the City Attorney to review options for legal action and defense on behalf of the City and its residents.


Minimum Wage Listening Sessions

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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.

A listening session for the general public will be held at Sabathani Community Center on Tue, Feb. 21st, from 6-7:30pm.  Additional meetings include:

  • Feb. 14: Minneapolis Downtown Council and Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, 4-5:30 p.m. Minneapolis Downtown Council conference room, 81 S. 9th St., Suite 260
  • Feb. 15: African American community, 3-5 p.m. NEON, 1007 W. Broadway Ave.
  • Feb. 21: general public 6-7:30 p.m., Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.
  • Feb. 23: general public 6-7:30 p.m. Urban League, main gathering room, 2100 Plymouth Ave
  • March 3: Southeast Asian community, 11 a.m.-noon, Harrison Recreation Center, 503 Irving Ave. N. 

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.


City creates Transgender

Equity Council

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Today, the City Council approved the creation of the Transgender Equity Council. The council will serve as an advisory board to the City and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on matters of importance to the transgender community. The council’s work will include studying issues, courses of action, policies, and programs as well as making recommendations. 

The board will be comprised of 15 appointed members and will meet monthly. Board members will be chosen through the City’s open appointment process. Information on the application process is posted at www.minneapolismn.gov/transgender and on the Minneapolis Boards, Commissions, and Advisory Committees webpage at www.minneapolismn.gov/boards.

For more than 20 years, the City of Minneapolis has explicitly protected the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming residents to be free from discrimination based on gender identity. In 1975, Minneapolis became the first city in the country to pass an ordinance preventing discrimination. Despite this, disparities still exist in virtually all areas including employment, healthcare, safety, housing and access to public spaces. 

In 2014, the City of Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group was established to look at transgender disparities, engage the broader community and make policy recommendations for the City to improve the lives of transgender residents. The work group includes participants from City departments, City Council offices, the Mayor’s office, and the community.

In 2016, the City Council and Mayor of Minneapolis passed a resolution supporting continued efforts to further transgender equity in the City of Minneapolis, including the creation of an advisory board.


Interested in a Southside Investment Cooperative?

Let us know!

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This past week, a group of over 20 south Minneapolis neighbors met to explore interest in forming an investment cooperative, similar to the Northeast Investment Cooperative which has purchased two properties in Northeast Minneapolis.

Initial interest in community ownership and cooperative models was discussed by many Ward 8 residents as part of a meeting series about East 38th Street in 2015.  We are working with neighbors to understand their goals, including concerns about displacement and gentrification, and if those might be addressed through an investment cooperative.

Let us know if you are interested!  You can see our facebook invitation here where we will post meeting notes and information about future meetings.