Ward 8 Update Newsletters, March 31, 2017

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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March 31, 2017

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

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

 

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City of Lakes

Minneapolis Fights Back: Our City Proudly Supports those #SeekingSanctuary

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This week, Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden joined Sanctuary Cities from around the country in a national convening to support those #SeekingSanctuary for city leaders, researchers and policy experts, and community groups.  Council Member Glidden is a board member of Local Progress, a sponsor of the convening.

Despite continued threats from the feederal government, Minneapolis will never back down from its values of equity and inclusion and support for all residents.  We will not participate in mass deportation strategies and remain firm in our #NoBanNoWall stance; the Trump Administration's attempt to coerce cities and counties through threats of reduced resources is unconstitutional and un-American.

Since 2003, Minneapolis has had a separation ordinance, which prohibits police and other city employees from asking about the immigration status of residents .  Chief Janee Harteau has been a vocal supporter of this ordinance, as critical to local safety priorities, which include encouraging residents to report crime and seek public services without fear that the city is doing the work of the federal ICE officers.

Minneapolis has established a Sanctuary City Task Force, to review policy updates, funding and legal strategies.  The Sanctuary City Task Force will also seek community input on its work.  The Intergovernmental Relations Committee received an update on the work of the Sanctuary City Task Force this week, and the report is available here.

To date, Minneapolis has actively participated in legal challenges to the Trump Administration’s unconstitutional and un-American threats, including joining as amicus curiae in lawsuits brought by Santa Clara County and the City of San Francisco.  We will continue to exercise our legal rights to defend our city and our residents.


Minneapolis City Council Unanimously Approves Civil Rights Protections for Section 8

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Thank you to the Minneapolis City Council for unanimous support of an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders.  Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden was the lead author of this change, with co-authors Council Members Abdi Warsame and Lisa Goodman. 

The Minneapolis Civil Rights Ordinance has prohibited discrimination based on receipt of public assistance for decades. Including a specific provision prohibiting discrimination against Housing Choice Voucher participants continues that tradition. Minneapolis joins nearly 60 jurisdictions across the country that have similar measures providing Housing Choice Voucher (or Section 8) protections.

With this change, landlords will no longer be able to advertise “no Section 8 need apply,” and housing choice voucher recipients will now get a fair chance at housing choices throughout our city.

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) and the City of Minneapolis are also making changes to improve the Section 8 program, with many reforms expected within a year.  Both tenants and landlords identified these reforms as important to their use of the Section 8 program.  Additional changes include work between the City and MPHA to develop a landlord incentive fund and ensure city-subsidized housing is in compliance with the anti-discrimination ordinance.

Thank you to all who participated in our discussion of these changes for the past two years.  Special thanks to HomeLine and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid for their identification of this and other challenges faced by Section 8 housing choice voucher holders and their advocacy for positive solutions.


Cities Fight Back Against State Interference in Local Control: Join us!

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State Legislators (with the Republican Caucus in control of the Minnesota State House and Senate) have not been able to pass a tax bill or bonding bill or transportation bill for years.  Unfortunately, this year legislators are not fixing these problem but are focused on interfering with the ability of cities to represent their residents.

Due to the prevalence of this power grab by the state legislature, organizations that represent cities, including the League of Minnesota Cities, have sent a letter to legislative leaders expressing their concern.  You can view that letter, and a list of concerning bills, at the LMC website. Council Member Glidden serves on the board of the League of Minnesota Cities. 

What is at stake?  The many bills interfering in local control would affect every city in Minnesota.  For Minneapolis and St Paul residents, one bill attempts to steal paid sick benefits recently granted that would cover over 150,000 residents who did not previously have access to sick leave.  HF600/SF580 would take away local government’s ability to build on state minimum standards for wages, paid and unpaid leave, scheduling, and other workplace policies

Other bills would:

  • Constrain local law enforcement authority.
  • Restrict a city’s ability to set local ordinances.
  • Allow certain businesses unfettered access to public rights of way 
  • Restrict a city’s ability to study a light rail transit project.

Cities across Minnesota are passing resolutions to oppose these attempts to interfere in local decision-making.  Make no mistake - if these bills (or some of them) would pass, this would be a massive change in the fundamental and historic relationship between local (cities and counties) and state government in the State of Minnesota, allowing important decisions traditionally made by cities to be controlled by elites and special interests.  

You can see what is being said across Minnesota about state legislators’ attempts to interfere in local control here, here, here and here.

How can you help?  Spread the word, contact your state legislator with your opposition to attempts to interfere in local control.  Organizations including ISAIAH and Take Action Minnesota are also organizing neighbors to help.  Your voice matters!