Ward 8 Update Newsletters - April 28, 2017

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
Visit us at www.minneapolismn.gov/ward8

April 28, 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!

 

 

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Congratulations to the first Transgender Equity Council Appointees!

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On April 26, appointment recommendations for the City’s first Transgender Equity Council were made to the City Council’s Committee of the Whole.  The Transgender Equity Council is a new advisory board, to the Transgender Issues Work Group, whose goals will be developed by members of the transgender and gender-non-conforming community and allies, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis. The Transgender Issues Work Group, established in 2014, aims to examine issues, engage the broader community, and make policy recommendations for City government that will affect the lives of transgender and gender-non-conforming residents of Minneapolis.

Thank you to Andrea Jenkins, Transgender Oral Historian for the University of Minnesota’s Tretter Collection and former Ward 8 Policy Aide, for initiating this important work, bringing to the forefront issues impacting our transgender and gender-non-conforming community. As well, thank you to Phillipe Cunningham, former Policy Aide to Mayor Betsy Hodges, for his leadership as the most recent Chair of the Transgender Issues Work Group.

Stay connected to this work!  Find out more about Transgender Equity initiatives at the City of Minneapolis and what the Transgender Issues Work Group has been up to by visiting www.minneapolismn.gov/transgender.


Action Alert: No Cuts, No Hikes, Fund Transit Now!

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What:  Rally for Transit
When:  Tuesday, May 16
Where: Green Line Capitol Station, University Ave W & Park St, St. Paul

The Minnesota State Legislature has proposed deep cuts to Metro Transit funding.  That will lead to fare increases and a 40% cut in bus and light rail service.  Metro Mobility will suffer as well.

Cuts and fares increases will make it harder for people who use transit to get to work and school.  Riders in our community will pay more for less frequent service, shorter hours, fewer routes.

These drastic cuts would have a devastating impact on the elderly, low-income workers, communities of color, people with disabilities, and those who are dependent upon transit to get around.

Stand with riders on May 16.  Make your voice heard!

For more info, visit transportationforwardmn.org, or contact lead organizer Andrea Kiepe at 651-789-1046 or andreak@tlcminnesota.org.


Bus Shelter Improvements

Coming to Ward 8!

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Metro Transit's Better Bus Stops program is bringing transit customers a more comfortable waiting experience at the bus stop!

In Ward 8, several bus stops will see improvements in 2017, including the addition of shelters at:

  • 31st St and Blaisdell/ Nicollet Ave (Eastbound)
  • 38th St and Chicago Ave (Eastbound)
  • 4th Ave and 36th St (Northbound)
  • Nicollet Ave and 32nd St (Southbound)

Improvements to add light and heat to existing shelters will occur at:

  • 4th Ave S and 38th St (Northbound)
  • Chicago Ave S and 38th St (Southbound)

What is the Better Bus Stops program?

The Better Bus Stops program invests in bus stop improvements that enhance access to employment and educational opportunities. This program focuses investments in areas of concentrated poverty where more than half of the residents are people of color.

More information about the Better Bus Stops program is available at www.metrotransit.org/better-bus-stops.


Neighborhood 2020 Cafes

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Neighborhood organizations across the city are partnering with the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission and the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department to host a  series of community dialogues.

The series of upcoming community dialogues about neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis will explore:

  • The services, opportunities and information neighborhood organizations should provide.
  • The characteristics of an effective neighborhood organization.
  • How neighborhood organizations can empower engagement.

Each meeting will feature small discussions in a café format with food, drinks and friendly dialogue with neighbors and other stakeholders.

Neighborhoods 2020 Cafés

South neighborhoods
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4 
Abubakar-As-Saddique Islamic Center, 2824 13th Ave. S.

Southwest neighborhoods
6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 8 
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

For more information and to register for the events, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr

Onsite interpreters for Somali, Spanish and Hmong are available throughout the day.


Green Zones designated for equity, environment focus

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The City has approved a new policy that designates two geographic areas of Minneapolis for focused progress on environmental equity. The Green Zone designations will work to bring about racial equity, improve health, and support economic development in communities that face the cumulative effects of environmental pollution and social, political and economic vulnerability. Green Zones work will use environmentally conscious efforts by addressing such issues as air quality, soil and water cleanup, green jobs and clean energy. Key interests for the designated communities involve greening local businesses, housing quality and availability, community gardens, protecting the most vulnerable, and building community.

Currently people in the designated communities live with lower life expectancies, lower quality housing, lower employment and higher rates of violence than other neighborhoods. While improving conditions, the initiative will employ critical considerations for preventing gentrification and displacement such as:

  • A focus on the most vulnerable people: people in low-wealth areas, over-burdened communities, people of color, indigenous people, youths, people with disabilities, older residents, people with lower incomes.
  • Planning led by the communities concerned.
  • Homegrown development and community ownership.
  • Innovation, creativity, courage, flexibility and adaptability.

The City has designated a Green Zone on the North Side and one on the South Side.

Find more information here.


Minneapolis Protests Federal Censorship through Defunding Arts and Humanities

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The City Council unanimously approved a resolution opposing President Trump’s proposed budget eliminating the National Endowment for the Art (NEA), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The termination of funding would limit the capacity of the state’s arts organizations to provide residents with access to the arts.

The resolution, authored by Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden, notes that 65 percent of NEA grants go to small and medium sized organizations that reach underserved populations, including immigrants, communities of color, people with disabilities and veterans, among others, through free performances and reduced ticket prices.

The NEA, NEH and IMLS play a vital role in community revitalization by supporting family literacy, education and providing vital resources for stimulating economic development through internet access, job training, access to information and skills development.

“These sweeping cuts would be a major blow to our city’s arts community and cultural institutions,” Glidden said. “Elimination of this funding is blatant censorship of artists and performers, and a fatal blow to accessible information, art and culture throughout our city and country. Arts and cultural organizations in Minneapolis and across the U.S. will be devastated by these cuts.” 

A copy of the resolution will be forwarded to Minnesota’s Congressional delegation.


Misdemeanor Warrant Forgiveness Day, May 20

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This criminal justice community collaboration event is an opportunity for people with an eligible misdemeanor warrant to clear their warrant without being arrested.

Participants also have the opportunity to resolve their case after meeting with a public defender and a prosecutor. Settlements may include:

  • doing community service work at or near the event,
  • getting time to pay a fine, or
  • scheduling a court date in the future to handle or dispute the case.

If you participate in this event, your warrant will be cleared or resolved before you leave. 

Participants can register by calling Court Administration at (612) 348-2040.

Find more info at mncourts.gov/HennepinWarrantDay.


Businesses and organizations can get City funding for energy efficiency investments

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Save on energy bills, reduce air pollution

The Green Business Energy Efficiency Cost Share Program helps businesses pay for natural gas and electric energy efficiency investments in their properties. There is a clear connection between pollution from energy used, environmental impacts and health in communities. The funds for the program come from pollution control fees that businesses pay to the City. Funding is limited; all projects are first come, first served.

In less than a year, 25 businesses have already applied for the Green Business Cost Share Energy Efficiency Program. These organizations are saving an estimated $250,000 annually total.

More resources

These programs may be combined with a 2 percent loan for equipment and building improvements through the City’s small business loan program.

Projects must also qualify for rebates from Xcel Energy and/or CenterPoint Energy.