Ward 8 Update Newsletters - September 20, 2017

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

September 20, 2017


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

Phone: 612-673-2208



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

Early Mornings with Elizabeth! Sep. 29


Early Mornings with Elizabeth!
Upholding the American Dream: Immigration, Allyship and Resistance 

Friday, Sep. 29, 7:30 – 9am
Turtle Bread Bakery, 4762 Chicago Ave

Minneapolis is part of a thriving multicultural community; eighty percent of the state’s foreign-born residents live in the Twin Cities seven-county region, contributing to the area’s economic, cultural and civic life. The unprecedented federal measures targeting immigrants issued during the past nine months signal a drastic change in public policy and enforcement practices. In response to the fear mongering and intimidation of our most vulnerable community members, immigrants and allies are taking action to move forward.

Join us for an urgent conversation about immigration and allyship featuring community members that are taking action and stories that are not part of the mainstream narrative. We welcome Jovita Morales, Community Organizer for Waite House and radio host for “La Voz del Pueblo,” who is a prominent leader in the fight for access to driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants; Dr. Vichet Chhuon, Associate Professor of Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota, who has documented the powerful stories of the RELEASE MN 8, a group of eight Cambodian Americans currently held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a detention center; Michele Garnett McKenzie, Deputy Director of The Advocates for Human Rights, who directs advocacy work on domestic priority issues, including migration and human trafficking; and Nelima Sitati Munene, Executive Director, African Career Education & Resource, Inc. (ACER), a leader in working to close equity disparities for communities of African descent.

We hope you can join us for this important discussion!

View the Facebook event here.

Welcoming Cities event tomorrow! Sep. 21


What: City of Minneapolis' Welcoming Cities event
When: Thursday, Sep. 21, 4:30-6:30pm
Where: Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave

This event will focus on youth experience of immigration, including a panel discussion and artwork. (In case of rain, the event will be held nearby at Wellstone International School, 3328 Elliot Ave. S.)

The City recently joined Welcoming America’s network of Welcoming Cities and Counties, recognizing its commitment to inclusiveness toward immigrants and all its residents. Nearly 100 local governments across the country belong to the network launched by Decatur, Georgia-based Welcoming American, a nonprofit founded in 2009. In 2016, there were nearly 400 events in 150 communities for Welcoming Week.

The City has also launched its #WeAreMpls campaign, which highlights compelling stories and photos of newcomers and long-time Minneapolis residents.

For more information about Welcoming Week, go to minneapolismn.gov/WeAreMpls.

Open Streets Nicollet, Sep. 24

Volunteers still needed!


What: Open Streets Nicollet
When: Sunday, September 24, 11am to 5pm
WhereNicollet Ave, between Lake St. and 46th St.

Volunteers are still needed for Open Streets this season!

Volunteering is the best way to experience Open Streets Minneapolis while also serving your community! You can volunteer solo or as a group with your families, neighbors, and friends.

Click here to sign up as a volunteer with Our Streets Minneapolis. Our Streets Minneapolis is looking for a variety of volunteers including movers, protected bikeway and walkway ambassadors, kids zone volunteers, and photographers!

You can also sign up here to volunteer with the Lyndale and Kingfield Neighborhood Associations as a street monitor, planeteer, set up or clean up crew member, and more!

City offers Co-op feasibility class


Small Developers 101 Training Course


Are you an Emerging Real Estate Developer in Minneapolis?

The City of Minneapolis is hosting a Small Developers 101 Training to promote the development of women and minority-owned real estate developers. This introductory course will provide participants with basic tools used to consider a real estate development project. The course’s main goals are:

  • To build capacity and diversify the pool of real estate developers in Minneapolis.
  • To educate new and inexperienced small developers in risk management and the real estate development process.
  • To educate decision makers, community partners and City staff on the importance of developer capacity/experience in the evaluation of development proposals.

Click here to see the course curriculum. This training is part of the City’s B-TAP Program. Visit the D-TAP website for more information.

Selected participants will attend 5 sessions: Monday 10/23 6pm-8:45pm, Sat 10/28 8am-11:00am, Monday 10/30 6pm-8:45pm, Sat 11/04 8am-11:00am, Monday 11/06 6pm-8:45pm. 
A link will be sent to the accepted participants.


  • Businesses, neighborhood groups, nonprofits, and individuals with a specific real estate project located (or to be located) in Minneapolis.
  • Complete the registration form and commit to attend all 5 sessions.
  •  Ideal participant will have prior experience in construction, real estate or development.

This program is sponsored by the City of Minneapolis, and is free to participants. Class materials will be provided.

The training is limited to 35 participants. The City would like to have a mix of participants from different types of entities (businesses, nonprofits, neighborhood groups, etc.) and development types (residential and non- residential). Within these groups, participants will be selected based on the quality and impact of their real estate project to be developed, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please fill out an application form by October 9th (register here). Registrations will not be accepted after the deadline. Selected participants will be notified by October 16th.

General: mailto:Daniel.bonilla@minneapolismn.gov
Registration: Jennifer.Schultz@minneapolismn.gov

Apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions


A number of board and commission positions are open for City Council and mayor appointments this spring. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. Translation services are available upon request to ensure all residents have the ability to participate.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Oct. 20. The positions are open until filled. There are 119 open positions on 17 City boards and commissions.

Visit the City’s website for a list of appointment opportunities, position descriptions and the applications.

About boards, commissions and advisory committees

The City of Minneapolis has more than 50 volunteer-based boards, commissions and advisory committees that advise the City on issues and help with policy development and administration of services. Boards and commissions fall into a handful of categories: appeal boards, development boards, general advisory boards, and special service districts, which are defined areas within the city where special services are rendered.

Appointments to boards and commissions are made twice a year in the spring and fall.