|Fwd: Tell Minneapolis to stand for both racial equity and clean enegy||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)|
|Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:38:37 -0800 (PST)|
A call to make, a meeting to attend, a difference to make. Scott Jackson sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Julia Nerbonne <julia [at] mnipl.org> Date: Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM Subject: Tell Minneapolis to stand for both racial equity and clean enegy To: sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com Minneapolis Friends - As you know, promoting economic and racial justice is at the root of what we do as people of faith. Please join MNIPL, and our partners at Neighborhoods Organizing for Change <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=udgCnGnujOUTaN4D3GIitqfpn3gHBiFp> and Minneapolis Energy Options <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=%2BxiSrSf7BtxnLf%2B9NGWs06fpn3gHBiFp> in an effort to make it clear to the Minneapolis City Council that they need to fund racial equity measures as well as clean energy programming. Make a call to your council member today, and join us at a Minneapolis City Council Hearing <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=v0VprsjfydPmRZk%2FTLNwXhSkm2LjGUo4> at 6pm on December 10th. Here are the details (courtesy of NOC). On Monday December 1st, the city council voted 7-6 to make *drastic cuts to both racial equity and clean energy programming.* They voted to severely cut racial equity programs--including a racial disparities study through the Civil Rights Department, counseling and outreach programs for new homeowners, the Lao Assistance Center, and Waite House, providing crucial training and leadership development to communities of color. They also voted to gut Minneapolis' unique first-in-the-nation clean energy partnership, which represents $450 million in citywide energy expenses annually that Minneapolis can use to drive local clean energy economic development, fight energy poverty for low-income families, and pioneer a new energy future. (For a fuller list of things they voted to cut, scroll to the end of this blog post.) This budget markup was a preliminary vote, which means *we have until December 10 to change their minds.* Why did the council vote to defund these programs? They wanted to save homeowners in some of the wealthiest areas of the city an* average of $2.50 annually.* For the price of a latte, they are choosing to defund crucial equity and energy programs. *This city council ran on an equity agenda. It's time to hold them accountable and ask them to reverse the cuts.* First, find your ward here. <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=ksKcjlL1tioO7I5itKPrJBSkm2LjGUo4> Scroll down to find a phone number for your council member. *If you live in Ward 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 (CMs Gordon, Glidden, Cano, Bender, Quincy, and Andrew Johnson)* thank your City Council Representative for voting against this amendment. Please ask them to champion restoring all funding to racial equity programming and the clean energy program. Here's a sample script: "Hi, my name is _______ and I live in the ward. I'm calling to thank the council member for voting against the budget cuts to racial equity and clean energy. I ask you to champion restoring full funding to these programs in the final budget. Thank you for standing for equity." *If you live in Ward 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 13 (CMs Reich, Frey, Barb Johnson, Yang, Warsame, Goodman, and Palmisano) *respectfully but firmly express your disappointment with your council members for voted for the budget cut. Here's a sample script: "Hi, my name is ________. I'm calling to express my disappointment that my council member voted to cut racial equity programming and our clean energy partnership to save some homeowners a few dollars per year. As my council member knows, Minneapolis has the worst racial equity disparities in the country. We can't afford to cut funding to equity programming. Our clean energy partnership is an important part of this racial equity agenda, too. Please vote to restore full funding to these programs in the final vote." City Council Phone Numbers *Ward* *City Council Member* *Phone Number* *1* Kevin Reich <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=B2yU6xulQuORfmy1X4PQeRSkm2LjGUo4> (612) 673-2201 *2* Cam Gordon <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=7dllg%2FOm1c3NcRXYYBp5Qqfpn3gHBiFp> (612) 673-2202 *3* Jacob Frey <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=xTrZueBTm0Rf9JXallsX%2FBSkm2LjGUo4> (612) 673-2203 *4* Barbara Johnson <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=RyEP2l6po6b%2FwQ%2FWvUz%2FzRSkm2LjGUo4> (612) 673-2204 *5* Blong Yang <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=Umcrlv44meaPhRDKaS4jxBSkm2LjGUo4> (612) 673-2205 *6* Abdi Warsame <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=OH%2B%2FHyvaWzGgY%2BV44d57GxSkm2LjGUo4> (612) 673-2206 *7* Lisa Goodman <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=8wHVu1H2rh0beXkVwIBIMxSkm2LjGUo4> (612) 673-2207 *8* Elizabeth Glidden <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=8q6yT%2F35xLpYW%2BDtZSwuDBSkm2LjGUo4> (612) 673-2208 *9* Alondra Cano <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=kn23CjBWeGXWPfzzPhcI3RSkm2LjGUo4> (612) 673-2209 *10* Lisa Bender <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=4sBhPeUot9iTk1J7w9xoSKfpn3gHBiFp> (612) 673-2210 *11* John Quincy <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=B2yU6xulQuO%2F1zmYjKC2cxSkm2LjGUo4> (612) 673-2211 *12* Andrew Johnson <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=pvX9it%2FbDHIJoFATAKwVVRSkm2LjGUo4> (612) 673-2212 *13* Linea Palmisano <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=PClBqGNSt2hIbc08MvkSAxSkm2LjGUo4> (612) 673-2213 Here's a partial list of things the city council voted to cut: - $75,000 of proposed $150,000 for the Clean Energy Partnership. The city originally recommended $500,000 for this partnership; cutting it to $75,000 will make it totally unworkable. - $150,000 of proposed $300,000 for a disparity study planned for the Civil Rights Department - $125,000 in counseling and outreach programs for new homeowners in communities of color - $20,000 for Lao Assistance Center. The program established the Lao Leadership and Advocacy Institute to provide leadership training to Southeast Asian residents. A total of 33 people completed the program. - $20,000 for Pillsbury United Communities, Waite House. Waite House organized community circles to provide an engagement networks for Latino residents in the Phillips Community. In the program, 26 participants attended 10 training workshops on engaging with neighborhood and community organizations. - $22,000 for Conflict Resolution Center. The grant funded an ongoing youth leadership development program designed for low income Minneapolis youth of color. The program serves at-risk students and those who have been in contact with the juvenile justice system. Specific activities include mediation training for participants. The program also involved leadership development, conflict resolution instruction, restorative justice mediation, and peacekeeping circles. - An increase in funding to diversify boards and commissions and make them more representative of our city by recruiting and training leaders of color was eliminated - The current proposal cuts capacity for a clean energy partnership while sustaining several programs that are more costly and have little long-term potential to create economic justice in Minneapolis. The Convention Center is still getting a $400,000 increase for marketing. The new proposal for a "Holiday Market" downtown is also still fully funded. These or other costly programs should absorb cuts. Thanks for taking a stand for racial and environmental justice. Sincerely, Julia Nerbonne Executive Director To Unsubscribe Click Here. <http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=F%2BsfnsUiZMWDm4A%2FZzCSERSkm2LjGUo4> [image: empowered by Salsa] <http://www.salsalabs.com/?email>
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