Fwd: Tell Minneapolis to stand for both racial equity and clean enegy
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

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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
and Minneapolis Energy Options
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
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.
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

*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


*City Council Member*

*Phone Number*


Kevin Reich

(612) 673-2201


Cam Gordon

(612) 673-2202


Jacob Frey

(612) 673-2203


Barbara Johnson

(612) 673-2204


Blong Yang

(612) 673-2205


Abdi Warsame

(612) 673-2206


Lisa Goodman

(612) 673-2207


Elizabeth Glidden

(612) 673-2208


Alondra Cano

(612) 673-2209


Lisa Bender

(612) 673-2210


John Quincy

(612) 673-2211


Andrew Johnson

(612) 673-2212


Linea Palmisano

(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
   - $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.


Julia Nerbonne

Executive Director

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