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A Call for Justice and Change


The city of Minneapolis was torn apart by the death of a member of our community named Justine Damond who was shot by a Minneapolis police officer. The death of Justine Damond is a tragedy which pushes us to do everything in our power to find the truth of what has occurred. It is our moral responsibility to demand justice for Justine and her family, as well as advocate for police reform.Greetings,

There are many things that need to be done in our society to deal with policing, both in this city and our country. I support rebuilding an independent civilian oversight board, a city budget that prioritizes community violence preventing and reform, as well as finding innovative solutions to creating positing relations between people of color and the Police Department.

The time of accepting the status quo is over. The time is also at hand to respect our East African and immigrant communities and our entire Minneapolis community. Now is not a time for racial hatred. Now is the time for accountability, justice, and change. I promise to you today that I will be force for accountability and change in this city and I will do everything in my power to demand justice and better policing moving forward.

Thank you,

Council Member Abdi Warsame, Ward 6

Abdi Warsame Signature

Ventura Village & Philips West:
Community Policing


In this year’s budget, Council Member Warsame authored an amendment that will provide additional $100,000 for community based public safety strategies in Ventura Village and Phillips West.  We believe that developing these strategies in collaboration with our residents will result in better outcomes.

Join us and participate in a conversation to identify community-policing initiatives that will benefit our neighborhoods.

Wednesday, August 30: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Lutheran Social Services Church:  2400 Park Avenue South, Suite 307

Minneapolis Chief of Police Announcement

On August 01, the Executive Committee of the Minneapolis City Council met in special session and unanimously approved the Mayor’s nomination of Medaria  Arradondo to be the City’s next Chief of Police. The Executive Committee referred the appointment to the City Council for the setting of a public hearing.  Assistant Chief Arradondo assumed command of the Minneapolis Police Department on July 21, 2017, and is currently serving as Acting Chief of Police.

The City Council is expected to set that public hearing at its regularly scheduled meeting on  August 4, and is expected to set the public hearing with the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Emergency Management Committee. The public hearing is expected to take place on August 9 at 1:30 p.m. The nomination requires Council approval and it is then expected to be considered at the next meeting of the City Council, scheduled for August 18. Mayor Hodges has nominated Acting Chief Arradondo to fill the three-year term of Chief of Police, a term ending on January 7, 2019.

 MCTC Promise Scholarship

Interested in training for a high paying career?

MCTC can help you get there!  The Cedar Riverside Promise Scholarship offers up to $500/semester to help cover tuition, books and a bus pass to applicants from this neighborhood. Scholarships will support students who pursue health, business and technology  careers.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 14, 2017

For more info contact:

–  Rob Brace  rob.brace@minneapolis.edu or call (612-659-6348)

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact 311.  agents at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500  •  Para asistencia 612-673-2700  • Rau kev pab 612-673-2800

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