The Minneapolis Charter Commission is seeking public comments on a proposed amendment to the City charter related to the future of public safety. People can submit their comments online or provide them directly to members of the commission at a public hearing July 15 or July 21.
The proposed amendment, submitted by the City Council, proposes adding a new Community Safety & Violence Prevention Department with a Division of Law Enforcement Services within the department. Under State law, the Charter Commission is required to review and submit its recommendation(s) on the proposed amendment before a ballot question can be presented to voters.
The virtual public hearings will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 21. Participation instructions will be published on the City’s website. If you’re interested in speaking at either or both of the public hearings, you can pre-register using the online registration form.
Other ways to comment:
Plan your walking/biking route! 28 gardens will be open for public viewing, hosted by their resident, passionate gardeners this Thursday 6-8 PM. Additionally at least five musical groups will also be out on their porches participating in On Thursday We Sing, and serenading you along the route.
Donations for taking part in the event be given to The Donation Garden at MLK Park. This community garden is an important source of fresh food that is used to supplement daily meals for Aliveness Project clients living with HIV/AIDS, and also to support their food shelf. Dollars raised over what the garden needs this year to rebuild their garden beds will be donated to this important Kingfield partner. Donating is as easy as texting the words ‘Garden Tour’ to 44-321, which then sends you a reply text to click on to go to the KFNA donation page AND automatically directs your donation to this project.
Both a map and the garden descriptions are now published in the event found here: https://kingfield.org/event/kingfield-walk-of-gardens/
Members of the public interested in commenting on the proposed charter amendment establishing a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention and removing the Police Department as a charter department can submit comments online.
The Minneapolis Charter Commission will hold a special meeting 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 1 to review the proposed amendment and discuss next steps. The City Council voted June 26 to advance the proposal as a ballot measure to be considered by Minneapolis voters.
Under state law, the Charter Commission has at least 60 days to complete its review and submit its recommendation to the City Council. The statutory deadline for submitting questions on the Nov. 3 general election ballot is Friday, Aug. 21. If approved by voters, the changes would become effective May 1, 2021.
The city charter is the constitution of the City of Minneapolis. Legally, it is a delegation of a portion of the State’s central governing authority exercised at the local level. Find the online comment form at minneapolismn.gov.
Sunday June 28, 1 PM, MLK Park (outdoors, north side of building)
Registration Required (limited to 25 participants)
Led by Danger Boat Productions, co-hosted by KFNA
Looking for a place to start? Join us on June 23 (SOLD OUT) and June 25 via Zoom at 7pm Central Time and June 28 at MLK Park (with COVID-19 precautions taken) in Minneapolis at 1pm CT for a welcoming space to talk about race and what it means to put being anti-racist into practice.
Racism is everybody’s problem. For too long, the responsibility to understand and dismantle racism has fallen on communities of color. As white people, we may have recognized the world is stacked unfairly against our BIPOC friends, but then we asked them to do all the education, footwork and problem solving on it.
That ends now. It’s well past time for white people to do more of their own learning, growing, and dismantling. We want to help. Let’s do our part. [Read more…]