Goals & Priorities for 2018 and Beyond
1. Fight climate change while sustaining our environment, creating
green jobs and cleaning up our soil, water and air.
2. Dismantle institutional racism and close the racial and economic disparities in health, housing, education, wealth, employment, and the
criminal justice system.
3. Forge a more just and durable local economy that supports small, independent and
cooperative businesses, enhances human dignity and promotes the common
good by providing people with meaningful work, economic security, fair
compensation, decent working conditions and the right to organize at the work
4. Make Minneapolis a safe and healthy city
where we prioritize people’s
well-being and make sure that
our public spaces, housing, institutions and transportation system work for all
ages, birth to death, 8 to 80.
5. Establish an equitable civic participation system that enfranchises everyone and builds
people’s long term capacity to organize to improve their lives and
6. Support and guide growth and development that provides real community benefits and serves the present and
future housing, educational, employment, recreational and cultural needs of our
city while protecting what is best about our communities and improving our
natural and built public assets.
7. Reject the politics of division, bigotry, hate,
and fear, reaffirm our
commitment to be a sanctuary city, and fight for the
rights, freedoms and interests of all members of our community, no matter our
color, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or status
as a refugee, citizen or immigrant.
1. Climate Action. Aggressively fund and implement our
Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas pollution to levels that meet or
exceed the goals of the plan for reductions of 15% by 2015 and 30% by 2025 and
define a long-term goal to reach zero emissions by 2040.
2. Healthy Air, Water, Soil and Homes. Continue and expand efforts to measure and
clean air, water and soil. Invest in our tree canopy. Promote cleaner business
practices, encourage adoption of pollinator-friendly- pesticide-free practices
and prohibit the use of toxic and hazardous products and materials. Incorporate
inspection for health hazards more effectively in to home energy audits and
rental license inspections.
3. Clean, Renewable Energy. Leverage the Clean Energy Partnership to
further implement our Climate Action Plan. See the city conserve more energy,
participate in community solar and invest in our own power plant(s) to
ultimately get all of our electricity from clean, renewable sources.
4. Local Foods. Support urban farms, community gardens, and small food
producers. Ensure that every resident and visitor to Minneapolis has access
to fresh, healthy food.
5. Zero Waste. Set a zero-waste goal and adopt a comprehensive,
community supported Zero Waste Plan. Organize and regulate waste from
commercial properties and large apartment buildings to keep it out of landfills
and the downtown garbage burner and expand organic waste collection to
apartment and commercial buildings. Eliminate packaging that cannot be
effectively composted or recycled.
6. Comprehensive Transportation Network. Utilize our Complete Streets policy that
prioritizes pedestrians, bikes and transit users while also making sure the
overall network accounts for and works well for all modes. Keep working to
realize a comprehensive multimodal transportation system with commuter and
light rail transit, streetcars, enhanced bus routes and better standard bus
service. Build out a system of protected bikeways. Improve
pedestrian infrastructure and maintain sidewalk access all year long. Establish
and implement policies to accommodate more car-free streets and zones where
appropriate and desirable.
7. Green Zones. Draft and approve a strong Green Zone Policy to promote
racial equity and sustainably revitalize communities and repair past
environmental injustice. Identify at least 2 Green Zones in communities
that face the cumulative effects of environmental pollution and implement
plans and strategies to improve health and support economic development in
those areas using environmentally conscious efforts.
1. Racial Equity. Work to close the racial disparities in poverty, income,
employment, educational attainment and health throughout Minneapolis. Push the
city to lead by example by using a racial equity framework to evaluate all city
decisions. Root out racial bias and end racial profiling in all police,
regulatory and other city practices. Provide implicit bias training for all
city staff and push the city to lead by example in hiring, retaining and
promoting people of color at all levels so that the make-up of our workforce
reflects the make-up of the city as a whole.
2. Economic Justice. Implement our paid sick time ordinance.
Pass reforms that will fight wage theft. Continue efforts for fair scheduling
regulations. Set the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour within 5-7
years and tie it to the cost of living. Strengthen the City’s Living Wage
ordinance and extend worker protections and the right to organize to contract,
gig and on-demand workers. Establish new regulations that create a local Health
and Wefare fund for taxi and for-hire drivers through a small surcharge on
3. Affordable, Fair, Decent Housing for All. Support preservation of existing
affordable housing and construction of new affordable housing and pass other
policies to combat gentrification. Find effective ways to support the
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority that serves those most in need by making
it eligible to receive Affordable Housing Trust Fund dollars and restore the
Minneapolis Public Housing levy for targeted rehabilitation and new
construction. Regulate the inclusion of affordable housing into more new
development. Support the establishment of overnight and emergency shelters to
meet unmet needs and carefully monitor recently passed more flexible housing
occupancy regulations that permit intentional communities.
4. Criminal Justice. End “broken windows,” over policing, over
prosecution practices and eliminate racism in the city’s criminal justice
system. Reduce or eliminate altogether the forced detention of juveniles and
invest in anti-racist, community-centered alternatives to incarceration for
people of all ages. Work with our community and county partners to provide more
chemical dependency treatment, mental health support, community healing, trauma
informed care and promote alternatives, like restorative justice, to detention.
5. Civil Rights Protections. Fund and strengthen the Civil Rights
department to fight against sexism, racism, hate crimes and discrimination of
any kind while doing more to proactively identify and end discriminatory
housing, employment and business practices in Minneapolis.
6. Socially Responsible Spending. Draft and pass a comprehensive Socially
Responsible Procurement policy that makes an analysis of social and
environmental benefits part of every city spending decision.
7. Immigrant and Refugee Protections. In light of certain actions taken at the
federal level, strengthen city ordinances, policies, programs, and resources to
protect and defend immigrant families and refugees from unfair deportation,
acts of bigotry and hate, and unjust persecution. Support the creation of a
local immigration legal defense fund, and explore litigation strategies to
protect the rights of the City and its residents.
1. Police Reform. Implement an authentic model of community policing that
empowers residents and neighborhoods to direct public safety resources.
Continue and accelerate efforts to diversify the police force at all levels.
Require thorough and ongoing training on implicit bias, procedural justice,
relationship-based policing, crisis intervention, mediation, conflict
resolution, youth development and de-escalation. Require current and
prospective police officers to undergo implicit racial bias testing, and
develop a clear policy for considering an officer's level of racial bias in the
hiring process, performance evaluations and decisions about whether an officer
should be deployed to communities of color.
2. Police Accountability. Reform or restructure our Police Conduct
Review system so that it is an all-civilian entity that receives, investigates
and resolves all civilian complaints against police in a timely manner. Empower
it to question officers and witnesses immediately after an incident where
deadly force is used, access crime scenes, subpoena witnesses, and to make
disciplinary and policy recommendations. Amend the Minneapolis Charter
provision that puts the supervision of the police department solely in the
mayor’s hands, distancing it from the City Council and thus the electorate,
unlike any other City department.
3. Youth Violence Prevention. Fund, improve and continue to implement
the Blueprint to Prevent Youth Violence and reduce overall crime and violence
by using a public health approach, as well as a public safety approach, to
crime and violence prevention. Invest and engage in effective non-police,
public health strategies like the Next Step emergency room program, BUILD
Leaders, the mental health co-responder program, and Group Violence
Intervention strategies as well as a robust system of restorative justice and
efforts to identify and provide resources for children, woman and families at
highest risk for violence.
4. Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault. Build community and City capacity,
expertise, accountability and transparency to effectively combat domestic
violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking in Minneapolis. Use the work of
the Hennepin County Sexual Assault Multidisciplinary Action Response Team, the
Sexual Violence Center, the Domestic Abuse Project, the City’s Coordinating Committee to
Prevent Juvenile Sex Trafficking, and other partners, to bring to scale
identified and new strategies to reduce and eliminate this hidden, but far too
common and devastating violence in our city.
5. Gun Violence Reduction. Push the state and federal governments to
pass, and get the state to allow the City to pass, stronger gun regulations and
identify funding options, like an increased fee on ammunition, to fund anti-gun
violence efforts. Support effective gun by back, or recovery programs and
educational efforts to reduce gun ownership, use and injuries in Minneapolis.
6. Re-entry Policies. Promote and support housing, employment,
education and other social support services for those returning to the
community from prison and other institutions.
7. Youth Opportunities. Support mentoring, programs, career
counseling, out of school activities, the Step Up program and tailored
employment opportunities for high risk youth. Provide youth who are at risk for
violence with case managers and chemical dependency treatment, mental health
support and trauma informed care as needed.
1. Equitable Civic Engagement. Fully implement the Blueprint for
Equitable Engagement plan to enfranchise more people. Support inclusive,
vibrant and durable neighborhood organizations that strengthen a healthy,
open and democratic system of grassroots neighborhood-level planning and
activity. Expand community engagement strategies to get more diverse and
otherwise disenfranchised people involved and ensure that the City Council and
City departments more effectively utilize public participation.
2. Participatory Budgeting. Develop and implement a participatory
budgeting program that provides democratic processes through which community
members directly decide how to spend portions of the city’s budget. Support
strong, vibrant, inclusive and functional neighborhood organizations
3. Ballot Initiative. Amend the City Charter to allow citizen
initiated ordinances to be put before the voters, while not allowing referendum
and restricting its use in some areas, like budget amendments.
4. Improved Voting. Establish more early voting centers,
promote elections and distribute an enhanced Voter’s Guide for each
election to increase voter participation. Continue to use Ranked Choice
Voting, and use our new voting machines to increase voter choice and reduce counting
time in 2017.
5. Public Financing for City Elections. Work to strengthen local campaign finance
and disclosure rules through state law changes and develop a system of public
financing for city elections.
6. Non-citizen Voting. Work to amend the state constitution, and
changes as needed statutes and ordinances to allow non-citizens to
vote in local elections.
7. Better Banking Options. Develop democratically-controlled,
socially responsible public financial alternatives to the current system of for
profit corporate dominated banks. Pursue initiatives like the creation of a
municipal bank, credit union, or investment agency, to prevent public dollars
from supporting socially irresponsible investments in things like fossil fuel
extraction and distribution and increase public investments in community
beneficial things such as affordable housing, public infrastructure, and
targeted economic development.
Community-Based Economics and Development
1. Maximized Public Assets. Make wise investments to preserve and
protect our land, river, lakes, public park system, schools, trails, roads,
bridges and other public spaces, buildings and infrastructure to ensure that
they serve the present and future needs of our city. Reclaim and repurpose
underutilized land taken and used as part of the federal interstate highway
system, and the private railroad network, to spur economic development, housing
2. Multi-jurisdictional Cooperation. Improve the cooperation across
jurisdictions and institutions, especially between the work of the City and the
work of the University of MN, Met Council, County, Schools, and Park Board to
benefit the people of Minneapolis. Improve cooperation within all city
departments and between them and neighborhood organizations. Utilize the city’s
Youth Cabinet, Youth Congress and the multi-jurisdictional Youth Coordinating
Board to make Minneapolis a healthier, better place to raise children that
welcomes and supports all families, children and youth.
3. Small Business Support. Leverage city and community resources,
including the newly created small business navigator division and the Workplace
Advisory Committee, to facilitate the creation and growth of small independent
and cooperatively owned businesses that provide good jobs and serve the needs
of neighborhoods where they are located.
4. Thoughtful Growth and Development – Both locally on a project by project
basis and through the redrafting of the Comprehensive Plan, work to ensure that
development is done in ways that protects what is valued neighborhood
character, history and amenities, prevents and, when needed reverses,
gentrification, preserves a healthy mix of commercial, industrial and
residential uses. Formalize a policy and practices, for incorporating
meaningful Community Benefits Agreements into development project that meet
real community needs for quality jobs, good housing, public infrastructure
improvements and environmental benefits.
5. Complete Neighborhoods. Improve our livable, walkable
neighborhoods and make every neighborhood a “complete neighborhood,”
encouraging local community self-reliance where more needs can be met close to
home while focusing smart density near existing and planned transit corridors.
6. Commercial Nodes and Corridors. Focus on the potential for promising,
community supported, development along commercial and transit corridors, in
Light Rail Station areas and along the Greenway. Work with neighborhood and
communities to revitalize and redevelop commercial corridors and nodes like
East Lake Street, Como Ave., and the Southeast Minneapolis Industrial area
(SEMI) in neighborhood-serving ways.
7. Arts. Value and support creative arts, artist and artistic
expression as essential to our social-emotional well-being and quality of life,
as well as to our economic vitality.