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Published on May 26, 2024
Minneapolis Remembers George Floyd Amid Push for Progressive Policies and Community Empowerment, Says Council Member WonsleySource: McGhiever, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Minneapolis is a city facing the somber remembrance of George Floyd's murder four years ago, coinciding with the festivities of the Memorial Day weekend, a time that should also mark reflection and empowerment for the community, reported by Council Member Robin Wonsley in a recent update from Ward 2. Wonsley highlights ongoing initiatives, including a statewide rideshare policy ensuring at least a 20% raise for drivers and strong worker protections, celebrating a major win against corporate opposition.

While bureaucratic momentum grinds on, several agenda items highlighted by Wonsley point to the city's legislative priorities. A tenant relocation assistance ordinance, a push for increased civil rights protections, and setting budget priorities for the upcoming year, all reflect the Council's focus on comprehensive community welfare. Despite the fiscal challenges edged by reduced downtown property tax revenue and the costs of MPD misconduct settlements, the administration aims to not merely endure but push forward progressive measures, said Wonsley.

Striking closer to daily life, Wonsley announced community engagement for repurposing the former 3rd Precinct as 'Minnehaha 3000: A Future Democracy Center and Community Space,' a nod towards future civic participation in the historic venue. Similarly, the city opens up the floor for a public dialogue on MPD policies, albeit weighed down by criticism of the CCPO's lack of transparency and public engagement.

The legislative session wrapped with mixed outcomes for the city's initiatives – some met with success, like renter protections and cannabis regulation updates, others, like the repeal of a prohibition on municipal bag ban law, failed to secure passage. Further, the House and Senate tussles over bonding left Minneapolis without the anticipated Nicollet Avenue Bridge and ADA installation funds, as the Senate didn't pass the House's cash bill in time, informed city officials.

To cap off the news, the city rallied its communal spirit with a public announcement inviting locals to a block party to support the Timberwolves in their historic chase for the Western Conference finals. Public works made swift overnight touch-ups, showing the town's dedication to its sports heartbeat. As for Wonsley, the council member stands steadfast in support of the AFSCME 668's contract demands, noting the city's backbone depends on public sector workers who quite literally keep the gears turning.