LWVMpls Advisor working in Somalia

Zainab Hassan credits her involvement with the League of Women Voters to contributing to her views in participating and practicing democracy.  She is now working in Somalia to make sure women are granted access to the parliamentary election in 2016. An article in the Star Tribune on July 12 describes her efforts.  Zainab was an Advisor to LWVMpls until she was asked to return to her birth country to revive the National Library of Somalia.

Alice Moormann
LWVMpls Board Member

Minneapolis Park & Rec Board Public Meetings


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has scheduled meetings throughout the city to inform residents of issues facing their neighborhood parks and recreation centers, and to solicit input on future plans. These provide a valuable follow-up to the LWVMpls forum in April and unit meetings in May. Following these meetings, the MPRB will need to make decisions about whether to ask for a referendum to support these parks. League members should try to attend a meeting in their area in order to participate in League discussions this fall and winter. Find schedules and meetings on the MPRB web under Closing the Gap.
Scroll down to find a list of meetings scheduled through September.


LWVMpls May Discussion Topic

Study Guide and Links for Parks Research

League of Women Voters Minneapolis

May 2015

During the last year a LWVMpls committee has begun to investigate issues relating to parks in Minneapolis, inspired partly by the new Parkland Dedication Ordinance, which requires developers to dedicate land or fees to support parks near their developments. Other new issues include ambitious efforts to renew and add to the parklands along the Mississippi River in the city, and the movement towards public/private models for developing new green spaces in the downtown area. These new developments are progressing at the same time that neighborhood and community parks continue to suffer from years of under-funding for capital improvements, so that these facilities are facing a funding crisis.

We see two important themes for continuing research and possible action:

  1. The funding crisis for neighborhood and community parks and recreation centers, most of which are not eligible for the kinds of state and regional funding that are available to the regional parks.
  2. New models for park development and support, including the Parkland Dedication Ordinance, increasing enterprise partnerships, and various public/private models like the proposed conservancy to raise funds for and manage new downtown green spaces. What is the role of the Park Board, if any, and how is the public interest being protected?

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The Voter – May

This month’s issue includes:

  • The LWVMpls Parks Bus Tour on Saturday May 16th from 9-1 which will show you the how and why of projects that could make significant changes to the riverfront and downtown areas.
  • Annual Meeting on May 2nd at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club. This year our guest will be Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene.
  • Read about our new treasurer, Julie Wethington
  • Co-President Pam Telleen recaps her last two years with LWVMpls

Click here to download a PDF of The Voter.

The Voter – April


This month’s issue includes:

  • A preview of the April 7th Parks Forum at Armatage Park Community Center
  • CMAL’s last meeting on April 18th, which will focus on water resources on the metro
  • An introduction from our new membership intern- Audrey Neal
  • Photo highlights from the February Healthy Legacy Forum

Minneapolis Parks: Protecting the Public Interest

Free Public Forum April 7, 7pm



April 7th, 2015 the LWVMpls Parks Committee will host a public forum Minneapolis Parks: Old and New Protecting the Public Interest at Armatage Park. The event includes a panel discussion featuring Jayne Miller, Minneapolis Park and Recreation board Superintendent, Steve Cramer, President and CEO of the Minneapolis  Downtown Council and a representative from The Trust for Public Land. more…

The event will run from 7 -8:30 p.m.

The Armatage Park Community Center is located at 2500 W. 57th St. in Minneapolis.

The Voter – March

Read the March Voter here

This month’s issue includes:
◦ Discussion questions about our January Healthy Legacy Forum Our Children’s Future: Advancing Health and Racial Equity
◦ A quiz about our parks
◦ We will be having a Spring Fundraiser on the evening of April 30th

Annual Forum Feb. 12: Our Children’s Future

Advancing Health and Racial Equity, Pre-cradle to Kindergarten

Thursday, February 12
American Indian Center
1530 E. Franklin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN

5:30 PM Community Exhibit Fair – Meet, mingle & enjoy treats!
7 – 9 PM Program – Moderated by Joan Higinbotham. Speakers include Mayor Hodges, Jeanne Ayers, Rose Brewer, Farhio Brewer, Kathleen Schuler, Stephanie Belseth and Sharon Day

This event is FREE and open to the public.

League of Women Voters Minneapolis would like to thank our event sponsors who donated refreshments and our community partners who worked to plan this event.

In anticipation of the League of Women Voters Minneapolis’ Annual Healthy Legacy Forum on February 12, LWVMpls will turn its attention to strategies that promote healthy childhood development and decrease health and racial disparities in Minnesota and beyond.

Not everyone in Minnesota receives the same opportunities to be healthy. Health inequities result from serious social, economic and environmental disadvantages, including structural racism, which disproportionately affect African American, American Indian and Hispanic/Latino Minnesotans. Children in these communities and others experience increased health risks from stress, poverty and early life exposure to environmental toxins. Addressing these disparities in the pre-cradle to kindergarten stage is critical to ensuring healthy child development.

Society is experiencing an explosion of racial inequities in our communities. Last year, LWVMpls organized the Interrupting the Prison Pipeline forum, to educate citizens about our many positions on justice, equity, fairness, and good government. LWVMN worked to pass the Voter restoration bill in the State Legislature, but it was defeated. Many groups such as Take Action Minnesota, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, ISAIAH, and LWVMN are inspired to continue working to pass it this legislative session.  

One in six children in Minnesota have a parent who is in prison or had one in the past. Research shows that children who attend preschool have higher earnings, employability, and less crime compared to those who did not. More people contributing to the tax base and not consuming criminal justice or welfare system resources makes more tax revenue available for other public needs.

Topics for the 2015 forum will build on last years coalition and acknowledge the pre-cradle to kindergarten health and educational goals set by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, who will speak at the event. We hope to educate attendees about racial disparities in our health care system and learn about environmental toxins affecting healthy outcomes for our children. At the forum, Mayor Hodges will discuss her recommendations for the city and legislature to address the importance of early childhood education. She supports more resources to provide quality child care for low income children. Governor Mark Dayton has also made this one of his priorities.

We are reaching out to the communities of color and encouraging parents of young children to come to the forum, where they can connect with early childhood programs in their communities, such as Alliance of Early Childhoods Wicoie Nandagikendan Program. Fahrio Khalif, Director from Voices of East African Women will talk about the high incidence of children born with disabilities such as autism in the Somali community. 

Click to download event flier.