September E-News

EPNI Calendar 

We have a packed September calendar to share with you!  We hope to see you in person or online sometime soon.

Thursday, September 10th - Pop-Up Food Market: 11am-1pm at Chicago Ave & 15th St

Monday, September 14th - Elliot Park Neighborhood Annual Meeting: TAKE OUT/HOME DELIVERY style this year!  We’re going virtual and inviting YOU!  

Thursday, September 20th - Building, Land Use & Housing Meeting, 6-7:30 PM, via Zoom

Thursday, September 24th - Pop-Up Food Market: 11am-1pm at Chicago Ave & 15th St

Saturday, September 26th - Community health & safety workshop with Hennepin Healthcare, featuring NARCAN administration training, stop the bleed info, and hands-only CPR.  Stay tuned to our website and Facebook for more information.

Wednesday, September 30th - Anti-racist conversation with Theater of Public Policy: Let's Get Uncomfortable, 6-7:30 pm, at FINNEGANS outdoor patio (817 5th Ave S), RSVP required to maintain social distance guidelines.


The EPNI Annual Meeting will be HOME DELIVERY style this year!  We’re going virtual and inviting YOU! Put on your comfy clothes, grab a snack, and join us online for 2020 Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc. Annual Meeting.

Monday, September 14 || 6-7 PM
Find us on Zoom or Streaming on Facebook

To join on Zoom, pre-register for the meeting by clicking the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You can also watch live on the EPNI Facebook Page

Don’t have computer access? Call EPNI for dial-in access (612-335-5846)



6:00 PM Welcome

6:10 PM Ward 6 & Ward 7 Updates
• Featuring Lisa Goodman & Jamal Osman

6:30 PM EPNI highlights of 2019 & 2020 
• Current EPNI initiatives
• How to get involved

6:45 PM Board candidates overview

6:55 PM Closing & prize drawing


If you are joining us on Zoom, you will be entered to win a $50 VISA Gift Card.  Winner will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting.
 must be present to win




It's time to vote for the EPNI Board of Directors!

The annual meeting and board elections are typically held in May at our annual meeting.  Due to COVID-19, EPNI postponed our annual meeting to September 14th.  This year, there are 7 seats open for election.  Five of the seats have a term of 2020-2023 and two of the seats have a term of 2020-2022 (filling a vacancy). 

To enhance accessibility, EPNI is mailing a voter guide to residents and offering an extended online and mailed voting period. 

Learn more about the candidates and how to vote at



We're so excited to invite you to the pop-up market!  Our Food Solutions Team has been working for over a year to bring fresh, healthy, and affordable food to the neighborhood.  Come on over to the pop-up market for some beautiful produce, dry goods, and frozen meat.  See you there!


Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) Update

Missed this month's Building, Land Use & Housing meeting? Most of our meeting focused on updates from Catholic Charities on the Exodus 2.0 project.  You can find a video of the meeting on our Facebook Page.

SUN Group Letter to Residents and Businesses

The SUN Group needs your support to sustain the valuable work of neighborhood associations.

Dear Residents & Businesses of Minneapolis,

We are the Southside United Neighborhoods, a coalition of southside neighborhoods. Our members include the Longfellow Community Council (LCC), Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA), Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA), Elliot Park Neighborhood (EPNI), Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO), and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA). Together, our executive directors have a collective 38 years of experience in neighborhood organization management. We represent the interests of over 65,000 residents.

For decades, neighborhood associations have been the connective tissue between residents, businesses, and local government. We keep our communities informed and provide accessible opportunities to ensure the voices of Minneapolis residents and businesses are heard and considered by elected officials and employees. The Minneapolis City Government, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Metropolitan Council, and county, state, and federal agencies have limited community engagement capacity and often rely on neighborhood organizations to keep residents and businesses involved in their decision-making processes. Our services to inform the community are in danger of elimination.

The SUN Group is writing because we need your support to sustain the valuable work of neighborhood associations. Now more than ever, it is the residents of Minneapolis who must exercise their right to make important decisions about the future of our communities. This fall, the Minneapolis City Council will be considering major funding cuts for neighborhood associations. We need your help by contacting your City Council Member and other elected and government officials.

The murder of George Floyd and the civil uprising laid bare the history of systemic racism and the continued state-sponsored violence perpetrated against Minneapolis residents. Many of our neighborhoods are devastated by property damage, loss of revenue for businesses, homelessness, food insecurity, racial inequity and discrimination, and the immense challenges of rebuilding. These impacts are felt by all South Minneapolis neighborhoods.

Neighborhood associations were on the frontline during the uprising by supporting our residents and businesses. We are here now connecting residents and businesses to resources, providing funding, distributing food and supplies, providing sanctuary, and informing decision-makers of our communities’ needs. The fallout of the decisions made today will linger for generations. Neighborhood organizations have a hyper-local focus and advocate on behalf of our communities, which is even more critical today.

We hear your calls for justice. We share in the pain of our immigrant, Black, indigenous, and neighbors of color who were hardest hit. Local businesses, nonprofits, and creative entrepreneurs face very real threats, such as permanently losing their spaces, limited access to government and nonprofit rebuilding programs, the COVID-19 pandemic, and opportunistic developers bent on purchasing cheap land and reshaping the look and feel of our commercial corridors. For example, Lake Street has always been a place where everyone was welcome. Estimates for rebuilding these areas and supporting small businesses, many of which are owned and operated by people of color, range from 100 million to a billion dollars.  

Neighborhood organizations keep residents and businesses up to date on the ever-changing landscape. We must not only be informed, but we must be able to participate in the process of re-visioning our communities. Our opinions and concerns must be represented by elected officials and government agencies.

In addressing all of these issues, neighborhood organizations play an integral role in informing and organizing citizens. Unfortunately, there are members of the City Council supporting a significant reduction in funding that has solely been allocated for the work of neighborhood associations.

Through the series of recent and ongoing crises, residents and neighborhood organizations continue to work tirelessly to help residents obtain resources, funding, and other assistance.

Neighborhoods 2020 And Your Help

Minneapolis has changed dramatically in the few months since the Neighborhoods 2020 (N2020) plan was released for public comment in February. Issues of public safety, equity, and systemic change are permeating every aspect of our lives. Broad citizen engagement must drive the City process for creating sustained equity across all sectors of civic life. 

The most direct route to mobilizing residents is through neighborhood associations. The proposed plan is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2021, and will result in a 40% cut in funding for the southside neighborhoods for next year and up to an 80% cut in funding by 2023. The implementation and new restrictions on funding in the N2020 plan will prevent a majority of neighborhood organizations across the City from being able to achieve the stated goals outlined in the plan resulting in an unfunded mandate.  We need your advocacy to enable every resident in the City to access a viable neighborhood association.

By way of support for neighborhood associations, we ask our residents and stakeholders to contact your City Council Member with the following demands:

  1. Demand the City Council continue to invest in neighborhood associations at a level sufficient to provide program and administration support – a minimum annual allocation of $25,000 per neighborhood per year for each neighborhood. 
  2. Demand official statements from City representatives, or departments, to avoid perpetuating a narrative that neighborhood associations do not take steps to engage Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities or renters. There are numerous examples of actions across various neighborhood organizations who prioritize these efforts. The vast number of neighborhood organizations have also acknowledged room to grow and strengthen our efforts to effectively engage culturally diverse communities, and other often under-represented groups.

In addition, to benefit the community in the wake of the civil uprising, we ask you to:

  1.   Demand the City Council engage all communities in re-visioning the Minneapolis Police Department and in the rebuilding of our communities.
  2.   Demand the City Council ensure that buildings damaged during the uprising are not taken over by developers causing continued displacement of marginalized groups without community engagement and broad resident support.

Neighborhood organizations are not political. Our work is to serve the residents in the community, engage them in decision-making. and use funding and organizing to assist residents in the improvement and sustainability of their neighborhoods. Without them, the voices of at least 65,000 in our shared communities will be lost. 

We thank you for your consideration of our request for support. The deadline for public feedback is September 30, 2020. For your convenience we have provided a list of all the City Council Members who represent our south Minneapolis neighborhoods along with the members of the N2020 Steering Committee with contact information and links. 


N2020 Steering Committee Membership:

Heidi Ritchie, Mayor’s Office

David Rubedor, NCR Dept

Mark Ruff, City Coordinator

Micah Intermill, Minneapolis Budget Director

CM Cunningham, Ward 4 

also PECE committee member 

CM Andrew Johnson, Ward 12  

also PECE Committee member


Additional City Council Contacts

Lisa Bender, Council President

CM Goodman, Ward 7

Ryan SanCartier, Ward 6 Staff

CM Gordon, Ward 2 

CM Schroeder, Ward 11

CM Cano, Ward 9

Emails go to her policy aid Dylan Kesti

Trauma awareness, resilience, and restorative justice training available!

Thursday, September 3, 2020 10am - 12pm
Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience for Cultural Competence, Racial Healing and Equity
Pay-What-You-Can-Up to $30   Register at
Facebook event post:

Thursday, September 24, 2020 8:30am – 4:30pm Central Standard/Daylight Time (CST)
STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience in a Single Day for Cultural Competence, Racial Justice Healing and Equity

Early Tuition: $99 Standard Tuition: $155   Register at:
Facebook event post:



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