To date, the Minnesota Senate has not held a single hearing to address any of these deadly encounters with police. One is supposedly scheduled for next week, but the Senate Majority Leader has indicated they will not hear public testimony, which defeats the whole purpose. Members of the public need to be at the table. I encourage you to reach out to Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka at 651-296-4875 to urge him to prioritize public safety for all Minnesotans, no exceptions.
The State Fair Community Vaccination Site has appointments available! Our community is one of the regions eligible to sign up for appointments, and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has reduced barriers for this site by opening a hotline to schedule appointments directly (833-431-2053) in a multitude of languages. MDH has ensured a large number of translators are on site daily, as well as an ADA accessible drive through option. A free Metro Transit pass is also available to every registrant. This week, they are also beginning to open more community sites where up to 1,000 doses a day will be administered. These sites are being finalized and will be located at community centers, churches, schools, and more.
You can find more information here, which includes information in multiple languages - such as Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Karen, and more. We’re incredibly close to putting this pandemic behind us, and we will get there sooner by vaccinating more Minnesotans. Please share this information with those who may need it.
REAL ID UPDATE
In a recent announcement from the Federal Government, the deadline to obtain a REAL ID has been extended by an additional 18 months to May 3, 2023. This will help relieve some of the pressure on our local Driver and Vehicle Services offices, which have been overwhelmed with requests to renew expired drivers licenses and vehicle registration tabs, and give Minnesotans more time to obtain this updated form of identification.
Beginning May 3, 2023, Minnesotans will need a REAL ID to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities. An enhanced driver's license or ID card, passport or passport card are acceptable substitutes. Simple vehicle tab renewals can be handled online in just a few minutes at the DVS website, so take advantage of that option if you can’t get an in-person appointment.
Keep in Touch
Please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime for assistance, questions, or to share input at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-4201.
It’s an honor to serve our community at the State Capitol!
Stay safe and enjoy the weekend, Eastsiders.