The leaves are beginning to change in Minnesota! I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the beautiful foliage in our community and the last few weeks we have before we’ll all need to start raking before the snow falls.
I joined thousands of Minnesotans at a march for reproductive freedom and justice last Saturday. The Supreme Court and states like Texas and Alabama have made it clear that the rights of reproductive freedom are at risk, but millions of people are coming together to support comprehensive reproductive health care, including access to contraception and abortion. This is what democracy looks like!
Essential workers who’ve risked their own health to keep the rest of us safe and healthy throughout the pandemic deserve our support. That’s why legislators invested $250 million in bonus pay for frontline workers and established a bipartisan working group to determine how it should be distributed. Members of the group heard from workers and their families, and they’ve been negotiating for weeks. It’s time to finish this work and deliver the aid Minnesotans deserve.
Unfortunately, Republicans are prioritizing politics instead of the wellbeing of Minnesotans. They are holding up a resolution with threats of firing Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, and they want to leave out thousands of essential workers, including child care workers, janitorial staff, and meatpacking plant employees. These hardworking Minnesotans have sacrificed too much to be left behind. My DFL colleagues and I will continue advocating for a broad coalition of frontline workers and to get the job done for Minnesotans.
Every Minnesotan deserves to be able to use sidewalks and move freely in their community. That’s why 63B resident Michael Sack founded Minneapolis Sidewalk Repair Hunters, a community-led effort to make Minneapolis more accessible to pedestrians, including people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices. This summer, he created a Facebook group where residents can post descriptions of inadequate sidewalks and curb cuts and report them to the city so they can be fixed. If you’d like to improve accessibility in our community, I encourage you to join this group and keep an eye out for inaccessible pathways!
I’m grateful to Michael Sack and all of you who are working in our community to cultivate a welcoming, inclusive environment for everyone who lives and visits here!
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