ACORN calls on elected officials to adapt policies to address resident concerns
After weeks of violence in North Minneapolis neighborhoods community residents continue to see shootings,… After weeks of violence in North Minneapolis neighborhoods community residents continue to see shootings, hear gunshots and are still living in fear. Despite strong support from Councilmember Don Samuels, additional state troopers, and citizen patrols, community residents are angry and want to see some lasting change in Minneapolis neighborhoods. The Northside ACORN group plans to hold a community door-knock, do community outreach and host a series of community meetings to unite neighborhood residents who want permanent changes on Minneapolis’ northside.
“We certainly intend to hold our elected officials accountable. The governor is balancing the budget off of the misery of the families that reside in communities such as Jordan. We are experiencing an increase in criminal activities such as the sale of drugs, prostitution, murder/homicides, and other shootings. These crimes are the direct result of budget cuts imposed by our governor and the lack of commitment to policy changes by City officials,” said Joe Arrington, chair of Northside ACORN.
Joe Arrington and Steve Nelson have been living in north Minneapolis for over 10 and 20 years. Both are uniting under ACORN and for years have been leading the fight for increased police patrols, and community based policing (police on foot and on bikes). After community actions in May of 1999, December of 2000, April of 2001, March and May of 2003, numerous phone calls and meetings with 4th Precinct officers, Arrington and Nelson still have not seen a permanent change in police activity around the northside’s most dangerous corridors.
“What happens after the troopers leave? How many more meetings and phone calls do we need to have to see some change? If they can afford to have police on feet and bikes downtown, uptown and around the lakes, they can surely spare officers to protect and serve the residents of North Minneapolis. This is just a matter of priority and NOW is the time to make North Minneapolis a priority!” Steve Nelson, north Minneapolis resident and ACORN member.
ACORN is organizing a community meeting for northside residents who are concerned about the crime and want lasting change. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, August 28th at North Commons Community Center, 1801 James Avenue North, at 7:00pm. For more information, residents should contact ACORN at 651-642-9639.
ACORN is an acronym, and each letter should be capitalized. ACORN stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. ACORN is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, with over 120,000 member families organized into 600 neighborhood chapters in 45 cities across the country. Since 1970 ACORN has taken action and won victories on issues of concern to our members. Our priorities include: better housing for first time homebuyers and tenants, living wages for low-wage workers, more investment in our communities from banks and governments, and better public schools. We achieve these goals by building community organizations that have the power to win changes — through direct action, negotiation, legislation, and voter participation. ACORN's website is at http://www.acorn.org. To receive updates on ACORN's work every two weeks go to http://acorn.org/getinvolved