September 23, 2021 Media Contact: Lee Hayes
Minneapolis City Council Candidate Mickey Moore Issues Statement
on City Council’s Vote on East Phillips Urban Farm Initiative
“The East Phillips Urban Farm Initiative has been touted as one of our city’s best examples of a community-based, environmentally friendly projects. It is a true generational opportunity to advance the real concerns of residents and business owners in a neighborhood that has been historically plagued by unequal access and disproportionate levels of socioeconomic stresses.
“Rather than support the residents and business owners of Ward 9, who unanimously agree with the fundamental concepts behind the East Phillips Urban Farm Initiative, the Minneapolis City Council in a 7-6 vote has decided to continue the legacy of oppression and pollution in an area already declared a green zone. Sadly, for a ward recently devastated by COVID-19, civil unrest, and street occupations, as well as large scale homelessness, rampant substance abuse, and sex trafficking, many of our city leaders refuse to budge from their ‘let it burn down’ attitude.
“As a City Council candidate for Ward 9, I have been touting the East Phillips Urban Farm Initiative for more than a year, not only as a premier example of a project that directly meets the needs of residents and business owners in Ward 9, but also as a meaningful opportunity for our city government to prove that it truly cares about the least of us. Sadly, city leadership has proven once again that it is willing to throw this particular section of our city under the bus for political convenience, expedience and money. The legacy of discriminatory treatment that the 9th Ward continues to face is nothing short of shameful.
“Mayor Jacob Frey must stand up for what’s right where the Phillips Urban Farm Initiative is concerned. He must stop thinking about what is easiest for him politically and start thinking about residents and business owners in the 9th Ward who have the least amount of resources, but the most health disparities because of environmental pollution.
“This is most likely Mayor Frey’s last chance before the November election to prove that he truly understands the difference between political pressure and public need. As a result, I implore Mayor Frey to take a stand and veto the City Council’s terrible decision on the Phillips Urban Farm Initiative for the sake of 9th Ward residents and business owners, our city, and our environment.”
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