Mayor Hodges Delivers Special Mayoral Address: “This is Our Call as a Community and a People—We Get to Come Together Even More”

April 17, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) — This evening at Shir Tikvah Congregation in South Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges delivered a special mayoral address, “One Minneapolis in the Time of Trump.”

The full text of the Mayor’s remarks are available here:

“We stand at a unique moment in the history of humanity,” Mayor Hodges said. “For the first time ever, a majority of humans live in cities. This fact provides our species with a unique opportunity to come together, understand each other, and connect with one another. It is in the close proximity of our cities where we as humans get to make one another feel welcome, connect on a human level, and come together to advance a common purpose.”

“In this unique moment, in the time of Trump, cities and the people who live in them are on the front lines,” Hodges continued. “In the time of Trump, as the federal government abandons people, we who live in cities are the principal targets of attack.”

In the speech, Mayor Hodges outlined the ways in which the City is standing firm with, defend and support the people of Minneapolis and the communities who are under attack. These communities include:
• Trans students and everyone in the GLBTQ community;
• Immigrants;
• the Muslim and Jewish communities;
• People with disabilities; 
• Low income people and working families; and
• Women.

“What most distinguishes this president from the 44 who preceded him, including other conservative presidents, is his agenda of suppression,” said Mayor Hodges. “It is an agenda designed to centralize power in the White House by manipulating some of the levers of the federal government, and disrupting others, to create the confusion and chaos that would undermine our democracy and thereby justify limiting our freedom.”

“In Minneapolis, we lift up our neighbors,” Mayor Hodges continued. “We actively encourage everyone who can vote to vote. We support the First Amendment, a thriving media, and healthy protest. And we value our artists as creators of beauty, uniters of humanity, and the voice of our conscience.”

Mayor Hodges proposed first steps that Minneapolis can take to lift up and support such important voices in our democracy focusing on four areas:
• Voters
• Journalists
• Demonstrators
• Artists

“Democracy done right is an organized way to care about all people and to care about all voices, and government is how we have decided to give form to our democracy,” said Mayor Hodges. “Government is one of the places where we come together and decide who we are as a people. It is an expression of our values. We love government in Minneapolis — we have so damn much of it — and now, especially now, we use it to express the value of connection, not disaffection.”

“When you undermine the arts, you undermine our mechanism for bypassing the meanness of the day-to-day and connecting us to something bigger than ourselves, you sever the bonds of empathy and compassion between people. When you criminalize protest, you submerge uncomfortable truths. When you cut off the free flow of information and dismiss true facts as fake news, you destroy a common base of knowledge and understanding, and thereby sow distrust. And when you call into question the legitimacy of voting and let our enemies interfere with our elections, that’s a knife in the heart of our democracy.”

“So, Minneapolis, in the time of Trump, this is our call as a community and as people: we get to do what more of what we already do well, we get to come together even more. We get to be compassionate, loving, and kind to everyone: to immigrants, to Muslims, to single mothers, to trans kids, to Trump supporters. When we build our resistance with the power of love and compassion, on an agenda of connection and simple kindness, we will build a city and a country that naturally and organically rejects fear and mistrust, where attacks on the vulnerable and the suppression of democracy will simply wither on the vine.”

The full text of the Mayor’s remarks are available here:

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Published Apr 19, 2017



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