PPNA Advocacy Priorities
We hear from hundreds of residents, business owners, and partners each year to guide our priorities. These include:
Livability & Safety
We desire a safe and livable neighborhood. Knowing your neighbors and supporting local businesses can help. We also believe more City, County, and State resources are needed to support communities disproportionately affected by crime.
Our community can shape and influence the current city-wide direction around how we invest in the tools, people, and places that can best keep us safe.
A key step necessary to make our preferences known involves educating ourselves on things like:
Existing investments and efficacy in our law enforcement, court systems, and corrections.
Understanding what investments are made in support of crime prevention and the impact of these resources.
What is the basis for and expected impact of taking steps to defund the police? This relates to a recent Minneapolis City Council action to amend the city charter to remove the term “police department”; which has been advocated for by local organizations and groups, including Reclaim the Block, MPD150, and Black Visions Collective.
In an effort to understand how the community wants to advance livability and safety we will partner with canvassers to collect input, host small group conversations, and use surveys. We will post more updates on the roll-out of these efforts here as they become finalized.
Community preferences and priorities must be reflected in development projects. We advocate for better ordinances, processes, and tools that will ensure community voices shape development.
Let’s refine and strengthen the proposed Principles of Development the association Board of Directors adopted for community input on June 11th. The four principles include:
Health over Wealth
Voices over Speed
Affordable over Business-as-Usual
Community Development over Profit Development
See the full overview here. And send comments or questions to
If you are interested and available to help the association work toward ways to influence equitable development, make plans to attend a Minneapolis Equitable Development Coalition (MEDC) meeting. These are normally held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Times vary and can be found on PPNA’s community calendar. Learn more about the coalition's mission, vision, and tools here.
You can also let us know what equitable development means to you. We will keep a running list of views that we can share with elected and appointed leaders as part of our overall advocacy efforts toward equitable development.
Housing is a human right. We partner with dozens of organizations to champion things like tenant protections, more affordable units, and low to no barrier access for the most vulnerable.