Community Power is growing a city-wide discussion on local energy issues during the 2021 city council & mayoral elections, building on our 2013 Minneapolis Energy Options campaign, the 2017 candidate forums, and all the work in between. Both the questionnaires, and the mayoral & ward-specific public Q&A forums with candidates are an important opportunity for Minneapolis residents to hear their city council amd mayoral candidates’ plans on energy choice, affordability, and access.
Click the above link to read returned questionnaires to date
Either click above or click a link below to view a video of a Community Power forum:
***LINKS TO 2021 FORUM VIDEOS***
HOW OUR 2021 FORUMS WORKED
All of the 2021 forum seiries was online. Candidates for City Council and Mayor shared their visions how to meet Minneapolis’ local clean energy and climate goals in ways that also benefit key priorities of the city such as housing affordability, renter’s rights, economic, racial & environmental justice, and workforce development for clean energy jobs.
In addition to prepared questions, there were also screened audience questions submitted upon the Zoom Registration link of the Zoom Chat.
Following the formal Q & A, we switched over to a different Zoom address for an informal post-forum conversation in virtual breakout rooms with candidates.
All were hosted by Community Power, an energy democracy organization which originated as the 2013 Minneapolis Energy Options campaign that led directly to the City forming its first-in-the-Nation Clean Energy Partnership with Xcel and Centerpoint with occasional help from Twin Cities Youth for Climate Justice, a collective who are carrying on the momentum of the 2019 Climate Strikes, along with Minneapolis Climate Action, MNIPL, and Friends of the Mississippi River.
The beginning of each of each forum had a guest appearance from FairVote Minnesota, which is a national leader in the movement for Ranked Choice Voting. Rank choice voting is a simple, but powerful change to the way we vote that gives voters more choice and more power.
Interested in reading the current council + mayor's answers from 2017? Check them out here