Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Dedicated to public service
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 27, 2017
By Steve Share, editor, Minneapolis Labor Review
MINNEAPOLIS — “I will fight to ensure the equal accessibility of our beautiful parks to everyone — especially our children — regardless of where in Minneapolis they live,” says A.K. Hassan.
Hassan is running for the District 3 seat on the Minneapolis Park Board and has the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. District 3 is bordered by 35W, the Mississippi River, and, roughly, E. 36th Street.
A refugee from Somalia, Hassan arrived in Minneapolis in 2008 and immersed himself in community service.
‘I will fight to ensure equal accessibility of our beautiful parks to everyone — especially our children — regardless of where in Minneapolis they live.’
Hassan was a former teen coordinator for the Franklin Ave. library.
He serves as chair of the Ventura Village neighborhood group in the Phillips Neighborhood.
He’s worked as a community organizer for Minneapolis Open Streets.
And he’s been the chair of the Minnesota DFL Somali-American Caucus.
In his neighborhood work, Hassan been very involved with local parks.
“Continuing to make our parks engaging places for our children to play in was the central goal of the ‘Save Peavey Park’ project that I campaigned for,” he says. “As a member of the Ventura Village Neighborhood Association, I was able to help make Peavey Park a safer, more family-friendly and overall more welcoming place for everyone.”
“I’m pushing for community gardens in our parks so kids can learn and grow their own food,” he says.
“I’ve always been a big supporter of unions,” Hassan adds. “I want to make sure the people who work in our parks have the right to be organized.”
Family members are union members, including his mother who is a member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota working at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and a cousin who is an organizer for SEIU.
For his mother, he relates, being a union member means “she was free to speak how she feels.”
“I’ll stand with unions in our parks,” Hassan says. “If I get elected, I’ll sit with everyone who works in our parks and hear their concerns. “I’ll be a voice for them.”