Bringing All of Ward 7 to the Table

 

Friends,

My name is Mary Anne Quiroz. I am an Eastsider, a mama, and a community organizer. I live in the Battle Creek neighborhood with my beautiful family- my husband of over 20 years, Sergio and our children—Sergio, Atquetzali, Xicintli and Kiahuitl.

I’ve called this community my home since my family came here from the Philippines thirty years ago. I graduated from Johnson High School, where I got my start in community organizing. After studying at the University of Minnesota, I spent years working with students to find culturally relevant educational pathways that actually worked for their diverse backgrounds and needs. That work lead me to cofounding Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, our dance group, in 2006, and to opening the Indigenous Roots Cultural Center in 2015.

Throughout my work with other cultural groups, arts organizations, youth, families, and businesses, I’ve seen that Eastsiders like us are frequently left out of conversations about our own future. But too much is at stake for us to go unheard.

We need a leader who doesn’t stand in front of the crowd, but who is centered in community, ready to bring all of our voices to the table to fight gentrification, secure investment in our neighborhoods and ensure that our children have access to the culturally rich opportunities that will allow them to succeed.

That’s why today I am announcing that I am running to represent the people of Ward 7 on St. Paul’s City Council.

I’d love to have your support. Together, we can build the world we imagine.

Love & Solidarity,

Mary Anne