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File #: RES 20-900    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 6/24/2020
Title: Honoring and remembering the life and contributions of Saint Paul Public School Board of Education Chair Marny Xiong.
Sponsors: Nelsie Yang, Amy Brendmoen, Jane L. Prince, Dai Thao, Chris Tolbert
Honoring and remembering the life and contributions of Saint Paul Public School Board of Education Chair Marny Xiong.

WHEREAS Marny Xiong was born on March 23, 1989 in the City of St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood, and she was the fourth oldest child of eight to Zahoua Xiong and See Yang Xiong; and

WHEREAS, Marny went to Longfellow Elementary School, Washington Middle School, and graduated from Arlington Senior High School in 2007; and

WHEREAS, Marny graduated from the University of MN, Duluth with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minor in African and African American Studies in 2012;

WHEREAS, Marny fought alongside with the Black Student Association in college to successfully create the minor for African and African American Studies in which she minored; and

WHEREAS, When KDWB, a radio station owned by Clear Channel created a racist parody on Hmong people titled, “30 Hmong in a House,” Marny led students to join the protest at the headquarters and demanded Clear Channel to apologize; and

WHEREAS, As a result of the direct action, Clear Channel apologized and created culturally relevant trainings for their employees; and

WHEREAS, Marny started her career working at E-Democracy as an organizer promoting the community online forum; and

WHEREAS, Marny then went to work at TakeAction MN as a field organizer helping to build the program Organizing a New Economy, where they led and won an increase in the State’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour, indexed to inflation and where she also led political organizing in 6 key swing house districts in 2012; and

WHEREAS, Marny worked at the Food Group MN in 2014-2016 to fight hunger and nourish the community in an equitable and culturally relevant way; and

WHEREAS, Marny was appointed to serve on the City of Saint Paul’s Neighborhood STAR Board in 2015; and

WHEREAS, Marny was elected to the Saint Paul District 5 Neighborhood Council Board in 2016; and

WHEREAS, Marny worked for SEIU as a home...

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