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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

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Honoring and remembering the life and contributions of Saint Paul Public School Board of Education Chair Marny Xiong.

 

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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 homecare organizer in 2016 and then transitioned to work at Minneapolis Public Schools District as the School Administrator Manager for Hmong International Academy; and

 

WHEREAS, In 2017, Marny ran a city-wide campaign for school board in Saint Paul and successfully won the race leading all the candidates with over 36,000 votes; and

 

WHEREAS, In 2018, Marny was the treasurer for the Vote Yes for St. Paul Kids Referendum campaign, and it won successfully.

 

WHEREAS, In 2020, Marny became Chair of the St. Paul Public School Board and led the district to end a four-day strike; and

 

WHEREAS, Marny volunteered on various successful campaigns in the last decade, in particular, Councilmember Amy Brendmoen, Councilmember Dai Thao, Councilmember Susan Pha, Councilmember Nelsie Yang, Commissioner Trista MatisCastillo, State Representative John Lesch, State Representative Rena Moran, John Thompson for 67A State Representative and so many more; and now therefore

 

BE IT RESOLVED, The Saint Paul City Council honors and commemorates the life of Chair Marny Xiong on the Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Education; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The Saint Paul Council proclaims June as Marny Xiong Month to remember the leadership of Marny Xiong’s and her contributions to the City of Saint Paul as someone who united the residents of Saint Paul, the Twin Cities, and across MN.

 

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