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Meet Michael Sack!

I have lived in the Hale neighborhood my entire life, attending both Hale Elementary and Field Middle School. You might have seen me rolling around Lake Nokomis’ Lagoon or hitting wiffle balls in my front yard. I enjoy watching and attending Twins games at Target Field, as I go to several games a year.

 

I have been interested in disability advocacy for a long time as I have written several articles about that topic for multiple Twin Cities publications, but my dedication to it grew greatly once the Pandemic started in 2020. That fall, I volunteered with the Emma Greenman for State House campaign as a “Senior Volunteer Consultant of Voter Accessibility.” In August of 2021, I worked on Sheila Nezhad’s Mayoral campaign, helping her develop a disability platform and providing assistance on how residents with various disabilities can vote.

 

That experience, along with taking more strolls once the Pandemic shuttered places temporarily, led my way to found the community-led movement Minneapolis Sidewalk Repair Hunters in an attempt to improve accessibility in Minneapolis last year. The effort gives residents and visitors an alternative way to submit sidewalk deficiencies that could impede access and safety to those in wheelchairs, other mobility devices, strollers, and every pedestrian. In addition to starting the Minneapolis Sidewalk Repair Hunters, I am currently waiting to be appointed to the Minneapolis Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities to lend my expertise and ideas in order to make the city more disability- and accessibility-friendly!

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