Articles By: Ashley Pederson

Seward Cafe launches donation drive

BY CHARLOTTE COLANTTI The Seward Cafe first opened its doors in October 1974 as part of the new-wave co-op movement that took root in Minneapolis’ West Bank during the early ’70s. The young café started off with a worn jukebox and a simple menu of veggie and meat burgers, with PBR and Olympia on tap. Those early years were rocky […]

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FROM WHERE I STAND: U.S. leads in police killings

BY POLLY MANN The Guardian newspaper claims that it has compiled the most comprehensive database of U.S. police killing ever published. I think it can be assumed that this is as correct as any figures compiled by humans could possibly be. It’s quite shocking and I wish that this information could move the American public to do something about it […]

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Geezerhood

BY TONY BOUZA One of the inescapable disabilities of geezerhood is the temptation to reminisce.  Here I go. The time is early 1968.  I am the eminence grise to the highest ranking member of the NYPD—a Sammy Glick* who knew how to run after the prize—and get it—but had no clue as to what to do with it once obtained.  […]

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FROM WHERE I STAND: Spend money on food, not arms

BY POLLY MANN The Guardian Weekly is a British publication and therefore its criticism of the British government has a greater impact than that, say, of an American newspaper. Thus its criticism of that country’s arms shipments to Yemen is important. The question I ask is, why shouldn’t Great Britain sell arms to the Yemenis?  It’s a moral issue, says the […]

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‘The Awakening’ reopens the Southern for 2017

BY ADAM MICHAEL SCHENCK Perhaps unlike any other social movement, American feminism seems forced to argue continually for its relevancy. The history books put the movement into “waves,” such as first-wave feminism in which women argued for their right to vote. As legal rights expand and social roles get redefined by the feminist movement’s successes, regressive social forces question why […]

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‘Anna in the Tropics’ continues Jungle Theater’s strong run

BY ADAM MICHAEL SCHENCK Literary echoes seem to have passed their high-water mark generations ago. Few quote Shakespeare anymore, and as an atheist I am disappointed that those with “sincerely held religious beliefs” (as Justice Samuel Alito put it in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby) often fail to quote the Bible as well as nonbelievers—although, it’s easy to see the plank […]

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Looking at The Life

BY AMY BLUMENSHINE Southside neighbors are organizing to challenge sex trafficking.  Nearly 100 concerned citizens turned out in early February for the informational event at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, “Shining a Light in the Darkness: A Faith-Based response to sex trafficking.” Experts in “The Life,” either as survivors or interveners, gave graphic testimony of the realities behind the illusions of […]

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Why should I go to my precinct caucus?

BY ED FELIEN A friend wrote on the Mpls Issues List that he’s discouraged about going to his precinct caucus: “Before, precinct caucuses were in the precincts or very close, but after the caucuses went consolidated, no longer could one walk to a caucus. One would have to drive and compete for the handful of parking spaces. So the DFL […]

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Resurgent Democratic Socialists chapter tests the waters of Minneapolis politics

BY TWIN CITIES DSA MEMBERS KIM JONES, JON MARTINSON AND BRAD MCGARR There has been a Twin Cities Local of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for as long as there has been a DSA, about 34 years in fact. (Although as of this year, we are going to be known as the Twin Cities chapter, rather than local.) The activity […]

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Anti-war protest March 18: Stop the Endless U.S. Wars in the Middle East!

BY MICHAEL LIVINGSTON Soon after President Trump took office General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told Congress that the U.S. faces a stalemate and needs several thousand more troops (New York Times, 2/10/2017, p. A3).  The seemingly endless wars in the Middle East continue under Trump and the U.S. now has troops or covert operations in […]

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