Category: Phillips/Powderhorn

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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POWDERHORN BIRDWATCH: Few birds spotted again, but excitement shows up anyway

BY JOHN KARRIGAN As it has been for most of the 2016-17 winter, I am not finding many small birds in the park to write about. The backyard birds are doing well as usual.  The regulars—Northern Cardinals American Goldfinches, Black-capped Chickadees, English Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers White-breasted Nuthatches and House Finches—are fairly common this time of year, […]

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CONFESSIONS OF AN UNREPENTANT MAOIST: Hundred Flowers, 1970 (continued) Run-ins with the authorities

BY ED FELIEN Hubert Humphrey was running for senator again after losing the race for President in 1968.  He was speaking at a Hamline College graduation.  Some of us thought it would be a good idea to remind folks about his defense of the war in Vietnam and his lying to the American people about the carpet bombing of Hanoi […]

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