On Saturday, Sept. 24, at about 1 p.m., about 175 people marched down Lake Street in solidarity with the members of the peace and justice community who were raided by the FBI exactly a year ago. The march began at the home of one of the people who was raided and ended at Walker Church on 31st Street and 16th Avenue. It is tragically ironic that Attorney General Eric Holder, who is responsible for the FBI raids and the grand jury investigation into links between the Minneapolis peace movement and terrorists in Colombia and Palestine, represented United Fruit when they were making payments to both right-wing death squads and the left-wing guerrillas in Colombia, and he never considered those payments to be in support of terrorism.
General election Senate Dist. 61
State Representative Jeff Hayden won the DFL primary election on Sept. 13. He got 55.8% of the total votes cast, or 1,361, which was almost 58% of the total DFL votes. He got more than twice the amount of his nearest rival, Sadik Warfa, who got 666 votes. Warfa ran a campaign just below the radar, probably concentrating on maximizing turnout in the Somali community. Paulette Will ran third with 173 votes.
Questioning the City Budget
Mayor R T Rybak finally released his proposed 2012 City Budget on Friday, Sept. 16, after getting it approved sight unseen by the Board of Estimate and Taxation a few days earlier.
Come to the Annual Meeting!
If CANDO, the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization, has indeed taken a troubling turn over the past year, residents can rest assured it has been dealt with. Today CANDO has a new full-time executive director and part-time community outreach specialist, a friendly spic-n-span office with a coffee maker; cool donated “green” desks (compressed, laminated corn and wheat residue); new programs and new energy.
Many toads, no humming birds
Last month I mentioned that it seemed to be a good year for toads, basic American Toads. After I finished the column on the last day of August, well after dark, I went for one of my fairly regular late night walks. The first thing I found was a medium-size toad in the back yard. As well as I can remember, this is the first toad I have found in the yard. Then I went to the park and found by far the most toads I had ever found there. I also found a couple of nice young men with a couple of nice dogs ...
University-Sabathani partnership teaches teens job and computer skills
A six-week computer training program led by the University of Minnesota this summer helped teenagers at Sabathani Community Center learn publishing skills in a unique leadership and jobs program. The youth created a community yearbook through Sabathani’s Horizon Youth Program (HYP). HYP provides academic and enrichment programs to area children and teenagers. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the HYP book, which over the years has been given to nearly 1,000 children and teens, parents and community members.
Elizabeth Warren speaks
Elizabeth Warren, candidate for the U. S. Senate in Massachussetts, had this to say about class warfare:
“I hear all this, you know, ‘Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever.’—No!
“There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.
“You built a factory out there—good for you! But I want to be clear.
“You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for.
“You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate.
Dear President Obama
The Spring of hope.
Now is the winter of our discontent.
Dickens and Shakespeare capture the moments.
I have never written a letter, open or otherwise, to a President—an honor I’m pretty sure you can live without.
How has it gone and where are we headed?
Volunteer with hidden credentials leaves Peace House Community grief-stricken
After quietly volunteering for over 20 years in our South Minneapolis neighborhoods, Mary-Anne Martin Bellamy lost her long struggle with chronic illness July 20 in her native Canada.
The consecration of Rick Perry, a
warrior for Christ
Governor Rick Perry concluded his prayer in Houston on Saturday, Aug. 7: “You call us to repent, Lord, and this is our response. We give it all to You. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen and amen.” Why do we need to repent? What is our sin? Earlier, he had said, “As a nation we have forgotten Who made us. Who protects us. Who blesses us, and for that we cry out for Your forgiveness.” Perry has accepted our sin of forgetfulness, and he has assumed our repentance, and he has offered it up to God. It is the sin of the Israelites who lived wantonly and forgot God when they were chastised by the prophets. He has cleansed us in the blood of the sacrificial lamb. He is the minister, the priest, the substitute sacrifice..
A brief history of Sears
The Sears building on Lake Street is monumental. For more than 50 years it was the biggest building (in terms of square footage) in the United States. It was a warehouse, a national catalog distribution center and a retail store. Almost everyone in South Minneapolis either worked at the store or knew someone who did.
How did Sears begin?
GOP assault on Medicare
Remember the hoorahs from Republicans just four months ago, when House budget chairman Paul Ryan issued the GOP’s “bold” plan to slash federal spending? Gosh, how quickly that cheering turned to silence.
That’s because the budgetary jewel in Ryan’s creation was the elimination of Medicare. He proposed replacing it with a privatized voucher program that would pay only a fraction of what Medicare covers. This turned out to be a spectacularly stupid idea, resulting in angry seniors showing up at one of Ryan’s town hall meetings to whack him over the head with his own proposal. The “bold” plan suddenly had a stench worse than week-old road kill, and Republicans are now trying to disown it.
But don’t mistake the GOP’s sudden squeamishness for meaning that Ryan’s
Minnehaha Free Space
The Minnehaha Free Space is a new community re-source hub and social center located at 3458 Minnehaha Ave. The founders describe their purpose: “To strengthen cultures of resistance against all forms of oppression, we established a space that will offer free classes and workshops, free internet and computer access, space for meetings and events, a lending library, a make-your-own media center, a bike workshop, screen printing, a kids’ zone, art and crafts resources, and much more. The space is free and open to all, and run entirely by volunteers. We value people over profits, and invite anybody who is onboard with this project to plug in and get involved. We are hoping to build stronger communities where we can support one another on the basis of solidarity and mutual aid, instead of coercion, money, competition and fear.” Open Monday through Friday, 2 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Everyone welcome to visit. http://minnehahafreespace.org.