Never forget Hind Rajab

BY ED FELIEN The Israeli military has “slaughtered” (Noam Chomsky’s word) more than 35,000 Palestinians—most of them, women and children. From Wikipedia: In January 2024, three months into the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip, much of the Strip was largely deserted and bombed out. The health care system in Gaza was collapsing…

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Trump and the threat of civil war

BY ED FELIEN On Jan. 6, 2021, Trump told the crowd of his supporters: “We fight like hell and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore. “We want to go back, and we want to get this right because we’re going to have…

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Another look at the new rideshare law

BY CAM GORDON Many people are celebrating the recent rideshare legislation that was signed into law in May. Elected officials are congratulating themselves and others for the new law that is expected to give drivers a 20% raise in pay, protection from unjust deactivations, and stronger insurance provisions. “The drivers…

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Summer on Franklin Avenue

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE A lot is happening on Franklin Avenue! Two major portions of the stretch of Franklin Avenue we cover in Southside Pride are the American Indian Cultural Corridor from Hiawatha Avenue to 11th Avenue and the part that runs through Seward neighborhood, from Cedar Avenue to the…

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Summer on Nicollet Avenue

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE Reconnected Avenue is ever closer As we have asserted in previous editions, Nicollet Avenue is really two different streets. There is everything north of Lake Street (Cecil Newman Lane, really) which includes the crossing of the Greenway, Eat Street, and Nicollet Mall downtown, and then there’s…

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Commemorating the 1934 Teamster strike

BY STEVE BRANDT Twin Cities area labor activists and sympathizers will keep alive the spirit of the landmark 1934 Minneapolis Teamster strike over the next two months with a 90th-anniversary commemoration that includes film screenings, art exhibits, a panel discussion and a wreath-laying ceremony, culminating in a July 27 remembrance…

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Congressional District 5 DFL endorsing convention

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE CD5 DFL endorsing convention, May 11, South High School Having not succeeded in becoming a delegate to my Congressional District convention, I attended on a guest pass to “cover” it. I put that in quotes, because it’s not my forte to do straight coverage, nor rabble-rousing…

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‘A Year with Frog and Toad’

BY KAY SCHROVEN The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis has returned “A Year with Frog and Toad” to the UnitedHealth Group stage, playing through June 16. This award-winning play, nominated three times for a Tony Award, is a playful, innovative musical for young and not-so-young theatergoers. It exemplifies the meaning…

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Soup for You! Café 

BY AMANDA LUKER Soup for You! Café, a beloved community donation-based eatery renowned for its hearty soups and welcoming atmosphere, is thrilled to announce its new relocation. After several years of serving free delicious meals at Bethany Lutheran Church, Soup for You! Café has moved to a new home at…

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‘A Nest in My Heart’

BY ELAINE KLAASSEN When I was in my 20s I often talked about how important it was for people to write about their lives and their thoughts, and how much it would expand one’s consciousness to read about the inner life, observations and experiences of others. It seems that more…

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Conversations with Koerner 

BY CRAIG WOOD “Spider” John Koerner passed away May 18 in South Minneapolis at age 85. He will be remembered for his unique musical style and contributions to the American folk/blues scene during the ‘60s, as well as being a wandering, guitar-totin’ troubadour who could tell a joke like nobody…

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