Pulse 10-Year Timeline
Thursday 03 May @ 10:46:33
It took us weeks to go through the archived stacks of Pulse going back 10 years. When we began this task, we just thought it was going to be in honor of Pulse's 10th anniversary. Since then, it has developed in a sayonara to our print edition.
Thanks to the many wonderful people who have called, written or stopped by our office to say good-bye, to say they're sad or to wish us well with the new online venture. It has meant the world to us, as has giving ink to the thousands of articles Pulse has printed over the 10 past years.
And our greatest thanks goes to all of our dedicated and inspiring writers, photographers and illustrators, whose collective passion for important issues and for locally-grown media has kept us on the Pulse of the Twin Cities. (Sid Pranke, Managing Editor, Pulse of the Twin Cities)
May 14, 1997--"Rally protests re-routing Hiawatha Avenue," by Leo Cashman. Several hundred people gathered on the edge of Minnehaha Park near Hiawatha Avenue to protest the Minnesota Department of Transportation plan to reroute Hiawatha Avenue through what is now [at that time] the grasslands and forest just week of the creek.
May 21, 1997--[August] "Wilson's Fences is 'must-see' theater," by Ryan Kuoke. Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play depicts the collapse of an American family in the late 1950s as they are caught by changing times and conflicting values.
March 11, 1998--Cover story on "The Independent Oglala Nation 25 years after Wounded Knee," by Jon Lurie. Recounting how American Indian Movement members and traditional Oglala Lakota people held ground in a shooting war against the largest internal deployment of federal forces since the Civil War.
April 14, 1999--Over 200 demonstrators braved gusty winds at Hennepin and Lagoon avenues on April 10 to protest the U.S. bombing of Yugoslavia. This article by Diana Johnstone also documented the effort by peace activists who had called for a team of international mediators sponsored by neutral governments to intervene in the troubled area of Kosovo.
April 21, 1999--Pulse cover story by Marcus Conchúbair details activist tactics, ranging from struggles like the Hwy. 55/Coldwater Spring issue, Animal Liberation Front, Alliant Tech protesters, and going back as far as the '80s Revolutionary Anarchist Bowling League.
May 5, 1999--"Senate page alleges [former MN Sen. Carol] Flynn broke open meeting law," by Leo Cashman. The meeting was held in the Senate Transportation Budget Committee regarding the Hwy. 55 struggle--proponents of Save the Sacred Sites legislation challenged the findings of the MnDOT, saying, "MnDOT totally disregarded 16 hours of testimony from Native American elders showing the sacredness of the land in the path of the reroute of Hwy. 55"
June 16, 1999--Cover story by Ed Felien on activist Marv Davidov and the Honeywell Project, who says, "Don't mess with me, I'm the Jewish Muhammad Ali. I float like a butterfly and sting like a Gefilte fish."
June 23, 1999--"Stadium protesters win round one in St. Paul" by Jon Lurie. About 100 protesters from Progressive Minnesota interrupt [then] St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman's presentation on his plan for a new Twins ballpark.
Aug. 18, 1999--Cover story on the 1st anniversary of Free State by Jon Lurie--a protest camp to stop the reroute of Hwy. 55 through Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. Among those who joined the encampment included American Indian Movement members, Mendota Dakota Nation members, Earth First!ers, and other environmentalists.
Sept. 22, 1999--Cover story on redevelopment of the Sears Building by Ed Felien [which finally reopened as Midtown Global Market in June 2006].
Oct. 6, 1999--Cover story by Ed Felien on ongoing war against the Serbs in Yugoslavia. Commentator Diana Johnstone had this to say: "People in former Communist countries are used to thinking their papers are lying to them, so they have a healthy cynicism about what they read. Whereas in the U.S. there is an unquestioned acceptance of the media."
Nov. 10, 1999--Cover story by Jon Lurie on unsolved murders of Native Americans in South Dakota.
May 10, 2000--Pulse details the White Earth Land Recovery Project, launched by Winona LaDuke to facilitate recovery of the reservation's original land base and promote traditional practices of environmental protection, language fluency and community building.
Nov. 1, 2000--Pulse previews the presidential election with this feature: "The Dollar Driven Two-Party System Holds the Election Hostage."
April 11, 2001--Pulse runs article by Ralph Pribble on malformed frogs being discovered by scientists, who, at that time, had few clues about why it was happening. (Since then, Dr. Tyrone Hayes links the pesticide Atrazine with frog malformation.)
July 5, 2001--Former Minneapolis Police Chief Tony Bouza, in a commentary, attacks racial profiling by police.
Oct. 10, 2001--"State worker reflects on AFSCME strike," by John Tribbet. Gov. Jesse Ventura tries to shame strikers for striking so soon after 9/11, but the strike has support of the New York Firefighters Union.
Oct. 17, 2001--National activist and environmentalist Harvey Wasserman writes commentary that, because of all the nuclear power plants, we have little security, "America's terrorist nuclear threat to itself."
Feb. 13, 2002--"Hidden Beach faces drastic changes," by Sam Wilhide. Article on how Minneapolis' unauthorized nude beach gets spruced up to make area easier to patrol by police
March 13, 2002--"Bush's war against civil liberties comes to Minnesota," by Peter Erlinder. [Then] U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger [who resigned only a few months ago] says he ordered the secret deportations of Somali people; the Twin Cities Somali community is extremely fearful.
April 10, 2002--Pulse reports on the ongoing siege of Ramallah after the Israeli military invaded and occupied the Palestinian city on March 29.
May 30, 2002--"Encounter with the MPD: police step up harassment of bicyclists," by Flo.
June 5, 2002--article on the "Race to stop global warming"
July 10, 2002--"The Bitter taste of Coca-Cola." Report about union members in Columbia who accuse Coca-Cola of "systematic intimidation, kidnapping, detention and murder."
Oct. 30, 2002--Article by Larry McDonough honors Senator Paul Wellstone who died tragically in a plane crash on October 25.
Feb. 19, 2003--Pulse gives voice to the 10,000 citizens who, on February 15, marched down Hennepin Ave to demonstrate their opposition to the impending war with Iraq. Millions gathered around the world resulting in the largest day of global protest ever.
March 19, 2003--"Criminalizing dissent"--when activists are labeled as terrorists. Photo that ran with the article shows activists with placards spelling out, "Bush is a Terrorist."
March 26, 2003--More than 5,000 people marched through downtown Minneapolis to protest Bush's March 22 "shock and awe" bombing of Iraq. Twin Cities Arabs and antiwar activists speak out.
April 2, 2003--"Pawlenty to Protesters: Pay for the Police," by Ed Felien. [See page 9 for article.]
May 26, 2004--"Neighbors post asbestos warning signs at contaminated public park." Residents who live near NE Minneapolis' Gluek Park take action to protect themselves.
July 7, 2004--"Rightwing tries to censor 'Fahrenheit 9/11.' " A front group for the Republican PR firm of Russo, Marsh & Rogers that calls itself Move America Forward, is working to trash director Michael Moore and stop his film from being shown all across the country.
July 14, 2004--"Rybak, critics face off on housing." Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak answers criticism on his record on the lack of affordable housing and the increase of predatory lending in the city.
June 1, 2005--"Storm over General College--U of M division used by poor, minorities may close." U of M staff, union members and students upset that the U of M, which began as a land-grant university, is planning to reduce the General College to a smaller department.
Sept. 16, 2005--"What did Dean do wrong?" by Ed Felien. Analysis of the "case" against [then] Minneapolis Council Member Dean Zimmerman.
Oct. 21, 2005--Article by Sid Pranke exploring research on Mary Magdalene that shows she was one of Jesus' disciples and that the money raised from her work with "sacred sex" helped to finance Jesus' journeys.
Nov. 16, 2005--"Covered in Oil." Ed Felien makes the case that the Iraq War is all about oil, not terrorism.
Dec. 1, 2005--Interview by Sid Pranke with [eventual] Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest, who broke the story on the Bush administration's secret prisons in Eastern European countries.
Dec. 21, 2005--"Is CACI off the hook?"by David Rubenstein. Article about the company CACI, the company that supplied many of the interrogators working at Abu Ghraib. CACI responds publicly that it does not condone torture.
Jan. 11, 2006--Commentator Becca Vargo Daggett from the Institute of Local Self-Reliance, advocates for public ownership of Minneapolis' new WIFI network [editor's note: the City decided to go with private ownership].
March 9, 2006--"Dems: war profiteering should be a crime," by Jeremy Breningstall. U.S. Senate Democrats introduce legislation that would create a new category of federal crime: war profiteer [editor's note: it didn't pass].
March 27, 2006--"Monsanto's bad seed." Commentator Craig Minowa explains that Monsanto is the leading producer of genetically-modified seeds, and about company's seeming intent to control the world's seed supply.
April 13, 2006--"The U.S. Military is in DU Denial," by Susu Jeffrey. Research on effects of depleted uranium used by the U.S. military and its effects on U.S. soldiers, Iraqis and the environment.
April 13, 2006--"Tens of thousands call for immigration with dignity." Coverage of the march from St. Paul Cathedral to the State Capitol in protest of the criminalization of illegal immigrants and the construction of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
April 20, 2006--"May the Soulforce be with you--and also with folks at NCU," by Dwight Hobbes. A traveling protest group, the Soulforce Equality Rides, that protests discrimination against gays, makes a stop in Minneapolis.
May 11, 2006--"Ellison gets DFL endorsement," by Phil Willkie. Keith Ellison [who is now in Congress] is the first person of color to be endorsed for Congress by a major political party in Minnesota.
May 11, 2006--"One hundred workers contaminated at Prairie Island nuclear plant." A Wisconsin watchdog group, Nukewatch, discovers nuclear accident information at Prairie Island buried deep in the web pages of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's May 5 report.
May 30, 2006--"And the score is--Stadium: 1, Democracy, 0." Commentary by Lydia Howell on how the planned new Twins stadium will cost Hennepin County citizens at least $522 million, and how democracy was thwarted throughout the process.
Aug. 3, 2006--"Arrests of the undead--'zombies' treated as terrorists," by Lydia Howell. Young performance artists on the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis are arrested for doing street theater against shopping and are treated as terrorists by the Minneapolis Police Department.
Aug. 3, 2006--"Viking Bar closes its doors after 46 years in business." Willie Murphy and friends played one final time at the Viking. The farewell crowd was wild--there was dancing on the bar and tables just like the old days.
Aug. 16, 2006--In the wake of "Zimmergate," commentator David Tilsen discusses how he believes former City Council Member Dean Zimmerman was set up, and Tilsen gives advice to anti-establishment leaders.
Aug. 31, 2006--"Does restroom surveillance at library take security too far?" Article takes a look into the new video cameras in the bathrooms of the Minneapolis Public Library.
Sept. 7, 2006--Update on how local organic farm, Gardens of Eagan, reach a mitigation agreement to circumnavigate an oil pipeline around its land.
Sept. 15, 2006--"On War Crimes and staph infection: grim musings from federal prison." Activist Steve Clemens' report on his six-month stint in federal prison for trespassing at the School of the Americas in Ft. Bening, Ga.
Oct. 4, 2006--"Who owns your water?" by Sid Pranke. Cover story examining the corporatization of the world's water supply.
Nov. 15, 2006--"Throw the bums out!" Articles calling for then-Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi and Congress to impeach Bush and Cheney.
Nov. 15, 2006--"Oaxaca's Dirty War." Pulse's Mexico correspondent Stan Gotlieb reports on burgeoning protests and police retaliation in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Nov. 29, 2006--"Twenty-two thousand demand SOA closing," by Don Irish. Protesters, at an annual gathering, want Congress to stop the funding for the School of the Americas located in Ft. Bening, Ga.
Nov. 29, 2006--"Undead unite--'Zombie 7' file lawsuit." Young performance artists file lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis, numerous police officers and Hennepin County jail for circumstances surrounding their arrests.
Nov. 29, 2006--Sister Rita Steinhagen, a much-beloved activist and humanitarian who passed away, is remembered by fellow activists.
Feb. 28, 2007--Commentator Marv Davidov calls on local government to help stop Alliant Tech, an Edina munitions maker, from manufacturing cluster bombs.
March 7, 2007--"Resistible Rise of American Fascism." Cover story articles detailing serious concerns about the Bush administration.
April 11, 2007--"Courts could put stadium deal out of reach--it's the bottom of the ninth," by Dennis Geisinger. Article on how the Twins stadium deal is not yet a sure thing.
April 11, 2007--"Rush-hour civil disobedience against the war," by Katrina Plotz and Joe Lake. Team coverage on peace activists blocking of traffic outside of Sen. Norm Coleman's St. Paul office. More than 20 protesters chose to be arrested to express their opposition to the Iraq War.
April 27, 2007--"Lawsuit filed against immigration officials," by Katrina Plotz. Immigration raids in Willmar, done with warrants, result in lawsuit by Centro Legal, a Twin Cities advocacy group. ||