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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Friday 29 June @ 14:21:24 (Read: 19097)
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Take Up The Torch

by LYDIA HOWELL

For me, Pulse has been my university for becoming an investigative journalist, and for the Twin Cities, it's provided a space for progressive voices. Ending both the newsprint and online editions of Pulse is a huge loss, for writers and for the community.

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Tying up the loose ends on immigraton raids:
Friday 29 June @ 14:19:46 (Read: 20183)
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Who’s accountable and what the hell is going on?
by DENNIS GEISINGER

“There are three things, as I see it, behind these immigration raids,” Travis Thompson, staff attorney for Centro Legal, Inc. in St. Paul said earlier this week: “To force the conversation on immigration debate, to satisfy a ‘messianic’ zeal among immigration law enforcement officials to rid the country of what they see as an undesirable element and just to drive up law enforcement budgets.”

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Letter from Mexico
Friday 29 June @ 14:14:10 (Read: 18830)
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The Mexican League
by STAN GOTLIEB

While it is little known north of the border, there is strong support for both baseball and basketball in Mexico. So far, there is no national basketball league, but Mexico has had a Big Show for years.

Here in Oaxaca, our Guerreros (warriors) are always among the finalists for the league championship and have won more than their share of trophies. With the bottomless billions of native son and local resident Alfredo Harp Helu on the board of Citibank, retired from running Banamex (The Bank of Mexico), philanthropist and culture vulture to draw from, our version of the Yankees does not lack for funds.

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Friday 29 June @ 14:02:44 (Read: 18362)
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Government Secrets Past and Present
by LYDIA HOWELL

The CIA just released what was referred to as the “Family Jewels,” documents of how the spy agency violated its ban against spying on Americans, in the 1960s and ’70s. Dick Cheney is resisting a subpoena from the Senate Judicial Committee to turn over documents related to Bush's secret program of wiretapping Americans without getting the required special warrants. The National Security Agency and the Justice Department are also part of the subpoena. The family of Pat Tillman, NFL star-turned-soldier, killed by “friendly fire” in Afghanistan, has fought for almost three years trying to get the Pentagon—who covered up the circumstances of Tillman's death—to release documents. Where accused “terrorists” are being sent in other countries, what “interrogation” techniques (aka torture) are used, and who most of them are remains “classified.”

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Thursday 28 June @ 14:23:48 (Read: 17933)
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Free Expression and Bush's Court
by LYDIA HOWELL

A poll a few months back found that more people could name all the characters on the animated TV show “The Simpsons” and all three “American Idol” judges, than could name all five freedoms protected by the First Amendment of our Constitution. This week's decisions from the Supreme Court about free expression--who has it and who doesn't--ought to be water cooler conversation. In subtle, and in some legal analysts' view, narrow rulings, we're seeing how free expression fares on a court veering rightward.

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Thousands Gather in Atlanta for U.S. Social Forum
Thursday 28 June @ 14:15:19 (Read: 22677)
News(Editor’s note: The diversity represented by this regional gathering of social justice advocates in Georgia presents an important tool for dialogue on the path toward peace and justice. When a female Iraq War veteran sits down at the same table as an Iraqi oil worker, we should pay attention.)

Thousands of people have gathered in Atlanta for the first-ever U.S. Social Forum. The regional gathering is an offshoot of the World Social Forum, a meeting of social justice advocates that attracts tens of thousands of people each year. World Social Forums have been held in Brazil, Venezuela, Pakistan, India, Mali and Kenya. The theme for the U.S. meeting is ‘Another World Is Possible - Another U.S. Is Necessary.”

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Filipinos duped by corporate interests
Thursday 28 June @ 14:11:32 (Read: 17737)
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by POLLY MANN

INFACT, the Nestle Boycott, born in Minneapolis over 25 years ago, eventually declared a victory in its fight against corporations selling infant formula to Third World mothers and disbanded. However, the battle was not won by any means. The Philippines is a case in point. A major health problem there is that only 16 percent of children between four and five months old are exclusively breastfed, one of the lowest documented rates on earth. As 70 percent of Filipinos have inadequate access to clean water essential for safe infant formula, the result is a public health disaster. Every year, according to the World Health Organization, 16,000 Filipino children die as a result of “inappropriate feeding practices.”

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Wednesday 27 June @ 15:01:48 (Read: 19982)
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B-Girl Be--a very different kind of T and A
by LYDIA HOWELL

Lady Pink is slim and appears almost fragile--until this graffiti-artist groundbreaker speaks. Starting at 15, in 1979, she was the only female among about 10,000 young men, tagging the New York City subway trains.

“I didn't know about feminism. Just what I saw on TV—like Marcia Brady standing up. Guys would say I couldn't do graffiti, but all I thought was, ‘You need testicles to paint graffiti?’ All you need is a little bit of courage and a little bit of skill and you're good to go--as long as you can run from police.”

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Shalit’s father expresses hope Hamas is willing to negotiate
Wednesday 27 June @ 14:39:45 (Read: 18376)
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by AVI ISSACHAROFF and JONATHAN LIS, Haaretz Correspondents, Haaretz Service and News Agencies

Hours after Hamas released an audio message purportedly from Gilad Shalit, the father of the Israel Defense Forces soldier issued a response on the first concrete sign of life of his son since his abduction a year ago.

Addressing the press from his home in Mitzpeh Hila, Noam Shalit said the tape appears to be authentic, although the content was “obviously dictated by his captors.”

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Continuing violence in Gaza
Wednesday 27 June @ 14:26:10 (Read: 13025)
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by AVI ISSACHAROFF and YUVAL AZOULAY, Haaretz Correspondents, Haaretz Service and Reuters

At least 12 Palestinians were killed and two Israel Defense Forces soldiers were lightly wounded on Wednesday in two separate IDF operations in the Gaza Strip.

Commenting on the raid, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday “we strongly condemn these criminal acts, either in Gaza or the West Bank. We are against violence in all its forms and also we are against launching rockets [at Israel]”

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Tuesday 26 June @ 13:48:36 (Read: 10837)
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Exercising Your Rights At Work
by LYDIA HOWELL

Politicians and pundits refer to “the middle class” as a mantra—all the while promoting and passing legislation that is an all-out assault on those who want to stay in the middle class or aspire to it. This week the U.S. Senate votes on the Employee Free Choice Act, a law that could help level the playing field between Corporate America and the people whose labor actually creates profits—that is, you and your fellow workers. This bipartisan bill, which already passed the House, would remove some of the boss-based barriers to employees joining a union.

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Zombie
Tuesday 26 June @ 13:38:10 (Read: 10673)
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by CINDY SHEEHAN



On the way home from Los Angeles yesterday, my daughter Carly, and I stopped in a store on the Grapevine to purchase some CDs for the longish drive (six hours). One of the CDs we bought was a greatest hits album by The Cranberries.

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What are you doing September 11, 2007?
Monday 25 June @ 13:26:58 (Read: 13113)
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by KATHLYN STONE

Wouldn’t it be nice if all the people who demand health care reform and all those who want to end war yesterday would converge on the Capitol to truly Take Back America? Imagine the assembly widened with those who lose sleep over global warming, stolen elections, the national debt, torture–the list goes on. Imagine the tsunami-force power of those united voices.

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Monday 25 June @ 13:20:12 (Read: 10918)
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Liberating Passive Consumers Into Active Citizens
by LYDIA HOWELL

Consider this everyday phenomena. From head to foot, caps to sneakers, people are covered with company logos and designer labels—paying top dollar to be walking billboards. What an ingenious scam to get people to pay corporations to advertise their products. What's even more disturbing is how these consumer goods have become an increasingly significant part of people's identity. The much-touted American individualists are morphing into passive consumers who buy buy buy.

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How did the war begin
Friday 22 June @ 15:24:42 (Read: 13654)
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by ED FELIEN

According to Cross-Cultural Understanding (ccun.org) the Israeli occupation army invaded Al-Qarara village, located near Khan Younis, a city in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday morning. Israeli soldiers posing as civilians were discovered by the Palestinian resistance. The soldiers began shooting and called in reinforcements. The incursion was launched at 1 a.m., June 20, when Israeli occupation military tanks penetrated 1 kilometer into the strip and Israeli soldiers ransacked several homes. The troops arrested a number of citizens. Six Palestinians were killed and several wounded. An activist from the Al-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades, 19-year-old Suleiman Khashan, was killed while attempting to blockade the invading force.

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Friday 22 June @ 14:49:25 (Read: 3284)
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Jump-starting an American democracy movement
by LYDIA HOWELL

Congress is debating millions of dollars in funding for a "democratic transition" in Cuba. This is money funneled through groups like the Endowment for Democracy, which are fronts for the U.S. government to interfere with elections, political movements, and economic and social policies in other countries. More than ever with Bush's preemptive war policy, the word "democracy" is frequently applied. Before bombs are dropped on another country, other means are used to "democratize" it, from supporting one party over another to loans through the International Monetary Fund and World Bank—contingent on another country's government cutting their social services or opening up their economy to American corporations.

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'3-state solution' is no path to peace
Thursday 21 June @ 15:28:46 (Read: 2275)
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by ALI ABUNIMAH , a Palestinian-American and the author of "One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian
Conflict."


Published on Wednesday, June 20, 2007
by www.washingtonpost.com

The U.S. decision to back Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the recent turmoil virtually guarantees an escalation in violence. Abbas has installed an unelected "emergency" government to replace the democratically elected Hamas-led national unity government.

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Carter Blasts US Policy on Palestinians
Thursday 21 June @ 15:14:40 (Read: 2644)
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by SHAWN POGATCHNIK

Published on Wednesday, June 20, 2007
by  The Associated Press

Former US President Jimmy Carter speaks during the ninth annual NGO Forum on Human Rights, at Croke Park conference centre, Dublin. Tuesday June 19, 2007. Carter said Tuesday that Ireland is the strongest voice for human rights within the EU.

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Thursday 21 June @ 14:56:08 (Read: 3250)
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Corporate-Sponsored Celebrations Aren't Ours
by LYDIA HOWELL

Summer in Minnesota means weekly festivals of all sorts. Two annual celebrations, Juneteenth and Gay Pride, bookend this week. I've loved both ever since I can remember, but in recent years I haven't celebrated them. I wonder how many people even know what inspired these two events.

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"op-eds" by Ahmed Yousef
Wednesday 20 June @ 16:31:39 (Read: 2550)
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by ALI ABUNIMAH

In a quite remarkable development, both The Washington Postand The New York Times today carry op-eds by Ahmed Yousef, asenior advisor to Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the democratically-elected Palestinian Authority cabinet, that Mahmoud Abbas purports to have removed from office in favor of an unelected, U.S.- and Israeli-backed "emergency government."

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Engage With Hamas: We Earned Our Support
Wednesday 20 June @ 16:30:52 (Read: 2788)
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by AHMED YOUSEF



Published on Wednesday, June 20, 2007
by www.washingtonpost.com


GAZA CITY, Palestine -- The Palestinian National Authority apparently joins the list of elected governments targeted or toppled over the past century by interventionism: nations that had the courage to take American rhetoric at face value and elect whomever they would. No doubt some in Washington persist in the fiction that the United States is following a "road map" to democracy for Palestinians, just as others believe the Iraq war has been a sincere exercise in nation-building. Neo-conservative strategists have miscalculated, however, and Hamas is stronger than ever.

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What Hamas Wants
Wednesday 20 June @ 16:30:24 (Read: 2349)
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by AHMED YOUSEF


Published on Wednesday, June 20, 2007
by www.nytimes.com

Gaza City -- The events in Gaza over the last few days have beendescribed in the West as a coup. In essence, they have been the opposite. Eighteen months ago, our Hamas Party won the Palestinian parliamentary elections and entered office under Prime Minister Ismail Haniya but never received the handover of real power from Fatah, the losing party. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has now tried to replace the winning Hamas government with one of his own, returning Fatah to power while many of our elected members of Parliament languish in Israeli jails. That is the real coup.

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Wednesday 20 June @ 13:48:17 (Read: 3067)
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Pardons for the powerful ... prison for us
by LYDIA HOWELL

I guess nobody told Dick Cheney's right-hand man: “First of all, 'Scooter ' Libby, when you're a powerful person, it's not the crime, but the cover-up that ends up getting you jail time.” U.S. federal Judge Reggie B. Walton not only sentenced Libby to 30 months, a $250,000 fine and two years probation upon release, for lying to a grand jury and obstruction of justice, but, just refused to let Libby remain free while appealing his conviction. For once, a judge recognized the double standards of the American injustice system and refused to cut the usual slack to a powerful person that ordinary defendants rarely get.

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Turn, Turn, Turn
Wednesday 20 June @ 13:29:05 (Read: 2489)
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by CINDY SHEEHAN

Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2007
by www.commondreams.org


To everything there is a season.
A time for war, a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes, Hebrew Scriptures

I wish I could say I thought of something profound as I saw the president and his wife's picture on that billboard on Hwy 317 in my rear view mirror on my way out of Crawford today. I will be back for the final weekend farewell to Camp Casey on July 6th, but I won�t be back as the owner of property there, or as a leader of the American peace movement.

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Local gay scholars awarded Point scholarships
Tuesday 19 June @ 16:09:11 (Read: 3595)
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Point Foundation, the nation's largest publicly supported organization granting scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, recently announced the 2007 Point Scholars. Point scholarships are substantial and multi-faceted; the average annual award is $13,600, and will be renewed annually for the remainder of their degree program as long as the student maintains academic standards. Point runs a formal mentoring program that matches each scholar with a successful professional in a field related to that particular scholar's area of interest. Finally, Point also hosts a leadership conference each year for all current scholars.

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DIVISION AMONG PALESTINIANS
Tuesday 19 June @ 15:49:45 (Read: 2368)
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~ ALI ABUNIMAH

As a Palestinian, I am appalled that the European
Union and the United States have backed Mahmoud Abbas'
so-called "emergency government" in Israeli-occupied Ramallah.The Palestinian Basic Law makes no provision for such adevelopment.

Hamas, no matter what one thinks of it, won the January 2006election fair and square. On the eve of its victory, it had already observed a one-year unilateral truce with Israel.According to the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, Israel killed almost 700 Palestinians in 2006, of whom half were unarmed civilians, and 141 were children. By contrast, Palestinians killed 23 Israelis.



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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Tuesday 19 June @ 15:30:17 (Read: 3083)
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Panhandlers, Part 2; Illegal to beg
by LYDIA HOWELL

The argument at Minneapolis City Hall came down to whether toughening the already-existing ordinance against “aggressive solicitation” of money—aka panhandling—was about public safety or, once again, targeting the homeless as criminals. Council Members Ralph Remington (Ward 10) and Lisa Goodman (Ward 7), representing Uptown and Downtown respectively, grew increasingly petulant, insisting homelessness has nothing to do with panhandling. Hennepin County's coordinator for ending homelessness, Cathy ten Broeke, initiated a survey of people panhandling—silently with signs—and found that 96 percent of them had lived on the streets for around six years, averaging about $350 a month.

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Olmert to tell Bush:
Monday 18 June @ 16:38:57 (Read: 2124)
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We need to separate Gaza Strip, West Bank
by ALUF BENN

Olmert and Bush will meet tomorrow to discuss the continued isolation and possible invasion of Gaza, according to Haaretz, the largest daily newspaper in Israel.

Haaretz Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is planning to tell United States President George Bush at their meeting at the White House next Tuesday that there is an urgent need to view the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as separate entities and prevent contact between them, political sources in Jerusalem said Thursday.

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Monday 18 June @ 15:59:47 (Read: 2829)
NewsSports Politics and Dave Zirin
by LYDIA HOWELL

I was a bookish tomboy, often perched in my favorite tree with a book or running the neighborhood with my younger brother and the boys on the block. Halloween pranks and re-fighting WWII in the undeveloped fields edging the suburbs with the boys was a lot more fun than dolls. I wasn't a jock, but basketball was my first visceral sense of what freedom felt like. Today's girls and young women have a lot more opportunities to play sports, even though ESPN and daily newspapers' sports columnists still don't take women athletes as seriously as men.

Progressive sports writer Dave Zirin is a wonderful exception. With unfailing love of the game, Zirin incisively looks at sports through the lens of race, gender and class. He challenges the corporations that see athletes as commodities and have turned sports into a great distraction, where it was once inspiration, intimately linked to the labor movement and fights for racial and gender justice. Zirin is the winner of Press Action's 2005 and 2006 Sports Writer of the Year and will be in Minneapolis, Tuesday, June 19.

His first collection of columns, “What's My Name, Fool?” got its title from a famous quote from boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who's undeniably Ziron's all-time sports hero and often the yardstick he uses to measure the character of today's celebrity athletes. Zirin's just devoted a book to Ali, “The Muhammad Ali Handbook,” which reminds the nation that during the Vietnam War, there was one athlete who risked his fame, fortune and freedom to oppose a war. Ziron also has a second, much anticipated collection of essays out, called "Welcome to the Terrordome; The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports."


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Wi-Fi kickoff
Friday 15 June @ 15:40:03 (Read: 2668)
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by DENNIS GEISINGER
The Minneapolis Foundation, Minnesota’s oldest charitable organization, has been named to administer the projected $1 million a year collected by the City of Minneapolis for its new “Digital Inclusion Fund.”

The announcement was made yesterday evening at a Wireless Minneapolis kickoff event at the downtown library.

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Friday 15 June @ 15:33:09 (Read: 2773)
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Honoring the Men Who Made Us
by LYDIA HOWELL
TV ads to the contrary, hardware stores didn't invent Father's Day. A woman, hearing a 1909 Mother's Day sermon, decided to honor her father. He was a Civil War veteran and farmer, who lost his wife in childbirth with their sixth child and raised his family as a single parent. Today, the fathers we hear about the most are “deadbeat dads” or bellowing traditionalists like the Promise Keepers, a right-wing Christian group dedicated to “men's leadership to family life”—that is, men as unquestioned bosses of wives and children. But, for about 40 years, a quiet revolution has been going on, with more and more men from the Baby Boomer generation onward, deciding to be different fathers than the ones they had.

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DIY impeachment—here and around the country
Thursday 14 June @ 14:30:36 (Read: 3358)
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by DENNIS GEISINGER
Representatives of the grassroots activist group Impeach for Peace and the Green Party of Minnesota met with Minneapolis City Council Members Cam Gordon, Green Party-Ward 2, and Elizabeth Glidden, DFL-Ward 8, in a public forum at the Wolves Den on Franklin Avenue last night.

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Ron Paul for President?
Thursday 14 June @ 14:21:44 (Read: 4475)
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by SEAN GONSALVES
I feel such gratitude toward Congressman Ron Paul for his comments during the Republican presidential debate that I just might vote for the guy. You sure as hell don’t hear Democrats talking like that.

A belated, Texas- sized, 10-Gallon Hats-off to Congressman Ron Paul. I still haven’t gotten over what he said during the Republican presidential debate in South Carolina a few weeks back on live TV!

When he was asked if he really wanted the troops to come home, Paul pointed to the BIG elephant in the elephant party tent. (The GOP tent has several elephants, and a few 800-pound gorillas too, but I digress).

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Hypocrisy in the Middle East
Thursday 14 June @ 14:10:13 (Read: 2457)
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by RON PAUL
(Following is an article Ron Paul wrote earlier this year.)
February 26, 2007
Hundreds of thousands of American troops already occupy Afghanistan and Iraq, a number that is rising as the military surge moves forward. The justification, given endlessly since September 11, is that both [countries] support terrorism and thus pose a risk to the United States. Yet when we step back and examine the region as a whole, it’s obvious that these two impoverished countries, neither of which has any real military, pose very little threat to American national security when compared to other Middle Eastern nations. The decision to attack them, while treating some of the region’s worst regimes as allies, shows the deadly hypocrisy of our foreign policy in the Middle East.

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Thursday 14 June @ 14:04:27 (Read: 2869)
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Earmarks, otherwise known as bi-partisan corporate welfare
by LYDIA HOWELL
Besides saying they'd bring the troops home from Iraq, Democrats won a majority in Congress by saying they'd end the Republican corruption-- including what are called “earmarks,” pork barrel spending requests slipped into the budget, like Sen. Ted Stevens' (R-AL) $200 million “bridge to nowhere.”

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Companion piece to lead story on Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
Wednesday 13 June @ 13:49:13 (Read: 2419)
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Glowing praise about Jack: A 1973 letter from his college baseball coach(Following is a letter from Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer’s St. Olaf College baseball coach.)
May 31, 1973
Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Nelson
Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Nelson:
Before the busy summer season sets in, I wish to reflect a bit on our baseball program and your son, Jack.

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Turkish speaker at Humphrey Institute presents her research on human trafficking
Wednesday 13 June @ 13:33:03 (Read: 2933)
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by DENNIS GEISINGER
The modern manifestation of slavery, trafficking of humans, is a one billion dollar a year industry where Europe meets Asia at the hub of Istanbul, according to Dr. Ilknur Altuntas, a judge in the Ministry of Justice in Ankara, Turkey, and a 2006–07 International Hubert H. Humphrey fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Wednesday 13 June @ 13:16:13 (Read: 2946)
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Working Class Hollywood
by LYDIA HOWELL
I've loved the movies ever since I can remember, but too often most of what Hollywood shows is simply a variation of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” The stories of working class and poor people—who make up the majority of humanity-- are too rarely told. Seventy-five percent of roles are for white men, while all the rest of us struggle to be seen at all, much less with our rich complexity. This week's Working Class Culture and Counter-Culture Conference, June 14-17 at Macalester College in St. Paul, got me thinking about class and the cinema.

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RNC Welcoming Committee’s Call to Action
Tuesday 12 June @ 12:39:07 (Read: 2232)
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[This is the mission statement and call to action of the RNC Welcoming Committee, an anarchist/anti-authoritarian organizing body formed to prepare for the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.]
Every four years, in two very lucky cities, big money gets thrown around while look-alikes from opposite ends of a closed circle step up to their podiums and spout nonsense. RNC. DNC. Whatever. The point is that once the conventions are over, once November is come and gone, once the inauguration is only an unpleasant memory, people across this stolen land find themselves in pretty much the same place as before: a bad one.
And we’d like to offer up a movement--some real, tangible change. Unfortunately, the reality is that we’re rundown at best, hopeless at worst, and though we see liberation shining off in the distance, we don’t know how to get there.

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St. Paul diocese opposes tort reform in sexual abuse cases
Tuesday 12 June @ 12:19:21 (Read: 3550)
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by DENNIS GEISINGER

“That’s right,” said Dennis McGrath, director of communications for the St. Paul diocese of the Catholic Church, in a phone interview with Pulse yesterday. “We are opposed to extending the statute of limitations for prosecuting crimes of sexual abuse. We feel that there’s no need to fix the system that’s already in place,” he said.

McGrath was reacting to questions about a full-page advertisement in last Thursday’s Star and Tribune from a Pennsylvania group called The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP). Titled, “Is It Fair That the Innocent Pay for the Guilty?” the ad predicted “additional 67 million victims of sexual abuse scandals on the horizon.”


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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Tuesday 12 June @ 11:59:43 (Read: 2633)
NewsEasing the Summer Gas Gouge by LYDIA HOWELL



It's time for the annual summer rise in gas prices. Candidates for president talk in vague terms about “energy independence.” Meanwhile, a fight is breaking out between some state governments (like California, which wants to go further than the federal government and the Environmental Protection Agency does) and Congress on how to address global warming. Automakers continue to resist raising miles-per-gallon standards. Coal state politicians say they've got a domestic alternative to gasoline, liquefied coal—except that this “alternative” fuel spews out twice as much carbon dioxide as gas does. (see two articles at Truthout.org about current energy bills in Congress: www.truthout.org.

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An Interview with Shia Firebrand Moqtada al-Sadr
Monday 11 June @ 13:09:15 (Read: 2414)
News by Nazr Latif , The Independent



Moqtada al-Sadr, the man Washington blames for its failure to gain control in Iraq, has rejected a call to open direct talks with the U.S. military and has accused the Americans of plotting to assassinate him.


In an exclusive interview the Shia cleric says: “The Americans have tried to kill me in the past, but have failed ... It is certain that the Americans still want me dead and are still trying to assassinate me.

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Monday 11 June @ 12:55:11 (Read: 3097)
NewsImmigration, part 2: Searching for a middle path? by LYDIA HOWELL
What was actually in the U.S. Senate's McCain-Kennedy immigration bill changed hourly and tried to please everybody--except American workers—and ultimately the bill pleased nobody. It's a good thing the bill died. Immigration policy will certainly be a big issue in 2008 campaigning.

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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Friday 08 June @ 15:20:20 (Read: 3038)
News
Singing Songs of Working Class Resistance
by LYDIA HOWELL




Is being a NASCAR fan or listening to country and western warmonger Toby Keith the only markers of “working class culture” in America? Uhhhhh … no.

From June 14 through 17, Macalester College hosts the Working Class Culture and Counter-Culture Conference, where local, national and international activists, artists and academics will gather to re-discover and revive the vibrant arts and organize a 21st century labor movement drawing on a diverse hidden history and culture.

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Antiwar group goes ahead with RNC march plans without City permit
Friday 08 June @ 14:59:08 (Read: 2694)
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by KATRINA PLOTZ



On June 7, activists from the “March on the RNC and Stop the War Coalition” held a press conference in front of the Xcel Energy Center, the site of the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC). The group announced the planned route for a large antiwar march on Sept 1, 2008, to coincide with the first day of the RNC. “On that day, possibly hundreds of thousands from many different organizations and communities will join together,” said Jess Sundin of the Anti-War Committee. “We will demand: U.S. out of Iraq now; we want money for human needs, not for war. We will say no to the Republican agenda and demand peace, justice and equality for all.”



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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Thursday 07 June @ 14:26:53 (Read: 2992)
NewsMedia Stars as Shadow Candidates by LYDIA HOWELL



This will be my last column on the 2008 presidential campaigns for awhile.


Two candidates who've not yet even declared they're running for president were in the psychological wings of this week's Democratic and Republican debates; Al Gore and Fred. D. Thompson.


Both from Tennessee, both having been that state's Senator, Thompson replaced Gore once he became Bill Clinton's VP. Both are media stars;:Gore for his Oscar-winning documentary film on global warming and Thompson for his role as the tough DA Arthur Branch on the long-running TV series 'Law and Order'. While Gore continues to say he has no interest in running for president, there's a Draft Gore movement. Thompson told Fox News Sunday recently, '"I'm giving some thought to it. Going to leave the door open." even without campaign. Polls suggest strong interest from conservative voters who don't trust the three Republican front-runners.





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Ron Paul supporters “meet up” to watch Republican presidential debate
Wednesday 06 June @ 12:29:37 (Read: 8378)
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by DENNIS GEISINGER


About 30 people met at Stub and Herbs bar near the East Bank of the University of Minnesota last night to watch the televised Republican presidential debate and mark the first gathering of a local network group to support the candidacy of Republican Congressman Ron Paul.



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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Tuesday 05 June @ 12:59:43 (Read: 3175)
NewsPanhandlers As Public Enemies in Minneapolis?by LYDIA HOWELL









When you don't drive a car, hover around (or under) the poverty line and you walk the inner city neighborhood you live in, having strangers ask for money happens all the time. I've never seen panhandlers as offensive or as a threat. But, well-off people—including elected officials--have a very different reaction and they regularly tell the same sort of story over and over.


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Ask an U of M expert:
Tuesday 05 June @ 12:49:24 (Read: 2211)
News
What can we do to help the bees?



by MARIA SPIVAK


What can you do? Don’t panic. Educate yourself. If you’re not a beekeeper, please appreciate the bees in our environment. Spread the word about the benefits of bees. Support research and Extension efforts to promote the health of honey bees. Or learn to keep bees yourself.


What is the University of Minnesota doing about the problem?



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The buzz on bees
Tuesday 05 June @ 12:35:01 (Read: 2679)
News



The news has been full of stories on honeybee disappearances throughout the U.S. While no one cause for “Colony Collapse Disorder” has been identified, many ideas have been generated; and while no one has the answer yet, everyone can agree that this is an issue with far reaching implications for our species and others.


The honeybee pollinates approximately one-third of our food products, such as citrus trees, and their hives provide us with sweet honey. The contribution of honeybees cannot be underestimated, as fruit, nut and vegetable growers that require bee pollination have an economic value of $15 billion, according to a Cornell University study.



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Some dogs bite!
Friday 01 June @ 12:31:45 (Read: 3142)
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Minneapolis policymakers want more teeth in dog laws




by DENNIS GEISINGER


The number and severity of recent dog attacks has some policy makers putting more teeth in their laws applying to dangerous pets.

In the Twin Cities, six different cases of dogs attacking people have resulted in serious injury in the past three months.



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South Africa official: Palestinian treatment infinitely worse than apartheid
Thursday 31 May @ 13:28:32 (Read: 2213)
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by ALI ABUNIMAH




Reading an account of an Israeli cabinet meeting in Ha�aretz is like a trip through a House of Horrors. Here are some choice excerpts:

�Ministers Meir Sheetrit and Rafi Eitan proposed Wednesday that Israel produce its own version of the Qassam rocket to be fired at targets inside the Gaza Strip in response to Palestinian rocket fire on its southern communities.�

�Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Eli Yishai of Shas proposed that Israel use air strikes to destroy Palestinian towns and villages in response to the rocket fire, after giving local residents advance notice allowing them to evacuate their homes.�



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Moving Mountains - Supreme Court Judges Play Doctor
Thursday 31 May @ 13:18:50 (Read: 3045)
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by LYDIA HOWELL





It was surreal hearing about Supreme Court Justices trying their hand at medical diagnosis during the oral arguments of Gonzalez vs. Planned Parenthood in late April. For one thing, Chief Justice John G. Roberts echoed other opponents of women’s reproductive rights, who habitually erase women from the debate.


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JOIN Congressman Keith Ellison
Wednesday 30 May @ 11:56:11 (Read: 2219)
News IN PROVIDING INFORMATION & TOOLS FOR NEWLY RELEASED EX-OFFENDERS AT A TOWN HALL DISCUSSION ON Wednesday, May 30 | 6 P.M. – 8 P.M.




Did you know that 6,000 People are being released from correctional facilities in Minnesota each year?
What is available for ex-offenders and their families who want to succeed and become contributing members of society?



Let's enhance collaboration, leverage resources, and discuss.





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Moving Mountains-Planting a Garden
Wednesday 30 May @ 11:43:37 (Read: 2857)
News

by LYDIA HOWELL




I spent my first 30 years in Texas and could have gardened almost year-round, but I didn't discover gardening until moving to Minnesota, where the growing season is precious and too brief. My first chance to garden was some years ago, living with a friend who owned his own house. Then, I had a container garden on the wide back deck of a West Bank 1890 apartment building I lived in for five years.

But frankly, for years, I’ve longed for a bit of land.







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MOVING MOUNTAINS
Friday 25 May @ 13:33:46 (Read: 2915)
NewsMemorial Day: Who Supports the Troops?


by LYDIA HOWELL



Toward the end of the Vietnam War, on a school trip to Washington, D.C., I saw the Arlington National Cemetery for the first time. Those rows of white tombstones stretching into the distance, starkly expressed the eternal sorrow of war. Every time I go to the nation's capitol, I make a pilgrimage to the Vietnam War Memorial. The sober black granite, with over 58,000 names, never fails to move me.

Yet, these memorials to fallen soldiers are incomplete.








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The Siege in Lebanon
Friday 25 May @ 13:14:04 (Read: 2208)
News(from the Electronic Intifada)

(Thousands of Palestinian refugees are fleeing from Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon as five days of fighting by the Lebanese army and a militant group known as Fath al-Islam has left dozens of soldiers and fighters and an unknown number of civilians dead. As the situation of these Palestinian refugees worsens, 59 years after they were first expelled from their homeland into Lebanon, the world looks on in silence. Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah spoke with As’ad Abukhalil, the creator of the Angry Arab News Service blog. Abukhalil explained the origins of Fath al-Islam, the events that led to the violence and what it means for Lebanon and the region.

EI: What is Fath al Islam?

ABUKHALIL: We hadn’t heard of Fath al-Islam prior to late last year. There have been reports over the last two years especially after the withdrawal of Syrian of troops from Lebanon of a variety of extremist militant groups who are sprouting throughout the refugee camps of Lebanon, and elsewhere outside of the camps especially in northern Lebanon.


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Opium: Iraq’s Deadly New Export
Friday 25 May @ 12:55:53 (Read: 2289)
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by PATRICK COCKBURN


BAGHDAD - Farmers in southern Iraq have started to grow opium poppies in their fields for the first time, sparking fears that Iraq might become a serious drugs producer along the lines of Afghanistan. Rice farmers along the Euphrates, to the west of the city of Diwaniya, south of Baghdad, have stopped cultivating rice, for which the area is famous, and are instead planting poppies, Iraqi sources familiar with the area have told The Independent.




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The Law School Commencement Speech that Alberto Gonzales did not give
Thursday 24 May @ 14:44:32 (Read: 2419)
Newsby COLEEN ROWLEY

I doubt whether most “loyal Bushie” Alberto Gonzales would have questioned why it is that, with so many law-trained persons around, so many in these last few years haven’t used their critical thinking skills better to uphold the rule of law in our country. So when AG Gonzales got too busy trying to remember things and couldn’t make their commencement, I decided to tell the 2007 Iowa law graduates what he probably wouldn’t have.






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MOVING MOUNTAINS-Immigration, Part 1:
Thursday 24 May @ 14:26:28 (Read: 3200)
NewsImmigration, Part 1: Bosses Unite


by LYDIA HOWELL




Trying to make sense of all the variations on “immigration reform” is challenging, but there’ s something for everyone to hate in the various bills, including the Senate’s bi-partisan bill supported by the Bush Administration.





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In Case You Missed It …
Thursday 24 May @ 13:41:50 (Read: 2336)
News
New law requires state pension fund to divest assets in the Darfur region of Sudan



On Wednesday May 23, Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed Senate File 1075, a targeted divestment bill which will divest Minnesota's State Board of Investment from companies that support the genocidal government of Sudan. "Minnesotans can be proud that we are taking action to help cut off the flow of money to Sudan's military. We're doing our part to stop the crimes and inhumanities in Darfur,”



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Moving Mountains: Michael Albert Says “It’s the VISION Thing!”
Wednesday 23 May @ 15:02:52 (Read: 2913)
Newsby LYDIA HOWELL

It seems like most of what we hear about the 1960s—that period of social and political upheaval which actually dates from 1965 to 1975--is either right-wing denigration or progressive nostalgia. Z Magazine and South End Press co-founder Michael Albert rejects both stances in his new book, “Remembering Tomorrow: From SDS to Life After Capitalism.” He’s speaking in St. Paul, Wednesday, May 23, and gave an advance phone interview.


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Cold as ICE
Tuesday 22 May @ 16:23:23 (Read: 2294)
Newsby ED FELIEN




What was ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) doing in South Minneapolis?

Why was a federal agency leading a bust that began as an investigation by the St. Paul police and was taking place in the Minneapolis Police Department’s (MPD) jurisdiction?



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Antiwar arrestees plead guilty in civil disobedience case
Tuesday 22 May @ 16:18:30 (Read: 2345)
Newsby KATRINA PLOTZ

Yesterday, 10 anti-war activists appeared in Ramsey County Court on charges stemming from a civil disobedience action nearly two months ago. On April 3, they and two others occupied University Avenue in front of Senator Norm Coleman’s office to demonstrate their opposition to the Iraq War. After placing construction roadblocks in the street, they unfurled banners declaring: “This is What Occupation Looks Like” and “The United States: A Roadblock to Peace.” Seventy-five supporters chanted anti-war slogans from the sidewalk, while several passed out flyers to stalled motorists explaining the purpose of the demonstration. Police arrested 12 people for obstructing traffic, a misdemeanor.


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Wi-Fi pilot program up and running in Seward neighborhood
Monday 21 May @ 15:31:22 (Read: 2430)
NewsWI-FI

by DENNIS GEISINGER
Technology Day set for June 14 at Central Library



The City of Minneapolis has secured $500,000 from its local wireless internet partner US Internet to fund education programs and affordable computer hardware and software in order to help bring low income residents into the digital age.





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The Iraqi Resistance: We need “political support”
Monday 21 May @ 14:13:39 (Read: 2319)
NewsYep

by KATRINA PLOTZ

On Saturday, May 19, over 50 people packed Mayday Books to hear an antiwar presentation from a perspective seldom heard, even within the peace movement. Kosta Harlan, a North Carolina resident and member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) attended a conference called “With the Resistance – For a Just Peace in the Middle East” in Chianciano, Italy, on March 24-25. The conference provided the first opportunity for leaders of the Iraqi resistance to speak in the West.




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MOVING MOUNTAINS-Whom did Jerry Falwell serve?
Monday 21 May @ 10:57:44 (Read: 2446)
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by LYDIA HOWELL

The Founders Fathers of this country had plenty of “blind spots”: seeing Indigenous people as savages to exterminate, writing slavery into the Constitution, not heeding Abigail Adams' advice to her husband John to “Remember the ladies” who remained the property of fathers or husbands. Even white men could only vote if they held property. But, the men that wrote our Constitution got one damn thing right: they understood the dangers of the State-sponsored Church.





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The Forgotten Torture Chambers, Walls and Economics of the Occupation
Friday 18 May @ 13:01:02 (Read: 2243)
News
From Anna in Palestine

A few weeks ago I attended an event commemorating Palestinian Prisoner’s Day at Al Far’a Refugee Camp in the Tubas area. To enter the theatrical and cultural spectacle we had to pass through a makeshift checkpoint with soldiers pointing their guns in our faces and screaming in Hebrew for us to get back. Although I knew these were Palestinian actors role playing the harassment they experience daily, it was very frightening to have men with guns yell at me in a foreign language and stick killing machines in my face. I realized immediately that although I witness harassment at checkpoints constantly, as a white Jewish American woman of extreme privilege I can never really know what it feels like to go through one as a Palestinian. I suspected the actors had been instructed to especially focus on Western attendees to illustrate some of the abusive behavior we remain so shielded from. It was very effective.



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The perspective from a former Marine—When will our Mideast “allies” stand up?
Friday 18 May @ 12:30:16 (Read: 2442)
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by JOE LAKE

The nations of Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates either have land borders with Iraq or are accessible from it via water. Given the proximity of these countries to Iraq, it would seem that they should be doing more to stabilize that country; yet, they have done little more than enjoy the ever-rising oil revenues that the Iraq fiasco has put into their already overflowing coffers. Nearby Syria can’t be expected to put troops into Iraq to aid the U.S.: We’re enemies after all, right? That is, except for the occasional tortured captive exchanges. Even though we share embassies, the Bush administration has handled its foreign policies so ineptly that Syria has little desire to offer any meaningful assistance in Iraq. Turkey wouldn’t be welcome, having occupied Mesopotamia for decades during the Ottoman Empire’s reign. But don’t worry: Turkey will be fighting the Kurds in northern Iraq soon enough.


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Moving Mountains - Crucial Vote to Restrain Military Bully
Friday 18 May @ 12:11:06 (Read: 2226)
Newsby LYDIA HOWELL


Now, “defense” funding bills are the battleground for debating continued occupation or withdrawal from Iraq. Yet, these bills also contain other Iraq issues not getting much corporate media attention. There are also serious implications for how American democracy is supposed to function.

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Who takes responsibility at the airport? The MAC? Northwest?
Thursday 17 May @ 13:27:51 (Read: 2490)
Newsby ED FELIEN & JIM SPENSLEY

Late last month the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a report on a serious accident that happened two years ago between two Northwest planes.


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MOVING MOUNTAINS - Making social Change, Rock by Rock
Thursday 17 May @ 13:22:10 (Read: 2340)
Newsby LYDIA HOWELL

Some of the most enduring truths are encapsulated in ancient stories, whose authors may not even be known to us.

Pulse publisher Ed Felien titled this column “Moving Mountains” after an old Chinese story. Here it is.

At the foot of a mountain, an old man was picking up and moving rocks, when another man came by.

“What are you doing?” the passerby asked.

“I'm moving this mountain,” the old man answered, not missing a steady step.

“That’s ridiculous! A mountain can’t be moved. And besides that, you’re just an old man!”
the passerby snorted.



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The making of one journalist
Wednesday 16 May @ 17:51:30 (Read: 2477)
NewsIntroducing our new web columnist for "Moving Mountains"--

by Lydia Howell

As Pulse says farewell to newsprint and expands in cyberspace, it feels like the moment to share thoughts about journalism.

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Witnessing the decline of the French Left
Wednesday 16 May @ 16:05:36 (Read: 2256)
Newsby CHRIS HOLMES

I spent a long evening last week at the victory celebration of Nicolas Sarkozy, the right-wing candidate in France’s presidential election. There were over 10,000 people, many of them quite young, assembled in the Place de la Concorde in Paris. This is where the guillotine stood during the revolution. A stage had been erected a few steps away from where that famous device had served as the “National Razor” in the 1790s, onto which the President-Elect emerged just after 11 p.m.

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Honoring our water
Wednesday 16 May @ 15:05:00 (Read: 2719)
Newsby SID PRANKE

Those concerned with issues of environmental justice and cultural rights should be pleased with last Thursday’s decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan to dismiss charges against three people who entered the Coldwater area to collect spring water and pray.



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City could jump into Twins stadium financing plan
Wednesday 16 May @ 15:00:43 (Read: 2707)
Newsby DENNIS GEISINGER

The City of Minneapolis is once again considering whether to jump into the bath with Hennepin County over the public financing of the embattled downtown Twins ballpark development, or to stay dry.


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Calling for a General Strike for Peace
Wednesday 16 May @ 13:00:44 (Read: 2538)
Newsby MARV DAVIDOV

Most U.S. citizens oppose the Iraq War. The Iraqi people want the U.S. to leave and the troops want to come home.

Our task is to make visible the millions of Americans who oppose the war.

Our answer is a General Strike.


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AntiWar Committee Manifesto
Wednesday 16 May @ 12:40:35 (Read: 2285)
Newsby KATRINA PLOTZ

The Anti-War Committee began in December 1998 with 13 people who committed civil disobedience to protest the bombing of Iraq. Since then, we have evolved into an organization with approximately 20 core members and a mailing list of over 4,000. We organize protests, educational forums, street theater, civil disobedience actions and solidarity delegations to challenge the injustices of U.S. foreign policy. We believe in peace through justice, and we stand in solidarity with oppressed people here and abroad. As the U.S. war in Iraq continues, our most urgent campaign is to end the occupation and bring U.S. troops home now.


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Letter to this year’s high school graduates
Wednesday 16 May @ 12:23:15 (Read: 2413)
Newsby POLLY MANN

Dear graduate,

I would have addressed this epistle to one of my draft-age grandchildren but none is going to enlist in the military. They’ve been so much exposed to my antiwar messages over the years that none is vulnerable to the misinformation disseminated by recruiters. Also, my grandchildren, while not rich, have family to provide a cushion for them until they’re on the way to discovering what they want to do to sustain themselves in the future. So they’re privileged, and most privileged kids simply aren’t enlisting for daily exposure to death in Iraq. The children of the people responsible for the decision to go to war are, on the whole, not going to war either. You might consider a survey of the U.S. Congress to find out for yourself.

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1805 Dakota-Pike Treaty download
Wednesday 09 May @ 16:02:21 (Read: 2276)
NewsExclusive Pulse online content:Download a PDF of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan decision regarding the 1805 Dakota-Pike Treaty.

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Resource Center of the Americas faces tough financial times
Wednesday 09 May @ 14:25:46 (Read: 2776)
Newsby DENNIS GEISINGER

“We were facing a severe financial crisis at the end of 2006,” Resource Center of the Americas (RCA) Interim Executive Director Kathleen McKown said in a recent interview. “Times are still very tight financially, but now everyone has been able to return their focus to (our) important work.”

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Immigrants in the Twin Cities add new life to the economy
Wednesday 09 May @ 14:15:18 (Read: 2924)
Newsby DENNIS GEISINGER

photo by Scott Chamberlain

Blanche Ndangha is a native of Cameroon. In 1992 she fled political violence that burned her mother’s house and forced her, while pregnant, to walk for days through the bush of her West African nation and board a flight that ultimately brought her to Minneapolis.

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International Workers Day march in Minneapolis; Immigrants’ rights meeting set f
Wednesday 09 May @ 13:57:53 (Read: 2532)
Newsby KATRINA PLOTZ

photos also by Katrina Plotz

On May 1, International Workers Day, 2,000 people marched in Minneapolis to support immigrant rights. Coordinated in solidarity with similar events nationwide, the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition (MIRAC) and the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network organized the event, which began with a rally near Nicollet Avenue and Lake Street. Eduardo Cardenas of MIRAC said, “Immigrants and people of color should not have to live in fear of being harassed, separated from their families or deported. We need to unite and show this country that we’re here to stay.”

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If the treaty is valid!?
Wednesday 09 May @ 13:29:30 (Read: 2338)
Newsby SUSU JEFFREY

Last November U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan decided that the 1805 Dakota-Pike Treaty is not a valid treaty because it was signed but never proclaimed. However, in a final pretrial conference earlier this week, both sides on the treaty rights case centering around access to the Coldwater Spring area by Minnehaha Park argued that the treaty is valid.

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Looking Back-Interview: Dana Priest on secret gulags, CIA and war
Wednesday 02 May @ 14:23:34 (Read: 2599)
News by SID PRANKE
Dateline: November 30, 2005

[Editor’s note: Since this interview ran, Dana Priest won the Pulitzer Prize for her secret gulag story.]


Pulse: Were you surprised when you found out about the secret gulags in Europe?
Priest: “I was surprised about the Eastern European democracy connection. Yep, I was, and the reason was that the sites would be considered illegal in the countries they are located. They have governments similar to ours with similar legal systems … where all detainees have some rights, including the right to counsel, just like they would here.”

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Looking Back-Right here, right now: A war on day labor
Wednesday 02 May @ 14:11:35 (Read: 2097)
NewsDateline: November 17, 1999
by EMILY CARTER
At 5 a.m., Central Avenue is quieter than death. An unbroken black sky seems to flatten the low-rise brick buildings huddled on either side of the wide and empty boulevard. The only sound is the low, arctic rush of wind and the occasional rumble of freight trains passing unseen. This is what a city looks like after the bomb has dropped, the plague has run its course, and the cockroaches have not yet come out to claim their spoils. Of course, the Avenue, if you discount the passing cars, is not appreciably more lively at any other time of day. This is what’s left of an urban neighborhood when it’s been left behind by market forces.

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Looking Back-Bush's war against civil liberties in Minnesota
Wednesday 02 May @ 14:08:03 (Read: 2508)
Newsby PETER ERLINDER

Dateline: March 13, 2002
Less than a month ago, in the Minnesota coffee shops, stores, homes and mosques where recent Somali immigrants gather, the chilling, whispered rumors began … “people were disappearing from their homes and their jobs.” Could it be true? Where are they? Are they alive? Who could know for sure? Who would be next? Should we call the police or the FBI? Many Somalis were afraid to even talk about the rumors, or to leave their houses.

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Looking Back-Canadian MP nominates the ISM for Nobel Peace Prize
Wednesday 02 May @ 13:57:20 (Read: 2229)
NewsDateline: May 14, 2003
[Editor’s note: The nominating letter follows.]
Dear Committee Members,
As a member of the House of Commons of Canada, and as the International Human Rights advocate for the New Democratic Party of Canada, it is my pleasure to nominate the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.


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Looking Back-Pawlenty to protesters: Pay for the police
Wednesday 02 May @ 13:52:28 (Read: 2303)
Newsby ED FELIEN

Dateline: April 2, 2003
Maybe it’s not such a bad idea: fining demonstrators $200 for arrests, making crime a pay-as-you-go proposition.


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Looking Back- Spider John Koerner's guitar: stolen
Wednesday 02 May @ 13:47:04 (Read: 2238)
NewsDateline: July 16, 2003.
Someone broke into John Koerner’s car on the evening of June 26 while it was parked in the back of his house in the Seward Neighborhood and stole his 12 string Gretsch guitar and Fender Deluxe Reverb Amplifier. The guitar was in a black hardshell case with black tape repair. What makes the guitar distinct is that Gretsch is misspelled: Gretsrh. It is natural wood with dark brown sides. The amp is more than 25 years old with a new reverb unit. It is black and about 20 inches tall and 2 feet wide.

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Lawsuit filed against immigration officials
Friday 27 April @ 13:27:33 (Read: 3329)
Newsby Katrina Plotz

Maria Diaz’s cell phone woke her up at 6 a.m. on April 10. “They’re raiding houses. They just took my cousin away,” said a frantic voice. Her phone didn’t stop ringing all day. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were conducting house-to-house raids in Willmar at dawn and people were terrified. Located 100 miles west of the Twin Cities, this town of 19,000 boasts 35 different ethnicities. Racial minorities account for 20 percent of the population. Many are immigrants who have a positive relationship with the community and contribute $80 million to the economy, according to MSNBC.

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Messy Utopia at the Mixed Blood Theatre
Friday 27 April @ 13:27:26 (Read: 3183)
Newsby Dwight Hobbes

Several seasons ago Mixed Blood Theatre founding artistic director Jack Reuler got together with literary director Michael Bigelow from the Guthrie and hatched something called Bill of (W)rights, putting about a dozen really short plays together to comprise an evening. The theme entails how our government tramples on, gets around or, if need be, flat-out ignores Americans’ right to free speech. It succeeded so well, Reuler returned to the drawing board last year for Point of Revue, collaborating with director-actor-playwright Thomas W. Jones II about aspects of African Americana. Also a hit. Why stop? Hence, “Messy Utopia,” commissioning five playwrights to look at folk who deal with having, well, mixed blood.

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MOVE's Ramona Africa in Minneapolis April 19
Wednesday 18 April @ 16:12:10 (Read: 3274)
Newsby LYDIA HOWELL

Law enforcement’s 1993 military assault against the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, is infamous. But it had a 1985 precedent in Philadelphia. Police hounded the MOVE Organization for years, culminating in a police helicopter dropping a bomb on their home, burning down the neighborhood.

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Mexico City likely to legalize a woman's right to choose
Wednesday 18 April @ 16:14:18 (Read: 3409)
Newsby JOHNNY HAZARD

A proposal to legalize abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy has the support of five of the seven parties represented in the legislative assembly of Mexico City and will likely pass on April 24. The current law, passed in 2000, represented a slight liberalization in that it permitted abortion for health reasons and for economic reasons. This year’s proposal, which Mayor Marcelo Ebrard says he will sign, will make Mexico City the only place in Latin America outside of Cuba where legal abortions will be available for almost any reason, and free or very cheap at city hospitals.

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The French presidential election--they look like us, n'est -ce pas?
Wednesday 18 April @ 16:15:24 (Read: 3415)
Newsby CHRIS HOLMES

The French presidential election is looming. In spite of its potentially fateful consequences for France and Europe, one is amused by the agreeably absurd spectacle of the campaign. Thus far, there has been enough shameless lying, transparent pandering, and hilarious incompetence to make an American feel quite at home.

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Alliant Techsystem's role in illegal uranium weapons trade: Pulse writer speaks
Wednesday 11 April @ 15:03:03 (Read: 4324)
News(Editor’s note: John LaForge, freelance writer for Pulse and organizer with Nukewatch, was invited by the Manchester, England-based Campaign Against Depleted Uranium (CADU.org/uk) to be part of a panel on uranium weapons at the British House of Commons. The occasion was CADU’s Parliament Lobby Day, intended to inform British MPs about uranium weapons—in pursuit of an international ban. A transcript of his speech follows.)

by JOHN LAFORGE

It is an honor to speak with you in this magnificent place, especially since I come to you from a country where discussion and debate within civil society is being drowned out by the roar of mercenary armies sent abroad, and screaming sports stadiums at home.


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Streetcars in Minneapolis? The Greenway system of bike trails may add trolleys
Wednesday 11 April @ 15:02:33 (Read: 3765)
Newsby TROY PIEPER

Work hasn’t stopped on the Midtown Greenway—the more than 5-mile-long bikeway and walking path extending from the chain of lakes in South Minneapolis to the Mississippi. Last year, “Phase 3” was finished, extending the trail from Hiawatha Avenue to the river. Construction has begun this year on a $5 million bridge over Hiawatha (right now, bikers and walkers cross the busy highway at 28th Street), and the City and other entities are seeking funding for a new bridge to be built across the river, connecting the Greenway to St. Paul’s system of trails.

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Courts could put stadium deal out of reach--it's the bottom of the ninth
Wednesday 11 April @ 15:03:15 (Read: 4112)
Newsby DENNIS GEISINGER

The County’s stadium shell game goes on despite the fact that building a ballpark does not.


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Did Ellison sell us out?
Wednesday 04 April @ 13:43:27 (Read: 3606)
Newsby ED FELIEN

Last Saturday, March 31, the Progressive Caucus of the DFL held an open meeting to discuss Keith Ellison's vote to continue funding the Iraq war. Of the 40 or so people who came, probably less than half were DFL regulars. Most of the participants were part of a loose coalition of leftists and peace activists that had come together to support Ellison's campaign last fall.

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School board rejects student demands on military recruitment
Wednesday 04 April @ 13:43:35 (Read: 3511)
NewsBy TY MOORE

Last November, students from Central High Youth Against War and Racism (YAWR) sent an open letter to the St. Paul Board of Education demanding substantial restrictions on military recruitment in all district schools.

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Mercury-free vaccines debated in MN Legislature: sensible but not easy
Wednesday 28 March @ 15:09:12 (Read: 4332)
Newsby LEO CASHMAN

A bill introduced in the state Legislature would require that a mercury-free version of a vaccine be given whenever it is available to health care practitioners. If not available, then a vaccine containing mercury could be given. But if the vaccine contains more than a trace of mercury (more than one microgram), the practitioner must disclose that “this vaccine contains more than a trace amount of the mercury compound, thimerosal.” Thimerosal is a highly toxic substance.

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Third RNC public forum gets intense
Wednesday 28 March @ 15:09:03 (Read: 3786)
Newsby SID PRANKE

If there was any doubt in the minds of city officials about how upset locals are about the prospect of losing any more of our civil liberties at the 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC), Monday’s third public forum should have it made it crystal clear.

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Ellison signs death warrant
Wednesday 28 March @ 15:08:54 (Read: 3475)
Newsby CHANTE WOLF

On Friday, March 23—Keith Ellison, who was elected mainly due to his pledge to vote for no further occupation funding—joined other Democrats in signing the Pelosi bill. This Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability supplemental funding request would give $124 billion dollars in funding for the occupation of Iraq, while weakly calling for gradual troop withdrawal by 2008. It passed the House of Representatives by a slim margin with some strong dissenting voices like Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Lynn Woolsley (D-CA).

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Notes from Mexico City: Anti-Bush protests
Thursday 22 March @ 12:18:55 (Read: 3293)
Newsby JOHNNY HAZARD

I just got back from the anti-Bush march which turned into a bit of a police riot, to my surprise. About 3,000 people started marching from the Hemiciclo Juarez, in the Alameda Central, at 4 o’clock. By the time we reached our destination, there were about 10,000. The embassy is on a major boulevard: Reforma—the same one the people shut down during the post-election action.

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The Case of Santa Maria Tzeja, Guatemala: still no justice
Thursday 22 March @ 12:18:47 (Read: 5191)
Newsby DAN GORDON

It’s a sweltering February afternoon, a day that hangs on the edge between the rainy and hot seasons in northwestern Guatemala. Inside a high-ceilinged cinderblock church are some 300 members of the community of Santa Maria Tzejà resting on plastic chairs and stained wooden benches. Women in their embroidered huipiles (blouses) sit solemnly next to their husbands, in secondhand button-down shirts, the mud from the fields still clinging to the soles of their Sunday best. For the past 10 years they have been gathering here, unnoticed by most of the world, for a Mass to remember the 19 members of their community massacred by the Guatemalan military.

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World Water Day--FYI on H2O
Thursday 22 March @ 12:18:39 (Read: 3851)
Newsby DENNIS GEISINGER

Does the Land of 10,000 Lakes need to worry about water? A growing tide of local, state, national and international voices trying to raise public awareness about water resources say the answer is a very dry “yes.”

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Vets' medical benefits debated at State Capitol
Monday 19 March @ 10:53:12 (Read: 3298)
News by SUSU JEFFREY

Just how much returning Minnesota veterans are worth is under debate at the State Capitol this session. Despite public sympathy for returning military and Gov. Pawlenty’s declaration that vets should be first in line for any benefits from the state’s surplus, a bill to test Iraq and Afghanistan vets for depleted uranium exposure is in trouble.

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The Occupation Project--six weeks in and time to step it up
Monday 19 March @ 10:53:20 (Read: 3577)
Newsby KATRINA PLOTZ

As the Occupation Project rolls into week six, the vigils continue. The project is a national effort to end the Iraq War by pressuring Congress to cut off funding. Activists around the state have been holding all-day vigils every Tuesday in the offices of both Minnesota senators and seven of the eight representatives. Fifth District Congressman Keith Ellison has already promised to vote against further funding.

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Artists Count study shows artists good for the economy
Wednesday 14 March @ 15:06:33 (Read: 3454)
Newsby BETSY MOWRY

Investing in artists is good for the economy, according to a year-long study recently released by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), Springboard for the Arts and the Minnesota Craft Council (MCC). In 2006, these three arts organizations, with help from 50 partner organizations, contacted nearly 20,000 artists—full-time, part-time, retirees and hobbyists—living in every part of the state. More than 1,000 artists replied to the survey.

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Former TC restauranteur to provide eyewitness report on Iraq
Wednesday 07 March @ 15:48:31 (Read: 3272)
Newsby KATRINA PLOTZ

“Salam,” the Arabic word for peace, is both a friendly greeting and the goal of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT) in Iraq. On Thursday, March 8, Sami Rasouli will speak at St. Joan of Arc Church about his experiences with the MPT. Born and raised in Najaf, Sami left Iraq in the late 1970s to seek medical attention for his son. In 1987, he moved to Minneapolis and opened Sinbad’s, a Middle Eastern restaurant on Nicollet Avenue. Sami lived in Minneapolis for 17 years and was widely credited with helping introduce Arab culture to the Twin Cities area.

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Author of Freedom Rider speaks at MN Historical Society
Wednesday 07 March @ 15:48:24 (Read: 3331)
Newsby DWIGHT HOBBES

A great many books get called important. This one actually is. And fluidly written to boot. Raymond Arsenault’s “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice” (Oxford University Press, $32.50) chronicles, exhaustively details and seamlessly articulates the embattled turning point at which Americans of conscience and courage dug their heels in against evil, laying their lives on the line for freedom.

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Soulforce does its 2nd Equality Ride for civil rights
Wednesday 07 March @ 15:48:14 (Read: 3757)
Newsby DWIGHT HOBBES

Soulforce sustains an interesting development in activism, one that characterized their protest last April at North Central University in Elliot Park. This time, at Plymouth Congregational Church, on March 3, there is no celebrity along the lines of Star Trek’s George Takei making an appearance, so it doesn’t get a big splash in the mainstream press. But, clearly, the organization merits attention.

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Colombian Speaker calls for release of political prisoner Ricardo Palmera
Wednesday 28 February @ 13:33:23 (Read: 4339)
Newsby KATRINA PLOTZ

Imelda Daza-Cotes recently completed a national speaking tour that included a stop in Minneapolis. Once a political activist and elected official in Colombia, Daza-Cotes was targeted by a murderous campaign that wiped out the Patriotic Union, a leftist political party that rose to prominence in the 1980s. She fled to Sweden where she’s been living in exile since 1989. On Feb. 13, Daza-Cotes addressed an audience of 40 people at Spirit of the Lakes Church in Minneapolis to discuss her experiences, as well as the extradition and trial of Colombian rebel Ricardo Palmera and U.S. intervention in her homeland.

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MPIRG, landowners to challenge MN PUC's oil pipeline decision
Wednesday 28 February @ 13:16:16 (Read: 4050)
Newsby SID PRANKE

Accusing the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of “trivial and slipshod environmental review,” the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) will challenge the PUC’s decision to approve the certificate of need and routing permit for a $300 million oil pipeline that would run 304 miles in Minnesota from Clearbrook to Rosemount to two refineries in the Twin Cities area. The refineries are owned by Flint Hills Resources in Rosemount and Marathon Petroleum in St. Paul Park.

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Big Oil in Ireland--the people won't play the Shell game
Wednesday 28 February @ 13:10:15 (Read: 3554)
Newsby Emily Lindell & Dan Gannon

By June 2005, the residents of the tiny community of Rossport, Ireland, had had enough. For years, they had registered objections and appeals to the Shell gas pipeline project proposed to run through their farming and fishing community. By mid-year, the corporate interests were losing patience with the delays and raised the stakes of the dispute. Bringing police officers with them as they attempted to access private yards and farmland that was to be seized for the pipeline, Shell officials still were turned away repeatedly. The police that accompanied the multinational’s reps recorded the names of those who refused to welcome Shell onto their properties. Soon, five of these community members would land in a Dublin jail on an indefinite sentence as punishment for their refusal to submit to Shell’s plan.

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War in Iran?
Wednesday 21 February @ 17:08:23 (Read: 4340)
Newsby MAX SPARBER

There is a lot of nervous speculation about George W. Bush’s saber-rattling toward Iran. Any push to go to war with the country would, of course, be madness. The U.S. military is currently so overtaxed that 40,000 of the 140,000 some-odd troops are National Guardsmen. They’re so overtaxed that the soldiers in the field are currently looking at a seemingly endless tour of duty, as there are few new troops to replenish them. Right-wing pundits have joined military leaders in expressing a sense of total hopelessness that victory is possible in Iraq—recently even Kissinger declared that there was no possibility of a military victory in the country. We can ill-afford this war, and yet Bush seems to have set his sights on Iraq’s larger neighbor to the east. Let’s compare sizes: Iraq has a population of 28 million. Iran has a population of 70 million. Iraq has an area of about 168,000 square miles, or about the size of California. Iran has an area of about 640,000 miles—in other words, it’s the size of Alaska, our largest state.

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A surge by any other name is escalation
Wednesday 21 February @ 17:08:14 (Read: 3379)
Newsby REP. KEITH ELLISON

Nothing is new about the President’s troop “surge.” Despite the advice of military leaders, the Congress and the people of the United States, the expansion of the Iraqi occupation is not a change in course. In fact, this is the fourth escalation of the war. The question today is what we do about it.

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If you want to stop the war escalation
Thursday 15 February @ 15:42:40 (Read: 3238)
NewsBY KATRINA PLOTZ

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, activists around the state entered the offices of both Minnesota senators and seven of the eight congressional representatives as part of the "Occupation Project," a nationwide campaign to end the war in Iraq. Organized locally by the Twin Cities Peace Campaign, the goal is to pressure members of the House and Senate to end the occupation of Iraq by "occupying" their local offices. Constituents plan to bring their message to the MN congressional delegation every Tuesday for eight weeks. They cite the staggering number of Iraqi and American deaths, the $350 billion cost and the increasing opposition from the American public as reasons to end the occupation of Iraq immediately.

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Oops! Commissioners forget purchase agreement for ballpark
Thursday 15 February @ 15:37:22 (Read: 3452)
NewsBY SUSU JEFFREY

The Twins' stadium deal was rife with controversy from the start, when Hennepin County taxpayers were excluded from the planning process, but were still expected to pay for the at-least $522 million structure. Now there's another big snafu.

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Codex Alimentarius--just another way of saying Frankenfood?
Wednesday 07 February @ 15:14:08 (Read: 4979)
Newsby JAYE BELDO

In the near future, buying vitamin C directly from your local co-op or health food store could be illegal. Instead, you would be required by law to go to a doctor to get a prescription for these and other related supplements. This could occur thanks to an international food regulation known as Codex Alimentarius (CA), which recently passed in Europe and could be implemented in the U.S. by January 2010. CA enforcement is expected by the World Health Organization, the U.N. and, of course, the FDA.

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Confessions of a Capitalist Roader
Wednesday 07 February @ 15:14:16 (Read: 3169)
News by TONY BOUZA

America faces some big problems—war, racism, poverty, health care—to name four. But right up there is the growing unease that our bifurcated society grows wider apart. The wealth chasm expands. Every study shows the top 1 percent gaining and controlling an ever expanding share of our national treasure.

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Those who need your support...
Wednesday 31 January @ 14:42:47 (Read: 3143)
NewsFor all of you who would like to sign a letter of support for Dean Zimmermann as he begins his prison term, please e-mail your support to dave@colorstudy.com. A copy of the letter of support is available on our website (pulsetc.com). For the record, Pulse believes Zimmermann is a political prisoner.

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AlliantACTION, in conjunction with the War Resisters League, celebrated Gandhi’s birthday by nonviolently attempting to deliver to ATK CEO Dan Murphy a subpoena this past Oct. 2. The action resulted in Edina police arresting 78 nonviolent activists at Alliant’s front door. A trial date has been set for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Southdale Hennepin County District Court, 7009 York Ave. S., Edina. We expect it to take all day and possibly into Friday. For more info, see Alliant Action.

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Congress: stand up to Bush
Wednesday 31 January @ 14:38:37 (Read: 3323)
Newsby KATHLYN STONE

“I’m feeling jazzed!”

That’s how my 15-year-old daughter, Welsa, summed up her reaction to the hours-long rally and march at the Capitol Saturday. “I feel like I want to do something more.” Ah, yes, grasshopper. I smiled to myself.

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Labor and Enviros unite: you read that right
Wednesday 31 January @ 14:10:25 (Read: 3242)
Newsby LYDIA HOWELL

“The jobs crisis and the environmental crisis are driven from the same source. Corporate America is ripping off the environment and corporate America is ripping off American workers and their families,” said author and 25-year union organizer Jack Rasmus in his keynote speech at the Labor and Sustainability Conference, held recently in St. Paul.

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Feds mess with Indymedia Collective
Wednesday 24 January @ 15:30:18 (Read: 3042)
NewsOn Jan. 5th, members of the Twin Cities Indymedia Collective were contacted by a friend at the out-of-state university that hosts the site’s server, informing them that “law enforcement” was demanding that they remove two posts from the site.

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Jimmy Carter (and others) face criticism for airing plight of the Palestinians
Wednesday 24 January @ 15:19:21 (Read: 5663)
Newsby POLLY MANN

The reaction to Jimmy Carter’s book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” must be quite an eye-opener to those people who have not been involved in discussions or actions around the conflict in the Middle East.

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Show solidarity with anti-war students
Wednesday 17 January @ 15:39:27 (Read: 3129)
News On Wednesday, Jan. 10, Youth Against War and Rascism (YAWR) student activists were disciplined for attempting to educate their fellow students at Thomas Jefferson High School in Bloomington.

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He wants more of our blood for his oil
Wednesday 17 January @ 15:30:13 (Read: 3292)
Newsby ED FELIEN

“Imagine what would happen if these extremists who hate America gained control of energy reserves. You can bet they would use those reserves as blackmail in order to achieve their objectives.”
–President Bush, speaking to the troops at Ft. Benning, Ga., Thursday, Jan. 11

If you listen long enough to a liar, he ends up telling the truth.

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St. Paul City Council sets good tone with contract for 2008 Republican conventio
Wednesday 17 January @ 15:20:33 (Read: 3519)
Newsby SID PRANKE

As the St. Paul City Council convened at last Wednesday’s meeting, city officials were still on the phone arguing with GOP lawyers over final language in the contract agreement outlining St. Paul’s responsibilities as host city for the 2008 Republican convention.

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Timeline at Guantanamo: Five years later and still beyond the reach of justice
Wednesday 10 January @ 16:28:33 (Read: 3115)
NewsNov. 13, 2001—Bush issues Presidential Military Order allowing himself the power to detain non-citizens suspected of connection to terrorists or terrorism as an enemy combatant. As such, that person could be held indefinitely, without charges being filed against him or her, without a court hearing, and without entitlement to a legal consultant.

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Gitmo by the numbers
Wednesday 10 January @ 16:28:04 (Read: 3061)
News6.5 x 8 feet—approximate size of cell in Guantanamo
1805—number of days that hundreds have been held at Guantanamo Bay without charge or trial as of Dec. 10, 2006
430—Approximate number of people in custody at Guantanamo Bay as of Nov. 17, 2006
14—number of "high value detainees" held at Guantanamo
13—age of Mohammed Ismail Agha when taken into U.S. custody in Afghanistan in late 2002 before later being transferred to Guantanamo
10—number of people in Guantanamo who have been charged with any crime

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Guantanamo demo on Jan. 11
Wednesday 10 January @ 16:27:53 (Read: 3322)
Newsby KATHLYN STONE

Guantanamo is a symbol of America's corrosion.

Torture, death, unlawful detainment, child prisoners, kidnapping or "extraordinary rendition," bounties that have resulted in prisoners detained for years without evidence or charges. For people around the world, Guantanamo Bay isn't just a U.S. disgrace, it's a blot on humanity and must be eliminated.

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Maria Inamagua’s death points to human rights abuses in our own back yard
Wednesday 03 January @ 17:29:02 (Read: 3524)
NewsBY LYDIA HOWELL

The specter of "human rights abuses" has become one justification for U.S. attacks on other countries, such as Bill Clinton's assault against Yugoslavia. Human rights was one of the many arguments floated by Bush for invading Iraq. Most Americans—at least those who are white and middle-class or richer—hold the belief that America has the highest human rights standards in the world.

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Squelching protest a First Amendment issue
Thursday 28 December @ 15:25:36 (Read: 3774)
NewsOn Jan. 18, St. Paul city officials are set to travel to Washington, D.C., to formally sign an agreement to host the 2008 Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center. The St. Paul City Council will then be asked to ratify the agreement, and then goes on to deal with the convention’s cryptic planning process.

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Save the Planet: Take Time to Say No
Thursday 28 December @ 15:25:01 (Read: 4287)
Newsby SUSU JEFFREY

Half of Minnesota's population is in the radiation shadow of two nuclear power plants on the Mississippi River. The radiation zones from the Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear plants overlap in the Twin Cities so we get a double dose of "routine" releases. Monticello, 30 miles north, went online in 1970, with a 40-year license and was just relicensed for another 20 years. Imagine driving a 40-year-old car for another 20 years.

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Eyewitness to a living revolution in Venezuela
Wednesday 20 December @ 20:04:44 (Read: 3424)
Newsby JOHN PETERSON

Although I’ve been active in defending the Venezuelan people’s right to determine their own destiny since late 2002, I’d never actually been to the country. I could not have picked a better time to experience the process up close.

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Recent evidence of increasing militarism in Mexico
Wednesday 20 December @ 19:40:34 (Read: 3175)
Newsby JOHNNY HAZARD

On Friday, Dec. 15, a small group of protesters awaited official president Felipe Calderón outside the supreme court building, where he went to attend a banquet.

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Number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq nears 3000-mark-23-year-0ld Nicholas Turc
Wednesday 20 December @ 19:37:26 (Read: 3330)
Newsby PHIL WILLKIE

Three Minnesotans were laid to rest last week, killed in this tragic war. The oldest among them was Nicholas Turcotte, age 23, who was buried Friday at Fort Snelling.

The military cemetery is a big place—sandwiched between airport runways. Planes going to faraway places take off frequently. But young Mr. Turcotte will not be going anywhere. As they say—“He paid the ultimate sacrifice; he gave his life for his country.”


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In Case You Missed It...
Wednesday 13 December @ 21:29:48 (Read: 3724)
Newsby SID PRANKE

Homeless Remembrance March on Dec. 21

Exxon spends millions to cast doubt on global warming

Canada grants Quebec “nationhood”

GOP national convention plans already heating up


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The Police Federation versus Ralph Remington—we lose
Wednesday 13 December @ 21:32:55 (Read: 3478)
Newsby DWIGHT HOBBES

More and more, there’s reason to believe the Minneapolis Police Federation won’t join the civilized world without federal intervention.

Start with the Police Community Relations Council, a glaring fiasco, brought into being because the U.S. Department of Justice, over recent decades, saw enough red flags to step in and keep an eye on things. Follow an evident scheme of things through to the Ralph Remington controversy. It’s staring everyone right in the face: the MPD is hostile toward communities and people of color and has every intention of remaining so.

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Memorial service held for Lisa Jean Niebauer
Wednesday 13 December @ 21:33:04 (Read: 3698)
Newsby POLLY MANN

On Dec. 2 at the AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, a memorial service was held for Lisa Jean Niebauer who died Oct. 29 from cervical cancer.

Present at the ceremony, along with about 100 friends, were four of her five sisters; her son, Christopher Mattheis; her grandson, Cole and her partner and companion for many years, Mindy Oppenheim. Lisa’s name had been added to those of several thousand etched in a large cement circle in the center of the grove—the names of individuals who have died of AIDS plus names of partners and families. One of Lisa’s two brothers, Brian, died of AIDS.

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Highlights of the Holiday Season
Wednesday 06 December @ 16:07:18 (Read: 3314)
Newsby LYDIA HOWELL

Fall in love with the holidays again, especially when there are traditions like Minneapolis Art Institutes’ decorated period rooms, diverse renditions of seasonal songs, and a chance to gorge on culture.

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Sister Rita Steinhagen remembered by fellow activists
Wednesday 29 November @ 13:45:18 (Read: 3274)
Newsby MARY DAVIDOV

Sister Rita Steinhagen died Tues., Nov. 21. She was a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, many of whom frequently joined us in the front lines of the radical struggle for Justice and Peace.

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Undead unite!-Zombie 7 file lawsuit
Wednesday 29 November @ 13:45:22 (Read: 3251)
NewsThe Zombie 7, a group of seven performance artists who were arrested last July 22 in downtown Minneapolis, have joined in a lawsuit against the City, numerous police officers, and the Hennepin County Jail.

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Twenty-two thousand demand SOA closing
Wednesday 29 November @ 13:45:32 (Read: 3387)
Newsby DON IRISH

It's been an annual get together of kindred spirits for close to two decades, and this year was 22,000-strong. Every fall, the week before Thanksgiving, thousands of anti-war activists celebrate life and call for an end to the School of Americas at Ft. Benning, Ga.

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Public officials & their love affair with new stadiums—this one’s going to court
Wednesday 22 November @ 14:46:42 (Read: 3501)
Newsby KATIE SIMON-DASTYCH

On Oct. 25, a citizens’ group filed a lawsuit in Hennepin County District Court asking the Court to prohibit the construction of a football stadium planned to be built on Nicollet Island.
DeLaSalle High School wants to close off one-half of historic Grove Street and build a football stadium on park land which is adjacent to the school and owned by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

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An open letter to the Honorable Keith Ellison, Representative
Wednesday 22 November @ 14:28:01 (Read: 3881)
Newsby ED FELIEN

Dear Keith,

How are things out in Washington? I imagine you’re busy—finding your new office, picking out drapes and getting settled.

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Oaxaca's Dirty War
Wednesday 15 November @ 13:37:51 (Read: 3462)
Newsby STAN GOTLIEB

(Editor’s Note: For the past few weeks there have been demonstrations in front of the Mexican Consulate in St. Paul on East Seventh Street. Twenty or so people have been protesting the Mexican government’s military occupation of Oaxaca. According to Tom Walsh, information coordinator for the St. Paul Police, the demonstrations have been peaceful, but there was an incident where an individual was seen throwing a brick through a window. Last Saturday night, Nov. 11, someone broke two plate glass windows and the glass doors of the Consulate and threw red paint over the opening.)

Poor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz. Oaxaca’s governor has become a poster child for what will happen, one day, to all of the political tyrants who serve Mexico’s oligarchy by using the “mano duro” (hard hand) of repression. Driven by his own greed and ineptness, and caught in the role that history has chosen for him, he has opted for more and more brutality as, at each stage of his failed attempts to put down the popular uprising that is gaining momentum all over the state, he is put to shame by a ragtag, sometimes illiterate, but always articulate movement for social justice.

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When is fake copy offensive? When it’s not The Onion?
Wednesday 15 November @ 13:38:05 (Read: 3722)
Newsby DWIGHT HOBBES

Chris Stewart caught his nether parts in a wringer.It’s doubtful he’ll be out of his job on the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education, but there’s still hell to pay.

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How Did Mike Hatch Blow It?
Wednesday 15 November @ 13:38:16 (Read: 3425)
Newsby ED FELIEN

It was his to lose and he lost it.
In a year when the DFL had an easy time cruising to victory, capturing both houses and all the constitutional offices, Mike Hatch couldn’t beat Tim Pawlenty at the head of the ticket.

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Green Party Takes a Fall
Wednesday 15 November @ 13:38:33 (Read: 3599)
Newsby PHIL WILLKIE

The biggest loser in this election was the third party movement. The Minnesota Independence Party barely preserved major party status, with Peter Hutchinson receiving about 6 percent of the vote despite spending over a million dollars and receiving the endorsement of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Most of this “Dream Team” Minnesota running for state constitutional offices failed to even reach the “magic” 5 percent.

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Nov. 8 protest at Mexican consulate in St. Paul—stop the repression in Oaxaca
Wednesday 08 November @ 14:33:56 (Read: 3418)
NewsWhen: 8 November, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Where: Mexican Consulate, 797 E 7th Street, St. Paul, MN

Twin Cities residents have obtained a permit to protest repression in Oaxaca, outside the Mexican consulate in St. Paul. The protest comes one week after St. Paul police arrested four protesters on the sidewalk in front of the Mexican consulate for violating a St. Paul city ordinance against unpermitted demonstrations.

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Hacking Democracy
Wednesday 08 November @ 14:29:28 (Read: 4123)
Newsby NANCY SARTOR

(Editor’s Note: By now, we probably know the results of most races in Tuesday’s election. Others, however, may be contested. Some possible reasons for any contested race follow.)

It’s the eve of the 2006 mid-term elections and I’m driving home from work listening to public radio. I’ve nearly reached my limit for consuming political news. For weeks and in the name of democracy, candidates and adjunct partisan groups have waged a relentless assault on our faculties—littering our landscapes with lawn signs, cluttering our mail boxes with flyers and poisoning our ears and eyes with negative radio and television ads. I’m so sick of it all that not even the Daily Show parodies can amuse me … much.

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Fun for the holidays
Wednesday 08 November @ 14:03:32 (Read: 3383)
NewsThe Jungle Theater has a holiday present for you. For years they’ve taken a back seat to “A Christmas Carol,” “The Grinch” and “Black Nativity.” “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” served them well for four years, but now they’ve got a production that is an unbeatable contender in the Great Holiday Theater Smackdown!

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Ellison Campaign statement regarding Tammy Lee satire
Monday 06 November @ 15:09:38 (Read: 2383)
NewsSent to Pulse from Ellison Campaign Communications Director Bridget Cusick concerning the satiric campaign piece published on AmericanHotSausage.com:

We have absolutely nothing to do with the website in question. The site is tasteless and clearly goes way over the line.

As most people have witnessed over the past six months, we at the Ellison campaign know a little something about being the subject of slanderous attacks. They're hurtful, they detract from meaningful dialogue on the issues; they're bad for the District. That's why we never have engaged and will not engage in negative campaigning.


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Custer Battles and the swindling of a nation
Thursday 02 November @ 11:56:51 (Read: 3298)
NewsCuster Battles sounds more like the name for a patriotic frontier days toy company than what it is: one of the many U.S. companies that started doing business in Iraq during the reconstruction. In the spring of 2003, Custer Battles received a contract to provide security for the Baghdad International Airport, among a variety of other things. It was a new company which, despite its lack of experience, received the $16 million no-bid contract. Later it received a $21 million contract to provide security for the exchange of the new Iraqi currency. In September 2004 the U.S. Air Force banned them from working in Iraq due to accusations of fraud. On March 9, 2006, a federal jury found the company creators Custer and Battles guilty of 37 fraudulent acts costing the U.S. government $3 million.

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Norm Coleman: W’s oily boy
Thursday 02 November @ 11:52:36 (Read: 3644)
NewsAs is oft the case, the Pulse inboxes are full of glowing feel-good messages from our elected officials’ offices, U.S. Senator Norm Coleman’s office included. The latest e-mail from Coleman’s office was dated Oct. 27 and bore the headline, “Coleman Says Economy Remains in Healthy Shape.” We did not receive any e-mails bragging about Coleman’s latest homage to the Bush administration and oil companies: He wants to block states and the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating CO2 emissions. That includes overturning California Republican Gov. Schwarzenegger’s recent commitment to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. We wonder if Coleman wanted to slip in his draft proposal while the country was busy with mid-term elections? With stunts like this, he seems to be hedging against his own 2008 re-election bid, by clearly aligning himself with the rich and powerful. If he leaves the U.S. Senate, head first, he will still have some cushy job with Exxon or Halliburton to fall back on.
--Sid Pranke

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Who guards the Guards? Support Juan Lopez for Hennepin County sheriff
Thursday 02 November @ 11:51:24 (Read: 3189)
NewsWhen we go to the polls on Nov. 7, we make all sorts of assumptions about character. Nationally, some prominent people have fallen from grace as their true proclivities have come to light. The country has learned that high office, top-level administrative responsibility and lavish campaign spending doesn’t guarantee that our elected and appointed leaders are without a dark side.

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Freeman best choice for Hennepin County Attorney
Thursday 02 November @ 11:48:12 (Read: 4270)
NewsBY SID PRANKE

The Hennepin County Attorney office is, ostensibly, a nonpartisan one. But endorsements from political parties can still be made. This year, Andy Luger received the DFL endorsement for the office. Usually, that would have been enough to get him the job. But this seems to be a strange election year.

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Coke gets the first and final word:
Friday 27 October @ 11:53:10 (Read: 6559)
NewsOne-sided forum may lead to renewal of $28 million Coca-Cola contract with U of M

by CHAZ DAVIS

Serious accusations against the Coca-Cola Company range from complicity in the kidnapping, torture and murder by paramilitaries of union members in the company’s Columbian bottling factories, to water pollution and environmental degradation in India.

Student activism throughout the country has led to discontinued contracts with the world’s largest soft drink maker at over 30 colleges and universities, including NYU and Rutgers, according to the Stop Killer Coke campaign coordinator, Ray Rogers. Coca-Cola has lost 1 percent of its value since the campaign began in 2003, over $600 million dollars. Perhaps what is more troubling to the $67.5 billion Atlanta-based company is the detrimental impact the campaign is having on a prime consumer base, and its potential brand image for the next 50 to 60 years of students’ soft drink buying lives.

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Custer Battles and the swindling of a nation
Friday 27 October @ 11:45:24 (Read: 3114)
Newsby CHAZ DAVIS

Custer Battles sounds more like the name for a patriotic frontier days toy company than what it is: one of the many U.S. companies that started doing business in Iraq during the reconstruction. In the spring of 2003, Custer Battles received a contract to provide security for the Baghdad International Airport, among a variety of other things. It was a new company which, despite its lack of experience, received the $16 million no-bid contract. Later it received a $21 million contract to provide security for the exchange of the new Iraqi currency. In September 2004 the U.S. Air Force banned them from working in Iraq due to accusations of fraud. On March 9, 2006, a federal jury found the company creators Custer and Battles guilty of 37 fraudulent acts costing the U.S. government $3 million.

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Rebels with a cause: The FARC-EP in Colombia
Friday 27 October @ 11:43:18 (Read: 4090)
Newsby MEREDITH ABY

“The FARC is a people in arms ... an organized expression of the people. In this fight for social justice ... it was necessary to pick up arms to defend the political struggle. Other paths have been eliminated by the Colombian elites. We ... have taken up arms because it is the only way we have found to achieve our aims.” - FARC commandante (2006)

The FARC-EP (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia— People’s Army) is the largest and longest fighting guerrilla army in Latin America. The U.S. State Department labels them a “terrorist organization.” The FARC describe themselves as fighters for national liberation and against U.S. imperialism. They are Marxist-Leninists leading a revolution that will ensure the use of Colombia’s resources to benefit its own people. This summer I met with members of the FARC to enhance my understanding of the United States’ role in the war and the FARC’s perspective on the conflict.

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Michael Franti’s travelin’ blues
Friday 27 October @ 11:41:17 (Read: 3671)
Newsby LYDIA HOWELL

“I was the first American they’d ever met who wasn’t holding an M16,” says Michael Franti, lead singer/songwriter of Spearhead, of the Iraqis he met in a summer 2004 trip to the Middle East. “I came holding a guitar with a gift of music, so they treated me differently and wanted their stories to be heard.”

That journey resulted in the new Spearhead CD, Yell Fire!, and a film, “I Know I’m Not Alone.”

Franti’s deep appreciation for narrative comes from his grandmother, “an excellent storyteller,” but she’s only the first in a long line of influences.

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Colombia: getting beyond the stereotype of the narco-trafficker
Tuesday 24 October @ 16:00:21 (Read: 4595)
Newsby MEREDITH ABY

Since 2000, the U.S. government has spent close to $5 billion on Plan Colombia.

Both presidents Clinton and Bush have given the third highest amount of military aid in the world to the right-wing Colombian government in the name of “fighting the war on drugs.” In reality, the aid the U.S. sends is spent on a counterinsurgency war against the Colombian people. Along with other local and national activists, I went to Colombia this past summer to investigate the reality of the “war on drugs.”

This particular “war” has been used to label leftist rebels and farmers as “narco-traffickers” or “narco-guerrillas.” But Colombia is also a country rich with natural resources, including oil. Its location is a geo-politically strategic one for transportation between North and South America, and it is a site of interest for any future canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; for these reasons it is of particular interest to the ruling elite of the U.S.

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Two if by sea—portrait of an activist
Tuesday 24 October @ 15:54:40 (Read: 3885)
NewsSee also: "A statement from Roger Cuthbertson"

by JOEL GROSTEPHAN

After bumping up against a sheriff’s boat for about two hours in an attempt to drive their boats within the legal distance of a Republican fundraiser, retired teachers Roger Cuthbertson, 67, and his companion Bob Heberle, 72, left their companions and paddled on small yellow rafts toward the party.

Vice president Dick Cheney was the guest of honor at the $250-per-head fundraiser for 6th District congressional candidate Michele Bachmann. Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies turned the men around, escorting them 300 yards back outside a line of buoys into an established free speech zone. Knowing they would be arrested, Cuthbertson and Heberle turned around and rowed back across the security perimeter. That was June 26.

After numerous delays and a change of venue, charges against Cuthbertson and Heberle were dismissed on Monday due to a mix-up between the sheriff and the prosecutor’s office. Ken Gleason, the men’s attorney, said that Cuthbertson and Heberle may have to face new charges in the next few weeks. But no matter, Cuthbertson was busy declaring victory.

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A statement from Roger Cuthbertson
Tuesday 24 October @ 15:51:48 (Read: 3331)
NewsSee also: "Two if by sea—portrait of an activist"

We wanted to voice our opposition to some policies being promoted by the vice president. As we saw it, the best chance for us to possibly have our voices heard was to be on boats on the lake near where the party was to be held. Our copy of the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District Regulations of Watercraft (chapter 3) indicated that we could legally cruise within 150 feet of the shoreline, as long as our speed was 5 mph or less and as long as we left no wake. (Our reading of the rules indicated that we were allowed to be 300 feet from shore at full throttle.)

OUR CONSTITUTION PROTECTS PROTEST ON LAND OR WATER
We had every reason to believe that our constitutional rights to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom to petition the government for redress of grievances would be as valid on water as on land ... We have over 2,700 dead, and the Iraqi toll is over 100,000.

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We’ll miss our friend Stefan Olson
Tuesday 24 October @ 13:39:24 (Read: 4471)
NewsLast Friday, musician/producer and action figure collectibles king Stefan Olson was found dead in his studio space. He had not shown up for a recording gig at the Turf Club the Sunday before, and his friends and co-workers had tried to reach him numerous times because they were concerned.

A memorial for Stefan was held at the Turf Club after only a few days of word-of-mouth and e-mail notice, and hundreds showed up to honor him on Monday evening. Special thanks goes out to Jim Randall of the Turf for making this happen. Following are some memories Stefan’s friends shared about him.


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Residents work the anti-john beat in the Corcoran neighborhood
Thursday 12 October @ 12:26:01 (Read: 4008)
Newsby STEVE BUTCHER

The woman with the handbag slung over her shoulder has the herky-jerky movements of someone who has given too much of her life to drugs.

As Kathy Carlson and three other members of the Corcoran “john” patrol watch her from the opposite side of the street, the woman prepares to rendezvous with someone in a red Jeep that has honked and pulled over on the next block.

“Don’t tell me,” Carlson mutters as she flips open her cell phone. Carlson is nonplussed by the woman’s apparently contemptuous and brazen attitude toward the patrol. “I’m calling the police!” she shouts as the woman leans into the driver’s side window of the Jeep. Carlson dials 9-1-1 and reports the Jeep’s location and license plate number to Third Precinct police headquarters. The Jeep and the woman will be gone by the time a squad car arrives, but thanks to Carlson, the police will have enough information to send a letter to the vehicle’s owner.

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“Vote the bums out” fundraiser on Oct. 15
Thursday 12 October @ 11:38:40 (Read: 3484)
NewsThe Citizens Against Stadium Taxes (CAST) will hold a fundraiser “Vote The Bums Out’’ with music and entertainment at Stub & Herb’s bar at 227 Oak St. S.E. in Minneapolis. The event will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.

CAST will use the funds raised to defeat Hennepin County commissioners Mark Stenglein and Peter McLaughlin of Minneapolis and Mike Opat of Robinsdale in the general election. It will be on Tuesday, Nov. 7

The three men and Commissioner Randy Johnson of Bloomington, who isn’t up for reelection, sought and got from the Minnesota Legislature an exception to the state law requiring a voter referendum for a sales tax. Legislators gave them permission to levy a tax without a referendum to build a new Minnesota Twins stadium. The tax would raise more than $1 billion in public funds over 30 years to build a stadium. There is no end date on the tax. According to Forbes Magazine, Twins owner Carl Pohlad is one of the richest men in America, with a net worth of nearly $3 billion dollars. Donations may be mailed to CAST at 6820 Wooddale Ave. So., Edina, Mn. 55435, or contributed at the fundraiser. The chairman of CAST is Dr. Laura Lehmann, an Edina physician. Her e-mail is ljlehmann@pobox.com. ||

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Cheney boat protesters head to trial on Oct. 12
Thursday 12 October @ 11:12:50 (Read: 4105)
Newsby KATHLYN STONE

A jury trial has been scheduled for two Minnesotans—Bob Heberle, 71, St. Anthony, and Roger Cuthbertson, 67, Shoreview, for their actions during a protest of a June 26 Republican fundraising party headlined by Vice President Dick Cheney.

Cheney spoke at the private fundraiser for Michele Bachmann, a state senator and candidate for the 6th District congressional seat. The party was hosted by Karen and William Hawks at their Lake Minnetonka mansion which is outside of the 6th District.

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Waiting for the other shoe to drop in Oaxaca
Wednesday 04 October @ 15:54:10 (Read: 4088)
Newsby STAN GOTLIEB
Special to Pulse of the Twin Cities

Oct. 3, Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico–I wrote the following dispatch a few days ago. Since then, little has changed, although there have been helicopters (usually the precursor to an attack) flying overhead, and some troops have been shifted to bases closer to Oaxaca city, and the Interior Ministry has made menacing sounds about a Wednesday deadline for a negotiated settlement. Truthfully, I can’t tell if tomorrow is “it,” or if it’s another move in the “feint and threaten” strategy of the government. All I know is that what I wrote below was—and is—a true description of what it’s like to be me, here, now.

It’s quiet, as dawn breaks over this colonial city in southern Mexico. There isn’t the faintest whiff of teargas in the air. No church bells are ringing to warn of approaching soldiers or police. No bullhorns are shouting marching orders to the squatters camped out in the city’s main square, directing them to one or another “choke point.” Another relatively peaceful night in what used to be—and will be again, some day—one of the most beautiful, safe, and historically significant cities on the continent.

The occupation, entering its fifth month, started with a peaceful—if obnoxious—strike by the state’s teachers that took over the town square and many blocks of the central city. After about three weeks, it was attacked by state and local police, who were in turn repelled by tens of thousands of ordinary citizens incensed by what they saw as a violation of the teachers’ right to demonstrate (however obnoxiously). It has since grown into an amalgam of teachers, grass roots organizers, nongovernmental social self-help organizations and other dissident groups, whose central demand is that the governor, responsible for ordering the attack, must go.

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Alliant Tech nonviolent action—78 arrests
Wednesday 04 October @ 15:46:24 (Read: 3722)
News On Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Oct. 2, at the conclusion of the international Stop the Merchants of Death Conference, 270 peace demonstrators gathered at the corporate headquarters of Alliant Techsystems. The Edina-based war profiteers sold more than $3.3 billion in munitions through 44 sales offices worldwide last year.

Seventy-eight nonviolent activists were arrested attempting to deliver a subpoena to Alliant’s CEO, Daniel J. Murphy. The subpoena ordered Murphy to testify at an upcoming trial of 42 AlliantACTION activists arrested last fall attempting to warn workers of war crimes liabilities under international law.

After World War II, the Nuremberg Trials established corporate responsibility for war crimes. Alliant has manufactured depleted uranium bullets and shells, land mines, cluster bombs—all illegal under international law because of their indiscriminate killing of civilians.

More information online at alliantaction.org. ||

–Suzanne Louise Makepeace

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A Venezeulan discusses the media, politics & the people of Venezuela
Thursday 28 September @ 12:27:44 (Read: 3630)
Newsby CHAZ DAVIS

Hugo Chavez received much attention in the mainstream media for referring multiple times to George W. Bush as the devil during his speech at the United Nations last Wednesday, just a day after the U.S. president spoke to the same assembly. The aftermath of the Chavez speech coincided with a previously scheduled discussion at Resource Center of the Americas with Maria de los Angeles Peña Fonseca, a Venezuelan journalist and activist who has lived in the Twin Cities for two years.

Over the weekend, Fonseca discussed the changes occurring in Venezuela and the role of the charismatic leftist leader Chavez and his supporters in the South American country. “Poor people feel that we put Chavez in that place, in that environment, in government, so he could help us ...,” Fonseca explained to a group of about 30 people in the Oscar Romero room of the local community center. She further clarified that it is the people who are taking the future of the country into their own hands, with Chavez as their spokesperson. She showed a few short videos related to the grassroots nature of Chavez’s political support, the creation of a rural community radio station by local campesinos, and the creation of various independent media collectives reporting on a wide variety of issues. The number of alternative media has gone from 23 to 300 since Chavez first came to power in 1998, according to Fonseca.

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Full Text of Chavez Address to the United Nations
Thursday 28 September @ 13:31:40 (Read: 4482)
News[Pulse is proud to publish the full text of Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez's speech (corrected translation version) to the United Nations General Assembly in New York from September 20th, 2006. Please forward widley and enjoy! ~ web.ed]

September 20th, 2006

HUGO CHAVEZ, PRESIDENT OF THE BOLIVARIAN REPULIC OF VENEZUELA

President Chávez: Madame President, Excellencies, Heads of State, Heads of Governments, and high ranking government representatives from around the world. A very good day to you all.

First of all, with much respect, I would like to invite all of those, who have not had a chance, to read this book that we have read: Noam Chomsky, one of the most prestigious intellectuals of America and the world. One of Chomsky's most recent works: Hegemony or Surviva: America's Quest for Global Dominance. [Holds up book, waves it in front of General Assembly.] An excellent piece to help us understand what happened in the world during the 20th century, what is going on now and the greatest threat looming over our planet: the hegemonic pretension of US Imperialism that puts at risk the very survival of the human species. We continue to warn about this danger and call on the people of the US and the world to halt this threat that is like the sword of Damocles.

I intended to read a chapter, but for the sake of time, [flips through the pages, which are numerous], I will leave it as a recommendation. It's a fast read. It's really good Madame President, surely you are familiar with it. It is published in English, German, Russian, and Arabic (applause). Look, I think our brothers and sisters of the United States should be the first citizens to read this book because the threat is in their own house.

The Devil is right at home. The Devil, the Devil himself, is right in the house.

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Astroturfing—quick and dirty
Monday 25 September @ 14:17:00 (Read: 3720)
Newsby MAX SPARBER

In the past decade, particularly with the rise of the internet, a new page has been added to the book of dirty political tricks. Rather humorously dubbed “astroturfing” by Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, it’s the process by which paid political shills make use of anonymous forums, newsletters, letters to the editor, and other small-media sources to give the illusion that their pet issue has a strong grassroots support.

Most notoriously, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which ran a successful smear campaign against John Kerry in his run for the presidency, turned out not to be a non-partisan grassroots group comprised of veterans who were concerned about Kerry’s Vietnam experience. Instead, the group was a Republican-funded front operation designed to attack the presidential candidate where he was seen as being strongest, because, unlike President Bush and Vice President Cheney, Kerry has actually served as a soldier in combat, and had three Purple Hearts to show for it.

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Court case for Dakota people info & testimony
Monday 25 September @ 14:15:11 (Read: 3516)
NewsThe Dakota-Pike treaty rights case is set for Monday, Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. at the Federal Courthouse in St. Paul, 180 E. 5th St., with a rally planned for 8 a.m. The case stems from petty misdemeanor charges in October 2005 for failure of the defendants to show paper permits in order to visit Coldwater Spring, a traditional sacred gathering place for upper Mississippi Indian nations, including: Dakota, Anishinabe, Ho Chunk, Iowa, Sauk and Fox. Lead attorney on the case is Larry Leventhal, and expert witnesses on historical and geological topics will be on hand to testify when called. Treaty rights and Coldwater preservation supporters plan a thanksgiving meal after court at Coldwater, located in the Minnehaha Park area at Hiawatha Avenue and 54 Street, Mpls.

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Peace action on Sept. 23 to say “U.S. Troops Out Now”
Monday 25 September @ 14:14:12 (Read: 3749)
Newsby ALAN DALE

This Saturday, Sept. 23, the Twin Cities anti-war movement will join in a nationwide round of actions to speak out against the continuing U.S. war in Iraq.

The Minneapolis protest will begin at 12 noon on Hennepin & Lagoon Avenues in the Uptown neighborhood.

There will be a brief rally followed by a march through the neighborhood and a return to the starting point.

The protest’s common theme: “Stop the U.S. War in Iraq-U.S. Troops Out Now”

The local event is part of a week of peace actions planned across the country for Sept. 21–28 organized by the “Declaration of Peace” The Declaration says in part, “The majority of the people of the U.S. and raq has declared it is time for peace. We have the power to bring our friends and family home now. The first step is to declare our desire for peace.”

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Calling all agitators— don’t miss Honeywell Project reunion
Monday 25 September @ 13:50:57 (Read: 3807)
NewsRemember the Honeywell Project? If you were a part of it at any point from its inception in the late 1960s until it dissolved in the early 1990s, take note of the upcoming reunion planned for Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. on campus at St. Thomas University. The occasion is part of a planned Sept. 29–Oct. 2 mega-event, “For Justice and Peace: Stop the Merchants of Death” by local and national peace groups organizers which will include a strategic conference, a showing of the film “Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers,” a rallying concert and a nonviolent action at the headquarters of local merchant-of-death, Alliant TechSystems.

For those from out of town or who aren’t old enough, The Honeywell Project began in December of 1968 during the war in Vietnam. After 22 years of work, the group, which had developed a worldwide movement against the management of Honeywell, was one of the major factors in forcing Honeywell out of the weapons business. Given the ongoing war economy, in 1990, Honeywell created Alliant TechSystems, now a $3 billion outfit. Alliant has made 18 million depleted uranium shells, and they also make all three rocket motors for Trident nuclear missiles.

For more info or directions to the event,call Marv Davidov at 612-874-7715. ||

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Confessions of a smoker: Dave Thune ready to quit (again)
Friday 15 September @ 03:16:08 (Read: 4566)
News(Editor’s Note: We caught up with St. Paul Council Member Dave Thune, who spearheaded the St. Paul smoking ban, which kicked in about six months ago. We quizzed him about starting to smoke again—at least he was honest ...)

by SID PRANKE

Pulse: Where are you at with your smoking?
Thune: I am about to quit again (laughs).

Pulse: Uh-huh ...
Thune: And—I’m going to the Commit Lozenges and Zyban again, although now I’ve read about another drug on the market where you don’t get the nicotine—I was going to ask about that.

Pulse: When did you last quit and how long did that last?
Thune: On March 31, when the smoking ban in St. Paul took effect—until about 30 days ago.

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Author/minimum wage sleuth Barbara Ehrenreich appears at book event Sept. 14
Friday 15 September @ 03:15:30 (Read: 3189)
Newsby ED FELIEN

On Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. Magers and Quinn booksellers are bringing Barbara Ehrenreich to Lyndale Congregational United Church of Christ at 810 W. 31st Street. She is the author of “Nickled and Dimed” which was dramatized by the Guthrie a year ago. Of particular interest to Minnesotans was her undercover work at Wal-mart in Bloomington that formed a chapter in that book. By the way, Minnesota was the only place where she worked that she was unable to afford housing on her minimum wage job.

“Bait and Switch” is her new book about the underbelly of American capitalism. This time she goes undercover to expose the hidden tragedies of the middle class who have hell to pay trying to find a job when they’re laid off or fired.

There’s no charge for the event, but it would be nice if you bought a book. ||

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On War Crimes and staph infections: grim musings from federal prison
Friday 15 September @ 03:14:14 (Read: 3374)
Newsby JOHN LAFORGE

A lot of people have asked me about being in prison for a protest over the torture scandal, when Nukewatch has been so pointedly focused on nuclear issues and the U.S. invasion du jour. And while most would agree that human rights and nuclear madness are related, for those who need convincing, the philosopher Viktor Frankl said this about the connection between the Bomb and unbridled militarism: “Let us be alert—alert in a twofold sense. Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.”

Crossing the line at the malevolent U.S. Army School of the Americas (now called WHINSEC; don’t even ask) was merely a recognition that, in the words of Eduardo Galeano in the September issue of Progressive magazine: “The tortures of Abu Ghraib ... are nothing new to us in Latin America. Our militaries learned their interrogations techniques from the SOA.” But did the torturers of Abu Ghraib, Bagram Air Base, and Guantanamo Bay get their crime schooling from the SOA too? It does appear likely, if indirectly.

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Fall Actions Against the War
Friday 15 September @ 03:13:44 (Read: 3413)
Newsby ALAN DALE

As people return to work and school this fall, the anti-war movement is preparing to return to the streets.

Over the summer the increasing death toll among Iraqis and U.S. military personnel has been reported daily. U.S. troop presence in Iraq is now over 140,000. Recent U.S. polls show that a majority of Americans view the war in Iraq as a mistake and want the troops to come home. To highlight this growing opposition, two nationally coordinated rounds of action have been set for this fall.

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Situation in Mexico becoming very dangerous
Thursday 07 September @ 16:06:00 (Read: 5150)
News(Editor’s note: Over the past few days, Pulse’s two Mexico correspondents, Johnny Hazard and Stan Gotlieb, have described an increased danger for leftists in Mexico City and escalating violence by rightwingers in Oaxaca. Hazard also reports that outgoing Mexico President Vincente Fox tried to deliver his final annual address, but was unable to take the stage as left-wing legislators who suspect fraud in recent elections shouted slogans, amid 3,000 federal police who withdrew after Fox left to deliver his address from his official residence instead. Mexico’s top electoral court has rejected claims that July’s presidential election was tainted, but leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has vowed not to concede to conservative (and Bush-supported) candidate Felipe Calderon, who was formally declared the winner by the election court on Sept. 6. Obrador has stated he may form a parallel government in the streets. A report from Oaxaca follows.)

The Dirty War in Oaxaca
by STAN GOTLIEB

There were more drive-by shootings last night. Reports are that one striker was injured, though not seriously. So far, depending on who’s telling the tale, about six people have been killed, all strikers, and dozens injured. The number of “disappeared” is somewhere around 20.

The shootings and disappearances are the work of “death squads” comprised of local, state and (some say) federal police, and professional gunslingers armed with heavy caliber automatic weapons (the AR-15 seems to be their favorite: it’s military issue), who tear through the streets wearing ski masks. None are in uniform.

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Coldwater: Sacred site isn’t real estate
Thursday 07 September @ 16:05:35 (Read: 4578)
NewsNEWS ANALYSIS
by SUSU JEFFREY

“I am pleased to reach an agreement with the Department of Interior to protect the Camp Coldwater Spring and restore the Bureau of Mines property to open green space,” Congressman Martin Sabo stated three years ago. Now, however, the National Park Service wants to sell most of Coldwater Park’s 27 acres, according to the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The Park Service repeatedly admits that “transfer” of the land has “adverse” consequences for protection of historical and cultural properties, nevertheless it plans to sell off most of the park.

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Minneapolis ordinance would criminalize walking, biking down alleys
Thursday 31 August @ 01:01:41 (Read: 3926)
Newsby LYDIA HOWELL

If a new ordinance passes the City Council, just walking in the 455 miles of Minneapolis’ alleys will be a crime. Unless you can prove you live on that alley’s block, are a resident’s guest or are doing work there, you would be ticketed and, with police discretion, could be arrested. No other American city has such a law. The Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) told the City Council the ordinance is unconstitutional. The ordinance would also apply to skateboarders and those who rely on wheelchairs.

“This ordinance provides another tool for law enforcement’s toobox to address crime in our city,” Ward 6 Council Member Robert Lilligren argued at a public hearing at the Public Safety and Regulations Committee August 23. That’s become the common argument for increased survellience and expanded state and law enforcement powers at all government levels, allegedly for “the war on terror.”

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Does restroom surveillance at library take “security” too far?
Thursday 31 August @ 00:43:24 (Read: 3456)
NewsWhen the new Minneapolis Public Library had its grand opening a few months ago, the band probably didn’t play “Every Breath You Take.” But the 100 cameras in the new library will still be watching you.

Katherine Hadley, director of the Minneapolis Public Library, issued a statement to Pulse about the security cameras at the library:

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Democracy is “in”: just check out the streets of Mexico
Thursday 31 August @ 00:05:00 (Read: 3785)
Newsby JOHNNY HAZARD

Special to Pulse of the Twin Cities

The Mexican movement in resistance to electoral fraud nears the two-month mark with no sign of letting up. The electoral tribunal ordered a partial (9 percent!) recount, which, though completed two weeks ago, has not been acted upon. The tribunal has until Sept. 6 to declare a victor or annul the election. Observers’ reports indicate that in the districts where the electoral packets were officially counted, massive inconsistencies were found.

According to the campaign of left populist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, two-thirds of the packets opened had either more votes registered than ballots or vice versa. He claims to have evidence that, were all the votes to be correctly counted, he would beat right-wing candidate Felipe Calderón by two million votes. (Current official results show Calderón winning by about 240,000 votes.)

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Turmoil in Oaxaca: A revolution in the making
Friday 25 August @ 11:29:52 (Read: 5373)
Newsby STAN GOTLIEB

Special to Pulse of the Twin Cities
Oaxaca de Juares, Oaxaca, Mexico


Jorge is a student at the Language Institute of Benito Juarez Autonomous University, the state university of Oaxaca. He is studying for a “licenciatura” (professional degree) in teaching English as a foreign language. He is the son of teachers. His parents are part of the current insurrection in Oaxaca, as is he.

Back in May, his parents joined with tens of thousands of their colleagues from all over the state in an annual occupation of the center of the state capital. As they had for the last 26 years, they pitched their tents and stretched their tarps during spring break and demanded better salaries and more money for books, shoes and hot lunches for their students; but this year something was different. Instead of negotiating the promise of relief of their grievances (more a promise in the past than a performance), the new governor, a self-styled “strong man,” rebuffed almost all their demands. When the two weeks that had in the past constituted the limit of their stay was up, the teachers refused to budge. The governor sent in the troops, and a battle ensued which the teachers, by their overwhelming numbers, won.

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Public hearings on Twins ballpark to be held all week
Friday 25 August @ 11:28:00 (Read: 4342)
Newsby SID PRANKE

In a remarkable show of their concern for democracy and public input, the Hennepin County Board will be holding “timely” public hearings before it votes on imposing a countywide sales tax to help finance a new Minnesota Twins ballpark in downtown Minneapolis.

Never mind that the MN legislature already approved the $522 million stadium in late spring, using April’s preliminary go-for-it votes of Hennepin County Commissioners Peter McLaughlin, Mark Stenglein, Randy Johnson and Mike Opat as the green light to impose a tax on only Hennepin County residents without a referendum. To their credit, County Commissioners Gail Dorfman, Penny Steele and Linda Koblick voted against the preliminary resolution.

“In a lot of minds, this is a done deal,” said John Knudsen of the Hennepin County public affairs department, but nonetheless, three public hearings are being held this week to hear what the public thinks about being given no opportunity to chime in with a referendum BEFORE the legislature approved the stadium bill.

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Gardens of Eagan offers crop tours, harvest party—keeping it organic
Friday 25 August @ 11:27:41 (Read: 3629)
NewsThe Minnesota Pipe Line Company wants to run a crude oil pipeline across Minnesota to bring oil from Canada to the Koch refinery in Rosemount (see the July 12 Pulse cover story, “Oil vs. Soil”).

In order to avoid suburban areas, the company’s preferred pipeline route would cross 149 miles of farmland and five organic farms, including the Gardens of Eagan farm (located 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities), putting the survival of all the five organic farms at risk.

Public hearings will run from Aug. 24 through Sept. 14 (you need not live in a given county to give testimony there). For tips on giving public testimony, see www.gardensofeagan.com. If you cannot attend a public hearing you may still send written testimony by Sept. 22.

On Saturday, Aug. 26 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Atina and Martin Diffley, operators of Gardens of Eagan, will host a harvest party and public hearing energizer. From 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., a wagon tour of the crops and potluck dinner will be held, with free corn and watermelon; from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., a dance will be held with music by The Organic Pheromones. ||

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Preservation panel turns down DeLaSalle stadium at Nicollet Island
Friday 25 August @ 11:27:11 (Read: 4298)
Newsby SHAWNE FITZGERALD

The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) recently voted unanimously to deny DeLaSalle High School’s request to build a football and soccer stadium on Nicollet Island. The inappropriate scale of the stadium and the destruction of a portion of Grove Street, one of the city’s oldest streets, could not be reconciled with historic district preservation standards. Nicollet Island is a subdistrict in the federally recognized St. Anthony Falls Historic District.

The Commission’s primary recommendation is to protect and preserve Nicollet Island’s remaining historic features, including the street grid pattern and views to and from the Island. Commissioners objected to destruction of original historic features, sound and light pollution, and disruption of the historic district as it is used today.

City Planning staff had earlier recommended against approving the stadium on the grounds that closing a portion of Grove Street would adversely affect the historic subdistrict. Grove Street is mapped on the 1865 plat of Nicollet Island and may have been in use before that time. Grove and other Island streets were recently repaved with a stone pattern similar to hose used in the 1800s.

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Hip-hop generation responds to North Minneapolis violence
Wednesday 16 August @ 15:14:11 (Read: 5251)
Newsby LYDIA HOWELL

“I never thought I’d be going to funerals every other week. I feel like I’m in a combat zone.”

Shelly Martin speaks softly with edgy bewilderment about her cousin Sterling Horton, murdered July 25, one of 26 people killed in North Minneapolis this year. “Sterling loved football and baseball. A real people-person. Sterling was going to be a senior at Wayzata High. He just turned 17 in May.” Martin, a petite, African-American 20-something, writes for Liberator Magazine, which is based in North Minneapolis.

Brian Kosoro started Liberator Magazine three years ago, as a freshman studying political science and journalism at the nation’s premier African-American college, Howard University. Writers range from high school students to their early 20s.

“We conceived this as an urban journal. Like the ‘Journal of Science,’ it’s a place for serious ideas and hypotheses to be argued,” Kosoro explains. “Young people have things to say. Let’s create a place to talk without pressure to be perfect. Not just angry opposition, but creative, pro-active thought, as well as new CD reviews. We don’t proclaim ourselves a Black publication. We’re open. A lot of white folks read the Liberator. People say ‘It’s real. It’s not compromising.’ Nothing will be sugar-coated on either side.”

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STATEMENT ON VERDICT IN DEAN ZIMMERMANN'S TRIAL:
Wednesday 16 August @ 14:35:57 (Read: 3864)
NewsThe Green Party of Minnesota reaffirms its belief that Dean Zimmermann had no intention to solicit or take bribes. We base this on his record of more than half a century of service to his community and active work for justice.

We recognize that he has made serious mistakes in the handling of funds, and we do not condone or excuse those mistakes. Nevertheless, we believe that he was never motivated by personal gain.

Our hearts go out to Dean and his family in what is clearly a tragic situation. We have serious questions about what appear to have been questionable investigative processes by federal authorities. As a party we believe that the root of the problem is the vast sums of money being poured into politics and the climate of widespread suspicion and corruption that it creates. We are concerned about the legal bribery inherent in the existing political system.

The Green Party continues to stand, as it always has, for clean and fair elections, public funding of campaigns, and strict regulation of lobbying.

– The Green Party of Minnesota


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Young, smart and broke:
Wednesday 16 August @ 14:17:01 (Read: 4003)
NewsHas the American dream flatlined?

by MEREDETH BARZEN

A college degree used to be an automatic ticket to at least lower middle class. You were qualified. You had distinguished yourself. You felt wanted.

These days, post-collegiate life has become a fierce struggle just to earn enough money to pay for a tiny apartment in a safe neighborhood, a little gas to get around, insurance, some organic food, utilities and a warm winter coat.

Is globalization the culprit? With more and more jobs being outsourced every day, many college grads end up in the service industry just to get by. They claim that it’s temporary, that they’re just (barely) paying the bills until something better comes along. But listen closely to the tinge of fear in their voice when they tell you that—they’re worried that “something better” won’t come by at all.

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Accountability that sticks – reform sought to make bad cops pay
Sunday 13 August @ 23:03:26 (Read: 3731)
Newsby DWIGHT HOBBES

Between police chief inaction and stonewalling by the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU), civilian complaints have been a waste of time in the recent MPD past. Now, though too close to call, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights may have found a way to finally make the City of Minneapolis hold cops accountable for abusing authority.

A recent study recommends giving the Civilian Review Authority (CRA) the power to do something about abusive police officers. Specifically, it counters MPD’s past attempts to neutralize CRA findings. And the City Council is all over the report, both praising it and working to implement its recommendations.

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Our hot sticky American summer — and the “point of no return”
Thursday 03 August @ 15:22:07 (Read: 4233)
Newsby Sid Pranke

Unbearable. Oppressive. Wretched. Miserable. Never before in my entire life have I been so afraid to go outside to avoid weather. Blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, lightning storms, torrential rainfall, tornado warnings, those I can deal with, but this last bout of hot weather seriously tested my patience and even my indoor survival skills. Compare notes with friends and neighbors and you’ll probably hear the same thing.

And if there are still people who think “greenhouse gases” might be foul odors emanating only from homes painted a deep shade of chartreuse, then the past weekend should have helped to convince them of what scientists already know: global warming is a given—the only question is how much and how fast it will affect our world.

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Sweating it out with Dean Zimmerman & the Quakers
Thursday 03 August @ 15:21:46 (Read: 3607)
Newsby David Tilsen

Sitting in sweltering heat, surrounded by 40 or so silent people, and one well-behaved, but not so quiet toddler, I was pretty uncomfortable, and not just physically. This was a “Quaker service” hosted by the members of the Twin Cities Quaker community on the eve of a trial in Federal Court. It was held at the home of the defendant and his family, a longtime friend.

At a Quaker service, people sit in silence until moved to speak. I have never totally understood what is supposed to move them; I have been told it is not God, but that it is spiritual. I know Dean and Jenny get a lot of their strength from the Friends meeting they are part of, and I was willing to participate for their sake.

What do you say to someone on the eve of a trial? Well it seemed that these peaceful warriors in the Quaker community had a handle on it. You share your strength. You sit in silence, and you suffer together in 100-degree heat.

After the service, everyone gave Dean and Jenny a hug, and stood around trying to think of something to say. ||

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Arrests of the undead — “zombies” treated as terrorists
Thursday 03 August @ 15:21:27 (Read: 6841)
Newsby Lydia Howell

Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis features all kinds of musical “street performers”—one of the joys of a Minnesota summer. Was it paranoia induced by the Department of Homeland Security or sheer incompetence that prompted Minneapolis police to arrest street dancers “armed” only with recorded music?

Aiming for a playful protest against the American obsession with shopping, seven youths danced down Nicollet Mall on Saturday, July 22, around 8 p.m. Faces painted ghoulish white and black, they wore backpacks outfitted with clearly visible speakers playing music, calling themselves the “Zombie Dance Party.” They inspired some passersby to join them.

However, someone at the 1st Precinct decided they should be arrested.

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Mexico has a new president — but who is he?
Thursday 03 August @ 15:19:58 (Read: 3752)
Newsby Stan Gotlieb

On July 2, Mexicans went to the polls to elect the people who will represent them for the next six years. Deputies (representatives), senators, governors, mayors, and one—and only one—President. When the smoke cleared, there was one too many presidents.

Felipe Calderon Hinojosa of the conservative, pro-NAFTA party known as the PAN (National Action Party), hand-selected by current president Vicente Fox, “won” by about one-half of one percent of the votes according to the national election commission (IFE), and immediately began acting 8220;presidential,” assembling a “transition team” and giving speeches in which he outlined his “platform” as if he were the official winner—but until the TRIFE (the electoral court) makes its declaration on Sept. 6, there is no “official” president-elect.

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Good treatment programs for prostitutes lack funding
Thursday 03 August @ 15:19:12 (Read: 3774)
Newsby Steve Butcher

Frustration was palpable at a panel discussion on prostitution that took place at Minneapolis Third Precinct headquarters last Thursday. Organized by the federally-funded community group Central Weed and Seed, and by Ward 8 City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, the discussion was billed as a “solution” to the constant struggle between neighbors and streetwalkers.

The city court system was criticized for its perceived inability or refusal to hold and punish prostitutes. Minneapolis police lieutenant Dan Roen and Central Neighborhood activist Jeff Smollar both noted that women often reappear on the streets within 24 hours of their arrest. Corcoran Caring Neighbors member Sarah Blanch circulated photos that showed a half dozen drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes who congregate regularly along the 3000 block of Longfellow Avenue. “More and more residents in the Corcoran neighborhood are afraid to leave their homes,” she said.

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Viking Bar closes its doors after 46 years in business
Thursday 03 August @ 15:18:29 (Read: 3647)
NewsWillie Murphy & friends played one final time at the Viking on Monday night. Willie has been hanging around at the bar since the ’60s, and has played Monday night gigs there for about 16 years. The farewell crowd at the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood institution was wild—dancing on the bar and tables just like the old days.

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Hug a tree, impeach a Bush
Wednesday 26 July @ 17:35:06 (Read: 6175)
Newsby Kaythlyn Stone

Daniel Fearn is hoping you’ll hear about the “Blackout of National Shame” and start turning your lights off at home every Wednesday from 9 to 9:30 p.m. What’s that about?

The lights out protest is the latest of many ideas Minneapolis resident Fearn has presented, hoping one will be the tipping point that ignites people to actively support impeachment. Fearn is aiming his message at anyone dissatisfied with the hard right turn the country has made under President George W. Bush.

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Henceforth, being googled is bootylicious— just ask Professor Anatoly
Wednesday 26 July @ 17:12:40 (Read: 4479)
Newsby Jaye Beldo

Anatoly Liberman, an internationally acclaimed linguistics professor at the University of Minnesota recently had his book “Word Origins... and How We Know Them” published by Oxford University Press as a kind of respite from a more extensive project, a multivolume etymological dictionary of English, which he has been patiently compiling over the last 20 years. “Word Origins” is chock full of intriguing, accessible insights into how our language has evolved, mutated and otherwise morphed over thousands of years. Recently Pulse interviewed the professor on the current status of language in the electronic age.

Pulse: What do you think will happen to language with the invention of the internet—specifically Google, text and instant messaging?

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The aftermath in Mexico— million-plus gather to oppose election results
Wednesday 26 July @ 16:59:11 (Read: 3831)
NewsSpecial to the Pulse from Mexico City

by Johnny Hazard

On Sunday, July 16, in the biggest political march in Mexican history, about 1.2 million people gathered to oppose the theft of the presidential election by the right-wing, officialist candidate, Felipe Calderón. The winner-according-to-some, Andrés Manuel Lopéz Obrador, announced the intensification of nonviolent civil disobedience, which in the past week took the form of demonstrations and entrance-blocking at  Banamex, the largest  bank in the country. (Banamex was sold recently to Citibank, and the former owner, a Calderón supporter, needless to say paid no taxes on the transaction.) Other actions targeted Televisa, the largest Mexican television network, and  Sabritas, a junk-food peddling subsidiary of Pepsico. Probable targets in the near future will include Wal-Mart. In spite of the non-violent nature of this movement (though participants have no “training),” Calderón and his supporters in the Mexican and international press continue to attack López Obrador and the people in general as violent. Calderón even went so far as to assert: “I believe in using the force of law on behalf of the people and against the violent.” Hmm. (As I may have mentioned in my previous article, this “law and order” stance goes so far as to support the beating and rape of activists.)  Another march this Sunday promises to be much bigger, as organizers hope to double the attendance of the last one. I continue to marvel at how the U.S. media outlets that gushed over the election protests in the Ukraine in 2004 call similar actions in Mexico destabilizing. Whatever happens, and whether or not we believe a López Obrador government would really bring about fundamental change, it´s refreshing that someone is breaking the patterns of submission to corrupt, violent authority that predominate in Mexico and points north. I encourage readers to organize and participate in protests at Mexican consuls in the U.S. ||


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Red Ribbon riders raise $620,000 for nine AIDS charities
Thursday 20 July @ 13:16:14 (Read: 3789)
Newsby Phil Willkie

I just completed the 300-mile Red Ribbon Ride over the weekend—benefiting nine local AIDS charities.

I rode in the first Twin Cities to Chicago AIDS ride in 1996. At the time I thought it was ridiculous that you had to ride a bicycle to raise money. I had been a driver and board member for Open Arms of Minnesota. I thought bicycling was a distraction from delivering meals to homebound people with AIDS. But I was surprised that by doing a physically challenging feat, I was swamped with contributions.

In six charity rides for AIDS service organizations, I’ve raised more than $52,000. On this ride I came in second with contributions of nearly $9,500. Jim Maurer, the director of Park House, had nearly $10,000. I was followed by Rick Rosow with $8,200 and Jack Conrad with $6,200. Some 273 riders raised $620,000. The minimum for getting into the ride was $1,300.

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Matt Entenza drops out in attorney general race
Thursday 20 July @ 13:16:06 (Read: 3804)
NewsPosted on Matt Entenza’s website Tuesday, July 18: “While I’m confident that I can win the race for attorney general, obviously in this environment staying in this race would hurt the Democratic Party and the progressive issues we care about so deeply. I have seen this before ... I know now as I did then that with enough time, I can fight my way through this and prevail. But with so little time and so many attacks, from anonymous faxes to attacks on my family, it is impossible to fight these attacks and win this race without it taking a serious toll on the people and the party we care about the most. It has been my honor to serve the people of this state. I am proud of my record in public service and even more proud of my wife. I am confident the voters of Minnesota would see these attacks for what they are: politics pure and simple. So today I am ending my campaign for attorney general ...” ||

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ELECTION FRAUD IN MEXICO: THE COUP OF THE TECHNOCRATS
Wednesday 12 July @ 16:48:45 (Read: 4333)
NewsBY JOHNNY HAZARD
On Sunday, July 2, Mexicans voted in a close race between Felipe Calderón of the PAN and Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the PRD. The third candidate, Roberto Madrazo of the PRI, remained irrelevant. The specter of PRI corruption, however, was resurrected in the PAN.

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A Soldier's Heart Then and Now
Wednesday 12 July @ 16:15:06 (Read: 6655)
NewsBy Chante Wolf

When Richard Saholt joined the Army in 1942, he did so in hopes of proving himself to his father and society. He did, by becoming a sniper, scout, point man and a member of the infamous 10th Mountain Division.
The division were ski paratroopers, and Saholt earned the Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star. The training alone was the most brutal and rigorous training known in the military.

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We Secede From and you should
Thursday 06 July @ 12:26:08 (Read: 4116)
NewsBY SID PRANKE

The time of year when many Americans get drunk and blow up things has just passed.
While some of us may continue to get drunk—ordinances generally prohibit anything resembling
a rocket’s red glare without a permit.


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News Junkie Jason Leopold: Karl Rove Still Not Exonerated
Thursday 06 July @ 12:07:21 (Read: 3958)
NewsBY LYDIA HOWELL

Journalists are supposed to report on scandals—not become them.
On May 13, on the progressive new-site Truthout.org, Jason Leopold predicted that Bush advisor Karl Rove faced indictment by independent “Plamegate” prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, within 24 hours. With day after day passing with no indictment and Rove’s lawyer claiming to have received a letter from Fitzgerald resolving the matter, Leopold has been attacked by journalists and bloggers from both the right and left.


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Is Coldwater for Sale?
Thursday 06 July @ 11:52:38 (Read: 4751)
NewsBy Susu Jeffrey

Last fall the National Park Service (NPS) considered selling off 23-percent of its total acreage. That proposal was booed out of existence by public outcry but despite small increases, America's "crown jewels of the outdoors" are systemically underfunded by appropriations that do not keep pace with the value of the dollar.


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Reflections on giving our kids a fighting chance
Wednesday 28 June @ 14:51:32 (Read: 3712)
NewsBY DWIGHT HOBBES

Julie, a warmhearted lady if ever there was one, is on the phone, telling me they are enrolling at, we’ll call it Faith Academy, and am I interested in having my 12-year old daughter, who’s enrolled in the Minneapolis Public School system, apply for one a very few, soon to disappear openings.

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Why Join the Military?
Thursday 22 June @ 16:00:04 (Read: 3672)
Newsby Chante Wolf

Why do feminists and GLBT folks want to join the military? Is it that they want the same choices that white men have supposedly had for job opportunities (not that killing people is now something I put on my own resume), college money, and/or travel? Perhaps. That is why I enlisted, to get training as a photographer (which, of course, never happened).

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Mexico at the crossroads: the struggli in Oaxaca
Thursday 22 June @ 02:58:04 (Read: 3502)
Newsby Stan Gotlieb

In an annual ritual, the teachers’ union of the state of Oaxaca (one of Mexico’s three poorest states) put down their chalk and put on their marching shoes to come to the capital city and camp out in the heart of town. Some 50,000 plus marched in on May 22, and about 30,000 stayed to occupy the town square and some 50 blocks surrounding it, effectively choking off the tourist watering holes, and most of the upscale stores and restaurants that remain in spite of the appeal of the new malls in the suburbs.

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Ritchie nabs DFL endorsement on first ballot
Thursday 15 June @ 15:57:24 (Read: 3700)
NewsMark Ritchie and his wife, Nancy Gaschott, lock hands to celebrate Ritchie’s victory in the race against Christian Sande for the DFL endorsement for secretary of state. Sande withdrew from the race after the first ballot, when it became clear his campaign would not succeed. The convention then endorsed Ritchie by acclimation. Ritchie will now face incumbent Mary Kiffmeyer, a Republican, who has drawn fire for politicizing the secretary of state’s office. Ritchie said he would change that . “As secretary of state, I will restore dignity, integrity and non-partisanship to the office in the proud tradition of Joan Growe and Arlen Erdahl,” Ritchie said. ||

(Photo by Greg Popowich)


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The Devil wears ... credentials
Thursday 15 June @ 15:57:06 (Read: 4027)
Newsby Sid Pranke

Operating on the premise that at least part of the world belongs to those who bother to show up, I showed up at the DFL state convention in Rochester over the weekend. Wearing two sets of credentials (one for media, another as an alternate delegate eligible for upgrade in Senate District 64, St. Paul)—I knew I would have floor access at all times, and not be relegated to the balcony.

The name of our subcaucus was “Impeach Bush, Antinuclear Labor Uncommitted.” I never imagined we would get enough delegates at the district level to earn a state delegate and alternate. I had borrowed a few colored markers to make a little sign but otherwise did no advance planning. Somehow we eked out enough numbers to make it to the state level.

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State grants Como Zoo funding for luxury polar bear love nest
Friday 09 June @ 17:25:57 (Read: 4147)
Newsby Dwight Hobbes

Every once in a blue moon, politicians serve the public good. Accordingly, lightning struck at Minnesota State Legislature this past session. Granted, they went ahead and soaked Hennepin County taxpayers to the tune of $387 million in forthcoming sales levies so the Minnesota Twins can have a stadium they don’ t need. And the filthy rich University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus got $26.6 million in funding to expand the already thriving Carlson School of Management—along with $40 million to build yet another a biomedical sciences research building. However, at least some of the almost $1 billion bonding bill will come to the long overdue aid of St. Paul’s comparatively shoestring operation, Como Zoo.

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Candidate Kelley votes not to limit mercury; he shoots down Lourey protection
Friday 09 June @ 17:25:37 (Read: 3869)
Newsby Leo Cashman

In a governor’s race looking for candidate differences, it is worth revisiting the melodrama that took place in 2005 in the Senate Health Committee, where DFL Senator Steve Kelley shot down a mercury bill authored by Senator Becky Lourey. Concerned that the much ballyhooed flu shot, which still contains 25 micrograms of mercury, Mercury Free Minnesota—a coalition of over a dozen of Minnesota’s activist environmental and health groups—backed a bill to curtail the use of mercury in vaccines. An assortment of all-unpaid citizen lobbyists, including some parents of vaccine-injured children, sought to educate House and Senate Health Committee members on the issue.

Imagine their surprise when some of the liberal DFL senators—such as Linda Berglin and Steve Kelley, who have a good record on mercury in the environment—had no interest in even meeting with the parents to learn about the basis for their concern. One of the mothers—Stephanie Lee, whose daughter suffered repeated vaccine injuries and died—lives in Sen. Lourey’s district. Lourey listened at length to the tales of tragic vaccine injury, with mercury in the vaccines as a prime suspect. Lourey eventually agreed to author a bill aimed at curtailing the use of mercury in vaccines. Not a complete ban on thimerosal, the deadly mercury-based preservative, the bill required doctors to use a mercury-free version of a vaccine whenever the mercury-free version can be obtained by the doctor’s best efforts.

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Try begging–DFL delegates urged not to leave too early on Sunday
Friday 09 June @ 17:25:12 (Read: 3792)
Newsby Sid Pranke

With Ford Bell pulling himself out of the DFL endorsement process, Friday at the state convention could be a snoozer. Unless, of course, the convention decides not to endorse anyone, that is, Amy Klobuchar. Observers wonder whether that move by Bell was a wise one—he announced his decision a few weeks ago on “Almanac,” a local political program on public television. Bell more than held his own on the issues in a verbal exchange on that show with the Hennepin County district attorney—he sounded more “senatorial” than Klobuchar, and had more than fluff rhetoric to offer viewers.

It will be interesting to see how the strong numbers of “Peace in the Precincts” delegates react to the idea of endorsing Klobuchar. Prior to Bell’s exit from the endorsement process, many delegates were committed to being “uncommitted” on the first ballot in the Senate race, to make a point about opposition to the war of Iraq.

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Minnesota’s election season
Wednesday 31 May @ 23:21:09 (Read: 4344)
Newsby Mordecai Spector

The eyes of the nation are sure to be fixed on Minnesota in the run-up to the November elections. There will be contests for the governor’s office and for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Sen. Mark Dayton.

In the Sixth District congressional race, voters will be faced with a stark choice between the leading candidates, Patty Wetterling, a liberal, pro-choice DFLer, with a national reputation as an advocate for missing and abused children, and state Sen. Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater, one of the most conservative state legislators and the author of the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.


And the recent surprise announcement by Rep. Martin Olav Sabo that he would not run for re-election, after serving the Fifth District for 28 years in the U.S. House, created an opportunity for a dozen or so local politicians to position themselves for a run at the House seat in an overwhelmingly DFL-voting district.

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In all fairness to Ralph Remington ...
Wednesday 31 May @ 23:20:59 (Read: 3607)
Newsby Ed Felien

Although it is true, as we reported in “Short Notes on Tall Buildings” (Pulse, May 17) that Minneapolis City Council Member Ralph Remington did OK the development at Calhoun Square that will ultimately wipe out Borders Books and Orr’s Books, he really didn’t have much choice at that point. The process was already pretty far along. Anything he would have done at that late a date would most certainly have precipitated a lawsuit that the City would have surely lost.

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Just don’t get sick in prison
Tuesday 30 May @ 21:03:03 (Read: 3484)
Newsby Steve Clemens

(Editor’s Note: Following is an excerpt of a letter from Steve Clemens, who is serving three months in federal prison for nonviolent civil disobedience at the “School of the Americas.”)

My past exposure to city and county jails and federal prisons had led me to counsel fellow peace activists who risk time in the lock-up to try and stay healthy ‘cause prisons are not the best places to have close encounters of the medical kind.

I’ve read stories of how Dan Berrigan almost died in the dental chair at the Danbury Federal Prison. I personally watched “the Interstate Man” (that’s what he called himself in 1981) in Potter County Jail in Amarillo, Texas, go into a seizure, waiting for 20-25 minutes until the guard arrived, only to see them cuff him and throw him into solitary (‘the hole’) for the rest of the night before seeing the doctor the next day.

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Lying about radiation at Prairie Island’s nuclear plant
Tuesday 30 May @ 20:31:42 (Read: 3789)
Newsby John LaForge

A bad accident May 2 at the Prairie Island nuclear power reactor site contaminated “about” 100 workers internally with radioactive iodine-131. The crew was far inside the reactor’s misnamed containment area when it was doused with the toxic metallic fumes that the Nuclear Management Company, which runs the reactor for Xcel Energy, said were leaking from one of the system’s thousands of uranium fuel assemblies. None of the employees were wearing respirators when the gas “was inadvertently released on the workers and inhaled,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) speaker went as far as to say, “that 100 workers were exposed was a high number,” but that was about it in the indisputable fact department. The rest of the NRC’s and Xcel’s spin about the accident was obfuscation, misinformation and outright falsehood, but it is worth considering for future reference because radiation accidents are a part of our future.

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Father Harvey Egan dies at age 91
Tuesday 30 May @ 20:17:40 (Read: 3500)
NewsFather Harvey Egan died at age 91. He built St. Joan of Arc from a sleepy, quiet parish into one of a lively, meaningful, musical spirituality, with 1,000 people at each Sunday Mass.

He called God She.

The most interesting speakers in town or passing through town did the homilies, including Gloria Steinem, which freaked the archbishop. People of all races, classes and sexual persuasions most often got standing ovations. I, an agnostic Revolutionary activist Jew, even did homilies.

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So, what’s new with Karl Rove lately?
Tuesday 30 May @ 20:11:21 (Read: 5943)
NewsAccording to an e-mail received from Truthout.org Executive Director Marc Ash, three independent sources have confirmed that attorneys for Karl Rove were handed an indictment late last week.

However, the office of Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald would not confirm, deny or comment on its investigation on Truthout’s report. “We know that both Rove’s attorney Robert Luskin and Rove’s spokesman Mark Corallo have categorically denied all key facts we have set forth. We know we have information that directly contradicts Luskin and Corallo’s denials,” Ash wrote in the e-mail—“this is what we believe—Rove may be turning state’s evidence. We suspect that the scope of Fitzgerald’s investigation may have broadened—and clearly to Cheney...”

Prior to these possible new developments, Rove has been asked to testify five times during the grand jury’s “Plamegate” investigation.

The leak investigation, which led to the indictment last year of Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, began after administration officials were accused of disclosing Plame's identity as part of a broader White House effort to discredit critics of the administration's justification for the Iraq war. ||

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Short notes on tall buildings
Wednesday 17 May @ 18:09:04 (Read: 4003)
Newsby Ed Felien

What they call progress is moving along at a rapid pace in Uptown. Newly-elected City Council Member Ralph Remington, who ran on a campaign of “smart development” and seemed critical of development that was not in the community interest, OK’ed, at his second Council meeting, the huge redevelopment complex that will replace Calhoun Square at his second Council meeting. Many of the stores are already gone. Borders is scheduled to close May 29. The Kitchen Window will probably move south into the Borders’ space. An increase in the rent was the reason given for the Borders closing. It’s a smaller store than most of the others in the chain, but executives from the previous Calhoun Square management company have said they were told it was the most profitable store in the chain, based on square footage. Was it the unionization of employees that made management decide to abandon ship? Were they afraid that the noxious flu of collective bargaining would spread to other stores in the chain?

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The differences between DFL gubenatorial candidates
Wednesday 17 May @ 17:51:03 (Read: 4800)
Newsby Ed Felien

The principal issue in the race for DFL endorsement for governor will probably be the candidate’s position on health care. All the candidates acknowledge there’s a problem and all of them support some kind of universal coverage.

Becky Lourey staked out the high ground early. She has been clear in her support of a single payer system through expansion of MinnesotaCare (MNCare). This would be a gradual expansion that would create
the least disruption and crunch on the State treasury. It would allow Minnesota corporations and small businesses to offer MinnesotaCare to their employees. This is the most comprehensive practical proposal of any of the candidates.

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Coldwater Nation
Wednesday 17 May @ 17:15:18 (Read: 4341)
NewsNew book details firsthand accounts
of 2nd longest urban occupation in U.S. history


by Sid Pranke

In the weeks before Fifth Congressional District DFLers decided to endorse Keith Ellison, Pulse contributor David Tilsen posed a question for delegates to consider while assessing candidates: “How did they respond to the unprecedented and excessive use of force during the Highway 55/Camp Coldwater struggle?” That’s a good question, but until I read a newly-released book with a really long title—“Listen: the Story of the People at Taku Wakan Tipi and the Reroute of Highway 55 or The Minnehaha Free State”—I didn’t realize how good.

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Police brutality in Mexico as election nears
Thursday 11 May @ 14:48:47 (Read: 4099)
Newsby Johnny Hazard

In anticipation of presidential elections July 2, there have been several incidents of police repression in Mexico. In the most recent case, a dispute about the right to sell flowers on the sidewalk led to the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy; the admitted arrests without warrant of 190 people; the disappearance of others; the deportation of four foreign women and one foreign man who were on the scene (in one case filming a documentary); and violence during the arrest and imprisonment of the above-mentioned people. The kidnapping of two to four police officers by the protesters is believed to have precipitated the police repression.

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Ellison gets DFL endorsement
Thursday 11 May @ 12:10:33 (Read: 4125)
Newsby Phil Willkie

State Representative Keith Ellison received the DFL endorsement of Congress to replace retiring incumbent Martin Sabo. Ellison is the first person of color to be endorsed for Congress by a major political party in Minnesota.

The DFL Fifth District met at St. Louis Park High School. It started early with backers of Mike Erlandson, Sabo’s chief of staff of 13 years, trying to limit the number of ballots to six. The old regulars’ best chance was to deadlock the convention. Deadlocked conventions are rare, and that motion went nowhere.

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High School dropouts pay a big price
Thursday 11 May @ 09:23:50 (Read: 3906)
News by Bao Vang

Football was Terrell Washington’s escape from real life. The smell of nicely-cut green grass made him forget that his mom smoked crack cocaine. The feel of the pigskin was a reliable escape from a fatherless childhood. And the sight of his teammates bonding gave him hope that they would graduate from high school together.

The nearly 6-foot-tall African-American linebacker tackled the roughest kids for Roosevelt High School and the next year for North High. Washington transferred back to Roosevelt as a junior, but couldn’t nail the C average needed to play. When football was taken from him, nothing else mattered. He lacked motivation to get up for school, didn’t pay attention in classes and pretty soon, stopped going all together. No one from his home encouraged him to go back. In fact, he was needed at home to help with three younger siblings.

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U.S. Senate candidates address our questions on nukes, prez impeachment, DU
Wednesday 03 May @ 17:08:06 (Read: 5013)
News(Editor’s note:Minnesota U.S. Senate contenders—Two DFL candidates, Ford Bell and Amy Klobuchar, and Green Party candidate Mike Cavlan, all responded to the same Pulse questions. Republican Mark Kennedy’s campaign refused to participate. The DFL state endorsing convention runs from June 9 to 11 in Rochester. The Greens’ state endorsing convention will take place on June 3–4 in Duluth.)

Pulse: Do you favor construction of new nuclear power plants in the United States

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Pulse freelancer John Laforge get six months in federal prison
Friday 28 April @ 14:24:43 (Read: 4466)
NewsNonviolent rebellion against a storm of lies

by John LaForge

The prospect of six months in federal prison camp for protesting torture seems a lot like accounts of being drafted or volunteering for the military. One hopes for light duty, but the authorities decide where, how and for how long you stay. Like the GIs, I have a ship-out date, a release date, and I’ll be issued olive drab and khaki clothes for the duration. I’ll be taking orders from officers, and the definition of “food” will be institutional. (I once read “beef lips” on an ingredients list in the federal prison camp kitchen in Marion, Ill.)

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Take Back the Night rally on April 27 at Loring Park
Friday 28 April @ 14:24:33 (Read: 3785)
NewsGroups from around the Twin Cities will participate in the ninth annual Take Back the Night march and rally on Thu., April 27, at 6 p.m. The rally will begin in Loring Park with speakers Anna Odegaard of Alexandra House—a shelter, support center and advocacy organization for battered women and families; and Peggy Flanagan, advocate for women and children’s social justice, as well as organizer/trainer for Wellstone Action. From Loring Park, participants will march to Uptown to raise awareness of the violence on our streets.Following the march, the event will conclude back at Loring Park for an open-mic session and a musical performance by Elephine. ||

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May the Soulforce be with you — and also with folks at NCU
Thursday 20 April @ 17:40:46 (Read: 5225)
Newsby Dwight Hobbes

A traveling protest group, the Soulforce Equality Riders, hit town on Monday (4/17) to protest discrimination against gays at North Central University (NCU) in Minneapolis. The Soulforce Equality Ride is, with three stops left, a squad of 33 activists winding up a 51-day, 19-school bus tour demonstrating at military and religious colleges and universities that ban enrollment of gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender students—which North Central University does.

The Equality Riders’ protest—they prefer the term “direct action”—was thwarted by NCU officials, who closed its buildings to non-students, making it difficult for the group to engage the student population, until the day closed with a rally at Elliot Park, directly adjacent to the campus.

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Local church won’t perform opposite-sex marriages in show of solidarity
Thursday 13 April @ 13:32:12 (Read: 5580)
NewsCivil marriage for opposite-gender couples will no longer be performed at Lyndale United Church for Christ. “We can no longer discriminate against members of our congregation so we will no longer be doing civil marriages at Lyndale UCC,” said Michael Vanderford, moderator of the 120-year-old Lyndale United Church of Christ in South Minneapolis. The church’s congregation voted unanimously on April 9 to establish a marriage policy that treats all couples equally and affirmed equal marriage rights for all couples. Opposite-gender couples married at the church would need to go before a justice of the peace in order to have their marriage recognized by the state as a civil marriage.

Church member Rev. Rebecca Voelkel said, “Our decision is a symbolic act in the midst of the debate in St. Paul and our nation calling other churches and pastors to stand for justice and equality by refusing to perpetuate injustice and inequality. Some pastors in the United Church of Christ and other denominations have also chosen to stop signing civil marriage licenses. We hope more pastors will in the future and are especially excited that this was a decision, not just of one pastor, but the entire congregation.” ||

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Crime problem continues in West Bank neighborhood
Thursday 13 April @ 13:32:18 (Read: 4517)
Newsby Burt Berlowe

In January of 2004, I wrote a cover story for the Pulse called "Somali Youth Gangs, Fact or Fiction". The impetus for that piece came from reports of violent and criminal acts committed by groups of Somali youth in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. There were conflicting opinions about the extent of the problem and whether those groups constituted “gangs,” as they are traditionally defined. But there was agreement on the seriousness of this issue among law enforcement officers and the Somali community, with the blame laid primarily on lack of constructive activities for the youth and broken family structures.

Two years later, the “gangs”—or whatever you prefer to call them—haven’t gone away and neither has the dilemma of what to do about them.

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Tens of thousands call for “immigration with dignity”
Thursday 13 April @ 13:32:40 (Read: 5993)
NewsAbout 30,000 immigrants and their supporters marched from the Cathedral of St. Paul to the State Capitol Sunday calling for “immigration with dignity.” Many held signs opposing H.R. 4437, the U.S. House bill passed last December that would criminalize 12 million illegal immigrants and build a 700-mile fence along the U.S. Mexican border (currently, illegal residency is a civil violation). Also common in the crowd were American and Mexican flags and slogans such as “I’m a worker, not a criminal” or “I’m a parent.” The march was preceded by musical performances, Aztec dancers, and remarks by Archbishop Harry Flynn. On the steps of the Capitol, speakers spoke about their personal struggles to immigrate to the United States. Sunday’s march was only one of numerous peaceful rallies taking place in cities across the country this week.

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The quiet crisis will be heard:
Thursday 06 April @ 12:34:08 (Read: 6496)
NewsPine Ridge rez Prez plans for clinic

by Cyn Collins

South Dakota women are not taking an abortion ban lying down. Bill HB1215 is the only anti-abortion bill in the U.S. which contains no exceptions for rape, incest or women’s health. This makes it far and away the most extreme ban of 11 states proposing bans, said Sarah Stoesz, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota & South Dakota.

A new coalition, South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families (SDCHF) formed rapidly in response to Gov. Michael Rounds’ signing of the abortion ban bill in early March. More than 600 people are working to garner 16,728 petition signatures by June 19. Kate Looby, state director of Planned Parenthood South Dakota said they received 1,200 signatures after the first three days and people are “ecstatic to sign the petition—people can’t sign the petition fast enough!”

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Legislative update on tax reform bills
Thursday 06 April @ 12:12:28 (Read: 3729)
Newsby Kim DeFranco

Legislation to close tax corporate loopholes to make up and resore cuts to Health and Human Services programs for the poor and working people of Minnesota from the 2003 Legislative Session is moving along in the Minnesota Senate.

It soon will be going to full Senate Finance Committee. The legislation is expected to fare well in the DFL-controlled Senate.

However, since the Republicans control the House, it’s difficult to get a hearing for a Democrat-sponsored bill. So, this means that the Democrats of the Jobs & Economic Development Policy Committee will have to bring up parts of the bill as amendments. Representatives Karen Clark from (DFL-Minneapolis), Nora Slawik from (DFL-Maplewood) and Michael Nelson from Brooklyn Park (DFL-Brooklyn Park) are expected to introduce amendments.

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Congressman Kingston calls Cindy Sheehan a “nutcase”
Thursday 06 April @ 12:00:05 (Read: 5916)
News(Editor’s note: Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), writing in his blog, called peace activist Cindy Sheehan a “nutcase.” Following is an excerpt of Sheehan’s response.)

Congressman Kingston,

How dare you psychoanalyze me and call me a “nutcase!” How dare you call me a beatnik and lie about me in your blog!

First of all, April 4, 2006, was the 2nd anniversary of my son’s death. Casey Austin Sheehan was a man filled with integrity and courage. He was a hero who never backed down from the right thing his entire life. He was an amazing person who did not hide when his commander in chief sent him to a war based on lies even when he knew they were lies ...

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Marriage amendment fails in Senate committee
Thursday 06 April @ 11:33:17 (Read: 4006)
NewsThe Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee voted down the marriage amendment 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon, April 4. (Thank you to breathless Pulse writer Cyn Collins for calling that info in the office.) The vote seems to mesh with recent poll results on the statewide marriage amendment idea.

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News Analysis: City loses a good leader in McManus
Monday 27 March @ 12:44:47 (Read: 4223)
Newsby Dwight Hobbes

Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak and the City Council didn’t miss their water until folk in San Antonio started nosing around the well. Then, all of a sudden, hizzoner and company scrambled like cats scratching to cover up shit on a glass floor. Too late. Minneapolis Police Department Chief William McManus had applied for and accepted the job as San Antonio’s Chief of Police and was now in the wind. Now, there is plenty enough egg to go around on the faces of Rybak and the circle-jerking City Council (whose offices are right down the hall and just around the corner from Rybak’s at City Hall).

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Vets plus DU plus the Law
Thursday 16 March @ 23:43:29 (Read: 7970)
Newsby Susu Jeffrey

In 1944 the U.S. Congress passed the G.I. Bill of Rights, providing help to World War II veterans for medical care, education and the purchase of homes, farms and businesses. By 1951, 8 million vets had gone back to school at a federal cost of $14 billion. Higher education was no longer restricted to the elite, and served as a safety valve during the transition from war to peace. G.I. Bill opportunities helped to move hundreds of thousands more people into the middle class.

My dad, Harry Jeffrey (R-Ohio), was a co-author of that bill and spent his only congressional term writing, and then selling the G.I. Bill of Rights to the American people. Since then, the social experiment in support of ex-military personnel has slowly been gutted, especially since the Vietnam War. “That damn G.I. Bill,” a veteran told me recently. “[Now] after four years you don’t even get enough to go to junior college.” Veterans’ benefits are supposed to do just that—benefit veterans.

But, in fact, the fallout from Iraq Wars One and Two will be never-ending since the poison from American depleted uranium (DU) weapons is dangerous to all life for 4.5 billion years.

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Latinos have pesadilla with local realtor tactics
Thursday 16 March @ 23:15:34 (Read: 5415)
Newsby Hassan Perez

On a cool, damp March afternoon, Alejandro and Celia sit in the living room of the first home they could call their own.

Sitting in the stillness of their humble Minneapolis home, Alejandro and Celia appear to have realized the American Dream within a decade of coming to the United States from Central America. Their home is clean and tidy and located near schools and major thoroughfares. At first glance, Alejandro and Celia appear to be living proof that America is the land of opportunity.

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Dems—war profiteering should be a crime
Thursday 09 March @ 15:35:14 (Read: 4434)
Newsby Jeremy Breningstall

U.S. Senate Democrats would like to create a new category of federal crime: war profiteer. Under legislation proposed last week, those who deliberately defraud or overcharge in a war zone could face new penalties of up to $1 million in fines and 20 years in prison. Whether this legislation has any chance of passing remains to be seen. There are 29 co-sponsors to the bill.

The proposal comes on the heels of a series of hearings the Democratic Policy Committee has held over the last few years regarding contracting abuses in Iraq.

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Coldwater: the 1805 Pike treaty
Thursday 09 March @ 15:35:05 (Read: 4877)
Newsby Susu Jeffrey

There were more cops in the courtroom than supporters for the first appearance of three defendants, who were charged with petty misdemeanors after entering the sacred Coldwater Spring site last October. The case is United States of America versus Jim Anderson, Cultural Chairman of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community, Chris Mato Nunpa, Indigenous Nations and Dakota Studies professor at Southwest State University at Marshall, and this writer, founder of Friends of Coldwater.

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Statewide precinct caucuses on Tues. March 7 eve—be there
Saturday 04 March @ 11:32:21 (Read: 4622)
Newsby Phil Willkie

(Last week Sen. John Kerry spoke at a poorly-attended fundraiser for the Party. While he complained about conduct concerning the War and the rising uninsured millions, he offered no solutions to either problem. The DFL attracted 100,000 people to its caucuses in 1968 when Eugene McCarthy ran. Former Party Chair Mike Erlandson said 57,000 attended caucuses in 2004.)

On March 7 the four largest political parties will hold caucuses: the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), the Green Party of Minnesota, the Independence Party, and the Republican Party. The DFL is the only party with contested races for party nominations.

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Minneapolis votes to outsource public Wi-Fi
Friday 03 March @ 17:35:52 (Read: 5060)
NewsRight-wing think tanks affect decision; no "bridge" built for the "digital divide" so far

by Aaron Neumann

Amid allegations by public advocates that city leaders were being driven by right-wing think tanks and industry groups, the Minneapolis City Council voted last Friday to begin outsourcing a citywide public Wi-Fi (wireless) network. Curiously, the Council allowed staff to present the latest proposal, a proposal that nearly verbatim espouses to the pro-private conservative policy positions on municipal Wi-Fi networks. Since Council members had just 24 hours to review the revised proposal before the entire Council voted on it, it appeared to some that the Council was bulldozing a vote.

The 11 to 1 vote came quickly, despite legitimate concerns that have been raised about the current proposals and the process that has produced them (see Pulse Feb. 8 cover story “Rybak’s Great Giveaway: The selling out of public Wi-Fi”), more specifically that public ownership of Wi-Fi was not seriously studied at any point in the process, and the two ownership models have never been compared head-to-head.

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Interview: the LIBERAL Sen. Mark Dayton —
Friday 24 February @ 10:14:26 (Read: 6855)
NewsNot enough for some, too much for others

(Editor’s Note: Sen. Mark Dayton will be leaving office at the end of 2006; he announced his decision not to run again a year ago. We checked in with him.)

by Sid Pranke

Pulse: I read an MPR online version interview/article a few years ago and they addressed what was perceived as you keeping a lower profile in the Senate, and that you were trying to change that somewhat by doing more press releases, etc.

Dayton: “My recollection of the ‘lower profile’ point in time was right in the aftermath of Sen. Wellstone’s death. Paul was my good friend of 22 years, and also my colleague and mentor here [in D.C.] for the two years we were together. I was learning the ropes in the Senate at that time and Paul was one of those who advised me to be, to adopt a lower profile. He felt that was a mistake that he made when he first came in.”

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Whistleblower: Save your breath?
Thursday 23 February @ 15:44:39 (Read: 5348)
Newsby Ed Felien & Mark Novitsky

“Patriotism is supporting your Country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”— Mark Twain

There’s a bill before Congress right now that the Bush Administration is trying to stop. It’s the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.

Protection under the current Act are inadequate and an exercise in futility. From July 2002 through December 2003, OSHA completed investigations of 79 whistleblower’s complaints alleging retaliation by employers against employees who criticized company or government procedures. They found in favor of the employers 77 times and in favor of the whistleblowers only twice. Texas courts have ruled that employees are not necessarily entitled to a trial by their peers to hear their complaints, and the history and intent of the legislation cannot be used to interpret its application. It’s no wonder whistleblowers believe there’s little hope for justice.

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Hundreds march down Lake Street in show of unity for immigrants
Wednesday 15 February @ 15:11:37 (Read: 5088)
Newsby Jeremy Breningstall

Smarting over a perceived effort by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to make them political scapegoats, hundreds of immigrants and their supporters took to the streets on Sunday, Feb. 12 in South Minneapolis.

The Immigrants’ Rights March began in the parking lot behind the Carne Asada restaurant on East Lake Street and continued down past the Mexican and Somali shops on Bloomington Avenue, ultimately reaching the pews of Holy Rosary Catholic Church on 18th Avenue.

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Nelson-Pallmeyer to challenge Sabo
Wednesday 15 February @ 14:50:49 (Read: 8194)
Newsby Burt Berlowe

Martin Olav Sabo has been a fixture in Minnesota politics. After 17 years as a state legislator, he also has represented the Minneapolis’ Fifth Congressional District for more than a quarter of a century. He has been a loyal and sometimes effective Democratic congressman —voting consistently along party lines and bringing home substantial amounts of money for Minnesota projects, even as he has tended to shun the spotlight and work quietly behind the scenes.

He has been easily re-elected each of those times with minimal opposition from Republicans or from within his own Democratic party. One of his toughest most recent challenges came in the 1992 election against fellow DFLer Lisa Niebauer-Stall, who, though outspent 18 to 1 in the campaign, still received more than 25 percent of the vote.

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Anti-war activists convicted (again) in Hennepin County Court
Wednesday 15 February @ 14:39:33 (Read: 4985)
Newsby John LaForge

The latest in a long series of political trials was held in Edina’s Hennepin County courthouse Feb. 8. Another 12 anti-war defendants charged with trespassing at Minnesota’s biggest weapons merchant, Alliant Techsystems (ATK), argued that peacefully interfering with big business is no misdemeanor when crimes of war are being perpetrated. No matter. All 12 were convicted and sentenced to $100 fines.

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SUV attacks Pulse Newspaper
Wednesday 15 February @ 14:08:54 (Read: 4176)
NewsLast Thursday afternoon, an SUV crashed into the Pulse offices on Chicago Avenue; fortunately, no one was hurt in the accident.

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Class action lawsuit against MPD slated
Wednesday 08 February @ 14:03:10 (Read: 8456)
Newsby Lydia Howell

Daryl Robinson is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against the Minneapolis Police Department, set to go to court on Feb. 15 and 16.

Robinson, a clean-cut African-American man, was walking to his car after buying some seltzer water when a Minneapolis police cruiser intercepted him with interrogation that implied he was a criminal. When Robinson, who has no criminal record, said he felt “harassed,” one of the officers got out of the car and beat Robinson to the ground. After rupturing Robinson’s eardrum, the officer poured seltzer water into the bleeding ear, hit Robinson’s head with the bottle and said, “Now, THAT’s harassment!”

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U.S. Senate candidates Bell, Klobuchar respond to questions
Wednesday 01 February @ 13:11:06 (Read: 5071)
NewsEditor’s Note: Pulse will be asking national and state candidates in Minnesota elections to chime in throughout the course of the year leading up to November. This week, Minnesota DFL U.S. Senate candidates Ford Bell and Amy Klobuchar were asked the following questions:

1) Do you support Congressman John Murtha’s position—that the United States should withdraw its troops from Iraq within six months?

2) Do you support universal single payer health care?

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Self-sufficiency programs are serious business for families
Wednesday 01 February @ 13:10:25 (Read: 4281)
Newsby Troy Pieper

A family of four was considered living in poverty in 2004 if its annual income was $19,307 or less. The federal government’s “Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2004” put the number of Americans who were living at the poverty level at 37 million, although Minnesota’s poverty rate was 7.2 percent, well below the national 12.7 percent rate.

Still, that means, according to census figures that in 2004, somewhere around 367,000 Minnesotans lived below the poverty line. The Census Bureau also reported the number of Americans without health insurance to be 45.8 million, an increase of 800,000 from the previous year.

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March 31 mantra in St. Paul—I'm no longer a smoker at bars/restaurants—totally
Thursday 26 January @ 13:18:02 (Read: 4653)
Newsby Sid Pranke

Dave Thune is an interesting man. Somehow, he manages to spearhead a circuitous yet successful campaign to snuff out smoke in St. Paul bars and restaurants, although he is desperate himself to quit smoking. Or maybe his habit is the reason for the campaign in the first place, since he’s been trying to quit for a long time.

One can’t help wondering the obvious: the guy hasn’t been successful at quitting, so he makes everyone else quit? Isn’t that kind of Freudian? Isn’t that called transference or cognitive dissonance or something? Somebody let me know.

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Air America Minnesota takes on right-wingers over the airwaves
Thursday 26 January @ 13:17:50 (Read: 6726)
Newsby Dwight Hobbes

AM950 Air America’s second annual Blue State Ball held last weekend packed a pretty good one-two punch headlining national celeb Ed Schultz and local live wire Wendy Wilde.

The event was a crowded, noisy lovefest for the left-wing faithful who want to support Air America’s place in Minnesota talk radio.

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Save the Oak Street Cinema
Thursday 19 January @ 20:17:17 (Read: 6492)
Newsby Cyn Collins

The beloved and venerable Oak Street Cinema, one of the only single-screen theaters in town hosting repertory and revival film classics, is in grave financial distress. It has a large one-time debt of at least $130,000, and the Minnesota Film Arts Board of Directors are considering programming (e.g. second runs, as if there aren’t enough of those in town) and building changes. No one, including members and staff, is being informed of the future plans for the cinema.

There is no time like the present for all of us avid cineastes and casual lovers of films classic and obscure to show the Oak St. Cinema our love.

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Petition asks Congress to investigate “Skull & Bones” grave robbing evidence
Wednesday 11 January @ 19:53:53 (Read: 6942)
NewsEditor’s Note: Following is a petition now circulating regarding the shameless acts of the Skull & Bones society, whose members include President George Bush and Senator John Kerry.

To the U.S. Congress of the United States of America:

In 1918, the President’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, and several accomplices desecrated the grave of Apache holy man Geronimo at Ft. Sill, Okla. The men removed Geronimo’s head and a prized silver bridle which had been buried with him. Using acid and amid laughter, they stripped Geronimo’s head of hair and flesh. They then took their “trophies” back to Yale University and put them on display in the clubhouse of the secret fraternity “Skull & Bones.”

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An Interview with Scott Camil of Vietnam Veterans Against the War
Wednesday 11 January @ 15:22:24 (Read: 5285)
News[Pulse recently sat down with Scott Camil to chat about his part in the Winter Soldier Investigation, being in the film "Winter Soldier" (see Pulse article "Winter Solider: The Horror"), and the situation today in the Iraq War. Camil is a decorated Marine and Vietnam veteran who attended school at the University of Florida after serving during the Vietnam War. At UF, Camil became involved in the student protest movement, and then assumed a leadership role in Vietnam Veterans Against the War. web-ed]

by Jennifer Nemo

Pulse: What was it like participating in the Winter Soldier Investigation and being filmed?

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Who’s talking seriously about impeachment?
Wednesday 04 January @ 18:43:55 (Read: 5210)
Newsby Sid Pranke

When stellar Washington Post reporter Dana Priest swung through town recently, we asked her if there was any talk on Capitol Hill about impeaching George Bush. Priest said, “No, not right now. I don’t see any movement in that direction ... You don’t see anybody on the Hill, there might be some exceptions, calling for anything like that against President Bush.” That was on Nov. 28. What a difference a few weeks make.

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Holbrook brought street cred to Twin Cities writers’ market
Wednesday 04 January @ 18:15:55 (Read: 4327)
Newsby Dwight Hobbes

Writer-editor-administrator Carolyn Holbrook, well known as SASE: The Write Place founding artistic director, is a singular presence in Twin Cities lit. And has been since the early ’90s, when she strengthened a fledgling free-lance track record, contributing essays to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and alternative magazines like Artpaper and Colors as well as establishing SASE. In a locale glutted with aspirants to consequence, firebrand Holbrook carved a career out of grit, wit and, via her literary service organization, the determination to expose and empower authors who otherwise languish, at best marginalized, at worst wholly obscured. And kept writing to boot.

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Avoid unhappy returns—
Wednesday 28 December @ 11:49:28 (Read: 5268)
NewsBring receipt & don’t buy from strangers

by Cynthia Moothart

With the gluttony of the retail season winding down, it’s time to start shedding some weight, beginning with well-meaning but unwanted gifts found under the tree. Like those New Year’s resolutions now before us, though, the best intentions easily can go awry. And in the case of returns it’s best to know what you’re up against before heading off to the store.

Many retailers are clamping down on return policies—particularly where high-end electronics, DVDs, CDs, software and video games are concerned. In the case of some major chains, including Best Buy and Circuit City, a restocking fee of up to 15 percent will be applied to big-ticket items such as computers and cameras if the packaging has been disturbed. Amazon.com will reduce by half the value of returned CDs, DVDs and software if unwrapped, or of books that show signs of use. And Barnes & Noble and CompUSA online won’t accept returns on CDs, DVDs, software and game cartridges if opened.

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Remington “wants to do something” as City Hall’s newest rep from Ward 10
Wednesday 28 December @ 11:39:16 (Read: 5164)
Newsby Dwight Hobbes

Once the head-scratching is done and you get your mind around the fact that new City Councilmember Ralph Remington pulled it off, you can’t help wonder a few things. Like, for openers, how this black man got the 80-percent white 10th Ward to trust him.

He is, after all, the first African-American to represent the ward at City Hall. Remington states, “This is one of the most progressive wards in [Minneapolis]. They’re not necessarily looking at race as a lone identifier. That’s the thing. In my campaign, it wasn’t about color. It was about what you’re saying. People are looking for somebody to believe [instead of] politicians and elected officials that are just talking garbage to get in the position. One thing I said, during the campaign is that there are two types of politicians. Those that want to be something and those that want to do something. I was running because I want to get in there and do something. That connected with people.”

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Peace House offers hope—and free lunch!
Wednesday 28 December @ 11:28:10 (Read: 4442)
Newsby Phil Willkie

In the neighborhood of Franklin & Portland Avenues, corners of abandoned gas stations, vacant lots and boarded-up housing, there is a place that offers hope and warmth. Peace House has existed for 20 years offering a refuge—a drop-in center for the homeless, the poor and people who care.

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Commissioner McLaughlin, commentator Brauer “face off” on hotbed of smoking ban
Wednesday 21 December @ 18:34:34 (Read: 4602)
News[Editor’s note: Pulse received permission to reprint the following post from the Minneapolis-Issues forum, a “give-and-take” between Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and the forum’s list manager David Brauer on recent smoking ban developments in Hennepin County. Brauer excerpted portions of McLaughlin’s statement in order to respond to each section individually.]

From Peters [McLaughlin’s] statement:I voted for the full ban in hopes that we could, in short order, achieve a full ban throughout the state of Minnesota. That did not happen. In fact, at this moment, outside of Hennepin County the only place in Minnesota with a mandatory, full ban, i.e., all bars and restaurants, at this time is Moose Lake, population 2,239. Even a ban similar to that in place in Olmsted and Ramsey Counties did not get a favorable committee vote with a recommendation to pass from any committee in the Minnesota House.

(Brauer’s comment): Hennepin County’s full ban was in effect less than a year; if Peter had given light-rail the same time to “prove” itself, there’d be no Hiawatha line. Expecting the legislature to act “instantly” on an issue such as smoking is an absurdly high bar.

Also, I think Peter is a bit disingenuous here about Moose Lake: everyone knows St. Paul—population 287,151—is poised to pass a full ban. Peter’s vote will mightily offset any momentum St. Paul’s act will generate.

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Judge denies motion to dismiss, convicts uranium weapons protesters
Wednesday 21 December @ 18:34:45 (Read: 5146)
Newsby John LaForge

A group of 12 anti-war activists were found guilty of trespassing Dec. 12 by Hennepin County District Court Judge Lorie Gildea after a half-day trial. The group had been charged during a July 13 protest at the headquarters of Alliant Techsystems, Minnesota’s biggest weapons merchant and the object of relentless protest over its manufacture of rocket motors, machine guns, bullets and so-called depleted uranium munitions—the internationally- condemned toxic, radioactive shells used to smash hardened targets.

The 12 radical pacifists, convicted of violating a new Edina City ordinance, were each ordered to pay a $142 fine or do 24 hours of community service.

(On Dec. 15, Judge Gildea, 44, who’s been a District Judge only since September, was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Gildea’s husband Andrew is a Republican Party functionary.)

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State, feds crack down on MDs—
Wednesday 14 December @ 21:05:19 (Read: 5479)
News“War on doctors” hits where it hurts

by Sid Pranke

Dr. Stephen Zuckerman, who like any other medical doctor who has treated patients complaining of pain, knows that finding out “where it hurts” matters. He designed “pain-o-meter ratings,” which can range from annoying (try Advil, Aleve, Tylenol or aspirin) to I Want Drugs Now! (Co-Tylenol, Vicoden, Percoset). Besides devising the pain ratings, Zuckerman went many steps further in educating himself on how to best treat his East Lake Street patients who suffered from chronic pain.

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Minnesotans remember Eugene McCarthy
Wednesday 14 December @ 20:32:19 (Read: 5062)
Newsby Phil Willkie

“We will never see the likes of him again,” said poet-activist Carol Connolly, speaking of Eugene McCarthy—who died Dec. 10 at age 89. McCarthy, a Minnesota U.S. senator, led thousands against the Vietnam War in 1968. He challenged Democratic President Lyndon Johnson in the 1968 Hampshire primary—and came within 250 votes of beating him. “He was a rare combination of brilliance and honor and had a great sense of humor. He was truly nonsexist and nonracist. Women had important roles on his campaign and his Senate staff,” Connolly said.

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How the Republicans stole Christmas:
Wednesday 14 December @ 18:06:54 (Read: 4602)
NewsProgressive Catholics confront fundamentalists

by Lydia Howell

“I wanted to write a book for people like me, who feel that folks like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and James Dobson give Christianity a bad name, says Bill Press, author and Sirius radio talk show host. “I don’t think they know the Constitution and I don’t think they even know the Gospels either. I felt my faith was being stolen and distorted by people I call the American Ayatollah or the American Taliban. The only difference between our Taliban and their Taliban is wardrobe! If you think about it, they don’t dress the same, but, they act and talk the same.”

Press’ book “How the Republicans Stole Christmas : The Republican Party's Declared Monopoly on Religion and What Democrats Can Do to Take it Back ” is an overdue challenge to right-wing fundamentalist Christianity’s 30-plus years’ drive to political power.

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The Women of Lake Street
Wednesday 07 December @ 22:31:59 (Read: 5179)
Newsby Elise Phillips

Groundbreaking on Lake Street is occurring on more levels than meet the eye. Besides undergoing renewal for the first time in more than 40 years, it’s inspiring renewal in the way history is learned. An exhibit revealing women politicians, activists and artists changing the face of Lake Street is opening Dec. 10 at the Blue Moon Coffee Cafe, Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Historical Society and Macalester College is engaged in a one and a half year collaborative partnership to design and display small-scale community history projects along Lake Street. MHS’s Senior Exhibit Developer Benjamin Filene said the project comes out of a shared desire of MHS and Paul Schadewald of Macalester’s Community Service Office to connect to the communities in which they’re based. The dramatic changes Lake Street is undergoing make it an ideal area for the project to cover.

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Grandmothers insisting on enlisting
Wednesday 07 December @ 22:07:16 (Read: 4386)
Newsby Ed Felien

Local grandmothers attempted to enlist into the U.S. military on Tues. Dec. 6 at the Army Recruitment Center on Washington and Oak Street in Minnepolis. They demanded that the military stop recruiting their grandchildren and other women’s grandchildren to fight in what they consider to be an illegal and immoral war in Iraq.

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Gov. Pawlenty accused of sneaking in two special elections during holidays
Wednesday 07 December @ 21:54:59 (Read: 4679)
NewsGovernor Tim Pawlenty has called for two special legislative elections in St. Cloud for Dec. 27.

Gov. Pawlenty called for these special elections to occur at a time when university students and faculty are absent, and many residents are out of town. The holiday bustle and travel could mean significantly lower voter turnout for which special elections are already notorious. Yet one of these elections is crucial to achieving a 50/50 balance of Democrats and Republicans in the House.

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Interview: Dana Priest on secret gulags, CIA and war
Thursday 01 December @ 21:55:59 (Read: 9184)
Newsby Sid Pranke

Dana Priest covers the intelligence community and national security issues for the The Washington Post. Recently, she broke the news that the Bush Administration has been operating secret gulags, or “black site” prisons in Eastern European countries.

In 2004, she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, for her reporting on clandestine intelligence, and for her contribution to the Post's reporting on the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal. She will speak in the Twin Cities on Dec. 2 at a Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus event. Call 651-228-0995 for ticket availability.

Pulse: What will you talk about at the MWPC event?

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DFL pols respond to Murtha's call for U.S. troops' withdrawal
Wednesday 23 November @ 19:25:10 (Read: 5185)
Newsby Phil Willkie

U.S. Congressman John Murtha, a hawkish Democrat from Pennsylvania, has called for immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Murtha, a decorated Marine veteran and widely acknowledged expert on military issues, believes a withdrawal could be accomplished within six months.

Pulse spoke to all three DFL U.S. Senate candidates: Ford Bell, Patty Wetterling and Amy Klobuchar, to get their reaction to Murtha's stand. None of them are ready to endorse Murtha's proposal. On Oct. 1, Wetterling called for the withdrawal of U.S. troops by Thanksgiving 2006.

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Scientists: Minnesota weather to morph into Kansas—how fast is the question
Thursday 10 November @ 22:27:58 (Read: 4992)
Newsby Eric Magnuson

Riding in my parent’s SUV as an anxious child in 1985, whining and wondering when we’d finally arrive at a cabin north of Brainerd from our Minneapolis suburb, my father tried making the trip easier by saying we’d be close once we saw a northern Minnesota staple: white paper birch. This guide never left me. On future trips to Duluth as an adult, I knew my destination inched closer when birch trees lined the highway. But climate change is predicted to move this place-marker.

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Coldwater: Sacred site reopened
Thursday 10 November @ 21:58:20 (Read: 4315)
Newsby Susu Jeffrey

After three months behind locked gates, sacred Coldwater Spring reopened to the public Nov. 8, with no need for permits. The 27-acre site atop the Mississippi River gorge between Minnehaha Park and Fort Snelling State Park was a traditional gathering and religious site for Upper Mississippi Indian peoples. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) closed the former Bureau of Mines site on Aug. 8, citing “safety,” “vandalism” (including broken windows and graffiti) and “theft” (of a 20-watt solar panel), depending on whom you asked.

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Iraq “war deserter” visits Twin Cities
Thursday 10 November @ 21:53:12 (Read: 4251)
Newsby Burt Berlowe

Camilo Mejia wanted to say “thank you.” Facing a packed coffee hour crowd in the basement of the Resource Center of the Americas last Saturday morning, Mejia recalled how the Center had helped him get through long, lonely months behind bars. “I’m especially happy to be here,” he said. “The Resource Center supported me when I was in prison. You were one of the groups that helped keep me in touch with reality. I feel like this is ‘pay back.’ ”

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Students walk out to protest Bush
Wednesday 02 November @ 02:30:06 (Read: 4523)
Newsby Ed Felien
Editor/Publisher of Pulse of the Twin Cities


On the anniversary of Bush’s election, over 1,000 high school students from over 33 schools in 16 districts are committed to walking out of school today (Wed., Nov. 2) to protest the presence of military recruiters in high schools.

Last week on Tue., Oct. 25, more than a dozen students went to the Minneapolis Public Schools administration building at 807 Broadway to demand that students who walked out to protest Bush, the Iraq war and military recruiting at schools not be punished for missing school on that day.After the rally (and probably due to the prodding of a Star Tribune reporter) the Minneapolis Board of Education agreed not to punish students if they had the approval of their parents.

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The Seri, Cleavage and Turtles
Thursday 27 October @ 20:10:22 (Read: 5248)
Newsby Winona LaDuke

Kino Bay, Sonora, Mexico.
Standing at the bow of the boat, Ramon Lopez, an elder Seri man, watches the horizon, the color of the sea, the smells, and the islands, just as his ancestors have for a millennium. The boat travels through schools of fish, flocks of pelicans, mangrove estuaries and an endless aqua green sea punctuated only by immense mountains on the ocean and land horizon. It’s on the badly named Sea of Cortez that an Indigenous community of Seri people brings traditional scientific knowledge to bear in the restoration of their most sacred relative—the Sea Turtles. At the opposite end of the social spectrum, a scantily clad model urges the same message—protect the turtles and the turtle eggs.

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One thousand students sign up for anti-war walkout
Thursday 27 October @ 19:50:04 (Read: 5084)
Newsby Ty Moore

(Editor’s note: At press time Tuesday, students staged a press conference at the Minneapolis School Board meeting to protest threats by Twin Cities public school administrators to fail students who walked out of classes on Nov. 2, and to demand military recruiters be banned from area schools.)

On the afternoon of last March 19, following the big anti-war protest of the second anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, high school students from a dozen area schools crammed into the Loring Park Coffee House for a meeting of the newly-formed Youth Against War and Racism (YAWR).

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Peaceful protests, U.N. Day events to be held on weekend
Friday 21 October @ 00:55:56 (Read: 5298)
Newsby John LaForge

“Rejoining the World Community” is the theme of events at the University of St. Thomas and at the offices of Alliant Techsystems this weekend, Oct. 22 to 24. The focus is on illegal weapons being produced by Alliant and the nonviolent action campaign to abolish them. Student, peace and environmental activists will work together to explore individual and collective ways to see the United States practice cooperation and diplomacy rather than military aggression in dealing with global conflict.

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Survival issues lead the poor, people of color to ‘enviro’ activism
Friday 21 October @ 00:34:10 (Read: 4912)
Newsby Lydia Howell

Grassroots activists continue to broaden the environmental movement paradigm by linking public health, racism and economic power with an Environmental Justice Adovocates Minnesota (EJAM) event, hosting its third annual conference on Saturday, Oct. 22, in Minneapolis.

“People of color and poor white people tend to live where the rest of society wants to dump its garbage. We say some people don't have the complexion for protection from environmental hazards. That’s environmental racism. When we recognized poor white people are also subjected to pollution, we expanded to environmental justice,” said Minnesota State Rep. Keith Ellison, an EJAM founder and one of only a handful of people of color elected to the State Legislature. “Because of people’s political disadvantage, whether it’s economic, race or both, they should NOT have to live where everybody else dumps crap they don’t want, with dirty air and bad water.”

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Clearing their throats:
Thursday 13 October @ 04:14:55 (Read: 4867)
NewsThe backyard battle for clean air

by Larissa Anderson and Brian Kaller

Residents of St. Louis Park are asserting their collective voices in an attempt to make environmental change in their own back yards.

Will Donovan, founder of the South Oak Hill Air Quality Committee, was interviewed on a fall afternoon; it was the kind of day that still feels a little like summer and makes children's feet drag as they walk into school—a day beatific with sunbeams and breeze. But Donovan said, “Today it smells outside. I would like to take my kids out to play. But we can't because the wind is blowing in our direction.”

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Democratic leadership out of touch, says activist
Thursday 06 October @ 03:58:00 (Read: 4565)
Newsby Sid Pranke

By now perhaps you have heard that Sen. Mark Dayton, who will not be running for reelection in 2006 when his term ends, has signed on as a Senate sponsor to the House bill which calls for the formation of a new Cabinet office, the Department of Peace.

Activists in the group Peace Alliance were lobbying their members of Congress, including Dayton, and reportedly he was so moved by one family who brought their children along to lobby with them that he decided to sign on. This news, while welcome to all who value peace both home and abroad, was also frustrating to some activists, who hoped Dayton would also advocate bringing home the troops from Iraq.

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Pagan pride day:
Thursday 06 October @ 00:57:17 (Read: 6311)
NewsEvent draws many to rituals, workshops and reunions with old friends

by H’Toei Crow

“I don’t think we can tell anybody what an ethical decision is,” Emrys Anu said during her Ethics: Magickal and Mundane workshop at the eighth annual Twin Cities Pagan Pride gathering. Almost 750 people attended the Sunday event at Coffman Union to celebrate the pagan community in its unity and differences.

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Dakota people exercise treaty rights at Coldwater Spring without permits
Thursday 29 September @ 15:30:38 (Read: 6223)
Newsby Susu Jeffrey

Dakota people exercised their treaty rights “to pass and repass” last Friday by entering the local Coldwater Spring area without permits. A permit for one hour a week is the new requirement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to discourage visitors to the sacred spring.

A 25-car traffic jam at the Coldwater entrance off Hiawatha/Hwy 55 frustrated the armed Homeland Security guard, who called his superiors. Inspector J. Roth was chauffeured to the spring to find Jim Anderson, cultural chairman of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community, offering a copy of the 1805 Dakota-Pike Treaty.

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Organic producers, consumers squelch attempts to lower standards - so far
Thursday 29 September @ 15:04:14 (Read: 6133)
Newsby Eric Magnuson

So, some businesses think organic standards are too strict. How can big box retailers afford to stock shelves with certified organic products if they can't use fertilizer? The easiest way is to lower organic labeling standards. If a few more synthetic ingredients are USDA-approved for organic labeled food, businesses like Wal-Mart won't need to spend more money on rigorously certified products.

But the public doesn't want lower standards, according to the Organic Consumers Association (OCA). So legislators tried to sneak in an amendment without an option for public comment. Big food industry names are pushing legislation that would let a Bush appointee weaken limits on synthetics used under the organic label.

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Green Party takes seven out of 11 candidates to general election
Thursday 22 September @ 02:11:13 (Read: 4745)
Newsby Sid Pranke

The Greens could trigger the DFL’s political denouement heading toward the general election in the Twin Cities, as questions of where the Farheen Hakeem and Elizabeth Dickinson votes will go next behind the scenes. In the Minneapolis mayoral race, Hakeem received more than 13 percent of the vote in the primary. Fewer than 10 percentage points separated DFLers R.T. Rybak (44.47%) and Peter McLaughlin (35.34%), and though turnout for the primary was low at about 14 percent, the collective enthusiasm of Farheen supporters have politicos working the angles.

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Families struggle in Arab-Jewish village
Thursday 22 September @ 01:19:47 (Read: 4390)
NewsOasis of Peace, Israel: Over the last 10 years, Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the “Oasis of Peace,” the only community in Israel where Jews and Palestinians have chosen to live, work, and raise their children together since 1978, has grown from 35 families to a community with now more than 50 families, still equally balanced between Jews and Palestinians and all of whom are citizens of Israel.

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“Get On the Bus” to Protest Iraq War
Friday 16 September @ 07:10:50 (Read: 4869)
Newsby Alan Dale

On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, people from all over the country will arrive in Washington, D.C. to declare their opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq and to demand that U.S. troops be brought home.

In the Twin Cities area, members of the Anti-War Committee (AWC), Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) and St Joan of Arc Church are working to fill buses that will carry Minnesotans to Washington for the protest.

“Our phone keeps ringing and e-mails keep coming from people who want to go to Washington,” said one AWC member. A huge turnout is expected in Washington.

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What did Dean do wrong?
Friday 16 September @ 06:55:33 (Read: 9234)
Newsby Ed Felien
Publisher of Pulse of the Twin Cities

According to a Federal affidavit and search warrant, Dean Zimmermann is alleged to have taken bribes in exchange for support on a zoning change for a developer.

What happened?

Gary Carlson, the developer who built the housing project at 2401 Chicago Ave., wanted to get more retail into the first floor of his building. He called Zimmermann and asked for his help in getting the zoning change. Zimmermann listened and was probably genuinely trying to be helpful. Then, Carlson, probably acting as his new best friend asked Zimmermann how he could help him.

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Northwest workers get support
Tuesday 06 September @ 09:37:40 (Read: 5218)
NewsHundreds join the 4,400 airline mechanics on picket line

by Barb Kucera and Michael Kuchta

More than a week after their walkout began, striking Northwest Airlines workers got a much-needed boost at a large, outdoor rally.

Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to support the 4,400 members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) outside the union’s strike headquarters near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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Local mother joins Camp Casey
Tuesday 06 September @ 09:24:15 (Read: 5098)
NewsCindy Sheehan to speak in Mpls Saturday

by Julia Curran

Editor’s note: As we were going to press, Women Against Military Madness announced that Cindy Sheehan will speak in Minneapolis Sat., Sept. 3, at a time and place to be announced. Sheehan is the mother of a fallen soldier who inspired a mass protest outside George W. Bush’s compound in Crawford, Texas. For more information contact Women Against Military Madness at 612-827-5364 or visit WorldWideWAMM.org.

The mainstream media, so easily drawn into the political rhetoric of the Iraq war, prefers dealing in abstractions, numbers and money, oil and faraway names. In these stories humanity, if it appears at all, is a quirky supporting character tacked on at the end.

Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey died in Iraq last year, has led the most successful push yet to humanize the war and its soldiers. As she has become the face of motherly love and mourning in a sea of abstract political posturing, supporters and sympathizers have poured into Camp Casey outside President George W. Bush’s Texas compound.

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DFL legislators blast Kiffmeyer
Wednesday 17 August @ 17:25:42 (Read: 4552)
NewsSenators said secretary of state mishandled voting system changes

by Burt Berlowe

Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer has come under fire for questionable administrative practices relating to the 2004 election.

At a public hearing before the Senate Elections Committee at the state capitol last week, Kiffmeyer’s office was cited for several violations discovered during an annual auditor’s report. DFL members of the elections committee subsequently blasted Kiffmeyer’s handling of a contract with a computer firm hired to improve Minnesota’s voter registration system.

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Training an army of peace
Wednesday 17 August @ 16:49:40 (Read: 4647)
NewsNonviolent Peaceforce convenes Youth Leadership Conference

by Lydia Howell

Nonviolent direct action is used in many political struggles: working to close the U.S. Army’s infamous torture-training School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Ga.; accompanying union organizers under attack by death squads in Columbia; and attempts to end Israel’s demolitions of Palestinian homes. But most of the people engaging in this form of political change are over 25 years old—often even elders.

The Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), an international organization with a Twin Cities chapter, is hosting a Youth Leadership Conference August 19 and 20 to mobilize a new generation to take up this alternative to war and violent conflicts.

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Summit plans future of voting
Thursday 11 August @ 06:32:43 (Read: 5439)
NewsSecretaries of State grapple with legacy of controversial elections

by Burt Berlowe

Just a stone’s throw from where the Mississippi River travels through the middle of St. Paul, many of America’s top election officials recently embarked on their own historic journey through uncharted waters. As it launched its second century of existence, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) sailed straight into the headwind of election reform.

The NASS gathering at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul two weekends ago culminated an historic weekend of events examining our electoral system and how to improve it. While little specific action was taken, there was a ballot box full of challenges, ideas and proposals that could impact American elections for years to come.

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Company fails to report asphalt spill
Thursday 11 August @ 04:23:21 (Read: 4567)
Newsby Paulette Corona

“We should have gotten an immediate call and the company should have gotten a contractor to start immediate cleanup,” said Steve Lee at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) about the incident that took place July 23. On that day, Bituminous Roadways spilled an estimated 500 to 600 gallons of asphalt emulsion onto a parking lot surface in South Minneapolis, with 200-300 gallons flowing down the storm sewer leading to the Mississippi River. The company failed to report the incident.

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Coke vs. world protests
Thursday 28 July @ 15:41:32 (Read: 9485)
NewsMacalester College hosts Colombian labor leaders

by Adrienne Urbanski

The latest wave of Coca Cola TV ads feature a rooftop upon which enthusiastic cola drinkers of many ethnicities stand together and brightly sing about giving everyone in the world a Coke. This very same idea of international unity is being used to fight against the company’s global policies, as activists across the world spread the word about the reality behind the soft drink.

This past Friday marked the third annual International Day Against Coca-Cola, which was recognized around the world with protests, conferences and meetings. The day was recognized in Minneapolis with a discussion at Macalaster College by the United Steel Workers Union.

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Seth Garwood: March 23, 1950 - July 21, 2005
Thursday 28 July @ 15:08:12 (Read: 5153)
NewsWalker pastor was role model

by Betsy Barnum

Role models for living a life that is fully aligned with one’s deepest values are rare. Seth Garwood, who committed suicide on July 21, was one.

As pastor for the past few years at Walker United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, he led a congregation that shared his compassionate commitment to social justice and peace, to inclusiveness and an open, welcoming practice of the gospel messages. Pouring himself into pastoral ministry, he also continued Walker Church’s long practice of opening its building to community peace and justice organizations for meetings, dinners and fundraisers.

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Picking up the pieces
Thursday 21 July @ 20:35:58 (Read: 4754)
NewsLegislators declare victory but worse for wear after shutdown

by Larissa Anderson

As families and friends gathered to see skies lit with Fourth of July sparklers, political fireworks filled the Capitol as Minnesota imploded in an historic partial government shutdown. While legislators commuted from all over the state to St. Paul for fruitless dialogue, the first-ever shutdown pushed an estimated 9,000 state employees into limited interruption, forcing them to either take vacation time or lose wages.

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Mpls hosts voting rights events
Thursday 21 July @ 20:35:32 (Read: 6096)
NewsSecretaries of state, civil-rights groups meet on historic anniversary

by Burt Berlowe

On an historic March day 40 years ago, an angry but peaceful group of civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King Jr. marched across a Selma, Alabama, bridge toward a new era in American democracy. As police beat them back with billy clubs, the protesters stood their ground in a pitched battle for a most basic human liberty—the right to vote. Their message rang loud and clear in the annals of political power. Within five days, President Lyndon Johnson told Congress that he would soon bring them a voting rights bill. On August 6, Johnson signed the landmark Voting Rights Act—believed by many to be the most effective civil liberties law ever.

Forty years later, the right of people of color to cast their ballots freely and equally is still being questioned.

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Journalists protest jailing of reporter
Thursday 14 July @ 04:47:39 (Read: 4706)
NewsMiller imprisoned for refusing to reveal source

by Lydia Howell

On July 6, at federal courthouses across the country and in Minneapolis, journalists, editors and other media employees rallied to protest the jailing of New York Times reporter Judith Miller, for her refusal to name confidential sources who told her the identity of a CIA operative. Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper narrowly avoided jail, when his editors handed over his notes and e-mails to special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and Cooper’s source gave him permission to testify.

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Wedge co-op gives back to Twin Cities community
Wednesday 06 July @ 00:55:01 (Read: 4901)
NewsGrants help family farms, teach inner-city kids gardening

by Adrienne Urbanski

The Wedge Co-op has gone from a basement apartment on Franklin Avenue to become a bustling Uptown business, one of the most successful co-ops in the nation. Now, Wedge organizers want to give some of their success back to the community.

The co-op was founded in 1974 by a small group of people united by their interest in natural and whole foods and social concerns, as well as the cooperative business model. The members sought to follow the cooperative principle of placing business ownership in the hands of its patrons.

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Car-sharing plan debuts
Thursday 30 June @ 15:01:02 (Read: 6340)
NewsHour Car members rent cheaply

by Brian Kaller

An elderly neighbor once explained to me how people survived the Depression, by pooling their resources—their tools, their shopping, their transportation. Today, however, a row of 10 homes may well have 10 tool sheds, 10 barbecues, 10 “Lion King” videos, most of which are used only a couple of hours a year. Ten Twin Cities residents are likely to have 10 cars between them, each of which spend most of their time in parking spaces and take a sizable chunk of each owner’s paycheck in cost, gas, insurance and repair.

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Unions, churches join living wage campaign
Thursday 30 June @ 14:52:33 (Read: 4507)
NewsVolunteers canvass Twin Cities neighborhoods

by Barb Kucera

On perhaps the hottest day of the summer, several organizations came together last Thursday to turn up the heat for a new living wage ordinance in the City of Minneapolis.

Faith, labor and community groups that form the Minneapolis Living Wage Yes! coalition kicked off their campaign for the ordinance with a rally at the CWA Local 7200 hall. Then, equipped with bottles of cold water to combat temperatures in the high 90s, volunteers fanned out to doorknock in Minneapolis neighborhoods.

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Taking on the McSystem
Wednesday 22 June @ 17:38:11 (Read: 5374)
NewsDirector tells couple’s David-and-Goliath story

by Brian Kaller

Franny Armstrong was a rock drummer in London, with no background in filmmaking, when she heard the story of two activists taking on one of the world’s largest corporations. Fascinated by their story, she borrowed her father’s film equipment and began chronicling the court case of Helen Steel and David Morris, representing themselves in court against the legal experts of McDonald’s.

Just as Steel and Morris learned the legal system as they went along, so Armstrong learned filmmaking, eventually compiling the footage into the amateur documentary “McLibel: Two Worlds Collide” in 1997. Now, after making the documentary “Drowned Out,” in India, Armstrong has re-made “McLibel” with more polish and an updated ending.

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Protesters have beef with Mad Cow
Wednesday 15 June @ 14:55:07 (Read: 6505)
NewsGovernment summit on cattle disease meets with skepticism

by Adrienne Urbanski

Grown women dressed as cows and horror movie-like splatters of cows’ blood were among the sights outside the USDA’s first and only Mad Cow roundtable discussion in St. Paul, where a group of scientists and activists protested the U.S. government’s approach to the disease.

The protest/press conference was held by the Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy and the Organic Consumer Association, cleverly staged on a green dotted with large cow sculptures on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. In addition to the donning of furry cow costumes, the group dumped commercially purchased calf feed containing slaughterhouse waste and cow blood, to demonstrate how Mad Cow disease is passed on.

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Storm over General College
Wednesday 01 June @ 03:08:06 (Read: 5022)
NewsU of M division used by poor, minorities may close next year

by Lydia Howell

“The University began as a land-grant university and it shouldn’t be turned into an elitist club!” declared teaching assistant, union organizer and graduate student Issac Komola at a recent rally supporting University of Minnesota’s General College (GC).

For 63 years, the semi-autonomous General College has specialized in serving “nontraditional” students—largely poor, minority, older or immigrant students, many the first in their families to go to college. The college’s intensive remedial courses, small classes and creative teaching methods are designed to help students climb out of a disadvantaged background.

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Green leader takes on the man
Wednesday 01 June @ 03:08:00 (Read: 5134)
NewsCobb was ‘04 presidential candidate

by Nancy Sartor

It matters little whether your belief in “the man” to provide you with a life of security and abundance is the result of grandiose delusion, blind faith or simple naiveté—it’s time to wake up and smell the Starbuck’s, folks.

If you’re not willing to support your caffeine addiction by buying fair-trade java from the local coffee shop; if you won’t forgo the slippery allure of a gas-guzzling SUV; or if you don’t vote for candidates who support sustainable lifestyles, things are going to get very, very messy indeed.

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Mpls Greens hit big with spoof
Wednesday 25 May @ 18:07:49 (Read: 5272)
NewsWebsite mocks USDA’s famous food pyramid

by Adrienne Urbanski

If you look up the website for the new U.S. Department of Agriculture food pyramid and find advice that corn syrup is a good source of grain, you may have stumbled upon a parody created by Minneapolis web designers Stephen Eisenmenger and Molly Nutting. On a whim, the couple decided to buy up two addresses strikingly similar to that of the USDA site. Before even posting content, the website had 50,000 hits its first night up.

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Labor historian leads unusual tour
Wednesday 11 May @ 17:13:18 (Read: 5004)
Newsby Brian Kaller

Some cities have Civil War tours or Colonial tours, GLBT tours or even celebrity mansion tours. But Twin Cities residents will be able to take a very rare tour this weekend, as local historian Dave Riehle explores the cities’ labor history.

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Amy Goodman speaks in Mpls.
Wednesday 11 May @ 16:40:22 (Read: 4932)
Newsby Doug DeMille

Amy Goodman, host of Pacifica Radio’s “Democracy Now!” came to the Wesley United Methodist Church in Minneapolis last weekend to promote her book “The Exception to the Rulers.” The event was also a benefit for KFAI Radio, and an opportunity to hold a revival meeting of sorts.

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Confessions of an unrepentant radical
Wednesday 27 April @ 22:05:04 (Read: 4979)
Newsby Ed Felien

It was watching “The Architect,” the political biography of Karl Rove, that did it for me. That and Naomi Klein’s statement we published a week ago, that Americans have become too timid in their protests. Karl Rove and his right wing lunatic fringe have obviously out-hustled us. They’ve been been able to sell their fear and hatred to the American public because we haven’t stood up to them. We need to start publicly calling them on their lies, or so I thought.

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Sweet Honey’s Sanguine Sound
Wednesday 20 April @ 03:57:41 (Read: 4690)
NewsAfter 30 years, Sweet Honey in the Rock going strong

by Nancy Sartor

Sweet Honey in the Rock has been a powerful, award-winning female a cappella group for more than 30 years. Bernice Johnson Reagon, who grew up in Georgia and was active in the Civil Rights movement, founded the group in 1973 while working with a black repertory theater group in Washington, D.C. Reagon retired from Sweet Honey in 2003, after serving as its director for 30 years.

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Crimes inspire ‘Art of Recovery’
Wednesday 20 April @ 02:55:29 (Read: 5929)
NewsFormer victims draw closure from creativity in new show

by Lydia Howell

From movies to mystery novels, most creative endeavors dealing with crime focus on cops and criminals. In real life, the loudest voices are usually police, prosecutors and accused perpetrators (or their defense attorneys). The second annual “Art of Recovery” show reveals the perspectives of 23 “beginner” and established artists from across Minnesota, whose lives were marked by crime.

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Launch your own counter-recruitment campaign
Wednesday 13 April @ 00:03:08 (Read: 5013)
Newsby Brandon Madsen and Matt Johnson

The failing occupation in Iraq means the Pentagon is dramatically stepping up recruitment efforts in our schools. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind Act” forces schools to give students’ personal information to military recruiters. These recruiters have to fulfill quotas and get bonuses for signing us up, so they tend to say just about anything to persuade us to join. Instead of explaining the horrific realities of war, they make exaggerated promises of college money and job training.

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Weiss vs. Rolnick Debate on Trade Deals
Tuesday 12 April @ 23:34:38 (Read: 4685)
NewsModerated by former St. Paul Mayor George Latimer

You are invited to a Debate on U.S. Trade Deals

Find out what's at stake for Minnesota families and communities as the Bush Administration tries to push the next trade deal known as the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) through Congress this year.

Decide for yourself what is in our best interest!

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Coldwater to change hands
Thursday 07 April @ 03:00:30 (Read: 4901)
NewsPolice, protesters faced off at site some consider sacred

by Nate Burchell

It seems peaceful now, a patch of forested land along the Mississippi River. But several years ago the Coldwater Spring area was the site of the largest police action in Minnesota history, when more than 600 state troopers stormed the Minnehaha Free State—a protest encampment of Earth First! Protesters and Native Americans—to make way for Highway 55.

Today, 27 acres of that area are up for grabs, as the federal government prepares to sell the land around Coldwater Spring to a willing university or government organization. Public meetings on the issue were held March 30 and 31, with more to come.

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Longtime activist dies
Wednesday 06 April @ 23:56:02 (Read: 4686)
Newsby Ed Felien

Mary Swenson’s gone
Down that road, all alone
Mary Swenson’s gone


She had an innocent and generous smile
But sunshine lasts just a little while
Just a hint of mischief in her eye
She seemed too young, too young to die.
She accepted her fate with a cheerful heart
But she wanted to gently tear the world apart.

Mary Swenson, August 30, 1949 to March 31, 2005.

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Janitors charge unjust firings
Wednesday 30 March @ 21:32:07 (Read: 5600)
NewsAramark fired 23 workers last month, union alleges retaliation

by Bert Berlowe

Life has suddenly bottomed out for Jose Aguilar and Rocio Hernandez. They are about to lose their home, their daughter and their dignity. They have already lost their faith in the American dream.

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Area man aids Filipinos
Wednesday 23 March @ 01:38:28 (Read: 5065)
NewsU of M expert helps villagers take on U.S. feds

by Carey L. Biron

For much of the 20th Century, the Philippines were a close ally of the United States and home to two U.S. military bases. But long after the bases closed in 1991, Filipinos remain angry about the toxic chemicals left behind from industry and ammunition—chemicals they blame for the numerous birth defects and diseases in the region. Now, a University of Minnesota scientist is helping Filipino villagers take their case to U.S. federal court.

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1,500 rally for peace
Wednesday 23 March @ 01:22:47 (Read: 5223)
NewsMore than 1,500 people, including clergy, veterans’ groups and families, gathered in Loring Park Saturday to march for peace and to petition the U.S. government to bring the troops home.

View photos here.

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Students fight homelessness
Wednesday 16 March @ 20:33:25 (Read: 7045)
NewsTeens brave freezing temperatures in Capitol Hill campout

by Lydia Howell


Reading a Star Tribune article about the usually invisible “working poor,” Krystal Klein was stunned to find out that a janitor working at her college was homeless. The Hamline University senior knew she had to take action.

“I realized that someone I knew could be homeless, and that really woke me up,” she said, adding that the news of the homeless janitor created “buzz” on campus, igniting other students’ concern.

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Area activist jailed in Middle East again
Wednesday 16 March @ 20:17:55 (Read: 6163)
Newsby Flo Razowsky

On the 3rd of March 2005, I left my home in the United States for Israel. This was my third trip of this kind, in order to work on the ground in Occupied Palestine, in solidarity with Palestinians and their allies opposing the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. I was expecting trouble upon arriving at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, as I had been forcibly expelled by the Israeli Authorities one year before due to this same work against the occupation.

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30 arrested in Alliant protest
Wednesday 16 March @ 19:56:01 (Read: 5743)
Newsby Bert Schlauch

Roughly 200 persons protested in front of a weapons plant in Edina, Minnesota this morning. The Edina police arrested 30 of the protesters for trespassing. The civil disobedience is in response to violations of international law that proscribe the use of landmines and cluster bombs, both of which are allegedly manufactured at by the Edina-based company.

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Teens take on military recruiters
Wednesday 02 March @ 20:32:18 (Read: 15182)
NewsHigh school students win right to counter-recruitment table

by Farheen Hakeem

School was letting out on a cold but sunny afternoon last Wednesday at Kennedy High School in Bloomington, and lingering around the exit doors were dozens of teenagers laughing, shouting and throwing snowballs. It did not seem like a center of controversy, until a group of reporters marched into the school, followed by the curious students. They headed toward the cafeteria, where a group of students were fighting for their freedom of speech—a fight they won after receiving support from across the country.

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Women’s Day needed now more than ever
Wednesday 02 March @ 19:55:44 (Read: 5287)
Newsby Samantha Smart for Speak Out Sisters!

Tuesday, March 8, will mark the 94th observance of International Women’s Day. IWD has always been about the struggle of women for economic, social and political justice. On March 8, 1857, thousands of women textile workers in New York filled the streets demanding better pay and working conditions. Fifty years later, conditions were no better and women struck again, with American women socialists calling for “Women’s Day” to be observed.

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Minneapolis Parks, Inc.
Wednesday 23 February @ 00:44:53 (Read: 11639)
NewsRecent commercialization efforts draw controversy

by Elaine Klaassen

Anyone who has been to the South Dakota Badlands and Black Hills realizes that it’s one of the most beautiful areas in the country. Anyone who has been there also has noted that it’s horribly commercialized, from signs in the roadways to cheap souvenir stands to fees just for driving down the highway. You leave the area with two thoughts: one, this is a special place, and two, it didn’t take us long to ruin it.

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Senate votes on minimum wage
Wednesday 09 February @ 18:03:59 (Read: 5321)
NewsLegislation to challenge Pawlenty to raise current $5.15 to $7

by Barb Kucera

With bipartisan support, the Minnesota Senate Thursday voted to raise the state’s minimum wage, putting pressure on the House and Gov. Tim Pawlenty to act.

The legislation, authored by Sen. Ellen Anderson, DFL-St. Paul, raises the minimum wage to $6.10 an hour July 1 of this year and $7 an hour in July 2006. The current minimum wage of $5.15 an hour has not been increased since 1997.

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‘05 faceoff in 6th Ward
Wednesday 09 February @ 18:03:46 (Read: 5449)
NewsZimmermann, Lilligren both incumbents, good leaders

by David Tilsen


We all know that Minneapolis political power is with the DFL, our local Democratic Party. What many people don’t realize is that the minority party in Minneapolis politics is not currently the Republicans, but the Green Party. For the last four years, the minority leader in the Minneapolis City Council has been Natalie Johnson-Lee in North Minneapolis. She, along with Dean Zimmermann in South Minneapolis, are the two-person Green caucus in the city council. The city elections coming up next fall could very well change this.

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Students lead election reform
Wednesday 02 February @ 18:03:53 (Read: 5232)
NewsSt. Paul summit trains people in clean voting laws

“The future of our great country is not decided in a single day contest between two men but by what ordinary citizens like us do everyday...” — Scott Fine

by Burt Berlowe

Jim Forrui is still finding his way in the world. Barely out of high school, he voted for the first time in his life on Nov. 2. Adjusting to life at the large University of Minnesota campus is an ongoing challenge for him in his freshman year. He is also the leader of a major campus movement to improve American democracy.

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Welcome Speak Out Sisters!
Thursday 27 January @ 14:40:14 (Read: 5228)
Newsby Nancy Sartor

You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, Speak Out Sisters! does, too. What began in 2002 as a group of women planning events for International Women’s Day has become a full-fledged nonprofit organization that promotes a matriarchal revolution through education and outreach programs.

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Soldier’s mother makes antiwar art
Wednesday 12 January @ 21:20:16 (Read: 6854)
Newsby Lydia Howell

What does it mean to oppose the war in Iraq while your son is fighting there? Kari Gunther-Seymour has lived that question daily since her son was sent to Iraq in August. She has turned one mother’s anguish and a citizen’s questions into the stirring and interactive installation WAR GAMES: a mother’s perspective at Minneapolis’ Susan Hensel Design through February.

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Judge dismisses gay marriage suit
Wednesday 12 January @ 20:52:21 (Read: 7803)
Newsby Tim Campbell

On Jan. 3, U.S. District Judge Joan N. Ericksen dismissed a lawsuit filed by Jack Baker and Mike McConnell, who in Minneapolis 35 years ago applied for America’s first gay marriage license.

That lawsuit sought a refund of $793.28 in taxes paid by the couple to the IRS and a declaration that McConnell is a “lawfully married citizen … entitled to be treated the same as every other married Minnesotan similarly situated.”

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Recount Draws Volunteers
Wednesday 05 January @ 16:52:41 (Read: 7058)
NewsArea woman monitors democratic process in Ohio

by Burt Berlowe

When Erin Neal left her Standish home en route to rural Ohio last month she knew she might not be home for Christmas. She was painfully aware of what that might mean to her toddler son, Harrison, whose bonds to his mom were especially close. In the three years since Harrison was adopted at birth by Neal, mother and child had never been apart for more than a day at a time. It took something really big to push Neal out the door on that mid-December day—nothing less than a chance to help save American democracy.

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Frank talk in the heartland
Wednesday 15 December @ 21:11:29 (Read: 5373)
NewsBest-selling author wins local ‘working-class hero’ award

by Brian Kaller


Post-election ruminations on “red” and “blue” America tend to overlook an important detail—until a few decades ago, many “red states” were not just blue, but radically populist.

In his best-selling book, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” author Thomas Frank examines how evangelism, talk radio and a culture war turned his native Great Plains states from a Democratic stronghold to a Republican one, and turned the descendants of the Wobblies into Rush Limbaugh fans.

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Group pushes downtown rafting
Wednesday 05 January @ 16:54:17 (Read: 8944)
NewsNonprofit wants whitewater park on north bank of Mississippi River

by Carey L. Biron

Over the past decade Minneapolis residents have again begun to turn their attention to the Mississippi, after decades of menting its banks and using it as an industrial sewer. The Mississippi River has historically served as a crucial wellspring for life in Minneapolis, but as the city’s population spread away from the river’s waters, so did their attention. Over the past decade the city has begun turning again to the river, noticing a resource that has been continually manacled and industrialized. Since the early 1990s, one small group has been advocating for a long-term cleanup of the river by restoring a small part of it to its original form.

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Area activists in world campaign
Wednesday 01 December @ 20:26:21 (Read: 7525)
NewsLocally-created organization takes part in India’s fight against Coca-Cola

by Audrey Dutton

A locally-created organization took part in a march of 1,000 nonviolent demonstrators in India last week, a march that was attacked by police. When Minneapolis resident Jim Fassett-Carman took part in a 200-kilometer trek across India, he expected to help Indian villagers protect themselves against corporations like Coca Cola. What he didn’t anticipate was a violent attack on his group of peaceful protesters.

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The strange case of Jimmy Mote
Wednesday 01 December @ 20:21:14 (Read: 6556)
NewsMan held in TC area for months over computer glitch

by Brian Kaller

It has been almost a year since state troopers walked through Jimmy Mote’s front door, handcuffed him in front of his family, allegedly said he “looked like a terrorist” and put him in jail for six months without trial. The 34-year-old legal immigrant has spent another six months wearing a leg shackle in a house in South Minneapolis, has rarely seen his wife and children, and even though his arrest turned out to be a computer glitch, he might be deported Thursday anyway.

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Clear Channel link draws fire
Tuesday 30 November @ 20:32:24 (Read: 5885)
NewsCity gives theater management to group backed by media giant

by Rachel Behl

The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to allow its three historic theaters to be run by a nonprofit linked to corporate media giant Clear Channel, a decision that came at the end of heated debate and public controversy.

The council considered two proposals for the management of the State, Pantages and Orpheum theaters, one by the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul and another by the current team, Hennepin Theatre Group (HTG), which has a financial connection to Clear Channel.

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North Country changes with times
Wednesday 17 November @ 00:02:25 (Read: 8884)
NewsCollective business reaches out to African immigrant community

by Bert Berlowe

The world inside North Country Co-op just grew larger. At the front of the store, a new section of East African foods—brown bags of basami flour, spices and shiro—demonstrates the recent changes in the makeup of the West Bank neighborhood and the 33-year-old business’ clientele. Members of the Twin Cities’ oldest co-op hope that such changes will allow it to survive after several years of financial struggle.

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Poll Watchers Intimidate Voters
Friday 12 November @ 15:18:27 (Read: 6025)
NewsElection-day worker finds interference with same-day registration

by Rhiannon

For the last six months, I’ve been caught up in mathematical games of prediction, watching presidential candidates flit from state to state wooing me. The pollsters have hunted me down during dinner to ask for the latest gossip—who do you like best now?—and Kerry and Bush have promised me the moon, or at least economic security, in exchange for my vote.

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Report From The Middle East: Gaza Under Attack; 133 Killed
Thursday 04 November @ 08:56:18 (Read: 5461)
NewsPalestinians, Israeli peace activists protest escalating conflict

by Flo Razowsky, Mohannad Ghawanmeh and Tracy Molm

From Sept. 29 until Oct. 15 of this year, the Israeli military carried out its most deadly operation since “Operation Defensive,” which included the Siege of the Church of Nativity and killed more than 125.

This most recent military offensive, dubbed “Operation Penitence,” took place mainly in the Jabalia Refugee Camp, within the Gaza Strip. In the first 17 days of this operation, the Israeli military killed at least 133 Palestinians, with at least 50 of the casualties being civilians, and 26 being under the age of 18.

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Critics Fear Another Florida
Wednesday 27 October @ 23:53:14 (Read: 5725)
NewsSecretary of State Kiffmeyer under fire for handling of elections

by Brian Kaller

Before the bizarre 2000 election, a Secretary of State’s office was considered the dull section of a state’s bureaucracy, Nerd Heaven, the office of arcane regulations and census statistics. But thanks to former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, the office is now under scrutiny from cautious political observers of all denominations. This is especially true in swing states that could determine the election, even more so in the case of officials with a reputation for partisanship and ethically questionable decisions. Like, say, Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer.

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Green Races in Final Stretch
Wednesday 27 October @ 23:22:39 (Read: 6722)
NewsCommunity activists Taylor, Smith work NE neighborhoods

by Jeanne Pinette-Souldern

At 17, Rachel Sachs and her friends cannot vote, but they can volunteer, and they wanted to work for the best candidate they could find. They picked Tom Taylor, Green candidate for the state house district 59A in North Minneapolis and one of six Greens on the November ballot.

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Letter From Mexico: If you think our parties are bad...
Wednesday 27 October @ 23:11:53 (Read: 5680)
NewsMexico’s politics a triumph of corruption

by Stan Gotlieb

Just when you think she’s safe at last, there’s Jack Nicholson, the mean and evil vicious monster, with a weapon in his hand, waiting for her to open the door. In “The Shining,” the victim turns the tables and kills the bad guy. In Mexican politics, “quién sabe” (who knows).

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New grassroots group rallies to save WCAL 89.3 FM
Wednesday 27 October @ 19:49:26 (Read: 5661)
News[This article was submitted via our website. - web.ed.]

by Carl Schroeder

NORTHFIELD – The nationwide movement against media consolidation has found an unusual flash point in southeastern Minnesota with the proposed sale of WCAL 89.3 FM, the classical music radio station of St. Olaf College. Concerned that the expansion of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is threatening to eliminate independent radio in Minnesota, a new grassroots group called SaveWCAL is harnessing the power of the Internet to organize and rally support for WCAL.

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School Board Nears Decision
Wednesday 20 October @ 17:16:39 (Read: 5556)
NewsCity will have lost 22% of students in six years

by Carey L. Biron

Meeting at the former Northeast Minneapolis light bulb factory that serves as their headquarters, the Minneapolis School Board on October 12 moved a step closer to making a lasting decision about the district’s future. That night board members heard final presentations from two independent consulting groups, which they had hired to gather community input on how the cash-strapped district should deal with budget cuts and plummeting enrollment.

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Opinion: Mishandling the Crisis in the Minneapolis Public Schools
Wednesday 20 October @ 16:53:30 (Read: 5551)
Newsby Ed Felien ]

There is a crisis in the Minneapolis Public Schools. The School Board is proposing to close eight elementary schools in South Minneapolis: Banneker, Northrup, Cooper, Phillips, Hiawatha, Powderhorn, Howe and Wenonah.

Why?

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Opinion: The Reason to Vote for John Kerry
Wednesday 20 October @ 15:13:59 (Read: 5496)
Newsby DAVID RUBENSTEIN

Ralph Nader sounded testy during a recent interview with Amy Goodman on “Democracy Now.” He predicted that listeners who vote for Kerry will soon be protesting if Kerry wins, and when that happens they will only have themselves to blame.

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Moore Brings ‘Uprising’ to U
Friday 15 October @ 19:18:16 (Read: 5565)
NewsActivist discusses debate with thousands of area residents

by Bert Berlowe

A hush of restless anticipation had fallen over the capacity crowd packed into Williams Arena last Friday night. The attention of the mostly youthful audience was collectively focused on a four-sided video screen hanging over a mammoth stage, where the second presidential debate was being beamed in from St. Louis.

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Priest Crusader for Justice
Friday 15 October @ 19:03:16 (Read: 5491)
NewsBourgeois devotes life to fighting ‘terrorist training camp’

by Kateri Wozny

From the window of his one-room apartment, Father Roy Bourgeois can see the sign. “It says, ‘Welcome to Fort Benning. No trespassing,’” said the Catholic priest and political activist. “There are also big barbed wire fences.”

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Area Workers March On D.C.
Friday 15 October @ 18:48:52 (Read: 5175)
NewsMillion Worker March to fill Mall Oct. 17

by Alexa Cosmo Kocinski

As America approaches a divisive presidential election, a coalition of labor and human-rights groups will push for more representation for the working-class majority. On October 17, workers from across America will gather in front of the Lincoln Memorial to share their values and lobby for economic change.

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Michael Moore to Speak in Mpls
Wednesday 06 October @ 18:23:22 (Read: 5354)
NewsPopulist filmmaker and activist Michael Moore, fresh off his surprise blockbuster “Fahrenheit 9/11,” will speak at Williams Arena in Minneapolis Friday. The event is the latest stop on Moore’s national “Slacker Uprising” tour, an effort to get millions of traditional non-voters to the polls on November 2. Moore will speak at 60 cities in 20 battleground states before Nov. 2.

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Tear Down this Wal
Wednesday 06 October @ 18:23:17 (Read: 7002)
NewsArea Greens make documentary on Wal-Mart

by Mehnaz Alam

It has been four years since Ken Friberg “took the red pill.” Yes, like in “The Matrix.” That’s how the St. Paul resident describes hearing Ralph Nader speak at the Target Center in Minneapolis four years ago. When the populist icon described the growing influence of corporations in America, Friberg’s interest was piqued, and he began to research the issue for himself. His view of the world, he said, was “shattered.”

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Area Schools Turn to Wind Power
Wednesday 06 October @ 18:23:07 (Read: 5829)
NewsBy Carey L. Biron

On a perfect fall Saturday at the end of September, on a corn-covered ridge east of the campus, Northfield’s Carleton College dedicated the country’s first college-owned, utility-sized wind turbine. Costing about $1.8 million, the student-initiated turbine will be capable of generating roughly 40 percent of Carleton’s yearly energy consumption.

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Fair Trade Biz Takes Off
Wednesday 06 October @ 18:22:45 (Read: 6213)
NewsThe movement for global justice and a good cup of joe

by Audrey Dutton

To see the global economy in action, you could fly to Indonesia and see the sweatshops and the cleared rainforests, or you could just stand in the unemployment line and talk to your downsized neighbors. Either is depressing, and you might like standing up to the big corporations – but you still have to buy stuff.

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Opinion: Will Bush bitch-slap Kerry again?
Thursday 30 September @ 12:11:31 (Read: 5445)
Newsby Ed Felien

The ghetto term “bitch-slap” refers to that act of male physical abuse that establishes dominance, generally over a woman. A pimp slaps his working girl across the face in front of other people to humiliate and degrade her and to establish that he is the boss. He only has to do this once. After that, a raised eyebrow conveys the threat.

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Bloody Incident in Mpls
Wednesday 22 September @ 14:47:15 (Read: 7812)
NewsCops smashed windshield with woman’s face, witnesses say

by John Tribbett

The police car’s rear windshield was shattered and the side was painted in a wide swath of fresh blood. A few feet away, a crowd gathered just outside the yellow “police line do not cross” tape circling the street at 31st and Bloomington. They stood in small groups with frowning faces.

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10 Years of Offering Hope
Wednesday 22 September @ 13:58:56 (Read: 5501)
NewsWomen’s Prison Book Project celebrates anniversary

by Alexa Kocinski

Start with the cell. You live there. You rarely get to leave. You wake up to prison noise at 4 a.m. Male guards watch you dress. You see your children once a month. That is the life of almost two million Americans, including about 100,000 women—a life most of us cannot imagine. Such people often come from poor backgrounds, have little education and see little hope of bettering themselves.

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Opinion: Felien article off-base
Wednesday 22 September @ 13:32:34 (Read: 5334)
Newsby David Thorstad

In his histrionic Join the Popular Front against Fascism (Pulse, 8.25.04), Ed Felien correctly points to the assault on civil liberties and permanent war mobilization on the part of the U.S. regime. This is certainly worrisome, and signals a drastic shift to the right in American politics. I agree that the specter of fascism looms larger now than it has in decades. But Felien’s analysis and his solution are way off base.

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Opinion: U.S. needs culture change
Wednesday 22 September @ 13:27:27 (Read: 5259)
Newsby Diana Johnstone

Since I do not live in the United States, I hesitate to comment on the current U.S. elections. Without presuming to tell my friends what they should do, I would like to contribute a few somewhat paradoxical observations to your discussion.

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Mexican farmers protest conditions
Wednesday 22 September @ 13:23:47 (Read: 5188)
Newsby Stan Gotlieb

By dawn’s early light on September 15, after six months of occupation by partisans of the organization Campesino Indigena Popular de Oaxaca (People’s Indian Farmers of Oaxaca: CIPO), a combined force of federal and state police forcibly dismantled what by everyone’s judgment were two ugly encampments in the city center. They did it by force, and 14 farmers were arrested.

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20 More Years of Nuclear?
Thursday 16 September @ 16:58:18 (Read: 9971)
NewsXCel Energy seeks to extend license of state's three reactors

by Carey L. Biron

Minnesota’s three nuclear plants, the source of three decades of bitter political fights between Xcel Energy and grass-roots coalitions, will keep on running 20 years past their expiration dates if the company gets its way.

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Speaker Recalls Haiti Coup
Thursday 16 September @ 16:58:12 (Read: 6239)
NewsArea activists volunteered there until recent government overthrow

by Lydia Howell

“The coup government closed down a school in Haiti I’ve supported and visited for two years,” said Paul Miller, his voice trembling. “What’s wrong with teaching kids to read?” he asks.

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On the Ground in New York
Wednesday 08 September @ 14:54:07 (Read: 5826)
NewsHundreds of thousands of Americans stand united against Republican leaders

by Ron Gabaldon

I traveled out to New York with my buddy Joel after about two months of back-and-forth phone conversations, each about yet another news item that both amused and outraged us. They usually began, “You’re not gonna believe this, but I just read on Cursor.org that …” and ended with, “We’ve got to go.” Joel had flown out to Washington, D.C., last year for the march on the Capitol. Four years ago, neither of us were politically involved.

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Protesters Occupy Native Burial Site
Wednesday 08 September @ 14:41:37 (Read: 6731)
News Halt construction near 494 and light rail

by Alexa Kocinski

Dozens of Native Americans and sympathetic protesters have spent much of the past two weeks occupying an overgrown acre in Bloomington where a construction crew has uncovered an apparent Dakota burial ground. The nonviolent protest placed the Mdewakanton Dakota tribe at odds with the Minnesota’s official Native American advocacy group, who want the 200-odd bones moved to a state-recognized burial ground across the street.

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Opinion: Deja Vu South of Border
Thursday 02 September @ 15:53:51 (Read: 5181)
NewsMexico see problem similar to U.S. in 2000

by Stan Gotlieb

On August 1, voters in the state of Oaxaca lined up to mark their ballots—all of which came with a paper trail—for various state offices, especially governor. Governors are not allowed to run for second terms there, and candidates are often selected in secret by their parties, a sort of transition from the old system of “Dedazo” (the finger), in which the outgoing office holder personally names his successor, to a more open nomination process.

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Protesters Occupy Burial Site
Thursday 02 September @ 15:53:42 (Read: 5204)
NewsA member of the Mdewakanton Dakota Native American tribe and friend on 34th Ave. south of highway 494, where tribal members and other local activists are occupying a construction site where a Native American body has been discovered.

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Report from NY: This is a Standoff?
Thursday 02 September @ 15:53:46 (Read: 5575)
Newsby Ron Gabaldon

I’ve been in New York for about 30 hours now and, although the situation has been far from quiet, it is also far from ugly. Taxis are lined up idle in front of Grand Central Station and the Jamaican driver who took me to my accommodations was less than pleased at the Republican National Convention being staged here.

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Medical Pot Issue May Go to Court
Thursday 02 September @ 15:53:29 (Read: 6219)
NewsMpls Council kept issue from ballot

by Troy Pieper

A grassroots organization has the necessary signatures to place a medical marijuana question on the November ballot, the Minneapolis Elections Office confirmed Monday, but its supporters still have a fight on their hands.The Minneapolis City Council has voted not to allow the proposed charter amendment on the ballot, and local and national advocates for reform of marijuana laws say they may have to take the issue to court.

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Remnant of Ancient Forest on Tour
Thursday 26 August @ 16:57:36 (Read: 6040)
NewsConservationists show Twin Cities effects of national forest destruction

by Audrey Dutton

A massive slice of a 420-year-old tree rolled into the Twin Cities on the back of a truck last week as part of the nationwide Ancient Forest Roadshow. The show is organized by a coalition of conservation groups to help Americans understand the effects of destroying national forests.

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Mexicans Anticipate Consulate
Thursday 26 August @ 16:57:25 (Read: 10651)
NewsProposed consulate would be boon to Mexican community

by Carey L. Biron

For many local minorities, this summer will probably see the loss of an established and respected voice, the 37-year-old Urban Coalition. For Mexican immigrants in the state, however, this summer has brought an unprecedented spike in national and international focus, since Mexican president Vicente Fox announced in June that Minnesota would be the next state to host a Mexican consulate.

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Voices No Longer Imprisoned
Wednesday 18 August @ 11:56:21 (Read: 9610)
NewsEx-prisoner helps Stillwater inmates learn creative writing

by Lydia Howell

Reggie Harris was sitting in a prison cell doing eight-and-a-half years when he reached in the book bin wheeled through the halls and picked up a battered fragment of August Wilson’s play “Fences.” Though he only saw the middle half of the play—he didn’t learn how it ended until he was released—reading the drama that paralleled his own experience caused Harris to reexamine his life and rediscover his creative voice.

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Christians at the Capitol?
Wednesday 18 August @ 11:20:51 (Read: 6605)
Newsby Polly Mann

“It’s just the Christian thing to do,” said the man sitting on my right at the long bare table, in response to a previous speaker at a DFL gathering in the late 1960s. A friend, sitting on my left, began to grumble, not quite under her breath because I did hear her. “What the hell does that mean?”

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Finding Hope in the Middle East
Wednesday 11 August @ 18:39:12 (Read: 6216)
NewsWisconsin grandmother chronicles Israelis, Palestinians who defy leaders

by Lydia Howell

Buried amid the constant news of terrorism and hatred in the Middle East, there is another, more heartening story. It is the story of the Israeli and Palestinian peace movements, unreported by most media but explored by Eau Claire, WI grandmother and peace activist Cathy Sultan in a new book of interviews.

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Rapper questioned on Cuba
Wednesday 11 August @ 18:26:31 (Read: 8138)
NewsFeds sent letter after returned from Havana rap festival

by Mehnaz Alam

A local rap artist could be indicted by the federal government for attending an international rap convention in Havana, Cuba a year ago. Minneapolis rapper Brock Satter received a letter of inquiry from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which enforces the Cuban embargo, regarding his trip.

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Group Marks 25 Years of Dissent
Wednesday 11 August @ 18:21:13 (Read: 6232)
NewsNukewatch continues civil disobedience on military bases

by Kristina Gronquist

For 25 years, Pepper Wolf has been a school teacher – and, on the side, a political dissident with the Wisconsin-based group Nukewatch, now celebrating a quarter century of activism.

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Critics Cautious on Voting Rules
Wednesday 04 August @ 17:13:20 (Read: 5983)
Newsby Carey L. Biron

After a failed initial attempt July 22, Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer received a judge’s approval for new voter registration rules last Tuesday.

While many say the new rules are better for Minnesota voters than Kiffmeyer’s original proposal, critics say they are still concerned about larger issues.


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Activist Opposes Using Space for War
Wednesday 04 August @ 16:45:44 (Read: 6100)
NewsSees space as growing battleground for militaries, corporations

by Mike Morgan

In this election season, presidential campaigns are traveling the country giving stump speeches about how they will make the world safer. They are just dabbling in what Bruce Gagnon does full time.

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Minnesotans take on Big Pharma
Wednesday 28 July @ 18:28:47 (Read: 8254)
NewsSuit could go federal, shake up companies’ near-monopoly on medicine

by Carey L. Biron

Americans have long lamented the escalating prices of medicine and Big Pharma’s near-monopoly on the industry. But a group of Minnesotans is challenging this national problem, alleging that nine pharmaceutical giants are colluding to keep us under the thumb of high prices.

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Bands raise funds for Zapatista kids
Wednesday 28 July @ 18:02:12 (Read: 7134)
Newsby Mehnaz Alam

Last Friday about 150 people danced the night away at the hippest block in Minneapolis to help the poorest people in Mexico. The benefit at Joe’s Garage in Loring Park, despite being shut down early by police for making too much noise, raised hundreds of dollars for school supplies for democratically-run village schools of the Mexican Zapatistas.

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Report Shows Bush Effect
Wednesday 28 July @ 17:50:53 (Read: 6130)
NewsSierra Club shows MN environment getting worse

by Audrey Dutton

Laurel Crewe Cibik became an environmental activist after a conversation with her obstetrician, when she was pregnant with her daughter, Ruby.

The Bloomington mother had previously supported environmental causes. But when her doctor informed her that, as a pregnant woman, she would need to closely monitor her intake of fish to avoid poisoning herself and her baby with mercury, her fight became personal.

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Reaching out with a vigil
Wednesday 28 July @ 17:36:24 (Read: 6261)
Newsby Polly Mann

Along with others, I’ve been spending from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for the past few Friday afternoons at Summit and Snelling, holding a sign calling for the government of Israel to get out of the “occupied territories,” that is, the area of Palestine which is occupied by the Israeli military.

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Staying the Course
Wednesday 21 July @ 17:50:56 (Read: 6497)
NewsKucinich delegates take fight to convention

by Anitra Budd

From July 26 to 29, nearly 5,000 delegates will converge on Boston for the 2004 Democratic National Convention (DNC). With U.S. Senator John Kerry a shoe-in for the party nomination, it might seem an exercise in futility for other candidates’ supporters to bother attending the event.

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Guild Salutes Defenders of Freedom in MN
Wednesday 21 July @ 17:45:29 (Read: 5966)
NewsJohnson Lee, Zimmermann honored

by Mehnaz Alam

Sometimes it takes extraordinary times to bring people together, Caroline Palmer, president of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild, said Saturday … and right now, we are living in extraordinary times.

Palmer and dozens of other lawyers let their hair down in Minneahaha Park on July 17 for the organization’s salute to groups that have helped protect Minnesotans’ freedom. Speakers included Palmer and Minneapolis city council member Natalie Johnson Lee.

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ACT Opens Door for Regional School Food
Wednesday 21 July @ 17:40:49 (Read: 5469)
Newsby Carey L. Biron

For the first time, the federal government will be providing substantial seed money to programs throughout the country designed to integrate locally produced food products into the public school system.

With six days to go before a June 30 deadline, the U.S. House and Senate passed by unanimous consent two nearly identical bills. When the President signed the legislation that afternoon, the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act 2004 became federal law.

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A Conversation with Hizzonner the Mayor
Wednesday 14 July @ 15:26:02 (Read: 5968)
NewsRybak discusses new police chief, upcoming campaign

by Ed Felien

Hizzonner, the Mayor, stopped by the office Friday. We got a chance to ask him some questions. He is charming, personable, eager, intelligent and, above all, earnest. He obviously cares about the City, and he also cares about getting re-elected next year.

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Rybak, critics face off on housing
Wednesday 14 July @ 15:19:12 (Read: 6751)
NewsMpls mayor defends accomplishments in three years of office

by Aaron Neumann

In January of this year, Pulse of the Twin Cities published our second annual “Worst of the Twin Cities” (See Pulse 01/14/04) where Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was listed as “Worst Politician” of the year for being a perceived challenger of the status quo and then upholding it once in office.

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Parkway owner ends 29 years in business
Wednesday 07 July @ 14:03:56 (Read: 9910)
Newsby Brian Kaller

Standing in the red carpet lobby of the Parkway Theatre, owner Bill Irvine speaks genially with a woman who comes in just to buy popcorn. Like the longtime neighbor she is, the woman asks, concerned, if the rumors are true. Yes, Irvine, says, he is closing up shop after 29 years.

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Redistricting Suit Nears Resolution
Thursday 01 July @ 14:44:17 (Read: 6817)
NewsFinal hearings held Friday

by Carey L. Biron

It is a controversy seemingly forgotten by the public and the media. But in the coming weeks, the federal lawsuit of Minneapolis City Councilmember Natalie Johnson Lee vs. the City of Minneapolis will be back in the news — and the resolution, whatever it is, will be sure to cause a stir.

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Group Helps Torture Victims Heal
Thursday 01 July @ 14:33:41 (Read: 5914)
NewsFormer victims, Dayton speak at event commemorating UN resolution

by Mehnaz Alam

Standing before a crowd of dignitaries in Minneapolis last week, Ahmed Tharwat recalled the day the secret police captured and tortured him.

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Letter from Mexico: Fox comes calling
Thursday 01 July @ 14:20:40 (Read: 6079)
Newsby Stan Gotlieb

In a tightly orchestrated seven-hour period in mid-May, the Twin Cities were graced with a visit by Mexican president Vicente Fox. The image-building trip was notable for slavish praise by Minneapolis’ major newspaper, and a poor turnout by the progressive community. (Editor’s note: the Pulse reported on the demonstrations against Fox last week, in our June 23 issue.)

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Greens pick Cobb for ’04 run
Thursday 01 July @ 14:01:59 (Read: 6064)
Newsby Eric Makela

This weekend, in two rounds of voting, a simple majority of delegates at the Green Party’s national convention in Milwaukee declined to endorse Ralph Nader’s candidacy for president, opting instead to choose Green Party activist David Cobb.

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Union members, Latinos protest Fox
Thursday 24 June @ 20:49:51 (Read: 6124)
Newsby Lucy Grinnell

More than 100 local residents protested Mexican president Vincente Fox on his first trip to the Twin Cities. The protesters, including members of workers’ rights groups, Latin American organizations and unions, said that Fox’s policies were increasing poverty and human-rights abuses.

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Iraqi man arrested, allegedly beaten in front of own mural
Wednesday 16 June @ 14:16:24 (Read: 6179)
Newsby Ian Anderson and
Jackson Forderer

He was arrested in front of his own mural.
Minneapolis artist Haider Al-Amery, an Iraqi who said he spent two years in a cramped prison cell for refusing to fight for Saddam Hussein, was arrested and allegedly brutalized by Minneapolis police April 27, in front of the giant mural on First Avenue, called “The Dream,” that he had helped paint.

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Rally, memorial at City Hall
Wednesday 16 June @ 13:12:20 (Read: 6434)
NewsActivists from across the political spectrum demonstrated in front of Minneapolis City Hall June 14 for safe access to medical marijuana.

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Religious groups declare Mpls neighborhoods Holy Ground
Wednesday 16 June @ 13:01:18 (Read: 6572)
Newsby Mike Morgan

Lutheran Bishop Craig Johnson, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, began by introducing the sun and brilliant blue sky, the first after a long week of rain, getting a chuckle and applause from the crowd around his podium in the parking lot.

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MN Greens Split on Presidential Candidate
Wednesday 09 June @ 11:38:51 (Read: 6041)
Newsby Eric Makela

Paul Bunyan got a jolt of alternative presidential politics this weekend when the Green Party of Minnesota descended on the city of Bemidji for back-to-back endorsing and biennial conventions.

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Only the Good Die Young
Wednesday 09 June @ 11:33:49 (Read: 9731)
Newsby Greg Palast

You’re not going to like this. You shouldn’t speak ill of the dead. But in this case, someone’s got to. Ronald Reagan was a conman. Reagan was a coward. Reagan was a killer.

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Mt. Olive Wants to Build Apartments
Thursday 03 June @ 14:11:27 (Read: 6429)
Newsby Ed Felien

The congregation of Mount Olive Lutheran Church at 31st Street and Chicago Avenue will meet after service this Sunday, June 6, to discuss whether they should support a development project that will turn their parking lot into a four-story, 52-unit affordable housing apartment complex.

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$8.2M Grant to Aid Noise Abatement
Thursday 03 June @ 13:58:41 (Read: 6635)
Newsby Brian Kaller
and Troy Pieper


The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) will receive an $8.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help insulate homes from airport noise in the areas most affected by recent airport expansion. The grant, approved at the urging of U.S. Congressman Martin Olav Sabo, DFL-Minneapolis, is about two-thirds of the original $12.2 million that MAC requested.

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‘Why is Park Board trying to kill me?’
Thursday 03 June @ 13:49:39 (Read: 6563)
Newsby Ed Felien

I like to play nine holes of golf in the morning during the summer, the back nine at Hiawatha. Last week I was playing and the groundskeepers were spraying the greens right in front and behind me. I got up to the clubhouse and found they were using Echo 75 WSP, a fungicide to keep down mold. I got to my office and Googled Echo 75 and found it was a dangerous carcinogen. Its acute hazard warning label is 1Danger, which means it is highly toxic and a dangerous poison.

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Former Sears Site Set for Redevelopment
Thursday 03 June @ 13:37:07 (Read: 6188)
Newsby Ed Felien

After remaining boarded and vacant for the last ten years, it looks like the Sears building at Chicago and Lake will start moving toward renovation and renewal beginning in July. Ryan Companies will probably spend millions to create the Midtown Exchange, but don't feel too sorry for them. Most of that is your money.

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Neighbors Post Asbestos Warning Signs at Contaminated Public Park
Wednesday 26 May @ 16:18:08 (Read: 7177)
Newsby Jason Heil

If you recently took your toddler to Gluek park, a popular park next to the Mississippi River in Northeast Minneapolis, you may have been puzzled by the new sign saying, “Park Temporarily Closed.” Though there were barriers in the driveway to restrict traffic, any child or parent could walk past the sign and enter the park on foot. Was the park closed for renovation? It wasn’t clear.

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Community Protests Wal-Mart
Wednesday 26 May @ 16:23:46 (Read: 5933)
Newsby Lydia Howell

The world’s biggest company got a cold reception at the grand opening of their latest branch in St. Paul Wednesday. More than 300 area residents, including religious leaders, union members, Greens and neighborhood activists rallied outside the Midway Wal-Mart on its first day of business, saying the corporate giant mistreats employees and destroys neighborhood businesses.

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Lappe Honored for Lifelong Work
Wednesday 19 May @ 15:42:48 (Read: 5913)
NewsAuthor, activist sees cause for hope in frightened age

by Brian Kaller

One of the seminal events in the environmental movement came in 1971, when a 26-year-old college student named Frances Moore Lappe wrote a book called “Diet for a Small Planet.” The book, which has since gone on to sell three million copies, held that the world’s starvation takes place not because there are not enough resources, but because those resources are being used to provide expensive food for a few, rather than inexpensive food for everyone.

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Who is winning the Tobacco Wars?
Wednesday 19 May @ 15:25:16 (Read: 9217)
Newsby Ed Felien

First there was the bill introduced in the State Legislature, then Dave Thune’s ordinance in St. Paul, and, finally, a movement afoot in Minneapolis.

Who’s winning?

What’s happening?

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Green Party Birthday Bash
Wednesday 19 May @ 13:02:55 (Read: 6292)
NewsAnonymous writes: "Get ready for the Birthday Party! It's the ten year anniversary of the Green Party of Minnesota. Come mix with those who helped this party from its first days in Minnesota. A short history film by Ken Pentel, Rhoda Gilman and Cam Gordon will lead the evening with stories from many who were working for the key values all these years. "

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Sign latest in Lake St. tiff
Wednesday 12 May @ 13:03:47 (Read: 7545)
Newsby Brian Kaller

Any article tells only a piece of the story.
Take, for example, the skeletal remains of a gas station on East Lake Street and 19th Avenue, where a sign shouts in block letters, “NO MORE SCHIFFTY POLITICS” — the latest salvo in an ongoing dispute involving Ninth Ward City Councilmember, Gary Schiff, and the property’s owner, developer Hamoudi Sabri.

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Tick Management for Lyme Disease
Wednesday 12 May @ 11:46:35 (Read: 6595)
NewsAnonymous writes: "Tick Control Method is now available in the state of Minnesota under the Food Quality Protection Act -1996

New research has lead to the first effective and most direct method for controlling ticks. The method designed by the Center of Disease Control under the Food Quality Protection Act focuses on controlling ticks through their main host, the white-footed mouse."


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Government above the law? Military Seeks Environmental, Health Exemptions
Wednesday 05 May @ 16:24:34 (Read: 7331)
Newsby Joel Creswell

The Defense Department wants to shirk laws governing air pollution, toxic waste and Superfund cleanups at thousands of military ranges across the country, but opponents warn that the proposals before Congress threaten the health of neighbors in Minnesota and across the country. Congress will likely vote on the Bush administration's proposal for exemptions in May.

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Landmark Theatre workers move to unionize
Wednesday 28 April @ 13:55:48 (Read: 7667)
Newsby Joel Haskard

Workers at all three of Landmark Theatre’s Twin Cities movie theaters recently filed a petition for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board. Employees of the Lagoon Cinema, Uptown Theatre and Edina Cinema have petitioned to join the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 789 of South St. Paul, Minn. If successful, these workers will create the first wall to wall unionized movie theater in the State of Minnesota (some projectionists are currently unionized).

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America and the coalition of the damned
Wednesday 28 April @ 13:52:48 (Read: 6293)
Newsby Ed Felien

It’s falling apart. The Coalition of the Willing seems a lot less willing these days. After the newly elected Socialist premier of Spain pulled out his troops, Honduras and The Dominican Republic quickly followed suit. The defense minister of Denmark had to resign last week after unrelenting criticism of his credulity in believing the fairy tale about weapons of mass destruction. Even the British are getting squeamish.

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Civilian Massacre at Fallujah is a War Crime
Wednesday 21 April @ 13:27:34 (Read: 6594)
Newsby Meg Novak

“Screaming women come in, praying, slapping their chest and faces. Ummi, my mother, one cries. I hold her until Maki, a consultant and acting director of the clinic brings me to the bed where a child of 10 is lying with a bullet wound to the head. A smaller child is being treated for a similar injury in the next bed. A U.S. sniper hit them and their grandmother as they left their home to flee Fallujah.

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American Marine “ashamed” of Iraq experience
Wednesday 21 April @ 13:20:32 (Read: 6807)
NewsThis article first appeared in L’Humanite and was reprinted in English on Islamonline.net

Ever since his return home last April, U.S. Marine Jimmy Massey has had a hard time sleeping, feeling “ashamed” of his involvement in killing no less than 30 Iraqi civilians during his one-month mission.

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Happy Birthday to us!
Wednesday 14 April @ 13:16:51 (Read: 6204)
Newsby Ed Felien

We’re 7 years old. Who would’ve thought it? Most people thought we’d never climb out of the crib. Instead, we’ve seen over a dozen more than weeklies, alternatives or music publications come and go...

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Fallujah and the end of the road
Wednesday 14 April @ 13:14:50 (Read: 6866)
Newsby Ed Felien

Last week four civilian contractors wanted to take a shortcut through Fallujah and ended up being shot, their bodies burned, dragged through the streets and hung from a bridge.

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Protest Fallujah
Wednesday 14 April @ 13:12:22 (Read: 5742)
Newsby Meg Novak

As many of you have heard this week, the U.S. occupation forces are carryng out a massacre in the Iraqi town of Fallujah. Al-Jazeera and Democracy Now report that more than 600 civilian deaths have been recorded by the hospitals and mosques in Fallujah. Eyewitness reports from independent journalists and humantarian workers place their estimates much higher. The U.S. military is using war planes and helicopters to indiscriminately bomb residential areas, mosques and homes. The residents of Fallujah have turned their soccer field into a mass grave, and many bodies continue to lie in the street because residents fear being shot while claiming them. The U.S. occupation force has also repeatedly opened fire on ambulances and food convoys trying to reach the residents of Fallujah.

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"Tax the Rich" rally April 15
Thursday 08 April @ 15:42:46 (Read: 5818)
Newsby Deb Konechne

On Tax Day, April 15, 2004, people from around Minnesota will converge on the State Capitol to demand that Minnesota Politicians “TAX the RICH!” and “UNDO the CUTS to Poor and Working Minnesotans!”

The protest rally will start at 12 noon on the front steps of the State Capitol. Protestors will call on elected officials to stop the attacks on health care, welfare, public services and public workers; to support legislative bills to undo the cuts; and to “Make the Rich Pay!”

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Fact checking Condoleezza Rice’s “60 Minutes” interview
Wednesday 31 March @ 15:18:05 (Read: 8545)
News

from Center for American Progress

National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice appeared on CBS’s
“60 Minutes” in an effort to quell growing questions surrounding
the Administration’s inconsistent claims about its pre-9/11 actions. Not
only did Rice refuse to take Richard Clarke’s lead and admit responsibility
for her role in the worst national security failure in American history, but
she continued to make unsubstantiated and contradictory assertions...

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Tina Turner of academia tells it like it is
Wednesday 31 March @ 14:34:42 (Read: 6420)
News

by Dwight Hobbes

Tricia Rose, Ph. D., firebrand author of “Longing to
Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy” (Farrar, Straus and
Giroux) hits the Twin Cites, speaking at The Givens Foundation for African American
Literature on “Politics of Black Women’s Sexuality In America.”
The New York Times called Rose “the PhD Diva” after she became the
nation’s first scholar to turn in a dissertation on Hip-Hop—which,
in 1994, was developed into the American Book Award winner “Black Noise:
Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America” (Wesleyan Press).

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Some impure thoughts on death
Wednesday 31 March @ 14:30:22 (Read: 5928)
News

by Tony Bouza

How did Governor Tim Pawlenty get to be so much smarter than
me? Not that I even thought myself equal to such lofty eminence, but, really,
the guy has distanced himself impressively. I am left in the dust.

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Vox populi, Vox Dei
Wednesday 24 March @ 12:59:41 (Read: 6352)
Newsby Tony Bouza

Cri de coeur. Ah, the French. They have such delicacy. A cry from the heart. Yet much more - a spontaneous, revealing, explosive, agonized utterance.

The Spaniards have just delivered one.

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Anti-war rally March 20
Wednesday 17 March @ 12:36:40 (Read: 6150)
NewsOn March 20, 2004, the first anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, people in cities around the world will join together to demand: “End the Occupation—Bring the Troops Home Now!”

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Remembering Rachel Corrie one year later
Wednesday 17 March @ 12:33:44 (Read: 6258)
News

by Craig and Cindy Corrie


Thank you to all who have paused today to remember our daughter
Rachel Corrie and to call for an end to the occupation—an occupation which
took her life, as surely as it has taken the lives of thousands of Palestinians
and Israelis.

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Coca-Cola workers on hunger strike in Colombia
Wednesday 17 March @ 12:26:57 (Read: 5701)
News

by Luis Javier Correa Suarez, president of SINALTRAINAL


Starting at 6 a.m. on March 15, we, the workers, have initiated
a Hunger Strike in front of the Coca-Cola plants in Barrancabermeja, Bogotá,
Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Cúcuta, Medellín, and Valledupar.
We’re doing this to denounce the fact that nine Coca-Cola workers have
been killed and 67 have been threatened with death and that we’ve been
the victims of attempted murder, kidnappings, forced displacement. In addition,
one of our union offices was burned by the paramilitaries. As a result many
of our workers have resigned from the union out of fear of reprisal.

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We are people, too!
Wednesday 10 March @ 14:36:42 (Read: 5747)
Newsby Caleb Palmiter

It’s Monday, March 1, and I’m sitting on the floor of the State Capitol Rotunda. It’s standing room only. Some 300-plus folks have come by bus, cars, in groups and alone. We have gathered to peacefully protest several bills that (Republican) conservative House Representatives are trying to (quietly) pass.

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IRV is as easy as 1, 2, 3
Wednesday 10 March @ 14:27:34 (Read: 6834)
Newsby Aaron Neumann

Every election cycle, and especially the last two presidential elections, there is always political discussion around the “spoilers” of third-party politics (anyone remember Ralph Nader?). The same is doubly true this year, where it’s expected to be a very close and very partisan race. Vote your conscience, and it’s a wasted vote and others dub you as a spoiler. Vote pragmatically, and once again us voters are left with the limited option of the “least worst” candidate.

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Medical Marijuana in Minneapolis: Smoke and Mirrors
Wednesday 03 March @ 14:03:00 (Read: 10416)
News

by Aaron Neumann


Recently (see Pulse 11/26/03), I reported on an effort by a
group called COHR— Citizens Organized for Harm Reduction (primarily students
at the University of Minnesota Law School) —that has started gathering
signatures to put a medical marijuana amendment to Minneapolis voters in the
November 2004 election.

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What’s happening with the Sears building?
Friday 27 February @ 13:00:11 (Read: 5989)
Newsby Ed Felien

The latest development for the empty Sears building at Lake and Chicago is that Allina Hospitals and Clinics has decided to move its headquarters there and take seven floors and 250,000 of the 350,000 square feet of office space available. That commitment pretty well insures the success of the project.

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Police and landlords violate tenants’ rights at northside apartment complex
Wednesday 18 February @ 14:22:48 (Read: 6879)
Newsby Chris Nisan

On Wednesday, February 4, two Minneapolis police officers invaded the apartment of Chris Nisan, a freelance journalist and political activist, and Brock Satter, a musician who is also a political activist. The two activists share an apartment in the Legacy Village Town homes in the near north community of Minneapolis.

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Workers at Franklin Street Bakery attempt to unionize
Wednesday 18 February @ 14:19:53 (Read: 7252)
Newsstory and photos by Troy Pieper

On a Tuesday morning you go to work at the bakery where you’ve been employed for three years without a raise and with limited benefits. After four hours of work, your manager tells you to go home, and you wonder how much food this week’s paycheck will allow you to buy for your family, because your hours at the bakery are not guaranteed.

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Jennings closes more schools
Wednesday 18 February @ 14:14:49 (Read: 6122)
Newsby Ed Felien

David Jennings, the interim School Board Superintendent, has submitted a plan to the Board to close and consolidate more schools, increasing the trend to make schools bigger and further from home.

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Savoring the sweetness of Walter Mann
Wednesday 18 February @ 14:13:19 (Read: 6030)
Newsby Ed Felien

Walter Mann died last Thursday. He was 88. Behind every great woman there’s a patient and loving partner. Walter Mann used to say, “I don’t mind being called Mr. Polly Mann.”

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Don’t run, Ralph
Wednesday 18 February @ 14:06:09 (Read: 5752)
Newsby Andy Driscoll

Ralph, you’ll not remember me, but you and I worked on consumer issues together (with Joan, Lola and Carol Foreman) in the ’70s. I was then president of the Consumer Alliance of Michigan. I moved back to the Twin Cities in 1978 and in recent years have counted myself straddling the line between Democratic and Green parties.

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Hot & Bothered
Wednesday 11 February @ 11:37:40 (Read: 11279)
NewsThe Smitten Kitten offers a positive alternative to seedy sex shops.

by Doc Pop

To see how sex negative our culture is, just go toward the strange glow of Sex World’s neon lights in downtown Minneapolis. Duck inside quickly to avoid a seizure. Once inside, all you’ll find are penis-shaped swizzle sticks, mammary shot glasses and depressing magazines in bags. If it was any other store, you’d never even consider going past the I.D. booth: since it’s a “sex” store, unhappy employees, poor halogen lighting, and elevator walls that you’re afraid to touch are just considered part of the experience.

It’s about time that Minneapolis appeared on the map of sex positive adult stores, and frankly it’s embarrassing it didn’t happen sooner to our oh-so-cosmopolitan city.

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Let the spinning begin
Wednesday 11 February @ 11:33:05 (Read: 7703)
NewsBush forced into appearing on “Meet the Press” by sagging poll numbers.

by DAVID RUBENSTEIN

Stung by polls that showed him losing to Kerry, President Bush spoke to the world Sunday morning in an unprecedented hour-long television interview with NBC’s Tim Russert. Unlike the intellectual thugs who tend to work cable news or the wormlike “Kudlow and Cramer” on CNBC, Russert at times forays into critical journalism and he asked some fairly tough questions.

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Interlude
Wednesday 11 February @ 11:26:47 (Read: 5768)
Newsby K C Jade

What would happen if we said what we meant? What would it mean when we said, “I love you.” What would happen if we said, “I am afraid of being alone,” or “You fit what is expected of me,” or “I want to be taken care of,” or “You might be as good as it gets.” Is lying the socially accepted means of courtship? What do we believe to be the price for honesty? Is it loneliness, divorce, lack of touch, lack of existence?

Do we say too little? Or, do we say too much?

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Hearts for Wilbur
Wednesday 11 February @ 11:23:23 (Read: 5857)
Newsby Gail Hayden

At times we find rescue for our friends in unlikely places, and then, upon further investigation, maybe it isn’t so unlikely after all. Bus drivers, policemen and landlords each have a close fraternity, just ask George Holter, Bob Anderson and Dan Meyer.

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St. Paul passes resolution condemning PATRIOT Act
Monday 09 February @ 16:05:45 (Read: 13077)
Newsby Mark Connor

The St. Paul City Council recently joined Minneapolis and more than 200 cities that have passed resolutions condemning the 2001 USA PATRIOT Act. The resolution was passed with a 6 to 1 vote, the only dissenter being Ward 6 member Dan Bostrom. The wording of the three and one-half page resolution reveals the specific concerns the Council has with how the legislation affects St. Paul residents, as well as how it encroaches on the city’s ability to run its own affairs without undue interference from the federal government. Councilmembers Kathy Lantry, Ward 7, and Dave Thune, Ward 2, spoke with Pulse about the resolution late last week.

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Janet Jackson’s wasn’t the only boob we saw Superbowl Sunday
Monday 09 February @ 16:01:05 (Read: 19475)
Newsby Chris Allison

The Superbowl, the National Football League’s world championship game, is officially the most watched television broadcast of the entire year. As a result of these incredible ratings advertisers have helped make a highly anticipated spectacle out of the commercials being played during CBS’s airing of the Superbowl.

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The Star Tribune Got It Right!
Monday 09 February @ 15:58:16 (Read: 5962)
Newsby Ed Felien

The Star Tribune criticized us in its Monday morning editorial: “‘Just another politician upholding the status quo,’ said the alternative paper Pulse of the Twin Cities, in naming Rybak worst politician of the year. He poses for pictures ‘at every yuppie event in southwest Minneapolis,’ the paper complained.
“If those are Rybak’s worst sins, he’s off to a good start as a public servant with uncommon energy and unflagging optimism. Those are important qualities in urban America.”

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Jennings’ three proposals for improving the schools
Tuesday 27 January @ 21:14:34 (Read: 6252)
Newsby Ed Felien

On his way out the door, David Jennings made three long-range proposals to the Minneapolis School Board to try to stop the downward spiral of performance that has characterized students for the past generation.

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Letter from Palestine
Tuesday 27 January @ 20:35:00 (Read: 6410)
Newsphotos & story
by Flo Razowsky


Tul Karem refugee camp invasion

Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Starting shortly before 11 a.m. on Monday, January 12, all residents in a section of the Tul Karem refugee camp were rounded up at a centrally located day care center. The men were separated from the women and children and taken away in military trucks. At the end of the first day, over 230 men had been handcuffed, blindfolded and taken out of the camp to an unknown location. The women and children, after being separated from the men, were taken to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency building in the center of the camp.

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Mohammed Warsame Detained in Secrecy for One Month
Tuesday 27 January @ 20:26:36 (Read: 6675)
Newsby Mark Connor

After arresting and holding a Minneapolis Community and Technical College student in secret detention since December 9, the U.S. government issued an indictment against him on Wednesday, January 21.

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Babylon lost to fire; years of art and effort lost in the flames
Thursday 22 January @ 12:25:33 (Read: 6724)
Newsby Meg Novak

As many of you may have heard, the Gustavus Adolphus Hall in which The Babylon is located was consumed by fire on Friday, January 17. The cause of the fire is, as of yet unknown. Fire department officials are currently determining whether or not the building will need to be demolished. No one has been allowed into the building to retrieve any possessions, and the fire department has characterized the damage to all four of the businesses in the building as a "total loss."

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Iraq interview with Phil Steger
Wednesday 21 January @ 15:33:30 (Read: 5866)
Newsby Ed Felien

When the Iraq War began we appealed to our readers to send money to Friends for A Non-Violent World c/o Phil Steger, who had visited Iraq as part of Voices in the Wilderness. The $800 that came in was given to Life for Relief and Development, an Iraqi-American Muslim organization which, in turn, distributed the money to local and neighborhood organizations in Iraq to leverage development.

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Spy On A Leash
Wednesday 14 January @ 11:57:43 (Read: 6250)
NewsAnonymous writes: "Wiwid Pratiwo never gave Indonesia's reform movement much thought until the army made him an informant. He tipped soldiers off about a demonstration where they killed 13 of his friends.

Transcribed by Kafil Yamin

My name is Wiwid Pratiwo, a student of air transportation management at Trisakti University in Jakarta. I am 21 years old. I was an informer for the military."


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Mayor Rybak Ignores Campaign Promises
Tuesday 30 December @ 18:17:22 (Read: 6881)
Newsby Chris Allison

On Tuesday night, December 23, I found myself standing outside of Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s house, smoking a cigarette in the cold. I made small talk with the Channel 5 guy, who was also waiting, getting impatient in the horrible weather. We were the only press in front of Mayor Rybak’s bourgeois home on Dupont Avenue South, waiting for the inevitable horde of angry ACORN activists to come with pitchforks and flaming torches.

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“The week against the wall” in Palestine
Wednesday 17 December @ 14:11:39 (Read: 6479)
Newsby Flo Razowsky

The week against the wall called for by the Palestinian National Committee Against the Wall is now over. The lifetime against the wall though has only just begun. Here in Tul Karem, the week consisted of many actions and demonstrations at different locations across the region.

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An Ornament for John
Wednesday 10 December @ 13:00:46 (Read: 6462)
Newsby Gail Hayden

The Minneapolis morgue is the last place you want to go to for Cinco de Mayo, especially if, as in John Luna’s brief life, it is your last stop. Why I think of that day now has little to do with the month of May and a lot to do with my current dread of festivity and celebration. Oh, if only some ornaments weren’t so cast with gold.

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Selecting a new police chief
Wednesday 26 November @ 13:47:37 (Read: 6187)
Newsby Tony Bouza

Intuitively, what could be easier than selecting a police chief? Why, there must be scads of prime candidates everywhere, right? But everybody has his/her favorite. In the end, the person picked (and it can now, thankfully, be a woman) is likeliest to be someone the decision makers feel most comfortable with. Is this right? No.

Why not?

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Medical Marijuana in Minneapolis
Wednesday 26 November @ 13:28:42 (Read: 10453)
NewsLocal group kicks off petition drive to put law into city charter

by Aaron Neumann

Of all the negative consequences of marijuana prohibition, none is as tragic as the denial of medicinal marijuana to those who could (and already do) benefit from its use — the disabled, sick and dying.


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Hundreds of Minnesotans call for Fair Trade at Miami FTAA meeting
Wednesday 19 November @ 13:17:32 (Read: 6738)
Newsby Joel Haskard

At 7 a.m., Wednesday, November 19, hundreds of Minnesotans left MSP airport for Miami, Florida. No, they weren’t fleeing the weather for a bit of beach and sun. They are part of the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition, and they are on the front lines of opposition to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

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Ruminator Books introduces online auction, shares of common stock
Thursday 13 November @ 00:31:11 (Read: 6883)
Newsby Joel Haskard


All you Twin Cities book lovers, now is your time to step to the plate and take a swing for independent bookstores. Specifically Ruminator Books, which is currently offering supporters both an online auction and the chance to purchase stock as a way for the bookstore to remain healthy and prosperous.

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It takes a Village to raise a child. It takes a Village to respect an elder.
Wednesday 12 November @ 23:12:46 (Read: 6700)
Newsby Gail Hayden

Wilbur Hannan, who prefers to be called Bill, has lived in Ventura Village since the early ’50s. Like so many of our seniors who were born before that painful era we still refer to simply as The Depression, Wilbur (Bill) bears witness that it affects you for your whole life. It may also have shaped, in part, his current crisis which, without the help of Ventura Village leadership, might prove to be his undoing.

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The olive harvest brings new hardships for Palestinians
Wednesday 05 November @ 11:25:57 (Read: 6509)
NewsLetter from Palestine

by Flo Razowsky

I’ve come to this world as an outsider, as one actually born to the occupiers, as one to fight, one to learn, one to carry the truth home. It has been over six months now since I set foot, for the second time in my life, on this much disputed land. This land that I, my allies and those I have come to support, call Palestine.

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“It’s a distribution crisis, not a budget crisis”
Wednesday 05 November @ 11:17:26 (Read: 6323)
NewsU of M clerical workers on strike

by Joel Haskard

Why was Michael Moore in town holding up a “Support U of M Workers” sign? Why were students conducting a three-day sit-in in Morrill Hall? Why did Susan Sarandon write an open letter to U of M clerical workers? And more importantly, why are hundreds of people in our community — family members, friends, students, faculty, U of M workers, people of all ages and races — tromping around outside in lousy weather waving signs?

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Wellstone’s legacy: Legislation for the mentally ill
Wednesday 29 October @ 15:40:39 (Read: 6391)
NewsBy Ed Felien

One of Paul Wellstone’s last political struggles was to try to gain equal treatment for people suffering from mental illness. His bill in the Senate, now called the Paul Wellstone Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act, is stalled even though it has 66 sponsors.

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What would Coleman do?
Wednesday 29 October @ 15:14:33 (Read: 7380)
NewsJuggling Norm does the ANWR shuffle

by DAVID RUBENSTEIN

His Web site says, “Norm is an accomplished juggler.” If you don’t believe that, sit in for a while on his ANWR act.

“I am hoping that he will continue to live by the pledge he made when he was running,” says Rebecca Rom, chair of the local chapter of the national Alaska Coalition and partner in the Twin Cities law firm Faegre & Benson. “It was a very unequivocal pledge, repeated often, and it was on his campaign Web site.”

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Support the striking U of M workers
Wednesday 29 October @ 14:57:21 (Read: 6415)
Newsby Romeyn Taylor
Emeritus Professor
Department of History


Support for the striking workers at the University of Minnesota will be on display in a “Community Picket Line” planned for this Thursday, October 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at 15th and University Aves. S.E. on the East Bank Campus in Minneapolis.

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Will Rush take his own medicine?
Wednesday 29 October @ 13:58:40 (Read: 6202)
Newsby Jason Samuels

If you follow the news, you have probably noticed that conservative media personality Rush Limbaugh has had a very rough October.

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Coca-Cola has ties to Colombian paramilitaries
Wednesday 22 October @ 12:26:05 (Read: 7729)
NewsAnd Adolfo Cardona is the only one talking about it

by Colin Keith Thomsen

“I have a feeling that I’m not just being targeted by the paramilitaries” said Luis Adolfo Cardona, a Colombian trade unionist speaking at Spirit of the Lakes Church in South Minneapolis. “But also by Coca-Cola, who is the one paying them.”

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St. Paul voters to choose next City Council and School Board
Wednesday 22 October @ 12:14:06 (Read: 8352)
NewsDeath of Ward 5councilmember Jim Reiter creates controversy

by Anna Befort

Turn on the TV news and you’ll find more relentless coverage of the fallout of the California recall election, or the latest gossip on the 2004 presidential candidates. In this time of political entertainment, with the Terminator leading the race for California governor and Bush leading us down a very dark road, it’s important to switch back the focus, at least for a moment, to a more modest level of government.

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Alliant 28 found not guilty by jury of citizens
Wednesday 22 October @ 11:59:52 (Read: 7703)
Newsby Steve Clemens

On Friday, October 17, 2003, a six-person jury of citizens from Hennepin County declared that International Law can trump the local private property/no trespass law. At the height of the recent war against Iraq, on April 2, 2003, 28 Minnesotans “crossed the line,” entering the world headquarters property of Alliant TechSystems Corporation in Edina with the express purpose of conducting a “citizens weapons inspection.”

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St. Paul woman takes back home she was scammed out of
Wednesday 22 October @ 11:34:45 (Read: 7546)
Newsby Chris Allison

When I was a child I used to believe that monsters actually existed. I used to be scared that there might be something with dozens of slimy tentacles waiting in my closet — heck, sometimes I would lie in my bed at night and pretend to be asleep because I was sure that there was a monster hovering right above my bed…just waiting for me to move. I would yell for my mom or dad so they could come turn the light on and prove to me that there were no actual monsters in my room. When I got older I realized that monsters with dozens of slimy tentacles do not exist any more than the tooth fairy (unless you consider harmless aquatic life to be a monster).

Now I’m a fully-grown man with two jobs, a son, responsibilities, bills, etc…— and I think I’m starting to believe in monsters again. These new monsters I’ve discovered don’t have slimy tentacles, and they don’t want to actually eat you…they just want to profit off of making you homeless.

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Insomnia, politically induced
Wednesday 15 October @ 13:57:11 (Read: 8134)
NewsHow Darrell Issa, the man behind the California recall, kept an entire generation awake

by DAVID RUBENSTEIN

It’s been more than 10 years since I first encountered Darrell Issa, now the Republican U.S. congressman from San Diego. Issa is the man who single-handedly turned California politics upside down by bankrolling the campaign that put the California recall on the ballot. I’ll never forget his voice.

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Hear the voice crying out in the wilderness
Wednesday 08 October @ 13:09:40 (Read: 6806)
Newsby Ed Felien

This is Kathy Kelly Week. From Saturday, October 11, through October 16 Kathy Kelly will be speaking to peace groups throughout the state.

Kathy Kelly has travelled to Iraq more than 20 times. She is the principal voice of Voices in the Wilderness, the group that has organized tours of Iraq for the past few years. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times.

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Cry Justice! conference confronts PATRIOT Act
Wednesday 08 October @ 12:52:43 (Read: 6226)
Newsby Lydia Howell

“These are the worst of times and the best of times,” remarked Sara Standifer. “The worst because we’re in unending war abroad and at home with our civil liberties. The best because often in the worst times, people get very concerned and begin to organize and resist what’s going on with the government.”

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SUV-driving thug escapes attempted murder charge
Wednesday 08 October @ 12:06:59 (Read: 9068)
Newsby Colin Keith Thomsen

Avid cyclist Chuck Dollar, 21, of Long Lake, is surprisingly casual as he describes being nearly run over by a sport utility vehicle. On Friday, September 26, Dollar and about 15 other bikers were pedaling down First Avenue Northeast near Saint Anthony Main for a monthly demonstration known as Critical Mass. At around 7:30 p.m. as they neared the Hennepin Avenue Bridge a green Ford Expedition began nosing its way into the crowd of bikers spread across the one-way street. “I guess he didn’t like that there were bikes in the road,” says Dollar, sounding genuinely confused. “Or maybe he didn’t like the speed we were going.”

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Hennepin County Home School Theatre
Wednesday 08 October @ 11:49:38 (Read: 5982)
NewsA partnership between Hennepin County, Pillsbury House Theatre and Stephen DiMenna produces Hennepin County Home School Theatre Workshop, which allows incarcerated adolescent males to redefine their identity as artists so that when they’re released, they are less likely to offend.

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Uptown Borders Books Workers unanimously reject contract offer
Wednesday 01 October @ 14:42:36 (Read: 7110)
Newsby Joel Haskard

On September 24, after a year of negotiations, workers at the Uptown Borders Bookstore unanimously rejected management’s contract proposal.

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Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride kicks off
Wednesday 01 October @ 14:37:45 (Read: 6394)
Newsby Mary C. Turck

Starting September 20, nearly 1,000 immigrant workers and their allies began to board buses in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Chicago, Houston, Miami and Boston. They plan to ride across the United States, stopping at more than 100 cities, towns and workplaces as they travel to Washington, D.C. After spending October 1 and 2 meeting with members of Congress, they will travel to New York for a rally.

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What is the School Board doing now?
Wednesday 01 October @ 14:04:48 (Read: 6524)
Newsby Ed Felien

Just a few weeks ago the School Board was planning to tear down Sanford Middle School (where they just spent $6 million in renovation) and build a new school on the site of the second oldest community garden in the country — dating back to the Victory Gardens of World War II.

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Member of Federal Mediation Panel Brutalized by Police
Wednesday 01 October @ 13:53:29 (Read: 6961)
Newsby Doug Mann

Alfred Flowers, a community representative of the federal mediation panel that is looking into complaints of police brutality was brutalized by Minneapolis Police on the morning of Saturday, September 27, 2003.

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The WTO takes a Cancun vacation
Wednesday 01 October @ 13:45:04 (Read: 6437)
Newsby Stan Gotlieb

As usual, there are two different versions of what went on last month in Cancún. The first comes from the “main stream media,” which reported that the latest meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) failed to accomplish its goals due to disagreement among the delegates, resulting in an even harder future for those who refused to go along.

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The Wall: the bricks and mortar of the Israeli expansion
Wednesday 24 September @ 17:39:21 (Read: 6950)
Newsstory by Emily Wachsmann

The last week I was in the Tulkarm region of occupied Palestine was the first week I heard a mention in the mainstream Western media of the wall that Israel is building around the West Bank; a wall I had been next to the entire month of July. It surprised me how little coverage the wall was getting in the mainstream press and how very few Americans knew anything about it considering the magnitude and implications of such a wall. I imagine that as you read this story in Pulse, it may be the first time you read about the wall.

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Marching in Minneapolis, Successful in Cancun
Wednesday 24 September @ 15:15:59 (Read: 6560)
Newsby Kristina M. Gronquist

Marching down Nicollet Mall last Friday (9/12) in the anti–WTO protest I sighted the bemused snickers of business people as they sat sipping lunchtime lattes from sidewalk cafes, staring at us as if we were from another planet...

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Don’t give them shelter: The City’s legal strategy demolished public housing
Wednesday 24 September @ 15:08:13 (Read: 7749)
Newsby Doug Mann

In 1992 the NAACP and Legal Aid of Minneapolis filed a lawsuit, Hollman v Cisneros, on behalf of public housing tenants against the City of Minneapolis, the Metropolitan Council and the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for policies that concentrated poverty and poor people in certain neighborhoods.

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Anti-war Event
Wednesday 24 September @ 14:49:01 (Read: 6696)
Newsby Alan Dale

Public opposition to the U.S. occupation of Iraq is becoming more vocal.

Each day brings more news from Iraq of attacks on U.S. GIs. Bush’s ratings in the polls are falling.

The anti-war movement that spoke out before the war is again going into motion.

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Hennepin History Museum spotlights new East African neighbors
Thursday 18 September @ 13:19:55 (Read: 6694)
Newsby Lydia Howell

“This is the first time a NEW immigrant community has entered into the museum with their own current stories. Usually, it’s 100 years afterwards and we’re asking your Swedish grandmother. This is a great opportunity for our museum to see the immigration moment for the East African people,” enthuses Jack Kabrud, curator for the Hennepin History Museum (HHM).

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The Weather Underground explores the '60s radical group
Thursday 18 September @ 13:14:51 (Read: 6832)
Newsby David Anderson

Most have heard of the recent case of Kathy Boudin, who served 22 years in a New York prison for her part in a 1981 bank robbery gone awry. That Boudin, who we recall was a member of the radical Weather Underground movement, generated controversy as well as headlines when news of her imminent release became public is proof that the legacy of the ‘60s can still uncover a few of the more disturbing skeletons in the dysfunctional American closet.

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Linking anti-racism to peacemaking
Thursday 11 September @ 15:04:40 (Read: 7385)
Newsby Lydia Howell

“Attending different [peace] events, I saw displays of different peoples of color, children of color, needing to be ‘saved,’ rescued or ‘helped’—yet, never seeing any people of color at the table as equal partners in the process,” observed Paulette Sankofa, co-director of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), sharing her experiences and explaining what inspired the 20-year-old organization to declare September “Anti-Racism Month.” “We began talking about the interconnections between poverty, racism and militarism ... Heather Foster [WAMM co-director] had some solid ideas about that. It was complementary because she’s a young European-American woman and I’m a, shall we say, ‘seasoned’ African-American woman.”

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Prettying up the Wal-Mart beast
Thursday 11 September @ 15:01:06 (Read: 6758)
Newsby Jim Hightower

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest and richest corporation, spends about half-a-billion bucks a year on poll-tested ads trying to convey an “aw-shucks-we’re-just-friendly-folks-from-Arkansas” image.

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The arrogance of the Minneapolis School Board is astonishing
Thursday 04 September @ 15:01:32 (Read: 6293)
Newsby Ed Felien

In a year when they are slashing budgets, increasing the number of kids in the classrooms and stonewalling any criticism of their budgetary practices; in a year when the Superintendent leaves unanswered legitimate comparisons of the higher Minneapolis costs per student with the St. Paul costs and then leaves the State for a job in Memphis; in a year when trust in the Board is at an all time low, they have decided to tear down Sanford Junior High School (which they just spent $6 million to renovate) and build a new middle school on the site of a community garden that has been a beloved community resource for sixty years.

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Face to Face with Hope and Despair: A Visit to Risiera di San Sabra, the Only Na
Wednesday 27 August @ 15:46:43 (Read: 6515)
Newsby Ed Felien

We were going for a quick vacation to our favorite destination: Italy, an oasis of great food, great wine, warm and wonderful people, ancient ruins and a lively contemporary culture. The official reason was to cover La Biennale, the international art exhibition that happens every two years in Venice.

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Is George W. Bush a Nazi? and Are the Neo-Cons Neo-Fascists?
Wednesday 27 August @ 15:42:19 (Read: 6971)
Newsby Ed Felien

Many people believe George W. Bush has crossed over the line, and he is re-making America into a totalitarian Nazi state.

They say Bush took power in a kind of coup d’etat through his friends on the Supreme Court. He ordered the counting of ballots in Florida to quit while he was ahead. This is not quite the burning of the Reichstag, but it is only the second time in history that a candidate receiving the least popular votes was elected President.

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this years 50th Biennale di Venezia art show proves that the rest of the world d
Wednesday 27 August @ 15:39:08 (Read: 6618)
Newsby Natilee Harren

Venice is known for its winding canals, singing gondoliers, mazelike alleys, and Piazza San Marco filled with pigeons and tourists. Yet, anyone with an eye on the contemporary art world knows that every odd-numbered year, the island unveils an even more compelling reason to visit: the Biennale di Venezia, an international contemporary art extravaganza.

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Flag Hucksters
Wednesday 27 August @ 15:17:52 (Read: 6242)
Newsby Jim Hightower

The flag sells. I’m not talking about sales of the Red-White-and-Blue itself, but the use of our Star Spangled Banner to sell everything from cars to toilet paper. Slap a picture of Old Glory on it, and I’ll bet some people would buy frozen vials of Mad Cow disease.

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Under-the-radar local info
Wednesday 27 August @ 15:15:45 (Read: 7065)
Newsby Craig Cox

New Development Planned for Historic Mill

The historic Pillsbury A Mill across the river from downtown Minneapolis is the site of a proposed retail and housing development that could spark new activity in the long-dormant St. Anthony Main district.

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Dennis Kucinich: the real soul of the Democratic Party?
Wednesday 20 August @ 12:33:52 (Read: 16961)
Newsan interview and profile by Lydia Howell
photos by Jonathan Miller


The best-kept secret on the Democratic presidential campaign trail ignited St. Paul’s Central High School auditorium August 16, bringing the almost 1000-strong crowd repeatedly to its feet, cheering. Supporters of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) defy definition, spanning independents, Greens, veterans, students, peace activists, consumers and environmentalists. Doubts about his “electability” are greatly exaggerated—Kucinich won by 70 percent in 2001 in a traditionally Republican district. Willie Nelson is recording campaign ads for him and doing concert fundraisers with Ani DiFranco in Des Moines, Iowa, in early September. Grassroots campaign organizations are spreading like smoldering prairie fire across the country.

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After the Blackout are We Still in the Dark?
Wednesday 20 August @ 12:23:19 (Read: 6257)
Newsby Ed Felien

Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich's decision to maintain public ownership of the electric company cost him the mayorship of Cleveland. In recent years as privatized utilities have abused their mandate, it looks like Kucinich made the right decision. Never has this been more apparent than after last week's massive power outage.

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Concierge Service
Wednesday 20 August @ 12:18:15 (Read: 6634)
Newsby Jim Hightower

Here's a place that might seem inviting to you––a place where guests are given round-the-clock service, pampered treatment, personally monogrammed robes, heated towel racks, and marble showers. A luxury resort? No... a doctor's office.

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Under-the-radar local info
Wednesday 20 August @ 12:16:16 (Read: 6282)
Newsby Craig Cox


  • Park Board Exploring Citywide Wireless Network

  • Public Radio Publication Launches New Wine Magazine

  • Local Health Center Cited for Innovation

  • The Ethics of Public Safety

  • Domestic Partners Ordinance Advances



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David Daniels smokes his way to success
Wednesday 20 August @ 12:09:58 (Read: 7722)
Newsby Dwight Hobbes

Rasta bard David Daniels stormed out after his first playwriting class in 1993, pissed off by the instructor’s comments about “Malcom X Meet Peter Tosh” and promptly embarked on what has turned out to be a remarkable career, one that, in fact, finds him opening for The Wailers at First Avenue on August 20.


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Ray Webbe Jr., dies
Wednesday 20 August @ 12:06:45 (Read: 6239)
NewsRay Webbe Jr., an independent wrestling promoter, who co-authored “The Encyclopedia of Pro Wrestling” and “Professional Wrestling Collectibles” passed away on Friday, August 16, at the age of 48. At the time of his death, he was working on a biography of American Indian Movement founder Clyde Bellecourt and co-hosting the MTN cable talk-show “Spectator.” He was active and well respected in the Twin Cities boxing fraternity for years. Ray Whebbe was passionate about underdog causes and had a vast collection of blues albums.



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The Twin Cities Celebrates Hip-Hop
Wednesday 13 August @ 12:24:15 (Read: 6339)
NewsOn August 16th and 17th, YO! the Movement is organizing the second Twin Cities Celebration of
Hip-Hop. In honor of this momentous (hey, getting this many acts together two years in a row is momentous) occasion, we handed over most of the paper to YO! the Movement. In addition to the three articles that follow, check out a story on the rise of the D.J. and its expansion into other forms of music all the way back on page 15. For info on the Twin Cities Celebration of Hip-Hop, look to your left, and you will find a calendar of events.

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Schedule for Twin Cities Celebration of Hip-Hop
Wednesday 13 August @ 12:01:41 (Read: 16644)
NewsNoon-10 p.m. Aug. 16 & 17
@ Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave. S.
FFI: 612-874-YOYO


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They love me, they really love me
Wednesday 13 August @ 11:48:00 (Read: 6265)
Newsby Jim Hightower

Well, imagine my surprise to get a personal letter from Dick Cheney.

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Under-the-radar local info
Wednesday 13 August @ 11:45:51 (Read: 7457)
Newsby Craig Cox


  • Bryant-Lake Bowl Owner Seeks Community Support in Rent Dispute
  • Revamped NRP Will Get Less Money, More Input
  • Burlesque Returns to Downtown
  • Nightclub Contest Offers Free Breast Implants


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Broken Dreams
Wednesday 06 August @ 11:29:15 (Read: 8814)
Newsby Jeff Forerster

As property taxes skyrocket because of real estate speculation, long-time residents are being forced off Leech Lake in Minnesota

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GOP goes from ironic to intimidation
Wednesday 06 August @ 11:13:33 (Read: 6497)
Newsby Jim Hightower

Apparently the Bushites think that “Irony” is the name of a far off planet, for they never seem able to see it in their own work.

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Under-the-radar local info
Wednesday 06 August @ 11:11:09 (Read: 6642)
Newsby Craig Cox


  • Heritage Park Appointment Stirs Criticism

  • Mayor Rips Plan to Use Park Police in Schools

  • Strike Looming at University

  • Domestic Partnerships Take Center Stage



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Letter from Palestine
Wednesday 06 August @ 11:02:50 (Read: 6575)
Newsby Flo Razowsky

The International Solidarity Movement’s Camp Against the Occupation in the Tulkarm region of the West Bank, Palestine has stood now for 16 days. The establishment of this camp is part of the ISM summer entitled “Freedom Summer 2003,”campaign that lasts from July 1 until August 15. The focus of this campaign is the restriction of movement placed on the Palestinian civilian population under the current Israeli military occupation of Palestine. More specifically, the ISM summer campaign will draw attention to the “security” wall that is being built within the West Bank of Palestine. This wall, if completed, will leave approximately 58 percent of land and 95,000 people outside, turning the West Bank into a noncontiguous island.

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Fringe Festival ... still crazy after all these years
Wednesday 30 July @ 13:43:08 (Read: 7259)
Newsby Dwight Hobbes

For 10 years the Minnesota Fringe festival has been THE launching pad for minority theater in the Twin Cities and this year's festival is no different,

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Maha Nassar Speaks
Wednesday 30 July @ 13:26:39 (Read: 6482)
NewsLast Monday, July 21, the Anti War Committee hosted Maha Nassar for a speaking event, Children of the Stone: raising youth to resist occupation. Maha Nassar is chairperson of the Union of Palestinian Women Committees (UPWC).

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Kasky gets his Day in Court
Wednesday 30 July @ 13:16:08 (Read: 6623)
Newsby Jim Hightower

Well, well—Nike’s swoosh got dinged.

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What to Do With All Your Stuff When You Don't Want It Anymore
Wednesday 23 July @ 15:55:12 (Read: 11212)
Newsby Joel Haskard

Summer 2003 is here. People are shedding clothes, dogs are shedding fur, businesses are shedding employees, and maybe, when you look at the stuff bulging out of your closets, you are shedding some of your worldly possessions. Maybe, for those of you reeling behind the one-two punch of Bush-Pawlenty, the brutal assault of federal tax cuts for the rich and state budget cuts for the poor find you facing a metro area with a whole lot of people in a whole lot of need. Then again, maybe you finally came to grips with the fact that you look like a dork in that Shaft-wannabe pleather coat.

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Congress’ prescription drug plan
Wednesday 23 July @ 15:32:28 (Read: 6160)
Newsby Jim Hightower

Gosh, words fail me. I can’t begin to describe the level of pride I feel for congress, which has recently stepped forth boldly to meet the crying health needs of a group of America’s senior citizens: Themselves.

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Under-the-radar local info from the Minneapolis Observer
Wednesday 23 July @ 15:22:21 (Read: 6347)
Newsby Craig Cox

Protesters Disrupt U Of M Board Meeting

About 25 protestors crashed the University of Minnesota Board of Regents meeting July 11 to voice their opposition to the university’s involvement in a controversial astronomy project.

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Minneapolis cop brutalizes teenager
Wednesday 23 July @ 15:11:44 (Read: 7519)
Newsby Lydia Howell

Getting treats at a convenience store ought to be a safe youth activity. Parents know 14-year-olds are like tadpoles: no longer exactly children, but still far from adulthood. But unfortunately, the Minneapolis police makes no distinction between adults and youth, even when using force.

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A PAL for Everyone
Wednesday 16 July @ 11:46:51 (Read: 6225)
Newsby Jim Hightower

Would you like to have a PAL—someone who shares your comings and goings, knows you about as well as you know yourself, can help you remember and understand what’s going on around you, and becomes your lifelong buddy?

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From the Midwest to the Middle East ... it's an imperfect world
Wednesday 16 July @ 11:44:01 (Read: 6712)
Newsby Cheryl Lewis Fields

Flo Razowsky, who writes from Israel/ “Palestine” (Pulse, July 2), surmises that “being raised Jewish…the education” she received may have “lacked a great deal.”

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Under-the-radar local info from the Minneapolis Observer
Wednesday 16 July @ 11:40:15 (Read: 6678)
Newsby Craig Cox

- Group Working to Patch Cop-Indian Relations
- School District Cuts Teachers, Class Sizes to Increase
- U of M Anti-Riot Policy Challenged
- Affirmative Action in Grocery Shopping

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International youth convention at the checkpoint
Wednesday 16 July @ 11:35:33 (Read: 6233)
Newsby Emily

Emily is the a 19-year-old relative of Fouzi Slisli, a contributor to Pulse. She traveled last week to Palestine to work with the ISM. This is her first message.

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Minneapolis Public Libraries: cutting branches, strangling circulatio
Wednesday 09 July @ 12:59:43 (Read: 8154)
Newsby Jane Franklin

Chris Dodge wants to close libraries. When discussing the effect of recent budget cuts on the Minneapolis Public Libraries, the current Utne Reader staffer and 19-year veteran of the Hennepin County Public library system says that closing a library in an affluent neighborhood would serve as a wake-up call. Dodge says that taking smaller steps masks the real problem: “Erosion of hours and services tends to be invisible and invidious.” After a series of public meetings, the Library Board has chosen to keep all libraries open, but the nature and distribution of services that will be offered are still under discussion. What will these “invisible” cuts mean for librarians, staff and patrons?

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Midtown public market grand opening this Saturday
Wednesday 09 July @ 12:54:22 (Read: 6343)
Newsby Joel Haskard

Come out Saturday, July 12, to see the grand opening of what will become a community tradition, the Midtown Public Market! Located at the corner of Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue, the market will be open from July 12 through October 29, Tuesdays from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Shoppers can buy vegetables, meats and other locally grown and made products. Look for coffee from Mexico, cheese from Wisconsin and crafts from local artisans. More than 30 vendors are expected.

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The consolidation of local news
Wednesday 09 July @ 12:51:12 (Read: 6127)
Newsby Jim Hightower

Us? This anchor was actually hundreds of miles away in the Baltimore area, working out of the centralized television studio of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns 62 television stations in cities like Flint, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Rochester, Birmingham, and Oklahoma City.


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Local filmmaker gets her big break with Whole
Wednesday 09 July @ 12:47:35 (Read: 7962)
Newsby Jim Martyka

For the last couple weeks, Melody Gilbert’s life has been pretty crazy.

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Under-the-radar local info from the Minneapolis Observer
Wednesday 09 July @ 12:44:24 (Read: 6386)
Newsby Craig Cox

- Activists Storm Mayor’s Office Demanding Action on Brutality Complaint
- Northeast Residents Balk at Lupient Park Proposal
- A Phoenix on East Lake Street?
- Hop Aboard, Tickets Optional

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American Tricksters
Wednesday 09 July @ 12:38:00 (Read: 6514)
Newsby Melissa Olson

What’s impressive about Sherman Alexie’s fiction is his ability to play off some of the more common tropes used by American Indian writers to present fresh work. That is to say, Alexie’s fiction is as much about cultural identity and identity politics as any other work of fiction by a native writer. His newest collection of short stories, Ten Little Indians, is full of Indian narrators putting a fresh spin on what it means to be an American Indian in America.

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New Palestinian state would be a walled-in ghetto
Wednesday 02 July @ 13:24:54 (Read: 6280)
NewsLetter from Palestine
6/21/03
by Flo Razowsky


Flo Razowsky is a Minneapolis based activist whose letters from Palestine have appeared in Pulse periodically over the last year. If you would like to receive updates from Flo, send an email to: from-flo-in-palestine-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

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Under-the-Radar local info from the Minneapolis Observer
Wednesday 02 July @ 13:21:35 (Read: 6642)
Newsby Craig Fox

- Wells Fargo Attacked For Alleged Predatory Lending Practices

- Cub Foods Set to Lease Northside Target Space

- Ordinance Would Limit City Immigration Enforcement

- Surveying the Surveillance

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Lake Plaza provides exciting space for immigrant business owners
Wednesday 02 July @ 13:15:08 (Read: 6446)
Newsby Elizabeth Norlin

Plaza, mercado, mini-mall, strip mall, whatever you want to call it, they've been popping up all over Lake Street the past few years. The latest one is called Lake Plaza on Fifth and Lake, which holds over 80 businesses.

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genderBLUR: Blurring gender lines for the better
Wednesday 25 June @ 12:49:25 (Read: 6631)
Newsby Hannah Clark

When four people got together to plan the first genderBLUR cabaret a little over a year ago, they had no way of knowing what they would unleash.


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Minnesota energy use affects northern Manitoba environment
Wednesday 25 June @ 12:44:00 (Read: 7693)
Newsby Elaine Klaassen

“If dams in Minnesota did to our environment what the dams in Manitoba do to the northern boreal environment, Minnesotans would absolutely not stand for it,” says Ken Bradley of Just Energy, a program of Minnesotans for an Energy Efficient Economy.

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When Johnny Comes Marchin' Home - how Uncle Same betrays veterans
Wednesday 25 June @ 12:34:33 (Read: 6886)
Newsby Lydia Howell

On March 21, Congress passed a resolution “supporting the troops” in the United States invasion of Iraq. Later, after midnight, they voted to cut $25 billion from Veterans Affairs (VA), impacting healthcare, disability, education and pensions for veterans when they return home. What the public doesn’t know is that the government consistently denies veterans’ service-related disability claims and care, during war and after war.


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Leave No Hummer Owner Behind
Wednesday 25 June @ 12:28:05 (Read: 6195)
Newsby Jim Hightower

The Bushites have hoist themselves on their own political petard, and—ouch—that can hurt!
The petard in question is George’s famous campaign slogan promising that he would “leave no child behind.” That’s a sweet thought, but it recently smashed up against the rock hard, right-wing ideology of plutocracy that is the governing ethic of this bunch—an ethic that basically preaches, “leave no millionaire behind, and everyone else take the hindmost.”

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The Cubans are Here!
Wednesday 18 June @ 13:40:53 (Read: 7212)
Newsby Ed Felien

The Cubans have invaded the Twin Cities in the most devious and diabolical way. They have taken over some of our most sacred institutions: our music and dancing, our bars and our food.

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Know your Current Events in Cuba
Wednesday 18 June @ 13:32:11 (Read: 8610)
Newsby Ed Felien

There seems to be an escalating rattling of sabers for the United States when it comes to Cuba. On April 10, Hans Hertell, the U. S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic said, “I think what is happening in Iraq is going to send a very positive signal, and it is a good example for Cuba.”


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Speaking of Cuba ... Minneapolis Attorney, Joe Margulies calls Attention to Camp
Wednesday 18 June @ 13:28:19 (Read: 7167)
Newsby David Anderson

The grim fate of hundreds of prisoners held captive and incommunicado forever in a remote island prison is the stuff of third world dictatorships or, perhaps, absurdist dramas. It is not what one would expect from the United States, a country with proud traditions of equal justice and the rule of law.

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Where did Ranger George go?
Wednesday 18 June @ 13:12:28 (Read: 6106)
Newsby Jim Hightower

When you go into America's national parks, your eyes and soul soak up the experience—majestic mountains, timeless forests, breathtaking canyons, expansive seashores.

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Northeast Anti-war Protest
Wednesday 18 June @ 13:06:36 (Read: 6393)
NewsThe anti-war movement fights on!

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Basim Sabri proposal for the Sears Building
Tuesday 17 June @ 14:51:31 (Read: 8412)
Newsby Ed Felien

As you stand on the corner of Chicago and Lake Street, the first thing that will strike you about the newly renovated Sears building is the front yard—a gated park with green grass, trees and a fountain. It looks safe and peaceful.

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A Tale of Two Renaissance Festivals
Wednesday 11 June @ 15:59:54 (Read: 42136)
Newsby Sarah Sawyer

Pride and Prejudice

For years friends and colleagues have been trying to get me to explore performing the Minnesota Renaissance Festival—and for years I’ve claimed conflicting needs to wash my hair, open a pack of gum, work late, write an article, go on a date with my ugly friend’s cousin, what have you. I’ve got a friend famous for saying “My plans to not be there conflict with my being there,” and his is the rationale I’d like to claim in my Renaissance Festival avoidance/aversion.

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The Stamp of Autocracy
Wednesday 11 June @ 15:48:49 (Read: 6092)
Newsby Jim Hightower

Shhhhh. I have to whisper this to you because it’s a secret that the Bushites want to keep from you: They have become totally obsessed with secrecy and are spending billions of our tax dollars in an anti-democratic lockdown to keep public information from... well, us—the tax-paying public.


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A history lesson for Senator Coleman
Wednesday 11 June @ 15:46:00 (Read: 6150)
NewsTo: Our Senator Norm Coleman
From: Those constituents who visited your office March 24th


Leaders and citizens of every nation need to know an unadulterated history of their country. Then they may respond knowledgeably and responsibly to international problems. Sanitized textbooks and the increasingly integrated commercial media do not well inform us either of history or current events, with context.

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Thanks to Target, the city has its eye on you
Wednesday 11 June @ 15:41:26 (Read: 6312)
Newsby Jane Franklin

Smile—you’re on Target camera. Or at least you will be next month, when cameras donated by Target Corporation are installed downtown along First Avenue, Hennepin Avenue, and Nicollet Mall. As city, state and federal budgets shrink, it’s getting to be a Target world: Target is paying for police surveillance, getting taxpayer dollars to fund its downtown store, closing a much-needed location on the North Side, and cutting employee benefits. Life as we know it in Minneapolis is being reshaped by Big Red and White.


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The Awful Uglies of Patriot Act II
Wednesday 04 June @ 12:58:40 (Read: 6164)
Newsby Jim Hightower

Remember when George W was campaigning and claiming, “I’m a uniter, not a divider”?

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Protestants to march in Catholic section of N. Ireland
Wednesday 04 June @ 12:54:27 (Read: 6146)
NewsIt is interesting to contrast the marching of Israelis through thePalestinian section of Jerusalem with the marching of Protestants through the Catholic section of Garvaghy Road. The mask of oppression seems familiar.

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Doubts about the roadmap to peace
Wednesday 04 June @ 12:50:55 (Read: 5969)
NewsLetter from Palestine 5/29/03
by Flo Razowky


Flo Razowsky is a Minneapolis based activist whose letters from Palestine have appeared in Pulse periodically over the last year. If you would like to receive updates from Flo, send an email to: from-flo-in-palestine-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

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Cubans expelled, accused of spying
Wednesday 04 June @ 12:37:20 (Read: 6610)
NewsOne of the expelled, Fernando Garcia, spoke in the Twin Cities within the last year.

By David Anderson



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Media Consolidation: Crisis in Control
Wednesday 28 May @ 15:01:21 (Read: 7021)
NewsThe public loses its public airwaves

story by Andy Driscoll & illustration by Ken Avidor

INTRODUCTION:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is on the verge of dealing the deathblow to independent media.

The chairperson of FCC, Michael K. Powell, has insisted that a decision to further loosen media ownership rules must be made by June 2, though there has been a hue and cry to postpone the deadline and take a closer look at the possible results of the rule changes.

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The power grab for our public
Wednesday 28 May @ 14:33:06 (Read: 6553)
Newsby Jim Hightower

You’ve got to love the Bushite’s orchestration of Orwellian wordplay when they issue new edicts to gut the public interest.

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Catching up with Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness
Wednesday 28 May @ 12:01:14 (Read: 6718)
Newsby Burt Berlowe

Kathy Kelly is my kind of war hero. She has spent much of the past 12 years embedded in the Iraq-US conflict. Yet she has never carried artillery, driven a tank or worn a military uniform. Her weapons are a wealth of compassion and raw courage, and an unflagging devotion to justice that has won her two Nobel Peace Prize nominations.

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Forum to look at anti-war movement
Wednesday 28 May @ 11:54:26 (Read: 6622)
NewsThe Iraq Peace Action Coalition will sponsor at forum called "The anti-war movement: Where we have been and where we are going.." on Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 PM at St. Marks Church (Carolyn Hall), Dayton and Moore in St. Paul (one block off Marshall).

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Whatever Happened to Ken Pentel?
Wednesday 21 May @ 12:02:55 (Read: 6625)
Newsby Ed Felien

Ken Pentel has been the leading spokesperson for the Green Party for the last four years. He’s helped it grow from a minor protest and irritant to a major party. As the party’s candidate for Governor in 1998 and 2002 he spread the Green gospel and helped organize local chapters.


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A Vagrant's Thoughts
Wednesday 14 May @ 13:44:54 (Read: 7232)
NewsTony Bouza wanders through the Minnesota Landscape

by Tony Bouza
photos by Ed Felien


Anyone who has ever been exposed to my pathetic scribblings quickly deduces that one of my principal flaws—among many others—is an irresistible impulse to jot down every idea that ever vagrantly floated across my imagination. Today I thought I’d give in to it deliberately and be done with it.

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Canadian MP nominates ISM for Nobel Peace Prize
Wednesday 14 May @ 13:14:14 (Read: 6624)
NewsDear Committee Members,

As a member of the House of Commons of Canada, and as the International Human Rights advocate for the New Democratic Party of Canada, it is my pleasure to nominate the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) for the2004 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Flo Released from Custody
Wednesday 14 May @ 13:12:45 (Read: 6571)
NewsInterview by Ed Felien

We reached Flo, Kristin Razowsky, by phone on Tuesday. She had been released from Israeli custody after being arrested in Tul Karem.


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People's Legislature shows state lawmakers how it should be done
Wednesday 14 May @ 12:49:50 (Read: 6810)
Newsby Nathan Hines
On Monday afternoon, Minnesotans representing various labor, nonprofit, community and parent organizations converged on the State Capitol building to convene what they called “the People’s Legislature.” The event was essentially a legislative role-playing session, held to show the media and the state legislature, as well the governor, that there are thousands of Minnesotans who are willing to see taxes rise as a way of supporting the state’s traditionally high quality of life.

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Palestine in Ruins
Wednesday 07 May @ 11:09:37 (Read: 7874)
NewsJohn Reese shares a message of humanitarian catastrophe

by Mark Connor

As I sit here in my office there are guns and explosions going off around me. Bethlehem is being re-re-re-re-invaded and more houses are, once again, threatened to be blown up by the Israeli Occupation Force. Three homes were blown up yesterday and five more today. Nablus is under curfew with more houses occupied than any time in the six months that I have been here (somewhere around 50 homes). Gaza is recovering from its latest bombing attack. Twelve homes where we were hoping to get people (if we had enough) have all been blown up. Five people were killed in Tulkarem on Thursday, including one 12-year-old boy. Yesterday morning a friend of mine was shot in the leg by the IOF in Jenin refugee camp when she went to check on children being shot at by the IOF (Israeli Occupation Force). An hour earlier an 11-year-old child had been shot and killed. And all the usual continues—the property confiscation, the beatings, the restrictions on travel, the humiliating treatment at checkpoints etc.


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Letter from Palestine 05/03/03
Wednesday 07 May @ 10:52:43 (Read: 6404)
Newsby Flo Razowsky

Flo Razowsky is a Minneapolis based activist whose letters from Palestine have appeared in Pulse periodically over the last year. If you would like to receive updates from Flo, send an email to: from-flo-in-palestine-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

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Anti-War Events
Wednesday 07 May @ 10:48:23 (Read: 6536)
Newsby Alan Dale

While the Bush Administration, the TV talking heads and political scribblers may be basking in triumphal braying over the war in Iraq, those critical of the war and U.S. foreign policy continue to speak out and discuss the issues.

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War doesn't work - invest in peace
Wednesday 07 May @ 10:45:40 (Read: 6434)
Newsby Martha Roth

We said “No War with Iraq” and they went ahead anyway. Now Iraq, like Afghanistan, has been bombed and starved into dependency, and we have turned another population into bitter enemies. We marched and sang and introduced a whole new generation to anti-war demonstrations, but the profiteers who are helping G.W. Bush establish the New American Century have been savvy enough to get the war off the news and us off the streets. What are we going to do now to counter the madness of pre-emptive aggression against Syria—North Korea—Libya—and who knows where else?

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Cuba, Si! saegunda parte
Wednesday 07 May @ 10:41:41 (Read: 7613)
Newsby Ed Felien

The next day we went down to the Hotel Ingleterre to find a cab to take us to the International Conference Center in Miramar. Miramar is the very exclusive section of Havana where the wealthy lived before the Revolution. It now has all the embassies and expensive hotels.

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Cuba, Si!
Wednesday 30 April @ 12:31:25 (Read: 7072)
Newsstory & photos by Ed Felien

This is part one of a two part story about Ed Felien’s trip to Cuba. The second part will be in next week’s issue.

It’s never what you expected. It’s always late. And, somewhere in the background, you can hear laughter and the sound of music.

That’s one way to describe Cuba.

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Current Events in Cuba
Wednesday 30 April @ 12:20:27 (Read: 6304)