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Phillips/Powderhorn
Nokomis
Riverside
October 2013
 
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Fighting Foreclosure: Ty Moore and Jaymie Kelly hosted a rally at Jaymie’s house at 38th Street and 11th Avenue on Monday, Sept. 23, to support Jaymie’s efforts to keep her home.  Jaymie grew up on that block.  She’s lived in her house for 30 years.  Freddie Mac is foreclosing on her and won’t allow her to refinance and take back her home.  The City of Minneapolis could use its powers of eminent domain to condemn the house and re-sell it to Jaymie Kelly.  Both Ty Moore, running for City Council in Ward 9, and Jaymie Kelly, running for mayor, support the use of eminent domain to save neighborhoods from the cancer of foreclosures.

 


City Council: Ninth Ward

First choice, Ty Moore; Second choice, Alondra Cano; Third choice, Pat Fleetham

We like Ty Moore for City Council in the 9th Ward because he’s been active organizing in South Minneapolis for more than 10 years.  He is active with Occupy Homes, and through their efforts, banks have been forced to renegotiate mortgages with homes in foreclosure.  He not only talks the talk, but he’s been walking the walk for 10 years.  As a City Council member, Ty would use the power of eminent domain to save houses from the clutches of the banks.  If a home goes into foreclosure and the bank will not re-negotiate the mortgage, then the city can condemn the property using its powers of eminent domain (especially if it is not a federally owned property), negotiate a fair market value for the home through a judge, buy the home from the bank, and, then, sell the home back to the homeowner with a mortgage the homeowner can afford to pay.  It wouldn’t take more than one or two instances of city intervention before the banks would get the message that they have to sit down and talk to the homeowners who are in default on their mortgages.

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For mayor:
Doug Mann, first choice
Jaymie Kelly, second choice Betsy Hodges, third choice


           
In a field of 35 candidates Doug Mann stands out as different. Most of the 35 candidates opposed the city subsidy of the Vikings stadium (which could easily reach a billion dollars over 30 years), but no one else took the issue to court and asked a judge to rule on whether the city must allow the voters to decide whether they want to pay that kind of money to a New Jersey billionaire.  The City Charter has been amended twice to insist that the people get the right to vote on whether to fund $10 or $15 million of city money for a football stadium.  Doug Mann argued on behalf of city voters before a judge on Aug. 20, and the judge has not yet issued his opinion.  People who support Doug believe no news is good news.  If the judge was going to deny the motion on a technicality, he could have done that almost immediately. 

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Analysis of the new City Charter proposal

On the ballot this November, along with the election of city officers, will be a proposal calling for the approval of a new city charter.  The City Charter Commission, a group of 15 people appointed by the District Court, has assured us that this new charter is the same as the old charter, just cleaned up and modernized.

On the website of the commission is the new charter, and a couple of side by side comparisons between the old charter and new charter.  Even with this documentation, it took me several very long days to go through the documents, and I am certain that I missed things.  I am not a lawyer, but I have spent most of my life with lawyers and one thing I am certain of, language matters.   Legalese is much maligned, for good reason, but lawyers use it to be specific in their meaning.

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Birds and humans migrate in September

Since I have been gone on my usual Rocky Mountain trip for more than half of September, I can’t complain about another month of strange weather around here. I could complain about the strange weather in Colorado, but, very fortunately, the bad floods had very little direct effect on us.

However, I can continue to complain about the lack of progress on the lake path construction. Some, but not all, of the electrical work has been done. I can’t tell how much remains, but when I have looked, no one is working on it. I have read the bulletins about various reasons for delays, but at this rate of progress, winter might win, and then I and various other people will have lots to complain about, as many people have had about the park board in the not too distant past.

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My Father, Ken Tilsen

Ken Tilsen

The people of our state, nation and world lost a beloved champion for justice, peace and the impartial rule of law when Kenneth Earl Tilsen died after a long illness on Sept.1, 2013, in Hudson, Wis., with his youngest son, Mark, and loving companion, Connie Goldman, at his side. Ken Tilsen was a passionate and persistent worker for a more just, fair and safer world. Ken loved the law. He was personally offended when it was twisted to serve the rich and powerful at the expense of normal people trying to live their lives. He was an ally and worker for civil and human rights, and considered his responsibilities as an American citizen to require him to challenge his own country’s policies and actions when they were in the wrong.

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Remembrance

Good-bye old friend. Thanks for taking me along. I never would have gone this way. I never would have sung this song without you. You showed me more about life—what I could do, what I could be—than I could ever learn from books and school. You taught me how to change the world, one small step at a time.
Kenny’s Gone
He was called up before HUAC, told to testify
He told them to suck on wind, left them high and dry
Kenny’s gone. Kenny’s gone.
I went to demonstrations, Kenny was always there
Made sure the officers treated us real fair
Kenny’s gone. Kenny’s gone.
When the Indians took back their land, stood up at Wounded Knee
Kenny was by their side, talked to the authorities.
Kenny’s gone. Kenny’s gone.

 

 

The RCV/ballot access dilemma

This November 5th we’ll elect a new Minneapolis mayor, along with other ballot items.  But it’s in the context of the mayor’s race that we’ll try to make sense of the prospect of 35 candidates, three ranked choices and huge disagreement about the fairness and efficacy of this whole process. In the public debate, opinions range from “there should be even more candidates!” to dismay, from praise for the bold direction our city is taking to embarassment and to attempts (the League of Women Voters being a case in point) to artificially limit the scenario to something “normal.”

(The LWV has chosen to use campaign contributions as a test of who’s worthy of a seat at the debating table. Um, no.) The corporate media vacillates between treating its list of marginal candidates as wacky entertainment and ignoring them entirely to ponder the relative merits of its ever-changing list of “serious” ones.

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The hungry insurgent

I write a lot about our fragile food system.  It is fragile because much of our food comes from great distances, dependent on transportation infrastructure and lots of cheap fuel.  It is fragile because the synthetic fertilizers and pesticides that we put on our crops are hard on the land and ultimately destroy it, making it incapable of growing food.  It is fragile because weather has always made farming fragile, and we have messed up our weather patterns with human-created climate change, so crop-destroying weather events are becoming more common.  It is fragile because it depends on a fragile economic system that puts food production under a factory model that is subject to wild economic swings.

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Saving the Sears building

Construction began on the Sears building in 1927.  It was a mammoth undertaking.  The excavation dug a hole so deep that trucks emptying the fill in a slough on 41st and Bloomington created a whole new city block.  When it opened in 1928, it was the largest building (in terms of floor space) in North America.  It was the international headquarters and warehouse for the Sears Roebuck Mail Order Catalog.  You could order a Sunday dress, farm machinery or a pre-fabricated house by catalog and have it delivered by train.  The company began moving most of its operations to its Chicago store in the 1970s, and at about that time the income levels in the Phillips and Powderhorn neighborhoods began to slip

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Changing our food system, one (Food) day at a time

The third annual Food Day takes place Oct. 24, 2013. Food Day is a movement that brings to public awareness the most pressing food issues that affect our country. It was created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and is now organized by a large number of partners throughout the country. The organization describes its purpose with these words: “With Food Day, we can celebrate our food system when it works and fix it when it’s broken.”

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Kellogg Briand Pact was a good start

In John Lennon’s “Imagine,” he says that religion, nationality, greed or hunger shouldn’t divide us. He asks us to imagine what it would be like if we could all live as one, with nothing to kill or die for. That song was performed at a peace celebration held Aug. 27 at former Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg’s mansion in St. Paul. The words are a poetic version of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. The week before, on Aug. 21, the St. Paul City Council had voted to make Aug. 27 the “Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact Day,” commemorating the 85th anniversary of the law that outlawed war as an instrument of national policy and is still recognized by 84 countries, including the United States.

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October

 

Phillips Powderhorn Community Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Public Art to Be Installed at Powderhorn Park
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is working with a group of Minneapolis Artists who have created a series of bronze plaques with the help of several area youths. The project is approved by the MPRB and fully funded by the artists and by a grant from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. The artists, Gita Ghei, Sara Hanson, Jessica Tank and Elana Dahlberg, organized groups of Minneapolis kids and came up with 34 bronze plaques depicting water and nature conservation. The plaques will by securely installed into the new concrete path around Powderhorn Lake..

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Phillips Powderhorn Religious Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Phillips Avenue of the Arts
The Semilla Program at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Ave. S., was the impetus for the creation of an arts avenue in the Phillips neighborhood.
Experienced artists and novices alike are invited to participate in art that plants seeds (semillas) of hope in the community. An open, free studio night is held every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the church. Rev. Patrick Cabello Hansel, co-pastor at St. Paul’s, says, “… the act of sitting together around a table working on art lends itself to conversation.”

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Nokomis

 

Thinkin’ about Shorty

Protesting teachers block Mexico City airport

Public meeting on plans to expand the airport flight path over South Minneapolis

My Father, Ken Tilsen

Incineration vs Recycling: A public health issue

Epiphanies

The Hungry Insurgent

Public hearing on privately owned public utility

Mayoral debate at The Parkway

How to take advantage of your food

Soup for You! brings church and community together

Vets Ministry Roundtable addresses domestic violence

 

 
Riverside


Thinkin’ about Shorty

Ellison on Syria

Transition Longfellow holds free movie night

My Father, Ken Tilsen

Remembrance

Incineration vs Recycling: A public health issue

Epiphanies

The Hungry Insurgent

Remembering Selby and Rondo Avenues

How to take advantage of your food

Soup for You! brings church and community together


 


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