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October 2013
 
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A scene from “Angel Fat,” a new play by Trista Baldwin. As the wife of a hedge fund executive struggles with her fertility, her husband is asked to find a surrogate for his powerful employers. Directed by Daniella Topol, the cast includes Jamila Anderson, Christina Baldwin, John Middleton, Laura Esping and Sara Marsh. “Angel Fat” will play Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Playwrights’ Center at Franklin and 23rd Avenue as part of a week-long new play festival with two readings each of “Angel Fat,” “Scapegoat,” by Christina Ham (local writer), and “The Royal Society of Antarctica,” by Mat Smart.
The Ruth Easton New Play Series is free, but seating is limited. To RSVP call 612-332-7481 x10.

 

Southside Pride Special Edition: Powderhorn Birdwatch November 2013


 

Powderhorn Bird Watch – November 2013

I can’t complain about the lack of park path construction this month. The day before my complaining in last month’s column came out, there were six trucks carrying various supplies and equipment parked at the park before the workweek started. And the workers were working like mad most of the month, with generally very good attitudes and putting in lots of hard work. Various workers commented to me about liking the park and its natural beauty. However, various people in the neighborhood have commented about not liking the results of the path project. The Park Board is going to have people at the Powderhorn Community Café event, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 21, at the PPNA office, to discuss the project and I am sure there will be a lot of local citizens and much to discuss.

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Southside Pride Special Edition: How did they kill Terrance Franklin?

 

Terrance Franklin

May 10, 2013.  At about 1:30 pm Terrance Franklin and his friend, Anquanette Hollman, were sitting in a 2002 blue Chrysler PT Cruiser at the back of the apartment building at 2743 Lyndale Avenue South.  He was fixing a blunt (a hollowed out cigar filled with marijuana).  Her two small children were in the back seat.  They had just gone into the building and caught the attention of the maintenance person who checks the video surveillance cameras.  He recognized the couple as the couple that had been suspected of a burglary in the building a couple of months before.  He called 911 and told the police the two were on the property.  He then carried a box outside to another car in the lot so he could write down the license number of the PT Cruiser, came back into the building and called 911 with a description of the car.

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How we got burned

It is interesting to revisit Minneapolis history, 25 years ago, when the Burner was being heatedly debated. Garbage incineration was very controversial then as now and there were many concerns about the health impacts of the predicted emissions and the toxins in the ash.

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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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Washington football team needs to change its nickname

The name of the Washington, D.C., professional football team, the Redskins, has been an open festering sore in the psyche of too many Indian people for too long. Imagine not being able to have a family dinner in a restaurant with a television playing sports without fearing that your children might be subjected to someone shouting, “Scalp those Redskins!” Or perhaps urging Washington to do the same to their opponents. The simple fact is that this term is like using the “N” word, and scalp has a similar historical memory for Indians as lynching does for the children of slaves

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Our choice for 11th and 12th Ward City Council members

For 12th Ward: Andrew Johnson, first choice; Chris Lautenschlager, second choice; Dick Franson, third choice

(photo from the 12th Ward DFL endorsing convention: Andrew Johnson debating Sandy Colvin Roy) Twelfth Ward Candidate Forum at the Midtown Farmers' Market on Saturday, Oct.19, from 10 to 11 a.m. Audience members are invited to submit questions for the candidates during the forum. The event will be moderated by Rebekah Peterson, editor of My Broadsheet, and Judy Corrao, former 2nd Ward City Council member. In the event of inclement weather, the forum will move indoors to the nearby YWCA Midtown at 2121 E. Lake St.

Andrew Johnson challenged incumbent DFL City Council Member Sandy Colvin Roy for the DFL endorsement last spring and came within a few votes of beating her. The critical issue that was her undoing was her vote to support the city subsidy for the new Vikings stadium. The initial $150 million for construction mushrooms to almost a billion dollar subsidy when you calculate interest on the bonds, contractual obligations for maintenance and police overtime in regulating traffic over the 30-year life of the contract. Initially Sandy said she would not support the proposal unless the voters approved it in a referendum—according to the provisions of the City Charter. But then she reversed herself and supported the proposal without asking the voters’ consent. Earlier, longtime critics of Sandy, like Charley Underwood (who ran against her four years ago), strongly supported her re-election. But when she reversed herself, they became her bitter opponents.

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Regular Features: 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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Speaking of gardens, have you been to ‘God’s Garden’?

Alonzo Williams tends to God’s Garden

Minnesotans have three “go to” conversation starters:  the weather, road construction and gardens.  Let’s talk about gardens.  In the city you’ll find Community Sustainable Agriculture farms, which sell to subscribers; you’ll find thriving community gardens with their individual plots established on vacant city lots; you’ll find private gardens in back yards, alleys and front yards; and you’ll find various sites for the Youth Farm and Market Project, which sells its produce at different open-air markets.

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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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Ranked Choice Voting and the “Regime” that’s eating Minneapolis

Ranked Choice Voting … studying candidates’ positions … exhausted ballots … overvotes … undervotes … strategic votes … giant, voter-grinding calculating machines ...

Here’s to youuu … Mrs. Robinsonnnn … and blah blah blah.
Let me ask you a question, dear reader. If a “serious” mayoral candidate wins—would it make any difference in YOUR life?

For most people the answer is: “of course not.”

This is WHY most people DON’T VOTE in municipal elections. It’s not apathy … it’s rational behavior.

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Regular Features: Oueen of Cuisine - Ethical Burritos (no, not a new band)

On my lunch plate is chicken, raised by Rodney, a farmer in Minnesota’s Morrison County, and peppers grown by Gary of Dahl’s Farm in Apple Valley. One of those hyper-trendy locovore cafes? No. Chipotle.

Wait, wait, I haven’t sold out. I don’t eat fast food and I don’t support chains, but this is so not-your-normal national empire of step-to-the-counter meals. Or I wouldn’t be happily chewing.

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How it all began

My career in newspapers began in Dinkytown, on the corner of 4th Street and 14th Avenue Southeast in front of what was then Gray’s Drugstore. It was a cold November in 1969. I had been fired the previous spring from Smith College for organizing anti-war demonstrations. I was living part of the time in a commune in St. Paul and part of the time out at Georgeville, a rural commune 100 miles west of the city. I had written a one-page leaflet explaining conclusively why the Vietnam war was illegal, unconstitutional and immoral. I was standing on the corner handing them out, and no one was taking them.

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Regular Features: Raina's Wellness - 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

 

Riverside Community Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Annual Peace Celebration
Monday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. (doors); 7 p.m. (program)
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland
The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, a nonpartisan coalition of over 70 peace, justice, environment and UN-advocacy organizations representing thousands of individuals in Minnesota, holds its Annual Peace Celebration. Welcome Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive, who will speak on the topic “Our Vanishing Liberties: Drones, NSA and Executive Overreach.”

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Riverside Religious Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Phillips Avenue of the Arts
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the mural on La Mexicana building at Bloomington and Lake will be dedicated during “A Taste of Phillips.” The mural is part of Phillips Avenue of the Arts, an ongoing project of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Ave. S., and other neighborhood organizations. An open, free studio night is held every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the church. Experienced artists and novices alike are invited to participate.
For more information contact Pastor Cabello Hansel at 612-296-2231.

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Phillips Powderhorn

 

City Council: Ninth Ward
First choice, Ty Moore; Second choice, Alondra Cano; Third choice, Pat Fleetham

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

Analysis of the new City Charter proposal

Regular Features: Powderhorn Birdwatch - Birds and humans migrate in September

My Father, Ken Tilsen

Remembrance

The RCV/ballot access dilemma

Regular Features: The hungry insurgent

Regular Features: Oueen of Cuisine - Ethical Burritos (no, not a new band)

Saving the Sears building

Regular Features: Raina's Wellness - Changing our food system, one (Food) day at a time

Kellogg Briand Pact was a good start

 

 
Nokomis


Our choice for 11th and 12th Ward City Council members

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

Analysis of the new City Charter proposal

Plans presented for the Minnehaha Falls Pavilion Renovation

Regular Features: The hungry insurgent

Burning Waste No! Zero Waste Yes!

The new Jim Crow

The RCV/ballot access dilemma

Ranked Choice Voting and the “Regime” that’s eating Minneapolis

Regular Features: Oueen of Cuisine - Ethical Burritos (no, not a new band)

42nd Street and 28th Avenue: Moving into the real world

Regular Features: Raina's Wellness - Changing our food system, one (Food) day at a time

Kellogg Briand Pact was a good start

Speaking of gardens, have you been to ‘God’s Garden’?