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November 2013
 
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About 50 friends and neighbors with Occupy Homes re-occupied Jaymie Kelly's home, at 38th Street and 11th Avenue, after sheriff's deputies evicted her at 5 a.m. on Election Day, Nov. 5. "If JPMorgan Chase and Freddie Mac think they can stop us with an illegal 5 a.m. raid on Election Day, they are mistaken," said Jaymie Kelly. "I feel like I've been violated, for them to come in the middle of the night and break down a glass door. They took my daughter out of bed and handcuffed her." Jaymie didn't win her race to be mayor, and Ty Moore, her strongest supporter in fighting her eviction, narrowly lost his bid to win a seat in the City Council from Ward 9.

 

The Church Lady goes out to eat

We are social beings, we long to be with others, don’t we?

I suddenly had the desire to mingle in gatherings of people, to talk to people randomly and for no particular reason. I think I got the idea to do this after my trip to California last July when old, dear friends bought me a first class ticket on the Amtrak Empire Builder, with sleeper compartment and dining car meals. At every meal on the train, passengers are seated until all tables have four people at them. You converse with whoever chance bestows upon you. I met a few people with whom I shared intellectual resonance (ideas), which was great, but mostly I sat back, breathed in and out, and absorbed people’s “vibes.”

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Minneapolis elections 2013 – how did we do?

Dave and Barb Tilsen and five other friends joined me at the Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub for an election post-mortem and to await the arrival of the Andrew Johnson campaign’s post-election gathering. We were all antsy until about 8:30, when results began to come in on our smartphones. (We tried to get the bar to tune the TV to the news, but it didn’t matter, even the TV can’t keep up with mobile interwebs.)

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SENA annual meeting

The Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA) will meet for its annual meeting on Wed., Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lake Hiawatha Park building at 2701 E. 44th St.

The agenda will be:
6:30–6:45: Pastries and coffee;
6:45–7: Introductions and recognitions;
7–7:30: What’s the Big Idea? Presentations;
7:30–7:45: Election - SENA Board members;
7:45–8: Announcement of winning Big Idea, meeting wrap-up.

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Young and black and dealing crack

A key component to the plague of crack cocaine is a complicated one. Black teens and young adults, by far mostly male, are on a conveyor belt to incarceration. Because they are black and because they sell crack. One observation is, well, if they weren’t breaking the law they wouldn’t go to jail, pure and simple. There’s no denying that, yes, if they didn’t engage in criminal activity, cops wouldn’t arrest them and cops wouldn’t lock them up. It is not, however, pure and simple.

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Tony’s latest for the holidays

Tony Bouza’s latest book, “Expert Witness—Breaking the Policemen’s Blue Code of Silence,” should be required reading for all police officers in command positions. It should also be a required textbook for police training programs.

For the layperson, this book is an eye-opener into the serious problem of the extent and nature of the misconduct of our local “protectors.” One gets the impression that these violations of citizens’ rights are widespread.

The reader comes away with several serious concerns. How can the public be made aware of the seriousness of this situation and then exert political influence on our elected officials to take action to minimize, if not eliminate, such misconduct.

And, most worrisome, how do we change the culture that appears to be universal of our men and women in blue? Subsumed in that question is how do we recruit individuals that will not, as a result of their education and personal value system, buy into that culture?

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Over the River and Through the Wood

The original piece had six verses:

Over the river, and
through the wood,
To Grandfather's house we go;
the horse knows the way to
carry the sleigh
through the white and
drifted snow.
Over the river, and
through the wood,
to Grandfather's house away!

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Regular Features: Queen of Cuisine


World Champs

World Street Kitchen is a playground for the Wadi brothers, owners of the esteemed, James Beard Award-nominated Saffron in the Warehouse District. There the intriguing Mediterranean menu (with emphasis on the swell eats of Palestine, where the bros grew up) is served in sit-down restaurant style. Lovely.
But boys just gotta have fun! So they launched a mega-popular food truck...

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Regular Features: Raina's Wellness - A SAD Winter

Winter is quickly creeping upon us. The chilling cold, frosty mornings are enough to make most of us want to stay under the covers, especially with the threat of snow looming. A few extra taps on the snooze button, fuzzy slippers and a cup of hot chocolate are usually enough motivation to get out of bed and face the winter tundra. However, for some people the winter blues are much more serious. The chronic fatigue, sadness and urge to sleep and eat are symptoms of a serious medical condition called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of seasonal depression that most often begins in October or November and continues until March or April. According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 4-6% of Americans suffer from SAD. Individuals living in higher latitudes such as Minnesota are more likely to have SAD due to fewer hours of sunlight.

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Calling to Star Power for the Solstice!

The good sisters of Sabbath House, a stalwart southside institution on Portland Avenue, invite the public to their 2013 Advent prayers in preparation for Christmas. This year’s theme is inspired by a poem that addresses God as the creator of the stars, recognizing how each of us is called to shine in and from the heart.

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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.

Leslie Davis, founder of Earth Protector and an early opponent of HERC, wrote an article that was printed in the 11/4/88 edition of the newsletter Waste Not (published by Paul and Ellen Connett). He quotes from an infamous letter signed by 20 MPCA staff, complaining to Commissioner Gerald Willet, their boss, about the inadequate environmental review process that resulted in an operating permit for the Downtown Burner in 1987.

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November

 

Nokomis Community Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Give to the Max!
On Nov. 14, every donation you make gives your favorite nonprofits and schools the chance to win even more money. Hundreds of organizations will offer the opportunity to double your dollars with matching grants throughout the 24 hours. And, today through Nov. 13, you can schedule your donation. Simply go to your nonprofit or school’s page and look for the checkbox that says “Make this donation count for Give to the Max Day.” The donation will be deducted from your credit or debit card at 12 a.m. on Nov. 14

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Nokomis Religious Calendar

OF INTEREST

In a groundbreaking new study titled “Turban Myths,” researchers at SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund) and Stanford University found that 70% of Americans misidentify turban-wearers as Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Shinto. In fact, almost all men in the U.S. who wear turbans are Sikh Americans, whose faith originated in India.

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Phillips Powderhorn


March against racism

Vote 11/05/13!

How we got burned

Regular Features:
The hungry insurgent is looking for food entrepreneurs

Regular Features: Queen of Cuisine

Tony’s latest for the holidays

Regular Features:
Raina's Wellness - Paleo and gluten-free, debunked

Calling to Star Power for the Solstice!

The Church Lady goes out to eat


 

 
Riverside


How we got burned

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

Washington football team needs to change its nickname

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

Regular Features: The hungry insurgent

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

The RCV/ballot access dilemma

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

How it all began

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

Kellogg Briand Pact was a good start