Category Local and Regional Issues

ONLY US: Greenlining the Burbs, by Susu Jeffrey

The last chance to warn watershed deciders against permitting a Spring Road upscale ridge-top homes project in Eden Prairie is coming up. See details at the end of this article.

Eden Prairie MN: City Vote Threatens Fredrick-Miller Spring Water

“Riley Creek has experienced a noticeable decrease of fish and plant life according to water protector Friends of Fredrick-Miller Spring. The Spring’s generosity rushes down Purgatory Ridge and is arguably the last fast-flowing, easy access, good-tasting major spring water in the Mississippi watershed of southern Minnesota.”

Calling Chauvin a “Bad Apple” Denies Systemic Nature of Racist Police Violence

“Even the best training in the world cannot teach police, who are licensed to kill and deployed to enforce a racist system, not to be racist.”

Why racism was declared a public health crisis, by Andrew Hazzard

COVID-19 “really highlights the intersection of social determinants and historical health issues that make people more vulnerable,” Allen said.

GOD GIVEN LAND: Israel and the Americas, by Susu Jeffrey

“It is Difficult to Argue with God”

Barb Tilsen Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Mother, Grandmother, Organizer

I’m a singer, songwriter, poet, mother, grandmother, auntie, activist and organizer. I have been involved in many organizations. Through them, networks developed and the relationships underlying them endured and grew. It’s those connections that support our ability to sustain activism over time and make change. — Barb Tilsen By Anne Winkler Morey  Minneapolis Interview Project  […]

End Minnesota Complicity in the Suffering of the Palestinian People, by Lucia Wilkes Smith

General Mills/Pillsbury complicit in occupation of Palestine.

Reneging on George Floyd Promises: The Minneapolis Police Name-Change Con

“Community control is not a reformist demand, because it calls for real transfers of power from the oligarchs and their politicians, to the people.”

Save the U.S. Postal Service! Reasons the Mail Must Get Through

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

We Reject War on Foreign Soil As We Reject Police Violence Here!

Just as we oppose the use of the U.S. military in other countries, we also reject the violence enacted by militarized personnel responding to protest in the Twin Cities and the nation. WAMM Newsletter  Summer 2020  Vol. 38  Num. 3 “Effective war propaganda has caused Americans to either forget or apparently have a hard time […]

“The Minnesota Conspiracy to Save Lives” by Chuck Turchick

“Move and you’re dead!” What? Who was this fellow? By Chuck Turchick  July 14, 2020 “Move and you’re dead!” What? Who was this fellow? With a cut-off sweatshirt, jeans, loafers without socks, I noticed he also had a gun pointed at me. Following him were a phalanx of about a dozen others. Who were they? […]

“A Declaration of War Against Americans”: Trump Threatens to Deploy Military to Quell Protests

“President Trump’s speech almost amounted to a declaration of war on Americans, on peaceful Americans who are out right now exercising their First Amendment right to speak out, and here to speak out against the long-standing problem of police violence and racial violence which has beleaguered our nation.”

In All of Minnesota’s 851 Towns and Cities, Someone Says No to Nuclear War!

Our lives and much of what we’re accustomed to will have been changed forever by the coronavirus but the existential danger presented by nuclear weapons remains unless we act collectively as we have during the pandemic. The remarkable project described here entailed visits to all of the towns and cities in Minnesota and provides proof […]

SAVE OUR VA: Veterans say NO to Privatization!

“The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has the best integrated healthcare system for veterans in America according to many studies.”

The Ash Tree Conundrum: Kill or Treat and Wait for a Bio-predator

“The ash tree crash comes at a time when the movement to plant six trillion trees worldwide to exchange carbon for oxygen and stave off, or at least mitigate, global warming.”

Ilhan Omar Has a Plan to Revolutionize U.S. Foreign Policy

“They would also have to reckon with the humanitarian impact of sanctions, which Congress largely ignores at this point, and it has led to some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises as we’re seeing in Venezuela, and North Korea, and Iran.”

Minneapolis Activists Ask Local Leaders to Invest in Communities, Not Cops

“We are investing too much money in incarceration-based policing and not enough money in community-based safety.”

Waging Peace Counters the Indoctrination of Youth: Vigil Outside the Gates of Camp Ripley, by Doug Olson

Camp Ripley: Home to a $4 million drone-training facility

Hennepin County Takes On Full Funding for SWLRT

The Minnesota legislature refused to fund Southwest Light Rail Transit. SWLRT is the most expensive public works project ever proposed in our state at a constantly escalating price of $2.2-plus-billion. While the state legislature did not approve SWLRT funding, every other light-rail project has been supported by Democrats and Republicans. By Susu Jeffrey  August 2, […]

Ft. Snelling BDOTE? Odious Retaliation

Using “history,” military or otherwise, to “unify” a people, isn’t “history,” it’s propaganda, in the fascist tradition.