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Raise Your Voice: Days of May

Raise Your Voice: Days of May

By PETER MOLENAAR Peter Molenaar The word from Senator Jeff Hayden’s Capital Update, May issue: “Senate Republicans are staunch in their position that programs providing giveaways for corporations and the wealthy… should be continued. But every dollar spent on the wealthy… is a dollar taken from students, healthcare programs, and [...]

Raise Your Voice: The last martyr smiled

Raise Your Voice: The last martyr smiled

By PETER MOLENAAR Peter Molenaar Elliot Park (1000 E. 14th St.) was host on April 6 to Sudanese immigrants, friends, and families, who had come to observe a revolutionary moment. In Khartoum, a million people surrounded the armed forces. Soldiers were leaving the compound to celebrate among the people. The 30-year dictatorship of al-Bashir [...]

Raise Your Voice: A worker’s proud moment

Raise Your Voice: A worker’s proud moment

By PETER MOLENAAR Peter Molenaar Circulating within the ranks of organized labor is a sign-on statement with the caption: “Union Members Stand United with Rep. Ilhan Omar.” It reads: “Rep. Ilhan Omar is a fighter for working people who upholds her time as a union member with pride and continues to stand with unions, with working [...]

Raise Your Voice: Blessed community

Raise Your Voice: Blessed community

Peter Molenaar By PETER MOLENAAR Feb. 11, 2019… I would brave the slippery streets, with the ongoing sixth mass species extinction in mind, in order to participate in the public visioning phase of the HOTB Mayday Parade. This was to be the last opportunity to make a modest appearance. The chairs of the Avalon meeting room were well [...]

Raise Your Voice: Contradictions within the popular front

Raise Your Voice: Contradictions within the popular front

By PETER MOLENAAR Peter Molenaar Readers will recall that, owing to internal contradictions, everything exists in motion, both coming and going; changing under the influence of external factors. Our “popular front” form of resistance is no exception to the rule. Yes, indeed: “the lesser of two evils sometimes rises to the level of a [...]

Peace on Earth… 2040

Peace on Earth… 2040

Raise Your Voice By PETER MOLENAAR Commendable activists from this community recently invested hours of engagement with our city’s planning process. The “2040 Plan” attempts to envision beyond the immediate future, and certainly reflects more than just the question of neighborhood housing density. Importantly, as well, 2040 intends to [...]

Raise Your Voice – Melting pot of time

Raise Your Voice – Melting pot of time

By PETER MOLENAAR For almost two decades, “Raise Your Voice” has paid tribute to the melting pot of peoples which has formed the Phillips Community. Presently, the members of the Franklin Avenue tent encampment would appreciate your prayers. We are witness to an oppressed population which has bonded together in order to cling to life. A [...]

Raise Your Voice – When patriots speak up

Raise Your Voice – When patriots speak up

BY PETER MOLENAAR September 8, 2018, was a nationwide day of action around the theme: RISE FOR CLIMATE, JOBS, AND JUSTICE. The Minnesota summit was venued at the East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center. The prevailing millennial voices were heard, still fresh from the financial crisis of 2008, and they were not hesitant to link the [...]

Raise Your Voice – Mother Earth knows

Raise Your Voice – Mother Earth knows

BY PETER MOLENAAR Editor’s note: This article was written before the August 14th primary election. Our Franklin Avenue follows an old Dakota path to what were bountiful waters to the near west of us. Today we take this path to 2104 Stevens Avenue to find the headquarters of MN350, an organization which resists the forces of climate change. [...]

Raise Your Voice – Upholding native languages

Raise Your Voice – Upholding native  languages

BY PETER MOLENAAR I have again had the opportunity to meet with Anita Gates at the Pow Wow Grounds Coffee Shop on Franklin Ave. Anita has an advanced degree in the field of education and is certified to teach the Dakota language. The local American Indian Parents Committee actively shares her concerns regarding the status of Native education. [...]

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