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Raise Your Voice: Commentary Honor The Community’s Vision Of A Better World. Please!

Raise Your Voice: Commentary Honor The Community’s Vision Of A Better World. Please!

Our Righteous Community By PETER MOLENAAR Note: In the realm of politics and leadership, the designation of “opportunist” intends a pejorative, i.e., it describes a person whose self-interest supersedes the longterm benefit of the whole. By now, every reader of “the alley” newspaper, is aware that governance of Minneapolis [...]

Raise Your Voice: Consuming the orange coronafruit

Raise Your Voice: Consuming the orange coronafruit

By PETER MOLENAAR Remembering: April 14…Most of the day was spent responding to text messages and calls of concern. Comrade Harry had entered Hennepin County’s ICU (COVID-19). Blood oxygen was dangerously low, and failed to improve. January 8…The CDC issued a warning.January, February, March…Eight campaign rallies and five golf [...]

Raise Your Voice

Raise Your Voice

The Elders Have Spoken Peter Molenaar By PETER MOLENAAR Little Earth, Phillips Community Center, Ebenezer Towers on Portland and Park Avenues, and Anderson Community School – for the Phillips Neighborhood, these were the Primary Vote polling places. Thanks to the volunteers who made it happen, those who had navigated the information [...]

Raise Your Voice – Sisters in Spirit

Raise Your Voice – Sisters in Spirit

By PETER MOLENAAR Last month, on delivery of the usual 40 Alley papers to the Minneapolis American Indian Center, the young woman at the desk gave access to the Two Rivers Gallery where a marvelous birch bark canoe is on display. With a twinkle, I inquired: “Who built the first canoe?” As it happened, thousands of years ago…. It [...]

Raise Your Voice – More War Won’t Work

Raise Your Voice – More War Won’t Work

Peter Molenaar By PETER MOLENAAR Not long ago, I woke to the news of assassination… head swimming with visions of missile launches to and fro, skyrocketing oil prices, etc., etc. A quick study of relevant history commenced, before and after a trip to 4200 Cedar Avenue, where a consultation with WAMM (Women Against Military Madness) took [...]

Raise Your Voice – Glow lights against hypocrisy

Raise Your Voice – Glow lights against hypocrisy

By PETER MOLENAAR In the small town Christmas season of my boyish years, atop the towering silos of the malting plant, the lights were strewn to form a teepee. At home, my Christian mother decorated a real tree. The living room reverberated all the inspired carols. However, it was the Nutcracker Suite which moved me to lead the siblings in a [...]

Raise Your Voice Indigenous Day Dialectics (Negation of the Negation)

Raise Your Voice Indigenous Day Dialectics (Negation of the Negation)

By PETER MOLENAAR From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States: “Columbus tried again for gold, but this time he and his men didn’t go looking for it. They ordered all Taíno* people 14 and older to deliver a certain amount of gold dust every three months. If they didn’t, their hands would be cut off…. In 1500, [...]

Raise Your Voice: Changing horizons

Raise Your Voice: Changing horizons

By PETER MOLENAAR Peter Molenaar Those of us who have connected over the years with All My Relations Arts and Two Rivers Galleries were privileged to receive invitations to the recent opening receptions. These “Changing Horizons” events commemorated the 100th birthday of George Morrison, the Ojibwe artist who graduated from the local [...]

Raise Your Voice: The world within us

Raise Your Voice: The world within us

By PETER MOLENAAR Peter Molenaar From the passenger side window of the adjacent vehicle, an elder Native man called out: “Hey! Where are you from?” At the time, I was fetching 30 Alley papers for deposit at the Native American Community Clinic, after having dropped 30 at the Ancient Traders Market. Detecting the sleight of hand humor, I [...]

Mind-numbing Janjaweed

Mind-numbing Janjaweed

By PETER MOLENAAR Peter Molenaar On the western fringe of Alley News territory, there exists yet another progressive church. Was it more than 10 years ago that Plymouth Congregational (1900 Nicollet Ave.) hosted a sizeable public meeting in response to the Darfur Genocide? Indeed, events in this western province of Sudan, Africa had [...]

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