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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 [...]

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 [...]

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