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Ventura Village Neighborhood News – June 2018

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Celebrating and Honoring Native month, love, community, spring, longevity, ancestors, women, children, service, & freedom on the streets & in the park

Phillips Community may have more parades, celebrations, demonstrations, and campaigns per capita than any other similar size area. May begins such festivities each year. We include only four because of space constraints that represent his exposure and celebration of community, culture, and issues.

COURTESY MINDEKIRKEN LUTHERAN CHURCH

Syttende Mai Parade
May 17th always has a parade around Mindekirken Church and Norway House on the block between Elliot and 10th Avenues on East Franklin Av. Celebrating Syttende Mai Norway’s two Independence days. Norway’s quest for independence began on May 17, 1814, with the signing of a new Constitution. Yet, Norway’s forced union with Sweden, which began Jan. 14, 1814 (after 400 years of domination by Denmark), was to last until 1905 when Norway proclaimed, and secured, full independence. May 17, Norway’s Constitution Day, is often celebrated as an “independence day.”

 

HARVEY WINJE

Native American Mother’s Parade
Native American Month Mother’s Parade from Little Earth of United Tribes to the Minneapolis American Indian Center on Franklin Av. For day-long activities that also signaled the beginning of Native American Month.

 

ALAN WILFAHRT

MayDay Parade
MayDay Parade forming at the same corner near Little Earth, extending down Bloomington Av., and into Powerhorn Park circling Powderhorn Lake to the natural amphitheater of the west bank as a huge crowd enjoyed the annual Ceremony. Audience of Parade and Ceremony is estimated at more than 50,000 people. The theme, “Love is All * Help Us to Resolve Our Fears and Weaknesses * In Love All Things are Possible * Thank You Love!,” conceived at community meetings and developed through April staff development and community workshops, was woven throughout the Parade and the Ceremony

J ARTHUR ANDERSON

J ARTHUR ANDERSON

Clyde Bellecourt’s Retirement
Clyde Bellecourt’s retirement this year, as he begins his 82nd year of life, from the Legal Rights Center board of directors of which he was a founder 48 years ago to provide criminal defense for low income people and particularly people of color was the specific reason for celebration May 3rd at the American Indian Movement Interpretive Center, 1113 E. Franklin Av. As with most Native American gatherings and celebrations the over-arching focus was on the Ancestors and the Women and the Children. Clyde is pictured here being congratulated by U. S. Representative Keith Ellison who is a past Executive Director of the Legal Rights Center. Clyde was honored with tributes and gifts including this Star Quilt. Pictured with Clyde and the quit are Angela Hall-Slaughter and Sandy White Hawk.

 

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Animate the neighborhoods during the COPA Art Crawl

BY JOHN AKRE

Help create a giant animated neighborhood during the Corcoran and Powderhorn Art Crawl at the Susan Hensel Gallery, 3441 Cedar Avenue. Animator John Akre will have his Sloppy Films Animation Station, a large scale portable stop motion animation studio, set up to create a community animation project on Saturday, June 16th from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, June 17th from noon to 4pm.

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Movie Corner

By HOWARD McQUITTER II
oldschoolmovies.wordpress.com
howardmcquitter68@gmail.com
“A Quiet Place”
(2018) Drama/Horror/ Thriller
Paramount Pictures

5/5 Stars

Silence is the key to survival in a post-apocalyptic world where carnivorous creatures have caused worldwide panic. The movie never tells you how the creatures came to be; whether from outer space (like in the original sci-fi movie “The War of The Worlds” by Byron Haskin in 1953) or some biological mishap such as testing too many nuclear bombs or radically changing the environment with over-industrialization. “A Quiet Place” is just that, quiet. The movie focuses on one family, the Abbotts: Lee (John Krasinski), Evelyn (Emily Blunt), Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward) who live in an abandoned farm, they fixed up, using it as a safe haven from the creatures who are blind but respond quickly to sound.

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Spirit of Phillips

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Raise Your Voice – Two prophecies

By PETER MOLENAAR

Acquaintances from the Occupy Movement of the Great Recession were, by chance, encountered recently at the Pow Wow Grounds Coffee shop on Franklin Avenue. Anita and Troy are a Dakota mother and son. As it happened, Anita would offer her take on my May Alley piece: “Seven Generations”.

In Anita’s view, ‘seven generations’ invokes a prophecy more so than a moral premise. Pointing to her son, a medical student, she declared: “Here is the seventh generation!” Such is the nature of the first of our two prophecies.

Note: We are now seven generations removed from the concentration camp at Fort Snelling.

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June 2018 Out in the Backyard Calendar

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Student Intern plus 18 years Jonathan Miller, embellished The Alley Newspaper, “retires” to focus on family and career

Jonathan, Betty, Amy, and Bobby Miller
COURTESY JONATHAN MILLER

By LEON OMAN

After nearly 18 years of dedicated service to The Alley Newspaper and its readers, our Co-Editor and Designer, Jonathan Miller, has “retired’ – he supported The Alley for almost half of its 42 year history! His most recent, but longtime role has been doing the Graphic Design and Layout for the monthly issues, along with managing The Alley’s webpage. Over the years, Jonathan experienced and contributed to the many facets of publishing a community-owned and operated media source. Jonathan was a joy to team with and his loyalty and hard work were marked by excellence and creativity – he will be sorely missed. Only 38 years old, Jonathan will now be able to focus more on his fulltime job with Center for Urban and Regional Affairs-CURA at the University of Minnesota and family responsibilities with Amy, his wife, and Betty and Bobby, their two young children.

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May 2018 Alley Newspaper

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Phillips Aquatics Center: A dream come true! IS OPEN!

MURPHY BYRNE (MURPHYBYRNEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM) COURTESY OF MPLS. PARK & RECREATION BOARD
Phillips Aquatics Center Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (at entrance to the 6-Lane Pool) These 25 adults represent the Partners for the Center’s Renovation and Expansion whose support and dedication was a wide range of individuals and organizations in Phillips and the broader community. This includes generous funding support from the Mpls. Park and Recreation Board, the State of MN, Mpls. Public Schools and Hennepin County’s Youth Sports Grants Program, as well as donations from three Phillips Neighborhoods and Minneapolis Swims. Support coordinated through Mpls. Swims includes funding from the Minneapolis Foundation, Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the Piper Family Fund, East Phillips Improvement Coalition, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Rogue Foundation, Midtown Phillips Improvement Association, and Wells Fargo. The three children pictured here are a reminder of the focus of hundreds of people who spent innumerable hours of conversations, negotiations, planning sessions, and deliberation on scope, fund-raising, protocols, and policies.

The following remarks are five of over a dozen acknowledgements at the Grand Opening Ceremony of this tremendous success story.

Nine years ago
By BRAD PASS

We found an OLD Letter, dating back to 2009. It is from the Park Board’s Director of Community Recreation Services. It talks about the state of this building 9 years ago. I’ll read a few sentences:

“After reviewing the present condition of the Phillips Community Center, I have reluctantly recommended to the General Manager and the Superintendent that the building be closed and “mothballed” no later than October 15, 2009. In light of our present financial position and the lack of responsible options, they have agreed.

“The boiler and HVAC systems were in disrepair, the swimming pool mechanics inoperable, the pool deck supports crumbling, bathrooms and plumbing non-usable, gym floor and carpeting beyond cleaning, some electrical systems non-functional… a total mess.”

So, faced with the probability that this wonderful but challenged building would be torn down or sold as a warehouse to the local hospitals, friends, neighbors and communities stepped up, spoke up and ponied up—the people of East Phillips voted to donate $75,000 which acted as a partial match to the very large Native American donation through the Mdewakanton Sioux and many more large donations started flowing in—and nine years later, here we stand, celebrating the Grand Opening of this fantastic facility. This is a tribute to what the people can do. Read the rest of this entry »

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