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Transit: War Simulation, SB LII, Giveth and Taketh

BY JOHN CHARLES WILSON

The Super Bowl giveth, and the Super Bowl taketh away. For transit users in the Twin Cities, the Super Bowl mostly taketh away; while the Metropolitan Council giveth the use of our light rail trains to rich tourists who can afford Super Bowl tickets.

Meanwhile, our poor bus drivers are threatening to go on strike during the Super Bowl to call attention to the perfectly legitimate need to have some protection from riders who assault them.

What is to be done? Shall we wait around like sitting ducks for the other shoe to drop? The Council wants to throw us a bone by offering free bus rides to us “regular citizens” on Super Bowl Sunday, while the elite with their game day passes get to ride our trains, all in the name of security.

Sure, we all want the Super Bowl to be a safe venue, but does the Super Bowl want us to be safe? Will security be so concentrated around the stadium my friend calls the “Sinking Ship” as to ignore other parts of town? If I get hit on the head by some robber while waiting for the #2 or the #6, will the police be there to help me, or will they only care about the “chosen ones” – those who can afford Super Bowl tickets? On the other hand, with all the police brutality Minneapolis is known for, maybe the rest of the city away from the stadium can call it a “day off”…..

We waited two years for our Nicollet Mall buses where they didn’t belong – on Marquette, then on Hennepin (Marquette was actually better). Finally, we got our buses back on Nicollet, relieving the overcrowding at the Hennepin bus stops. This detour was made so Nicollet Mall could be “improved” to impress the rich people coming into town to watch men play a “game” which really simulates war: the taking of territory, the penetration of enemy defenses with an object, the sheer knocking about…. Even a field goal is sort of like a missile launch if you think about it.

Oh, well. Once it’s over, we’ll have our transit system back, having thoroughly impressed the Super Bowl fans who will go back to their hometowns and praise Metro Transit for heroically bringing them to and from the game, not realizing that Metro’s regular customers were ripped off in order to provide them that experience.

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association News-January 2018

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EPIC Report-January 2018

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January 2018 Ventura Village

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A Plea for Help!

Opposite this page is The Alley Newspaper Front Page of December 1978/January 1979. It was “A Plea for Help.” Help did appear as it has for several evolutions of this community-owned and governed newspaper.

Neighbors took the task before them and produced 473 issues of The Alley Newspaper in 42 Years

During the past two years, we have begun to prepare for changes in editorship when Harvey Winje would leave that position. Harvey’s departure as Editor will happen in 2018.

Those discussions and the changes in producing The Alley Newspaper over the last eighteen years seem to be leading us toward a new infrastructure that broadens leadership and formalizes the governance of this community media source. The hope is that the change of the Editor and Manager function, as has happened many times, doesn’t just prompt filling that slot with one or two people, but with a team of people that broadens expertise, spreads out the work requirements, and diversifies the ages, ethnic and cultural perspectives.

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“The Shape of Water”

“The Shape of Water”(2017) Fox Searchlight

****1/2

Back during the Cold War, a young mute woman, Eliza Esposito (Sally Hawkins), lives in a shabby apartment above the Orpheum Theater (“The Story of Ruth and the Mardi Gras” on the marquee) with in-a-closet, gay struggling illustrator, Giles Richard Jenkins in Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1962. She works as a cleaning woman in a questionable, secret government facility. She goes about her job in a perfunctory way and has only one friend on the job Zelda Fuller (Octavia Spencer), who looks out for her.

One thing will change Eliza’s life forever which she doesn’t see coming. One day she and Zelda are told to clean some spilled blood in the laboratories. Eliza becomes curious about a tank in the lab. What they find next is an amphibian humanoid creature in the tank. For Eliza, whenever the chance she gets while at work, she gets the creature’s trust. The boss of the secret place is Colonel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon), a sadistic man who sees the creature simply as an experiment for the space program

The fact the creature can breathe in and out of water fascinates Strickland and his cronies. However, the Russians also have their eyes on the creature, led by Russian spy, Dr. Robert Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhbarg) who has successfully infiltrated the secret facility.

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Messiah Before Profit

By Peter Molenaar

Faithful readers of the Alley will recall two pages from last month’s issue, devoted to the conversation surrounding the fate of Messiah Lutheran Church. As things stand, Messiah will be marketed, starting at the rumored price of $800,000. Any takers other than the adjacent corporate interest which intends to demolish it?

Hey, when inside these historic sanctuaries, I feel the presence of my Swedish ancestors. However, the question is way deeper than my self-centered concern.

Check it out:

“Messiah Lutheran’s interior presents… lavish use of wood, with pointed arches emblematic of the English Gothic style, carved wood paneling, and the intricate stained glass window above and behind the altar lends the interior a graceful ambience… perhaps the most splendid interior architectural feature is the system of wood hammer beam trusses, each characterized by a series of sizable vertical members with lathe-turned bases.”

(Sight-seers should trek to 2501 Columbus Avenue for a glimpse before its gone.)

Question: Would you slash the Mona Lisa’s face?

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SPIRIT WOUNDS: Passion for Justice and Beauty: LA POSADA

by Patrick Cabello Hansel

We had our annual Posada last Saturday–the Christmas procession with Mary and Joseph/Maria and Jose, looking for shelter for the holy child. We had some really mean innkeepers turn us away, which was great!

I’m looking for Posada or shelter from all the craziness of this past year. The tax cut for the rich has passed, sacred lands are going to be sold to mining companies, Dreamers are hung out to dry, pedophiles are honored, but don’t say “transgender” or “science based”. It seems like an assault a day. But–as they say on the ads for “miracle” products on late-night TV”there’s more!”

That “more” may indeed be more assaults on the poor, the earth, those who are seen as “other”. But on this eve of the Solstice, I hold my hands out, not only asking for shelter, but offering it. Mary gave the fetus that became Jesus (yes, Virginia, that’s how it happened) posada in her womb. She gave him breasts aching with milk. She became the house for God, the house for hope.

I wrote this blog post on the Posada for our denomination’s worship blog:

http://blogs.elca.org/worship/?p=925

And I ask, what indeed, if we were all Posada for hope, for justice, for healing. Be Justice. Be Beauty. Be Shelter.

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Touring Exhibit by Alley Communications DID YOU KNOW?

For the 2017 Neighborhood Open House event at the American Swedish Institute, The Alley Newspaper put together what we think might be the beginning of an ongoing “DID YOU KNOW exhibit” that illustrates some of the incredible facts that form the 150 years of history of the Phillips Community, in particular. We believe that all of us, those of us who live here and those who may be visiting our community for the first time, need to understand the vibrancy and diversity that has been our strong history for all these years.

Folks living outside of our area often talk about our community in ways that represent only the more negative or discouraging activities. Instead, if we use our own voices, images and stories and lift up many of the very amazing facts and real parts of our history, we can dispel the narratives and at the very least, resist the harm those stories can do to us individually and collectively.  It is a fact that learning about and lifting up this incredible history can contribute to our overall health through social cohesion and connection to each other and to history of this geographic area. We estimate that at least 300 people toured our exhibit on Wednesday, December 13th at ASI.

Here are three of the Did You Know exhibit posters:

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Join Phillips Wellness 50+ to learn, connect, build our community

Tuesdays – 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Ebenezer Tower, 2523 Portland Avenue

(Ebenezer bus will pick up at Park Apts. and Loren on Park at 5:10)

January 9

Who Needs a Buddy? We All Do!

with Sandra Smith

January 16

Life & Death Planning

with Lee Cunningham

January 23

Questions & Answers about Making the Most of Your Money

with Lee Cunningham

January 30

Bit & Bites: Tasty Tidbits for Health

with Rachel from The Food Group

This is for everyone in the Phillips community.

Hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact Donna Nordin at

612-741-5180 or

dnordin2@comcast.net

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