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In The Alley Newspaper April 2017 issue, nestled between front page columns authored by good neighbors, a letter from the President of the United States was found! If overwhelming disdain did not prevent the reading, the ensuing wall of cognitive dissonance was likely to cut it short. Yet, I read on and on…to discover, deep on page 8, the credit to a former president, Dwight Eisenhower.

“Hey, that was his ‘beware of the military industrial complex speech,’” replied the editor. Okay, I sort of get that. Bush-type presidents have big investments in arms production, so we fought Osama in Iraq, or something like that, making jobless generals to build an Isis with enough poison gas to create false flags in Syria (see what Daddy can do!).

However, check out Ike, line 1: “Throughout America’s adventure in free government…” Oh, gosh, golly. In the beginning , white property holders convened to establish the rule of law (in preference to the practice of gun duels). Such was the origin of “bourgeois-democracy.” Then later, in stages, more or less the rest of us won the right to vote, even as the money power ruled on, more or less. So, to make my point, a modern capitalist state unfettered by democratic constraint, would be a fascist state…yes then, we would have a “free government!”

Philosophical note: A “workers’ state,” bound to the consent of elected workers’ councils, would constitute a higher form of democracy.

Then, after throwing down “liberty,” “dignity,” and “integrity,” Ike continues: “Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world [1961] …we face a hostile ideology…atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method.” He was referring to advocates of socialism, such as myself.

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Frank Reflections – May 2017

BY FRANK ERICKSON

How can the forced removal of a doctor from an airplane get more press coverage and national outrage than a U.S. missile attack on Mosul, Iraq that killed 140 civilians? It appears the world revolves around America.

And then the U.S. government drops a 22,000 pound bomb on Afghanistan. They can’t be stupid enough to believe that such a bomb is going to pave a path to peace.

The government wants “war,” the confusion, the madness, and the broken-hearted desperate acts of those seeking revenge. The U.S. government wants to provoke and incite more enemies. What else is a 22,000 pound bomb about? They provoke to get a violent response as justification to use their military violence to control and dominate the world.

The U.S. government’s behavior is proof they want enemies. They want to stir it up, but with only those that are defenseless.

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SPRING RENEWAL with Latino Environmental Health Begins At Home A Community Health Action Team (CHAT) of the Backyard Initiative

Bertha Medina, Latino Environmental Health Begins At Home (LEHBAH) CHAT leader talks with families about safe cleaning products outside of her beauty shop on Lake Street.

The Latino Environmental Health Begins At Home (LEHBAH) CHAT works with Latino families to learn how they can contribute to creating a healthy environment for their families and community. The first stage of the effort is to teach Latinos how to make healthy products to clean the home and to support each other to maintain a healthy environment.

LEHBAH’s vision is to improve the health of the Latino adults and children by creating a healthier indoor environment for Latino families while building connections and community between families. We have trained over 100 people during the last several years. Through the efforts of our BYI Community Health Action Team, we have developed curriculum for the Latino community on safe household cleaners. We have also trained a team of people to become trainers who conduct a healthy home audit and clean kitchens with natural products.

Work sessions are held in people’s home who have signed up to have their kitchen cleaned. Participants learn: 1) to create cleaning products from natural, environmentally safe ingredients; 2) where they can buy the ingredients and how to use them; 3) what the benefits (inexpensive and healthier) are for using these products instead of their usual products 4) to draw on their cultural traditions and backgrounds as healthy resources; and, 5) to reframe or redefine what “clean” means. For example, a product that attacks germs in a kitchen might mean the product is also doing harm to one’s body, especially children. Many simple products like soap, water, vinegar, etc., can destroy germs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Salud Ambiental Latino Empieza En El Hogar [A Community Health Action Team (CHAT) of the Backyard Initiative]

Latino Environmental Health Begins At Home (LEHBAH) Community Health Action Team members meet and do presentations and trainings at Jenny’s Beauty Salon, 1108 East Lake St., Minneapolis

by Julio Martinez and Bertha Medina

Somos un grupo latino formado desde al año 2011, su principal objetivo es cuidar el medio ambiente y la salud, orientando a nuestra comunidad de como liberarnos de químicos que nos dañan y sustituirlos por productos naturales de origen organico, principalmente los pruductos de limpieza para el hogar, parte de nuestras platicas es enseñar a elaborarlos, nuestro grupo da platicas a domicilio para lograr este fin de forma gratuita.

Otro de nuestros objetivos es enfocarnos en familias con hijos menores de edad. Contamos con muchísima mas informacion para ti ama de casa, con esto puedes ofrecer un mejor cuidado y calidad de vida. A continuación encontraras un poco de la informacion que proporcionamos en nuestras platicas.

Con solo 6 elementos puedes remplazar todos tus productos de limpieza en tu hogar-

Bicarbonato de sodio.

Vinagre destilado blanco.

Borax.

Jabón de trastes.

Aceites esenciales.

Botellas vacías (Algunas con dosificador)

Un embudo.

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Meetings since Feb., thousands of Workshop hours in Apr. & May, donated materials & dollars all year = MayDay Parade & Park Pageant for tens of thousands of participants & viewers May 7th!

43rd MayDay Parade, Ceremony and Festival

Sunday, MAY 7, 2017 – Save the Date!

*And check out the many
opportunities to Volunteer or get involved

Donate to the 43rd MayDay!

It takes $200,000 to fund the people, puppets, park fees, parade permits, police presence, and porta potties to support MayDay. Please give as generously as possible — every gift counts for the 43rd Annual MayDay Parade, Ceremony, and Festival!

11 am: Assemble

MayDay Parade participants assemble by section east of Bloomington Ave on 25th St., between Bloomington and Cedar Ave. in South Minneapolis. See map

NOON: Parade Begins

At the corner of 25th St. E. and Bloomington Ave. S., and travels south on Bloomington to 34th St. E., where the parade turns west towards Powderhorn Park.

3pm: Ceremony & Festival

The MayDay Tree of Life Ceremony begins at 3pm in Powderhorn Park. The Festival is open throughout the day.

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EPIC Report-May 2017

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association News-May 2017

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May 2017 Ventura Village

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Happy Mother’s Day–Happy May Day

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American Indian Month Events

Events

First Person Radio

May 3 @ 9 – 10 am

Our guest will be Kate Beane, she’ll be discussing the Dakota Truth Telling Omniciye event, which begins on Saturday May 4, at Fort Snelling. To listen live, dial in 90.3 on your FM radio

American Indian Wellness Fair

May 3 @ 11 am – 3 pm

The American Indian Wellness Fair continues the goal to increase awareness of current health issues facing American Indian people by providing access to a variety of health screenings, education, information and community resources. For more information: Stephanie Graves (stephanie.graves@minneapolismn.gov)

Dakota Truth Telling Omniciye

May 4 @ 8 am / May 7 @ 5 pm

On May 4th of 1863, Dakhóta people who had been imprisoned at a concentration camp below Akíčhita Čhúŋkaške (Fort Snelling) at Bdóte were taken by steamboat and exiled from Mnísota Makhóčhe. To mark our return and assert our continued presence on this sacred land where the two rivers meet, we invite all Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Oyáte to return home, unify in peace, and share community knowledge, teachings, and stories with one another. Historic Fort Snelling.

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