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Ventura Village Neighborhood News December 2019/January 2020

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Movie Corner December 2019/January 2020

By Howard McQuitter
oldschoolmovies.wordpress.com
howardmcquitter68@gmail.com

“Motherless Brooklyn” (2019) 
Warner Bros. Rated R
4/5 Stars

 “Motherless Brooklyn” is a novel by Jonathan Lethem, the adaptation a movie by Edward Norton, though the setting is originally in the 1990s, Norton skillfully rolls back to the 1950s. Mind you, Norton worked on the script, of course, with changes, for 20 years. I’m glad he decides to capture New York City—Brooklyn in particular—at a time when the mob and the mayor are often inseparable. All in all, “Motherless Brooklyn” is a detective movie, a good one, in which Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton) is like a precursor to Peter Falk’s “Columbo.” Lionel’s boss, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis) and Lionel were raised together as boys in a Catholic orphanage. Frank started his own detective business. Both men search for corruption such as insurance scams and other illegal doings.

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20/20 Vision

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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 circle of running leaps.

More recently, a thousand lights swayed to the music of the New Power Generation. Actually, 10,000 had gathered to uplift Ilhan Omar and her guest, Bernie Sanders. Visions of socialism danced in our heads.

Who are the jihadis of love, compassion, and forgiveness? Millions of Muslim people and Ilhan are. They do not harken the ancient crusades… the wholesale slaughter of a people who truly revered Jesus as a prophet. Ilhan Omar has written: “We must apply our universal values to all nations… only then will we achieve peace.”

Why did it take 100 years for the United States Congress to condemn the Armenian genocide? For that matter, why do 1,000 points of darkness remain? Ilhan wonders the same.

Yet, the little-boy-man passed through, in part to augment the death threats leveled against our elected one. Will he even have the decency to repay our city for having protected his presence?

Meanwhile, Trump’s corporate gangsters have sponsored a military coup in Bolivia. The indigenous majority will resist this intent to steal the lithium deposits.

Who or what then constitutes the most vile blemish on the face of the Earth? Actually, it is “America’s Nuclear Tomb”. From the sky it appears as a monstrous canker sore, festering with all our Cold War waste. It is eroding now, in the wake of the climate crisis and rising sea levels.

When I was a child, my country nuked the Marshall Islands 67 times. For many years after, the island women described their deformed birthings as marlins, devils, jellyfish children, and grape babies.

Good people, we are fortunate to have Ilhan Omar as our Representative.

Brave Light, it is written.

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Backyard Community Health Hub December/January

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November 2019 edition of The Alley

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Celebrate 45 Years of The Alley Newspaper

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Give to the Max

Can’t attend The Alley Newspaper event on Friday, November 8th
but want to still help do your part to support the newspaper and
community journalism?

Contribute to
Alley Communications
online at GiveMN
or send a check to
P.O. Box 7006, Mpls.,
MN 55407

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November Phillips West News

Phillips West Neighborhood Events: www.phillipswest.info

By CRYSTAL WINDSCHITL

Thursday, November 7th, 6-7 pm

Phillips West Monthly Community Meeting!

Join your neighbors and other Community Partners for updates from Local City Government and Minneapolis Police! Meeting will take place at the Center for Changing Lives Building in the Centrum Room (2400 Park Avenue). Free parking is available in the rear of building off of Oakland Avenue. Free Jakeeno’s Pizza Dinner will be provided! If you would like more information or would like to get involved in the neighborhood please contact Crystal at 612-879-5383 or email her at pwno2005@yahoo.com

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Transit ‘Tis the Season – For New Projects!

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON

If you go to the Mall of America by bus or light rail, you either know or soon will know that the new Mall of America Transit Center is now open. A Grand Opening celebration will be held in November 2019. Check https://www.metrotransit.org for more details.

In other news, Metro Transit is holding public forums to discuss plans for connecting bus service to the new Orange Line which will run on I-35W starting in 2021.

These forums will be held:

Wednesday, November 6
4:00-6:00 pm
Woodlake Nature Center

6710 Lake Shore Dr. S., Richfield, near bus lines 4,
515, and 558.

Thursday, November 7
4:00-6:00 pm
Martin Luther King Recreation Center

4055 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, on bus line 18.

Thursday, November 14
4:30-6:30 pm
Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP)
9600 Aldrich Ave. S., Bloomington, near bus lines
18 and 535.

Please consider coming to one of these forums if you have the time and interest.

A friend of mine recently asked if Metro Transit has regular public meetings. The answer is complex. Metro Transit itself is a service provided by the Metropolitan Council; it is not in and of itself a political entity. (Historically, it was, when it was called the Metropolitan Transit Commission, but it was absorbed by the Metropolitan Council in the
mid-1990s.) The Metro Council itself has two full meetings per month, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 4:00pm. The Transportation Committee, which is the most direct overseer of Metro Transit, also meets twice per month, on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, also at 4pm. These meetings are open to the public though not advertised and very few people go. Maybe you should!

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