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Marie Sandvik Center – October 2018

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Hennepin County elections

Questions answered by candidates for County Commissioner & Sheriff

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON

With the help of my friends Lee Leichentritt and Peter Molenaar, and our editor Harvey Winje, I developed a questionnaire for candidates for Hennepin County Commissioner District 4 and Hennepin County Sheriff. Each candidate was asked to pick two topics from a menu of four or five, and explain how they intended to handle them if elected to office.

Topics for Commissioner Candidates:

  1. Housing for low income persons, senior citizens, and persons vulnerable due to mental illness.
  2. Public transportation in the Twin Cities metro area.
  3. Diversity in hiring Hennepin County employees.
  4. Mentally ill people being held in the County jail.

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Peace If Possible – Justice at any Rate!

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October’s Really Really Free Market

East Phillips Park, 2399 17th Av. So., Saturday, October 6, from 1-3 pm

By KIM HAYDEN

A great time to share Halloween costumes and supplies, and cold weather gear. Everything is FREE: offer what you’d like to give and take what you would like to receive. Food, music, and company are as welcome as objects. Enjoy an afternoon in the gift economy!

Please treat everything as a gift, and please take back with you any things that you have brought that nobody has taken. Please also make sure the items you bring are clean and dry. Not everyone who needs items is able to wash and dry items and might need to use them immediately. Thank you.

If you are on Facebook, find the group Twin Cities Really, Really Free Market to be invited to the events.

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Phillips Community Clean Sweep

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East Phillips Improvement Coalition

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association – October 2018

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Ventura Village Neighborhood News – October 2018

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What’s next for The Alley

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, activist, writer, educator extraordinaire

DICK BANCROFT
Ted Means, Pat Bellanger, and Bill Wahpepah standing at the podium where speeches and over a hundred testimonies of abuse and exploitation were given at the 1977 UN Geneva Conference.

Roxanne was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1939 and grew up in Central Oklahoma, daughter of a sharecropper and a mother that Dunbar believes to have been partially Native American. Dunbar’s paternal grandfather, a settler of Scots-Irish ancestry, was a landed farmer, veterinarian, a labor activist and a member in Socialist Party and Industrial Workers of the World, “Wobblies.” Her father was named after the leaders of the Industrial Workers of the World—Moyer Haywood Pettibone Scarberry Dunbar. Her father’s stories of her grandfather inspired her to lifelong social justice activism.

Married at 18, she and her husband moved to San Francisco three years later, where she has lived most of the years since, although the marriage ended. Her account of life up to leaving Oklahoma is recorded in Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie. She has a daughter Michelle. She later married writer Simon J. Ortiz.

Graduated from San Francisco State College 1963, B.A. History. History Doctorate degree from University of California, Los Angeles 1974; completed the Diplôme of the International Law of Human Rights at the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France in 1983 and an MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College in 1993.

Was a full-time activist 1967-1974 in various parts of the U.S., traveling to Europe, Mexico, and Cuba. She is also a veteran of the women’s liberation movement. Outlaw Woman: Memoir of the War Years outlines this time of her life, chronicling the years 1960-1975. She contributed the piece “Female liberation as the basis for social revolution” to the 1970 anthology Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings From The Women’s Liberation Movement, edited by Robin Morgan. In 1974, she accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the newly established Native American Studies program at California State University at Hayward, near San Francisco, and helped develop the Department of Ethnic Studies, as well as Women’s Studies. In the wake of the Wounded Knee Siege of 1973, she became active in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the International Indian Treaty Council, beginning a lifelong commitment to indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination and to international human rights.

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