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Happy Birthday: Wendell Phillips @ 199 & Phillips Community”'s Carl @ 99

by Harvey Winje

Wendell Phillips”' 199th Birthday is November 29, 2010.  Phillips Community proudly uses his name and legacy advocating for peace and justice for all.  The Alley Newspaper celebrates Wendell”'s 199th Birthday with the exclusive, Special Edition, Spirit of Phillips cartoon collage below by Dave Moore and Linnea Hadaway and with birthday cake on Dec. 3rd at the Alley”'s Annual Gathering (see page 5). The Alley Newspaper will celebrate  Wendell”'s 200th Birthday with a special event in 2011.

Carl Peterson looks forward to completing and celebrating 99 years on January 6th 2011.  Carl is the consummate Elder of Phillips Community with sustained, gentle leadership for 70 years.   Carl is an extraordinary Phillips Community metal artisan and keeper of history.   He has garnered ornate artifacts in his own “Rube Goldberg” museum and with boxes of photographs and papers supplemented by his hundreds of stories.  At 99, he continues to lead as he says, “I”'ll take the stairs.”

Foran has retired from In the Heart of the Beast Theatre A Public Tribute to Honor and Thank Kathee Foran for 14 years at the helm, off stage, dedicated leadership

by Sandy Spieler

Thank You Kathee Foran!!!!

Please join us in honoring Kathee Foran for her many years of service to In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and the Lake Street Business community.

A thank you party will take place at In The Heart of the Beast Theatre on November 10th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. All are invited!

Kathee Foran began work with In The Heart of the Beast as an organizer of educational touring shows and residency programs. In 1996 she became the Executive Director, joining the Artistic Director and a vibrant team of staff artists and administrators to carry out the daily work of the theatre and to assure its ongoing financial viability. Kathee”'s tenure featured several improvements for the theatre”'s home base on East Lake Street including finalizing the purchase of Avalon Theater, and working with the Neighborhood Development Corporation  and the Latino Economic Development Corporation   to renovate and open Plaza Verde as a multi-use facility for community use including a 3rd floor social hall. (HOBT now rents space in Plaza Verde for educational workshops, for the building of puppets, and for the storage of its puppet collection of 36 years).

Phillips Community Center Update “No, I”'ll take the stairs!” ”¦ Carl Peterson

by Robert Albee, Ventura Village

It”'s finally done! Last week we sent to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for most of the organizations who want to work together with the Park Board in the reopening and ongoing operations of the Phillips Community Center. It”'s located at 11th Avenue and 24th Street in Ventura Village of the Phillips Community. In addition to prospective tenants, others who wish to have an ongoing presence in the building also have signed the agreement.

Those seeking to be tenants and are signatories to this MOU are the Waite House/Pillsbury United Communities, Freeport West, Native American Community Clinic, Running Wolf Fitness Center, A Partnership Of Diabetics (A-POD), Ventura Village (Neighborhood), Guri Nabad, a No Child Left Behind After-School Program and Minneapolis Swims. Representatives from the other three Phillips Communities are also signatories to the MOU and include East Phillips Improvement Coalition, Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association and Phillips West Neighborhood Organization. Also participating as “non-tenants”, but strongly interested parties include Sergio Martinez from Messiah Lutheran Church, Hope Academy, Phillips Neighborhood Free Clinic and Access Chiropractic Clinic.

Lifeway mural “Our Power comes from Our People”

Lifeway Mural

Lifeway mural “Our Power comes from Our People”, on the south wall of Nawayee Center School (2421 Bloomington Avenue), was dedicated October 22, 2010. Twenty-two students muralists with elder artists Francis Yellow and Marilyn Lindstrom worked together four seasons (fall 08, fall 09, spring 09 and fall 10) to design and paint the 18”' X 18”' mural. The young people made the mural through Lakota Lifeway: starting by creating a collective dream for the mural- to the final gifting of the mural to their community.

Partnership in developing ways to improve health in the community

By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center

The Backyard Initiative (BYI) is a partnership between Allina and the community surrounding Allina headquarters (on Chicago and Lake) to develop ways to improve the health of the community. The Cultural Wellness Center engages community residents in Community Health action Teams (CHATs) to generate ideas and strategies that are implemented by residents that will have an impact on personal health and the health of the community.

November 2010-Dave Moore

A Poetic Invitation to See the World of Birds

I am a follower of The Alley Newspaper.

I once resided in the Seward area and enjoyed the neighborhood and community feeling.  I spent many hours at the Seward Co-op and Deli””a great place.

I do have a concern for the dwindling bird population in areas of the city including the great areas of Phillips-Seward and other areas included in your news and circulation.

Thank you for caring,


Green Tomato Cook-Off Results

by Claudia Slovacek

Although it was a smaller turnout for the 10th annual Green Tomato Cook-off, the results of the cooks just keep getting better each year. We added a fourth category this year for dishes made with a MN produce/product and then blended it with the original three categories of sweets, savories and sauces/condiments.

Sue Hunter Weir walked off with $100 as her prize for best of show with her Tomato Feta Pie (little triangles of phyllo hugging a delicious concoction of feta and green tomatoes). Stop by the 12th and 13th Avenue Community Garden sometime at 2727 12th Avenue and maybe Sue will share her recipe.

On The FBI Raids

by Peter Molenaar

The basic facts:

The FBI raided five homes and an anti-war office on September 24, 2010.  Federal grand jury subpoenas were handed to nine local activists.  The activists include eight women and one man ranging in age from 29 to 71.  Four are parents of children ranging in age from 18 months to 6 years of age.  One is a great-grandmother.  Six are members of labor unions.  All have been involved in international solidarity and peace work for many years.  They are friends and neighbors to each and every one of us.

So, now they all face jail time for refusing the initial subpoena.  Conceivably, the period of incarceration might be extended “indefinitely” in the event the grand jury reconvenes with this in mind.  Representative Clark and Senator Berglin have received praise for resolving against this intrusion.

The Social Network & Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps




The Social Network

The Social Network
Columbia Pictures
Running Time: 120 minutes
Director: David Fincher.

Hardly a day or two passed after I had seen “The Social Network,” a flash on television announces the 26 year old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is worth 6.9 billion.  Jesse Eisenberg plays an Oscar worthy performance as Mark Zuckerberg, the devious Harvard nerd, founder of Facebook (eclipses MySpace) burning and betraying partners along the trail to substantial wealth.  Zuckerberg and his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend Erica (Rooney Mara) are sitting across from each other, each has a beer, in a conversation clearly not on charitable terms leads to Erica breaking up with an unruffled Mark Zuckerberg muttering his own dismissive retort.  Immediately, Mark retreats back to his dorm room for a “little” revenge by posting Erica and every Harvard co-ed on the Internet as “Hot chicks.”Â  Simmering over rejection by women and then drinking beer with the fellows,Zuckerberg and a selection of guys create social networking from which Facebook emerges.

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