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VOL. XXIV, ISSUE 4
Precinct caucuses Tuesday, Feb. 4
BY ED FELIEN
BY ED FELIEN
Sunday night, Jan. 12, at about 6 p.m., the Hiawatha Deathstar struck again. A pedestrian who lives in the area was killed walking across the light rail tracks at 42nd and Hiawatha. He became the 10th victim since June 2004. Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland said the gate arms were down, an alarm was sounding and lights were flashing at the intersection when the accident happened. The sidewalk is next to the gate arms but is not covered by the gate arms. The train was travelling at 45 mph through the residential neighborhood. Southside Pride has repeatedly criticized the placement of the LRT line on the residential side of Hiawatha Avenue rather than on the railroad right of way on the other, eastern, side. When asked about this, Commissioner McLaughlin (who was the principal architect of the line) said it was too much trouble negotiating with the railroad for use of the tracks. When railroads originally wanted right of way, cities, states and the federal government granted them whatever they wanted and used eminent domain to evict anybody in their way. If Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota felt it was in the public interest to take back that land for a greater public purpose, then they could have used that same power of eminent domain to run the tracks on the east side
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Vikings lawsuits summary BY DAVID TILSEN
For those who are confused, here is a quick summary of the various lawsuits to stop the stadium. In the Cohen, Woodruff, Ostrow lawsuit, they contended (correctly) that the stadium legislation requires the Vikings to pay for the parking ramp, and the city should not be selling bonds to pay for it. The city has violated both the stadium legislation and the city charter. The court could have ruled on this by simply reading the stadium legislation and agreeing or disagreeing with the plaintiffs’ interpretation. Instead, the court said that they wanted a $10 million bond before they would rule. In the Mann lawsuit, Doug asked the appellate court to issue a writ of mandamus to order Judge Bush to issue a writ of mandamus to tell the City Council to follow the law. The issue here was a simple constitutional issue, “Can a local charter be overridden by a special law, and can this override be ‘inferred’ when it is not done explicit-
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ly?” Here again, the court decided not to rule on the issue, but to tell a nonlawyer pro-se petitioner that they had appealed it with the wrong kind of motion. In the Mann + Tilsen suit before the Minnesota Supreme Court, again the issue was a simple constitutional one: “Can the City of Minneapolis use its tax dollars to pay bonds sold by the state?” Again, the state did not rule on the issue, although it was clear. They ruled that they did not have jurisdiction, a ruling that is contradicted by other cases. I would love to believe that we live in a society governed by the rule of law. That elected officials, their appointed attorneys and administrative and policy-making staff and the judicial officials care about the law and follow it. I would much prefer to believe that powerful people and the extremely wealthy cannot and do not fleece the public for their profit, ego, entertainment and careers. But, at least in this instance, our government
has failed us; there is no doubt in my mind. This whole thing stinks. The state government has excrement all over itself. So what can we do? Minneapolis will be paying these bonds for 30 years. In every legislative session, starting this year, we must ask our legislators to make this right. Minneapolis taxpayers should not have this burden. The FLA’s platform for this year includes an 8% excise tax on Vikings tickets to help pay for the $150 million construction costs plus the $7.5 million a year for maintenance and police protection for which we have no revenue stream. The total cost to Minneapolis taxpayers over 30 years will probably be in excess of $890 million. The Metropolitan Sports Facility Authority (MSFA or Stadium Authority) is the body that will spend our tax dollars to build the stadium and maintain it. The City Council and the State Legislature must manage this Authority. The Authority has not gotten off to a stellar beginning. The
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Precinct caucuses are this Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. To find out where your precinct is convening for your political party, call: DFL: 651293-1200 or go to dfl.org; Republican: 651222-0022 or mngop.com; Green Party: 651288-2820 or mngreens.org. The Farmer Labor Association is urging its members and supporters to caucus with the DFL and bring these resolutions for action from the Minnesota Legislature to their caucuses: • A state minimum wage increase to $15 an hour effective immediately and further increases based on the cost of living. • Legislation calling for a single payer health plan, similar to Vermont, which would be an extension of Medicare for everybody. • Legalization of marijuana and immediate release from prison for anyone convicted of possession of a small amount of marijuana. • Immediately begin phasing out nuclear power plants at Monticello and Prairie Island, and increased state subsidies for renewable energy. • Felony prosecution and cancellation of contracts with any sports organization that allows racist names to be used as slogans or mascots for professional sports teams using publicly supported stadiums. • An 8% excise tax on the sale of all Vikings tickets to help pay the Minneapolis share of the $890 million cost for the new Vikings stadium.
• Polly Mann, one of the two co-founders of Women Against Military Madness, has proposed a resolution calling for the U.S. to dispense with all its nuclear weapons. There was a community meeting in Powderhorn Jan. 23 to discuss the future of fireworks on the 4th of July. Scott Vreeland, park commissioner for Powderhorn, said that See Caucuses, page 3
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BY TONY BOUZA
As I travel about the state, people, invariably kind, seem incredulous 1) that I’m still alive, and 2) that I make Minnesota my home. Maybe I should get out more. Then comes, “What are you doing now?” The truth is, as little as possible. “Are you writing?” That’s a tougher question. Frankly, I don’t especially want to write anything, firmly ensconced in the belief that I’ve said all I’ve ever wanted or needed to say. But … every once in a while a
topic bubbles within and finally boils to the surface and over. Then, as I’m doing now, I have to write about it. Geezers, though, need to avoid garrulousness like the proverbial plague. I’m not sure I can or do. Today’s bubbling began with a story about NYC’s fiscal plight, a concern for every town (Detroit comes to mind). In 1975, New York faced a desperate crisis. Thousands of cops were laid off. I gave a speech that appeared on the front page of the New York Times citing cutbacks that would avoid layoffs–a small stone into a large lake, nary a ripple. I sent a memo to the police commissioner that I had 10 more captains than I needed and he could
have them for use elsewhere. He responded that my proposal was denied and added that I was not to send any future memos on such topics. In the Transit Police, we did not make a single promotion, in a force of thousands, for the three years I served there–and we still had more than enough super-annuated supernumeraries at the dismal end. In Minneapolis, I encountered 22 captains and decided I needed 10, and never, over nine years, promoted anyone to that rank, or any other. I made a few replacements and never asked for an additional cop. I returned a budget surplus for eight of my nine years there (perversely, the city gave me grief over this return of funds); cut down on overtime funds and sick time abuses; reduced precincts from six to four; went to one-person squad patrols; and sharply reduced settlements in lawsuits. My pleas to
eliminate the indemnification of abusive cops had its effect on the behaviors of the few thumpers (alpha males) in the ranks. Quaintly, I even stuck to eight-hour workdays and 40-hour weeks. All this during periods of exploding crime levels. The effects of Roe v Wade would not kick in until 1990, and I had to go in 1988. A tremendous peace dividend followed a great Minnesotan’s gift to America: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court decision on abortion in 1973. Teen pregnancies declined by 50% by 2012. My anguish rests on the handwringing that attends every municipal administration; yet they seem content to accept the fallacies that attend calls for more cops, more teachers, more everything–save managing for economy. And I’m pretty sure that applies across the governmental board–local and national, including that sacred cow–defense.
The sharp cutbacks were accompanied by surging productivity levels. Arrests soared. Traffic citations went through the roof. More emergencies were answered faster (with one-person cars you could field a lot more vehicles to respond to these), yet crime continued to rise–in the Bronx, the subways and in Minneapolis. What does it all mean? That officials preside over bloat. Cops, for sure, have a big job to do, but preventing crime isn’t it. Government unions have grown so powerful that criminals, psychos and miscreants cannot be fired. Officials collaborate. Private industry is subjected to the merciless efficiency of capitalism. I believe in welfare, public housing, food stamps and a sturdy safety net. I also believe in accountability and management. The latter are in short supply in government.
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McLaughlin’s leadership, the new LRT line will run down the middle of University Avenue from the university campus to the St. Paul Capitol. Planners have assured me in public meetings that the
train will not exceed 30 mph. In other words, it will be a boutique streetcar, but it will certainly not serve the function of light rail. It’s a tragic waste of a billion dollars, but it does promise to be a boon to developers on the corners of stops on University Avenue. Once again, there are railroad tracks from downtown Minneapolis to the U of M and to downtown St. Paul, just a couple of blocks from University Avenue. Why in the interests of safety and efficient transportation couldn’t the LRT train tracks have been placed there? The Metropolitan Council and the Minneapolis City Council must now deal with what has become a menace in South Minneapolis. At the very least, they must insist that trains traveling through residential neighborhoods respect the prevailing speed limits and not travel faster than 30 mph.
of Hiawatha Avenue on the railroad right of way. Having learned nothing from this experience, under
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New Year’s Day tragedy on the West Bank BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE
It started with an explosion, at approximately 8:15 a.m. on New Year’s Day. By the time the firefighters arrived, the building was in flames. There were injured victims lying around outside the building, having jumped from second- and third-floor windows. The crew fought the blaze inside for about 15 minutes, then had to leave due to the fierce heat and decreasing stability of the building, which did partially collapse shortly afterwards. An article in popular news and opinion blog Daily Kos ( h t t p : / / w w w. d a i l y k o s . c o m /stor y/2014/01/02/1266643/Mi n ne a p o l i s- F i re - i n- Ce d a rRiverside-Neighborhood) has interesting information that has apparently not been picked up in any local media. “Ahmed Muse, one of the five owners of the Otanga grocery store on the main floor of the building, describes feeling an ‘electrical shock’ strong enough that he was prompted to call the police. Shortly after officers arrived, the explosion happened while Mr. Muse was standing outside with them attempting to explain what had happened.” Temperatures were around 0
the Minneapolis Police Department does not have the staff to handle both Powderhorn and the fireworks display downtown, so they are asking that Powderhorn celebrate the 4th of July on some other date. Many residents at the meeting wanted to continue to celebrate the 4th on the 4th. They believe private security firms and local volunteers could help maintain an orderly event. Resolutions on this question could demonstrate wide community support for a continuation of the Powderhorn tradition.
port have come from everywhere. Outside the city, there have been attempts to spin the story as somehow related to the al Shabab attack on the Jazeera hotel in Mogadishu. The xenophobes and haters are always delighted at horrible events like these. One local Islamophobic blog, no name or link will be given, ran an entire series of blogs trying to prove–something; about 10,000 words to say that the cause of the explosion was not what authorities say. Oh, by the way, the cause of the explosion has not been determined yet. But whatever it is, it will be a cover-up, according to Mr. Blogging Crusader. Neighbors on the West Bank don’t see this as something that has hurt the African community so much as something that has hurt the West Bank, our neighbors, our city. Angie Courchaine, a young non-African resident of the apartments across Cedar Avenue, talks of how the tragedy has renewed the desire of all on the West Bank to get to know their neighbors and be there for them in a crisis. Like the loss of Dania Hall over 13 years ago, the loss of yet another venerable old building is chipping away at the unique character of the CedarRiverside neighborhood. The destroyed grocery store may have catered mainly to East Africans, but plenty of others shopped there. According to one neighbor, the business, a member of the West Bank Business Association, which is
now exploring ways to help, was more than a grocery store–it was a community resource. A major source of assistance to the displaced residents is the Confederation of Somali Communities in MN at the nearby Brian Coyle Center. This is where people from all over Minneapolis, of every color and religion, dropped by with boots, coats, blankets and money. The CSC-MN has now set up a fund called the CedarRiverside Fire Victims Fund. (You can donate online or by check at any branch of Wells Fargo Bank.)
Many area churches and synagogues have offered space to displaced Dar al Hijrah Mosque and its many programs. For now, the prayers are being held at the Brian Coyle Center and the other programs are temporarily suspended.
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degrees Fahrenheit on New Year’s Day; the water used to fight the blaze froze instantly. Soon, the building and trees around it were draped with huge, smoke-tinged icicles. The sidewalks and street were inches thick in slick ice. The full scope of loss was not fully known until the weekend, by which time the death toll had risen from zero to three. On Jan. 2, the first body, that of Ahmed Ali, 57, was found. On Friday, Jan. 3, the body of his friend and temporary guest, Mrimri Jama Farah, 60, was found. Both had been identified as missing after the fire. Then, on Saturday, Abdiqani Adan, 29, one of the injured in hospital, died of his injuries. There were still several victims in hospital as of the last report on Jan. 9. Additionally, all of the residents of the apartments are homeless and have lost all their possessions. The Otanga grocery store is gone, and the mosque and Islamic civic center next door, one of the oldest in the Midwest, is severely water-damaged and vacated. The partially fallen building was razed on Jan. 3, but as of Jan. 13, the rubble remains in place, surrounded by an orange plastic fence. Cedar Avenue was closed for two days. Nearby Palmer’s Bar was closed for three days. All of the residents of the apartments were East African immigrants, mostly Somali. But virtually the whole city has felt a part of the tragedy and offers of help and sup-
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Preparing peacefully for the worst
BY CHARLEY UNDERWOOD
You may have a relative like mine. We disagree about almost everything: foreign policy, stadium spending, military budgets, the role of government. It may not surprise you to discover that we really like and respect each other, but you might be startled how much we agree. He is something of a hunter/libertarian with a lot of guns, while I am a Gandhian antiauthoritarian who wouldn’t think of having a gun in the house and last caught a fish during the Eisenhower administration. But we both believe that our civilization is in deep trouble, that we are spending more than we can ever repay, and that some really hard times are coming. What unites us is the urgent sense that we had better be getting ready. So all this week I have been spending hours and hours each day watching survivalist/prepper videos. You may not know these terms. Basically, preppers believe that disaster is coming and we had better be prepared. The particulars vary: extreme weather events like hurricanes or drought, electro-magnetic pulses that crash our electric system, economic collapse, antibiotic-resistant germs causing a pandemic, even black U.N. helicopters. The videos show bunker systems, backup water supply, off-grid electric systems,
techniques for repelling armed gangs of looters, and so on. The logo is amazing, showing an attack weapon on one side and a stalk of grain on the other, with an erupting volcano spewing a nuclear mushroom cloud in the middle. A little paranoid, maybe? Yet I agree with some of the concern. I believe that economic hard times will return with a vengeance. I believe that both government debt and consumer debt are killing us. I believe that climate change and fragile top-down economic systems threaten the future of our food supply, our water supply, our transportation systems. I also agree that we need to get ready. The way I see it, the path in front of us has two forks in it. First, we need to decide if we want to deal with an uncertain future. It we don’t, our path is clear. We watch “reality” shows on television and watch our favorite professional “sports” teams lose in the billion-dollar palaces we build them. We bury our heads in the sand, occasionally poking our heads out to watch some grizzly murder drama on the tube, feeling relieved that that fake blood isn’t real and that the stage blood isn’t ours. But even if we decide to prepare, there is a second decision to make. Do we go with the “lone wolf” model of buying lots of guns and
ammo, putting bars on our windows and having a bug-out bag to take to our well-stocked bunker hidden in the woods. Or do we strengthen ties to the community, planting community gardens, helping our neighbors plant fruit trees, taking classes on seed-starting and sharing our harvests with the neighbor. To me, the gun-toting route doesn’t make any sense. I am not talking about hunting here, but the common obsession that guns will protect us. They don’t. The numbers are pretty clear than guns dramatically increase the risk of both suicide and homicide. The truth is that owning guns and keeping them in the house will increase danger rather than increasing your security. No, it is our community that will save us, not our weapons. If hospitals close, it is the nurse down the street who might give us first aid. If supermarkets close, it is the backyard garden that will provide at least some of our food, for trading as well as eating. If the public library closes, we had better have a bunch of those “little libraries” in front of our houses. If the 1% shuts down our orchestra, we might want to organize a community sing or a pick-up jam session on the porch. Even if we want to store food, which I think is a great idea, we will do it better if we have a veggie garden, a canning mentor and maybe some unused canning jars from our grandmother who no longer puts up her own food. Right now, it would make sense to prepare. It would make sense to get to know the neighbors, so we can keep an eye on each others’ houses during vacations. It would make sense to support groups like Gardening Matters, who nurture community at the same time they
distribute seeds. It would make sense to plant trees whose bounty you will eventually share. It makes sense to buy food from local farms and local farmers’ markets. I doubt that we will be seeing black helicopters any time soon, but I also know that weather, economics, illness and much more are unpredictable. We always hope that we never have to use that CPR class, but it doesn’t hurt to know how to start a heart, or grow a pear, or trade greetings over the back fence. So, on to the calendar: Monday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. Free but RSVP required. “Seed starting,” Mother Earth Gardens at Riverview Wine Bar, 3745 42nd Ave. S., Mpls. 612-724-8463 or www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094BA4A828A0FE3-winter Monday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Free but RSVP required. “Neonics (insecticides) and honeybees,” Mother Earth Gardens at Riverview Wine Bar, 3745 42nd Ave. S., Mpls. 612724-8463 or www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094BA4A828A0FE3-winter Saturday, Feb. 15, 1 to 2:30 p.m. $15. “Seed starting basics,” EggPlant Urban Farm Supply, 1771 Selby Ave., St. Paul. 651-645-0818 or http://eggplantsupply.com/Classes.html Wednesday, Feb.19, 7 to 9 p.m. $18. “Pruning trees and shrubs,” Lake Harriet, 4912 Vincent Ave. S., Mpls. 612-668-3330 or http://www.mplscommunityed.com/ Saturday, Feb. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. $25. “Home cheese making,” EggPlant Urban Farm Supply, 1771 Selby Ave., St. Paul. 651-645-0818 or http://e gg plantsupply.com/Classes.html Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 to 8 p.m. $18. “Veggies, flowers and herbs from seeds,” Roosevelt High, 4029
28th Ave. S., Mpls. 612-668-4828 or http://www.mplscommunityed.com/ Monday, March 3, 7 p.m. Free but RSVP required. “New Varieties,” Mother Earth Gardens at Riverview Wine Bar, 3745 42nd Ave. S., Mpls. 612-724-8463 or www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094BA4A828A0FE3-winter Tuesday, March 4, 6 to 8 p.m. $18. “Growing herbs and microgreens,” Jefferson High, 1200 W. 26th St., Mpls. 612-668-2740 or http://www.mplscommunityed.com/ Monday, March 10, 7 p.m. Free but RSVP required. “Permaculture for the urban gardener,” Mother Earth Gardens at Riverview Wine Bar, 3745 42nd Ave. S., Mpls. 612724-8463 or www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094BA4A828A0FE3winter Wednesday, March 12, 6 to 8 p.m. $18. “Vegetables and herbs,” Roosevelt High, 4029 28th Ave. S., Mpls. 612-668-4828 or http://www.mplscommunityed.com/ Monday, March 17, 7 p.m. Free but RSVP required. “Beginning veggie gardening,” Mother Earth Gardens at Riverview Wine Bar, 3745 42nd Ave. S., Mpls. 612-7248463 or www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094BA4A828A0FE3winter Monday, March 17, 8 a.m. (order EARLY). $25. Mpls. residents can order good-sized transplant trees for their yards, including Honeycrisp apple, Autumn Brilliance serviceberry, Bali cherry, North Star cherry and Red Bud. More information at 952-767-3880 or http://treetrust.org/get-atree/minneapolis-tree-distribution/ A word about learning via internet: There is a series of free online classes (webinars). The dates given are the first date that subject is available, but they are available after that date, as are webinars from previous years. They are: Tuesdays, Jan. 21 to March 11. Free but RSVP required. Beginning 6 p.m., online: Local Food College Webinars at http://localfoods.umn.edu/college Classes: Jan. 21 —Soil fertility; Jan. 28 —Specialty products (asparagus, garlic, wild foods); Feb. 4 —Tree fruit and berries in high tunnel; Feb. 11 —Post-harvest handling and storage; Feb. 18 —Peddling your pickles safely; Feb. 25 —Food safety in farmers’ markets; March 4 —Marketing local foods; March 11 —Commercial kitchens for processing local food.
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Manifesto of the Farmer Labor Association, Part One BY ED FELIEN
“Capitalism has failed and should be abolished!” “We mean to establish a Cooperative Commonwealth!” That’s the Preamble to the 1934 Farmer Labor Party Platform, and the party that believed in those principles went on to elect Floyd B. Olson governor and win a majority in the Minnesota State House of Representatives. Do those ideas have any resonance or meaning today? What does it mean to say, “Capitalism has failed and should be abolished?” First of all, what is capitalism? Capitalism has been a revolutionary force. It transformed feudal society, eliminating kings and royal prerogatives. Americans like to believe that the U.S. Constitution was the first document to organize a government along democratic principles, but, of course, that’s not true. Jefferson, Madison and others had a deep appreciation for the democratic experiments in Greece and Ancient Rome. They understood the efforts of the doges of Venice and the burgers of Holland to organize their society in a more fair and equitable manner. They paid particular attention to the English Commonwealth revolution from 1640 to 1660. In 1660, Charles II was returned to an empty throne. The power to organize the English state now rested in the capitalist class and its representatives in Parliament. The divine right of kings was overthrown and the inalienable rights of individuals were now guaran-
teed. Political power had shifted from feudal aristocracy to the capitalist class. It is possible to see three historic phases of capitalism. Mercantile capitalism developed out of the growth of small shops and towns that grew up originally to supply the king with things like candles and new shoes. Gradually the small shop owners and tradespeople sold to other customers and eventually became rich and more powerful than the king. The merchants of Venice, Holland and Spain traded with the world and amassed large fortunes. If the Puritan Commonwealth of 1640 was the first revolution of this new class overthrowing feudalism, then the American Revolution became the more permanent model for the modern state. But almost at the same precise historic moment of the triumph of the mercantile capitalist state, a new development was happening. In 1781, James Watt patented a steam engine that produced a continuous rotating motion. The English passed enclosure acts, laws that drove peasants off their lands and into the cities. When the peasants lived in the country they raised sheep and spun wool. Now they lived in the city and operated machines driven by steam engines that spun cotton. These machines created the Industrial Revolution, and industrial capitalism created a new class called the proletariat. After World War I there was hardly a crowned head anywhere in Europe. Feudalism had been swept away in Western Europe and had been replaced in the most part by parliamentary democracies controlled by the capitalist
class. But the Great War had opened other possibilities. Almost every country in Eastern Europe elected socialist governments, and Russia established a Socialist Soviet Republic. The West (mainly Britain, France and the U.S.) intervened and by 1923 had replaced socialist democracies with military crypto-fascist states in all of Eastern Europe and had invaded Russia on four fronts. The war against Russia sputtered and stalled, but the buffer states of proWestern military dictatorships became the cordon sanitaire protecting the West from the contagion of communism. If capitalism won the First World War, then it probably could be said that American industrial capitalism won the Second, notwithstanding the fact that it was the Soviet Army that had defeated the German Wehrmacht at the cost of 20 million Russian lives. Eastern Europe left the Western orbit and became the satellites of the Soviet Union, and China joined the socialist bloc. In the years following World War II, America became the strongest country in the world, but by the time of its greatest triumph, in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell, a curious thing had happened in America. America had stopped producing anything. Most major industries had been exported to other countries where there was easier access to raw materials and cheaper labor. Just when America had triumphed as the leading industrial power in the world it closed down its industries and became the world’s leading financial center. This seems almost to be an inevitable historical progression. Venice, then Holland, then Spain, then Britain were
all leading mercantile and industrial powers, but then money managers took over and it became cheaper to farm out businesses and industries to the colonies, and, inevitably, the Venetian, Dutch, Spanish and British Empires declined. In America, after World War II, the political power that Wall Street commanded was sufficient to free it of all restrictions and oversight until the financial crisis of 2008. Then, through the combination of clever packaging of worthless mortgages, an overpriced housing market and the unrestrained greed of mortgage brokers, inevitably, the housing market and the stock market collapsed. Banks and brokerage houses went out of business, but the largest of them were considered too big to fail and were bailed out by the federal government. The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 was a puny attempt to reimpose regulations on the financial industry. Most critics agree it was more of a public relations gimmick to restore confidence in the markets than a serious attempt to reform financial capitalism. Commercial banks would still be able to wildly speculate and require trillion dollar bailouts, and homeowners could still see the possibility of their mortgages exceeding the value of their homes. American capitalists were no longer investing in the machinery of production. They were developing schemes to make money out of money without making anything of value. American capitalism failed because it succeeded. As a productive force creating goods and services, it was no longer essential. New industries were being created in
foreign countries, and even old industries were sending customer service calls abroad. It is important to note that small businesses are not capitalist. Capitalist businesses own their means of production; they own banks and means of financing; and they own and control the government. Small businesses are generally dependent on credit from banks and fight onerous regulations and bureaucracy in government. The Farmer Labor Association should support state programs to help small businesses: a State Worker’s Compensation Insurance; State Health Insurance for all citizens; elimination of the employer contribution to State Unemployment Insurance; etc. These programs would make it easier for people to start businesses and make them profitable. Small businesses produce the most jobs; they are the most efficient; and they make the greatest contribution to the economy. Unfortunately, many small businesses are confused about their relationship to the means of production, and they believe their interests are the same as those of the capitalist class. A plumber or carpenter is not a capitalist even though they may own a pickup truck and some tools. A teacher or university professor is not a capitalist even though they may have specific knowledge about a given subject and own a lot of books. They are dependent on the market for customers and students; on the banks for credit; and on the government for regulations and employment. [Next month, Part Two, “We mean to establish a Cooperative Commonwealth”]
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Lurking on Loring
BY CARLA WALDEMAR
1624 Harmon Place 612-486-5500 www.cafelurcat.com “Choose a place,” my companion from out of town directed: “downtown, or close by; good food and wine lists; unobtrusive service; and quiet enough for
conversation.” Oh, and bonus points for a lovely, relaxed setting and a photo-op view. The pressure was on. She was not only from out of town, she was a foodie from San Francisco, so this had better be good. Café Lurcat proved just the ticket. Factor in a sea of crisp, white linen and that iconic, green-oasis-within-a-vibranturban-landscape view, and we had ourselves a hit. The entrée list ($19-38) is short enough to inspire confidence in the kitchen–six meats, half a dozen seafood dishes, three pasta options–yet with enough variations to forestall boredom (and
no pork belly–can you believe it?). Pork tenderloin instead–my choice. Seared to a still-juicy blush pink, its gentle sweetness was saluted with a cadre of attendants, both sweet and savory: fig compote, onions roasted into melting richness, and the creamy, piquant bite of St. Pete’s blue cheese. The Frisco maven went with the hanger steak, a perfect partner for our bottle of Concannon petite syrah–timed to the minute, then plumbed with a meaty Madeira and garlic compote. From the side list of veggies ($10), we snared a generous portion of cauliflower, roasted to an enticing umber tint. Had I been in the mood for seafood, I would have pounced on the butter-
poached blue prawns with (how’s this for Minnesota-centric?) sweet corn, kale and Nueske’s bacon. Or the ahi, spared the usual splash of soy in favor of lemon confit. I’d also trust the chef to do the right thing by the housemade udon noodles, mined with Chinese barbecued chicken and caramelized orange sauce. For starters, the girl from the Bay opted for the “salad” (sans greens) of matchstick batons of cheese and apple–simple as that and just as tasty–spiked with a few snippets of chives and perfect with a sip of Justin’s Paso Robles cabernet sauvignon. My app–I chose it so you won’t have to–was steak tartare, a passion I’ll indulge anytime I’m confident of a pristine kitchen (which this one is). But here the presen-
tation got uppity: three littlebitty golf balls of raw beef, rolled (big mistake) in crunchy quinoa (why?)–like eating a sandbox. The meat was served with the customary toasts, of course, along with sundried tomatoes and the bite of good black olives. But, as that old lady said before me, “Where’s the beef [flavor]?” Lost in translation. Dessert more than made up for my bit of grumpiness. To ease our consciences and the seams of our skirts, we shared a single sweet, the best one on this winner of a dessert list: a trio of profiteroles plump with salted caramel ice cream, drizzled with chocolate as dark as a Goth’s wardrobe and studded with candied pecans. In a word, perfect. But, I suspect, so would have been the runner-up, an oatmeal stout float with hot espresso, butterscotch and a caramelized white-chocolate blondie. (Now, that’ s my idea of a one-dish meal). And I haven’t even mentioned those legendary cinnamon-sugared doughnuts. If this message comes to you with a zenlike humming, not to worry: It’s just me.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1850)
You are not beautiful, exactly. You are beautiful, inexactly. You let a weed grow by the mulberry and a mulberry grow by the house. So close, in the personal quiet of a windy night, it brushes the wall and sweeps away the day till we sleep. A child said it, and it seemed true: “Things that are lost are all equal.” But it isn’t true. If I lost you, the air wouldn’t move, nor the tree grow. Someone would pull the weed, my flower. The quiet wouldn’t be yours. If I lost you, I’d have to ask the grass to let me sleep.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of everyday’s Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men
strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints,–I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life!–and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.
by Frank O'Hara Have you forgotten what we were like then when we were still first rate and the day came fat with an apple in its mouth it's no use worrying about Time but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves and turned some sharp corners the whole pasture looked like our meal we didn't need speedometers we could manage cocktails out of ice and water I wouldn't want to be faster or greener than now if you were with me O you were the best of all my days
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Annual Corcoran Neighborhood Volunteer Recognition Dinner
On Feb. 12 we will recognize community members who have greatly contributed to the Corcoran Neighborhood, and we need YOU to nominate them! Community members may be recognized for contributing to large scale or small scale efforts, gestures of goodwill, and other acts that benefit the neighbor hood. Submit the nominee’s name, your name, and a brief statement explaining how the volunteer has contributed to Corcoran to info@corcoranneigh borhood.org or the office at 3451 Cedar Ave. S. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 5.
Notice of Proposed NRP Plan Modification
At its meeting on Jan. 22, the Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) Board of Directors will consider the adoption of a modification to its Phase I and Phase II Neighborhood Revitalization (NRP) Plan. The plan modification would reallocate $25,000 for Economic Development – Street Improvements (Strategy 126.96.36.199) in the NRP Phase I Plan to Residential, Economic and Transportation – Housing Coordinator (Strategy 1.1.1) in the NRP Phase II Plan. For further information, contact Doug Wise, SNG housing coordinator at Doug@sng.org or 6123386205.
Free Solar Cost Analysis Available
If you’re an Xcel Energy, Minnesota Power or Otter Tail power customer, you have a limited opportunity to benefit from a new Minnesota solar rebate. Receive a nocostno obligation solar cost analysis. Through Feb. 28, you can apply for a new solar rebate program. Find out if it makes economic cents for your home/business. This service is provided by The Centsible Energy Hour, Minnesota’s makes cents callin energy talk show, Saturdays from 3 to 4 p.m. on AM 1280 WWTC.
State Energy Assistance Program Funding is Still Available to Help Pay Heating Bills
The Minnesota Department of CommerceDivision of Energy Resources wants lowincome Minnesotans—especially seniors, people with disabilities and fam ilies with children—to know that grant funds from the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) are still available to help pay their heating bills and help them stay safe and warm this winter. EAP pays the utility company directly on behalf of eligible households. Qualifying families must apply for assistance at the local service provider in their area; Minnesota has 32 local service providers. A list of local service providers and information on applying is avail able by visiting the Energy Assistance section of the Division of Energy resources website mn.gov/commerce/ener gy/ or by calling 18006573710 or 6515391882.
“Unmanned: America’s DroneWars” Film
Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m. 4200 Cedar Ave. S. Director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact, at home and abroad, of U.S. drone strikes. The film contains never beforeseen footage from the tribal regions in Pakistan and interviews with Pakistani drone survivors, providing viewers with an intimate look into the lives of those devastated by drone strikes.
Arts and Tarts (and Generous Hearts)
Saturday, Feb. 8, 1 to 4 p.m. The Commons 540 Lake St., Excelsior 55331 If you would like to get out of town and would like to do some good, too, this fun soiree to help replenish the food shelves wel comes you with pie, coffee and perhaps some wine, along with fabulous and unique art. Timed before Valentine’s Day, this event encourages you to share the love—for artists, for the hungry and for that special person. Work by many local artists will be for sale. Hunger has doubled in five years and donations to food banks tend to drop after the holidays. The event is sponsored by Twin Cities TOSCA.
The Town Hall Forum: Life Is a Story
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Westminister Presbyterian Church 1200 Marquette Ave. Sue Monk Kidd is a novelist,
essayist and author of the best selling books “The Secret Life of Bees,” “ The Mermaid Chair” and “Traveling with Pomegranates,” the memoir she coauthored with her daughter. Her latest novel, “The Invention of Wings,” is being released in January. She has received wide acclaim for her books on femi nine spirituality and theology. Her inspiring lectures explore the intersection of writing, cre ativity and soul.
Urban Cottage Invites You to Have a Heart for Kids
Thursday, Feb. 13, 5 to 9 p.m. Urban Cottage 5157 Bloomington Ave. S. Urban Cottage is an occasional shop in South Minneapolis’ Nokomis neighborhood specializing in vintage, home décor, repurposed & refreshed furniture, apparel, jewelry and gifts. 10% of sales during the event will be donated to Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. Crisis Nursery works to end child abuse and neglect and create strong, healthy families. Shoppers will be treated to cupcakes from local bakery A Cupcake Social and have opportunities to win one of several gift baskets donated by local businesses.
United PeopleBuilding Progressive Power Forum
Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4200 Cedar Ave. Bruce Nestor, Michael J. Cavlan and 4 others are guests at this honest, uncensored forum on progressive issues. Contact Nathan at implement.mn.gmail.com for more information.
Dual Language Program Open House
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Risen Christ School 1120 E. 37th St.
Risen Christ, a K8 Catholic school serving families in South Minneapolis, will begin its excit ing new dual language program with kindergarten next fall. Families with children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 and are interested in providing them with the opportunity to become fully bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English are invited to attend one of our open houses. Please call the school at 6128225329 or visit www.risenchristschool.org for more info.
Art Shoppe Demonstration
Thursday, Feb. 20, 4 to 6 p.m. Midtown Global Market 920 E. Lake St. Join us to see Terry Day, February artist of the month, demonstrate her recycled plastic artwork. February will also fea ture trunk shows by some of the 80 artists of the Art Shoppe. For postings visit WWW.FACE
Douglas Flanders & Associates
910 W. Lake St. 6127911285 www.flandersart.com Come see the new gallery and celebrate with us! New work on display by Thomas Rose, Dick Huss, Nolan Prohaska and many more. Bring your Valentine date or come alone, all are welcome. Free, food and refreshments will be provided. Saturday, Feb. 15, 6 to 9 p.m.
Gage Family Art Gallery
Augsburg College 22nd Ave. at Riverside Ave. 6123301524 augsburg.edu/galleries Spirit + Matter Prints, artist books and sculp tures explore the relationship between matter and spirituali ty—matter a temporal container of spirit, spirit shaping matter. Through March 7
Instinct Art Gallery
940 Nicollet Mall 6122402317 www.instinctmpls.com Still the Sky This exhibition recalibrates the naturalhumanmade lens through which we, the many, people see the world we live in. This is the Big Sky/Little Man show, where sweeping skies above the plains of earth and big environments are tugged on by the many, puny people. Large paintings and photos will cover the walls of the gallery, while miniature housing developments and human figures will be placed on the floor. Through March 15
Jean Stephen Galleries
4911 Excelsior Blvd. 6123384333 www.jsgalleries.com Jennifer Markes’ Caribbean Art— Where it’s Always Warm and Sunny “No rules, no reasons. Red house, green door, yellow win dows, bucket of mangoes, white chicken, blue water … it’s color as a celebration of everyday life. Color is the perpetual motion of my paintings.” Markes has a unique ability to project her per sonality into each painting while beckoning the viewer to share her joy in nature and simplicity. Through February 28
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave. 6123398007 www.northernclaycenter.org Men of the North Woods Featured artists are Guillermo Cuellar, JD Jorgenson and Dick Cooter, all from rural Minnesota. They all work in highfire clays and their process crosses gas fir ing reduction, sodafiring and woodfiring. Through March 2
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2948 Chicago Ave. S. 6128253833 theshoeboxgallery.blogspot.com/ Molly Wicks Watching a piece of plywood get wrecked by 90K pounds of water pressure is very exhilarating. Molly Wicks explores subtractive form and the ghosts of color. Working from sedimentary lay ers, fungus and mold forms, then applying paint to the cuts provides an organic grid whose holes and back refract into shadow harmonies. Through February 22
3010 Minnehaha Ave. 6127246273 www.patrickscabaret.org The Calof Series Each evening will feature two spoken word/storytelling artists and two singer/songwriters to present worksinprogress to an audience that will be encouraged to offer feedback via dialogue with the performers. In addition, throughout the evening we’ll be offering free coffee and baked goods. Free to the public! February 6, 7:30 p.m. Ice House 2528 Nicollet Ave. S. 6122766523 www.icehousempls.com Valentine’s Day Romantic Showcase with The Ericksons & Rachel Ries. Ries, daughter of Mennonite missionaries, hails from the inspiring, vast expanses of South Dakota. She crafts slyly compassionate songs for the crooked hearted. The Ericksons, from LaCrosse, Wis., are an acoustic band raw with love and grief. Come check out the show! Tickets are $10 (music only); $45 (dinner and show). February 14, 11 p.m.
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave. S. 6128219045 http://tmora.org The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost In 1613, 16yearold Mikhail Romanov was elected Tsar of Russia, inaugurating a 300year dynasty. This exhibition pro vides an overview of the three centuries of Romanov rule, focusing on the tragic end of the dynasty in 19171918 and the dispersal of the remaining family members and their treasures after the Bolshevik revolution. The events that led to the col lapse of imperial rule in Russia are well known, but what hap pened to their scattered property after the Bolsheviks seized power is a story still being unearthed. Through March 23
528 Hennepin Ave. 6123394944
www.illusiontheater.org ASH LAND A tale inspired by economic hardships past and present and scored by old American spiritu als. A story of love and self, lost and found, and an innovative re imagining of the Cinderella story. Through February 22
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
1500 E. Lake St. 6127212535 hobt.org Puppet Lab: Emerging Artists PuppetLab is a bold program at HOBT that supports emerging puppet artist in their quest to push outwards at the limits of figure theater. The development process for each piece includes critique and discussion between the PuppetLab artists, work shops with established pup peteers, and guidance from accomplished Twin Cities artists. February 28 March 2 & March 7 9, 8 p.m.
2951 Lyndale Ave. S. 6128227063 www.jungletheater.com Shakespeare’s Will On the eve of William Shakespeare’s funeral, his widow, Anne Hathaway, recalls her life with and without the enigmatic poet. It’s the enthralling story of a wife and mother who made tremendous sacrifices for love and life. February 7 March 23
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E. 24th St. 6128746338 www.openeyetheatre.org Strumply Peter, A Toy Opera Strumply Peter is inspired by Heinrich Hoffman’s cautionary poems, “Shockheaded Peter,” written in the 19th century. This
German physician composed and illustrated rhymes to enter tain his own children with sto ries of those who misbehave. Strumply Peter celebrated the naughty child in a spectacle of Toy Theatre Opera with larger than life characters, accompa nied by a miniature music hall band. This allages work will delight those amused by the antics of childhood who still eat cake for breakfast. Recommended for ages 8 and up. February 21 March 9
Safe Place Homework Help
Monday – Friday, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Congregation 2001 Riverside Ave. Adults, students and children all
welcome. Tutors available for all levels. Interested in being a vol unteer or tutor? Need more information about the program? Contact 6123332561.
Senior Nutrition Program
Monday through Friday the Volunteers of America host a free/reduced price lunch for area seniors aged 60+. The suggested contribution is $3.50. However, they just ask people to pay what they can afford. No one is ever denied a meal because they cannot pay. Meals are at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1720 E. Minnehaha Pkwy. For more info call 9529454157 or 6127296668.
Pop Art and Beyond
Highpoint Center for Printmaking • 912 W. Lake St. www.highpointprintmaking.org • 612-871-1326
Senior Volunteers Needed
The Lutheran Social Service Foster Grandparent Program offers an opportunity to seniors 55+ to mentor and tutor elemen tary aged students at schools in South Minneapolis. Stipend, mileage and other benefits. Contact Sara Koch, 6513109448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
347 E. 36th St. 6125436900 http://www.hclib.org Register online or call for all events. ** Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award March 122 Kids in grades 38 can vote for their favorite book between March 122 at the library. You must read at least three nominated titles to be eligible to vote! ** Winter Jackets Through February 28 All readers age 17 and up: Check out some new (book) jackets on cold winter days and nights! Read or listen to great stories. Share what you’re reading with other book lovers online at www.bookspace.org. ** Computer Skills Workshop Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Work on projects and practice skills from using the mouse and keyboarding to using email and Microsoft Office with our soft ware instructors and volunteer assistants. ** Email: Intermediate Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Learn how to use folders, view and attach files to an email and set up an email address book using a Yahoo! account. ** Social Networking: Basics Saturday, Feb. 22, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Learn how to navigate the new generation of social media web sites including Twitter, Linkedln and Facebook.
An exhibition of 26 prints is on generous loan from the collection of Jordan Schnitzer, a preeminent print collector based in Portland, Ore. Artists presented include pioneers who helped launch and shape the American Pop movement, which emerged in the early 1960s and was characterized by stark, almost symbolic representations. On View February 7 through March 29.
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Tax Help for Qualified Taxpayers
Feb. 3 – April 15, Mondays & Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 2730 E. 31st St.
AARP Tax Aide will be offered for seniors and lowincome taxpayers. No reservation is needed.
Temple of Aaron Lunch and Learn
Saturday, Feb. 8, 11:45 a.m. Temple of Aaron 616 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul 55116 “Icepick Willie” and “Kid Cann” dominated Hennepin Avenue in the 1940s and ’50s. Neal Karlen, a regular contributor to The New York Times and onair essayist for CBS News, will spill the secrets of these Minneapolis mob sters at the Lunch and Learn program sponsored by the Men’s Club during Men’s Club Shabbat. Free and open to the public.
Acoustic Rock ‘n’ Roll House Concert
Sunday, Feb. 9, 4 to 7 p.m. 2419 West 22nd St.
The event features the quartet Forrest Rangers and is sponsored by the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute. Enjoy great music, food, drinks, laughter and warm friendly rock and roll smiles. Suggested donation, $15.
Hope for Parents: Raising Kids Who Connect
Monday, Feb. 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hope Lutheran Church 5728 Cedar Ave. S. Children who know how to deal with their own and others’ feel ings are more successful in school and other life activities. Learn how the relationship between the heart and the brain influences our daily interactions with oth ers. Help your child learn to han dle difficult emotions and con nect with others in positive ways. The presenter, Denise Konen, works in the Hopkins Early Childhood Family Education pro gram. She can be contacted at www.parenting.netgains.net.
Ham and Cherry Pie Dinner
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church 1620 E. 46th St.
This annual (since 1935!!!) feast is served family style. Eat your fill of ham, authentic Swedish meat balls, au gratin potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes and … cherry pie. Join us and bring a friend. Tickets are adults $12; ages 512 $7; and free for children under 5.
Single Christian Fellowship
Friday, Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. Faith Presbyterian Church
12007 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka 55343 On Excelsior Blvd., go west past Shady Lake Rd., left on Fairview to Uturn to Pioneer Rd. There is parking in the rear. There will be a potluck, volley ball and games. Please bring a dish to share. Bonnie Axelson will be teaching us about the Spiritual Gifts.
Saturday, Feb. 15, 6 to 9 p.m. Minnehaha United Methodist Church 3701 E. 50th St.
It’s like a wedding dance without the family baggage. The dance is for all ages, genders and sexual orientations. Bring your family and friends, or come by yourself. This is a great event for families, couples and individuals. Bring a CD, ipod or MP3 layer with a postit note on it indicating the track you want played. And, bring a snack to share. For more information, contact Paul Minehart, 6128258730, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fourth Annual Sweethearts and Spirits
Saturday, Feb. 15, 6:30 to 9 a.m. Minneapolis Eagles Club 2507 E. 25th St.
This beer, liquor and wine tasting event will benefit the Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership. Enjoy samples of beer, wine and liquor. Eat delightful foods and treats from local businesses and partake in Zipp’s now famous silent auction. Tickets are $15 and can be pur chased at Zipp’s Liquors on Franklin Avenue.
Spirit Garage CD Release Party
Saturday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Amsterdam Bar and Hall 6th & Wabasha, St. Paul 55102
Spirit Garage is a Christian church that meets Sundays at the Music Box Theater, 1407 Nicollet Ave. S. Its participants seek to love God by welcoming all peo ple, recognizing that everyone is uniquely God gifted, and strive to be a compassionate communi ty. The church has three rotating bands with each playing their unique funky mix of rock and roll and blues during Sunday services. See the bands on the CD, Revealed, 3 on the Tree and Beautiful Grey, as well as several large art pieces incorporated into the set that were created by Spirit Garage members. Admission is $10 and includes a free CD or Download card.
My Baby and Me
Saturday, Feb. 22, 9:45 a.m. Temple of Aaron 616 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul 55116 All parents and/or grandparents with babies from birth to 18 months are invited to this class designed to build the foundation of the baby’s development through activities for the entire family, bonding with other fami
lies and learning from educators. There will be family time and separate parent time during the morning. Contact joshuafineblum@templeofaaron .org or 6516988874, ext. 103, for more information.
The Almost Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel Friday & Saturday, Feb. 21 & 22, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 23, Noon Minnehaha United Methodist Church 3701 E. 50th St.
Come see Minnehaha members of all ages as they present a fami ly friendly twist on the famous fairy tale. Tickets are adults $7; ages 4 12 $3; under 4 free.
Hamline Gospel Choir
Sunday, Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. Living Spirit United Methodist Church 4501 Bloomington Ave. S. The worship service will feature the gospel choir from Hamline University, directed by Sherri Orr.
Wed, Feb. 26, 6 p.m. (meal); 7 p.m. (film and discussion) Faith Mennonite Church E. 22nd St. & 28th Ave. S. (use 28th Ave. entrance) Enjoy a homecooked meal before the film. Donations accepted. February’s Peace and Justice film is “American Holocaust: When it’s all over, I’ll still be Indian,” a thoughtprovoking and powerful 30minute documentary film on the historical trauma of America’s Indigenous People. Please use the 22nd Street education building entrance immediately west of the main church building.
“Do the Math” Documentary
Sundays, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. & March 2, 12:30 p.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2nd floor library 2730 E. 31st St.
The 42minute film contrasts global warming numbers with the amount of fossil fuel assets companies already have on their books. Free will offering for refreshments. Call 6127298358 for more information.
St. John’s Music Series
Sunday, March 2, 3 p.m. St. John’s Lutheran Church 4842 Nicollet Ave. S. The Metropolitan Boys Choir per forms a midwinter concert of choral classics, patriotic selec tions, folksongs, spirituals, musi cal theater and pop. Freewill offering and reception after wards. Everyone is invited.
Faith and Congressional Priorities: Keith Ellison
Sunday, March 2, 9 a.m. Plymouth Congregational Church 1900 Nicollet Ave. “Faith really should be a bridge, not a wall,” says U.S. Representative Keith Ellison. He will share his views and insights on a variety of topic of interest for faith communities. For more information contact 6128717400 or www.plymouth.org.
just ask you to bring cash. We don’t accept Master Card or VISA. You will find extremely nice clothing and great people at Cornerstone. We are open on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and also after church service on the first Sunday of each month. Those wishing to make donations or volunteer their time can get more information at the Park Avenue United Methodist Church website. Look for Cornerstone under the Outreach heading.
It’s Our Sacred Text
Sundays, through May 2014, 9:15 a.m. Plymouth Congregational Church 19th and Nicollet Mary Kay Sauter, a semiretired UCC pastor, leads a study group informed by the recent scholar ship of process, liberation and feminist theology. FFI: 612871 7400, www.plymouth.org.
Separate Breakfasts for Men and Women
Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. Messiah Lutheran Church (The Center for Changing Lives) 2400 Park. Ave. S. Second Saturdays of the month.
One of Park Avenue United Methodist Church’s many out reach ministries, Cornerstone provides clothing and assistance to our neighbors and members during times of need. It is a min istry of blessing where the con gregation and community mer chants give out of their abun dance and expand the circle of giving. Cornerstone is dedicated to joyfully providing high quality Christlike service that honors the humanity and dignity of all peo ple and moves those served to hope. Anyone can shop at our store, we
Wednesdays, 8 to 9:30 a.m. African Development Center Riverside & 20th Avenues This resource and support group for those concerned about peace with justice from a faith perspec tive meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. On Feb. 12, Dr. Joseph E. Schwartzberg will speak about his new, internation ally acclaimed book, “Transforming the United Nations System, Designs for a Workable World.” FFI: www.justviewpoint.org or 763 7845177.
People of Faith Peacemaker Breakfasts
The Phillips Powderhorn Religious Community Welcomes You
BAHA’I CENTER OF MINNEAPOLIS
3644 Chicago Ave. S., 612-823-3494 Minneapolis.Bahai@gmail.com Devotional Gatherings Sunday 10 am Many other activities—call or email for more information www.mplsbahai.org
CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE HOLY NAME
3637 - 11th Ave. S., 612-724-5465 Masses Saturday 5 pm Sunday 8:30 & 11 am Reconciliation 4 - 4:30 pm Sat. Pastor: Fr. Leo Schneider A welcoming Roman Catholic community
BETHEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN
4120 17th Ave. S. 612-724-3693, www.bethel-mpls.org Sunday Worship 10:30 am Education for all 9:15 am Pastor: Brenda Froisland Accessible Off-Street Parking A Reconciling in Christ Congregation
3901 Chicago Ave. S. 612-827-2504 or www.clchurch.org Sunday Worship at 10:15 am; Pastor: Brad Froslee Home of the Urban Arts Academy A Reconciling in Christ Congregation
The Center for Changing Lives 2400 Park Ave. S., 612-871-8831 Worship 9 am first three Sundays; 11 am every Sunday; Children’s Ed. during 11 am service; Community Bible Study Tues 10:30 am, Lunch at Noon
MOUNT OLIVE LUTHERAN
Chicago & 31st St. 612-827-5919 Holy Eucharist 8 & 10:45 am Fellowship & Education 9:30 am Musical, liturgical, welcoming! www.mountolivechurch.org
WALKER COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST 3104 16th Ave. S., PO Box 7588 612-722-6612, www.walkerchurch.org email@example.com Sunday Celebrations at 10 am
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Health lessons from 2013
BY RAINA GOLDSTEIN BUNNAG
Many of us hope to better our health in 2014, but even with the best intentions, resolutions can be hard to stick to and motivation may wane quickly. Last year was a breakthrough year for health science research and it brought several important discoveries that can be useful to tweak or focus your goals for the New Year. Here I break down a few of these findings to help you be healthier and happier in 2014. 1. Nut eaters live longer A November 2013 study conducted at Harvard University concluded that people who eat nuts may live longer. The study analyzed diets of over 100,000 health professionals over 30 years from the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. The results were clear: The more nuts people ate, the lower their mortality rate was. Compared with people who never ate nuts, those who consumed nuts once a week reduced their mortality risk by 7%! Additionally, those who ate nuts seven or more times a week reduced mortality risk by 20%. The study authors are not sure exactly what makes nut eaters live longer, and scientists have not yet demonstrated a causal relationship between health benefits of nuts themselves and prolonged lives. However, nuts do have a host of nutrients. They contain healthy unsaturated fats, fiber, magnesium and vitamin E, among others. We can learn some lessons
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from nut eaters who tended to be healthier than other participants: They weighed less, smoked less, exercised more and ate more fresh fruits and vegetables. Lesson for 2014: Include a fistful of nuts as a healthy addition to your daily diet. Instead of high sugar trail mix, make your own mix with nuts and fruit. One great combination is almonds, cashews, dried cranberries, and dark chocolate. Pre-measure them into single servings for easy transport and to prevent overeating. 2. Trans fats aren’t safe Trans fats have been in the news a lot over the last decade due to publicity highlighting their harmful health effects. In November 2013, the FDA took extreme action to issue a federal register notice to recommend that trans fats are taken off of the “Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS)” list of food additives. If the ruling is finalized (as is expected by most health professionals), trans fat will be gradually eliminated from all food production. The ruling comes from years of research that show trans fats have harmful effects on cholesterol levels which in turn may contribute to heart disease. The average American eats about 1 gram of trans fat a day (down from 4.6 in 2006) and the FDA report estimated that 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year could be prevented by completely eliminating trans fat from the diet. The trans fat that is most popular in our food system is partially hydrogenated oil. This is oil that has hydrogen added to it to make it solid, which is useful for prolonging the shelf life of processed and packaged foods. It is important to note that the trans fat proposed for the GRAS list is the type added to foods, not the naturally occurring type that is present in some meats. Lesson for 2014: Cut your trans fat intake by limiting processed foods such as frozen meals, baked goods,
vegetable shortening and pastries. Check your food labels for trans fats and be aware that companies are allowed to list “0 grams of trans fats” when the foods actually contain up to 0.5 g. To get the full picture, make sure to also look at the ingredient list and do not purchase foods with partially hydrogenated oil. Choose to eat foods with healthier and less processed fats such as olive oil, nut butters, lean meat and fish. 3. Exercise can be as good as drugs Researchers from London School of Economics, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute at Harvard Medical School, and Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed 340,000 participants in 305 drug and/or exercise studies that treated heart disease, stroke, diabetes or chronic heart failure. They sought to discover whether exercise itself could be a treatment for prevention of death from chronic diseases. The results were huge. They demonstrated that exercise was shown to be equally as effective as common prescription drugs in reducing death of people with a history of heart disease and diabetes. Exercise was even more effective than drugs in preventing death in people who had a history of strokes. Chronic heart failure was the one condition studied in which drugs (namely diuretics) were more effective than exercise. This is exciting news that will hopefully put the spotlight on a subject that deserves more attention. Drugs are prohibitively expensive for many people and often have a host of side effects. If exercise is indeed as effective, hopefully it will be seen as an alternative or
first choice to treat and prevent specific chronic diseases. In the future, more research needs to be conducted on the type and duration of exercise that is most effective. The study authors even suggest that pharmaceutical companies be required to test their drugs against physical activity so patients have information on what is most effective when deciding what treatment to pursue. Lesson for 2014: This analysis provides even more evidence of the health benefits of exercise. Although the research focused on patients with chronic diseases, exercise can be beneficial for everyone, with or without chronic conditions. From previous research we also know that it offers a host of additional benefits like weight loss, mood improvement and blood sugar control. Incorporate more exercise into your life this year by being active for a few minutes at a time throughout the day. Choose the stairs instead of elevator, walk around the office during lunch, and do jumping jacks and crunches during commercial breaks. 4. Sleep cleans the brain Most people agree the sleep is important to be productive and to look and feel our best. Experts have long known that sleep is crucial for brain function, but they did not have a clear idea of why until this year. An innovative study performed on mice at the University of Rochester demonstrated that the brain actually has a self-cleaning system. During sleep, the flow of cerebral spinal fluid into the brain is increased and the fluid is used to clear out toxins in the brain. Scientists postulate that this system evolved as a way to maintain brain function. So far this research has only been
conducted on mice but many scientists think the results are extremely promising for understanding the human brain. Not only is this crucial for learning the power of sleep on brain functions, but it also offers a starting point for innovations on research and treatment for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease which is caused by buildup of certain proteins in the brain that were not properly cleared out. Lesson for 2014: While research is still being conducted to fully understand these findings, we can reap some benefits now. Prioritize sleep in your life this year. Most adults need 7-9 hours each night to function optimally. If falling asleep is difficult, improve your sleep environment by removing all electronics and lights from your bedroom. Other ideas include eliminating caffeine in the afternoon and meditating for 10 minutes before going to bed. Incorporate these suggestions into your routine and look out for new science to guide more healthy habits. Here’s to a New Year free of trans fat and full of sleep, nuts and exercise. Raina Goldstein Bunnag has a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and is currently a master’s candidate in nutrition and public health at the University of North Carolina. She keeps abreast of the latest health news and addresses relevant wellness topics each month. If you have any questions or topics you would like to see covered in the column, please send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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