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Feb 14th


Coalition fi ghts against legislative cuts

Coalition fi ghts against legislative cutsOn Tuesday, Jan. 4, Minnesotans gathered on the front steps of the Minnesota State capitol Building in St. Paul. Organized by the Minnesota Coalition for a People's Bailout, the action coincided with the opening of the Minnesota State legislature.

Linden Gawboy, of the Twin Cities-based Welfare Rights Committee said, "Because of the recent election, right-wing Republicans have control of the Minnesota House and Minnesota State Senate. In the past several years, we have seen them come up with crazy ideas - based on poor-bashing, racism and greed. They have tried to take away the programs and services that we need to survive, especially now, in these times."

Living Spirit UMC shares the gift of Dr. King

Living Spirit UMC shares the gift of Dr. KingLiving Spirit UMC will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, January 16th. Church member Virginia Richardson will deliver a keynote address on, “The Gift of Dr. King and the Movement to Us Today.” Richardson’s family was an integral part of the civil rights movement in Minneapolis in the 1960s. The service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the church, 4501 Bloomington Ave. South, Minneapolis, 55407

“Dr. King has a great legacy in my life,” Richardson said. She met Dr. King on three different occasions. Richardson’s late husband, Samuel Richardson, went to school with Dr. King and was the President of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP in the 1960s. He led a delegation of 58 adults who participated in the 1963 march on Washington when Dr. King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. “It’s bringing up lots of memories,” Richardson said of speaking at the upcoming church service.

Food: Where do you get it and What do you do with it

Community gathering asks North Minneapolis residents to discuss "Food: Where do you get it and What do you do with it"

On Thursday, Jan. 13, The Northside Healthy Eating Project (NHEP) will host a community wide gathering at The University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC), 2100 Plymouth Avenue North.  The purpose of this gathering is to seek direction from North Minneapolis residents in designing the resources and priorities for a new way of looking at gardening, farming and developing food-related businesses in North Minneapolis.  The meeting takes place 6 – 8 pm  and is free and open to the public. Delicious food will be provided.

Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy at M L King Park

The first meeting of a series of public meetings to focus on how best to honor Martin Luther King, Jr at a southwest Minneapolis park named after the civil rights leader will take place Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

Meetings will be interactive discussions that will result in a plan to honor Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy. Topics to be reviewed include the Freedom Form sculpture that was installed to honor Dr. King, the park as a whole, and park programming.

Everyone interested in the honoring King’s legacy at the park is encouraged to attend this and future meetings. Information about future meetings will be posted on

Information about the park and park history are also available at

Hunger increases across America

Reports that corporations that received federal bailout dollars are doing better, even making a profit, gives many economists a reason to smile.  Unfortunately, that corporate cheer isn’t trickling down to the average American, many of whom still struggle to make ends meet.  This isn’t about paying bills.  Rather, many Americans aren’t getting their most basic need met: the need for food.

Composition by Edward Green

Composition by Edward GreenEdward Green's new composition, "Once Upon A Time" will be premiered in two free concerts by the Minnesota Sinfonia this January.

Edward Green is an award-winning composer and educator currently teaching at the Manhattan School of Music. His compositions include works for chamber ensembles, chorus, and symphony orchestra, as well as solo music for piano, guitar, and other instruments. He is also an active composer for theater and film, and is staff composer for Imagery Films and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman. His Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award in the category "Best Classical Contemporary Composition." More information is available at

Minnesota Sinfonia soloist Gary Levinson performing Vieuxtemp's Concerto No. 5 for Violin with the Minnesota Sinfonia. Concerts will be held 7 p.m. Friday, January 7 at Metropolitan State University's Founders Hall at Maria Ave and East 6th Street in St. Paul, and 4 p.m. Sunday, January 9 at Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave S, Minneapolis. Admission is free and children are welcome to attend. Audience members should arrive early-all concerts are first-come, first-seated.

Additional Minnesota Sinfonia concert information is available at 612-871-1701 or

HOPE: The perfect gift for the Twin Cities

HOPE: The perfect gift for the Twin CitiesThe holiday season is here, and people both are busy -- frantically searching for the perfect gift. As we look ahead to starting a new year, this is also a great time for individuals and organizations to re-commit, refocus and reignite our dedication to mission and purpose.

Sadly, for far too many of us, this holiday season may be less than a joyful time.  For some, the month of December is associated with despair, stress, and mounting debt. Without question, the holiday season is meant to be yet another special time to create memorable moments with friends and loved ones, but when misguided value systems, low self-esteem, despair, underachievement, and internalized oppression make people think that gifts, trinkets or designer labels can soothe the emptiness that lingers in the depths of their souls, the true meaning of this season has become lost.
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