Celebrate the Fourth of July in the Twin Cities: What, when and where!

The Fourth may be just one day in July, but in Minnesota the celebrations can last all four days of the four-day weekend. Here’s a somewhat comprehensive guide to the many, many Fourth of July festivities taking place in and around the Twin Cities this year.Let’s celebrate together! Tag your events, tweets, Facebook posts, etc. with #tcdpJuly4 so we can tag along on all the fun. Take our poll! What’s your favorite Fourth of July activity? Twin Cities “Classics”Red, White and BOOM! Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | Continental Congress 2.0 This July 4th!

On July 4, 2012 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia no less the 620 delegates elected from congressional districts all over the United States are meeting to establish a list of grievances representing the will of the people. Upon ratification of this list, it will be presented to all three Branches Of the Untied Sates Government for redress as provided for in the First Amendment of the Constitutio. This is the same process the Colonies pursued to put Great Britain on notice of our Declaration of Independence, and which evolved into our Constitution. There is no event more important or more newsworthy then this.the free speech zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the twin cities daily planet. this is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements, and even a few press releases.Delegates are elected by voters who have registered online at and the deadline for registering closes May 25, 2012. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | The View of America in the Eyes of its New Citizens and Residents

When some 234 years ago America’s founding fathers solemnly declared “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, it is unthInkable that any Oromo took notice, let alone imagine that America would one day become a beacon of hope and home for his descendents. The Oromo are relatively newcomers. Like all immigrants they found the allure of the American dream, the idea that everyone is afforded a decent shot to a “better, richer, and happier life”, too powerful to resist. Even today, with a stagnant economy and the image of America in the international stage somewhat tainted by wars abroad and a foreign policy viewed as anathema to its defining values, daily, many dare to risk their lives to come to this shinning city on the hill, oblivious to the treacherous and arduous journey. Oromo-Americans celebrated independence day with a sundry of feelings. Continue Reading