04/10/08 Headlines: Freedom Seder, the case for reparations, LGBT health care, balncing budgets


The Twin Cities Media Alliance is partnering with mnartists.org and Minneapolis Community Education to offer two classes on understanding and writing about the arts. The first class, co-taught by TC Daily Planet arts editor Jay Gabler and mnartists.org content editor Susannah Schouweiler, starts next Thursday! For more information, see tcdailyplanet.net/artswriting.


Freedom Seder celebrates immigrants, diversity
by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet
Immigration – How American Policies Make People Illegal – was the theme of JCA’s annual Freedom Seder on March 31 at Temple Israel in Minneapolis. Jewish Community Action (JCA) is extraordinarily active in its campaign for permanent legal status of Liberians and other immigrants.

The case for reparations: Fixing the damage done by oppression is everyone’s responsibility
by Ralph Remington, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
My mother was conceived from a rape. Her mother was a light-skinned Black woman, who at the age of 19 saw her family burned to death in a fire. While she was recovering from shock in a hospital, a White doctor on staff had his way with her.

Disproportionate share of LGBT Minnesotans are excluded from health care system
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
Researchers, physicians and community leaders met at the University of Minnesota earlier this week to discuss issues of public health and health care access in Minnesota’s LGBT community. The event, held in conjunction with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Health Awareness Week, underscored a number of troubling disparities.

A budget in balance
by Mike Cook, Session Weekly
The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and the British Empire after a long period of troubled relations between the two countries. The battle over HF1812 is the DFL willingness to solve the state’s projected $938 million biennial deficit one way, compared to that proffered by the state’s top Republican, Gov. Tim Pawlenty.


Views and Reviews

Music note: Acid Mothers Temple crashed in my living room
by Jennifer Kotting, TC Daily Planet
Acid Mothers Temple carried their suitcases in a line to the door of my house and looked at the yard full of snow. After drinking green tea and resting on my sofa, we all ate gumbo in the kitchen. Gumbo was a new word for the four Japanese musicians, and Tsuyama Atsushi, the bassist, mumbled “gumbo” repeatedly as he ate.

Theater note: Women as casualties of war
by Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet
When We Look: An Artistic Collaboration is not easy to watch. The subject matter—women as victims of war and genocide—inspires feelings of discomfort and horror, but When We Look tells an important story that needs to be heard.

Music note: El Guante, insightful and inciteful
by Justin Schell, TC Daily Planet
Recent Minneapolis transplant El Guante (Spanish for “the glove”), whose album El Guante’s Haunted Studio Apartment was just released, conveys a mixture of hope, despair, pessimism, laughter, anger, and all the other things that make us human as we move through life.

Movie of Somali mother’s struggle comes to Minneapolis
by Edwin Okong’o, Mshale
A movie highlighting the struggles a Somali mother to provide for her two teenage daughters and a husband stuck in East Africa is coming to the Minneapolis/St.Paul International Film Festival beginning this month.


Where we stand
by Jim Klobuchar, Jim Klobuchar Writes
Some urban gas stations reported they were making a bigger profit on doughnuts and candy bars on their food shelves than they were at the pump.


Al-Shifa Clinic: Health Care for All, No Questions Asked
By Corey Habbas, Engage Minnesota
As health care costs increase in Minnesota and the uninsured rise in number, the Islamic Center of Minnesota (ICM) has taken on the role of a first-access, primary care clinic for anyone who needs it, through the Al-Shifa Clinic.