4/19/08 Headlines: Dalai Lama at Mayo Clinic; Moving into the job market; GLBT rally at Capitol


SATURDAY, April 19

Compassion in medicine
by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet
Mayo Clinic scientists, doctors and other health professionals waited April 16 under the glare of the security staff stationed in the conference room at Mayo Clinic. The excitement in the buzzing sound from everyone’s conversation was palpable, until the entry of several security men from the side door signaled the entrance of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, and a Buddhist spiritual leader. A hush swept over the room; everyone stood in eerie silence as the Dalai Lama entered with his head bowed and his hands clasped. You could have heard the proverbial pin drop as he took his position on the elevated stage. He spoke first and the audience breathed one collective sigh and smiled all together.

The little program that could
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
“Our objective is to get people to a point where they can be ready to enter the competitive job market. They’ve been through a divorce or abandonment or are escaping familial violence, and need to start over. A lot of them were caregivers or stay-at-home-moms, and they are finding that they’re not sure of themselves, or have low self-esteem. Many have a sense of hopelessness. We help them look at the skills and abilities they have. So many leave our program and say, ‘You were there to give me hope when I didn’t have any hope.'”
– Dan Swahm, executive director of Career Solutions, which serves displaced homemakers in the seven-county metro area.

GLBT community rallies at Capitol
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
More than 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Minnesotans and their allies rallied at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul Thursday afternoon to make their voices heard for LGBT equality. OutFront Minnesota, the chief organizer for the rally, presented a petition of 800 signatures to Gov. Tim Pawlenty urging him not to veto a bill working its way through the legislature that would allow local governments to decide whether to offer domestic partner benefits.


Zambians pledge stronger voice in disability advocacy
by Ntuv Tunka, African News Journal
Early this year, Arc members Amy Hewitt from Institute on Community Integration, and Sandy Beddor visited Zambia, met families and individuals with disabilities and made connections with government and education professionals. It was during this time when a learning exchange between the two formalized.

Legislating language learning
by Thomas Hammell, Session Weekly
Shu-Whei Miao asks a question of a student in her Chinese III class at Highland Park Senior High in St. Paul.

Legislators discuss creation of low-carbon fuel bill
by Jake Grovum, Minnesota Daily
On a day when crude oil hit $114 per barrel, legislators met to discuss the possibility of creating a low-carbon fuel standard and furthering an investment in renewable energy.


Kersten and the conservative echo chamber: a brief case study
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
About a week ago I was perusing Power Line when I came across a bit about an anti-abortion activist who was denied space for her speech at the University of St. Thomas — in part because the group bringing the speaker in was also responsible for a controversial visit by Ann Coulter. A day later a colleague forwarded to me a press release from the Young America’s Foundation about the same issue. I was surprised to see that press release reformulated into a column a few days later by Katherine Kersten, then a post about the Kersten column on Powerline, the originator of the story (personal friends of Kersten’s, as they often boast; the site’s authors call her Kathy). The episode demonstrates Kersten’s vital role in the right-wing echo chamber: Power Line => press release => Kersten column => Power Line.


Protect the arts and environment
by Jenny Stiner, Cabbages and Kings
In 2003, thirty-two percent of arts funding was lost in a State deficit. Every time funding is cut the environment and arts are left with the least amount which is minimal.