5/11/08 Headlines: Feminization of AIDS; Dakota protest wagon train at Ft. Snelling; MN voter registration



The feminization of AIDS
by James Sanna, TC Daily Planet
Lois Crenshaw, an AIDS activist, former Chicago police officer, and Minneapolis resident, is one of the estimated 1,367 Minnesota women living with HIV, who represent 23% of all cases of HIV or AIDS in Minnesota. Crenshaw contracted HIV when a man raped her while she was on vacation in the Bahamas in 1994.

Dakota protesters meet sesquicentennial wagon train
Check back on Sunday for the TC Daily Planet story on the Dakota protest at Fort Snelling. As part of the celebration of 150 years of statehood, a wagon train has been making its way across the state on an eight-day trip. Dakota protesters confronted the wagon train when it arrived at Fort Snelling on Saturday, and will be there when it arrives at the State Capitol on Sunday.

What’s so scary about Rev. Wright?
by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Unfamiliarity with Black Liberation Theology is only part of what’s fueling this controversy.

Minnesota’s same-day registration success pushed for federal elections
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
If the nation followed Minnesota’s lead in same-day voter registration, it could drastically increase voter turnout, Minnesota legislators say. Rep. Keith Ellison and Sen. Amy Klobuchar have offered a bill, the Election Day Registration Act, which would allow voters nationwide to register to vote at the polls for federal elections in the hopes that it will increase voter turnout.


HIV infections increase among Africans in Minnesota
by Julia N. Opoti, Mshale
A recent report by the Minnesota Department of Health, the “HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report” says that the number of new HIV infections has increased among all state demographics including African-born immigrants.

Readers, Writers and Books

Colorful characters
by Erica Marston, Minnesota Women’s Press
When JoAnne Pastel couldn’t find storybook characters that her 2-year-old biracial son could identify with, she decided to do something about it. “I was just not seeing a lot of diversity. There were no characters who looked like him, which I felt was really important in helping to build his confidence.”


Mother’s Day
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
The beginnings of the Mother’s Day holiday are a matter of controversy. Was Mother’s Day originally an anti-war holiday founded by Julia Ward Howe? Was it founded by Anna Jarvis to commemorate the death of her mother, or did Hallmark dream it up in an attempt to get Americans to part with their money?


Mideast role model for peace, Shirin Ebadi, speaks at Hamline
by Thasneem Ahmed, Engage Minnesota
On Friday, April 25, Hamline University had a wonderful event featuring Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi. Her lecture centered on the “Roots of Chaos in the Middle East,” and she gave an honest, frank assessment of the region’s problems as well as of potential solutions.