5/6/08 Headlines: Murder and mourning, MInnesota Sur Seine, Anti-bullying curriculum targeted, Home Free?



Murder and mourning: Two views
The Bridge and Mshale, two of our community media partners, published thoughtful and thought-provoking articles this week on the murder of a Somali teen in the Cedar-Riverside area in April, and the views of friends and community as the search for the shooter continues. Read Somali teen’s murder unearths generational conflict in communityby Edwin Okong’o, Mshale and Cedar-Riverside mourns death of Somali teen by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge.

Minnesota sur Seine: Paris on the Mississippi
by Betsy Mowry, TC Daily Planet
The name Minnesota sur Seine is a clever play on words meaning “Minnesota on the scene,” hinting at the great Seine River running through Paris. The Minnesota sur Seine Festival, entering its fourth year, is gaining a reputation as a place to experience riveting collisions of musical styles in some of the Twin Cities’ coolest venues.

Minneapolis schools’ anti-bullying curriculum targeted by Christian legal group
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
The Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative Christian nonprofit based in Arizona that receives funding from Focus on the Family, sent a legal memo to the Minneapolis Public Schools urging them to drop the “Welcoming Schools” curriculum that they are currently considering for implementation at Hale, a K-5 school, and Jefferson, a K-8 school.

Home free? Minneapolis Advantage loan program begins accepting applications
by Molly Priesmeyer, Minnesota Monitor
In an effort to ward off the rising tide of vacant homes, the city of Minneapolis is offering forgivable $10,000 loans to qualified buyers purchasing homes in one of the city’s 18 eligible neighborhoods. The zero-interest, zero-payment loans are forgiven at a rate of 20 percent each year.


Opening the door to early learning

by Thomas Hammell, Session Weekly
It’s hard to disagree that it’s a good thing to have children ready to learn when they start kindergarten. The question is how to get all children ready, when economic factors, types of child care and early childhood learning opportunities vary so greatly.

Music note: Quilombolas play music from the Americas and beyond
by Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet
“Quilombolas” are descendants of slaves who escaped their slave plantations in Brazil. True to the spirit of their name, the Minneapolis band Quilombolas have a sense of defiance, and also a sense of freedom.

Roses are red, violets are blue … but are cut flowers green?
by Kelly Westhoff, Minnesota Women’s Press
Fresh floral arrangements bring a burst of color and elegance to any party. But are they a green party choice? Some say no. They argue cut flowers quickly die, adding to party waste. Plus, let’s face it, long-stem calla lilies are gorgeous, but they don’t exactly grow in Minnesota. Vast amounts of fuel are needed to get those pretty white blooms here.

Somali teen’s murder unearths generational conflict in community
by Edwin Okong’o, Mshale

Cedar-Riverside mourns death of Somali teen
by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
Somali elders, youth and other members of the Cedar-Riverside community braved the unseasonable weather and snow on Saturday, April 26, to gather beneath the towers of Riverside Plaza, half a block from the scene of the April 11 killing of Abdullahi Ayil Abdi.


Bridge investigation deserves transparency
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
When a busy interstate highway bridge falls down, the public is entitled to a straightforward explanation of what went wrong, untainted by political considerations. Unfortunately, the clearly partisan wrangling over the federal investigation of the deadly collapse of the I-35W span indicates that may not be the case this time.


My time in a Madrassa
by Marcia Lynx Qualey, Engage Minnesota
Several years ago, I would have told you confidently—if haltingly—that I worked in a madrassa. Ana bashtaghal fi madrassa, I would’ve said. I worked there as a mudarissa, a teacher.