6/3/08 Headlines: Gov vetoes foreclosure bill; Homeless no more; Chi-Town Daily News not just for journalists;


Party for a Media Revolution

The Twin Cities Daily Planet and KFAI Community Radio will host the Party for a Media Revolution on Thursday, June 5, 2008, the eve of the 2008 National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis. The event, to be held at Trocaderos Night Club, will showcase some of the Twin Cities’ top musical talent, including the International Reggae All Stars, Cadillac Kolstad and the Flats, and the funky, political R&B of local legend Willie Murphy and the Angel Headed Hipsters. In the upstairs Acoustic Lounge, and between sets on the main stage, performers will include Dan Newton, Spider John Koerner, and more.


Pawlenty’s veto of Foreclosure Deferment Bill is based on ‘threat of class warfare’
by Molly Priesmeyer, Minnesota Monitor
In a move that political analysts say could hurt Tim Pawlenty’s VP chances, the governor vetoed the Foreclosure Deferment Bill on Thursday. The measure would’ve kept nearly 15,000 Minnesotans from losing their homes by giving them the time and authority to renegotiate their loan terms while they make a required good-faith effort to pay.

Homeless no more
By Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
All her life, 25-year-old Nichole Shaver has considered herself a survivor. Her angry, abusive parents were also survivors, as a result of the circumstances of their own past lives. When Nichole was a child, her family moved often. Her father worked long hours, and her mentally ill mother raised her children the only way she knew how, with abuse and without direction. No matter what she did as a little girl, Nichole says, “It never seemed good enough.”

Chi-Town Daily News ditches “just journalists” model
by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva, TC Daily Planet
“Community Organizer” is a staff title you won’t see at the New York Times or the Chicago Tribune. A community organizer is just one of the things, though, that make Chi-Town Daily News different than other newspapers. The online newspaper also focuses solely on Chicago’s neighborhoods, and uses both professional and “citizen” journalists.

Quick fix LGA boost helps “HawleyWould”; real threat still looms
by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
Count the Red River Valley city of Hawley among communities receiving a surprising boost in Local Government Aid from the Minnesota Legislature’s recently passed tax bill.


Postscript to Postville: This is what “getting tough” on immigration means?
by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Monitor
The mainstream media has all but forgotten about the May 12 raid at a kosher food factory in Postville, Iowa, but our sister site in Iowa continues to report on the story behind the story: while a politically connected company called Agriprocessors, Inc. won’t be prosecuted, nearly 400 undocumented workers whom the company routinely exploited have suffered mass arrest and deportation. This is the reality of “getting tough” on undocumented workers.

Thousands of contracts, millions of jobs
by Staff, Insight News
Van Jones is the founder and president of Green for All, a national organization working to get “green collar” jobs and opportunities to disadvantaged communities. In an interview last week with Insight News, Jones said, “We have to move into a greener economy. Oil is past tense. Coal is past tense. All of that stuff is too negative to keep using. We have to keep moving into something more clean and green. Billions of dollars are already flowing in that direction. We want to make sure that there is an equal opportunity and an equal access agenda. We don’t want to build a green economy that is a white only economy or an eco-elite only economy,” he said.

Stadium construction takes shape
Athletics and stadium officials unveiled the first county signs this afternoon that will line the stadium’s brick walls. Each of Minnesota’s 87 counties will have one of the 6500-pound cast stone signs displayed in its name.


What would you call a “welcoming” school?
by Shannon Drury, Minnesota Women’s Press
In the 20th century it meant the squat brick building down the block that took your kids when they were 6 and popped them out into the world when they were 18. Parents said thank you; the schools said you’re welcome.


MN-SEN: Franken, Coleman in statistical dead heat
by Eric Pusey, Politics from the Precincts, MN Blue
A new poll indicates that Al Franken is in a statistical dead heat with Norm Coleman for the MN-SEN seat.