Headline: African Diaspora conference focuses on common issues


SUNDAY, March 16


African Diaspora conference focuses on common issues
by Joel Grostephan, TC Daily Planet
Amid calls for resistance to free market policies in Latin America, and dreams of a socialist revolution, Nekima Levy-Pounds described her research into the 13th amendment of the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery.

Phillippine Day at Landmark Center
by Amy Doeun, Asian American Press
For 21 years the Cultural-Society of Filipino Americans (CSFA) have been gathering in the Twin Cities to celebrate all aspects of their culture. This year the event was held on March 9 at the Landmark Center in Downtown St. Paul from 12:00-5:00 pm. By 12:15 the Center was already packed and seats were filling at the stage. Parking was near impossible but the mood was festive.

Origin of school layoffs, closings is in the capitol
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
The news Wednesday was brutal. After losing two out of three levy questions in November, Osseo Area Schools will cut $16.3 million from next year’s budget, laying off 166 teachers, closing two elementary schools and combining three others. The same goes for Big Lake Public Schools, which will cut $2 million from its budget by laying off 21 teachers and 12.5 staff.


St. Paul State of the CitySt. Paul mayor Chris Coleman gave his annual state of the city speech this afternoong. KFAI’s Benno Groeneveld listened to the mayor and filed this report.

Michele redux? “Extremist” Lindsay running for State House
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
Is Minnesota ready for the second coming of Rep. Michele Bachmann?

Readers, Writers and Books

Marriage made In heaven: TalkingImageConnection
by Geoff Herbach, MN Artists
Standing outside of the Susan Hensel Gallery, I am pleased that the temperature isn’t below zero. It’s hanging in the mid-twenties, even though the sun is down. Practically balmy.


Spike Oak, Bell horror stories in recent papers, says local film guru
by Al Milgrom
As sure as the swallows return to Capistrano, the annual “Nightmare on Oak Street” stories surfaced again this year in the papers, not long before we launch the 26th Annual Mpls./St.Paul Int’l Film Fest Apr.17 – May 3, 2008


Principles or Principals?
Steve Young, The Fifth Column
Iran is electing members of a new parliament today, March 14. But it is not exactly a free and open election. The Guardian Council, an unelected body of clerics and jurists created by the constitution to protect the regime from ideological deviation, disqualified some 1,700 potential candidates.