Headlines 6/17/08: Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, housing crisis, lesbians in the Cities



Confronting a difficult past: the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission in St. Paul
By Emily K. Bright, TC Daily Planet
Witnesses at the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation hearing in St. Paul June 9-14 varied widely in their experiences and perspectives. The daughter of the Vice President under Samuel Doe in the 1980s wanted her murdered father to be remembered as a public servant willing to give his life for his country. The economic advisor under three presidents flew in from Philadelphia to give his inside perspective on what would be best for his country. A young nurse tearfully recounted finding the soldier who kidnapped and raped her during Taylor’s rebellion later promoted to a government security position.

Hidden housing crisis strikes “invisible people”
by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
The U.S. government passed the Housing Act of 1949 that created public subsidized housing and guaranteed every citizen the right to a decent place to live. Now, over a half-century later, low-income Americans are facing a public housing crisis that remains “hidden” under the foreclosure issue that is getting more attention.

True or false: is the Twin Cities a great place for lesbians?
by Anne Hamre, Minnesota Women’s Press
The Twin Cities has plenty of prominent lesbians-for example, polar explorer Ann Bancroft (first known woman to cross the ice to the North Pole), singer/songwriter Ann Reed (commissioned to compose a song for Minnesota’s Sesquicentennial), and Bonnie Bleskachek (for a brief and tumultuous period, the first lesbian fire chief of a large U.S. city).

Billy Pan to pedal through China to raise money for Minnesota charity
by Staff, Asian Pages
Billy Pan is no slacker. That declaration is probably an understatement when describing the Twin Cities resident and soon-to-be medical student. Before Pan sets off to the University of Southern California (USC) Medical School in August, the 23-year-old will pedal his way through China in hopes of raising money for a local Minnesota charity.


Local teens travel to D.C. in a “Quest for the Voice”
by Justin Schell, TC Daily Planet
Five of the Twin Cities’ rising spoken word artists will travel to Washington, D.C. in July to compete in Brave New Voices, an international youth poetry slam festival presented by Youth Speaks. The Minnesotans will join more than 450 other young artists from across the United States and Europe.

Public hearings on “Missing Link” start June 18
by Melissa Slachetka, TC Daily Planet
Three upcoming community meetings will provide a space for citizen input on the route for the “mising link” of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. When completed, the missing link will connect East River Parkway with St. Anthony Parkway. Three public hearings in the next few weeks offer opportunities to find out more, or to voice opinions on the currently-proposed route:
• Wednesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. at Minneapolis Park and Rec Board Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis.
• Monday, June 23, 6:30 p.m. at Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Avenue SE, Minneapolis.
• Tuesday, July 1, 6:30 p.m. at Windom Park, 2251 Hayes Street NE

Donors’ group demands AG act to void deal that created MPR’s The Current
By Chris Steller, Minnesota Independent
Bolstered by strong words in a June 10 Rice County District Court order, a nonprofit group representing donors to the former WCAL-FM has demanded in a June 12 letter to Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson that she seek the reversal of St. Olaf College’s 2004 sale of the public radio station (now known as The Current) to Minnesota Public Radio.


Does the ‘perfect job’ exist?
by Angela Lundberg, Minnesota Women’s Press
Well-meaning people often ask me, “So what are you doing now?” to which I sheepishly reply, “Oh, uh, well, I’m still trying to figure that out, really.”