Today in the Daily Planet, 9/24/07



“Increasing foreclosure fears are reality in Twin Cities”:
by Julia Degen, Special to the TC Daily Planet
The countrywide epidemic of foreclosures does not stop at the boundaries of the Twin Cities. ACORN, a nationwide community organization of low-and moderate-income families working for social justice and stronger communities, published a report on foreclosures in St. Paul and Minneapolis which reveals the seriousness of the problem.

“Meatpacking workers and supporters rally in South St. Paul”:
by Michael Moore, St. Paul Union Advocate
History is repeating itself in the stockyards of South St. Paul. Rallying outside the Dakota Premium meat packing plant, the notoriously anti-union company’s workers and their supporters demanded Dakota Premium abandon its stall tactics and negotiate in good faith with members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789.

“Bill Seeks to Cut Funding from Immigrant-Friendly Cities”:
by Abdi Aynte, Minnesota Monitor
A Republican-sponsored bill would strip up to 50 percent of Homeland Security funding from cities that bar police officers from asking about a person’s immigration status during routine encounters.


“Sunday anti-war rally at Capitol”:
by Mary Turck, Special to the TC Daily Planet
A broad coalition led by labor, religious, veterans and non-profit groups gathered Sunday afternoon at the State Capitol to protest against the war in Iraq. Pam Costain of Wellstone Action led off with the message, “We are here today to say one thing loud and clear – it is time for Congress to act to get us out of Iraq.”

“Younger every day”:
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
Cassaundra Adler’s difficult childhood made her grow up too fast. But living life on her own terms makes her feel younger every day.

“Skyway songs”:
By Michelle Bruch, Downtown Journal
Larry Havluck has been performing Downtown for nearly 30 years.


“A View from the Bridge: Carol Molnau offers possible explanations for the 35W bridge collapse”:
by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero

“It looks like Tinklenberg in the Sixth”:
by Craig Cox, Ballot Box


“Reclaiming communities”:
by Grace Kelly, Special to the TC Daily Planet
During the September 15 peace march, two community activists connected, sharing stories of front porches, block parties, root beer floats, and putting good people in the streets.