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Winter Works: Activism at the East Side Freedom Library

Activism abounds here in the Twin Cities!  Barring a blizzard, the Minnesota Women’s March on January 19, will bring tens of thousands into the streets.  15 NOW, the $15/hour minimum wage campaign, has made strides in both cities and, as an organizing campaign, is...

Gazing From Afar at Wasted Days by Kate Havelin

Gazing From Afar at Wasted Days by Kate Havelin Patricia Hampl’s latest book, The Art of the Wasted Day, carries readers aloft on a tranquil travelogue, packed with side trips, vignettes and what Hampl calls the divine details. Along with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hampl...

Human Proof Fence by Kate Havelin

Human Proof Fence by Kate Havelin Sixteen years later, Beth Cleary and Peter Rachleff remain haunted by ​what happened to three girls. A 2002 Australian film, Rabbit Proof Fence, traced the mixed race Aboriginal girls’ escape from a re-education camp in 1931. The...

Ain’t Gonna Whistle Dixie Anymore by Kate Havelin

Ain’t Gonna Whistle Dixie Anymore by Kate Havelin People Get Ready, We Shall Not Be Moved, A Change is Gonna Come… Think of America’s greatest civil rights anthems and chances are, those songs by The Impressions, Mavis Staples, and Sam Cooke spring to mind, along with...

After Philando: Have Protests Changed? by Kate Havelin

After Philando: Have Protests Changed? by Kate Havelin Two years after a police officer fatally shot Philando Castile, the protests, pain, anger and backlash continue to reverberate. A quick recap: Within hours of Castile’s killing, Gov. Mark Dayton told a crowd...

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