Good to see the MN Spokesman-Recorder keeping the homeless crisis on the front page with Charles Hallman's article, "Advocates use Super Bowl to highlight housing crisis," (February 1-7). But the approach talked about in the article is shortsighted. For organizations to pay peoples’ rent without holding landlords accountable is a form of codependence. Currently, landlords … [Read more...]
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In the wake of a recent series of anti-consumer actions taken by Mick Mulvaney, the Trump-appointed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s acting director, a bicameral call for accountability was released on January 31. The effort was led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, two other Congressional Black Caucus members, … [Read more...]
With 2018 being the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, commemorations honoring the man were taking place across the country. But who would think a Super Bowl ad with a King voice-over would be used to sell pickup trucks? The pitch for Dodge Ram trucks’ “Built to Serve” volunteer program did just that, it also provoked a fast and furious … [Read more...]
What is a more effective means of genocide than fostering suicide? What America committed comes in second to Hitler's infamous Final Solution, but not by much. Granted, Black men, women and children haven't been rounded up in cattle cars and shipped to concentration camps, but it was so slick, that there's no prominent image at which the world can point a damning … [Read more...]
Philadelphia wins in an upset. Super Bowl 52 has come and gone. Minnesota was on the world stage. Men and women sang songs and wrote poetry. What will the records say? Time will tell. Great amounts of money were made. Those who came were able to party, drink and be merry. The City of Minneapolis profited. Media will say that over a million people descended upon our frozen … [Read more...]