This is for stuff that is off a regional scope.

So Rational, Entirely Scheduled, Always Escalating War on Drugs & Indie Foods: Mn Board of Pharmacy & our endless circular biochemical police state

Collapsing Budgets Be Damned: Feds and Both Political Parties Determined to Escalate Wars on Drugs and Independent Food Producers; Pharmacy Board Seeks Unlimited Power to Ban Cheeseburgers Without Pesky Public Hearings

By Dan Feidt for Twin Cities Indymedia – The State of Minnesota's budget looks terrible right now, as hardline freshman Republicans and Democratic Governor Mark Dayton look unlikely to cut a budget deal before the legislative session ends this month. However, the leadership of both major parties are avid players funding the thick patronage networks spawned by America's other endless war, the violent administrative system of moral panicking known as the war on drugs. There's action on several fronts and the news is all bad.

Chicago Marks 125th Anniversary of Haymarket

In early May 1886, Chicago workers demonstrated for an eight-hour workday. One demonstration on May 3, 1886, in solidarity with workers who had been locked outside of the McCormick Reaper Plant while strikebreakers worked inside, led to police opening fire and killing some workers.

To protest those McCormick killings, two thousand workers came to Haymarket Square in the West Loop (Randolph and Des Plaines) to an event which Chicago Mayor Carter Harrison permitted and even attended. As the rally came to an end, Mayor Harrison ordered the police to disperse, yet some 180 police entered the square and began attacking attendees.

Chicago Marches for Justice on Mayday 2011

From the newswire: "More than 1,500 people marched from Union Park to Pilsen on Sunday afternoon [May 1st] to mark International Workers Day. The march was organized and led by people from Pilsen, including many young people who are fighting for the rights of their immigrant families and neighbors — just as the original movement that the Haymarket activists helped create 125 years ago struggled for the rights of immigrant workers and their communities. The call of the day? The people are the movement — and the movement wants justice, dignity, economic and social equity, and the freedom to live unmolested by state, economic or social oppression." Read more / See Photos

Sports Subsidies Don't Add Up For Taxpayers. An Analysis of Minnesota Stadium/Arena Subsidies

Anaylysis of the last 48 years of professional sports subsidies in Minnesota reveal a widening gap between public benefit and private profit. During the first three decades sports subsidies were low enough to be justifiable. However at the turn of the century hundreds of millions of dollars worth of sports subsidies actually distort local ecnomics and become a multimillion dollar public liability.  This trend will only get worse if additional public money is spent on a Vikings stadium and renovations of existing sports arenas.

Get Ready for Mayday!

A ton of Mayday events are going off in the Twin Cities on the 125th anniversary of International Workers Day. Get Ready!

Links: Heart of the Beast official Mayday site. On Sunday the Mayday Parade starts 1PM at Bloomington Ave & 26th Street (Route Map). A bike caravan from Mayday to St. Paul with MARS (Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space) will head over to the International Workers Day March (official site), organized by the May 1st Coalition and Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, beginning at the St. Paul Cathedral around 4pm and ending with a rally at the Capitol.

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