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This Week in the Village: June 9-15


Catch up on the biggest headlines, videos and photos published by Little Village in the past week.

Sen. Bernie Sanders sits down with Political Party Live to discuss policy, and almost gets personal

Stacey Walker and Sen. Bernie Sanders during Political Party Live at Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College, June 7, 2019. — Zak Neumann

Published Sunday, June 9

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ appearance on the Political Party Live (PPL) podcast in Cedar Rapids on Friday night was a mixture of the familiar and the new.

Elizabeth Moen, who had performed at the beginning of Sanders’ March rally at the IMU in Iowa City, performed before PPL co-hosts Stacey Walker and Simeon Talley, along with guest co-host Lauren Beaumont, took the stage at Coe College’s Sinclair Auditorium. Continue reading…

CBS 2 and Fox 28 downplayed 19 presidential candidates in Cedar Rapids on Sunday and aired a Trump-promoted conspiracy theory

Still from CBS 2 broadcast

Published Monday, June 10

It’s no surprise that Washington Post political reporter Dave Weigel was in Cedar Rapids on Sunday for the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Celebration. It was a major event in the 2020 presidential campaign — 19 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination made speeches and schmoozed with party activists from across the state. Enthusiastic supporters of the candidates showed up in record numbers, lining both sides of 1st Avenue in front of the Hilton Doubletree, chanting and cheering like college freshmen at a pep rally. Continue reading…

At last: a home sweet home for UI’s prized art collection

University representatives (L-R) Rod Lehnertz,Laura Lessing, Bruce Harreld, Sue Curry and Lynette Marshall are digging their moment at the Stanley Museum of Art groundbreaking ceremony. — Rachel Wachter/Little Village

Published Monday, June 10

The new University of Iowa (UI) Stanley Museum of Art broke ground on a beautiful sunny afternoon on Friday, June 7. Many excited and emotional spectators looked on as UI President Bruce Herreld; President and CEO of the UI Center for Advancement, Lynette Marshall; Director of the UI Stanley Museum of Art, Lauren Lessing; UI Director of Planning Design and Construction Rod Lehnertz; and the museum’s Interim Executive Vice President Sue Curry (stepping in at the last minute for Acting Director Steve McGuire), performed the ceremonial turning of the dirt. The five took the honorary shovels and turned over the trough of dirt with smiles. Continue reading…

White supremacist flyers distributed on Iowa City’s north side

National Alliance flyer distributed on Iowa City’s north side on Jun. 10, 2019. — Jav Ducker/Little Village

Published Tuesday, June 11

Flyers promoting the neo-Nazi National Alliance started appearing on Iowa City’s north side Monday night.

A resident out for a walk along the 900 block of N Governor Street spotted one of the flyers on the sidewalk. It was contained in the sort of clear, plastic bag used to deliver newspapers, and wrapped around an April issue of Little Village magazine (which is not distributed door-to-door, nor in plastic bags). Although that resident only saw one flyer, there were others. Continue reading…

Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus: 19 candidates and a blimp

Supporter of Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Cedar Rapids, Jun. 9, 2019. — Zak Neumann/Little Village

Published Thursday, June 13

This year’s Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame (HoF) celebration was a record-setting event. More presidential candidates attended and spoke to the assembled party activists and elected officials than any previous year. In part, that’s because there are more candidates this year than ever — 23 at last count — but it’s also an indication of Iowa’s power.

Nineteen presidential hopefuls were at the DoubleTree in downtown Cedar Rapids on Sunday for the three-hour ceremony. That’s five more than attended the California Democratic Party Convention the previous weekend. Continue reading…

Johnson County Attorney rules ICPD officers were justified in shooting suspect

An Iowa City Police vehicle in downtown Iowa City. — Zak Neumann/Little Village

Published Friday, June 14

The shooting of a criminal suspect by two Iowa City Police Department officers last month was justified, Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness announced on Friday. ICPD Officer Alex Stricker and ICPD Officer Travis Neeld “acted with reasonable force in defending themselves and others,” when they discharged their weapons on May 9, striking Michael Cintron-Caceres, according to a statement from the county attorney’s office. Continue reading…

Honor and duty are deeply examined in Riverside’s amazingly accessible romp of a ‘Henry IV Part 1’

Katy Hahn as Hal in ‘Henry IV Part 1.’ — S. Benjamin Farrar/Riverside Theatre

Published Saturday, June 15

“Nor more shall trenching war channel her fields,
Nor bruise her flowerets with the armed hoofs
Of hostile paces”

Seven lines in, and Shakespeare’s Henry IV (Tim Budd) is evoking some very familiar imagery. With an intro like that, it’s no wonder Adam Knight chose to set Riverside’s current production of Henry IV Part 1 during World War I, a conflict elegized in 1915 by Canadian John McCrae with the poem beginning, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow.” Continue reading…

Watch: Political Party Live with Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker

Photos and video: Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame celebration

The Beto O’Rourke campaign shares a table of Casey’s pizzas with visitors at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration. June 8, 2019. — Zak Neumann/Little Village
A man shows off his sign outside the DoubleTree in Cedar Rapids, during the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration, June 9, 2019. — Zak Neumann/Little Village

Photos and video: The 2019 Iowa City Pride Parade and Festival

Despite occasional rain, the 2019 Iowa City Pride Parade was a success, drawing thousands of spectators and marchers. June 15, 2019. — Zak Neumann/Little Village

A wholesome encounter at the Iowa City Pride Parade, June 15, 2019. — Zak Neumann/Little Village

Current issue: Little Village issue 265


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