December 15, 1974 - MPR’s Greg Barron produces “In Search of a Better Life,” a documentary which explores the origin, life and challenges of Mexican American community in Minnesota. The community of St. Paul’s West Side neighborhood is highlighted.
April 12, 1973 - House Appropriations subcommittee hears from ten representatives of state service agencies. They say federal cuts would have catastrophic effect on the poor, retarded, sick, young, and old. Gene Daniels, speaking for the Pilot City neighborhood program, says cuts would destroy his program. Sister Giovanni, who runs a school for dropouts, is impatient with politicians. She says she despises seeing the poor and disadvantaged being used as a political football. She doesn?t know how to deal with political doubletalk. She says politicians are not doing enough, are ineffective. She asks how many bodies does she have to produce before legislators will listen to her. She wants less talk, and more action. One St. Paul DFLer is tired of being tarred with the brush of insensitivity because of the action of one man, President Nixon. He and others hope the district court order of today will help save federal community action programs across the nation.