Southside Pride

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Southside Pride is a Minneapolis based leftist news and commentary website. Ed Felien owner and editor of Southside Pride since 1991, writing articles and essays.[1]


  • Ed Felien - "The Unrepentant Maoist"
  • Elaine Klaassen - started at Southside Pride in 1996 selling ads, maintaining the religion calendar and writing articles that eventually became a column called Spirit and Conscience. Since 2011 she has been the paper’s managing editor.
  • Polly Mann
  • Tony Bouza - has served as a police chief, a gaming commissioner, briefly as a politician, and is the author of several books on policing and criminal justice. He has been writing for Southside Pride for several years.
  • David Tilsen - served two terms on the Minneapolis School Board. A lifelong radical from South Minneapolis, he is the grandson of Meridel Le Sueur and the son of civil rights attorney Ken Tilsen.
  • Stephanie Fox - has won two awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her articles. She lives in South Minneapolis with her husband David, a martial arts instructor
  • Deb Ramage - began writing freelance for Southside Pride in 2012, shortly after returning from a 13-year sojourn in England. She covers progressive politics, education, co-ops and neighborhoods. In 2017 she started doing Southside Pride’s restaurant review column, The Dish.
  • Johnny Hazard

Ilhan Omar endorsement

From Ed Felien, founder of Southside Pride:

The hardest choice in the August 14 Primary for people in South Minneapolis has to be the choice between State Representative Ilhan Omar and State Senator Patricia Torres Ray for Congress in the 5th Congressional District.
Ilhan has national recognition as the first Somali representative in a State Legislature. She is endorsed by the DFL and Our Revolution. She supports abolishing ICE, is very progressive, and she brought home bacon for her district.
When Ellison was thinking about resigning as 5th District Congressperson a year ago, we supported Patricia for his seat:

“Five and a half years ago we ran a full-page photo of Senator Patricia Torres Ray on the cover of Southside Pride. In 25 years of publishing we have published a full-page photo on our cover only that one time—when a brave Latina first-term legislator stood in front of the Cub Store on Lake Street supporting the cleaning staff on strike. She was the only elected official there.”

When Ilhan Omar ran against Phyllis Kahn, the incumbent who had served 44 years in the legislature, Patricia Torres Ray was the only elected official to endorse her.

Either of these two women would be a great choice for Congress. But we have to pick one.
I believe we have to trust and respect the leadership in the DFL and Our Revolution and vote for Ilhan Omar for Congress.

But, we have to remember and respect the record and leadership of Patricia Torres Ray.[2]