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Tune in Monday at 9am: Human Trafficking: How do we identify and help victims?

Monday, January 13, 2014

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Just how much is a human life worth on the black market? The answer might astound you. January is Human Trafficking Awareness month and for the next two weeks, TruthToTell  takes a long look into the many forms of exploitation and enslavement happening at the hands of trafficking lords in Minnesota. With these crimes often happening in plain sight right under our noses, we seek to find ways to be keen to these types of crimes as they are happening, and learn the best ways to offer help to victims. In this series, we’ll also speak to survivors of these heinous crimes about their experiences as a victim as well as their lives after breaking free.

Minnesota’s native women, particularly along the North Shore, are disproportionately affected by sex trafficking. Taken from their homes through coercion or desperation, they are often spread around the state and the country providing services to eager Johns (the majority of them are white males, according to research by PRE, Prostitution Research & Education). These practices affect an average of 100 girls under the age of 18 every month in Minnesota, according to FBI reports.

But Native women are not the only ones affected by these tragedies. Current victims are of all races and ages, as well as domestic and international origins. Sex trafficking is also not the only form; other trafficking victims are exploited for free labor, producing babies, supplying human organs, and more. The perpetrators can range from strangers dangling a carrot before desperate people, kidnappers, crooked doctors and lawyers, to one’s own family member.

New laws have been passed in recent years to protect victims who have the courage to try to break free from their servitude, so they are not punished for the crimes they were driven to commit against their will or deported for an illegal immigration status they have no control over. There have also been landmark decisions recently concerning the punishment of trafficking perpetrators. Just last week, Ramsey County issued an unprecedented 40 year prison sentence to Otis Washington, for his involvement in a family operated sex trafficking ring. And as you read this, more policies are being drafted.

TTT’s Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi will speak to this week’s guests about these points and more coming up this Monday at 9am on TruthToTell. 

On-air guests:

SUZANNE KOEPPLINGER: Executive Director,  Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center,  Consultant, Office for Victims of Crime Training, recipient of the Minneapolis FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award and Hennepin County  Attorney’s Community Leadership Award.

 


JEFF BAUER: Director of Public Policy and Civic Engagement, The Family Partnership, Master’s degree in Public Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, helped pass lead Safe Harbor law in Minnesota that protects children from trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

 

 


TERRY FORLITI: Alumni Programs and Volunteer Manager and former Board Member, Breaking Free, Current Board Member, Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood Coalition , survivor of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. 

Monday January 6: Encore: Former MN Legistlator Kathleen Vellenga talks about new novel, "Strangers in Our Midst"

Join us this Monday as we present the reprise of this special conversation:

TruthToTell’s Andy Driscoll and special guest co-host Tom O’Connell with sit down with former Minnesota legislator Kathleen Vellenga (DFL- 64A, St. Paul) to talk about her new historical novel, Strangers in Our Midst.  The story is about two young girls in mid-seventeenth century North America who become unlikely friends. One is an Anglo who came over on the Mayflower, the other, a young girl in the east coast Wampanoag tribe. Forty Press describes the tale as, “a critical moment in our continent's history, remaining faithful to the historical record while avoiding both stereotypes and finger-pointing. It describes a time when love, trust, and understanding struggled to overcome cruelty, hardship, and deception in all societies-and it does so with great imagination.”

Join Andy and Tom as they speak with Vellenga about this new, critically acclaimed work. Tune in this Monday at 9am on TruthToTell. 

KATHLEEN VELLENGA- Novelist, former Minnesota State Legislator in St. Paul’s District 64A

Join us Monday as TTT brings on the New Year with our wishes for 2014

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The New Year’s holiday is a time of promise; marked by those ever hopeful New Year’s resolutions and celebration of better times ahead. In that spirit, TruthToTell will be speaking with Minnesotans across the state, including you, to gather big ideas and special wishes for 2014. Our focus will be both light and serious: from the sheer delight of a good poem, to the mind-turning power of a good idea; to the solidarity that comes with communicating with each other across region and circumstance.

TTT’s Michelle Alimoradi and Tom O’Connell will have Representative Carlos Mariani and Marcia Avner in studio to provide some context for our conversation and add a few New Year’s wishes of their own. Please join our conversation with your thoughts by calling us on Monday at 612-341-0980. 

On-air guests:

CARLOS MARIANI – MN Representative, District 65B, Director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership 

MARCIA AVNER - Former Communication Director for Senator Paul Wellstone, Public Policy Director, Minnesota Council of Non-Profits, faculty with Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Monday, Dec 23- Peace on Earth: A holiday conversation on peacemaking

In this holiday season, TruthtoTell pauses to reflect on the annual promise of peace on earth and good will to all.  Universal peace may seem an unattainable goal, at least in the short term, but that doesn’t stop peace makers (and war resisters) from working creatively to bring peace with justice to our neighborhoods and the world. 

Tune in this Monday as TTT hosts Michelle Alimoradi and Tom O’Connell talk with four Twin Cities’ peace makers about their work, the lessons they are learning, and what gives them hope. 

 

 

 

On-air guests:

Tim Wallis- Phd in peace studies, has worked on peacemaking all over the world, former Director, Nonviolent Peaceforce, currently working on The Futility of Force affirming diplomacy, mutual trust, and belief in common humanity.

Melvin Giles- Twin Cities Peacemaker, member of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers.

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer- Associate Professor of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Founder, Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project (MNASAP),  Author, Authentic Hope: It’s the End of the World as we know it, but soft landings are possible.

Lucia Wilkes-Smith - Long-time participant and former staff, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM).  Currently working with WAMM’s Middle East and Ground All Drones Committee, actively working to inform the public about the illegal SodaStream operation in the West Bank. 

Monday, Dec 16 9am- Encore: Rethinking Parent Involvement: New Perspectives/Promising Approaches

As the debate over public education rages on, one area that almost everyone agrees on is the importance of parent involvement.  But what exactly is parent involvement?  How open are our schools to genuine partnerships? How well do our schools engage with low income communities and communities of color? What happens when the cultural values reflected in our public schools clash with the values and experiences of students and their families?    

The evening of Wednesday, December 11, hosts Tom O’Connell and Michelle Alimoradi spoke to panelists and guests at the Minneapolis Urban League about approaches that go beyond site councils and parent-teacher meetings (as important as they are) to deeper relationships between schools, parents and communities. Tune in this Monday at 9am to hear the audio reprise of last week’s live forum. 

TruthToTell: Community Connections is made possible by a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, which has enabled TruthToTell to partner with KFAI Fresh Air Radio, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), and selected community partners to present these discussions and dialogues on important issues like education, the environment, health care, politics and elections, transportation, Native concerns, youth issues and more, into the key communities affected by these respective topics for radio, television and online distribution.

CivicMedia-Minnesota is a 501c3 non-profit production company based in St. Paul, Minnesota, created to bring civic and media literacy to the Twin Cities region and Minnesota, informing, educating and empowering residents and students in local, state and regional public affairs and to amplify the voices of concerned  communities on key issues facing them every day. CMM’s main goal is to engage citizens by helping them understand issues of governance and public policy, critique media coverage of critical policy matters, encourage public discourse and help people take collective action to resolve problems and influence public policy.

On-air guests: 

Victoria Balko- Former Chair, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change Education Committee

Zuke Ellis & Rebecca Wade- Parent/Teacher Home visit program team, St. Paul Federation of Teachers St. Paul

Kristen Talbert- Participant, Absent Narratives Project sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission, currently works at the Ain Dah Yung Center for Native Youth. 

Tracine Asberry- Minneapolis School Board Member, District 2, former Minneapolis  Public Schools and teacher and parent, PhD  in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas

Other Designated Respondants:

Amanda Norman- Board Member, CivicMedia-Minnesota, Project Coordinator on the documentary film project, “Increasing Parent Engagement Through Absent Narratives” from the Minnesota Humanities Commission and the Northwest Suburban Integration School District. Masters in Education from Augsburg University.

Kate Towle- Winner, St. Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Idea Challenge for her work supporting student voice as founder of Project START (Students Together as Allies for Racial Trust, Author, “Cultivating the Untapped Potential of All Parents”

TruthToTell - Monday, Dec 9−9AM: LOCAL POWER GENERATION/OWNERSHIP: The People’s Energy Solutions - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Streaming at KFAI.org

UPCOMING SHOW

Tune in this coming Monday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on KFAI, (90.3 FM in Minneapolis, and 106.7 FM in St. Paul) to catch our upcoming program:

Monday, December 9, 2013

Not too many months ago, a budding movement toward municipal ownershipof energy generation in Minneapolis was cut short by a major public relations campaign by current private regulated monopoly providers,Xcel (for electric service) and CenterPoint Energy (formerly Minnegasco) to defeat the proposal.

The proposers were trying to take advantage of the city’s infrequent power franchise renewal process (where Xcel and CenterPoint pay fees to use public rights of way) to provide a public ownership alternative to those renewals, and they had strong support among some members of the City Council. But neither the mayor or the majority of councilmembers.

In addition to public ownership, advocates for the idea also saw the prospect of incorporating what is called distributed energy generation or very localized generators of renewable resources – like wind, solar and energy storage – into the city’s neighborhoods as well as ways for consumers to conserve.

The PR campaign succeeded in tabling the municipal ownership proposal - for the time being - but the notion of distributed and “democratized” energy as the wave of the future continues and might well include resurrected legislation to give the public a piece of the energy pie. For those who support public ownership, the idea survives the PR campaign which included promises by the big guys to work with advocates and city officials to advance these new notions of distributed power.

Minneapolis was a testing ground and may remain that way, but the revolution – or evolution - within the power generation community to change the way energy providers and users alike view renewables continues.

This is not a subject the average citizen or consumer knows much about and it will take public understanding and buy-in to see the advantages of bringing power generation into communities on a smaller scale (rather than large, fossil fuel – coal and natural gas - power plants) and storing the surplus or feeding it up to the larger power grid for savings, control and responsible uses.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI talk with researchers and advocates who see this as the future of energy generation and distribution in hopes of bring more enlightenment to a public often satisfied by successfully switching on lights or the television set and heating the water or cooking. We’ll try to keep it simple and keep public policy concerns in mind as we do.

GUESTS:

JOHN FARRELL – Director of Democratic Energy and the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program, Institute for Local Self-Reliance; authorDemocratizing the Electricity System – A Vision for the 21st Century Grid.

TIMOTHY DENHERDER-THOMAS – General Manager, Cooperative Energy Futures

Wednesday, Dec 11- Join us live for TruthToTell: Community Connections- Rethinking Parent Involvement: New Perspectives/Promising Approaches

As the debate over public education rages on, one area that almost everyone agrees on is the importance of parent involvement.  But what exactly is parent involvement?  How open are our schools to genuine partnerships? How well do our schools engage with low income communities and communities of color? What happens when the cultural values reflected in our public schools clash with the values and experiences of students and their families?    

This program will explore approaches that go beyond site councils and parent-teacher meetings (as important as they are) to deeper relationships between schools, parents and communities.

And to help us do that, we are drawing on the deep experience and knowledge of parents, educators, and community members who have experienced this issue from a variety of perspectives and approaches.

Join us Wednesday, Decemeber  11 at the Minneapolis Urban League (2100 Plymouth Ave N) from 6:30-8:30pm for our public discussion forum on this topic. This conversation will be taped live for radio and television broadcast. Light refreshments will be served. Children are welcome.

TruthToTell: Community Connections is made possible by a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, which has enabled TruthToTell to partner with KFAI Fresh Air Radio, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), and selected community partners to present these discussions and dialogues on important issues like education, the environment, health care, politics and elections, transportation, Native concerns, youth issues and more, into the key communities affected by these respective topics for radio, television and online distribution.

CivicMedia-Minnesota is a 501c3 non-profit production company based in St. Paul, Minnesota, created to bring civic and media literacy to the Twin Cities region and Minnesota, informing, educating and empowering residents and students in local, state and regional public affairs and to amplify the voices of concerned  communities on key issues facing them every day. CMM’s main goal is to engage citizens by helping them understand issues of governance and public policy, critique media coverage of critical policy matters, encourage public discourse and help people take collective action to resolve problems and influence public policy.

On-air guests: 

Victoria Balko- Former Chair, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change Education Committee

Zuke Ellis & Rebecca Wade- Parent/Teacher Home visit program team, St. Paul Federation of Teachers St. Paul

Kristen Talbert- Participant, Absent Narratives Project sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission, currently works at the Ain Dah Yung Center for Native Youth. 

Other Designated Respondants:

Tracine Asberry- Minneapolis School Board Member, District 2, former Minneapolis  Public Schools teacher and parent, PhD  in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas

Amanda Norman- Board Member, CivicMedia-Minnesota, Project Coordinator on the documentary film project, “Increasing Parent Engagement Through Absent Narratives” from the Minnesota Humanities Commission and the Northwest Suburban Integration School District. Masters in Education from Augsburg University.

Kate Towle- Winner, St. Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Idea Challenge for her work supporting student voice as founder of Project START (Students Together as Allies for Racial Trust, Author, “Cultivating the Untapped Potential of All Parents”

TruthToTell - Monday, Dec 2 − 9AM: AFTER BLACK FRIDAY: What’s Next for Low Wage Workers? - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Streaming at KFAI.org

UPCOMING SHOW

Tune in this coming Monday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on KFAI, (90.3 FM in Minneapolis, and 106.7 FM in St. Paul) to catch our upcoming program:

Monday, December 2, 2013

AFTER BLACK FRIDAY: What’s Next for Low Wage Workers?

This past week brought a happy confluence of two very special holidays: Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. But while happy (and sometimes stressed) consumers feasted and shopped, workers who make our holidays happen and their supporters, demanded an end to poverty level wages.

On Monday, November 25th 5th workers joined supporters from faith and community groups at theBrooklyn Center Walmart to demand an end to retaliation against Walmart workers who speak out for respect in the workplace and better pay.

On Tuesday, the Greater Minnesota Workers Center in St. Cloud protested exploitive labor contracting practices.

On Wednesday, about 100 airport workers and their allies rallied outside the arrivals area of Terminal 1 to show their support for unionization and state legislation to raise the minimum wage.

And on Black Friday itself, unions and social justice organizations came together for two major events: a protest at the downtown Minneapolis Target organized by Centro de Trabajadores Unido en Lucha  (CTUL) and The March Against Poverty Wages, a 1000 strong march and rally down University Avenue in St. Paul to Walmart that ended in 26 arrests.

TruthToTell host Andy Driscoll and special co-host, Tom O’Connell, retired professor of Political Studies will talk with participants about the significance of this past week’s events as well as what lies ahead in the struggle for fair wages and workplace justice.

Sources:

www.workdayminnesota.org

http://ctul.net

www.seiu26.org

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Monday, November 25, 2013

This Monday, TruthToTell’s Andy Driscoll and special guest co-host Tom O’Connell with sit down with former Minnesota legislator Kathy Vellenga (DFL- 64A, St. Paul) to talk about her new historical novel, Strangers in Our Midst.  The story is about two young girls in mid-seventeenth century North America who become unlikely friends. One is an Anglo who came over on the Mayflower, the other, a young girl in the east coast Wampanoag tribe. Forty Press describes the tale as, “a critical moment in our continent's history, remaining faithful to the historical record while avoiding both stereotypes and finger-pointing. It describes a time when love, trust, and understanding struggled to overcome cruelty, hardship, and deception in all societies-and it does so with great imagination.”

Join Andy and Tom as they speak with Vellenga about this new, critically acclaimed work. Tune in this Monday at 9am on TruthToTell. 

On-air guests:

KATHY VELLENGA- Novelist, former Minnesota State Legislator in St. Paul’s District 64A

 

Monday, Nov 25: Former MN Legistlator Kathy Vellenga talks about new novel, "Strangers in Our Midst"

This Monday, TruthToTell’s Andy Driscoll and special guest co-host Tom O’Connell with sit down with former Minnesota legislator Kathy Vellenga (DFL- 64A, St. Paul) to talk about her new historical novel, Strangers in Our Midst.  The story is about two young girls in mid-seventeenth century North America who become unlikely friends. One is an Anglo who came over on the Mayflower, the other, a young girl in the east coast Wampanoag tribe. Forty Press describes the tale as, “a critical moment in our continent's history, remaining faithful to the historical record while avoiding both stereotypes and finger-pointing. It describes a time when love, trust, and understanding struggled to overcome cruelty, hardship, and deception in all societies-and it does so with great imagination.”

Join Andy and Tom as they speak with Vellenga about this new, critically acclaimed work. Tune in this Monday at 9am on TruthToTell. 

On-air guests:

KATHY VELLENGA- Novelist, former Minnesota State Legislator in St. Paul’s District 64A

Nov. 18- Encore- Community Connections VIIII- Returning Homes: Stabilizing communities after the housing crisis

TruthToTell held its 9th Community Connections forum on Wednesday, November 13 at the Minneapolis Urban League where Andy and Michelle discussed with panelists and audience members what policies and other actions are still needed to stabilize housing in Twin Cities communities that have been ravaged by foreclosures.

On Wednesday, November 13, TruthToTell returned to the Minneapolis Urban League for the 9th in its Community Connections series of on-location public forums. In this month’s forum, TTT looks at the ripple effects of still ever-present foreclosures in the Twin Cities Metro and solutions for community stabilization in the wake storm (click here to see our video preview). While we keep hearing about the “improving” economy, dropping unemployment rates, and a rising Dow Jones average, the rate of home foreclosures is still much higher than we ever saw before the crash in 2007-2008, and these rates remain highest among low-wealth communities and communities of color. Why are banks still throwing so many people out of their houses and on to the streets? Why do banks refuse to re-negotiate mortgages with homeowners based on current market rate rather than demanding exorbitant amounts of money from them to stay in their home, especially when the next step after the home owner can’t pay is usually to auction off that home at a fraction of what the bank was demanding?

As a result of these foreclosures and subsequent evictions, we see an unfortunate correlation between the rise in demand for rental properties and an increase in rental rates, as well as an increase in boarded up vacant houses and rise in homelessness. We’ll talk to our panelists, who are all organizers trying to mitigate the effects of this housing bubble. 

Please join us this Monday, for the encore presentation of Wednesday evening’s conversation where TTT hosts Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi talked with the panelists and audience members about policies that have already been passed, policies that are still needed, and other actions that organizers and community members could take to bring stability back to the communities that have been most affected by the housing crisis. 

TruthToTell: Community Connections is made possible by a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, which has enabled TruthToTell to partner with KFAI Fresh Air Radio, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), and selected community partners to present these discussions and dialogues on important issues like education, the environment, health care, politics and elections, transportation, Native concerns, youth issues and more, into the key communities affected by these respective topics for radio, television and online distribution.

On-air guests: 

ED GOETZ- Director, CURA Housing Forum at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

VIC ROSENTHAL- Executive Director, Jewish Community Action

JAYMIE KELLY- Home-owner facing foreclosure in South Minneapolis, recent mayoral candidate

ANTHONY NEWBY- Executive Director, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change