TTT newsletter archives

Here is an archive list of all published newsletter issues with the most recent issue listed first.

TTT July 26: PRIMARY FOCUS 2010: DFL Primary Contenders for Senate District 67 #2 and House District 65A

We return this week to the tightly contested races for seats in the wake of surprise resignations by the only two Hmong officeholders in the State Legislature. Two weeks ago, we interviewed four of the nine DFLers seeking to replace State Senator Mee Moua who departed her District 67 seat on the last day of session this past Spring. Coming so late in the election season as it did, and with a real plethora of candidates surfacing overnight, the District 67 DFL declined to endorse. This means that one of the nine primary candidates for the nomination could emerge the winner with as little as 20% of the total vote - a vote that, because of the ridiculous recasting of the primary election in August - the 10th - will itself be even lower than 20% of the eligible electors, most of whom will be lollygagging at the beach or up north at their cabins or in Europe.

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A better margin if not a better voter turnout will come with the primary shakeout for House District 65A, left vacant by departing Representative Cy Thao. In this case, just two candidates are squaring off, and one of them IS DFL-endorsed. But Jeremiah Ellis faces a formidable challenge from a story of homelessness rising to activism in the person of Rena Moran. The race may be close, but the turnout may, again, be too low to be truly representative of all the people in these districts, 65A being no exception.

TONIGHT! KFAI MINNECULTURE SPECIAL: PENUMBRA THEATRE: Darkness into Light - 7:30 PM KFAI 90.3/106.7/Stream@www.KFAI.org

It's been a privilege to produce this upcoming documentary special featuring the story of St. Paul's own nationally recognized Black theatre company - Penumbra Theatre - now celebrating its 34th Anniversary as the only Twin Cities theatre producing plays by, of and for the African-American community, but beloved by all theatre-goers everywhere. Among its laurels is its record of 27 world premieres of important plays by Black playwrights and the starting place for all of plays penned by the late August Wilson, most of them produced in larger, regional venues and presented on Broadway and in film. Here at Penumbra is where it started not just for August Wilson, who wrote many of his scathing insights into the Black culture in every decade of the 20th Century in restaurants and coffee shops along Selby Avenue in St. Paul, but of many other contributors to the Black experience and translated on-stage. We meet many members of the highly revered company of actors and performers, each of them, "stars in their own right," says founding Artistic Director Lou Bellamy.

TruthToTell This Week: Mon, July 19, 9AM-KFAI: PRIMARY FOCUS 2010: Ramsey County Attorney Candidates

While not the most invisible of the less visible offices, Ramsey County Attorney campaigns are rarely, if ever, covered by the so-called mainstream media, despite the important nature of this office toward ensuring justice for Ramsey County residents (and that includes the City of St. Paul as well as its near-ring suburbs). The Ramsey County Attorney is chief prosecutor of felonies committed around the county (misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors are prosecuted by the cities) - as well as representing the county in civil litigation. Most important, the County Attorney is the watchdog agency for enforcing orders for and collecting delinquent child support and for ensuring child protection throughout the county.

Join us Monday, July 19 when TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL hosts a conversation among the three county attorney candidates hoping to help voters in Ramsey County decide whom to support.

TruthToTell This Week: Mon, July 12-KFAI 9AM PRIMARY FOCUS 2010: Senate District 67

This week, TTT'S ANDY DRISCOLL looks in on Senate District 67, heavy with contenders because of Senator Mee Moua's rather sudden retirement on the last day of Session 2010. Nine DFLers are vying for the nomination August 10, a date which is itself discouraging for voters given Minnesota's penchant for enjoying their short summers, free of politics, except for the incessant commercials keeping attention on the governor's primary for the moment.

TruthToTell July 12 9AM: PRIMARY FOCUS 2010: Senate District 67

This week, TTT'S ANDY DRISCOLL looks in on Senate District 67, heavy with contenders because of Senator Mee Moua's rather sudden retirement on the last day of Session 2010. Nine DFLers are vying for the nomination August 10, a date which is itself discouraging for voters given Minnesota's penchant for enjoying their short summers, free of politics, except for the incessant commercials keeping attention on the governor's primary for the moment.

NEW DAY/TIME: TruthToTell-Mons, 9AM; TTT July 5th: Conversation with PETER ERLINDER: Rwanda Resurrected

Still recovering from three weeks in a Kigali, Rwanda, prison, attorney Peter Erlinder has been on a whirlwind series of public appearances speaking out less about his prison misery than on the politics behind his arrest and charges of denying the 1994 Rwandan genocide, a crime under current Rwandan law within the regime of Tutsi President Paul Kagami. Erlinder is out on bail for medical and humanitarian reasons and will undergo checks for excessive blood pressure and other ailments in Rochester's Mayo Clinic sometime in the coming week.

This week, TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and Guest Co-host CRAIG COX query Peter Erlinder about the genocide claims of both Tustsis and Hutus, their portrayal in the global media, the US role in the African nation's governance as well as his experiences in jail and court.

GUESTS:

• PETER ERLINDER - Attorney; Professor of Constitutional Law, Wm. Mitchell College of Law; President of Defence Attorneys association within the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

• TOM O'CONNELL - Professor of Political Science, Metropolitan State University

• KENNEDY OGETTO and GERSHOM OTACHI Bw'OMANWA - Advocates, Ogetto, Otachi & Company, Nairobi, Kenya; Defence Council, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

TruthToTell This Week: Girls in Trouble: A Web of Abuse, Drugs, the Streets - and Jail

TTT Weds, June 23: Girls in Trouble: A Web of Abuse, Drugs, the Streets - and Jail

 

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From the Preface to the Amicus Girls Study:

Any parent of a teenage girl can relate. At some point in even the best relationships, the question comes up in a mother’s or father’s mind: “What am I doing wrong?” Those involved with girls in Minnesota’s juvenile justice system sometimes find themselves going through a similar self-inventory. Some professionals tend to believe it’s just easier to work with boys.

But what about the other side of the relationship? Many girls in the system feel they don’t have a voice: that people are viewing them more as the embodiment of their destructive behavior rather than as individuals with insights and opinions that should be heard.

Despite the efforts of thousands of dedicated service providers, girls in Minnesota’s juvenile justice system have endured many hardships.

When compared to boys, research shows that girls have:

experienced more significant sexual abuse and trauma history;

engaged in more risky sexual behavior;

experienced more significant physical and mental health problems;

engaged in more self-defeating behaviors, including running away and skipping school.

worst of all, many victimized girls who run away from home are revictimized through their recruitment into prostitution and trafficked for the financial benefit of traffickers and pimps.

Any wonder that too many find themselves in the criminal justice system?

TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN bring together the Amicus study's authors and advocates with professionals and policymakers to talk about these issues and what comes next for the thousands of girls caught up in the system.