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TruthToTell, Monday, May 30-9AM: VALUES FIRST? A Heartland Forum on Governance; First Person Radio: May 25: CHIEF ARVOL LOOKING HORSE: Peace Advocate; CLYDE BELLECOURT

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What are the values embraced by those calling themselves “progressive?”  Can political activists help less active people define their values and develop a credo they live by and policies they can push into legislation? Which policies should they tackle? What are the priorities communities should set to address the persistent problems faced by a very economically and ethnically diverse set of subcommunities that make up our society? Can real equality exist without a redistribution of wealth so as to see a more evenly endowed city, state or country?

 The organization known as Heartland Democracy has gathered a coalition of other progressive policy and public service advocates to present a Framework for Governing to the public and policymakers – and it starts with a subset of values underlying that framework. As part of the Framework’s roll-out, six member group representatives combined their cases for what ails us as a society and the values needing adoption in a open forum on May 18 at First Universalist Church in Minneapolis, then taking questions and comments from an audience of about 40 participants. Moderating was Heartland Fellow, Phyllis Stenerson.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL was there with Cameraman CRAIG STELLMACHER to record the proceedings for presentation on our Memorial Day edition of TruthToTell. The audio version will air “live” on KFAI Monday morning, the video version will go online a few days later.

GUESTS:

TOM VELLENGA – President, Heartland Democracy Midwest policy initiative

DANE SMITH – President, Growth & Justice progressive think tank

ALISON NORMAN – Policy Director, Minnesota State College Student Association

WESLEY WALKER – Executive Director, Northway Community Trust

STEVE ROGNESS – Policy Director, TakeAction Minnesota, progressive public policy advocacy

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First Person Radio: May 25: CHIEF ARVOL LOOKING HORSE: Peace Advocate; CLYDE BELLECOURT-AUDIO IS HERE

 Arvol Looking Horse was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota in 1954.  Raised by his Grandparents Lucy and Thomas Looking Horse, he learned the culture and spiritual ways of the Lakota. He speaks both Lakota and English. At age twelve, he was given the enormous responsibility of becoming the 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe,  the youngest in history. He is a spiritual leader among the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota People. He holds an honorary Doctorate from the University of South Dakota, and travels and speaks extensively on peace, environmental and native rights issues. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Wolf Award of Canada for his dedicated work for peace. A skilled horseman, he shares his knowledge with the youth on the long distance rides that take place in South Dakota throughout the year.

Also, Clyde Bellecourt returns from his talk before the UN conference on Indigenous People and reads the speech he gave to the Assembly there.

TruthToTell, Monday, May 30-9AM: VALUES FIRST? A Heartland Forum on Governance - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/KFAI.org

On-air date: 
Mon, 05/30/2011

What are the values embraced by those calling themselves “progressive?”  Can political activists help less active people define their values and develop a credo they live by and policies they can push into legislation? Which policies should they tackle? What are the priorities communities should set to address the persistent problems faced by a very economically and ethnically diverse set of subcommunities that make up our society? Can real equality exist without a redistribution of wealth so as to see a more evenly endowed city, state or country?

The organization known as Heartland Democracy has gathered a coalition of other progressive policy and public service advocates to present a Framework for Governing to the public and policymakers – and it starts with a subset of values underlying that framework. As part of the Framework’s roll-out, six member group representatives combined their cases for what ails us as a society and the values needing adoption in a open forum on May 18 at First Universalist Church in Minneapolis, then taking questions and comments from an audience of about 40 participants. Moderating was Heartland Fellow, Phyllis Stenerson.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL was there with Cameraman CRAIG STELLMACHER to record the proceedings for presentation on our Memorial Day edition of TruthToTell. The audio version will air “live” on KFAI Monday morning, the video version will go online a few days later.

GUESTS:

TOM VELLENGA – President, Heartland Democracy Midwest policy initiative

DANE SMITH – President, Growth & Justice progressive think tank

ALISON NORMAN – Policy Director, Minnesota State College Student Association

WESLEY WALKER – Executive Director, Northway Community Trust

STEVE ROGNESS – Policy Director, TakeAction Minnesota, progressive public policy advocacy


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TruthToTell Jan17: MLK SPECIAL REPEAT: COLLEGE ATTAINMENT: Higher Ed for Students of Color - Audio Below

On-air date: 
Mon, 01/17/2011

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY REPEAT SPECIAL:

How in heaven’s name can Minnesota possibly achieve a 75% rate of  high-schoolers attending college by 2020 when the very survival of the state’s pre-school through senior high school system is in dire straits – facing a questionable future given recent budgets and a disastrous combination of  higher education tuition increases and  K-12 budget cuts and shifts over the last few years?

Moreover, the drop-out rates among large percentages of our kids of color, especially, would seem to work severely against any notion of successful educational attainment by anywhere near the 75% advanced as a goal by Growth and Justice Policy Research group and its partner in this enterprise, the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP).

But 75% remains the goal – or rather a challenge – issued by the coalition to this season‘s major party candidates for governor. How did they respond? Tune in Monday morning and find out – just in time for Tuesday’s elections.

What is it about Minnesota that results in such a disgraceful set of statistics? What have we done to our public education system that our state’s best and brightest are too often sent to schools that segregate them from kids of color, leaving the public schools deprived of the needed resources to graduate everyone who walks into a public classroom and receives a solid education? Money, yes. But irresponsible public policies and decisions have slowly but surely undermined what was once regarded as the country’s finest.

What to do about generating both the public will and the public pressure to act in the enlightened self-interest to adequately fund and invoke policies that favor the state’s economic future through education? TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with a few of the leaders in this effort.

REP. CARLOS MARIANI-ROSA – State Representative and Executive Director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP)

JENNIFER GODINEZ – Associate Director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP)

DANE SMITH - President, Growth and Justice Policy Research


62:00 minutes (28.38 MB)

TruthToTell Nov 1: COLLEGE ATTAINMENT: Higher Ed for Students of Color - Audio Below

On-air date: 
Mon, 11/01/2010

How in heaven’s name can Minnesota possibly achieve a 75% rate of  high-schoolers attending college by 2020 when the very survival of the state’s pre-school through senior high school system is in dire straits – facing a questionable future given recent budgets and a disastrous combination of  higher education tuition increases and  K-12 budget cuts and shifts over the last few years?

Moreover, the drop-out rates among large percentages of our kids of color, especially, would seem to work severely against any notion of successful educational attainment by anywhere near the 75% advanced as a goal by Growth and Justice Policy Research group and its partner in this enterprise, the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP).

But 75% remains the goal – or rather a challenge – issued by the coalition to this season‘s major party candidates for governor. How did they respond? Tune in Monday morning and find out – just in time for Tuesday’s elections.

What is it about Minnesota that results in such a disgraceful set of statistics? What have we done to our public education system that our state’s best and brightest are too often sent to schools that segregate them from kids of color, leaving the public schools deprived of the needed resources to graduate everyone who walks into a public classroom and receives a solid education? Money, yes. But irresponsible public policies and decisions have slowly but surely undermined what was once regarded as the country’s finest.

What to do about generating both the public will and the public pressure to act in the enlightened self-interest to adequately fund and invoke policies that favor the state’s economic future through education? TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with a few of the leaders in this effort.

REP. CARLOS MARIANI-ROSA – State Representative and Executive Director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP)

JENNIFER GODINEZ – Associate Director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP)

DANE SMITH - President, Growth and Justice Policy Research

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