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A New Challenge to Southwest LRT

On-air date: 
Sun, 08/17/2014
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A lawsuit has been filed by the Lakes and Parks Alliance of Minneapolis, alleging that the SWLRT does not comply with state law. The lawsuit is addressed to the mayor and the City Council, and also to the Federal Transit Administration (Chicago) and to the Compliance Office of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) at the office of the US Environmental Protection Agency (Chicago), stating that there was a failure to perform an environmental review by SWLRT.  Some groups believe that the environmental concerns have been satisfied and that the risks to the environment are minor by comparison to the benefits it will bring to the Twin Cities.  While many residents of Minneapolis don’t have a problem with the new system, many have a problem with the process by which the decisions have been made.

Join TTT co-hosts Siobhan Kierans and Tom O’Connell as they discuss this contentious issue with Pastor Paul Slack (ISAIAH and a member of the People’s Transit Coalition), Judy Meath & Mary Pattock (LRT Done Right), Stuart Chazin (Lakes Park Alliance), Susu Jeffrey (Friends of Coldwater) and Anthony Newby (Neighborhoods Organizing for Change).

 

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TruthToTell, Monday, Feb. 18 - 9AM: COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS I: Bottineau: Coming or Going - SPNN 19; MTN 16; KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Streaming @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:

NOTE: This Special TruthToTell: Community Connections program is made possible through a grant from the Bush Foundation


TruthToTell: Community Connections can be seen and/or heard on the following:

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This week we begin a year-long series of monthly special TruthToTell programs looking at key issues facing various communities around the Twin Cities Metro and across Minnesota.

We’re calling it Community Connections – and the whole idea is to bring conversations on important issues like education, the environment, health care, politics and elections, transportation, Native issues, youth and so on, into the communities across Minnesota where folks facing those issues can be a real part of them. We bring in a live and engaged audience each month to be an integral part of our examining those issues.

The series is made possible by a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, which has allowed TruthToTell to partner with KFAI and the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) to present these discussions and dialogues for radio, television and online distribution. The programs are recorded live for presentation beginning the following Monday – in our regular TruthToTell slot at 9:00 AM on KFAI and at 8:00 PM on television in St. Paul on SPNN’s Community Cable Channel 19 and Minneapolis Telecommunications Network (MTN) Channel 16. When possible, we will air live on KFAI on the Second Wednesday evening of some of those months. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for which ones we’re able to air live.

This month, we explore the issues arising from a plan to put a light rail line along what’s being called the Bottineau Transitway, starting in downtown Minneapolis and running through or around the North Side and out to Brooklyn Park. We gathered in the meeting rooms of the Minneapolis Urban League on the North Side of Minneapolis. We want to thank the Urban League as well as the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability (Russ Adams, Joan Vanhala and Ebony Adedayo), our true community partner on this issue – and perhaps others later. AMS will remain on top of regional transit issues throughout their development.

Bottineau will be among the last light rail corridors built, if it can get the necessary funding – and, as with so many other public issues, this line will serve communities of color in the main. Those communities, including North Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, especially the urban core, have watched their critical transit needs go unmet – and even existing ones cut back when others around the Metro were not. This means Bottineau represents a serious public investment in transit-dependent communities, and deserves the same level of fund all the other corridors seem to be receiving from the Feds, the state and local governments. Some other corridors will still have to decide whether they’ll run rails or what’s called bus rapid transit – a sort of souped-up bus to run at in its own lanes and at higher speeds.

This first conversation featured four outstanding contributors to the discussion from both relevant public agencies and some of the communities along this corridor to the northwest from Target Field.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI guided this conversation with our guests:

KENYA MCKNIGHT – Northside Transportation Network (part of NRRC), member of the Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Advisory Board and a Bush Leadership Fellow

STATE SENATOR BOBBY JOE CHAMPION,  (DFL-Minneapolis Dist. 59); Vice Chair, Senate Finance Committee; Member of Transportation Finance and Policy Divisions

 

GARY CUNNINGHAM – Metropolitan Council member; Vice President of Northwest Area Foundation; former head of Hennepin County African American Men Project 

WYNFRED RUSSELL, Brooklyn Park – Executive Director, African Career, Education and Resource, Inc.; Liberian Community activist

 

 

 

MOST RECENT SHOW

Listen to our most recent show here, or browse our archives >

 

It’s important to revisit some issues on a regular basis.  In the wake of several developments, we’re going to take another look at issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our foods and the desperate stonewalling of elected officials and a possibly hoodwinked public from supporting the fundamental right to know about which foods contain GMOs and which do not. GMO labeling has stepped once again into the limelight as worried advocates who have studied this issue have encountered the wealth and power of the massive chemical companies manufacturing genetically modified seeds for planting crops that will forever be modified on the theory that the genes they’ve modified will produce large volumes of profits for both chemical companies and their farmer customers.

Labeling GMO products would seem a simple and responsible step toward gaining the confidence of consumers and such. Of course, no such foods could ever again be considered organic.

This is why advocates are back before the legislature this year. They and their organic farmer friends insist that the reason for labeling are many and today we hear about these efforts from our guests.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI talk with a legislator, and at least two advocates from disparate locations to explain why this remains at the forefront of the food safety issue.

GUESTS:

REP. KAREN CLARK (DFL-Minneapolis 62A) – Member, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee; Registered Nurse; Executive Director, Women’s Environmental Institute; Organic Farmer

MELINDA SUELFLOW – Campaign Coordinator, Organic Consumers Association, Finland, MN.

NANCY DOYLE BROWN – Board Member, Preventing Harm Minnesota; Food Safety Advocate

 

DATE CORRECTION: TruthToTell, Monday, Feb. 11 - 9AM: GMO LABELING: What We Don't Know WILL Hurt Us

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:

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Call and join this conversation – 612-341-0980 – or Tweet us@TTTAndyDriscoll or post onTruthToTell’s Facebook page.

HELP US BRING YOU THESE IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST – PLEASE DONATE HERE!

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It’s important to revisit some issues on a regular basis.  In the wake of several developments, we’re going to take another look at issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our foods and the desperate stonewalling of elected officials and a possibly hoodwinked public from supporting the fundamental right to know about which foods contain GMOs and which do not. GMO labeling has stepped once again into the limelight as worried advocates who have studied this issue have encountered the wealth and power of the massive chemical companies manufacturing genetically modified seeds for planting crops that will forever be modified on the theory that the genes they’ve modified will produce large volumes of profits for both chemical companies and their farmer customers.

Labeling GMO products would seem a simple and responsible step toward gaining the confidence of consumers and such. Of course, no such foods could ever again be considered organic.

So, what’s the big deal?

Well of course, money for the inventors and sellers of chemicals that Monsanto and others peddle modified seeds to millions of farmers who see these additives as boosting yields and profits. But what is there to hide from a public that deserves to know what the hell they’re eating? But why is the public turning down legislative requirements to label such foods, as they did under California’s recent Prop 37 defeat at the ballot box.

One must understand, of course, that with California’s dangerous method of legislating with I&R or initiative and referendum, debating these propositions in the media rather than among elected representatives completely distorts the reality of what one is voting on and the deception often backfires. (See Prop 13 some 40 years ago on school property taxes in that state.)

Monsanto and Dow continue to spend billions on advertising to consumers about the wonderful farm families these GMO seeds support with little or no attention paid to the possible downside. Why spend millions and billions to stop the labeling?  If they won’t say, then it can’t be good. Or can it? Well, we don’t know, do we?

The government remains clearly on the side of the modifiers. The FDA’s and the USDA’s attempts at explanations are peppered with encouragement for accepting the benefits of genetic modification. Once again, our regulatory agencies in under the control of the industry they regulate, resulting in a total lack of control over the ethical use of GMOs by the public and an apparent willingness to spend millions keeping it that way.

This is why advocates are back before the legislature this year. They and their organic farmer friends insist that the reason for labeling are many and today we hear about these efforts from our guests.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI talk with a legislator, and at least two advocates from disparate locations to explain why this remains at the forefront of the food safety issue.

GUESTS:

REP. KAREN CLARK (DFL-Minneapolis 62A) – Member, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee; Registered Nurse; Executive Director, Women’s Environmental Institute; Organic Farmer

MELINDA SUELFLOW – Campaign Coordinator, Organic Consumers Association, Finland, MN.

NANCY DOYLE BROWN – Board Member, Preventing Harm Minnesota; Food Safety Advocate

INVITED: GEORGE BOODY – Executive Director, Land Stewardship Project (LSP); MS in Horticulture and Human Nutrition; BS in Biology, University of Minnesota

TruthToTell, Feb. 11: GMO LABELING: What We Don't Know WILL Hurt Us - AUDIO/PODCAST HERE

On-air date: 
Mon, 02/11/2013
Listen to or download this episode here: 

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It’s important to revisit some issues on a regular basis.  In the wake of several developments, we’re going to take another look at issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our foods and the desperate stonewalling of elected officials and a possibly hoodwinked public from supporting the fundamental right to know about which foods contain GMOs and which do not. GMO labeling has stepped once again into the limelight as worried advocates who have studied this issue have encountered the wealth and power of the massive chemical companies manufacturing genetically modified seeds for planting crops that will forever be modified on the theory that the genes they’ve modified will produce large volumes of profits for both chemical companies and their farmer customers.

Labeling GMO products would seem a simple and responsible step toward gaining the confidence of consumers and such. Of course, no such foods could ever again be considered organic.

So, what’s the big deal?

Well of course, money for the inventors and sellers of chemicals that Monsanto and others peddle modified seeds to millions of farmers who see these additives as boosting yields and profits. But what is there to hide from a public that deserves to know what the hell they’re eating? But why is the public turning down legislative requirements to label such foods, as they did under California’s recent Prop 37 defeat at the ballot box.

One must understand, of course, that with California’s dangerous method of legislating with I&R or initiative and referendum, debating these propositions in the media rather than among elected representatives completely distorts the reality of what one is voting on and the deception often backfires. (See Prop 13 some 40 years ago on school property taxes in that state.)

Monsanto and Dow continue to spend billions on advertising to consumers about the wonderful farm families these GMO seeds support with little or no attention paid to the possible downside. Why spend millions and billions to stop the labeling?  If they won’t say, then it can’t be good. Or can it? Well, we don’t know, do we?

The government remains clearly on the side of the modifiers. The FDA’s and the USDA’s attempts at explanations are peppered with encouragement for accepting the benefits of genetic modification. Once again, our regulatory agencies in under the control of the industry they regulate, resulting in a total lack of control over the ethical use of GMOs by the public and an apparent willingness to spend millions keeping it that way.

This is why advocates are back before the legislature this year. They and their organic farmer friends insist that the reason for labeling are many and today we hear about these efforts from our guests.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI talk with a legislator, and at least two advocates from disparate locations to explain why this remains at the forefront of the food safety issue.

GUESTS:

REP. KAREN CLARK (DFL-Minneapolis 62A) – Member, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee; Registered Nurse; Executive Director, Women’s Environmental Institute; Organic Farmer

MELINDA SUELFLOW – Campaign Coordinator, Organic Consumers Association, Finland, MN.

NANCY DOYLE BROWN – Board Member, Preventing Harm Minnesota; Food Safety Advocate

LISTEN NOW: ReGO ELECTRIC: Making Green Hybrids Greener- PLUS Environment MN's Plug-In Cars Study

TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN (who owns a Prius) talk with ReGo Electric conversion partners SHAYNA BERKOWITZ and ALEX DANOVITCH about what makes this technology so innovative and where it may take us next, and KEN BRADLEY, Director of Environment Minnesota, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization and sponsor of the 2010 report, "PLUG-IN CARS: Powering America Toward a Cleaner Future."all talking about the future of personal transportation.

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