On-air date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

That most invisible segment of our culture is that segment we often ignore. We don’t always see our homeless brothers and sisters, because we don’t want to. Perhaps we don’t want to believe so many of our neighbors are without places to live. Perhaps we feel powerless to do anything about this plague on the richest society in the world.

Young people are among the most harmed by homelessness. Of the 13,000 Minnesotans who experience homelessness every day, 2,000 are young people, 34% of the total in Hennepin County alone*. Many of the adults are veterans, some are the parents of these youth for whom the instability of homelessness is something none of us would want for our own – or ourselves. (* Wilder Research, 2009 Statewide Homelessness Survey)

But, some of these young people have come forward into the limelight of artistic expression – in words and pictures – through the Arts & Civic Engagement Initiative. Their work and the work of their mentors in agencies working to end homelessness is on exhibit through May 14 at the Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis. Among the exhibitors are the great community photographer, Wing Young Huie, Hennepin County Coordinator to End Homelessness Cathy Ten Broeke doubling as artist, work created by youth experiencing homelessness in collaboration with Peter Haakon Thompson, and work from the exhibition Home Is Where You Make It - six temporary sculptures produced by youth experiencing homelessness with Lauri Lyons, Tish Jones, and Megan Madland.

All of this to reach these goals:

• Highlight the plight of youth struggling with homelessness and other loss of shelter in the Twin Cities through the work of Minnesota artists

• Spark dialogue and increase awareness about ongoing programs and legislative work to end youth and child homelessness

• Celebrate the strengths, capacity and contributions of youth

• Deepen the capacity and commitment of the community to address the issues related to youth homelessness

• Build awareness of the power of the arts to create meaning and beauty from hardship and struggle

This week, TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with artists and leaders in this project to end youth homelessness. We’ll be streaming the program online and showing some of the art on exhibit even as we explore the issues leading to such a serious level of youth homelessness and what we can all do about ending it.


• CATHY ten BROEKE – Photographer, and Coordinator, Heading Home Hennepin program to end homelessness 

• SUSAN PHILLIPS – Director, LSS (Lutheran Social Services) Youth Homeless Services

• REGGIE PRIM – Organizer, Growing Home ExhibitArts & Civic Engagement Initiative and Center for Changing Lives

59:26 minutes (27.21 MB)

TTT Dec 20: OPEN ACCESS CONNECTIONS to the Homeless; COMING DEC 27: 9-11 FALLOUT: Haunting Pain for Minnesotans; FirstPersonRadio Dec 15: WALTER ECHO-HAWK, Lawyer, Judge, Author

TruthToTell Dec 20: OPEN ACCESS CONNECTIONS: Putting Homeless with Work and Housing – KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Online @KFAI.org




What most of us see of homelessness in the Twin Cities are men and women and some children layered in their remaining clothes, perhaps gathering in the courtyard at Dorothy Day Center or waiting for a slot at a St. Stephens shelter or something like it. What almost all of them are looking for, of course, besides a meal or place to stay – is a job and permanent housing. But they have no telephone, and certainly no way of leaving a number for a potential employer or landlord to call.

Almost invisible in this morass is a small nonprofit serving as a communications clearing house and message center for homeless men and women. Now called Open Access Connections, the former Twin Cities Community Voice Mail changed its name and expanded its reach beyond the Cities and is making technology work to connect those experiencing homelessness with people and opportunities to cut all of that short and to find housing and jobs a lot sooner than they could otherwise. It all sounds fairly simple; it’s anything but.

This week, TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with organizers, agencies and participants in this extraordinary effort to make homelessness go away and allow self-sufficiency to take over through technology.


MARCY SHAPIRO– Co-Founder and Executive Director, Open Access Connections (OAC)

ED PETSCHE – OAC Community Organizer and Outreach Specialist

TED DENNIS – Open Access Board member; community organizer and advocate for people living in poverty and having experienced homelessness; Chair, Voices for Change; and has experienced homelessness

BRIAN SULLIVAN – Open Access Board member; recently homeless and former user of voice mail; member of Homeless Against Homelessness

LIZ KUOPPALA – Executive Director, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless


COMING! TruthToTell 9:00AM-Dec 27: 9-11 FALLOUT: Haunting Pain for Minnesotans – KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Online @KFAI.org

NEXT WEEK - evidence-based truths about 9-11 from architects and engineers, intelligence scholars, a victim's relative, a suffering Ground Zero responder. You may not like this or want to believe it, but the evidence is compelling that something's been amiss about this whole episode, made more likely by the very real evidence of this government's lying and its persistent denial of services and recompense, not only for first responders, but all responders for days, weeks, months and years thereafter, all working at Ground Zero and all either sick or dying or dead. Of the some 10,000 men and women who saw service in the toxic cocktail that comprised the air in and around the devastation, nearly 1,000 have died at the hands of those materials, inhaled or ingested, which destroyed one or many parts of their bodily functions. Others will soon follow.

At least a dozen professional organizations including those of pilots, physicists, architects, engineers and medical personnel have detailed that evidence in such a way as to make it difficult to buy the media-advanced US government claims that the damage done by planes and the collapse of three buildings triggered by those aircraft were physically possible under the most imaginative conditions.

TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with several investigators and victims of this event.


• CATHERINE STATZ - Sister of 9-11 Victim

• LUCIE FERRELL - Healthcare worker at Ground Zero now suffering from chronic and debilitating diseases.

• RUBEN ROSARIO - Columnist, St. Paul Pioneer Press - Author of article on Lucie Ferrell

• RUSSELL FELT – Engineer Researcher of 9-11

• PROF. MICHAEL ANDREGG - University of St. Thomas; 9-11 Intelligence Scholar


First Person Radio–Dec 15: WALTER ECHO-HAWK: In The Courts of the Conqueror - AUDIO HERE

We talk with Walter Echo-Hawk about his illustrious career on behalf of American Indian people. And we discuss his newest book: In the Courts of the Conqueror: The Ten Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided

Walter Echo-Hawk wears 4 hats:

(1) Justice, Supreme Court of the Pawnee Nation;

(2) Chairman, Board of Directors, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a brand new national and permanently endowed foundation to support Native art and culture;

(3) Of CounselCrowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma’s oldest and largest law firm; and

(4) Adjunct Professor, Tulsa University School of Law (2010). From 1973-2008, he was a staff attorney of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), where he represented Indian Tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians on significant legal issues during the modern era of federal Indian law. Among his many awards are:

Governor’s Commendation (2010), Governor Brad Henry, for professional contributions on behalf of indigenous cultures throughout the nation, Judge Sarah Hughes Civil Liberties AwardFederal Bar Association (2009); Distinguished Native American Alumni, Oklahoma State University (2009); Martin Luther King Peace Award, Metropolitan College, Denver (1998); Spirit of Excellence Award, American Bar Association (1995); Civil Liberties Award, ACLU of Oregon (1991).