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TruthToTell, Mon. May 13-9AM: TTT:COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS IV: MINNESOTA MIX: Immigration Issues-KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/KFAI.org

TruthToTell, Weds, May 8 - Mon, May 13-9AM: COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS IV: MINNESOTA MIX: Immigration Issues-KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/KFAI.org (Audio Below)

 
On-air date: 

  Mon, 05/13/2013

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IMMIGRATION REFORM AND MINNESOTA IMMIGRANT POLICY

This is our 4th TruthToTell: Community Connections forum – this time on the issues facing Minnesota's new immigrant communities and pending policy reform – held Wednesday evening, May 8 in the Grand Hall of the Center for Business and Technology at  North Hennepin Community College (MAP).

This forum was presented by CivicMedia-Minnesota in partnership with St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) through generous support from the Bush Foundation. Production partners for this episode were the Immigrant Law Center of MinnesotaACER (African Career Education Resource, Inc.) North Hennepin Community CollegeHennepin Technical College and SEIU Local 26 (Service Employees International Union).

* WATCH the video version of this show Monday, May 12, from 8:00-9:00PM on St. Paul Cable Channel 19 and/or Minneapolis cable Channel 16. *

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI welcome our panelists and a live audience to talk Immigration issues.

On-air guests: 

JOHN KELLER – Executive Director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

JOSEFINA CATALAN – of Mesa Latina/Mujeres en Liderazgo; Host, La Voz del Pueblo, KFAI, Sunday mornings

SIA HER – Executive Director of MN Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans

HASHI SHAFI – Executive Director of Somali Action Alliance

TruthToTell-May, 2013: COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS IV: MINNESOTA MIX: Immigration Issues

On-air date: 
Mon, 05/13/2013
Listen to or download this episode here: 

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IMMIGRATION REFORM AND MINNESOTA IMMIGRANT POLICY

This is our 4th TruthToTell: Community Connections forum – this time on the issues facing Minnesota's new immigrant communities and pending policy reform – held Wednesday evening, May 8 in the Grand Hall of the Center for Business and Technology at  North Hennepin Community College (MAP).

This forum was presented by CivicMedia-Minnesota in partnership with St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) through generous support from the Bush Foundation. Production partners for this episode were the Immigrant Law Center of MinnesotaACER (African Career Education Resource, Inc.) North Hennepin Community CollegeHennepin Technical College and SEIU Local 26 (Service Employees International Union).

* WATCH the video version of this show Monday, May 13 (THIS IS A CORRECTED DATE), from 8:00-9:00PM on St. Paul Cable Channel 19 and/or Minneapolis cable Channel 16. *

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI welcome our panelists and a live audience to talk Immigration issues.

Panelists/Guests:

JOHN KELLER – Executive Director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

JOSEFINA CATALAN – of Mesa Latina/Mujeres en Liderazgo; Host, La Voz del Pueblo, KFAI, Sunday mornings

SIA HER – Executive Director of MN Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans

HASHI SHAFI – Executive Director of Somali Action Alliance

INVITED: Liberian representatives

Other prominent figure with us as well:

  • Waite House Executive Francisco Segovia

SPECIAL: TruthToTell, Weds, May 8 - 6:30pm/Mon, May 12-9AM: COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS IV: MINNESOTA MIX: Immigration Issues

IMMIGRATION REFORM AND MINNESOTA IMMIGRANT POLICY

You are invited to be a part of our live, participatory studio audience when CivicMedia-Minnesotawill hold its fourth TruthToTell: Community Connections forum – this time on the issues facing Minnesota's new immigrant communities and pending policy reform – starting at 6:00PM Wednesday evening, May 8 in the Grand Hall of the Center for Business and Technology at  North Hennepin Community College (MAPat 7411 85th Avenue North in Brooklyn Park. (The State Senate passed the MN Dream Act May 1st!)

This forum is brought to you by CivicMedia-Minnesota in partnership with St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) through generous support from the Bush Foundation. Production partners for this episode were the Immigrant Law Center of MinnesotaACER (African Career Education Resource, Inc.) North Hennepin Community CollegeHennepin Technical College and SEIU Local 26 (Service Employees International Union).

* Watch this show Monday, May 12, from 8:00-9:00PM on St. Paul Cable Channel 19 and/or Minneapolis cable Channel 16 and/or hear us on TruthToTell Monday morning at 9:00AM. *

Light refreshments will be served.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI welcome our panelists and a live audience to talk Immigration issues.

Panelists/Guests:

JOHN KELLER – Executive Director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

JOVITA FRANCISCO MORALES – of Mesa Latina

SIA HER – Executive Director of MN Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans

HASHI SHAFI – Executive Director of Somali Action Alliance

INVITED: Liberian representatives

Other prominent figures will be with us as well:

  • KFAI's Josefina Catalan
  • Waite House Executive Francisco Segovia
  • SEIU Local President Javier Morillo-Alicea
  • ACER President and Brooklyn Park activist Wynfred Russell
  • Others in the policy-making arena and students from local campuses.

TruthToTell, Mon.,Nov 21@9AM: MINNESOTA'S IMMIGRATION DILEMMA: Fixable and Fair? / Nov 14: OVERCOMING RACISM IV: Joe Feagin and The White Racial Frame

Remember – call and join the conversation – 612-341-0980 – or Tweet us @TTTAndyDriscoll or post on TruthToTell’sFacebook page.

Watch us from Studio 5! TruthToTell is now seen live on Livestream and later on Blip.tv or in iTunes

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This nation, we often forget when it comes to people of color, is a nation of immigrants. None of us is native to this land – except Native Americans (from whom all the land was stolen or cheated away). It remains symptomatic of our obsession with skin color and cultural “otherhood” that we forget that our parents or grandparents or great-grandparents arrived here after uprooting themselves from places where they were either not welcome or no longer viable citizens – because of their religion, their crimes, their finances, their lack of opportunity, their victimhood – seeking a new start, some way to survive, feed their families, recreate community.

Too often, the second- or third- or fourth-generation immigrant starts identifying as the owner of his her place and not the occupant of space that once belonged to someone else. They begin to see “the other” – either those brought here against their will or appearing voluntarily to start anew and do the work we once did and no longer will do – the dirty work. That’s the work that creates millionaires of others of us, and just a few of us at that.

Do we ask why, then, the government we elect and pay for treats our immigrant brothers and sisters like criminals? Why are the very people who pick our produce, who roof our houses, who serve our domestic and commercial needs and wants harassed and discriminated against – and shoved out of the United States, despite our unwillingness to perform such tasks ourselves anymore?

We have laws on the books that creates citizens of anyone born in the USA, as the children of so many immigrants are. And, yet again, we are prepared to send these children back home with their deported parents?

This is a nation of laws, yet also a nation of laws that make no sense and enforcement mechanisms that ignore justice and stretch the rules to de-nude our commercial and industrial entities of their capacity to continue operating. There’s a serious duplicity operating here – hypocrisy of policy and politics so clearly based in our obsession with color and culture that it defeats its own purpose for being because our longstanding racism and white supremacy.

Like the INS before it, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency often operates on a plane above the law or as a government unto itself. In whose best interests are the raids and jailings and deportations carried out by the federal government? What are we doing to the families of undocumented worker who keep this country’s economy afloat with their hard work and subpar wages? What about their children? What about their education? Their health care? What about the taxes they pay, the mortgages they’ve been allowed to take out on modest living quarters?

And yet, we’re told that Minnesota does one of the better jobs of working together to solve many of these problems, and it shows in the stories coming out of towns and cities where factories and farms have created whole new communities of new residents – some undocumented, some not, but living and working together to keep those communities thriving. Worthington is one. Madelia’s another. But Uncle Sam’s vigilant guard is ever on the prowl.

All questions needing answers. A few of them will come this week as TruthToTell’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI query two of the state’s most active advocates in this field. Some might even say strange bedfellows who are nevertheless members of a broad coalition of interested legal agencies, nonprofits, unions and business groups who support major immigration reform.

GUESTS:

JOHN KELLER – Executive Director, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota


BILL BLAZAR – Senior Vice President, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

 

 


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TruthToTell, Nov 14: OVERCOMING RACISM IV: Joe Feagin and The White Racial Frame - AUDIO HERE. VIDEO HERE.

How deeply embedded in our personal, institutional and national cultures is the notion of racial superiority – the very idea that, no matter what we say or do, people of color are just not quite what most of us are: white? This program takes the idea of white supremacy and white privilege one step further than we’ve ever gone before.

 We cannot excuse the present national ethos by saying things have gotten better or now that we have elected a president of African-American descent - or that we no longer embrace the slavery of Antebellum - or that we have passed a Civil Rights Act(about 400 years after the first settlements) - that we can say we no longer fit into what Professor Joe Feagin calls the White Racial Frame.

TruthToTell,Nov 21: MINNESOTA'S IMMIGRATION DILEMMA: Fixable and Fair?-AUDIO BELOW / VIDEO in Archives

On-air date: 
Mon, 11/21/2011

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

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This nation, we often forget when it comes to people of color, is a nation of immigrants. None of us is native to this land – except Native Americans (from whom all the land was stolen or cheated away). It remains symptomatic of our obsession with skin color and cultural “otherhood” that we forget that our parents or grandparents or great-grandparents arrived here after uprooting themselves from places where they were either not welcome or no longer viable citizens – because of their religion, their crimes, their finances, their lack of opportunity, their victimhood – seeking a new start, some way to survive, feed their families, recreate community.

This is a nation of laws, yet also a nation of laws that make no sense and enforcement mechanisms that ignore justice and stretch the rules to de-nude our commercial and industrial entities of their capacity to continue operating. There’s a serious duplicity operating here – hypocrisy of policy and politics so clearly based in our obsession with color and culture that it defeats its own purpose for being because our longstanding racism and white supremacy.

Like the INS before it, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency often operates on a plane above the law or as a government unto itself. In whose best interests are the raids and jailings and deportations carried out by the federal government? What are we doing to the families of undocumented worker who keep this country’s economy afloat with their hard work and subpar wages? What about their children? What about their education? Their health care? What about the taxes they pay, the mortgages they’ve been allowed to take out on modest living quarters?

TruthToTell’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI query two of the state’s most active advocates in this field. Some might even say strange bedfellows who are nevertheless members of a broad coalition of interested legal agencies, nonprofits, unions and business groups who support major immigration reform.

GUESTS:

JOHN KELLER – Executive Director, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota


BILL BLAZAR – Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Business Development, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.


LAURA DANIELSON – Attorney/Chair, Immigration Law Department, Fredrikson & Byron, PA Law Instructor, University of MN Law School; Co-Author, Green Card Stories




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