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Tune in Monday at 9am: Human Trafficking: How do we identify and help victims?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Help TTT continue to produce hyper local public affairs programming like this each week. Donate to TruthToTell's parent, CivicMedia-Minnesota today!

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Just how much is a human life worth on the black market? The answer might astound you. January is Human Trafficking Awareness month and for the next two weeks, TruthToTell  takes a long look into the many forms of exploitation and enslavement happening at the hands of trafficking lords in Minnesota. With these crimes often happening in plain sight right under our noses, we seek to find ways to be keen to these types of crimes as they are happening, and learn the best ways to offer help to victims. In this series, we’ll also speak to survivors of these heinous crimes about their experiences as a victim as well as their lives after breaking free.

Minnesota’s native women, particularly along the North Shore, are disproportionately affected by sex trafficking. Taken from their homes through coercion or desperation, they are often spread around the state and the country providing services to eager Johns (the majority of them are white males, according to research by PRE, Prostitution Research & Education). These practices affect an average of 100 girls under the age of 18 every month in Minnesota, according to FBI reports.

But Native women are not the only ones affected by these tragedies. Current victims are of all races and ages, as well as domestic and international origins. Sex trafficking is also not the only form; other trafficking victims are exploited for free labor, producing babies, supplying human organs, and more. The perpetrators can range from strangers dangling a carrot before desperate people, kidnappers, crooked doctors and lawyers, to one’s own family member.

New laws have been passed in recent years to protect victims who have the courage to try to break free from their servitude, so they are not punished for the crimes they were driven to commit against their will or deported for an illegal immigration status they have no control over. There have also been landmark decisions recently concerning the punishment of trafficking perpetrators. Just last week, Ramsey County issued an unprecedented 40 year prison sentence to Otis Washington, for his involvement in a family operated sex trafficking ring. And as you read this, more policies are being drafted.

TTT’s Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi will speak to this week’s guests about these points and more coming up this Monday at 9am on TruthToTell. 

On-air guests:

SUZANNE KOEPPLINGER: Executive Director,  Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center,  Consultant, Office for Victims of Crime Training, recipient of the Minneapolis FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award and Hennepin County  Attorney’s Community Leadership Award.

 


JEFF BAUER: Director of Public Policy and Civic Engagement, The Family Partnership, Master’s degree in Public Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, helped pass lead Safe Harbor law in Minnesota that protects children from trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

 

 


TERRY FORLITI: Alumni Programs and Volunteer Manager and former Board Member, Breaking Free, Current Board Member, Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood Coalition , survivor of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. 

TruthToTell, Monday, January 13: Human Trafficking: How do we identify and help victims?

On-air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014
Listen to or download this episode here: 

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Help TTT continue to produce hyper local public affairs programming like this each week. Donate to TruthToTell's parent, CivicMedia-Minnesota today!

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Just how much is a human life worth on the black market? The answer might astound you. January is Human Trafficking Awareness month and for the next two weeks, TruthToTell  takes a long look into the many forms of exploitation and enslavement happening at the hands of trafficking lords in Minnesota. With these crimes often happening in plain sight right under our noses, we seek to find ways to be keen to these types of crimes as they are happening, and learn the best ways to offer help to victims. In this series, we’ll also speak to survivors of these heinous crimes about their experiences as a victim as well as their lives after breaking free.

Minnesota’s native women, particularly along the North Shore, are disproportionately affected by sex trafficking. Taken from their homes through coercion or desperation, they are often spread around the state and the country providing services to eager Johns (the majority of them are white males, according to research by PRE, Prostitution Research & Education). These practices affect an average of 100 girls under the age of 18 every month in Minnesota, according to FBI reports.

But Native women are not the only ones affected by these tragedies. Current victims are of all races and ages, as well as domestic and international origins. Sex trafficking is also not the only form; other trafficking victims are exploited for free labor, producing babies, supplying human organs, and more. The perpetrators can range from strangers dangling a carrot before desperate people, kidnappers, crooked doctors and lawyers, to one’s own family member.

New laws have been passed in recent years to protect victims who have the courage to try to break free from their servitude, so they are not punished for the crimes they were driven to commit against their will or deported for an illegal immigration status they have no control over. There have also been landmark decisions recently concerning the punishment of trafficking perpetrators. Just last week, Ramsey County issued an unprecedented 40 year prison sentence to Otis Washington, for his involvement in a family operated sex trafficking ring. And as you read this, more policies are being drafted.

TTT’s Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi will speak to this week’s guests about these points and more coming up this Monday at 9am on TruthToTell. 

On-air guests:

SUZANNE KOEPPLINGER: Executive Director,  Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center,  Consultant, Office for Victims of Crime Training, recipient of the Minneapolis FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award and Hennepin County  Attorney’s Community Leadership Award.

 


JEFF BAUER: Director of Public Policy and Civic Engagement, The Family Partnership, Master’s degree in Public Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, helped pass lead Safe Harbor law in Minnesota that protects children from trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

 

 


TERRY FORLITI: Alumni Programs and Volunteer Manager and former Board Member, Breaking Free, Current Board Member, Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood Coalition , survivor of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. 

Join us Monday as TTT brings on the New Year with our wishes for 2014

Make a New Year's resolution to support quality local public affairs programming. Donate to TruthToTell's parent, CivicMedia-Minnesota today!

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The New Year’s holiday is a time of promise; marked by those ever hopeful New Year’s resolutions and celebration of better times ahead. In that spirit, TruthToTell will be speaking with Minnesotans across the state, including you, to gather big ideas and special wishes for 2014. Our focus will be both light and serious: from the sheer delight of a good poem, to the mind-turning power of a good idea; to the solidarity that comes with communicating with each other across region and circumstance.

TTT’s Michelle Alimoradi and Tom O’Connell will have Representative Carlos Mariani and Marcia Avner in studio to provide some context for our conversation and add a few New Year’s wishes of their own. Please join our conversation with your thoughts by calling us on Monday at 612-341-0980. 

On-air guests:

CARLOS MARIANI – MN Representative, District 65B, Director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership 

MARCIA AVNER - Former Communication Director for Senator Paul Wellstone, Public Policy Director, Minnesota Council of Non-Profits, faculty with Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

TruthToTell- Monday, Dec 30: Bring on the New Year! Big Ideas and Holiday Wishes for Minnesota in 2014

On-air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013
Listen to or download this episode here: 

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Make a New Year's resolution to support quality local public affairs programming. Donate to TruthToTell's parent, CivicMedia-Minnesota today!

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The New Year’s holiday is a time of promise; marked by those ever hopeful New Year’s resolutions and celebration of better times ahead. In that spirit, TruthToTell will be speaking with Minnesotans across the state, including you, to gather big ideas and special wishes for 2014. Our focus will be both light and serious: from the sheer delight of a good poem, to the mind-turning power of a good idea; to the solidarity that comes with communicating with each other across region and circumstance.

TTT’s Michelle Alimoradi and Tom O’Connell will have Representative Carlos Mariani and Marcia Avner in studio to provide some context for our conversation and add a few New Year’s wishes of their own. Please join our conversation with your thoughts by calling us on Monday at 612-341-0980. 

On-air guests:

CARLOS MARIANI – MN Representative, District 65B, Director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership 

MARCIA AVNER - Former Communication Director for Senator Paul Wellstone, Public Policy Director, Minnesota Council of Non-Profits, faculty with Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

TruthToTell - Monday, Dec 9−9AM: LOCAL POWER GENERATION/OWNERSHIP: The People’s Energy Solutions - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Streaming at 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:

Monday, December 9, 2013

Not too many months ago, a budding movement toward municipal ownershipof energy generation in Minneapolis was cut short by a major public relations campaign by current private regulated monopoly providers,Xcel (for electric service) and CenterPoint Energy (formerly Minnegasco) to defeat the proposal.

The proposers were trying to take advantage of the city’s infrequent power franchise renewal process (where Xcel and CenterPoint pay fees to use public rights of way) to provide a public ownership alternative to those renewals, and they had strong support among some members of the City Council. But neither the mayor or the majority of councilmembers.

In addition to public ownership, advocates for the idea also saw the prospect of incorporating what is called distributed energy generation or very localized generators of renewable resources – like wind, solar and energy storage – into the city’s neighborhoods as well as ways for consumers to conserve.

The PR campaign succeeded in tabling the municipal ownership proposal - for the time being - but the notion of distributed and “democratized” energy as the wave of the future continues and might well include resurrected legislation to give the public a piece of the energy pie. For those who support public ownership, the idea survives the PR campaign which included promises by the big guys to work with advocates and city officials to advance these new notions of distributed power.

Minneapolis was a testing ground and may remain that way, but the revolution – or evolution - within the power generation community to change the way energy providers and users alike view renewables continues.

This is not a subject the average citizen or consumer knows much about and it will take public understanding and buy-in to see the advantages of bringing power generation into communities on a smaller scale (rather than large, fossil fuel – coal and natural gas - power plants) and storing the surplus or feeding it up to the larger power grid for savings, control and responsible uses.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI talk with researchers and advocates who see this as the future of energy generation and distribution in hopes of bring more enlightenment to a public often satisfied by successfully switching on lights or the television set and heating the water or cooking. We’ll try to keep it simple and keep public policy concerns in mind as we do.

GUESTS:

JOHN FARRELL – Director of Democratic Energy and the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program, Institute for Local Self-Reliance; authorDemocratizing the Electricity System – A Vision for the 21st Century Grid.

TIMOTHY DENHERDER-THOMAS – General Manager, Cooperative Energy Futures

TruthToTell - Dec 9: LOCAL POWER GENERATION/OWNERSHIP: The People’s Energy Solutions - Audio Here;Video Coming

On-air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Listen to or download this episode here: 

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Not too many months ago, a budding movement toward municipal ownership of energy generation in Minneapolis was cut short by a major public relations campaign by current private regulated monopoly providers, Xcel (for electric service) and CenterPoint Energy (formerly Minnegasco) to defeat the proposal.

The proposers were trying to take advantage of the city’s infrequent power franchise renewal process (where Xcel and CenterPoint pay fees to use public rights of way) to provide a public ownership alternative to those renewals, and they had strong support among some members of the City Council. But neither the mayor or the majority of councilmembers.

In addition to public ownership, advocates for the idea also saw the prospect of incorporating what is called distributed energy generation or very localized generators of renewable resources – like wind, solar and energy storage – into the city’s neighborhoods as well as ways for consumers to conserve.

The PR campaign succeeded in tabling the municipal ownership proposal - for the time being - but the notion of distributed and “democratized” energy as the wave of the future continues and might well include resurrected legislation to give the public a piece of the energy pie. For those who support public ownership, the idea survives the PR campaign which included promises by the big guys to work with advocates and city officials to advance these new notions of distributed power.

Minneapolis was a testing ground and may remain that way, but the revolution – or evolution - within the power generation community to change the way energy providers and users alike view renewables continues.

This is not a subject the average citizen or consumer knows much about and it will take public understanding and buy-in to see the advantages of bringing power generation into communities on a smaller scale (rather than large, fossil fuel – coal and natural gas - power plants) and storing the surplus or feeding it up to the larger power grid for savings, control and responsible uses.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI talk with researchers and advocates who see this as the future of energy generation and distribution in hopes of bring more enlightenment to a public often satisfied by successfully switching on lights or the television set and heating the water or cooking. We’ll try to keep it simple and keep public policy concerns in mind as we do.

GUESTS:

JOHN FARRELL – Director of Democratic Energy and the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program, Institute for Local Self-Reliance; authorDemocratizing the Electricity System – A Vision for the 21st Century Grid.

TIMOTHY DENHERDER-THOMAS – General Manager, Cooperative Energy Futures

TruthToTell: Community Connections- Returning Homes- Stabilizing communities after the housing crisis

On Wednesday, November 13, TruthToTell returned to the Minneapolis Urban League for the 9th in its Community Connections series of on-location public forums. In this month’s forum, TTT looks at the ripple effects of still ever-present foreclosures in the Twin Cities Metro and solutions for community stabilization in the wake storm.

Nov. 18- Encore- Community Connections VIIII- Returning Homes: Stabilizing communities after the housing crisis

TruthToTell held its 9th Community Connections forum on Wednesday, November 13 at the Minneapolis Urban League where Andy and Michelle discussed with panelists and audience members what policies and other actions are still needed to stabilize housing in Twin Cities communities that have been ravaged by foreclosures.

On Wednesday, November 13, TruthToTell returned to the Minneapolis Urban League for the 9th in its Community Connections series of on-location public forums. In this month’s forum, TTT looks at the ripple effects of still ever-present foreclosures in the Twin Cities Metro and solutions for community stabilization in the wake storm (click here to see our video preview). While we keep hearing about the “improving” economy, dropping unemployment rates, and a rising Dow Jones average, the rate of home foreclosures is still much higher than we ever saw before the crash in 2007-2008, and these rates remain highest among low-wealth communities and communities of color. Why are banks still throwing so many people out of their houses and on to the streets? Why do banks refuse to re-negotiate mortgages with homeowners based on current market rate rather than demanding exorbitant amounts of money from them to stay in their home, especially when the next step after the home owner can’t pay is usually to auction off that home at a fraction of what the bank was demanding?

As a result of these foreclosures and subsequent evictions, we see an unfortunate correlation between the rise in demand for rental properties and an increase in rental rates, as well as an increase in boarded up vacant houses and rise in homelessness. We’ll talk to our panelists, who are all organizers trying to mitigate the effects of this housing bubble. 

Please join us this Monday, for the encore presentation of Wednesday evening’s conversation where TTT hosts Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi talked with the panelists and audience members about policies that have already been passed, policies that are still needed, and other actions that organizers and community members could take to bring stability back to the communities that have been most affected by the housing crisis. 

TruthToTell: Community Connections is made possible by a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, which has enabled TruthToTell to partner with KFAI Fresh Air Radio, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), and selected community partners to present these discussions and dialogues on important issues like education, the environment, health care, politics and elections, transportation, Native concerns, youth issues and more, into the key communities affected by these respective topics for radio, television and online distribution.

On-air guests: 

ED GOETZ- Director, CURA Housing Forum at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

VIC ROSENTHAL- Executive Director, Jewish Community Action

JAYMIE KELLY- Home-owner facing foreclosure in South Minneapolis, recent mayoral candidate

ANTHONY NEWBY- Executive Director, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

TruthToTell, Nov. 18- TruthToTell: Community Connections VIIII- Returning Homes: Stabilizing communities after the housing crisis

On-air date: 
Mon, 11/18/2013
Listen to or download this episode here: 

You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly.

On Wednesday, November 13, TruthToTell returned to the Minneapolis Urban League for the 9th in its Community Connections series of on-location public forums. In this month’s forum, TTT looks at the ripple effects of still ever-present foreclosures in the Twin Cities Metro and solutions for community stabilization in the wake storm (click here to see our video preview). While we keep hearing about the “improving” economy, dropping unemployment rates, and a rising Dow Jones average, the rate of home foreclosures is still much higher than we ever saw before the crash in 2007-2008, and these rates remain highest among low-wealth communities and communities of color. Why are banks still throwing so many people out of their houses and on to the streets? Why do banks refuse to re-negotiate mortgages with homeowners based on current market rate rather than demanding exorbitant amounts of money from them to stay in their home, especially when the next step after the home owner can’t pay is usually to auction off that home at a fraction of what the bank was demanding?

As a result of these foreclosures and subsequent evictions, we see an unfortunate correlation between the rise in demand for rental properties and an increase in rental rates, as well as an increase in boarded up vacant houses and rise in homelessness. We’ll talk to our panelists, who are all organizers trying to mitigate the effects of this housing bubble. Please join us this Monday, for the encore presentation of Wednesday evening’s conversation where TTT hosts Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi talked with the panelists and audience members about policies that have already been passed, policies that are still needed, and other actions that organizers and community members could take to bring stability back to the communities that have been most affected by the housing crisis. 

On-air guests:

ED GOETZ- Director, CURA Housing Forum at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

VIC ROSENTHAL- Executive Director, Jewish Community Action

JAYMIE KELLY- Home-owner facing foreclosure in South Minneapolis, recent mayoral candidate

ANTHONY NEWBY- Executive Director, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

TruthToTell: Community Connections is made possible by a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, which has enabled TruthToTell to partner with KFAI Fresh Air Radio, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), and selected community partners to present these discussions and dialogues on important issues like education, the environment, health care, politics and elections, transportation, Native concerns, youth issues and more, into the key communities affected by these respective topics for radio, television and online distribution.