Michelle Alimoradi

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

TruthToTell presents encore of conversation on foreclosure effects on health and well-being in light of Nov 13 live Community Connections forum on foreclosure solutions. Don’t miss it!

Thursday, November 14 is Give to the Max Day. Click here to schedule your donation now!

This Wednesday, November 13, TruthToTell returns to the Minneapolis Urban League to bring you the 9th in its Community Connections series of on-location public forums. This month TTT looks at the ripple effects of still ever-present foreclosures in the Twin Cities Metro and solutions for community stabilization in the wake of the 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-income 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 Wednesday, when we’ll focus on policies that have already been passed and policies that are still needed to bring stability back to the communities that have been most affected. Our panelists will be:

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

Join us at the Minneapolis Urban League this Wednesday, November 13 for this important community conversation. TruthToTell: Community Connections events are free and open to the public. You can RSVP for the event on Facebook here.

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.

Week of Nov 11- TTT on Foreclosures- Join us LIVE Nov 13, 6:30pm at MPLS Urban League

TruthToTell presents encore of conversation on foreclosure effects on health and well-being in light of Nov 13 live Community Connections forum on foreclosure solutions. Don’t miss it!

Thursday, November 14 is Give to the Max Day. Click here to schedule your donation now!

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This Wednesday, November 13, TruthToTell returns to the Minneapolis Urban League to bring you the 9th in its Community Connections series of on-location public forums. This month 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 Wednesday, when we’ll focus on policies that have already been passed and policies that are still needed to bring stability back to the communities that have been most affected. Our panelists will be:

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

In the spirit of this Wednesday’s conversation, Monday, November 11 we bring you an encore presentation of our February 4 conversation about the ripple effects of foreclosures on the health and well being of homeowners. We spoke with Gayle Lindsey, who at the time she appeared on our show was facing foreclosure on her mortgage with M&T Bank. Shortly after her appearance on TruthToTell, Gayle was contacted by the Senior Vice President of the Loss Mitigation department at M&T Bank about renegotiating her mortgage.

We also had Rachel Fang, who was using an online survey  to write her PhD dissertation on the role housing plays in our lives and the toll foreclosure takes on us. Fang says, our home is “…a place of refuge, personal security, identity and freedom, offering individuals a sense of order, continuity and place of physical belonging.

And we also had with us Chris Gray of Occupy Homes MN, talking about the scope of the foreclosure problem and the actions that Occupy Homes MN was and still is taking to mitigate the effects of foreclosures locally.

Join us for this encore presentation, and then come on down to the Minneapolis Urban League this Wednesday, November 13 for this important community conversation. TruthToTell: Community Connections events are free and open to the public. You can RSVP for the event on Facebook here.

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.

 

Foreclosures Double Feature- TruthToTell: Community Connections on Foreclosure Solutions & Encore of Health Effects of Foreclosure

On-air date: 
Mon, 11/11/2013

Thursday, November 14 is Give to the Max Day. Click here to schedule your donation now!

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This Wednesday, November 13, TruthToTell returns to the Minneapolis Urban League to bring you the 9th in its Community Connections series of on-location public forums. This month 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 Wednesday, when we’ll focus on policies that have already been passed and policies that are still needed to bring stability back to the communities that have been most affected. Our panelists will be:

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

In the spirit of this Wednesday’s conversation, Monday, November 11 we bring you an encore presentation of our February 4 conversation about the ripple effects of foreclosures on the health and well being of homeowners. We spoke with Gayle Lindsey, who at the time she appeared on our show was facing foreclosure on her mortgage with M&T Bank. Shortly after her appearance on TruthToTell, Gayle was contacted by the Senior Vice President of the Loss Mitigation department at M&T Bank about renegotiating her mortgage.

We also had Rachel Fang, who was using an online survey  to write her PhD dissertation on the role housing plays in our lives and the toll foreclosure takes on us. Fang says, our home is “…a place of refuge, personal security, identity and freedom, offering individuals a sense of order, continuity and place of physical belonging.

And we also had with us Chris Gray of Occupy Homes MN, talking about the scope of the foreclosure problem and the actions that Occupy Homes MN was and still is taking to mitigate the effects of foreclosures locally.

Join us for this encore presentation, and then come on down to the Minneapolis Urban League this Wednesday, November 13 for this important community conversation. TruthToTell: Community Connections events are free and open to the public. You can RSVP for the event on Facebook here.

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.

Monday, Nov 4: Who decides it’s racist? Confronting issues with the Washington D.C. NFL Mascot

This Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings will take on the Washington Redskins at the Metrodome and the American Indian Movement (AIM) will be there in throngs,  signs in hand, to educate football fans about why the Washington D. C. Mascot is a racist emblem. This week’s protest will not be the first, just last weekend the Washington team was met by protesters at the Mile High stadium in Denver, and these demonstrations will continue across the country as the movement catches fire. This controversy has had a slow build, but now in 2013 a burst of new major publications and broadcasters have joined the boycott of the team’s name, including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Native Nations all over the country have been standing up to team owner Dan Snyder, who publicly stated last week that he still  has no intention of changing the team’s mascot, even after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had a personal meeting with Synder over the mascot issue. This meeting was arranged on behalf of the Oneida Indian Nation in upstate New York who first called a meeting with Goodell. Even President Obama has weighed in on the debate saying if he were the Redskins he’d "think about changing it."

There are many arguments about why the mascot shouldn’t be changed. Some say the tradition should overshadow the controversy. Some say it pays homage to the Native Americans, and should not be construed as a mockery of their culture. Some point to mascots like Minnesota’s own Vikings as a comparable caricature and a reason we should not be able to be offended. But critics say, why choose something that could be offensive at all if there are plenty of other mascot options that are far more benign? Ultimately, who gets to decide if it’s racist? This Monday morning, TTT’s own Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi discuss these points and more with our guests: 

CLYDE BELLECOURT– Executive Director of the AIM Interpretive Center and co-founder of the American Indian Movement; former Minneapolis School Board Member

JOEY BROWNER-Former Vikings All-Pro Safety, Vikings Ring of Honor Inductee- One of just 21

 

 


CROW BELLECOURT- Musician, recorded the ‘Redskins!’ song with Larry Long.

LARRY LONG- American singer-songwriter

TruthToTell, Nov 4: Who decides it’s racist? Confronting issues with the Washington D.C. NFL Mascot

On-air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013
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This Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings will take on the Washington Redskins at the Metrodome and the American Indian Movement (AIM) will be there in throngs,  signs in hand, to educate football fans about why the Washington D. C. Mascot is a racist emblem. This week’s protest will not be the first, just last weekend the Washington team was met by protesters at the Mile High stadium in Denver, and these demonstrations will continue across the country as the movement catches fire. This controversy has had a slow build, but now in 2013 a burst of new major publications and broadcasters have joined the boycott of the team’s name, including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Native Nations all over the country have been standing up to team owner Dan Snyder, who publicly stated last week that he still  has no intention of changing the team’s mascot, even after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had a personal meeting with Synder over the mascot issue. This meeting was arranged on behalf of the Oneida Indian Nation in upstate New York who first called a meeting with Goodell. Even President Obama has weighed in on the debate saying if he were the Redskins he’d "think about changing it."

There are many arguments about why the mascot shouldn’t be changed. Some say the tradition should overshadow the controversy. Some say it pays homage to the Native Americans, and should not be construed as a mockery of their culture. Some point to mascots like Minnesota’s own Vikings as a comparable caricature and a reason we should not be able to be offended. But critics say, why choose something that could be offensive at all if there are plenty of other mascot options that are far more benign? Ultimately, who gets to decide if it’s racist? This Monday morning, TTT’s own Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi discuss these points and more with our guests: 

CLYDE BELLECOURT– Executive Director of the AIM Interpretive Center and co-founder of the American Indian Movement; former Minneapolis School Board Member

JOEY BROWNER-Former Vikings All-Pro Safety, Vikings Ring of Honor Inductee- One of just 21

 

 


CROW BELLECOURT- Musician, recorded the ‘Redskins!’ song with Larry Long.

LARRY LONG- American singer-songwriter

Monday, Oct 28th: Minneapolis Plain Language Charter: Simplicity or Uncertainty?

 

Minneapolis residents will face two amendments on the ballot next Tuesday that the Minneapolis City Charter Commission says would shorten and ‘modernize’ the language of the near century-old City Charter.

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Next week, Minneapolis will vote on whether or not to adopt a new ‘Plain Language’ version of its city charter. The Charter Commission is proposing twoamendments on the ballot which completely rewrite and modernize the City’s Charter. The Commission says this new revision eliminates outdated details (the original version was written almost a century ago), clarifies ambiguous language, and re-organizes information, making it easier to reference, while at the same time preserving the way Minneapolis has traditionally been governed. This means there are no changes to the roles of the Mayor, the City Council, or the roles of our independent Boards, such as the Parks Board and the Board of Estimate and Taxation.

Careful attention has been applied to this revision process (watch video), which has taken over a decade to complete, but is it possible to preserve all of the same parameters of governance in this new charter draft that is merely one third the length of its predecessor? Is simplicity a virtue in the city’s supreme legal document? City Attorney, Susan Segal has stated that she sees ‘more risk than benefit,’ but can anyone really know without putting the new charter to the test? If adopted, there would be one year between the time the new charter draft is adopted to the time it is implemented. This would give the City Council and the City’s Independent Boards time to respond to any resulting ambiguities left by the new language and pass clarifying ordinances.

This revision proposal is not without precedent. St. Paul drafted and adopted an updated City Charter in 1972, and just two years later Minnesotans took an affirmative vote to redraft the Minnesota State Constitution. Has the last four decades been enough time for Minneapolis to catch up? Can its residents be confident this plain language draft will serve them the same as the current charter has? TruthToTell’s Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi discuss this and more with this Monday’s guests. 

On-air guests: 

DAVID TILSEN – Member, Minneapolis Farmer-Labor Association; former Mpls. School Board member

LYALL SCHWARZKOPF- Former Minneapolis City Clerk and Minneapolis City Coordinator,  Secretary, Minneapolis Charter Commission.

BARRY CLEGG- Chair, Minneapolis Charter Commission, Business and Tax Attorney for Gray, Plant, Mooty

TruthToTell Oct 28th: Minneapolis Plain Language Charter: Simplicity or Uncertainty?

On-air date: 
Mon, 10/28/2013

Next week, Minneapolis will vote on whether or not to adopt a new ‘Plain Language’ version of its city charter. The Charter Commission is proposing two amendments on the ballot which completely rewrite and modernize the City’s Charter. The Commission says this new revision eliminates outdated details (the original version was written almost a century ago), clarifies ambiguous language, and re-organizes information, making it easier to reference, while at the same time preserving the way Minneapolis has traditionally been governed. This means there are no changes to the roles of the Mayor, the City Council, or the roles of our independent Boards, such as the Parks Board and the Board of Estimate and Taxation.

Careful attention has been applied to this revision process (watch video), which has taken over a decade to complete, but is it possible to preserve all of the same parameters of governance in this new charter draft that is merely one third the length of its predecessor? Is simplicity a virtue in the city’s supreme legal document? City Attorney, Susan Segal has stated that she sees ‘more risk than benefit,’ but can anyone really know without putting the new charter to the test? If adopted, there would be one year between the time the new charter draft is adopted to the time it is implemented. This would give the City Council and the City’s Independent Boards time to respond to any resulting ambiguities left by the new language and pass clarifying ordinances.

This revision proposal is not without precedent. St. Paul drafted and adopted an updated City Charter in 1972, and just two years later Minnesotans took an affirmative vote to redraft the Minnesota State Constitution. Has the last four decades been enough time for Minneapolis to catch up? Can its residents be confident this plain language draft will serve them the same as the current charter has? TruthToTell’s Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi discuss this and more with this Monday’s guests. 

On-air guests:

DAVID TILSEN – Member, Minneapolis Farmer-Labor Association; former Mpls. School Board member

LYALL SCHWARZKOPF- Former Minneapolis City Clerk and Minneapolis City Coordinator,  Secretary, Minneapolis Charter Commission.

BARRY CLEGG- Chair, Minneapolis Charter Commission, Business and Tax Attorney for Gray, Plant, Mooty

10-9-13 TruthToTell: Community Connections VIII- Who runs Minneapolis, Who should?

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, October 14, 2013

 

It’s week one of KFAI’s Fall Pledge Drive! Call in on Monday morning to pledge your support at 612-341-9030 or donate now online.

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With all the media attention the upcoming, highly-contested Minneapolis Mayoral Race is getting, isn’t it about time we all ask ourselves, how important is the mayoral office in implementing change? TTT’s Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi discuss the key people, institution, and otherwise that are making things happen in Minnesota’s biggest city. More importantly, we discuss with our panelists and audience members ‘Who should run Minneapolis?’ We consider what all of our roles are as citizens, voters, tax-payers, parents, students, and the like. How do we make Minneapolis a city that truly works for everyone? Join us for this important pre-election discussion.

TTT partners with the Community Development Club and the Center for Civic Engagement at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College to present this one-of-a-kind public forum.

The telecast of this forum will air Monday, October 14 at 8pm on SPNN St. Paul Cable Channel 19 and MTN Minneapolis Cable Channel 16Subsequent broadcasts will also be available to northern metro suburban cable subscribers and online.

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.

PANELISTS: 

CAM GORDON- Minneapolis Ward 2 City Councilmember

CAT SALONEK- Community Organizer, OccupyHomesMN

LENA JONES- MCTC Political Science Instructor

BETH HAWKINS- Freelance Twin Cities Journalist/Blogger


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What is it about mental illness that makes people turn a blind eye to the realities around them – yes, most probably in their families or themselves? Why have we as a species come to see behavioral health as something to run away from, not only as a blot on the rest of our families, but somehow raising questions that some sort of inherited mental illness will get us locked up or killed – as too many Americans with mental illness have been?

A crisis? Absolutely, and the tougher the times, the worse the crises. And we’ve criminalized mental illness such that those acting out are too often shot down by police officers.

But those are just a few of the issues facing us when, according to research from the Wilder Foundation, “the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)estimated that 45.1 million adults, or nearly 20 percent of the population, had a mental illness in the past year; 11 million adults had a serious mental illness in the past year. Additionally, nearly 9 million adults had a substance use disorder in the previous year.”

Applying SAMHSA’s estimates to the number of adults in Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington Counties, Wilder reports, it is estimated that 245,800 adults living in the East Metro alone had a mental illness in the past year with an estimated 59,300 adults having a serious mental illness, and 49,170 had a substance abuse problem in the past year.

(Serious mental illnesses are diagnosable mental disorders that interfere with or limit one or more major life activities for adults. Conditions include bipolar disorder, dual diagnosis, major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia.)

Now, on this beginning day of Mental Health Awareness Week, we talk with those dealing with mental health crises, urgent care for mental health, and even mental illness itself to get us thinking about how we can stop this business of adding stigma upon stigma to a society so wracked by some form of mental illness. And just what IS emotional CPR?

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI try to make sense of an sickness that takes such a back seat to all other human ailments.

GUESTS:

ROGER MEYER – Project Director, Mental Health Crisis Alliance, Ramsey County

ADRIENNE PREHATNEY - Peer Support Specialist, Urgent Care for Adult Mental Health

 

 


PATTI BITNEY STARKE – Executive Director, Mental Health Consumer Survivor Network of MN

 


TruthToTell, Monday 10-14-13-9AM ENCORE- TruthToTell: Community Connections VIII- Who Runs Minneapolis? Who Should? - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/streaming @ KFAI.org

On-air date: 
Mon, 10/14/2013

 

It’s week one of KFAI’s Fall Pledge Drive! Call in on Monday morning to pledge your support at 612-341-9030 or donate now online.

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With all the media attention the upcoming, highly-contested Minneapolis Mayoral Race is getting, isn’t it about time we all ask ourselves, how important is the mayoral office in implementing change? TTT’s Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi discuss the key people, institution, and otherwise that are making things happen in Minnesota’s biggest city. More importantly, we discuss with our panelists and audience members ‘Who should run Minneapolis?’ We consider what all of our roles are as citizens, voters, tax-payers, parents, students, and the like. How do we make Minneapolis a city that truly works for everyone? Join us for this important pre-election discussion.

TTT partners with the Community Development Club and the Center for Civic Engagement at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College to present this one-of-a-kind public forum.

The telecast of this forum will air Monday, October 14 at 8pm on SPNN St. Paul Cable Channel 19 and MTN Minneapolis Cable Channel 16Subsequent broadcasts will also be available to northern metro suburban cable subscribers and online.

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.

PANELISTS: 

CAM GORDON- Minneapolis Ward 2 City Councilmember

CAT SALONEK- Community Organizer, OccupyHomesMN

LENA JONES- MCTC Political Science Instructor

BETH HAWKINS- Freelance Twin Cities Journalist/Blogger