Wednesday October 9, Who Runs Minneapolis? Who Should?, from TruthToTell: Community Connections


TruthToTell's Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi get perspective on municipal power in Minneapolis from a community organizer, city official, independent journalist, and an academic in the 8th forum of the Community Connections series. Wedneday, October 9 at 7pm at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Join us at Minneapolis Community and Technical College on Wednesday, October 9, 6:30-7:30pm. 

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? Who are the key people or institutions that are making things happen in Minnesota’s biggest city? More importantly, we’ll discuss with our panelists and audience members thoughts on ‘Who should run Minneapolis?’ We’ll 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 televised public forum. This event is free and open to the public to attend and participate. Light refreshments will be served.  

Show audio will be streamed live from 7:00-8:30PM October 9. Interested stations and individuals should inquire with Andy or Michelle for information on streaming. Additional distribution will come on TruthToTell’s regular air slot at 9:00 AM on October 14 on KFAI, and on television at 8:00 PM on October 14 on SPNN St. Paul Cable Channel 19, and MTN Minneapolis Cable Channel 16. Subsequent broadcasts will also be available to northern metro suburban cable subscribers and online.

RSVP for this event.

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: 

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

Andy’s Blog: The Conservative Knows - Almost Better Than We


Some believe MoveOn and progressives should not be quoting conservative Barry Goldwater, who famously is quoted saying: "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”


But, Goldwater is a perfect resource for what could happen to an old conservative who not only moderated as he aged, but actually supported Clinton, I believe. Better that it come from another conservative than some secualr lefty like me. 

 The MoveOn quote is merely a portion of the few choice words Goldwater uttered in reaction to the preponderance of religious influence.

Here’s another: “On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom.”

I say:

This is an old war in every country. Religious zealots have forever believed they should be in charge of the corporal world around them and elsewhere. Not that most of it was a spiritual belief system driving this, but a zealotry of religious overlay on the secular diversity around them. That’s where politics stepped in to create the schism between Christians and Jews, Catholics and Islam, the pope and Henry VIII, the Catholics and Martin Luther (and John Knox and John Calvin, evangelists in their own day), between the Coptics and Rome, between Rome and the Byzantine rites, between Roman orthodoxy and Greek and Russian orthodoxy. The Puritans and other Americans. It’s what the Inquisition was about. Note the dominant presence of Catholicism in that history. Note the domination of evangelism in rightwing politics in this country, yes, but the role of Catholicism in anti-human rights initiatives yet again. Witness the attempted hijacking of Far Eastern/Asian cultures by Spanish and Portuguese Jesuits in the 16th and 17th Century.

Today, it's Opus One and a plethora of evangelists and archdioceses gamnely attempting to stop human rights in their tracks - especially any human right and proven science associated with sex and marriage.

Human rights = equals freedom FROM religion, not freedom OF religion. Most religious conservatives hate human rights - because it means losing control of the masses to secular humanism - a death knell for religious dominance over irreligious politics.

TruthToTell March 7: SO YOU WANT ENERGY, EH?: Our Future is Grim - AUDIO is UP

On-air date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

This subject elicited more calls than any other show we've aired in a long time. It is obvious energy is a hot topic among you all. We will return to this subject very soon. Please look below to find some key links to more information about the research and coming events for Transition Towns and the other organizations represented Monday morning. We will add more links here as they arrive.


JOHN FARRELL – Senior Research Associate, Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Author of Energy Self-Reliant States

KAREN STUDDERS - Attorney, Scientist, Transition Towns Advocate, former Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Ventura)

BILL KONRARDY – Transition Towns Advocate

KEN BRADLEY – Director, Environment Minnesota; Member of the SolarMN Coalition

How can any of us make sense of what is happening in our energy world? We consume a quarter of the world’s energy in the United States. Most of us think nothing of jumping into an SUV for a trip to the store or up north. Or to relieve ourselves of cold and heat when we feel like it. We are warned time and again that energy independence is essential to a secure future and yet we go on burning fossil fuels as though the wells will never run dry – or we rely on others to find it when we’ll need it – be it below deep water in the Gulf or under the Arctic Refuge or lodged in Canadian tar sands.

Just get it so we can burn it. Never mind the cost or damage done in the process.

We create ethanol as an renewable alternative transportation fuel and don’t realize that it takes at least as much fossil fuel to refine the ethanol as it might be to burn it directly in our vehicles.

We want electric vehicles, but we must create the electricity to transfer it to our car batteries. How will we generate that electricity. And what about those cars? Shouldn’t we stop using them so rapaciously and instead rely on much more efficient mass transit systems?

What are we willing to know? What are we willing to do to seriously look at our energy future and do something to secure it with as little short term or long-term damage done to our environment – and, yes, our economy – a very big deal when the transition away from oil to other sources really happens.

The options seem unrelenting: massive wind farms? Large solar panel infrastructure? Backyard and rooftop wind power and solar installations? To burn or not to burn – anything – oil, wood, garbage? Some people believe in nuclear again, especially those who think it's the cleanest of fuels - but what about the waste? This stuff is radioactive, remember. It could behave like a hydrogen bomb. New ideas include recycling the nuclear waste from current plants to re-power those plants or new ones. Good idea? Or dangerous as hell?

People are thinking about these things. Really they are. But many might be considered pretty nerdy about it all.

Problem is: the need to figure this out is upon us. Oh, yeah, the world won’t cave tonight or tomorrow over this issue – but it’s actually the massive scale of the problem catching up with us that has us often feeling powerless and confused – especially when oil companies, utilities, car companies, ethanol makers and all the other vested interests would just as soon you weren’t aware of  the problem, let alone pressuring them to resolve it, pressuring our policymakers to resolve it.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and guest co-host MICHELLE ALIMORADI talk with a few of the many advocates immersed in these issues and we’ll try to make some sense of the reality and not to confuse you. But – it’s complicated.

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