TruthToTell

TruthToTell March 21: RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: Sensible Alternative to Jail? - Audio file/Podcast BELOW

On-air date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011

GUESTS:

JOHN CHOIRamsey County Attorney

SARA GREWING – Saint Paul City Attorney

PATTY MOSES – Hennepin County Assistant Attorney Juvenile Division

MICHELE BRALEY – Director, Seward-Longfellow Restorative Justice Project

For all the hoopla around trying children as adults for some of society’s worst crimes and shoving more and more men, women and children behind bars, little is understood about the many ways some people in communities, in law enforcement and the criminal justice system overall are looking at and trying out new ways of  achieving justice without imprisoning or jailing so many of our offenders.

The hue and cry for throwing some of society’s least dangerous offenders behind bars as if anyone committing a crime deserves complete removal from home, jobs, families and the community at-large has made the criminal justice system the worst of political footballs – and it’s costing a mint to house them at Stillwater or Shakopee or any of the other institutions holding more and more inmates.

Politicians – with the all-too-willing complicity of our mainstream media – have scared the hell out of huge numbers of citizens by  insisting that the only place for an offender is behind bars – and essentially throwing away the key. Such an easy out for those who should be trying to restore dignity and losses to victims and offenders alike. And that goes double for the young – the juvenile offender on whom much of society has given up already. Off to the pen with them all!

But, prick the corrections professionals at all levels from the feds on down to local neighborhoods and you’ll see some remarkable stories unfolding as alternatives to such drastic measures are under way to keep minor offenders and kids out of the hoosegow.

Professionals have gone to great lengths in recent times to find alternatives to incarceration and they’ve generally come up with good anecdotes and data, and we’ll hear from advocates and prosecutors working to divert lightweight offenders into restorative justice programs.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and guest co-host MICHELLE ALIMORADI talk with several of those professionals in the throes of restorative justice work.


60:54 minutes (27.88 MB)

TTT Monday, Feb 28-9AM: ARTS AND ENDING YOUTH HOMELESSNESS - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/KFAI.org; First Person Radio Feb 23: TIOKASIN GHOSTHORSE: First Voices Indigenous Radio

TruthToTell Monday, Feb 28-9AM: ARTS AND ENDING YOUTH HOMELESSNESS - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/KFAI.org

"Heather's Baby" and "Lucas" photos by Cathy ten Broeke

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 areveterans, 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.

GUESTS:

• 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

•
JEFF HNILICKA - Executive Director, Kulture Klub

• INVITED: JASMINE  - Homeless youth and artist

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First Person Radio: Feb 23rd: TIOKASIN GHOSTHORSE: First Voices Indigenous Radio - Audio HERE

 

Tiokasin Ghosthorse is from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota. He is the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio on WBAI NY - Pacifica Radio. Tiokasin has been described as “a spiritual agitator, natural rights organizer, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator.” One reviewer called him “a cultural resonator in the key of life.”

Tiokasin has had a long history in Indigenous rights activism and advocacy. He spoke, as a teenager, at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. He has supported or participated in many of the major occupations including Wounded Knee, South Dakota, Lyle Point, Washington, Western Shoshone, Nevada, and Big Mountain, Arizona. Ever since his UN work, he has been actively educating people who live on Turtle Island (North America) and overseas about the importance of living with each other and with Mother Earth.

He is a survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Rosebud and Cheyenne River Lakota Reservations, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems designed to “kill the Indian and save the man.”

Tiokasin Ghosthorse is also a master musician and one of the great exponents of the ancient red cedar Lakota flute, and plays traditional and contemporary music, using both Indigenous and European instruments. He has been a major figure in preserving and reviving the cedar wood flute tradition and has combined “spoken word” and music in performances since childhood. Tiokasin performs worldwide and has been featured at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the United Nations as well as at numerous universities and concert venues.

His words of Indigenous insight and global concern are offered though the experience of "one Lakota living in one world". ~ Mitakuye Oyasin

 

First Person Radio hosts Laura Waterman Wittstock and Richard LaFortune with Andy Driscoll talk with Tiokasin Ghosthorse, host of First Voices Indigenous Radio at WBAI, New York City.

LIVE on the web: www.kfai.org/

LATER on the web: www.kfai.org/firstpersonradio

On-air guests: 

TIOKASIN GHOSTHORSE – host of First Voices Indigenous Radio at WBAI, New York City.

TruthToTell Feb 28: ARTS AND ENDING YOUTH HOMELESSNESS - Audio BELOW

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.

GUESTS:

• 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)

TruthToTell Monday Feb 21st - 9AM: BLACK MEDIA HISTORY PT2: Broadcasting- KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/KFAI.org

This coming week and last MondayTruthToTell’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN, joined by our colleague, DAVID CUMMINGS, of KFAI’s Monday music show, Rockin’ in Rhythm (2:00PM), explore Black media as the messengers of information important to the Black communities they serve, Black personalities in media and their leadership roles, and the differences they represent to the dominant culture in Minnesota. Rockin' in Rhythm continues the talk and David plays more early Black broadcast work.

Part 2 is a prerecorded extension of TTT's Feb 14th convbersation and again features Macalester College Professor/Historian MAHMOUD EL-KATI, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder CEO/Publisher, TRACEY WILLIAMS-DILLARD, Insight News Publisher AL MCFARLANE , Host-Producer of Conversations with Al McFarlane, Veteran Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder Reporter CHARLES HALLMAN, former KUXL Radio personality THORNTON C JONES, and KMOJ Radio General Manager KELVIN QUARLES.

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

THIS WEEK: OPEN ACCESS CONNECTIONS FOR THE HOMELESS

NEXT WEEK: 9-11 TRUTH SQUADS and GROUND ZERO RESPONDERS’ SICKNESSES AND DEATHS

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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.

GUESTS:

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

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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.

GUESTS:

• 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

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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). 

ANDY DRISCOLL: The FBI at War–in Minnesota:The New Gestapo?

The following – slightly edited – was the script used for the weekly hour-long program, TruthToTell for Monday, December 6, 2010 at 9:00AM titled The FBI at War – in Minnesota: The New Gestapo? – on KFAI FM in St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN. This essay version has been requested by several listeners, thus the posting here. It's still slightly raw, but it's what we said.

The program can be heard/downloaded from www.TruthToTell.org

By Andy Driscoll, Producer/Host, TruthToTell

It’s come to this: it has become illegal to disagree with this nation’s government, its policies, its cavalier entries into war and to say anything publicly that would thus appear threatening to those policies, no matter how unconstitutional they may be. Oh, they may not be coming to get you right away, but the stories about the overreach of the US government into the lives of other peoples is only as bad as it is in its intrusions into the lives and welfare of average American citizens dissenting from, protesting and challenging the authority of the police, the FBI, Homeland Security, the TSA, CIA and the entire alphabet soup that makes up the country’s military and law enforcement community. And it becomes increasingly apparent that the current administration, the President and his Justice Department are almost as stifling of our First and Fourth Amendment freedoms as any Fascist regime history has dealt humanity.

TruthToTell Mon 11/1 @9AM: COLLEGE ATTAINMENT: A Plan for Inclusion?; Also: Podcasts for First Person Radio 10/27 and TruthToTell on Redistricting 10/25

TruthToTell Mon, Nov 1 @9AM: COLLEGE ATTAINMENT: A Plan for Inclusion? - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Online @KFAI.org

How in heaven’s name can Minnesota possibly achieve a 75% rate of  high-schoolers attending college by 2020 when the very survival of the state’s pre-school through senior high school system is in dire straits – facing a questionable future given recent budgets and a disastrous combination of  higher education tuition increases and  K-12 budget cuts and shifts over the last few years?

Moreover, the drop-out rates among large percentages of our kids of color, especially, would seem to work severely against any notion of successful educational attainment by anywhere near the 75% advanced as a goal by Growth and Justice Policy Research group and its partner in this enterprise, the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP).

What to do about generating both the public will and the public pressure to act in the enlightened self-interest to adequately fund and invoke policies that favor the state’s economic future through education? TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with a few of the leaders in this effort.

REP. CARLOS MARIANI-ROSA – State Representative and Executive Director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP)

JENNIFER GODINEZ – Associate Director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP)

DANE SMITH - President, Growth and Justice Policy Research

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Laura Waterman Wittstock and Richard LaFortune interview the producer, John Whitehead, and others key to the making of this original documentary from Twin Cities Public Television about the restoration of the ancient language of the indigenous Ojibway people. The film is narrated by Native novelist and poet Louise Erdrich and features Ojibway elders, educators and students from Ojibway tribes at Bemidji, Leech Lake, Red Lake, St. Croix and Lac Courte Oreilles.

JOHN WHITEHEAD, Independent ProducerFIRST SPEAKERS: Restoring the Ojibway Language and LESLIE HARPER, Director, Niigaane Ojibway Language Immersion SchoolLeech Lake Ojibway Reservation were among the collaborators in this production highlighting the teaching of this ancient – and highly complex - indigenous language.

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TruthToTell Oct 25: REDISTRICTING 2011: First, Consider Your Cities - Audio file HERE

And now it begins - at least at the local level. The battle over who is represented by whom for the next ten years is under way with discussions about the upshot of population growth or shrinkage in some districts as well as shifts from one district to the next - or several miles away. As the 2010 Census figures are compiled for presentation early next year, coalitions are forming to ensure that statewide redistricting is seriously reformed after decades of Legislative redistricting wound up in the courts - and still safe districts for incumbents were the outcome. When once we thought it possible Minnesota's eight Congressional districts might be whittled to seven by the Census outcome, it now appears we'll hold the eight by a very slim margin - as little as 1,500 souls.

TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN query those zeroing in on this issue - some for the coming referendum in Minneapolis, the others for Saint Paul or the statewide planning process quickly coming into place for 2011 and 2012.

On-air guests:

KEESHA GASKINS - Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Minnesota

MIKE DEAN - President, Common Cause, Minnesota

BARRY CLEGG, Chair, Minneapolis Charter Commission and Attorney, Gray Plant Mooty

JOHN VAN HECKE - Chair, Saint Paul Charter Commission and Executive Director, Minnesota 2020

REMINDER: Fundraiser for TruthToTell - September 22nd - 3114 W 28th St Minneapolis, MN 55416

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REMINDER: Fundraiser for TruthToTell - September 22nd - 3114 W 28th St Minneapolis, MN 55416

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TruthToTell and CivicMedia's first fundraiser Wednesday, September 22nd from 7:00-9:00PM, hosted by Barbra Wiener and co-hosted by 35 Friends and Fellow Travelers: 

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Andy Driscoll: We, the Ungovernable

My friend, former State Senator and Author, John Milton, penned a short piece on the ungovernability of the US, to which I found myself following up with something of rambling dissertation on how this country is ungovernable for many reasons, many of which are embodied in the current political construct and atmosphere, both structural, that is, and by the Senate Club's design.