TruthToTell Mon Oct 18 @9AM: WOMEN'S CANCER ACTION; Podcast links to RCV Program and First Person radio

TruthToTell Mon Oct 18 @9AM: WOMEN'S CANCER ACTION: A Very Different Race - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Online


For years, we have known of the environment's assault on our breathing and other health issues, but not every neighborhood is afflicted with tar companies, toxic run-offs from factories old and new whose owners have ignored health concerns of employees and neighboring communities - more often than not, low wealth communities and people of color, depending on the state and locale - in the pursuit of cheaply earned profits. Minneapolis-St. Paul is ranked 5th for the greatest number of contaminated sites across the country (65,969 - one for every 48 people – plus 4,444 leaking storage tanks) with a mere 54 corrective action reports. We could go on about how the MPCA ignores the reality of polluting facilities, especially in this Metro Area.  It's enough to know that our air and groundwater, foods, drugs, etc., are likely killing us before our time.

But this is an even larger system issue our policymakers and regulators and health care providers, especially pharmaceutical corporations, fail to address adequately to protect our children as well as our adults and stop the record number of cancer cases growing out of these toxic cities.

Although breast cancer runs rampant through the ranks of women for any number of reasons, environmental catalysts are certainly a clear cause of the majority of them. What else could yield such an epidemic as women have experience over the last 40-50 years? Other cancers in both men and women, not to mention children’s leukemia cases, are decimating our ranks. These are preventable cancers.

Toxicity and contamination from negligent corporations is not limited to leaking tanks and  factories sites, power plants and farmlands. It can be found in our foods and cleaning products, our packaging and commercial operations at all retail levels, to mention but a few.

But few organizations have been successful in addressing those real causes, and why? Often co-opted by those corporations or needing to survive as institutions rather than working themselves out of jobs as cancer “preventers” and cure developers, they accept contributions from and come to rely on major corporate interests for their sustenance and, in the process, dispense with the soul of their existence. Has this happened with the pink movement? Some claim it has in the usurpation ofBreast Cancer Awareness Month.

Back in April, Women's Cancer Action, formerly Women's Cancer Resource Center, launched a non-profit organization and website,, focused on cancer prevention and support. A new frontier in cancer resources and advocacy,WCA emerges uniquely grassroots and independent.

With the website as its communication and organizing hub, WCA is focused on exploring the link between cancer and the environment, connecting those in need with support, and encouraging bold action to address the political, personal, and societal challenges of cancer prevention.

Several women who have lived with cancer are the root of this movement and organization and are prepared to pour resources and energy into getting into the fight to install policies and processes to prevent cancer, especially in women, but anything done for women will surely ripple into all segments of the society.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with the founders, supporters and professionals involved in Women’s Cancer Action and how and why they came into being in the midst of a plethora of other groups claiming to do the same.


BARBRA WIENER - Chair of the Board, Women's Cancer Action; Founder, Women's Cancer Resource Center (has lived with cancer)

REP. KAREN CLARK, RN – (has lived with cancer) State Representative and Volunteer Executive Director, Women's Environmental Institute

KAREN EINESMAN – Program Director, Women's Cancer Action



TruthToTell Oct 11: RANKED CHOICE VOTING: Another Plurality Governor - Podcast HERE


Stand by for another minority governor.  Short of a landslide for one of the three major-party candidates for governor, the winner will take office in January having been elected by a minority – or a plurality – of those voting in the November 2nd election. This will be third governor in a row taking office with a majority of  ballots cast for someone else. Hardly a mandate to govern, and yet, with the unusual level of power vested in Minnesota’s governorJesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty wielded the authority only a majority of voters should have elected.

This year, three parties square off again and almost assuredly, Minnesota will have yet another minority governor. Mark Dayton(DFL)Tom Emmer (GOP) and Tom Horner (IP) are vying for the office and all the polls thus far point to a winner garnering less than a majority of the vote.

Does this mean we should do away with third (or fourth or fifth) parties? Certainly not. Multi-party elections are far more reflective of the electorate than trying to squeeze all others into narrow definitions of two parties. Horner’s competitive position proves this.

Perhaps predictably, the one entity just about unanimously opposed to such a change is the party most recently the beneficiary of the current plurality system – the Republicans. But DFLersIndependence Party members and Greens, among others, support ranked choice voting for statewide and local partisan elections.

This week, TruthToTell talks to prominent supporters and a detractor of RCV to lay out the pros and cons. Your humble servant has never concealed his support for the RCV remedy to achieve a majority victor in all races, so we don’t pretend to be entirely objective in Monday’s presentation of the issue. Still, the state’s most prominent opponent of RCV will join us by telephone.

Join TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN for this important conversation less than a month before the November election.


ELIZABETH GLIDDEN - Minneapolis City Councilmember, Ward 8

TIM PENNY - 2002 Independence Party Candidate for Governor; former 1st District DFL Congressman; President/CEO, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

WY SPANO - Director, Master of Advocacy and Political LeadershipUniversity of Minnesota Duluth

JEANNE MASSEY - President, FairVote/Minnesota

ANDY CILEK - President, Minnesota Voters Alliance


DON'T FORGET TRUTH-TO-TELL'S NEWEST SIBLING — FIRST PERSON RADIO - with Laura Waterman Wittstock and Richard LaFortune:

 AIRED Wednesday, October 13, 2010

First Person Radio October 13: KANDI MOSSET: Organizing the Green Tribal Campus - - PODCAST HERE

Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara)Tribal Campus Climate Challenge Organizer - Kandi works on tribal colleges throughout the upper plains and western great lakes to support the development and sustainability of initiatives to reduce tribal colleges’ contribution to climate change. Reach her at the Indigenous Environmental Network at


AIRED Wednesday, October 6, 2010:

First Person Radio October 6: MIKE LOUD: Learning and Discipline at The City - PODCAST HERE

MIKE LOUD (Red Lake Nation of Ojibway) has worked with youth for 25 years at The City Inc. in the inner city of Minneapolis as a counselor and program director of OshkibugYouth Intervention Program & Pride in the City. Mike moved to Minneapolis 30 years ago and after college went on to direct a Native culture program which leads young people to cultural experiences that they may not have access to living in an urban environment. Pipestone Quarrying and Maple Sugar Camp are part of the cultural curriculum. He is a highly respected teacher of traditional culture. PODCAST HERE