If you wish to maintain health and longevity as you age, it may be helpful to include a special muscle group in your workout: your creative muscles. According to ongoing studies, creativity is essential for healthy aging. Engaging in creative activities like singing, theater, and visual art may help older people feel better. Further, creativity, linked to the personality characteristic of openness, can help people live longer. In this episode of This Is Getting Old: Moving Towards An Age-Friendly World, we're privileged to have Teresa Bonner, the Executive Director of Aroha Philanthropies. Join us as we share meaningful conversations about creative aging and how it sparks joy, connection, and purpose among older adults. Part One Of 'Creative Aging Sparks Joy, Connection, Purpose' Aroha Philanthropies And Creative Aging “Creativity is hardly the exclusive province of youth. It can blossom at any age—and in fact, it can bloom with more depth and richness in older adults because their vast stores inform it of knowledge and experience.” —Dr. Gene Cohen, Geriatric Psychiatrist These words of Dr. Gene Cohen, the founding Director of The George Washington University's Center for Aging, Health and Humanities (for which I am the current Director), is Aroha Philanthropies' motivation in advocating creativity in aging. According to Dr. Cohen's landmark report, 85% of older adults are community-based, are aging well, can learn, be creative, and be so much more. With this visions in mind, Aroha Philanthropies are on a mission to expand creative aging programs nationally. They're engaged in funded training for organizations to learn how to make successful programs for older adults—to learn an art form over time and to get better and better as they learn from a teaching artist. Furthermore, Aroha Philanthropies has built national partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, including botanical gardens, science museums, etc., to offer creative programs for older adults. This partnership has called on museums of all kinds around the country to develop creative aging programs and actively work against ageism in their institutions. What's even more promising is that they've tapped on The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, where they've funded 36 state programs to develop and/or expand creative aging. Aroha Philanthropies' efforts in evangelizing about the benefits of getting involved in the arts were not in vain. What they've learned from almost 2 000 participant survey responses is that after engaging in creative aging programs, older adults; Developed relationships Learned various art forms Became cognitively and socially engaged Made meaningful social connections through art-making "Creative aging programs were highly effective at helping older adults grow artistically, mentally, and socially. 75% of 2,000 older adults reported that their mental engagement had increased because of taking creative classes." Teresa Bonner, Executive Director of Aroha Philanthropies How Do You Define Creative Aging? Creative aging is about learning an art form over time in a supportive environment. Such a supportive environment allows older adults to grow and become creative, more artistic and increase their social connections and social network. It is a broad topic that includes everything from programs designed to provide help for people suffering from diseases such as dementia to programs for caregivers who help with art therapy programs. The learning and connection, and relationship building happen through the work of the teaching artist. In part, these teaching artists know how to have conversations with people and generate conversations among them through the art form. That's the heart of successful creative aging programs. Older adults are learning over time from a teaching artist; they get better and make new friends. Examples of the classes offered in creative aging programs are: Acting Writing Drawing Dancing Sculpture Mask making Opera singing Learning graffiti Short Video Filming Drumming and beating Technical and historical aspects Choir and theatre arts performing Weaving where they also know about the history and the people What Do You Consider To Be A Supportive Environment? Supportive environments for creative aging provides opportunities for those who are 55 and better to access and benefit from arts programming designed to teach older Americans an art form over time. Aroha Philanthropies want to expand these opportunities through increased investment in creative aging programs. Part Two Of 'Creative Aging Sparks Joy, Connection, Purpose' Elements That A Thriving Creative Aging Program Have As a safe space for being creative, a successful creative aging program is: Designed To Meet The Express Needs And Interests Of Older Adults Rather than assuming that older adults don't have much capacity, they're allowed to come together and have rich stories to share. They learn new skills, get involved in new activities, and enhance their own lived experience They Are Led By Teaching Artists Teaching artists are professional, working artists who are also skilled in arts education. They create space for participants to offer feedback to one another, discuss their work, talk about memories, and talk about dreams. It's a two-way process, which is an essential aspect of community building among participants. Teaching artists are part of the secret sauce; they create that chocolate for the brain! Experiential And Sequential A successful creative aging program is experiential—they're more hands-on. At the same time, it is sequential, meaning older adults learn to create over time. They're not just learning about the great masters of the art; they're making the art themselves. Moreover, each class builds on the skills they learned in the prior classes. Essentially, these are often so interesting to older adults. Builds Social Interaction And Engagement In every creative aging, session participants are encouraged to share their experiences and memories. They discuss their work and offer feedback, which is an excellent way for people to begin building their social network. Celebrate Achievements The common theme of successful creative aging programs is the celebration of the participants' creations. The culminating activity is open to friends, family, and sometimes the public. This allows friends, family, and others in the community to see older adults in a new light. These are the kinds of things that move us from seeing an older adult as old and seeing them as a person and creative individual. “The financial burden of social isolation for older adults is at 6.7 billion dollars because social isolation produces significant negative health impacts. Creative aging programs are a societal benefit in addition to an individual and community benefit. There are all kinds of great reasons that creative aging should be going forward all over the country.” -Teresa Bonner, Executive Director of Aroha Philanthropies What Are The Benefits Of Being Part Of A Creative Community? Creative aging helps older Americans combat social isolation, an increasing problem for America's growing older population, especially throughout the pandemic. Furthermore, doing the celebrations, sharing what is created, and building connections are solid and powerful pieces of combating ageism. We see an older adult as a person—not like an older person—a person who's had a whole life of experiences. The Power Of Connecting Through Art When you're working through the art form, you are vulnerable. Creative aging is not like having a cup of coffee after choir practice. It's where you're talking about your own life, dreams, and interests, which naturally leads to relationships among people that can be important. Arts are a connecting point in a time where the connection is essential. Older artists find joy, purpose, community, and creativity in these programs. How Do You Find A Creative Art + Aging Group In Your Area? There are many resources for learning about Creative Aging. If you're interested, you can check on the following; Aroha Philanthropies Website: aroha philanthropies.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/arohaphilanthropies Twitter: www.twitter.com/ArohaPhil Instagram: @arohaphilanthropies Lifetime Arts-which provides consulting and training on how to run creative aging programs. Creative Aging Resource- a rich website devoted to creative aging, also developed by Lifetime Arts National Assembly of State Art Agencies-They offered grant programs this year and awarded funds to 36 states that are either developing creative aging programs or want to create them and wish to learn about them. The American Alliance of Museums-They had put out a significant report calling on museums to ethically and strategically prioritize developing creative aging programs that work with older adults differently. Countering Isolation with Creativity About Teresa Bonner, Executive Director, Aroha Philanthropies: Teresa Bonner brings more than thirty years of professional experience in philanthropy, foundation, and nonprofit leadership to her role as Executive Director for Aroha Philanthropies. She is a frequent presenter on philanthropy and creative aging, including sessions at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Grantmakers in the Arts, Grantmakers in Aging, Americans for the Arts, Philanthropy New York, and the American Society on Aging. Teresa previously served as Director of the U.S. Bancorp Foundation. She managed $20 million in Foundation grantmaking annually. She led the company's community relations activities, the Piper Jaffray Foundation, and two nonprofit organizations, Milkweed Editions and the Library Foundation of Hennepin County. Arts and cultural programs have long been a significant focus of her professional experience and a personal passion. She is a principal in Family Philanthropy Advisors, with offices in Minneapolis and the Bay Area. Teresa graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Dakota with a degree in journalism. After completing Law School at the University of Minnesota, she clerked for the Hon. Gerald Heaney of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and was a partner at the Minneapolis law firm of Lindquist and Vennum before moving to the nonprofit sector. About Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN: I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing ('96) and Master of Science in Nursing ('00) as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) School of Nursing (SON). I genuinely enjoy working with the complex medical needs of older adults. I worked full-time for five years as an FNP in geriatric primary care across many long-term care settings (skilled nursing homes, assisted living, home, and office visits), then transitioned into academic nursing in 2005, joining the faculty at UNCW SON lecturer. I obtained my Ph.D. in Nursing and a post-master's Certificate in Nursing Education from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing ('11). I then joined the faculty at Duke University School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor. My family moved to northern Virginia in 2015 and led to me joining the George Washington University (GW) School of Nursing faculty in 2018 as a (tenured) Associate Professor. I am also the Director of the GW Center for Aging, Health, and Humanities. Please find out more about her work at https://melissabphd.com/.
Sheriff Hutchinson talked with Adam - in for Chad - about their new jail education program and about the upcoming vote on Minneapolis' public safety amendment. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says he will not seek a new term next year. In his 20-plus years on the job, he has been a constant in some of the state's highest-profile prosecutions, but would likely have faced a tough reelection battle. This is an MPR News morning update for Thursday, September 2, 2021. Hosted by Cathy Wurzer. Our theme music is by Gary Meister.
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A Hennepin County jury on Wednesday found Rep. John Thompson (DFL-St. Paul) guilty of a misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process. A judge sentenced him to 6 months of probation and ordered him to pay a $200 fine. The charge stemmed from a 2019 incident at a Robbinsdale hospital when Thompson blocked a door, shouted at police and resisted arrest. This is an MPR News morning update for Thursday, July 22, 2021. Hosted by Cathy Wurzer. Our theme music is by Gary Meister.
In a filing last month, a Hennepin County public defender said police at the 2nd Precinct destroyed non-active case files and those containing information about confidential informants during riots following the killing of George Floyd. This is an MPR News morning update for Thursday, July 15, 2021. Hosted by Cathy Wurzer. Our theme music is by Gary Meister.
Big news, Renegades: WE HAVE A STATE BUDGET! It wasn't the smoothest process, and there were some definite shenanigans before adjournment, so this week, Grace & Bri are digging into all of it: what's in the budget, what's not, and why. Plus, they chat with Senator Kari Dziedzic about why the Senate GOP went the petty route, delayed session end, and forced out the Pollution Control Agency commissioner, Laura Bishop. And finally, they share how MN stacks up nationally, vaccine-wise, in what may just be the last COVID Corner — fingers crossed. Meet Our Guest - Sen. Kari Dziedzic Senator Kari Dziedzic was born and raised in Northeast Minneapolis. She attended Edison High School and the University of Minnesota where she earned a mechanical engineering degree. She represents Senate District 60 which includes Cedar-Riverside, Seward, and Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis neighborhoods. Dziedzic was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in January of 2012 in a Special Election and was reelected in September of 2012 and again in 2016. Before joining the Minnesota Senate, she worked at Hennepin County in the private sector and as an aide for US Senator Paul Wellstone. Show Notes Keep up with Senate News Clean Energy Resource Teams - Solar Schools Map RentHelpMN.org Sen. Erin Murphy has words about Commissioner Confirmation --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/renegadefeminist/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/renegadefeminist/support
Cathy Spann is a Minneapolis Northside resident, candidate for city counsel, and lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that was ruled on Thursday by a Hennepin County district judge. The lawsuit is about whether or not the city of Minneapolis needs to hire more police officers. Cathy shares how the lawsuit came about. She says her city has and is experiencing a violence pandemic, city counsel needs to be held accountable, and the city needs to hire at least the amount of officers required by city counsel. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Juneteenth is now a federally recognized holiday. President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday to recognize the holiday, which celebrates the end of enslavement of Black people in the United States. Hennepin County and the city of Minneapolis had already made it a paid holiday. Minnesotans have celebrated Juneteenth for decades. This year's festivities are bound to be exceptionally memorable as people return to joyful socializing after the long pandemic quarantine. Dance parties and parades are exactly what we need right now. But what about the future? What does Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday mean for the future of racial justice in America? Host Angela Davis checked in on four different ways Minnesotans are celebrating Juneteenth — from a bike ride to a vaccination clinic. Juneteenth is back and here to stay. Guests: Angela Conley is a Hennepin County commissioner representing District 4. Brother Shane M. Price is the co-founder of The Power of People Leadership Institute, which is organizing a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Juneteenth. The clinic will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center in Minneapolis. Mowha Altayeb is Miss Juneteenth in Rochester. She is a 15-year-old sophomore at John Marshall High School and member of the Rochester youth group Journie. Journie will host a Juneteenth Jubilee in Rochester on Saturday. Junauda Petrus-Nasah is a writer and a co-founder of Free Black Dirt, which is organizing the Juneteenth Revolutionary Blackout Bike Ride. Celebrating Juneteenth Come for the celebration, stay for the vaccine Juneteenth events offer shots, too More Listen to a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.
Hennepin County prosecutors on Wednesday charged a St. Paul man with second-degree intentional murder in connection with the death late Sunday of Deona Erickson. Nicholas Kraus, 35, is also charged with two counts of second-degree assault. This is an MPR News morning update for Thursday, June 17, 2021. Hosted by Cathy Wurzer. Our theme music is by Gary Meister
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A Space Force Lieutenant was fired after publishing an anti-Marxist book on Amazon, prompting many to question the developing double standard in the military. Government official salivate over a potential Trump indictment in New York and the repercussions in Florida. Kim Potter, the officer responsible for shooting and killing Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, appeared in Court today and we have the updates. And more! Join criminal defense lawyer Robert F. Gruler in a discussion on the latest legal, criminal and political news, including:• Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier, commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron, was fired after his superiors lost confidence in his ability to lead.• A Space Force spokesperson said Lohmeier was relieved of his command over his book, entitled "Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military.“• Military authorities cite the military policy of prohibiting political conduct as justification for the termination, even though commanders were apprised of the book.• Lohmeier's book is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Irresistible-Revolution-Marxisms-Conquest-Unmaking/dp/1737067323?psc=1• Palm Beach officials are salivating over a possible Trump indictment in New York that would justify Trump's arrest and extradition.• Joe Abruzzo, the Clerk of the Court, is excited about opening a “fugitive-at-large” case should a Trump arrest be necessary.'• Legal commentators debate the likelihood of an indictment, and whether Governor Ron Desantis of Florida would provide Trump any legal protection.• Local attorneys sound off, agreeing that the likelihood of a Trump arrest is low.• Kim Potter, the officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, appears in Court today for her arraignment.• Review of the Court docket, including Potter's objection to media filming her omnibus hearing.• Potter's case is taking place in Hennepin County, in the Fourth Judicial District, the same location as Derek Chauvin's trial.• Link to Kim Potter's public access court records in the Daunte Wright shooting: https://www.mncourts.gov/media/StateofMinnesotavKimberlyPotter.aspx• Your questions from Locals.com after each segment!LIVECHAT QUESTIONS: • https://watchingthewatchers.locals.com/SAVE THE DATE – UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS!• Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 7-8 pm ET – WTW Locals Community Monthly Virtual Meet-up (via Zoom)• Saturday, June 12 @ 12-2 pm / Noon ET – Law Enforcement Interaction Training Live Virtual Seminar with Robert (via Zoom)• Saturday, June 26, 2021 @ 7-8 pm ET – WTW Locals Community Monthly Virtual Meet-up (via Zoom)Events exclusive to Locals.com community supporters – learn more at https://watchingthewatchers.locals.com/ Connect with us:• Locals! https://watchingthewatchers.locals.com• Podcast (audio): https://watchingthewatchers.buzzsprout.com/• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robertgruleresq• Robert Gruler Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/RobertGrulerEsq/• Miss Faith Instagram https://www.instagram.com/faithie_joy/• Clubhouse: @RobertGrulerEsq @faith_joy• Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/robertgruleresq• Homepage with transcripts (under construction): https://www.watchingthewatchers.tvNEED HELP WITH A CRIMINAL CASE IN ARIZONA? CALL 480-787-0394Or visit https://www.rrlawaz.com/schedule to schedule a free case evaluation!Otherwise, don't forget to join us on Locals! https://watchingthewatchers.locals.comWhy Locals? We head over to Locals to continue the conversation before, during and after the show. You can also grab the slides (and other stuff) from the show as well as a free PDF copy of Robert's book which is also available to buy on Amazon here: https://rcl.ink/hHBWATCH ON ODYSEE:• MAIN: http
The trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting murder in the killing of George Floyd has been postponed until March. A Hennepin County judge overseeing the case ruled that the trial, originally scheduled for August, should be delayed to give time for the three officers to be tried on separate and more serious federal charges. This is the afternoon MPR News update for Thursday, May 13, 2021. Hosted by Kirsti Marohn. Theme music by Gary Meister.
Minnesota is often celebrated for the quality of our health care, but inequities in health care access and public health outcomes persist in Indigenous communities and communities of color. Minnesota faces racial disparities in everything from breast cancer, infant mortality and heart disease rates to incidences of injury and violence. And COVID-19 and George Floyd’s killing have further shaken what trust BIPOC communities had in existing systems and the people who operate in them. State leaders have acknowledged racism and health care disparities in Minnesota remain unsolved, and activists have pushed for community-based, culturally competent care, telemedicine and other solutions. Are we making progress? Where do we stand in the fight for racial equity in health care in Minnesota? What are the key reforms and initiatives we must realize next? This week, we’re revisiting recent conversations we’ve had about Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities. In this rebroadcast of an event in MPR News’ In Focus series, host Angela Davis talked to public health advocates and health care providers working to address racial disparities in health care. To watch a video recording of the conversation, check out the original In Focus post here. Guests: Cindy N. Kaigama is the director of innovation and learning for Minnesota Community Care, an organization founded in 1972 as West Side Community Health Services. She has more than 20 years of experience as an educator, health and human services leader and social entrepreneur. With several locations in the Twin Cities, Minnesota Community Care offers a range of health care services and is a federally qualified health center. Antony Stately serves as chief executive officer for the Native American Community Clinic, a federally qualified health care center in south Minneapolis that provides primary dental and behavioral health care and substance abuse services to the Twin Cities Native American community. He is a clinical psychologist, an enrolled Oneida member and a descendant of White Earth and Red Lake Ojibwe. Stella Whitney-West serves as chief executive officer of NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, a federally qualified health center serving north Minneapolis and Hennepin County. She has led NorthPoint for more than a decade and has extensive experience in governance and policy. NorthPoint has a 50-year history and is governed by a community board of directors comprised of NorthPoint patients and people who live or work in the community. Naomi Windham is a nurse practitioner with Hennepin County Health Care for the Homeless. She provides medical care at clinics within the shelter system and as a medical provider for the Hennepin County COVID isolation hotels. Her interests include women’s health, homelessness, racial disparities in health care and diabetes management. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. MPR News’ In Focus is a series of convenings we are committed to leading on Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities. Through conversations with community leaders that are shaped by our curious, engaged audience, MPR News hopes to encourage new connections and relationships that will help Minnesota communities make progress toward equity and inclusion. Editor’s note: This program originally aired in January 2021 and was rebroadcast on May 12.
Minnesota’s recidivism rate has been improving. But what happens when formerly incarcerated people look for work and housing? Are they finding the support they need to reintegrate into the community? This week, we’re revisiting recent conversations we’ve had about Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities. First: this In Focus event from February 2021 about the challenges faced by Minnesota’s formerly incarcerated residents and what we can do as a state to support successful reentry after incarceration. The event was presented by MPR News and partner Tech Dump and hosted by Angela Davis. Twin Cities-based Tech Dump is one of the largest collectors and recyclers of electronic waste in Minnesota. The nonprofit also operates as a social enterprise that provides jobs and training to adults facing barriers to employment. To watch a video recording of the conversation and explore related resources aggregated by Tech Dump, check out the original In Focus post here. Guests: Nadine Graves is a former Hennepin County public defender who now represents parents in child protection civil cases. She has also represented hundreds of people charged with criminal offenses ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. She is chair of the board for the nonprofit We Are All Criminals, an organization working to challenge people’s perceptions of what it means to be “criminal.” She also hosts a podcast called “The Waiting Room.” The daughter of Liberian immigrants, Graves holds degrees from Delaware State University and Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Richard McLemore II is the executive director of McLemore Holdings, an African American, culturally inclusive organization focused on providing holistic professional development workshops, renters and homebuyers education courses, wealth building courses and healing circles to people in need, including formerly incarcerated community members. He was previously the housing director for Ujamaa Place, which primarily serves African American men ages 18 to 30 in the Twin Cities metro area. He has also worked with the city of St. Paul’s ETHOS diversion program and serves on the board of directors for We Are All Criminals. Brother Shane M. Price is the co-founder of the Power of People Leadership Institute, where he is the lead trainer. Their personal development and leadership training program has been offered to offenders at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault since December 2005 and has since expanded to facilities in Lino Lakes, Moose Lake and Rush City. He also directs the program’s two re-entry houses in north Minneapolis. He previously worked for Hennepin County as an administrative assistant, research analyst and coordinator of the African American Men Project. Josh Wilson is employed by the Department of Public Works for the city of Minneapolis. Part of Josh’s story is that he has served four sentences in Minnesota penitentiaries. After his last release in 2010, he wanted a change and connected to resources that continue to sustain him today: a great mentor, a strong spiritual faith, and steady employment. Josh entered the jobs training program at Tech Dump, created for people who face barriers to employment, and graduated in 2012. He is a resource for individuals who are beginning the process of reentry after incarceration. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. MPR News’ In Focus is a series of convenings we are committed to leading on Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities. Through conversations with community leaders that are shaped by our curious, engaged audience, MPR News hopes to encourage new connections and relationships that will help Minnesota communities make progress toward equity and inclusion. Editor’s note: This program originally aired in February 2021 and was rebroadcast on May 10.
Crowds erupted in celebration after a Hennepin County jury on Tuesday found ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. In one of the most consequential verdicts in Minnesota history, Chauvin was found guilty on all counts, including second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s killing last May. This is an MPR News morning update for Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Hosted by Cathy Wurzer. Our theme music is by Gary Meister.
In this episode, we confront the question at the center of Derek Chauvin’s trial: Who killed George Floyd? Our guests unpack that question as an issue central to police and societal violence. Examining who killed George Floyd means taking stock of legacies of racism in the Twin Cities, including redlining, school segregation, policies that undermine equality, and disparate rates of policing and mass incarceration. As attention has turned to the horrors of the old South, has racism of the new North been overlooked? And at what cost to Black lives? Have liberal allies made a difference or exacerbated harms in the Twin Cities? We also explore the trauma associated with George Floyd’s death and other officer-involved killings. Experts on our show explain how racism produce physical and psychological health harms. Helping us to sort out these questions and how we should think about these issues and more are very special guests:Judge Pamela Alexander, a Fourth Judicial District judge for Hennepin County, Minnesota. She began her legal career as a criminal defense attorney with the Legal Rights Center and then moved to the Hennepin County attorney’s office as a prosecutor in the criminal division. Since 1983, she has been a Hennepin County district court judge where she presided over the juvenile division and served as assistant chief judge for the court as a whole. Dr. Patricia Jones Blessman, a licensed clinical psychologist with over three decades of experience as a clinician and administrator of mental health programs. Jones Blessman is the founder and former president of the Institute for Psychodiagnostic Interventions and Services—one of only a few minority-owned, private sector psychological service corporations nationwide. Tasha R. Green Cruzat, executive director of Voices for Illinois Children, an independent child advocacy group that champions strong public policies and investments for all Illinois children and their families. A U.S. Navy veteran, she brings more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors of education, business and government. Prior to joining Voices, Cruzat first served as deputy chief of staff then chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Dr. Roderick A. Ferguson, professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Yale University. An interdisciplinary scholar, his work traverses such fields as American studies, gender studies, queer studies, cultural studies, African American Studies, sociology, literature and education. Most recently, he is the author of One-Dimensional Queer (Polity, 2019). He is currently working on two monographs—In View of the Tradition: Art and Black Radicalism and The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora. Ferguson is the 2020 recipient of the Kessler Award from the Center for LGBTQ Studies. T. Mychael Rambo, a regional Emmy Award-winning actor, vocalist, arts educator and community organizer. He also an accomplished residency artist and professor in the College of Liberal Arts, Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. Dr. George Woods, a practicing physician, specializing in neuropsychiatry. His private practice focuses on neurodevelopmental disorders, acquired neurocognitive disorders, cognitive impairments secondary to neuropsychiatric disorders, traumatic brain injury, ethnopsychopharmacology and workplace safety. In addition to his clinical practice, Woods consults with legal teams dealing with complex criminal and civil litigation. Rate and review “On the Issues with Michele Goodwin" to let us know what you think of the show! Let’s show the power of independent feminist media.Check out Support the show (http://msmagazine.com)
The jury is deliberating in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd last May. MPR News host Angela Davis on Monday talked with law experts, reporters and listeners in reaction to closing arguments in the case. The special coverage included the last part of the defense's closing arguments ahead of the prosecution's rebuttal. Guests: Susan Gaertner served as Ramsey County Attorney from 1995 to 2011 and is currently a partner at Lathrop GPM. Kami Chavis is a former federal prosecutor, a professor of law and director of the criminal justice program at the Wake Forest University School of Law. Nadine Graves is a former assistant public defender for Hennepin County who is now in private practice. Brandt Williams and Jon Collins are MPR News reporters who have been covering the Chauvin trial. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the program.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor has charged a white former suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright with second-degree manslaughter. Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter booked into the Hennepin County jail at 12:07 p.m. for #DaunteWright killing. pic.twitter.com/ik2w30SV5v — Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) April 14, 2021 Washington County Attorney Pete Orput's announcement that he charged Kim Potter came a day after she resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department. The former police chief has said Potter intended to use her Taser on Wright but fired her handgun instead. However, protesters and Wright’s family members say the shooting shows how the justice system is tilted against Blacks. Online records showed Potter posted $100,000 bond Wednesday evening and was released from jail. Several hundred demonstrators gathered by nightfall outside the Brooklyn Center police headquarters for a fourth night.
Two forensic pathologists testified Friday in the Dereck Chauvin trial. The first was Dr. Lindsey C. Thomas, who has performed more than 5,000 autopsies. She told the court that she agreed with Hennepin County medical examiner Dr. Andrew Baker’s finding that Floyd died from “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement’s subdual restraint and neck compression.” What does that mean? Joseph Scott Morgan, Professor of Forensics at Jacksonville State University, breaks it down in this BONUS episode of Crime Stories with Nancy Grace.
Top state officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as FEMA, have announced that Minnesota will be home to one of the newest locations of a federally-run mass vaccination site. Gov. Tim Walz says the vaccination site comes due to the state’s request for a fully-supplied mass vaccination site to further strengthen the state’s vaccine push. The site will be located at the Minnesota State fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. Over eight weeks, this site will receive 168,000 vaccine doses, a combination of Pfizer’s and Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine. These doses are in addition to the state’s current allocation of vaccine doses. Vaccinations will begin at the fairgrounds on April 14 and will be available for those living in the certain zip codes near the fairgrounds. The zip codes have been highlighted by the CDC as having the highest Social Vulnerability Index. They are within Ramsey and Hennepin County and are listed at mn.gov. The site will be by appointment only. Minnesotans who live within these zip codes are encouraged to sign up for the vaccine connector tool. Information on directly booking appointments through a call center will be shared soon. There will be no cost for vaccination, nor will Minnesotans need to provide an ID or medical insurance. Meanwhile, COVID-19 community coordinators continue efforts to get vaccine information and other resources to the state’s diverse communities, including help with transportation, housing and language barriers during the pandemic.
George Floyd's girlfriend testifies in Court and reveals more about Floyd's drug addiction struggles. We learn more about Matt Gaetz's sex trafficking investigation and counterclaims of extortion. Securities Exchange Commission continues its war against decentralization with a new complaint against LBRY. And more! Join criminal defense lawyer Robert F. Gruler in a discussion on the latest legal, criminal and political news, including:• George Floyd's girlfriend, Courteny Ross, testifies in trial today.• Ms. Ross details long history of opioid addiction for both herself and George Floyd.• George Floyd has an overdose incident in March 2020 which required a several day hospital stay.• Maurice Hall, the man with George Floyd the day he died, had previously supplied drugs to George Floyd.• Hennepin County paramedic Seth Bravinder testifies about what happened when he arrived on scene.• Matt Gaetz's dad says he wore a wire for the FBI in a probe into Department of Justice extortion claims.• Ex-GOP official Joel Greenberg, Matt Gaetz' alleged ex-colleague, was charged with child sex trafficking.• Elizabeth Brown via Reason.com analysis of the law: is Matt Gaetz a sex-trafficker?• SEC files complaints against LBRY, Inc. digital assets securities violations.• Review the complaint, SEC vs. LBRY, INC. filed in US. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.• LBRY responds to the complaint with email to Odysee and LBRY users detailing their defense.• As always, your questions and live Locals.com chat after the news!LIVECHAT QUESTIONS: • https://watchingthewatchers.locals.com/CLUBHOUSE AFTER PARTY DISCUSSION:• https://www.joinclubhouse.com/event/PvnLR5ZD• Join the Club: https://www.joinclubhouse.com/club/watching-the-watcherConnect with us:• Locals! https://watchingthewatchers.locals.com• Podcast (audio): https://watchingthewatchers.buzzsprout.com/• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robertgruleresq• Rumble: https://rumble.com/c/RobertGrulerEsq• Robert Gruler Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/RobertGrulerEsq/• Miss Faith Instagram https://www.instagram.com/faithie_joy/• Clubhouse: @RobertGrulerEsq @faith_joy• Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/robertgruleresq• Homepage with transcripts (under construction): https://www.watchingthewatchers.tvDon't forget to join us on Locals! https://watchingthewatchers.locals.comWhy Locals? We head over to Locals to continue the conversation before, during and after the show. You can also grab the slides (and other stuff) from the show as well as a free PDF copy of Robert's book which is also available to buy on Amazon here: https://rcl.ink/hHBOther tips? Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag @RobertGrulerEsq on twitter.#WatchingtheWatchers #DerekChauvin #ChauvinTrial #GeorgeFloyd #MattGaetz #Gaetz #GaetzInvestigation #LBRY #Crypto #SEC #DigitalCurrency #Bitcoin #Odysee
The jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is noteworthy for its diversity. About 13.5 percent of Hennepin County, Minnesota is African American and, of the 15 jurors (including the three alternates), nine are White, four are Black and two are mixed race, according to the court. Still, many experts, including Andrew Gordon, a Deputy Director at The Legal Rights Center in Minnesota, have noted that the process of seating the jury in the Chauvin case, as well as many other cases, often leaves African Americans out because it fails to seat jurors with "a diversity of lived experiences." Gordon is our guest on this episode of [Un]Common Law.
In this week's episode, Dena & Kelly continue their Neighborhood series, and this week they're talking about the West Metro!! Encompassing the rest of Hennepin County and a little Carver County, this area has a ton of lakes, and has a ton of variety when it comes to areas to live in! We talk about our 3 favorite things (hint: most revolve around water), and highlight a small business that has been around for 30+ years! As always, enjoy!Places discussed in this week's episode: Water Street - Excelsiorhttps://www.excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com/shop-excelsior.htmlLord Fletchers - https://www.lordfletchers.com/Lake Minnetonka -http://lakeminnetonka.com/Minnesota Arboretum -https://arb.umn.edu/Jewelweed - https://www.jewelweed.shop/The General Store - https://generalstoreofminnetonka.com/ On a Mission Podcast can be found onFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/onamissionpod/Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/onamissionpod/.Kelly can be found onFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/kellyanntanke/Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kellyatanke/.Dena can be found onFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/dfrankrealtor/Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/denamaefrank/website at http://www.denafrank.com.
www.commsolutionsmn.com- We've doled out $5 trillion over the last three relief bills. $5 billion will make its way to Minnesota governments. St Cloud is getting almost $16 million. Over $1 billion is going to Minnesota's 87 counties. $595 million is earmarked for just metro cities. $420 million is to be divided between Greater MN cities and townships. $420 million has been set aside for state capital projects. $245 million is going directly to Hennepin County. $281 million is going to Minneapolis over and above the amount going to Hennepin County... and we're just getting started. This money seems to be able to go to just about anything, except for reducing taxes, that is. There is so much money being thrown at each of the 50 states. Where are we coming up with this? We're printing all of it! While we have almost no idea how this money will be spent, we have an idea of who is getting what. Businesses, farmers, and minorities are getting a chunk of this money (outside of the $1,400 stimulus checks). Farmers are getting debt relief... but only minority farmers. Will there be any kind of accountability or will it be hidden in cryptic entries on some balance sheet? It is time to make sure that we keep an eye on what they do before it's come and spent. Walzy has been doing a bang up job with the whole COVID thing, at least if we listen to Minnesota media. Yet, things seem to be in shambles across the state. Dr. Scott Jensen is the first Republican to jump into the race for the Republicans, and he has been lambasted for his stance on masks, among other things. Once again, the media is carrying the Governor's water and running cover for him. Surprise, surprise, surprise... Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode, Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy! Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify!
The FBI says a Moorhead, Minn. man was arrested Friday in connection with January's insurrection at the U-S Capitol. He's believed to be the first Minnesota resident arrested in connection with the riot. Also, Judge Peter Cahill ruled that the trial of Derek Chauvin will go on as scheduled in Hennepin County. This is the afternoon MPR News update for March 19, 2021. Hosted by Nina Moini. Theme music by Gary Meister.
Jury selection for the trial of Derek Chauvin begins. And, tips for hunting vaccine appointments online. Read more:Proceedings have begun for the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd. National reporter Mark Berman talks about what to expect at the beginning of what will be a lengthy and highly contentious trial. Outside the Hennepin County courthouse, Joshua Lott describes what it’s like to photograph a city on edge.Check out The Post’s award-winning special report, George Floyd’s America. Also, tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler with tips for nabbing an appointment online for a vaccine.
Scott Tufts is the Vice President of Court TV. Scott previews how Court TV’s three cameras will be the only ones inside the largest courthouse at Hennepin County for the Chauvin Trial from jury selection through post-verdict. Requests came from all over the world to tap into Court TV’s feed. Scott shares how you can watch and how Court TV helped the courts navigate COVID-19. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mike Max talks with Former Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat about the future of the light rail, having confidence in the system, being comfortable downtown, changing office dynamics and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Prospective jurors got a 13-page juror questionnaire. Jury selection in the Derek Chauvin trial starts March 8th and is sure to have some twists the regular public might not be aware of. Retired State Court Judge Kevin Burke walks us through what attorneys on both sides face as well as jury protection issues during this high-profile trial. Plus, why this trial could still get moved out of Hennepin County. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Henry Lake talks with Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson about what security will be like during Derek Chauvin trial, the biggest concern he has, people coming from out of state and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
FASD Hope is a podcast about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over 18 years of lived experience.Episode 36 is titled "FASD Legislation Update" and features Susan Shepard Carlson. In addition to being Minnesota's First Lady from 1991-1997, Susan Shepard Carlson is an attorney and a retired Hennepin County Juvenile District Court judicial officer. It was through her experience in juvenile court that led to Minnesota's efforts in combating the harmful effects of prenatal alcohol exposure. In 1997, Susan launched an initiative to promote Minnesota's effort on FASD education and prevention and co-chaired the Minnesota Governor's Taskforce on FAS resulting in almost $7 million annual funding for FASD prevention and intervention services.Recognizing the need for the private sector to be involved in FASD in 1998, Susan formed the first affiliate of NOFAS (National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) - Minnesota Organization on FAS (now Proof Alliance). For over 20 years, Susan has lead FASD policy, advocacy and training efforts on the national level as a member of the ICCFASD Justice Work Group, which led the effort in getting an ABA (American Bar Association) FASD resolution adopted in 2012. Other FASD achievements include: author of "tools for Success", an FASD training guide of juvenile justice professionals; facilitated "Train the Trainers" conferences on a FASD curriculum for juvenile justice professionals at 4 sites throughout the country; 2006-2007 directed Hennepin County pilot program to screen and assess adjudicated juveniles for FASD; national speaker on FASD, justice issues and its impact on society. Susan currently is on the Board of Directors of NOFAS and chair of the Legislative and Policy Committee leading the effort to pass the "Advancing FASD Research, Prevention and Services Act". Susan received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a JD from Hamline University School of Law.In this informative and HOPE filled episode, Susan discusses the following topics: her background and work in the FASD Community, the FASD Legislation that was ready to be presented last year (prior to COVID19), an update on the "Advancing FASD Research, Prevention and Services Act", how families can help the legislation gain momentum in moving forward and words of hope for families and those in the FASD community."...Remember to walk a mile in his moccasins and remember the lessons of humanity taught to you by your elders. We will be known forever by the tracks we leave in other people's lives, our kindnesses and generosity. Take the time to walk a mile in his moccasins." - Mary T. Lathrap, "Judge Softly", 1895 Resources - NOFAS -https://nofas.org/FASD Advocacy Coalition Sign Up Form - https://nofas.wufoo.com/forms/fasd-advocacy-coalition-sign-up-form/ FASD Hope -Instagram - @fasdhopeFacebook - @fasdhope1Pinterest - @fasdhope1Clubhouse - @natalievecc
In this episode Jenny Tessmer, a Minnesota LEND Fellow (Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities), interviews former LEND Fellow DerJuan Strons (DJ) about the intersectionality of disabilities, social work and child welfare. Listen as they take a deep dive into how disabilities can impact parenting. DJ speaks on how his education in neurological disabilities has guided him in his work as a child protection worker. He also describes how Hennepin County aims to support families by providing resources, family-centered care and support with the goal of reunification. RESOURCES: https://lend.umn.edu/ https://www.pacer.org/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA1KiBBhCcARIsAPWqoSp6NT6nxdSO98Xo5oeO_4aOLHY6pZNYwiIAh6MzNgDZMfpIUEBXGMwaAtfxEALw_wcB
In our final episode of the be@school Webinar series we take a closer look at several initiatives and partnerships that Hennepin County launched in order to strengthen and leverage relationships to reduce disparities in education for youth involved in county services. RESOURCES: https://barrcenter.org
We are thrilled to have Psychotherapist Kirsten Rewey back on our show today. Kirsten is passionate about working with adults who struggle with relationship concerns, anxiety or depression, and she also enjoys assisting teens and families in crisis. In today's episode, she's joined by her 19 year old daughter Sophie, to talk about the very important topic of mental health for teens and young adults that many of our listeners have been asking for during this pandemic. Kirsten Rewey is a Psychotherapist who works with a diverse clientele. She has provided mental health services within family programs through Hennepin County, as well as in K-12 educational settings. She is experienced in play and art therapy for children and uses a range of narrative, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness approaches. She offers a collaborative, welcoming therapeutic environment in which clients feel safe to tell their story. Kirsten graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, and has more than 15 years of professional experience. A mother of three, she understands the multitude of challenges facing working moms and is passionate about helping her clients get to the next level. Sophie is a Sophomore at UW-Madison majoring in Biology, with minors in studio art and french. She researches in the neurology department as a lab assistant and will work as an EMT this summer. On campus, she is involved with greek life and the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board. We first had Kirsten on our show right after the pandemic hit as a bonus episode in late March of 2020 where we talked about mental health and specifically anxiety, which is on the rise across the globe given our current world health crisis. Kirsten shared her insight, her "101 Therapy Tools" and helpful advice that all of us can use to bring more calm into our life; not just in today's current environment but for a lifetime. So if you haven't already listened to our first conversation with Kirsten that aired in late March as a bonus episode, we highly encourage you to do so In today's conversation with this mother daughter duo, we go into the mind of a college student, the anxiety, struggles and challenges she faces, and her insight and tips that work for her and her peers, especially during this pandemic when we are all more isolated from people. Sophie shares what she and her friends do to help each other out and boost each others' moods. Kirsten shares some of the challenges that she's seeing in her practice with her teenage/young adult clients and her simple (but not always easy) tips that can boost your mood and improve your mental clarity, like walking with a friend and getting outside every day. Sophie and Kirsten both talk about their relationship and how their open communication has been paramount for them to develop and maintain a strong bond throughout her teenage years. Some of Kirsten's parenting tips include: spending quality time with our kids, admitting when you need to do a “do over” and leaving your ego at the door, as well as becoming vulnerable and sharing your generational story as parents. This is one conversation that is a must for all parents and teens, which touches on finding balance with our mind, body and spirit. Regardless of the age of your kids right now, the wisdom and insight that is shared in this episode is extremely useful for parents of younger kids as well as teens and young adults. You can find Kirsten and Sophie: www. kirstenclarkrewey.com https://www.birchcounseling.com FB: facebook.com/kirstenclarkrewey facebook.com/sophie.rewey IG: @kirstenrewey LinkedIn: Kirsten Clark Rewey and Sophie Rewey Thanks to our amazing sponsors:This episode is brought to you by Appetite for Change, a non-profit in North Minneapolis that uses food as a tool for health, wealth, and social change. To learn more about AFC, listen to Episode 31 of our podcast with one of their co-founders Michelle Horovitz, as well as our bonus episodes with co-founder Princess Haley. For more information or to donate head on over to https://appetiteforchangemn.org/impact/ or visit them on instagram and facebook @appetiteforchange. This episode is also brought to you by Lakewinds co-op, which is both of our favorite grocery store to shop at in the Twin Cities. We love that Lakewinds has such high standards and vets every single product on their shelves including their amazing personal care and supplements section so we don't have to. You can find out more by going to Lakewinds.coop, and when you're there be sure to check out their delicious recipes. SPECIAL OFFER FOR OUR LISTENERS: For the entire month of January 2021, The Tea Spot is offering our listeners 20% off your purchase (Tea Clubs, Gift Cards, and Subscriptions are excluded). Simple use the promo code "livingwell" at checkout. 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Episode 23: GOALS Foundation has a project that we mentioned we were working on and now we are asking for our listeners to hear this incredible story. Find out a about Malo Gomez. The person, the young man, the kid who made a mistake, and the prosecutors rush to judgement. Before we write him off as a bad apple whose life should be tossed away like the garbage, listen to the story of injustice this beautiful human being has endured. His light still shines bright with optimism as he plans to make a difference for others to prevent them from going down the wrong path.Our GOALS family can make a difference by taking action. >>Click Here>Here
Each year, through its MN Spin program, the Hennepin County library acquires music by all kinds of Minnesota musical acts. Then, the public can stream the music and library cardholders can download the tracks. The names of artists selected in 2020 were given to the Hook and Ladder to curate into MN Spin Virtual Fest. The fest will be available at the hook mpls dot com at 7PM on January 21 and 28. Hook and Ladder curator Joe Holland talked to Phil Nusbaum about the curation process and the groups presented.
In this episode, SooJin and Hannah talk with Mary Moriarty, former Chief Public Defender in Hennepin County, Minnesota. During our discussion, Mary shares many stories that shaped her antiracism journey while living in Minnesota. Minnesota is considered to be a progressive state; however, it struggles with some of the worst racial disparities in our nation. Her examples clearly illustrate how racism can show up both subtly and explicitly in a state that strongly resists talking about race. Mary talks about how her actions and attitudes around antiracism have evolved over the years, explaining that she speaks up because she wants to live in a place where racism isn’t tolerated. And through her work, Mary is learning first-hand the risks involved when people (of any race) challenge our racist systems and institutions. We conclude that systems are made up of individuals; therefore, we need more individuals disrupting and coordinating antiracist efforts. When we have enough individuals working together, we can achieve the type of society we want to live in - a truly antiracist, inclusive society.NOTE: We use the acronym BIPOC, which means Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color. Check out these resources referenced in this episode:Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. KendiHow to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. KendiDying of Whiteness by Jonathan MetzlBlack-owned gift shops in MinneapolisLearn more - Mary Moriarty, Hennepin County's top public defender, surprised by suspension
Henry Lake talks with Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson about keeping morale up, being profiled, building trust with the public, the storming of the US Capitol, body cam footage and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
www.commsolutionsmn.com- Light Rail has been DOA for the last number of years in the Twin Cities. The Bottineau and South West lines have received immense pushback against their routes. In fact, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad has refused to sell the land to Hennepin County. The geniuses at Hennepin County spent $129 million of taxpayer dollars to plan and do environmental studies for a line that they never had a deal to build. Now they have admitted that a deal with BNSF will not be reached. The project should be dead in the water now, but guess what? They are going to start researching the matter all over again in a hope to move the track in a new direction. That's the problem with government. Nothing ever goes away. All of the usual corporate and government suspects are back at the table begging for handouts so they can start the process all over again. It's wasteful. It's being tone deaf. It's prideful. Stop and listen to the people that elected you. An election isn't like winning a shopping spree at the bad policy store. It's okay to check in with all of your constituents and put people before party. We review the latest blue line survey, where we prove that government surveys are always slanted. They never ask "if" you want their bad ideas... only "how" you'd like them to cram it down your throat. Also Andrew and Jason take turns ranting. Andrew puts himself on the therapist's couch as he discusses his fascination with Dr. Phil and the "Catch Me Outside" girl. He also is perturbed about the disaster we know as the distribution of the COVID vaccine. Jason's rant is one for the ages... and I think he covered everybody. This show is devolving fast. Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode, Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy! Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify!
commsolutionsmn.com- The Federal Government is teetering on the edge of signing a COVID relief bill that will supposedly send checks to American families. All the while, Minnesota passed their own COVID relief bill and no one seems to want to tell us what's in it. The MN Senate passed it 62-4, so it must be good. $88 million will go to bars, restaurants, and bowling alleys... but there are strings. Who knows where all of that will end up going? $14 million will be used for grants to movie theaters. $145 million will got to hotels, museums. arcades, and live theater venues. Counties will get tens of millions to hand out as they see fit. $26 million will go to Hennepin County alone. These programs have tons of stipulations and biases built in. Will the people that really need the money get it? The Federal COVID relief package is even worse. It's a $2.3 billion boondoggle (not including the National Defense Authorization spending bill). It's 5500 pages, and doles out millions of dollars for Sudan, Cameroon, gender programs in Pakistan... this is COVID relief for our citizens? How does our Senate approve the original bill with a $600 payment for every citizen, and not approve the $2000 payment? They are ok with all of the foreign payments, but not the domestic ones? This is insanity! Jason flips the script on Andrew, by quizzing him on important historical events on Christmas days of yore. Does Andrew know his history? We also break down the recent article written by Andrew, where he ponders whether the new MN Legislature will strip Governor Walz of his emergency powers in January. Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode, Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy! Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify!
This week, we finish our follow-up conversation with Seguin, TX police chief Terry Nichols and Hennepin County, MN Sheriff's Office chief of staff Rob Allen about the changes that the pandemic has brought to their agencies. They discuss responder resilience within their departments, the pandemic's effect on crime rates in their areas, how the social justice events of the summer have allowed them to connect with their own communities, and the overall lessons that COVID-19 has taught them.
In this episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast, we catch up with the guests of our second podcast series to discuss how the ongoing pandemic has affected the workforce operations of law enforcement. This week, Seguin, TX police chief Terry Nichols and Hennepin County, MN Sheriff's Office chief of staff Rob Allen discuss how their operations have changed since April 2020. They discuss how their workplaces have adapted to working from home or increasing virtual working. They also talk about challenges like “COVID fatigue” among both the public and law enforcement, the constant changing of information about the virus/public health guidelines, and how they've handled COVID cases within their own departments.
This week, we are rebroadcasting our second ever episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast. Beginning on December 8th, we'll be airing a follow-up series with these guests where we will check in with them to see how the response has been since we last spoke. In the second episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast, we talk to Seguin, TX police chief Terry Nichols and Hennepin County, MN Sheriff's Office chief of staff Rob Allen about how coronavirus is affecting emergency responders' internal operations. What are the plans in place if an officer tests positive for coronavirus? How are emergency response agencies taking necessary precautions to ensure safety on the job? How are service calls changing in the face of a pandemic and social distancing?
Isolated at home with few services to help, many Minnesota families of students with disabilities say they are terrified that their children's progress in school will regress. It’s a trend across the country. Almost 75 percent of parents of students with special needs in the Los Angeles Unified School District say their children are showing signs of regression during distance learning. According to a survey from the advocacy group Speak UP, some students are having meltdowns, difficulty staying focused and are showing signs of learning loss. A school administrator, a parent and special education teachers share how distance and hybrid learning is affecting their students with learning and physical disabilities. Guests: Fhonda Contreras is the Hopkins School District’s director of special services. Jamie O’Conner is the outreach coordinator for Family Voices of Minnesota, a family-led organization of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities. James Schmidtke teaches at Intermediate School District 287, which serves about 1,000 high-needs kids from across Hennepin County. Heather Bakke teaches special education to high school students at GFW Schools, an independent public school district in south central Minnesota.
This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Paula Jossart of Jossart Law Office, LLC (https://www.jossartlaw.com/) Remember to rate and review GTP in iTunes: Click Here To Rate and Review Episode Details: Award-winning Minnesota personal injury lawyer Paula Jossart of Jossart Law Office, LLC discusses how she secured justice for Scott Kowalewski, a switchman who was exposed to toxic hydrocarbons while working at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) Northtown Yard in Minneapolis in 2014 and, as a result, suffered a severe neurological injury. Rail cars carrying hazardous chemicals from a fracking site in Texas leaked, causing Scott to feel a burning pain in his chest and to lose consciousness. Scott was later diagnosed with a progressive neurological disorder, which significantly diminishes his motor function, making it difficult to swallow, write, get out of bed or perform everyday tasks. Despite BNSF's claims that the company is not responsible for Scott's health problems and many evidence and discovery abuses, a Hennepin County, Minnesota jury returned a verdict of $15,343,753 in damages against BNSF for violating the Federal Employers' Liability Act. Following the jury trial, Judge Amy Dawson assigned a $4.6 million misconduct penalty to BNSF for concealing and destroying evidence related to the case, paying off a witness and misleading federal investigators. Click Here to Read/Download the Complete Trial Documents Guest Bio: Paula Jossart Paula Jossart is an experienced personal injury attorney and railroad injury attorney recognized for her record of success in actions against railroads and insurance companies. She has achieved multiple seven and eight-figure verdicts in her career including a recent $21 million judgment against the BNSF. In 2015, she achieved three million-dollar-plus verdicts for victims with personal injury claims in Hennepin County (Minneapolis, MN). She also attained one of Minnesota's larger personal injury verdicts ─ totaling more than $12.5 million ─ for a man burned by steam from a boiler on which he was working. A fearless advocate for her clients, Paula Jossart has represented persons in personal injury and FELA (Federal Employees' Litigation Act) cases in Minnesota and states across the country, including Arizona, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. She served as lead counsel for injured victims in the nation's largest anhydrous ammonia spill and has worked on many other large chemical exposure cases. Choosing the right personal injury attorney your important life matter can make a significant difference in the outcome. Paula Jossart encourages potential clients to do their own research before hiring an attorney. Ask about the attorney's actual courtroom and trial experience. Ask about the results that are being advertised on their website. Who achieved the results? What did the result actually mean for the client? Does the attorney put clients first? Or, does the attorney have a record of urging most clients to settle out of court? Paula Jossart is a union designated attorney, a tenacious fighter, and a caring and compassionate client advocate. Respected by her peers, she was honored as a Minnesota Attorney of the Year, Outstanding Trial Lawyer by the Minnesota Association of Justice, a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics numerous times, and named one of the Top Young Lawyers. She is a member of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys and the Minnesota Association of Justice. Read Full Bio Show Sponsors: Legal Technology Services - LTSatlanta.com Digital Law Marketing - DigitalLawMarketing.com Harris, Lowry, and Manton - hlmlawfirm.com Free Resources: Stages Of A Jury Trial - Part 1 Stages Of A Jury Trial - Part 2
Josh Dubin discusses Fingerprint Evidence with Mary Moriarty, Chief Public Defender of Hennepin County in Minnesota Contrary to what pop culture has ingrained in the American conscience, matching known fingerprints of a suspect to prints left at the scene of a crime is not an exact science. It’s entirely subjective. So how did fingerprints become so widely accepted and thought of as the gold standard, as fool proof evidence? Learn more and get involved. http://www.wrongfulconvictionpodcast.com Wrongful Conviction: Junk Science is a production of Lava for Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co No1 and PRX.