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Affording Your Life with Attorney General Keith Ellison
41 minutes | Sep 8, 2022
S3 E3: The Fight for Fair Housing: Manufactured Home Communities
Manufactured home communities provide a great source of affordable housing that can be modern and well-maintained, nothing like their outdated public perception. However, keeping housing conditions healthy and thriving requires vigilance and a willingness to challenge ownership and management companies that don't keep their end of the deal. Assistant Attorney General Katherine Kelly and Investigator Nina Grove lead our office's Special Outreach and Protection Unit, which has protected the rights of hundreds of renters in the past year. We visited the residents of Viking Terrace in Northfield, Minnesota to hear about how they stood up to shoddy management— and won. Katherine and Nina also discuss how our office can help anyone finding themselves in a similar situation. Special thanks to the community members that shared their experiences with us: Jorge and George Zuccolotto, Dawn DeLacruz, Nathaly Sanchez Hernandez, Mar Valdecantos, and Pastor Abe Johnson of Emmaus Baptist Church. To file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office, visit our website or give us a call at (651) 296-3353 (Twin Cities Calling Area) or (800) 657-3787 (Outside the Twin Cities), Monday through Friday. Referenced in the episode are our publications on what to expect when the rules of manufactured home parks change, the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, and the manufactured home parks handbook. These publications and more can be found on our website, several in different languages. Please rate, subscribe, and share the show. Follow us on social media: Twitter @AGEllison, Facebook @AGEllison, Instagram @agkellison, and TikTok @agkeithellison
49 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
S3 E2: Reproductive Rights and the ERA
The recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization overturned 50 years of precedent established by Roe v Wade, creating fear, chaos, and confusion across the country. To dig deeper into what it all means, and how it is re-igniting the fight for equal rights, I chat with Sarah Stoesz, Sharon Lau, and Betty Folliard. Sarah Stoesz is President and CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States. Over twenty years of leadership, she has built PPNCS into one of the largest Planned Parenthood affiliates in the country, starting with Minnesota and South Dakota and then adding North Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska, providing health care to more than 100,000 patients each year. Follow PPNCS on Twitter: @ppnorthcentral Sharon Lau is the Midwest Advocacy Director of Whole Woman’s Health Alliance. She is a committed and passionate women’s rights advocate with 21 years of experience working with non-profit health care providers and advocacy organizations. Follow Whole Woman's Health Alliance on Twitter: @WWHAlliance Betty Folliard is the founder of ERA Minnesota. She is a nationally known speaker, thought leader, political strategist, and policy maker at the local and state levels. Follow Betty on Twitter: @Bfolly Please rate, subscribe, and share the show. Follow us on social media: Twitter @AGEllison, Facebook @AGEllison, Instagram @agkellison, and TikTok @agkeithellison
15 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
Protecting Family Farmers by Breaking Up Monopolies (Recast from 2020)
Protecting Minnesota family farmers is a top priority of the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. This episode is a recast from 2020 when I sat down with Assistant Attorney General Joe Meyer to talk about market consolidation in Agriculture and what we can do to create a more fair economy. Please rate, subscribe, and share the show. Follow us on social media: Twitter Facebook
52 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
S3 E1: What's Really Going on with Inflation
For the Season 3 kick-off, I chat with Richard Painter and Lindsay Owens about what's really going on with inflation. Spoiler alert: corporate greed. Richard Painter is a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. From February 2005 to July 2007, he was associate counsel to the president in the White House Counsel’s office, serving as the chief ethics lawyer for the president. Follow Richard on Twitter: @RWPUSA Lindsay Owens is the Executive Director of the Groundwork Collaborative. Lindsay has worked in academia, government, and the non-profit sector for nearly 15 years. Most recently, she served as a senior economic policy adviser to Senator Elizabeth Warren and as deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Reps. Keith Ellison and Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal. Follow Lindsay on Twitter: @owenslindsay1 Read Lindsay's latest article in the New York Times. Please rate, subscribe, and share the show. Follow us on social media: Twitter Facebook
24 minutes | May 25, 2020
S2 E3: Combating the Spike in Hate Crimes Against the AAPI Community
This week, we chat with Bo Thao-Urabe, Executive Director of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders and State Senator Foung Hawj, District 67 about the spike in hate crimes against the AAPI community during the COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to combat hate crimes. We also ask Bo and Senator Hawj to reflect on the importance of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. As always, please subscribe, rate, and share the show.
34 minutes | May 21, 2020
SPECIAL SERIES: Episode 1: The Trial of Max Mason
Max Mason was one of several black circus workers accused of sexually assaulting a white woman in 1920. Three were lynched -- Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie -- from a light pole as 10,000 residents of Duluth watched. Two went to trial, and Mason, was the only one convicted in a case that has been mired in controversy ever since. Three days before the 100-year anniversary, a posthumous pardon petition for Max Mason will be heard on June 12, 2020 before the Minnesota Pardon Board. This special podcast series will cover the story leading up to the Pardon Board hearing. The pardon depends on a unanimous decision from the Governor, the Chief Justice fo the Minnesota Supreme Court, and me. Please subscribe, rate, and share the show.
32 minutes | May 18, 2020
S2 E2: Preventing Evictions
This week we are talking about how to Prevent Evictions, with two Assistant Attorneys General, Katherine Kelly and Mike Goodwin, on the front-lines defending tenants. Please rate, subscribe, and share the show. Follow-us on social media: Twitter Facebook
15 minutes | May 11, 2020
S2 E1: Affording Your Life in a Pandemic
The Season 2 launch is here. Attorney General Ellison kicks off Season 2: How to Afford Your Life in a Pandemic by giving an update on the work the Attorney General's Office has done to protect tenants, prevent price-gouging, and how to stay socially connected while we are physically apart. Please rate, subscribe, and share the show. Follow-us on social media: Twitter Facebook
13 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
#11 A Special Black History Month Interview with 9-Year-Old Student Raela
9-year-old student Raela asks Attorney General Keith Ellison about growing up Black in Detroit, his favorite music, and how he uses his position to open up doors for others.
30 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
#10 Affording Elder Care with Executive Director and Founder of Elder Voice
Attorney General Keith Ellison talks to Executive Director Kris Sundberg and Founder and Legal Counsel Suzanne Scheller of Elder Voice to discuss elder abuse and advocacy.
9 minutes | Jan 20, 2020
#9 Reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Attorney General Keith Ellison reflects on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the current fight for economic equality and racial justice.
16 minutes | Jan 15, 2020
#8 What You Need to Know About Our Settlement with Comcast/Xfinity
Attorney General Keith Ellison talks to Assistant Attorney General, Katherine Kelly about a recent settlement with Comcast/Xfinity.
10 minutes | Jan 8, 2020
#7 What You Need to Know About Our Settlement with CenturyLink
Attorney General Keith Ellison talks to Assistant Attorney General, Alex Baldwin about a recent settlement with CenturyLink, the third-largest telecom company is America that was fraudulently overcharging Minnesota customers. For More Information Visit: https://www.ag.state.mn.us
39 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
#6 What is Wage Theft? w/ Workers’ Rights Advocate Terri Gerstein
Attorney General Keith Ellison discusses wage theft with Terri Gerstein, the Director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program. Terri has worked for over 17 years enforcing labor laws in New York State. Over the course of her career Terri has represented immigrant workers and has been an advocate against wage theft.
47 minutes | Nov 4, 2019
#5 Hate Crimes Listening Session w/ Peace Advocate and Former Violent Extremist Christian Picciolini
During a live community listening session on hate crimes in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Attorney General Ellison was joined by faith leaders of a variety of different traditions, State Representative Dan Wolgamott, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights Rebecca Lucero, and Christian Picciolini, an author, television producer, peace advocate, and former violent extremist. Christian Picciolini’s involvement in and exit from the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement is chronicled in his memoir White American Youth. He now leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement network, and has helped over 300 individuals leave hate behind. His work is spotlighted in his MSNBC documentary series “Breaking Hate.” Picciolini’s forthcoming book, Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, will be published early next year. Music By Parker Maertz Produced By Shanell McCoy
38 minutes | Oct 21, 2019
#4 Affording Housing: Youth and Family Homelessness
Attorney General Keith Ellison discusses the issue of youth and family homelessness with a mother and daughter, Nadia and Nazarria McKinley currently facing homelessness, educator, Joe Nathan, St. Paul Councilmember, Jane Prince, and McKinney Vento Liaison, Anne McInerney. Music By Parker Maertz Produced By Shanell McCoy
22 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
#3 Affording Wages with Lead Attorney Jonathan Moler and Lead Wage Theft Investigator Ana Vergara
Attorney General Keith Ellison defines wage theft with Lead Attorney Jonathan Moler and Lead Wage Theft Investigator Ana Vergara of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office Wage Theft Unit. Music By Parker Maertz Produced By Shanell McCoy
21 minutes | Sep 23, 2019
#2 Affording Drug Prices with Nurse Consultant Shirlynn LaChapelle
Attorney General Keith Ellison discusses inequities in the healthcare system with Shirlynn LaChapelle, nurse consultant and member of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Task Force on Lowering Pharmaceutical Drug Prices. Learn more at.state.mn.us. Music by Parker Maertz. Produced by Shanell McCoy.
19 minutes | Aug 19, 2019
#1 Affording Insulin with Nicole Smith-Holt
Attorney General Keith Ellison discusses the rising prices of insulin with Nicole Smith-Holt, Charity Ambassador of T1 International and co-chair of the Minnesota Attorney General's Task Force on Lowering Pharmaceutical Drug Prices. Learn more at ag.state.mn.us Music by Parker Maertz. Produced by Shanell McCoy
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