027, City Council candidates PART 4: CHRISTOPHER CLARK, St. Anthony Village, MN

779CHRISTOPHER CLARK is one of six Saint Anthony Village, MN City Council candidates for the November 7, 2017 Municipal and School District General Elections. (Recorded 10/09/2017).

Read more about Christopher Clark and the other five candidates in a Northeaster Newspaper article: http://www.mynortheaster.com/news/six-vie-for-seats-on-st-anthony-city-council-printed/

ALL SIX CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO BE INTERVIEWED on this podcast touching on the topics and questions below. CLICK HERE to view municipal candidate filings or the following link:

http://candidates.sos.state.mn.us/CandidateFilingResults.aspx?county=0&municipality=0&schooldistrict=0&hospitaldistrict=0&level=0&party=0&federal=True&judicial=False&executive=True&senate=True&representative=True&title=Council+Member+(St.+Anthony)+(Elect+2)&office=0&candidateid=0

The St. Anthony Village, MN community has had three significant and high-profile events in the past several years that have sparked a great deal of discussion around social justice issues: Abu Harraira, the officer-involved shooting of Philando Castile, and the displacement of 100+ low income residents from Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park. Each of these implicates very big and important issues our larger society is currently wrestling with:

A) islamaphobia and anti-muslim bias;
B) police violence against communities of color and the breakdown of police-community relations
C) the “affordable housing crisis” and whether we adequately safeguard the disadvantaged in our society.

Interview Questions:
1. What have you learned from these events?
2. In your opinion, why did these three events happen?
3. Are these events significant in your opinion, and if so, why?
4. How have you worked to welcome Abu Haraira members and the Muslim community into St Anthony?
5. How have you supported our former Lowry Grove neighbors?
6. Many families in our community and around the country have had deeper conversations about race, white privilege and equity since the shooting of Philando Castile. What are some things you’ve learned from these discussions with your own family? How have those conversations reshaped your values, if at all?
7. What is the role of government in leading, or at least participating in, the community’s response to significant events such as these?
8. Where do we go from here (how do we do better), and how as a councilperson, would you contribute, if not lead, as we move forward?

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“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
ANDRE KOEN http://www.AndreKoen.com, owner of AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) http://www.amhorizons.com
BRIAN JOST, owner of Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production) http://www.PodLauncher.com

026, City Council candidates PART 3: DAVE COLLING, St. Anthony Village, MN

DAVE COLLING - http://davecolling.com/
DAVE COLLING – http://davecolling.com/

DAVE COLLING ( visit http://davecolling.com/ ) is one of six Saint Anthony Village, MN City Council candidates for the November 7, 2017 Municipal and School District General Elections. (Recorded 9/27/2017).

ALL SIX CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO BE INTERVIEWED on this podcast touching on the topics and questions below. CLICK HERE to view municipal candidate filings or the following link:

http://candidates.sos.state.mn.us/CandidateFilingResults.aspx?county=0&municipality=0&schooldistrict=0&hospitaldistrict=0&level=0&party=0&federal=True&judicial=False&executive=True&senate=True&representative=True&title=Council+Member+(St.+Anthony)+(Elect+2)&office=0&candidateid=0

The St. Anthony Village, MN community has had three significant and high-profile events in the past several years that have sparked a great deal of discussion around social justice issues: Abu Harraira, the officer-involved shooting of Philando Castile, and the displacement of 100+ low income residents from Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park. Each of these implicates very big and important issues our larger society is currently wrestling with:

A) islamaphobia and anti-muslim bias;
B) police violence against communities of color and the breakdown of police-community relations
C) the “affordable housing crisis” and whether we adequately safeguard the disadvantaged in our society.

Interview Questions:
1. What have you learned from these events?
2. In your opinion, why did these three events happen?
3. Are these events significant in your opinion, and if so, why?
4. How have you worked to welcome Abu Haraira members and the Muslim community into St Anthony?
5. How have you supported our former Lowry Grove neighbors?
6. Many families in our community and around the country have had deeper conversations about race, white privilege and equity since the shooting of Philando Castile. What are some things you’ve learned from these discussions with your own family? How have those conversations reshaped your values, if at all?
7. What is the role of government in leading, or at least participating in, the community’s response to significant events such as these?
8. Where do we go from here (how do we do better), and how as a councilperson, would you contribute, if not lead, as we move forward?

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“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
ANDRE KOEN http://www.AndreKoen.com, owner of AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) http://www.amhorizons.com
BRIAN JOST, owner of Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production) http://www.PodLauncher.com

025, City Council candidates PART 2: THOMAS RANDLE, St. Anthony Village, MN

Thomas Randle - CLICK for flyer
Thomas Randle – CLICK for flyer

(Recorded 9/25/2017) Thomas Randle is one of six Saint Anthony Village, MN City Council candidates for the November 7, 2017 Municipal and School District General Elections.  See flyer for more information about Thomas: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwiChNXQTuL4VG1RV3BGbFpnSlk

ALL SIX CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO BE INTERVIEWED ON THIS PODCAST touching on the topics and questions below. CLICK HERE to view municipal candidate filings.

The St. Anthony Village, MN community has had three significant and high-profile events in the past several years that have sparked a great deal of discussion around social justice issues: Abu Harraira, the officer-involved shooting of Philando Castile, and the displacement of 100+ low income residents from Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park. Each of these implicates very big and important issues our larger society is currently wrestling with:

A) islamaphobia and anti-muslim bias;
B) police violence against communities of color and the breakdown of police-community relations
C) the “affordable housing crisis” and whether we adequately safeguard the disadvantaged in our society.

Interview Questions:
1. What have you learned from these events?
2. In your opinion, why did these three events happen?
3. Are these events significant in your opinion, and if so, why?
4. How have you worked to welcome Abu Haraira members and the Muslim community into St Anthony?
5. How have you supported our former Lowry Grove neighbors?
6. Many families in our community and around the country have had deeper conversations about race, white privilege and equity since the shooting of Philando Castile. What are some things you’ve learned from these discussions with your own family? How have those conversations reshaped your values, if at all?
7. What is the role of government in leading, or at least participating in, the community’s response?
8. Where do we go from here (how do we do better), and how as a councilperson, would you contribute, if not lead, as we move forward?

Municipal candidate filings: http://candidates.sos.state.mn.us/CandidateFilingResults.aspx?county=0&municipality=0&schooldistrict=0&hospitaldistrict=0&level=0&party=0&federal=True&judicial=False&executive=True&senate=True&representative=True&title=Council+Member+(St.+Anthony)+(Elect+2)&office=0&candidateid=0

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“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
ANDRE KOEN http://www.AndreKoen.com, owner of AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) http://www.amhorizons.com
BRIAN JOST http://www.BrianJost.com, owner of Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production Services) http://www.PodLauncher.com, author of memoir: “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” (CLICK for book on Amazon)

024, Karen Community Members at “Neighbors Meet Neighbors” panelist/discussion at East Side Freedom Library

KarenSchool1-300x225(Recorded 9/19/2017) Karen Organization of Minnesota, http://www.mnkaren.org/  “Neighbors Meet Neighbors: Karen Community Members” panelist/discussion at East Side Freedom Library http://eastsidefreedomlibrary.org/ . “Neighbors Meet Neighbors” is a monthly series of forums centered around the stories and experiences of recent immigrants to the east side communities.
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The following is information copied from Karen Organization of Minnesota‘s website http://www.mnkaren.org/

ABOUT
The Karen Organization of Minnesota is the first social services agency in the country founded by Karen refugees from Burma. We offer a variety of programs to help refugees transition to life in a new country and achieve their goals. We also provide resources to help organizations learn how to work with this growing community.

OUR MISSION
The mission of the Karen Organization of Minnesota is to enhance the quality of life for all refugees from Burma in Minnesota.

OUR COMMUNITY
More than 12,000 Karen people live in Minnesota, making it the largest Karen community in the country. Minnesota is also home to more than 1,000 refugees from other ethnic groups in Burma. Refugees from Burma come to Minnesota for the same reasons many people do: to find good jobs, access high-quality education, and connect with a strong community. Learn more about Karen people and other ethnic groups from Burma.

OUR IMPACT
KOM is a leading service provider helping over 1,500 refugees each year achieve their goals. Our success is due to:
Programs designed by and for the community: KOM is founded and led by refugees from Burma who understand the needs and goals of the community we serve.  Providing wraparound support: Our staff take time to understand each person’s situation and make sure they can access all of the resources they need.  Strong partnerships: KOM values working with partners to help refugees access more opportunities and to help other service providers learn how to work with this growing community.
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The following is copied from the East Side Freedom Library‘s website http://eastsidefreedomlibrary.org/

ABOUT
The East Side Freedom Library (ESFL) has its home in the former Arlington Hills library, one of St. Paul’s historic Carnegie library buildings at 1105 Greenbrier Street, located in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood. The ESFL’s mission is to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work toward equity for all. The library houses non-circulating research collections that appeal to interested general learners as well as scholars, with innovative databases and finding aids that make using the collections fun and vital. Story is a major theme of the ESFL, and the telling and gathering of stories, through formal interviews, workshops, and small-scale public performances, will allow local residents and interested publics to learn more about the work and residential histories of the East Side.
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org

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“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
ANDRE KOEN http://www.AndreKoen.com, owner of AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) http://www.amhorizons.com
BRIAN JOST http://www.BrianJost.com, owner of Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production Services) http://www.PodLauncher.com, author of memoir: “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” (CLICK for book on Amazon)

023, City Council candidates, Part 1: NANCY ROBINETT, St. Anthony Village, MN

Nancy Robinett - CLICK for website
Nancy Robinett – CLICK for website

(Recorded 9/19/2017) Nancy Robinett (https://www.nancyforthevillage.com/) is one of six Saint Anthony Village, MN City Council candidates for the November 7, 2017 Municipal and School District General Elections.

ALL SIX CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO BE INTERVIEWED ON THIS PODCAST touching on the topics and questions below. CLICK HERE to view municipal candidate filings.

The St. Anthony Village, MN community has had three significant and high-profile events in the past several years that have sparked a great deal of discussion around social justice issues: Abu Harraira, the officer-involved shooting of Philando Castile, and the displacement of 100+ low income residents from Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park. Each of these implicates very big and important issues our larger society is currently wrestling with:

A) islamaphobia and anti-muslim bias;
B) police violence against communities of color and the breakdown of police-community relations
C) the “affordable housing crisis” and whether we adequately safeguard the disadvantaged in our society.

Interview Questions:
1. What have you learned from these events?
2. In your opinion, why did these three events happen?
3. Are these events significant in your opinion, and if so, why?
4. How have you worked to welcome Abu Haraira members and the Muslim community into St Anthony?
5. How have you supported our former Lowry Grove neighbors?
6. Many families in our community and around the country have had deeper conversations about race, white privilege and equity since the shooting of Philando Castile. What are some things you’ve learned from these discussions with your own family? How have those conversations reshaped your values, if at all?
7. What is the role of government in leading, or at least participating in, the community’s response?
8. Where do we go from here (how do we do better), and how as a councilperson, would you contribute, if not lead, as we move forward?

Municipal candidate filings: http://candidates.sos.state.mn.us/CandidateFilingResults.aspx?county=0&municipality=0&schooldistrict=0&hospitaldistrict=0&level=0&party=0&federal=True&judicial=False&executive=True&senate=True&representative=True&title=Council+Member+(St.+Anthony)+(Elect+2)&office=0&candidateid=0

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“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
ANDRE KOEN http://www.AndreKoen.com, owner of AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) http://www.amhorizons.com
BRIAN JOST http://www.BrianJost.com, owner of Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production Services) http://www.PodLauncher.com, author of memoir: “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” (CLICK for book on Amazon)

022 Dr. Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, author of 14 books including “Everything You Wanted To Know About Indians But Were Afraid To Ask”

CLICK - antontreuer.com
CLICK – antontreuer.com

http://antontreuer.com/ (Recorded June 2017)
Dr. Anton Treuer – Author • Speaker • Trainer • Professor:
Dr. Anton Treuer (pronounced troy-er) is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and author of 14 books. He has a B.A. from Princeton University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is Editor of the Oshkaabewis (pronounced o-shkaah-bay-wis) Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language. Dr. Treuer has presented all over the U.S. and Canada and in several foreign countries on Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, Cultural Competence & Equity, Strategies for Addressing the “Achievement” Gap, and Tribal Sovereignty, History, Language, and Culture. He has sat on many organizational boards and has received more than 40 prestigious awards and fellowships, including ones from the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Bush Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His published works include Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe (Winner of Caroline Bancroft History Prize and the American Association of State and Local History Award of Merit), Ojibwe in Minnesota (“Minnesota’s Best Read for 2010” by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress), The Assassination of Hole in the Day (Award of Merit Winner from the American Association for State and Local History), Atlas of Indian Nations, The Indian Wars: Battles, Bloodshed, and the Fight for Freedom on the American Frontier, and Awesiinyensag (“Minnesota’s Best Read for 2011” by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress).

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“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
ANDRE KOEN http://www.AndreKoen.com, owner of AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) http://www.amhorizons.com
BRIAN JOST http://www.BrianJost.com, owner of Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production Services) http://www.PodLauncher.com

021-Kashimana, singer-songwriter (world perspective), concert (ICEHOUSE MINNEAPOLIS) Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Kashimana, singer-songwriter
Kashimana, singer-songwriter

(Recorded June 2017) Kashimana is a singer-songwriter with a rich soulful blues voice that soars through her original pop acoustic compositions. Along with her distinctive voice, Kashimana’s stage presence pulls you in and leaves you in a warm and fuzzy thrall that’s hard to shake. Her songs are simple, catchy, and paint compelling stories of her experiences in Africa, Europe and America. Kashimana’s rich soulful voice is like the mellow voice of Sade mixed with the raw attitude of Tina Turner and her songs show you where her heart beats.
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KASHIMANA MEANS, “THAT IS HER HEART.”
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Kashimana’s album “Love from the Sun” was released on June 27th, 2017.
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Concert/Event
Location: ICEHOUSE MINNEAPOLIS
(PRESENTED BY THE MINNESOTA MUSIC COALITION)
https://www.icehousempls.com/events/2017/8/29/sola-ameet-kamath-kashimana
SOLA + AMEET KAMATH + KASHIMANA
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
$7 AT THE DOOR
8:30PM DOORS/9PM SHOWTIME
Ages: 21+
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Website: http://www.kashimana.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kashimana/
Music (listen/purchase): https://kashimana.bandcamp.com/album/love-from-the-sun
Videos: https://www.youtube.com/KashAhua

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“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
ANDRE KOEN http://www.AndreKoen.com, owner of AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) http://www.amhorizons.com
BRIAN JOST http://www.BrianJost.com, owner of Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production Services) http://www.PodLauncher.com, author of memoir: “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” (CLICK for book on Amazon)

020 Scott Russell with Healing Minnesota Stories: Working towards understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native peoples

“Discoverers and the Civilizers led to the Source of the Mississippi,” is in the Minnesota Senate Chambers and essentially depicts a forced conversion of Native Americans to Christianity
https://healingmnstories.wordpress.com/capitol-art/ “Discoverers and the Civilizers led to the Source of the Mississippi,” is in the Minnesota Senate Chambers and essentially depicts a forced conversion of Native Americans to Christianity (CLICK for Scott Russell’s blog about this painting)

Scott Russell discusses “Healing Minnesota Stories” – Working towards understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native peoples (Recorded 07/25/2017)

Learn more at:
https://spinterfaith.org/healing-minnesota-stories/about/
https://healingmnstories.wordpress.com/about/

Contact Scott at mplsscott@gmail.com

Healing Minnesota Stories was created to promote understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native people, particularly those in various faith communities. We are an initiative of the Saint Paul Interfaith Network. Our starting point is an understanding that Native people have suffered deep trauma over many years, losing their land, language and culture, and all who call Minnesota home are the lesser for it. While many people and institutions contributed to that trauma, it happened with the full participation of Christian churches. We all still need healing, healing is doable, and churches have a role to play. We are calling ourselves Healing Minnesota Stories because we believe in the healing power of stories. Stories heal because they make invisible pain visible. The healing goes two ways, from the listener to the storyteller, and from the storyteller to the listener. HMS believes that churches and all faith communities can play a key role in promoting and experiencing healing by opening ourselves to our own history and listening to the stories of Native people. We hope through the sharing and retelling of stories, we can create new more positive ones.

Scott is currently the board chair of ASDIC (Anti-racism Dialogue Circles), https://www.asdicircle.org/ a nonprofit that offers training and workshops to equip people and institutions to address racism. He also is co-chair of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter’s Beyond Oil and Tar Sands Committee.  http://www.sierraclub.org/minnesota/beyond-oil-tar-sands The committee’s current work focus on stopping the expansion of Enbridge Line 3, a Canadian tar sands crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota. The project would threaten the Mississippi River and a number of Minnesota’s wild rice areas; it also violates treaty rights.

Scott also writes a blog for Healing Minnesota Stories https://healingmnstories.wordpress.com/ which has a separate page dedicated to issues around Minnesota Capitol Art (see posted image) https://healingmnstories.wordpress.com/capitol-art/
“Discoverers and the Civilizers led to the Source of the Mississippi,” is in the Minnesota Senate Chambers and essentially depicts a forced conversion of Native Americans to Christianity

Scott’s comments were his own. He was not speaking on behalf of any organization.

Related article: Star Tribune “After dismantling a sculpture in wake of protests, Walker must lead effort to dismantle inequity” By David Cournoyer and Scott Russell, MAY 30, 2017 — 6:07PM
http://www.startribune.com/after-dismantling-a-sculpture-in-wake-of-protests-walker-must-lead-effort-to-dismantle-inequity/425397503/

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“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
ANDRE KOEN http://www.AndreKoen.com, owner of AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) http://www.amhorizons.com
BRIAN JOST http://www.BrianJost.com, owner of Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production Services) http://www.PodLauncher.com, author of memoir: “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” (CLICK for book on Amazon)

019, Mel Reeves: Activist, Writer, and Speaker reflects on the verdict of the State v. Jeronimo Yanez trial

Screen Shot 2017-07-10 at 5.50.30 PMMel Reeves: Activist, Writer, and Speaker reflects on the verdict of the State v. Jeronimo Yanez trial in which Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of the murder of Phillando Castile. For more than 30 years Mel Reeves has been a voice that has not only motivated the youth, empowered the old, but also provided direction and wisdom to both. Andre Koen asks Mr. Reeves some simple but important questions about what happened in that case, black lives matter, and what to consider for those seeking justice in cases like this.

Excerpt from Mel’s blog https://fightthepowerjournal.com/
Philando trial: The system worked and then rubbed it in! Part I
Looking back on the jeronimo yanez trial it’s even more clear that It took an amazing amount of nerve for Ramsey County prosecutor john choi to tell the community that “we have to accept this verdict.” He also implied that the trial and the process leading up to it was “fair and impartial” but judging from the information recently revealed about the investigation into the shooting, the lackadaisical prosecution, biased rulings by judge william leary along with his subsequent letter supporting the verdict and the clearly biased jurors, nothing could be further from the truth. (no caps meant as a sign of disrespect)

End Song “Sun Baby” (Album: “Love From the Sun”) by Kashimana. Andre Koen interviewed Kashimana for a future episode of Armchair Activist podcast. Learn more about Kashimana and find her music at:
1. https://www.facebook.com/kashimana/
2. https://kashimana.bandcamp.com/album/love-from-the-sun
3. https://www.youtube.com/KashAhua

“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
ANDRE KOEN www.AndreKoen.com, Owner, AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) amhorizons.com
BRIAN JOST www.BrianJost.com, Owner, Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production Services) www.PodLauncher.com, Author, memoir: “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” (click)

Recorded 07/10/2017

018, Pastor Danny Givens Jr. at courthouse, awaitng jury’s decision on case against Jeronimo Yanez in shooting of Philando Castile

Pastor Danny Givens Jr.
Pastor Danny Givens Jr.

Today (Tues. 06/13/2017) is the day that the Family of Philando Castile will find out the fate of Officer, Jeranimo Yanez, who fattily shot and killed their son in a routine traffic stop July 6, 2016. We spoke with Activist and Pastor Danny Givens about the mood of the courtroom, the process of the proceedings and what the next step might be for the community given the uncertain outcome of this case. “If your Activism does not change you it will not change anyone else”.

Pastor Givens talks about how to move forward beyond this tragedy, the importance of just showing up and not talking and how we can support our Police and hold them accountable when that Blue Line is held to the communities detriment.

Video “Introducing Pastor Danny Givens, Jr.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALWyJ-D84I8

From Star Tribune
“Jury takes case against Jeronimo Yanez in shooting of Philando Castile”
Deliberations began after fervent statements from attorneys.
http://www.startribune.com/jurors-to-begin-deliberations-monday-in-officer-involved-shooting-of-philando-castile/427924563/

From St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Rosario: With two more deaths, St. Paul pastor grieves yet again”
http://www.twincities.com/2016/07/14/rosario-with-two-more-deaths-st-paul-pastor-grieves-yet-again/

“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
•ANDRE KOEN AndreKoen.com
•Owner, AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) www.amhorizons.com
•BRIAN JOST BrianJost.com
•Owner, Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production Services) www.PodLauncher.com

Recorded 06/13/2017

017, Walker Art Center gallows-inspired ‘Scaffold’ sculpture with Rochelle Roybal. Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training with Jenna Erickson. Monkeys & Alligator Bait…the true meaning of a toddler play song.

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Rochelle Roybal joins us to discuss Sam Durant’s controversial sculpture “Scaffold” at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, which will be dismantled according The Walker Art Center director.

A Statement from Sam Durant: http://blogs.walkerart.org/centerpoints/2017/05/29/a-statement-from-sam-durant/

Audio is played from a Kare11 story “Walker to dismantle gallows-inspired ‘Scaffold’ sculpture” Listen at: http://www.kare11.com/news/walker-to-dismantle-gallows-inspired-scaffold-sculpture/443589569

Monkeys & Alligator Bait: https://youtu.be/Dy1Fi9M9FTo

Jenna Erickson, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) volunteer “In Our Own Voice” presenter shares some of her experiences of telling her personal mental illness recovery story to police officers in Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.

BCA: Teen shot by Crystal police aimed ‘hand-gun style airsoft gun’ at officers
Friends say he had been acting erratically, and just “really needed help.”
Link 1: http://www.startribune.com/man-shot-by-crystal-police-was-mentally-ill-holding-toy-gun-mom-says/424366043/
Link 2: http://www.startribune.com/search/?q=khaleel

“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:
•ANDRE KOEN AndreKoen.com
•Owner, AM Horizons, (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants) www.amhorizons.com
•BRIAN JOST www.BrianJost.com
•Owner, Pod Launcher Studios LLC (Podcast Production Services) www.PodLauncher.com
•Author, memoir: “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” (click)

Recorded 05/30/2017

016, Self-care and avoiding activist burnout and conversation with Vivian Henry

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This episode starts with a short conversation between co-host Brian Jost and Vivian Henry as she discusses intersectionality and feeling adversely affected by the current political atmosphere.

Andre Koen shares his experience as a panel member of the University of St. Thomas student event “Preventing Burn Out and Sustaining Anti-Racist Efforts” (April 2017) including questions he and other panelists received.

Self-care links (mentioned by guest Vivian Henry):  Irene Greene, MSED: Greene Growth & Training LLC  http://www.irenegreene.com/

“Armchair Activist” podcast (http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/) is PRODUCED/CO-HOSTED BY:

015, St. Paul Chief of Police Todd Axtell & John Thompson, founder of “Fight For Justice” – Police union contracts, activism, training standards, mental health, implicit & cognitive bias

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St. Paul Chief of Police Todd Axtell & John Thompson, founder of "Fight For Justice" with Andre Koen Brian Jost at Pod Launcher Studios 5/02/2017
St. Paul Chief of Police Todd Axtell & John Thompson, founder of “Fight For Justice” with Andre Koen Brian Jost at Pod Launcher Studios 5/02/2017

St. Paul, MN Chief of Police Todd Axtell and John Thompson, the founder of Fight For Justice (www.FFJLLC.com) discuss police union contracts, activism, law enforcement training standards, mental health concerns in law enforcement and the community, and training around implicit bias and or other cognitive biases with regards to minority populations.  Recorded 05/02/2017 at Pod Launcher Studios, LLC in Minneapolis, MN.

JOHN THOMPSON/FIGHT FOR JUSTICE ENTERPRISES LLC – www.ffjllc.com – John Thompson is a community activist and a captivating, inspiring speaker.  He lives and works in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.  John’s Activation for Service:  On July 6, 2016, John’s good friend and co-worker Philando Castile was shot and killed by a St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer, after being pulled over for a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.  The immediate aftermath of the death was live-streamed on Facebook by Philando’s girlfriend, a passenger in the vehicle.  Philando’s death immediately led to widespread and sustained local, national and international protests, vigils, and other actions directed towards the issues of racism, racial bias in policing, and other racial disparities. The death of Philando was a turning point in John’s life.  Since Philando’s death, John has been compelled to be a voice for Philando, and for those like Philando who have been victimized by injustice.  John has spoken, and stood, and marched and asked, and pleaded, and fought, for justice and accountability.  Visit www.ffjllc.com for more information. (612) 246-8435, email:  john@ffjllc.com

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014, Marnita’s Table (The Center for Intentional Social Interaction), Bridging Gaps Across Difference, Marnita Schroedl

Marnita Schroedl records with Andre Koen and Brian Jost at Pod Launcher Studios for "Armchair Activist" podcast on 4/06/2017
Marnita Schroedl records with Andre Koen and Brian Jost at Pod Launcher Studios for “Armchair Activist” podcast on 4/06/2017

Marnita Schroedl, CEO of Marnita’s Table (www.marnitastable.org, will become The Center for Intentional Social Interaction, www.izicenter.org) joins us to discuss Intentional Social Interaction, the organization’s innovative peer-to-peer experience, a human-centered technology designed to transfer to those being served.

(From www.izicenter.org) – Intentional Social Interaction (“IZI”) is Marnita’s Table effective experience engineering model that helps individuals, businesses, NGOs and government agencies achieve equity and inclusion goals. We provide practical tools for you to build sustainable community engagement, leadership and collaboration across race, class, culture and other means of self-identity. We’ve welcomed over 31,000 people to IZIs since 2005. 38% of all people who attend one three-hour IZI voluntarily report significantly shifting their behavior toward consistently connecting authentically across difference.

Other resources mentioned in this episode:

Duncan James Watts is a sociologist and principal researcher at Microsoft Research, New York City known for his work on small-world networks. Wikipedia

Stanley Milgram was an American social psychologist, best known for his controversial experiment on obedience conducted in the 1960s during his professorship at Yale. Wikipedia

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012-Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, Micro aggressions, implicit vs. explicit bias

This episode is a conversation between Andre Koen and Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Recorded approximately 01/25/2017.

Topics: Micro aggressions, implicit vs. explicit bias

Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_lQNI9T6vs

Sue obtained his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University, and then a MS and PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon.[3]After completing his degree, he became a counselor at the University of California, Berkeley counseling center, and was known as the counselor who supported Asian American students. During his time at Berkeley, he conducted mental health studies on Asian Americans, which then led him to coauthor two books: A Theory of Multicultural Counseling and Therapy and Understanding Abnormal Behavior.[3]

In 1972, Sue and his brother Stanley, cofounded the Asian American Psychological Association. Sue was the founding president of the organization.[7]

In 1981, Sue published Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice.[2] In addition to being a professor of psychology at Teachers College, he served on Bill Clinton’s President’s Advisory Board on Race in 1996.[8] He served as a past president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, and the president of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association.[1] Along with Melba J. T. Vasquez and Rosie Bingham, he co-founded the National Multicultural Conference and Summit in 1999.

He has written over 150 publications on various topics such as multicultural counseling and psychotherapy, psychology of racism and antiracism, cultural diversity, cultural competence, and multicultural organizational development,[3] but more specifically, multicultural competencies and racial microaggressions.[1]https://world-trust.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/7-Racial-Microagressions-in-Everyday-Life.pdf

011-“It’s not Trump, it’s us” by Kevin S. Aldridge, conversation between Andre Koen & Kevin Aldridge

Article:
“It’s not Trump, it’s us” by Kevin S. Aldridgehttp://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/01/23/s-not-trump-s-us/96942316/

Kevin Aldridge , kaldridge@enquirer.com

Published 2:53 p.m. ET Jan. 23, 2017

Kevin S. Aldridge is the Enquirer’s associate opinion editor. He is also pastor of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Milford. He can be reached at kaldridge@enquirer.com. Twitter: @Kevaldrid

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

I’m worried about the future of America. Not because of President Donald Trump or his policies, or Russia, or ISIS.

I worry because of us.

Racist, homophobic graffiti was spray painted at Withrow University High School this past weekend. (Photo: Hannah Sparling)

“We the People” seem to have forgotten how to treat one another like, well, people. Hostility and meanness seem to be the order of the day, and I find myself wondering when did America’s citizens become one of its enemies? Our political discourse has become so corrosive, so divisive that its primary casualty has been common decency and respect.

We excel at dehumanization these days and have stopped looking at one another as fellow countrymen wanting to create a more perfect union. Instead, we view one another with suspicion and contempt, reducing our neighbors to a label: Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal, libtard, tea bagger, alt-right. I often scratch my head about how I, a black, middle-class pastor born in a blue-collar steel mill town in the middle of the Rust Belt, could be labeled a “coastal elite.” It would be funny if it weren’t such a serious problem.

It’s easy to blame Presidents Trump or Barack Obama for the divisions in our country, but that lets each of us off the hook way too easily. We play a part in this too – a bigger one than any president. (After all, who elects them?) While Trump controls his personal Twitter account, he doesn’t have access to your social media. Each of us decides what message we want to send out to the world, and if we don’t like the tone we’re hearing from our country, then perhaps we need to check our own.

Luke 6:45 says, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart, for the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Whether you’re a believer or not, it’s hard to argue the truth this passage of scripture contains. What comes out of our mouths reveals what is truly in our hearts. And if this is true, then based on the rhetoric that is being spoken on all sides, it is safe to say America has a serious heart problem.

Each of us must do an honest assessment of ourselves and the words we are speaking to one another. Words contain power. I fear that we are killing one another and our country with thoughtless, careless and destructive language that is pushing us farther apart rather than bringing us closer together. We seem to care more about the number of LIKES on our snarky Facebook and Twitter posts, than engaging in real conversation or gaining true understanding.

However, there are two things I believe each of us can do to help our country correct course. The first thing is learn to listen more. This is not just simply hearing someone else’s words, but actively listening to those words, feelings and thoughts. Many of us enter conversations to win the debate. Many of us don’t actively listen, we just wait for our turn to speak. Many of us only like to hear points of view that support our own.

I’ve engaged with a number of Enquirer readers whom I disagree with politically, but through our dialogue I’ve gained perspective. Sometimes, these readers and I even discover there are more things we agree about than we disagree about.

The second thing we can do is make sure our words matter. It’s not how much you say, but it’s making what you say count. Are your words making an impact or is it just chatter? Are you contributing to the conversation or trolling? Right now, there is a lot of noise out there that, unfortunately, is drowning out real, constructive conversations. Political correctness is dead and has been replaced by a spare-no-feelings, tell-it-like-it-is attitude. I’m not a fan mainly because, as a communicator, I understand that it’s not so much what you say as how you say it. Being politically correct doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t speak truth, it is just the recognition that I need to take other people’s feelings and dignity into account when I speak. I value frankness as much as anyone, but our words carry more impact if they are not weighed down by rudeness and baseless stereotypes.

We absolutely should stand up and speak in favor of our beliefs, but we don’t have to say something about everything. And when we do open our mouths, we should endeavor to be thoughtful and solution-oriented. It’s easy to finger-point and highlight flaws; its often much more difficult to fix them.

So let’s not allow ugly words and acts such as the painting of swastikas on buildings in our community define us. This really isn’t about Trump or any other elected official. This is about us, We the People. Say what you will about President Trump’s inaugural address, but he got a few things right in his remarks.

“We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity,” he said. “When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.”

Most importantly, he said this: “Everyone is listening to you now.”

“It’s not Trump, it’s us” by Kevin S. Aldridge
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/01/23/s-not-trump-s-us/96942316/

Kevin Aldridge , kaldridge@enquirer.com

010-MN Representative Nick Zerwas – Bill promotes financial penalties for some protesters

(Recorded 02/02/2017) Guest: MN Representative Nick Zerwas (R) District: 30A

Discussion:
a) Nick’s motivational speaking as a tool for inspiration and motivation and how that helped his to serve the people of Elk River.
b) Nick’s thrust towards having protesters pay for the expenses that law enforcement incurs as a result of illegal protest and how that might be balanced wth first amendment’s protection of assembly.

Representative Nick Zerwas (R) District: 30A
Email: rep.nick.zerwas@house.mn
433 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-4237

Related resources:

“The Gift of an Open Heart: The Struggle from Birth to Graduation for a Young Heart Patient” Paperback – October 20, 2005 by Nicholas Zerwas (Author)
https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Open-Heart-Struggle-Graduation/dp/1930374178

American Heart Association – Nick Zerwas
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Giving/Nick-Zerwas_UCM_308043_Article.jsp#.WJXzSzsrKUk

“What really happens when an emergency vehicle comes upon a protest [PHOTOS]” Thursday, February 2, 2017 by Mike Mullen
http://www.citypages.com/news/what-really-happens-when-an-emergency-vehicle-comes-upon-a-protest-photos/412534183

New Minnesota law would force protesters to reimburse police – Jan. 26, 2017 – 2:40 – State representative Nick Zerwas explains on ‘Fox & Friends’
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5298183678001/?#sp=show-clips

“Minnesota GOP charts new course in response to protests” by Kyle Potter, Associated Press · St. Paul. Jan 23, 2017
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/23/mn-gop-charts-new-course-protest-response

“Rep. Zerwas: Dayton ‘Made Things Worse’ With Comments On OIS” July 8, 2016 2:36 PM
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/07/08/rep-zerwas-dayton-castile-shooting/

009-Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebration for youth, Bryan Schachtele – “You Are the Revolution Coaching”

(Recorded 12/28/2016) Bryan Schachtele, owner of “You Are the Revolution Coaching,” discusses a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration he is planning for youth at Nativity Church in Saint Anthony, Minnesota on January 16, 2017 from 9am to 11am. The event is geared towards youth ages 5 to 10 (parents must attendno drops offs!) and all ages are welcome.

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Contact Bryan Schachtele:
https://www.facebook.com/bryan.schachtele
www.BryanSchachtele.com
Bryan@BryanSchachtele.com
You Are The Revolution Coaching

Event info on Nativity Website:
https://www.nativitychurch.org/event/martin-luther-king-day-celebration/

FB Event Invite:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1872317153004204/

008-Post Presidential Election Holiday Season Conversations & Gratitude for Philando Castile’s name being cleared

(Recorded 11/22/2016 in St. Anthony, MN) Co-hosts Andre and Brian discuss the upcoming holiday season and the potentially uncomfortable conversations that may come up between family and friends, given the recent tense political situation. Brian is exhausted after two weeks of post-election political discussions and confusion. It seems that the United States is divided. Andre offers some guidance to Brian on what to do next and how to interact with people who may appear to be opposite in many ways, even if that’s just a perception.

Andre expresses gratitude for Philando Castile’s name being cleared after the recent announcement by Ramsey County, MN prosecutor John Choi of three charges against Officer Jeronimo Yanez for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile.

Star Tribune “Police officer charged in fatal shooting of Philando Castile” By Chao Xiong Star Tribune NOVEMBER 17, 2016 — 9:54AM http://www.startribune.com/ramsey-county-attorney-choi-to-announce-update-in-castile-shooting/401484635/

Star Tribune “Minnesota officer released after hearing in Castile shooting” By AMY FORLITI Associated Press NOVEMBER 18, 2016 — 5:10PM http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-officer-to-appear-in-court-in-fatal-shooting/401831555/

007 – A Model for the Country, Chief of Police William Blair Anderson, St. Cloud Police Department, MN

(Recorded 11/08/2016 in St. Cloud, MN) Chief of Police William Blair Anderson of the St. Cloud Police Department discusses what makes the diverse city of St. Cloud, MN a model for a better way of living and interacting with one another. Chief Anderson speaks from the heart as he discusses Community Oriented Policing, the city’s first COP House, what he looks for in new officers, some of the training his officers receive above and beyond requirements, and what it means to be in open communication with the community. He touches on the emotional challenges law enforcement professionals face as they are required to put their personal lives on hold as they serve their community members with compassion and commitment.

Related Resource Links:

“FAIR & IMPARTIAL POLICING” Training Resource
http://www.fairimpartialpolicing.com/
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Article: “St. Cloud Police Chief William Blair Anderson Shuts Down Fox News Hosts On Live TV”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/william-blair-anderson-fox-news_us_57e09457e4b08cb14097af08
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COP House – St. Cloud, article: “COP House set to become reality”
http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2016/10/19/cop-house-set-become-reality/92352096/
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COP Houses – The Official Website of the City of Racine, WI
http://cityofracine.org/Departments/Police/COP-Houses/Main/

006 – Attorney/Legal Policy Director Kristine C. Lizdas, St. Anthony Village’s (MN) application to U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA)

(Recorded 11/03/2016) Attorney Kristine Lizdas joins us to talk about the affirmative steps that the city of St. Anthony Village, MN has taken to address the shooting death of Philando Castile.

Kristine can be reached at kclizdas@gmail.com

Kristine Lizdas is Legal Policy Director for the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP), a national resource center on domestic violence. She oversees BWJP’s national military, custody, and protection order projects, and directly manages BWJP’s National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center, as well as the Safer Families, Safer Communities project. Kristine writes and trains on such topics as the enforcement of domestic violence firearm prohibitions, gender discrimination, criminal and family law practice and restorative justice. Kristine has served as faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, the Center for Court Innovation, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Kristine serves as board member and co-chair for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, and served on the Constituent Advisory Council for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. She is a Consultant for Praxis International’s Blueprint for Safety Demonstration Initiative.

Prior to joining BWJP, Kristine worked for the Duluth DAIP as a community organizer, leading several community assessments (institutional ethnographies) of Duluth’s response to domestic violence, and co-authoring a manual on the assessment process. During this time, Kristine worked closely with probation, prosecution and rural law enforcement in developing model responses to domestic violence.

Her international work includes supervising Georgetown University law students on a domestic violence fact-finding mission in Ghana, and serving as a project evaluator in Armenia and Moldova.

Kristine has represented clients through the Volunteer Family Law Program of the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, and asylum applicants with Advocates for Human Rights. She is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Illinois.

Kristine recommends reviewing the following RESOURCES AVAILABLE at http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/resources/

Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance Fact Sheet, https://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/technical_assistance.pdf

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), United States Department of Justice, https://cops.usdoj.gov/collaborativereform

United States Department of Justice, Special Litigation Section Cases & Matters, https://www.justice.gov/crt/special-litigation-section-cases-and-matters0#police

PBS FRONTLINE episode “Policing the Police” June 28, 2016 on “How do you transform a troubled police department?”

Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department, United States DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION August 10, 2016, https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/883366/download

Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department, United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, March 4, 2015, https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2015/03/04/ferguson_police_department_report.pdf

Police Accountability Taskforce, Recommendations for Reform: Restoring Trust between the Chicago Police, and the Communities they Serve, EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, April 2016, https://chicagopatf.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/PATF_Final_Report_Executive_Summary_4_13_16-1.pdf

University of Wisconsin Law School, Legal Studies Research Paper Series Paper No. 1349, “Policing a Free Society,” by Herman Goldstein, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2596883

The University of Alabama School of Law, “Structural Reform Litigation in American Police Departments,” by Stephen Rushin, 99 MINNESOTA LAW REVIEW 1343(2015), http://www.minnesotalawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Rushin_pdf1.pdf

“The Duluth Model,” Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) http://www.theduluthmodel.org/about/index.html

Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, May 2015, https://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/taskforce_finalreport.pdf

Documentary:  “13th” (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.  https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741

005 – Unrecognizable World Views | Edina Police | St. Cloud Police

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What do we do when we can’t recognize perspectives that are different from our own?

a. Conversation between co-hosts Andre Koen and Brian Jost recorded 10/24/2016.
b. Edina, MN police incident with Larnie Thomas 10/12/2016 (including  bystander cell phone partial recording).
c. Law Enforcement – Why don’t we see the positive side in the media?
d. Partial archived interview with Wm. Blair Anderson, Chief of Police, City of St. Cloud, MN from 02/22/2015.
e. Open invite to law enforcement to record with Andre and Brian.

Related links:

-YouTube interview with Wm. Blair Anderson, Chief of Police, City of St. Cloud, MN (by Andre Koen) Published 02/22/2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlYuWL1qINM

-Edina, MN Police Incident with Larnie Thomas 10/12/16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djyysjn6vCg

-Star Tribune article “Video of Edina police officer confronting a black man goes viral” http://www.startribune.com/video-of-edina-police-officer-confronting-a-black-man-goes-viral/397145941/

Podcast Website: http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/

Co-hosted by:
-ANDRE KOEN, http://www.andrekoen.com/
-BRIAN JOST, https://brianjost.com/
Produced by: Brian Jost

Are you frustrated, angered, confused, or just plain exhausted by the polarizing conversations around race and social justice? Find your community. Find your voice. Get it right. Stand with us…the “Armchair Activist.”

004 – Philando Castile’s friend & activist John Thompson & activists Jacob Ladda & Curtis Avent with Brian Jost

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LISTEN. Share it. These three men need to be heard. Philando Castile’s friend and activist John Thompson and activists Jacob Ladda & Curtis Avent. If you need a longer intro, start with episode 3. Released 10/15/2016. Recorded 10/11/2016 in St. Anthony, MN.

003 – Production update “Justice Occupation for Philando” preview (recorded in St. Anthony, MN) Released 10/14/2016 Andre Koen & Brian Jost

Armchair Activist, episode 003, Production update, “Justice Occupation for Philando” preview (recorded in St. Anthony, MN) Released 10/14/2016.
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First, an update on the production of this podcast, comments about Brian Jost recording on 10/11/2016 with Philando Castile’s best friend John Thompson and two other activists often highlighted in the media, Jacob Ladda and Curtis Avent. Second, Brian Jost explaining to Andre Koen why people need to listen to those three men listed above. Third, backing up to a conversation between Andre Koen and Brian Jost recorded on 9/23/2016 (our 2nd recording session since beginning the podcast).
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ACTION CONTINUUM:
http://stepupprogram.org/docs/handouts/STEPUP_Action_Continuum.pdf
Adams, M., Bell, L., & Griffin, P. (1997). Teaching for diversity and social justice: A sourcebook. New York: Routledge. STEP UP! – Facilitator Guide
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Co-hosted by:
-ANDRE KOEN, http://www.andrekoen.com/
-BRIAN JOST, https://brianjost.com/
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ANDRE KOEN is an energetic presenter, a powerful communicator, and a dynamic teacher. There are many words that describe him. The most illustrative is “Andre, the Enkindled Spirit”. Andre is a diversity trainer in Minnesota. He provides face-to-face and online courses on diversity education including leadership development, empowerment training, cross-cultural competence, sensitivity training, anti-racism training and team building. Most of his clients include professionals needing continuing education credits. His weekly blog includes ideas for controlling, removing, and fighting discrimination. Koen also offers one-on-one training and coaching. http://www.andrekoen.com/
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BRIAN JOST, author of the memoir “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” is the Public Awareness Coordinator at NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Brian recruits and trains NAMI “In Our Own Voice” public speakers who are courageous enough to share their experiences of living with a mental illness and achieving recovery. He also coordinates the NAMI Minnesota Speakers Bureau through which anti-stigma presentations are offered. Brian helps to harness the power of personal stories with the goal of showing people that recovery is possible. Brian and his wife Sarah live in St. Anthony, MN with their son Avery and daughter Olive. Brian is a proud father. He finds parenting to be a challenge and an adventure. Brian loves spending time with his family, especially playing outdoors. Simply watching his kids play helps Brian understand the meaning of life. https://brianjost.com/

002 – Polarizing Lenses, Part 2 – Andre Koen & Brian Jost

This is the 2nd part of a conversation between Andre Koen and Brian Jost recorded 9/15/2016 in St. Anthony, Minnesota.


What happens when a black racial/social justice advocate meets a confused white man who is actually willing to admit he doesn’t understand the racism to which he has awakened? Conversation happens.

Co-hosted by:
-ANDRE KOEN, http://www.andrekoen.com/
-BRIAN JOST, https://brianjost.com/

ANDRE KOEN is an energetic presenter, a powerful communicator, and a dynamic teacher. There are many words that describe him. The most illustrative is “Andre, the Enkindled Spirit”. Andre is a diversity trainer in Minnesota. He provides
face-to-face and online courses on diversity education including leadership development, empowerment training, cross-cultural competence, sensitivity training, anti-racism training and team building. Most of his clients include professionals needing continuing education credits. His weekly blog includes ideas for controlling, removing, and fighting discrimination. Koen also offers one-on-one training and coaching. http://www.andrekoen.com/

BRIAN JOST, author of the memoir “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” is the Public Awareness Coordinator at NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Brian recruits and trains NAMI “In Our Own Voice” public speakers who are courageous enough to share their experiences of living with a mental illness and achieving recovery. He also coordinates the NAMI Minnesota Speakers Bureau through which anti-stigma presentations are offered. Brian helps to harness the power of personal stories with the goal of showing people that recovery is possible. Brian and his wife Sarah live in St. Anthony, MN with their son Avery and daughter Olive. Brian is a proud father. He finds parenting to be a challenge and an adventure. Brian loves spending time with his family, especially playing outdoors. Simply watching his kids play helps Brian understand the meaning of life. https://brianjost.com/

Song “These Times” music and lyrics copyright by Brian Jost, 2001.

001 – Introduction episode; Polarizing Lenses, Part 1 – Andre Koen & Brian Jost

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What happens when a black racial/social justice advocate meets a confused white man who is actually willing to admit he doesn’t understand the racism to which he has awakened? Conversation happens.

Co-hosted by:
ANDRE KOEN, http://www.andrekoen.com/
BRIAN JOST, https://brianjost.com/

ANDRE KOEN is an energetic presenter, a powerful communicator, and a dynamic teacher. There are many words that describe him. The most illustrative is “Andre, the Enkindled Spirit”. Andre is a diversity trainer in Minnesota. He provides face-to-face and online courses on diversity education including leadership development, empowerment training, cross-cultural competence, sensitivity training, anti-racism training and team building. Most of his clients include professionals needing continuing education credits. His weekly blog includes ideas for controlling, removing, and fighting discrimination. Koen also offers one-on-one training and coaching. http://www.andrekoen.com/

BRIAN JOST, author of the memoir “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” is the Public Awareness Coordinator at NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Brian recruits and trains NAMI “In Our Own Voice” public speakers who are courageous enough to share their experiences of living with a mental illness and achieving recovery. He also coordinates the NAMI Minnesota Speakers Bureau through which anti-stigma presentations are offered. Brian helps to harness the power of personal stories with the goal of showing people that recovery is possible. Brian and his wife Sarah live in St. Anthony, MN with their son Avery and daughter Olive. Brian is a proud father. He finds parenting to be a challenge and an adventure. Brian loves spending time with his family, especially playing outdoors. Simply watching his kids play helps Brian understand the meaning of life. https://brianjost.com/

Are you frustrated, angered, confused, or just plain exhausted by the polarizing conversations around race and social justice? Find your community. Find your voice. Get it right. Stand with us…the “Armchair Activist.”

Song “These Times” music and lyrics copyright by Brian Jost, 2001.

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