Affording Your Life with Attorney General Keith Ellison

Affording Your Life with Attorney General Keith Ellison is your podcast about fairness, justice, and consumer information to help you afford your life.

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This Week – #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.

“With the continued rise of white-nationalist violence in our country, we must have honest conversations about how we can ensure peace and safety for everyone in our communities. Although there are those in Central Minnesota who dehumanize others based on difference, St. Cloud is filled with beautifully-hearted people who stand with their neighbors against hate and bigotry and for human connection and community solidarity.”

– Natalie Ringsmuth, executive director of #unitecloud, a St. Cloud-based nonprofit dedicated to resolving tension and restoring dignity to all people in Central Minnesota


Previous Episodes

Ep 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.
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Ep 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.
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Ep 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.
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Ep 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.
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