January 29, 2009

DTV Training: Mn MEP in the news

Yesterday, Mn MEP conducted a DTV educational training at the Waite House with low income Latino families. Together with our partner organization, Main Street Project, we were able to get over 25 applications for the coupon program to help in the purchase of converter boxes. Below is a link to a story produced by KARE 11 on the training and the potential impact of the DTV transition if Congress doesn't push back the date.

For video click here

January 17, 2009

DTV Transition Date pushed back to June 12th is reporting that the Democrats and Republicans in Congress have agreed to push back the DTV Transition date to June 12th.

The DTV educational outreach being conducted by the Minnesotano Media Empowerment Project and our partner organization Main Street Project & the People Escaping Poverty Project will continue. Stay tuned for upcoming trainings and updates.

October 1, 2008

Interview: What's this about Community Organizing?

A Truth To Tell hosted by Andy Driscoll
Wednesday September 24th 2008

Topic: Community Organizing
Guests: Russ Adams, Executive Director for the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability; Pamela Twiss, Organizing Director for Take Action Minnesota;Malik Holt, Community Organizer for the Harrison Neighborhood Organization; Tom O'Connel, Professor of Political Science at Metro State University; and Steven Renderos, Project Coordinator of the Minnesotano Media Empowerment Project

Listen to the broadcast:
A Truth To Tell, September 24th 2008

September 30, 2008

Digital Television Transition 101

On February 17, 2009 you may wake up to a blank screen. No morning news, mid-day talk shows, or primetime shows will be displayed on your television. Beyond the inconvenience of not being able to watch the new episode of Ugly Betty or the next sports game, having no access to television can be a potential crisis for individuals who depend on television to inform them of the world around them.

Here are a few answers to some of the questions you may have regarding DTV.

Why is a conversion happening?
All television stations since the beginning of its creation have been broadcasting using Analog signal. The federal government has mandated that as of February 17, 2009 all stations have to switch and broadcast using a Digital signal. The practical purpose behind this is that the government wants to free up our broadcast airwaves for other uses (i.e. wireless technology and public services such as the police dept., fire dept., etc.)

What options do I have in order to be prepared?
It essentially comes down to three options:

1. Keep your TV and purchase a converter box.
2. Get a TV with an internal digital tuner. Meaning the TV already comes equipped to process the signal to your television.
3. Purchase Satellite TV or Digital Cable.

The latter two options incur a financial burden on the individual. DirectTV and Comcast Cable can be an added expense that people may not be able to afford.

For option 1, here is what you need to do.

Apply for a $40 coupon provided by the Federal Government.
The federal government has made $40 coupons available to the general public, up to 2 per household, that can be used towards the purchase of a converter box. On average converter boxes cost around $60, meaning you would have to pay the remaining balance.

To apply for a coupon, visit:

Other Resources:
Twin Cities Public Television-TPT has a great website with more answers to specific questions regarding the DTV conversion as well as instructional videos to help you connect your converter box. These videos are available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali. The information on their website is also available in eight other languages.
Visit TPT at:

May 30, 2008

News Article: Wisconsin / Test scores show little change over 3 years

State superintendent encouraged by results
By Scott Bauer
Associated Press
Article Last Updated: 05/29/2008 10:08:53 PM CDT

Wisconsin school children scored about the same on statewide tests in reading and math this year.
Results slated for release today showed that reading scores for elementary, middle and high school students all remained unchanged this year over last year. Math scores increased one point in the elementary grades, dropped one point in middle grades and dropped two points in 10th grade.

However, when looking at the three-year trend, math scores were up for elementary and middle school students and down in 10th grade. Reading scores were constant over the three years.
About 434,000 Wisconsin students in grades 3-8 and 10 took the statewide Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations. Results of the test are used to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind law and will be the basis of determining whether schools are progressing as required.

State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster was encouraged by the results, saying there are some positive trends but that the focus must remain on closing achievement gaps.

While the gap between minority students and whites narrowed in many groups over the past three years, it still remains significant.

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May 28, 2008

News Article: (LA Times) New generation of L.A.-area Latino leaders aren't as friendly toward 'amigo stores'

Cities like Baldwin Park are turning away from ethnic-oriented retail projects in favor of mainstream businesses. Starbucks is welcome.
By Hector Becerra
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
May 28, 2008


It was as if the developers were talking about tacos, and the Latino politicians were talking about apple pie.

Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano and other city officials listened as the developers said they had studied the demographics of the city and could bring in a retailer known for offering credit to undocumented immigrants and a shopping center with a "Latino feel."

To Lozano, it was another case of developers typecasting his suburb, which is about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. He didn't want to see more of what he calls "amigo stores."

The meeting ended like a bad date, with handshakes and excessive courtesy. But afterward, Lozano made it clear he was not happy.

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April 9, 2008

News Article: San Francisco Reaches Out to Immigrants

April 6, 2008
San Francisco Reaches Out to Immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO — The city of San Francisco has started an advertising push with a very specific target market: illegal immigrants. And while the advertisements will come in a bundle of languages — English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese — they all carry the same message: you are safe here.

In what may be the first such campaign of its kind, the city plans to publish multilanguage brochures and fill the airwaves with advertisements relaying assurance that San Francisco will not report them to federal immigration authorities.

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April 2, 2008

News Article: Immigrants are Saving Social Security

Here is an editorial published in the New York times about the state of social security today. The report mentioned in the editorial was released by the Social Security Trustees and notes that since a lot of undocumented immigrants pay taxes on social security which they never reap the benefits, our program is doing better than expected in terms of revenue.