Sahra Noor, CEO of People’s Center Clinics and Services, has a life story much like great literature – a complex and sometimes perilous journey of discovery ultimately resulting in the triumph of the human spirit.
In this interview, Sahra chats with guest host, Stephen Blair Venable, about her journey, social mobility, the many aspects of her personal identity, and her love of healthcare. Ultimately, Sahra wants to help resolve systemic inequities and disparities by targeting the intersections of those inequities and disparities with the issues of healthcare access and provision.
Vinnie Rose is a prolific native Minnesotan who has become one of the area’s most popular entertainers. A guitarist, song writer and composer he entertained us with some of his own songs from his three released albums. With his technique of “looping” Rose explains his popularity to Alan, his ability to utilize more than 1,000 songs in his portfolio and literally, become a one-man-band. His appearance was a musical first on Access to Democracy.
Matt Hoy, Senior Executive Vice President with the MN Twins, has been with the organization for 33 years. In keeping with a tradition at Access to Democracy” tradition of kicking off every season with a Twins front-office Exec, Matt and Alan talked about the new faces on this year’s team, and the high hopes the organization has for the 2018 season. They also covered new improvements to Target Field, and some of the innovative new foods which will be featured.
Jane Leonard, is the new president of Growth & Justice, a progressive think-tank which is dedicated to improving the lives of both urban, suburban and outstate communities in terms of services, internet and the like. She discusses with outgoing President and guest-host Dane Smith some of the priorities which both she, and the organization, look forward to, and gives some insight into her background in charitable, civic and political organizations.
Following the 2016 Presidential election, a nationwide protest movement, “Indivisible”, sprang up, involving mostly people who had not been politically active in the past. Mark Frascone co-founded and leads the Eagan/Burnsville chapter, and discusses with guest host Stephen Blair Venable the history and aims of the movement, and some of its current activities.