Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2013

"On the Margins" MDHR's Television Program to Air Tonight on CTV15 In Ten North Suburban Cities

Tonight, tune in to watch "On the Margins," two 30-minute programs on predatory lending, produced by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and CTV15 at 6 p.m. in ten Twin Cities suburban communities.

"On the Margins: People and Communities Locked Out of the American Dream" was produced as part of Financial Literacy Month in Minnesota and includes two separate half-hour episodes.

The first program examines predatory home lending, payday loans, credit discrimination and other practices that unfairly take advantage of people who are financially struggling. These issues are explored by a panel of experts, which includes:

  • Mike Rothman, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner
  • Kevin Lindsey, Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner
  • Mary Tingerthal, Minnesota Housing Commissioner,
  • Ron Elwood, Supervising Attorney for Legal Services Advocacy Project of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.

The second program looks at the challenges facing individuals who are struggling with these and other practical financial issues associated with home ownership, financing an education, planning for retirement and dealing with debt. A panel of experts discusses practical information about what to do, and what not to do when facing these issues.

In addition to Commissioners Lindsey and Rothman, two non-profit community leaders joined the panel in the second program:

  • Ruby Lee, President of CLUES, Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio.
  • Maritza Mariani, Associate Director of the Neighborhood Development Alliance (NeDA)

Both panel discussions are moderated by well-known Twin Cities broadcast journalist Vineeta Sawkar.

Tonight and tomorrow's broadcasts of "On the Margins" are available on CTV Channel 15 to any cable subscriber in the ten cities of Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, Roseville, St. Anthony and Shoreview. The On the Margins programs should also be available on the MDHR's YouTube site by tomorrow evening, with additional broadcasts possible in other communities soon.

The air times include:

On the Margins, show 1:
Today (4-18) at 5:59 p.m.,
Friday (4-19) at 1:59 a.m., 9:59 a.m. and 5:59 p.m.

On the Margins, show 2:
Today (4-18) at 6:29 p.m.
Friday (4-19) at 2:29 a.m., 10:20 a.m. and 6:29 p.m.

These and additional CTV 15 air times are available on CTV's web site.

For information on additional broadcasts in other cities, keep checking MDHR's Facebook page and Twitter feed.


Contact: Jeff Holman 651.539.1090 or

Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Communications Department Freeman Building, 625 Robert Street North, Saint Paul, MN 55155

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