This week on The Strike Mic, members of the Indiana University assembly are holding a day of action tomorrow, in support of the prisoners at Westville Correctional Facility in Westfield, Indiana.
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On the first show of 2014, Eric Love and Leila Randle welcome guests Nicole Griffin and Ignoisco Miles.
The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., often called Martin Luther King Day, is a United States holiday marking the birth date of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. It is the only United States federal holiday commemorating an African American and one of only four to commemorate an individual person.
On January 17, 2000, for the first time, Martin Luther King Day was officially observed in all 50 U.S. states. The day is marked by demonstrations for peace, social justice and racial and class equality, as well as a national day of volunteer community service. In recent years, the moniker of “A Day On, Not A Day Off” has been embraced by a significant number of communities.
Joining Eric and Leila to for the first show of 2014 to go over the many MLK Day activities going on in Bloomington and on the IU campus Nicole Griffin, vice chair of the City of Bloomington MLK Birthday Commission, and Ignoisco Miles, Director for the Revolution Emergent Theatre Project.
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.
Hosts: Eric Love and Leila Randle
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin
Activist, writer, blogger, public speaker Reverend Irene Monroe talks about the significance to the black queer community of Robin Robert’s’ coming out, how Martin Luther King might have reacted to homophobia and other related issues. Casting Producer for America’s Got Talent Andrew Ward discusses his career and interesting aspects of a major talent show like AGT as well as announcing upcoming auditions to be held in Indianapolis 25-26 January at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Featured artist is Detroit MI recording artist KENN. Musical selection is “Empty” from his “We Killed KENN” CD.
Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick & Nick Tumino
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Rlobertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick
In today’s EcoReport feature, New York-based Independent journalist Maura Stephens talks about the environmental dangers of fracking, and describes recent efforts to stop fracking made by independent journalists, activists, and other concerned community members.
EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.
Anchors: Trish Kerle and Dan Young.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. This week’s feature was engineered by Stephanie Stewart. This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Wiltsee. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.
On Tuesday November 5th a forum on the drug-war was held in the City Council Chambers in Bloomington . The NAACP is the primary sponsor of a forum which examined the effects of the War on Drugs and alternatives to it. IU Professor Audrey McCluskey served as moderator, and discussed the racial injustice of the drug war using the book “The New Jim Crow.” Chad Padgett will represent Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Matt Pierce, district representative for Bloomington and Joe Dillon, Vice-President of the National Organization for the Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML). The public is invited, and will join in the discussion. Recorded on location by Community Access Television Services for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.
Tonight on Interchange host Doug Storm talks with three faculty members of Indiana University who were active in Occupy Bloomington, one of many occupations of public spaces in US cities that appeared as a response to the Occupy Wall Street Movement that originated in New York City in September of 2011.
Ben Robinson, associate professor of Germanic Studies.
Micol Seigel, associate professor in the American Studies and History Departments and co-founder of Decarcerate Monroe County.
Joe Varga, assistant professor of labor studies and an organizer in the all-volunteer chapter of South Central Indiana Jobs with Justice.
We look at out how Occupy began back in September of 2011 and attempted to define some of the issues surrounding Occupy Wall Street, and we’ve looked at how Occupy Bloomington was born. We also examine the Legacy of OWS-what did OWS encourage, what effects, if any, both positive and negative have come out of this popular protest movement.
Photo courtesy of Joe Varga
The following organizations will be closed Tuesday, January 7 unless otherwise noted:
-Monroe County Community School Corporation
-Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation
-Brown County Schools
-Clear Creek Christian School
-Lighthouse Christian Academy
-Bloomfield School District
-Spencer-Owen Community School Corporation
-North Lawrence Community Schools
-City of Bloomington non-emergency services
-Bloomington parking regulations suspended until 8:00 am Wednesday
-Area 10 services closed; Area 10 nutrition program – no meal delivery, all meal sites closed
-Rural Transit of Monroe and Owen Counties – no routes
-Hoosier Hills Food Bank
-Girls Inc of Monroe County after-school programs
-Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
-City of Bloomington sanitation services suspended, will resume Wednesday if weather conditions permit – residents who normally have pickup on Mondays will have pickup on Wednesday, residents who have pickup on Tuesdays will have pickup on Thursday, residents who have pickup on Wednesdays will have pickup on Friday, residents who have pickup on Thursdays will have pickup on Saturday
Non-emergency county and city offices were closed today, as well as Indiana University, many IU Health Bloomington Hospital programs and all area schools. However, several local businesses had their “open” signs turned on despite the slick conditions and dangerously low temperatures.
Downtown outfitter JL Waters’ “open” sign shined through the frosty windows. Employees Emily Hodapp and Kimberly Webber and their canine pal Ranger were in the store and explained why they were open for business today.
“Out of all the stores, the adventure store should be open… No such thing as bad weather, just bad gear,” they said.
Hodapp, the assistant manager at JL Waters, says to choose fleece and down and synthetic insulation in winter gear, and for days like today, to take into account the temperature difference that occurs due to high winds
“We’ve got a lot of things that are wind-stopping, not just wind-blocking, but wind-stopping,” said Hodapp.
Webber also recommend base layers with synthetic or wool materials. Though inside the store things were lively as the employees took advantage of the slow customer flow to rearrange parts of the store, the downtown square was almost entirely vacant.
“Completely dead, pretty much. No one’s braving it. The roads aren’t that bad if you’ve got 4-wheel drive. I’m not saying ‘get out there and risk your life’ or anything, but go play! It’s so sunny! It’s not that bad.”
For those who were in need of a hot meal, the Scholars Inn Bakehouse and Darn Good Soup were both open and serving customers, though like JL Waters, the slow business meant they would close early today before normal quitting hours. Nels Brunner, the owner of Darn Good Soup, said:
“It’s been pretty slow, really. I thought it would be busier. It’s been busy enough to be worth being open, but nothing to write home about.”
Parking meters in downtown Bloomington will not be enforced until 8am on Wednesday.
The American Red Cross has set up shelter at Bloomington High School North, 3901 N Kinser Pike. It will be open as long as the need exists. Residents should bring their own towels, blankets and pillows.
Bloomington Transit Line 1N goes to BHSN and is running as scheduled today.
Residents who need assistance traveling to the shelter can call local city or county law enforcement: 812 349 2780.
The Shalom Center, 620 S Walnut St, is available to all residents and is open for extend hours today, until 9pm. Donations of gloves hats socks and coats are needed.
A winter weather Bulletin from South Central Indiana REMC advises our listening area of dangerous conditions due to low temperatures possible over the weekend:
A significant winter storm could result in more than a foot of snow in parts of Indiana on Sunday, before frigid temperatures settle in. A winter storm watch has been issued for much of Indiana. The low temperature Tuesday morning is forecast at -15 degrees with dangerous wind chills in the -30 to -40 range.
South Central Indiana REMC employees have prepared for worst-case scenarios, should members experience power outages during this time. Please be aware that because of the dangerously cold temperatures, any power outages that occur during this time will most likely be prolonged.
In the event that you experience a power outage, please keep your windows and doors shut, and make sure any generators are properly installed.
The Department of Homeland Security Offers the following checklist for an emergency preparedness checklist:
- Look up electric utility’s outage reporting phone number and add it to their cell phone contact list
- Food and water for three days (includes three gallons of water per person, per day)
- Battery operated or hand crank all hazards radio
- Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
- Extra clothing, warm blankets, sleeping bags for staying warm in your home if you lose power
- Special items (baby formula, insulin, medications)
- Families should also take the time to check with neighbors and see if there’s anything they can do for each other before, during or after the storm
- pet owners need to be especially sensitive to their animals’ limits when outside, most pets cannot tolerate more than 20 minutes outside when the temperature drops below zero.