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Local Organizations Collecting Camping Gear for Homeless Residents

Local organizations have begun collecting camping gear for homeless residents who will soon be without access to a low-barrier shelter.

Next Wednesday, the Interfaith Winter Shelter will officially cease its operations for the season. Each year after the shelter closes, dozens of homeless residents are left to sleep outdoors, typically in camps that are technically illegal.

Forrest Gilmore, the executive director of the Shalom Community Center, said he is helping collect tents, sleeping bags, tarps, rain gear, flashlights and other camping equipment to distribute to residents who need them. Gilmore said anyone with gear to donate can bring it to the Shalom Center or to the Salvation Army in Bloomington.

In past summers, the Genesis Church operated a low-barrier shelter, but that ended in 2012 and no organization has filled the void. An organization known as the Ubuntu Group was once poised to open a replacement shelter but the Group never found an affordable location. City zoning places severe restrictions on where homeless shelters can be located.

Indiana House of Representatives Approves Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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Shortly before we went to air today, the Indiana House of Representatives approved a bill that could protect businesses that discriminate against LGBT residents. The bill is known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It would prohibit governments from “substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion.” Some proponents of the bill have said they hope it will protect businesses, churches or individuals that choose not to serve LGBT residents.

The bill has been widely seen as a response to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Indiana. Just before the bill passed, News Director Joe Crawford spoke with one of the leaders of the movement to oppose the measure. We bring you that interview for today’s WFHB community report.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 63 to 31. It has already passed the Senate and Governor Mike Pence has expressed support for the legislation.

Freedom Indiana delivered thousands of letters opposing Senate Bill 101 just hours before the House of Representatives voted to pass the bill. Photo courtesy of Freedom Indiana.

Members of Freedom Indiana delivered thousands of letters opposing Senate Bill 101 just hours before the House of Representatives voted to pass the bill. Photo courtesy of Freedom Indiana.

Daily Local News – March 23, 2015

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Local organizations have begun collecting camping gear for homeless residents who will soon be without access to a low-barrier shelter; A former employee at the city of Bloomington is waiting on a federal court to decide his fate after pleading guilty to 11 counts of wire fraud; In a separate case of alleged embezzlement at the city of Bloomington, a former Parks Department employee has been indicted on a wire fraud charge for allegedly stealing more than $400,000 in funds intended for the Parks Department projects and programs; The city of Bloomington is celebrating Disability Awareness Month throughout March with a variety of events, exhibits and programs; With less than two months before municipal elections, the Monroe County Election Board has been at odds over rules related to poll workers; The Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners has recognized the achievements of Banneker Program Specialist Terrance Thomas, who was named the 2015 Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow by the City’s Commission on the Status of Black Males.

FEATURE
Shortly before we went to air today, the Indiana House of Representatives approved a bill that could protect businesses that discriminate against LGBT residents. The bill is known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It would prohibit governments from “substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion.” Some proponents of the bill have said they hope it will protect businesses, churches or individuals that choose not to serve LGBT residents. The bill has been widely seen as a response to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Indiana. Just before the bill passed, News Director Joe Crawford spoke with one of the leaders of the movement to oppose the measure.

ACTIVATE!
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Anson Shupe, Joe Crawford and Amanda Marino.
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Hola Bloomington – March 30, 2015

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Hola Bloomington – March 20, 2015

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Israel Herrera and Mónica Hernández host a special segment “Un Cafecito con… Participants of the Annual Song Festival.” The hosts interview Tomas Lozano, Juan Rojas and Valeria de Castro and showcase their music.

Los locutores de Hola Bloomington Israel Herrera y Mónica Hernández albergan un segmento especial de “Un Cafecito con.. Participantes del Festival Anual de la Canción.” Los locutores entrevistan a Tomas Lozano, Juan Rojas y Valeria de Castro y demuestran su música.

bloomingOUT – March 19, 2014

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Join co-host Ryne Shadday as he interviews co-host Erica Dorsey and producer Olivia Davidson about their backgrounds and involvement with the show. We also hear another episode of the weekly segment “Out on Campus” along with calendar events and news.

Hosts – Ryne Shadday and Erica Dorsey
Executive Producer – Joe Crawford
Producer – Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator – Hayley Bass
Board Engineer – Carissa Barrett

EcoReport – March 19, 2015

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In today’s EcoReport, we bring you part two of an interview with Jim Nelson, in which he discusses the condition of coral reefs in Florida and the Caribbean.

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.

Today’s Anchors: David Lyman and Julianna Dailey
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy and Halle Shine. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young, Filiz Cicek, Nancy Jones and Gillian Wilson. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

Spring Peepers

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Interchange – Forbearance and Fighting: Parsing Jihad and Martyrdom

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Host Doug Storm is joined by Asma Afsaruddin to discuss her book Striving in the Path of God: Jihad and Martyrdom in Islamic Thought.

In her essay “Inventing ‘Jihad‘,” Afsaruddin writes:

Privileging the legal literature above other kinds of literature—particularly the exegetical literature on the Qur’an and ethical treatises—in discussions of jihad almost inevitably leads to the conclusion that it is primarily a collective military obligation incumbent upon able-bodied Muslim men in the service of state and religion. And because what we call Islamic law is assumed to be derived directly from the Qur’an and the hadith (the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad), such an obligation is assumed to be mandated by Islam itself.

But if we put on our historical glasses a considerably different picture emerges. The earliest connotations of jihad had to do with patient forbearance in the face of harm and stoic, nonviolent resistance to wrongdoing….

Some were also of the opinion that the Qur’anic command to fight was only applicable to the first generation of Muslims who were contemporaries of Muhammad, known as the Companions, since the historical referent in the verses that deal with fighting are the hostile pagan Arabs of Mecca.

Such understandings, however, could and did prove inimical to the process of empire-building, and the need was soon felt in official and certain legal circles to promote the military jihad as a religiously meritorious activity. This is precisely what happened during the expansion of the Islamic empire after the death of Muhammad during the late seventh and eighth centuries of the Common Era….

This progressive watering-down in later exegetical and legal literature of the categorical Qur’anic prohibition against initiating hostilities is revealing of the triumph of political realism over scriptural fidelity.

Some scholars from the later period continued to dispute this cooptation of jihad in the service of Realpolitik. These scholars’ main area of contention was with the legal position which came to view lack of adherence to Islam, rather than aggression on the part of the adversary, as the casus belli for the military jihad, a position they regarded as unethical and morally impermissible.

Of Related Interest:
How Do We Talk About Islam After Charlie Hebdo?
Egypt and the Problem of Religion
Islam and Modernity: Issues for the Classroom (Podcast)

Guest:
Asma Afsaruddin is professor of Islamic Studies and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington. She was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2005. Her previous books include The First Muslims: History and Memory (2008), and Excellence and Precedence: Medieval Islamic Discourse on Legitimate Leadership (2002) She was awarded the World Book Prize for the best new book in Islamic Studies given by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance of the Republic of Iran on February 8th in Tehran, Iran’s capital and largest city.

Credits:
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Bring It On! – March 16, 2015

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William Hosea and Beverly Calender-Anderson welcome Gary, IN Mayor Karen Freeman- Wilson.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Beverly welcome Gary, IN Mayor Karen Freeman- Wilson. She join us, by phone, reflect on the successes of her first term in office and the progress made towards implementing a path for Gary’s prosperity and opportunity and a look ahead to her bid for a reelection.

She also comments on two recent announcements; the first, as an appointee to the 2016 Presidential Election Task Force and, the second, as a Presidential appointee to a federal task force on 21st Century Policing.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Beverly Calender-Anderson
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Hola Bloomington – March 13, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Mónica Hernández platican con Lillian Casillas, Dayanna Arichavala, Jonathan Barrienros y Mintzi Martínez-Rivera. Ellas discuten la importancia de celebrar el mes de la historia de la mujer y los avances en nuestra sociedad con respecto a la igualdad de derechos para la mujer.

Hola Bloomington hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria and Monica Hernandez interview Lillian Casillas, Dayanna Arichavala, Jonathan Barrienros and Mintzi Martinez-Rivera. They discuss the importance of celebrating Women’s History Month and progress in our society with regards to equal rights for women.

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