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The Strike Mic – October 29, 2013

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This week on the Strike Mic, a music and information session during the Indiana University Board of Trustee’s meeting is met with a high volume of Indiana University Police. Members of the group felt the police presence was unwarranted, and signals a growing trend of intimidation towards those who express dissent towards IU administration.

Tune in every Tuesday for a new edition of The Strike Mic, a weekly update from your neighbors working to strengthen the voice of IU students and staff.

Daily Local News – October 29, 2013

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This week on the Strike Mic, a music and information session during the Indiana University Board of Trustee’s meeting is met with a high volume of Indiana University Police; The finger of blame for the recent crisis in Congress, which caused a federal shutdown and a near debt default, has increasingly been pointed at Republican members of Congress, especially those associated with the Tea Party caucus; Five women were named by Governor Mike Pence yesterday, to serve on the Indiana Commission for Women.

FEATURE
Bloomington Chamber of Commerce on Same-Sex Marriage
Several large organizations and institutions have expressed opposition to the effort to amend the state constitution to limit marriage to two people of the opposite sex, in effect banning same-sex marriage in Indiana. The Indiana General Assembly has already passed one resolution to this effect. A second bill, House Joint Resolution 6, or HJR 6, which would put the question on the ballot in the fall of 2014, is up for debate in January. Michael McRobbie, President of Indiana University, announced yesterday that IU is joining Freedom Indiana, the state wide coalition leading the fight against the constitutional amendment. Several important Indiana-based corporations, including Ely Lilly and Cummins Diesel, have also voiced their opposition to the move. Last week, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce adopted the same position. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, correspondent David Murphy spoke to Liz Irwin, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, to find out if the voice of business in this region has taken a position on the issue.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Phil Schuman, Director of Financial Literacy for Indiana University, joins Sarah and Ashley to discuss college finance pitfalls and programs and resources that are available to help.

CREDIT
Anchors: Kristen Troxell & Nick Tumino
Today’s feature was produced by Harrison Wagner,
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomington Pumpkin Launch

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The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department will hold the annual Bloomington Pumpkin Launch on Saturday. The event is billed as family-friendly, with an afternoon of food, music, activities, and flying pumpkins. Bill Ream is the Community Events Coordinator at Bloomington’s Parks and Recreation Department. Ream says this is the ninth year of the event. It always a fun and unusual event to watch and it gaining popularity.

There will be activities for children, such as face painting and learning how to make a first-aid kit. Antique engines and tractors will also be on display during the event.

The Bloomington Pumpkin Launch takes place on Saturday, November 2nd at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Activities begin when the gates open at 11 am, and the pumpkin launching begins at noon. Admission is five dollars per vehicle.

“Maybe Baby” Event

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The national organization Family Equality Council will be hosting their event “Maybe Baby” on Saturday, November 16th in Lafayette, Indiana. The event is for members of the LGBT community who wish to learn about all the options available for starting or growing a family. Kim Simes, Midwest Regional Manager for the Family Equality Council, explains the purpose behind the event and how it will serve the community. Simes says they are trying to provide the opportunity for  individuals or couples who are thinking about growing their family. She hopes the council will touch on some of the situations and decisions that LGBT couples have to face.

The event will be held in the YWCA in Lafayette, Indiana from 1:30 to 5:30 pm. more information and registration forms can be found at the Family Equality Council’s website at FamilyEquality DOT org.

Zone Art Grant Recipients

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The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, in partnership with the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, has announced four recipients of its Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program. The four projects selected for the grant are Bloomington Symphony Orchestra’s A Lifetime of Music, Cardinal Stage Company, the Farmer House Museum, and Bloomington resident Cassaundra Huskey. Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts in Bloomington, says all of these programs have demonstrated public benefit, directly or indirectly. She says Huskey’s mural beautification project, at the building next to the Playwrights Project, is a great example of community collaboration.

The program is designed to facilitate arts projects that benefit residents of the urban enterprise zone, a geographic area that covers some of downtown Bloomington, as well as areas to the north and west.

This year, recipients of the Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program will receive up to four thousand dollars.

Bring It On! – October 28, 2013

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Bev Smith and William Hosea welcome Patrick Smith, executive director of the Office of Mentoring Services and Leadership Development and Kim Morris-Newson, associate director of the Office of Community and School Partnerships.

PART ONE
A middle and high school student empowerment symposium will be hosted on Friday, November 8th at Indiana University.  This is in partnership with IU’s Offices of Community and School Partnerships; and Mentoring Services and Leadership Development; and the Monroe County Community School Corporation. This takes place at the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center’s Grand Hall. The theme for the conference is “Developing Self-Reliance.” The Symposium /Workshop presenter is Mr. Shawn Woods.

On that same day, the collegiate crowd will enjoy the 2013 Diversity Leadership Conference, co-sponsored by the Office of Mentoring Services and Leadership Development and the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program. This event represents the combining of two separate conferences under one banner to recognize their common goals of scholarship and student development in the areas of leadership and self-efficacy. The conference consists of workshops, seminars, and engaging speakers.

Joining Bev and William to elaborate more are conference planners, Patrick Smith, executive director of the Office of Mentoring Services and Leadership Development and Kim Morris-Newson, associate director of the Office of Community and School Partnerships.

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

CREDITS
Hosts: Bev Smith and William Hosea
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Daily Local News – October 28, 2013

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Four recipients have been announced for the  Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program; The national organization Family Equality Council is hosting a talk for LGBT community who wish to learn about all the options available for starting or growing a family; The policy committee of the Bloomington Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization made plans October 11th to request a study on the effects of pollution along Interstate 69; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department will hold the annual Bloomington Pumpkin Launch on Saturday.

FEATURE
IU Joins Resistance to HJR-6
Today, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced that IU is joining Freedom Indiana in its battle against the stated intention of the Indiana government to amend the state constitution, effectively banning same sex marriage. This action requires the General Assembly to pass a resolution to this effect during two sessions of the assembly. It has been passed once already. The proposal is to be presented for the second time to the Indiana General Assembly, under House Joint Resolution 6, during the upcoming session that begins in January 2014. If passed, HJR 6 will have a statewide referendum placed on the November 2014 ballot, that will ask voters to approve amending the state constitution to read, quote, that only marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana, and provides that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized. WFHB correspondent David Murphy spoke to Mark Land, from IU Communications, about McRobbie’s announcement.

ACTIVATE
Tom Cox talks about the work and purpose of Monroe County CARES, our local connection to the Drug Free Indiana program on Activate! Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Yvonne Cheng, and Chris Martin
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker
Our engineers were Chris Martin and Lauren Glapa
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – October 25, 2013

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Online registration ends this Monday for Rachael’s Run for Justice, a 5k run and one mile walk happening next Saturday in Bloomington; The Indiana University School of Optometry has received an in-perpetuity gift from the nonprofit organization Saving Sight Indiana; The contractor repairing the Griffy Dam has fallen further behind on its schedule to complete the project.

FEATURE
IU Board Votes “No” to Privitized Parking
The Indiana University Board of Trustees met in Bloomington last week, for two days of committee and business meetings. One agenda item that was ultimately voted down was the proposed outsourcing of parking management, on both Bloomington’s campus and the campus of IU-Purdue in Indianapolis. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Patrick Shoulders, the longest serving Board member, about the proposal and the philosophy behind privatizing IU operations, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell & Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh,
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Local NAACP branch to sponsor open forum about the War on Drugs

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Bloomington’s NAACP branch continues to take on the War on Drugs, and its effects on the local black community.

The branch will sponsor a second public forum on the war a week from Tuesday. The NAACP of Monroe County sponsored a first forum in April, during which some three dozen suggestions were generated to solve some of the negative effects of the War on Drugs.

The upcoming forum will consider three of the strongest of those suggestions at its second forum. William Vance, Jr. is president of the Monroe County branch of the NAACP.

“We want to send a message to the community, to law enforcement and anyone that has anything to do with the law that there is a definite disparity in the sentencing of individuals that commit drug crimes,” Vance says, “Why is that? We will get a feel from the community on whether or not the solutions we suggest seem workable.”

Former President Richard Nixon declared the War on Drugs in 1971. The so-called war institutionalized and coordinated drug prohibition efforts on a federal level that began as far back as 1914.

Vance mentions Michelle Alexander’s bestselling book “The New Jim Crow.” In it, Alexander characterizes the War on Drugs as a war on young black men. Vance adds that an in-depth study conducted by the local NAACP branch indicated a pattern of discrimination against young black men moving through the Monroe County court system over the years.

He did say that in his nine years at the helm of the local NAACP, the number of overall discrimination complaints has fallen dramatically, inspiring him to declare Bloomington a relatively good place for blacks to live in.

Still, he says the nationwide War on Drugs has caused collateral damage locally.

“Once you’ve been arrested for a drug offense, whether you’re in there for a year or ten years, it’s almost impossible to assimilate back into society because it’s even more difficult to get a job,” Vance says.

The forum with be held in the Bloomington City Council chambers on Tuesday, November 5, at 7 p.m. Free parking is available in the City Hall lot on North Morton Street.

State law changes regarding historic districts in Bloomington

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At a meeting yesterday the Bloomington City Council discussed changing the city’s rules regarding historic districts. Most discussion surrounded a change that city attorney Patty Mulvehill said was required by state law.

Conservation districts are less restrictive to neighborhoods than full historic districts, which require the city’s Historic Preservation Commission to approve all exterior changes to homes. Instead, designating an area as a conservation district is intended to prevent radical changes.

In conservation districts, major events like demolition and new construction require prior review. Several residents of the McDoel Gardens Neighborhood, which is a conservation district, spoke in favor of keeping the city laws as they are. One of those residents was Paul Ash.

“I just wanted to emphasize what an excellent tool this is, it’s not broke, let’s not fix it, let’s just keep going the way we are,” Ash said.

Members of the City Council said they were sympathetic with the residents’ concerns. But member Dorothy Granger said the city didn’t have any other options.

“I agree that what we have is good, and I just want reiterate that the changes we have to make are state changes,” Granger said, “We will work very hard to work very that the people within the conservation districts understand what we have to go through.”

Residents of the city’s three conservation districts will now have to hold a vote to keep their current statuses. Council member Tim Mayer asked Mulvehill to explain the logic behind the state law.

“What I try to explain is that unfortunately what we see in higher level of government is that we see people who have written the law without ever practicing it,” Mulvehill said, “It’s kind of just what we’re stuck with.”

During a straw poll at the end of the meeting, the Council indicated support for the changes in the law. All seven members who were present voted for the change.

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