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The Strike Mic – October 15, 2013


This week on The Strike Mic, a musical and informational event will address the recent layoffs of Indiana University staff, as well as the decision to dismantle the Indiana School of Journalism.

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

Daily Local News – October 15, 2013


The Strike Mic: a musical and informational event will address the recent layoffs of Indiana University staff;Despite it being closed and empty, a demonstration took place yesterday outside of Representative Todd Young’s Bloomington office, to protest his role in the federal shutdown; This Thursday Bloomington will host the Third Annual South Central Indiana VA Stand Down.

Monroe County Affordable Care Act Resources
The City of Bloomington, IU Health Bloomington, and the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County are partnering for a series of informational events to help citizens understand the recent Affordable Care Act provisions that went into effect at the beginning of the month. WFHB correspondent David Murphy speaks with David Meyer, organizer for the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Did you know that Americans spend eight billion dollars celebrating Halloween? Ashley and Sarah walk you through the typical spending and some places to save, while still having a fun and safe holiday on the Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education to keep your budget balanced, and connecting you to community resources that keep your finances flourishing.

Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
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 Untied of Monroe County
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Bring It On! – October 14, 2013


William Hosea and Clarence Boone welcome Vernon Williams, senior vice president for Communications with Indiana Black Expo and Charla Booth from Word of Mouth Productions.

This past weekend, Indianapolis hosted yet another successful Circle City Classic Weekend. One of the key organizers is Vernon Williams, senior vice president for Communications with Indiana Black Expo. Vernon stops by to provide a wrap-up on the Circle City Classic and he brought along with him Charla Booth from Charla Booth from Word of Mouth Productions, who joins us to talk about an upcoming theatrical production scheduled for this weekend in Bloomington that coincides with the Neal-Marshall Alumni Club Reunion. They both join Clarence and William to discuss their respective topics.

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

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

Polling Results on Indiana’s Marriage Amendment


Freedom Indiana is challenging survey results released by the Indiana Family Institute (IFI) concerning gay marriage rights in Indiana. Earlier this month the IFI released poll results showing strong support for a marriage amendment among Hoosier voters. According to its news release, two-thirds of Indiana voters favor defining marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman. Jennifer Wagner, communication director for Freedom Indiana, said according to their survey more than 60 percent of Hoosiers do not think amendments should be made to address the issue of same sex marriage, and more than 70 percent say they believe same sex couples deserve more legal recognition.

“We strongly disagree with their polling results,” Wagner said. “To us, the Indiana Family Institute poll is an outlier, we question the methodology that they used because it doesn’t match up with any other polling that’s been done on this issue, either statewide or nationally.”

Wagner said Freedom Indiana’s survey was conducted by a respected GOP pollster, Christine Matthews, who has been polling in Indiana for two decades, most notably for former Governor Mitch Daniels.

“There have been other polls recently done statewide,” Wagner said, “by Ball State, by WISH-TV, that show the issue of the marriage amendment is roughly evenly split. And then when you further ask Hoosiers, what do they think about legal protections for same-sex couples, do they think that the constitution is the place to have this conversation, it becomes even more on our side of the issue.”

The IFI’s work, according to their website, focuses on “public policy, research, and education regarding the health and well-being of all Hoosier families.” Freedom Indiana is opposed to an amendment that would permanently alter the Indiana Constitution’s definition of marriage.

Daily Local News- October 14, 2014


The Freedom Indiana organization is challenging survey data results released by the Indiana Family Institute concerning how Hoosiers feel about same-sex marriage amendments. The Bloomington Food Policy Council will hold its fall quarterly public meeting next Monday at the Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. A celebration of Carl Sagan Day will take place this Saturday at the Indiana Memorial Union. Bloomington Technology Partnership announced a career and internship fair for November 5th at the Monroe County Convention Center. The Bloomington Utilities Service Board rejected an appeal from Mother Bear’s Pizza, requesting permission not to comply with a city ordinance that requires it to install a new grease trap.

Young on Government Shut Down
The shutdown of federal government services continues, with the exception of a few services deemed essential and restarted with Congressional consent. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, we hear a discussion between WFHB correspondent David Murphy and Republican Congressman Todd Young, representative in the House for Indiana District 9.

Mary Boutain talks about the Area 10 Agencies work in Monroe and Owen County, including Owen County’s largest free health fair in recent memory happening on October 18th.

Anchors: Doug Storm & Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Yvonne Cheng,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Activate is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer is Lauren Glapa,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 11, 2013


Cable Access Television Services producers at the Monroe County Public Library won four awards at the Philo Festival of Media Arts last Saturday; On October 3rd the Ellettsville Plan Commission debated several major amendments to the town’s zoning laws; Researchers at Indiana University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and the Maurer School of Law, have been awarded a four year grant from the National Institute of Justice; The Indiana University Foundation has appointed Joyce Q. Rogers as vice president for development and external relations for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs, and as senior advisor for strategic development initiatives; This weekend in local sports.

Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

Anchors: Helen Harrell, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Yvonne Cheng, Allison Schroeder, and Jalisa Ransom,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
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.

Freedom Indiana To Hold Community Meeting Sunday To Inform Hoosiers Marriage-Defining HJR-6 Bill


Freedom Indiana is holding a community meeting this Sunday, to discuss information about the organization and effects of the HJR-6 Bill.

Communications Director Jennifer Wagner gives more detail on the organization.

“Freedom Indiana is a bipartisan, statewide organization,” Wagner says, “We recently stood up to oppose HJR-6 that would restrict freedom for certain Hoosiers, define marriage, and harm Indiana’s economy.”

According to Freedom Indiana, the HJR-6 Bill defines marriage as, QUOTE, “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.” END QUOTE.

The bill would alter the Indiana Constitution’s stance on marriage, and it could affect rights related to marriage that are currently under Indiana law.

The goal of the Freedom Indiana meeting is to raise awareness for the organization, and to educate lawmakers and Hoosiers about the amendment.

“Our goal is to build the largest grassroots constituency campaign in Indiana history,” Wagner says, “We want to contact as many Hoosiers as we can to let them know how harmful it would be to them and their fellow Hoosiers. We hope they let their lawmakers know that it’s not something that needs to happen now.”

The meeting will be held this Sunday at 5:30 pm, in the Unitarian Universalist Church.



City Residents Lobby for Recycling Facility


A City Council discussion yesterday about next year’s budget for the city of Bloomington turned into a forum of support for a major recycling project.

When the council asked for comment on the budget, five members of the public spoke in favor of building a materials recovery facility, or a MRF. A MRF would process recyclables locally, theoretically allowing local government entities to make money

Carrie Winkel told the council that operating a MRF would be better than the city’s current arrangement, which involves paying the company Republic Services to haul off recyclables

The council would not be directly responsible for the construction of a MRF. That responsibility would fall to the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, which has considered different versions of the project in recent years.

None of those proposals have been approved. Speaker Sarah Ryterband said the city needs to use its leverage to lobby for the facility.

The discussion occurred as the council considered next year’s budget, which includes the spending of $1.4 million of city money on trash collection.

While some have said the city’s sanitation department is running a deficit because it spends more than it brings in from trash sticker sales, Council Member Marty Spechler said that’s the wrong way to think about the issue.

The cost of trash collection is going up, in part because Republic Services just announced it is increasing its rates. Council Member Steve Volan, who is also the president of the Solid Waste District’s Board of Directors, said building a MRF could help with those costs

The council did not hold a vote on any matter directly related to a MRF, though Volan said he may soon put forward a resolution supporting the project. The council voted unanimously to approve the 2014 budget.

IU Cinema Hosts Free Film Program Dedicated to Queer Media Artists of Color


To celebrate National Coming Out Day October 11, the Black Film Center Archive of Indiana University, several IU departments, and Bloomington PRIDE will co-sponsor a free film program at the IU Cinema.

Brian Graney, archivist at the Black Film Center, talks about the program, called “Exploding Lineage! Queer of Color Histories in Experimental Media.”

“The film is a curated program of 14 experimental short films,” Graney says, “It was curated by through the organization Queer Rebels Productions, which was established to showcase the works of queer artists of color.”

National Coming Out Day is an international celebration and observance of individuals who publicly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. Tomorrow’s film program curators, KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, will attend to introduce the program, and follow it with a question and answer session.

“Exploding Lineage!” starts October 11 at 6:30 pm.

bloomingOUT – October 10, 2013


African American drag king performer and filmmaker KB Boyce and queer Asian-American activist and artist Celeste Chan stop by the studio to chat about the production company they founded in San Francisco for queer artists of color called Queer Rebels Productions.  They also provide information about their film series “Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance” showing at the IU Cinema Friday night 11 October. President of Black Equity Indy Sinceray Jackson is in studio to discuss various issues related to racism that especially effect the black queer community.





Producer Carol Fischer

Executive producer Alycin Bektesh

Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick and Nick Tumino

News Director Josh Vidrich

Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson

Announcer and board engineer Sarah Hetrick

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