On July 30th, The City of Bloomington held a periodic panel discussion of local government figures to address concerns, express views, and update the public on the workings of local government. The panel discussion included included A. John Rose – Moderator, Susie Johnson- Director of Public Works, Mark Kruzan – Mayor, and others. This talk was recorded on location at the Bloomington City Chamber of Commerce by Community Access Television Services for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.
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On Tuesday, September 17th City Council Member Susan Sandberg sponsored a resolution, along with Council Members Darryl Neher and Tim Mayer as co-sponsors, supporting marriage equality. The public was invited to participate, along with LGBT leaders and community and business organizations impacted economically by codifying discrimination in our State Constitution. The event consisted of a lively and frank discussion, and anecdotes of audience members. This event was recorded on location at the Bloomington City Council Chambers for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.
On Saturday August 3rd, The Bloomington City Council hosted a reunion of figures who were influential in the 70’s in Bloomington. Previous episodes had focused on free speech and politics; but today we have the story of the labor unions of 70’s Bloomington. Speakers included Milton Fisk, Nell Levin, Ike Nahem, Robin Hunter, and labor leader Tom Balanoff. This event was recorded on location at the Monroe County Public Library for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.
On Saturday August 3rd Mary Ann Wynkoop, the author of the book: Dissent in the Heartland, will be moderating a discussion of the 1962 ”Fair Play for Cuba” march. The march was enacted by fewer than 30 Bloomingtonians opposing the Cuban blockade of 1962. The marchers faced and were attacked by thousands of violent bystanders, and three of them were charged in the subsequent 1963 Bloomington Three Subversion Case. This case, in which the three faced felony charges under a 1951 Indiana Anti-Subversive Act attracted national and international attention. Two of the three people charged and one other participant in the march attended the event. Speakers included Mary Ann Wynkoop, Tom Morgan, Paul-Ann Sheets and Ralph Levitt. This event was recorded on location at the Bloomington Library by Community Access Television Services for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.
On April 12th Richard Louv spoke at the Reynold E. Carlson lecture. His talk centered on the importance of nature to the sociological and psychological health of humans, particularly in large cities. Richard Louv is a journalist and author of eight books on the connection between family nature and community, and he coined the term “Nature-deficit-disorder. This lecture was recorded on location at the IU Memorial Union by WFHB correspondents for Standing Room Only.
Jeannine Bell, IU Maurer Law School Professor, and author of recently published “Hate Thy Neighbor,” spoke to members of the organization, Democracy for Monroe County on November 8th, 2013. Professor Bell discussed the recent verdict of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial and its implications for states like Indiana with similar “Stand your Ground” laws. She has extensive experience writing on hate crimes and speech within the legislative context that it occurs. In this presentation Professor Bell challenges the audience to consider what the verdict reflects about the issue of race in our society as a whole. This talk was recorded live on location for Standing room only, on WFHB.
Last Thursday, August 8th, County Commissioner Julie Thomas moderated a panel discussion focusing on domestic violence and access to protective orders in Monroe county. The discussion meant to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence in our community. Speakers included, Linda Robbins, Monroe County Clerk Toby Strout, Executor Director of Middle Way House Robert Miller, Chief Deputy, Prosecutor’s Office Kevin Getz, Indiana State Police and Honorable Francis G. Hill, Monroe County Judge. Thomas questioned the panel about current policies in place for protective orders, and later opening the discuss up to questions from the audience. This event was recorded on location by community access television services for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.