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BPAC Protests Drone Use

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A demonstration this evening on the courthouse square is part of a larger day of action called Days of Remembrance, a nationwide effort to bring attention to United States drone use.

“The U.S. drone program operates outside of the rule of law, essentially acting as judge jury and executioner,” says Timothy Baer, an organizer with Bloomington Peace Action Coalition

Names being read during the event are compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism from news sources in the regions that have been hit by done attacks, a part of a larger project by BIJ called “Naming the Dead.” The names will include 62 school children killed in an attack to a religious school in Pakistan.  Baer says reading the names out loud brings a human element to a military tactic that has removed the hardships of war from those who carry out the attacks.

“Those who are killing people, they are removed from the kill-zone,” says Baer. “They are typically thousands of miles away.”

Today’s rally is being held on the courthouse square between 5 and 6 pm, coinciding with events nationwide as well as a quilt exhibition also protesting the use of drones on display in the Monroe County Public Library through May 18th.  The Bloomington Peace Action Coalition has proposed a local resolution for passage by the Bloomington City council.  Baer says it is important for local legislatures to take a stand against actions made by the federal government, and sees continued drone warfare as increasing safety risks in America.

“The actions we are taking are in no way decreasing terrorism, they are without a shadow of a doubt increasing it, we are essentially creating more enemies than can be destroyed.”

PRIMARY ELECTION UPDATES

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9:20pm update, 100% of Precincts reporting

Contested Races Only

 

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE,  DISTRICT 9

Democrats

BILL BAILEY     45.00%            

JAMES R. McCLURE, JR.                      

J.S. MILLER            

WILLIAM JOSEPH (BILLY) THOMAS 

Republicans           

KATHY LOWE HEIL                 

MARK G. JONES                 

TODD YOUNG 82.00%  

                               

COUNTY CLERK

Democrats

ASHLEY (SKOOGLUND) CRANOR                      

LINDA K. ROBBINS            71.69

COUNTY SHERIFF

Democrats

MICHAEL (MIKE) PERSHING          

STEPHEN E. SHARP             

CATHERINE (CATHY) SMITH               

BRAD SWAIN          49.65%                  

                          

COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 2

Republicans

MARILYN BRINLEY

BRIAN ELLISON 38.64%

JENNIFER MICKEL

PAUL E. WHITE, SR

COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 4

Republicans            

BARAK (BARRY) JAYNE                          

GREG KNOTT 88.59%

                               

Voter Dataprimary election turnout two Provided by Monroe County Clerk’s Office:

 

primary election turnout one

 

Activate! – Volunteer Network: Fill the Gap

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Lucy Schaich, Assistant Director of the City of Bloomington’s Volunteer Network along with New Hope Family Shelter Executive Director Elaine Gwin and New Hope volunteer Joanne on the Volunteer Network’s Fill the Gap community volunteer initiative and the specific needs of Fill the Gap partner agency New Hope Family Shelter. To find out more about Fill the Gap, go to http://www.bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org/fillthegap. To volunteer at New Hope Family Shelter, go to http://newhopefamilyshelter.org/content/volunteer.

Interchange – A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture

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Host Trish Kerle’ interviews author, Will Fellows, whose book, A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture, documents an American social movement rendered nearly invisible by most historians. Fellows believes there’s ample evidence that gay men have long been extraordinary preservers of history and that this inherent interest is the result of a “psychologic androgyny” of masculine and feminine qualities. He discusses five patterns of behavior in gay men who are preservation-minded that he has identified: gender atypicality, domophilia, romanticism, aestheticism, and connection- and community-mindedness.  Fellows says, “we who begin our lives as boys, who are not like other boys, grow into men unlike other men.” 

Local Live – The Underhills

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The Underhills are a fantastic young bluegrass band whose strengths lie as much in their musical talents as their ability to hold back and let the listener wander within their tunes.

Songs:
1. Catacomb
2. Outside
3. Given Enough Time
4. Reflections
5. Haircut
6. Maybellene

Local Live is produced and hosted by Nichole O’Neal
Engineered by Jim Lang, Dan Withered, and Ilsa
Post-production mix by Jar
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Interchange – GOP Primary Congressional Candidates District 9

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Host Alycin Bektesh talks to Mark G. Jones and Kathy Lowe-Heil, the Republican Primary candidates for Indiana Congressional District 9. The current District 9 Representative, Republican Todd Young, declined to join us.

Interchange – Indiana Congressional District 9 Democrats

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Host Doug Storm speaks with candidates for the Democratic Primary Election for Indiana Congressional District 9, the seat currently held by Republican Todd Young.
Guests: William “Bill” Bailey, James McClure, and J.S. Miller.

“What kind of Democrat are you?”
Topics include Climate Change, NSA surveillance, and Public Education.

The Strike Mic: Conference Unites Faculty & Students From Across the Country

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This week on The Strike Mic, a conference brings together faculty and students from across the country to talk about common struggles and their plans for the future.

bloomingOUT – March 27, 2014

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Queer, transgender, Asian American, Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii Kit Yan performs poetry and talks about his tours, performances and the changing attitudes toward gender related identities among the younger generation. Kit will perform in Indianapolis at the Schwitzer Student Center, IUPUI campus on 7 April 2014 at 9 pm. IU alum, Louisiana attorney and Cherokee Indian Becca Riall discusses the ‘special rights’ that Indians enjoy!

www.kityanpoet.com
www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccariall

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producer Sarah Hetrick
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick

Interchange – Democratic Primary Candidates for Monroe County Sheriff

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Doug Storm hosts the second program focusing on contested Primary elections.

In the studio tonight to present their case for election and to detail their knowledge and experience for the office are Michael Pershing, Stephen Sharp, Cathy Smith and Brad Swain.

Topics covered are the operations of the department including its funding; the nature of the prison population and how it is managed; and the systemic failure of rehabilitation strategies in a population beset by poverty, alcohol and abusive relationships.

Note: The Indiana Constitution does not require any law enforcement experience for this office. Training and education are provided as mandated by statute [IC 36-2-13-9].

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