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Coming up on Connections: Monday, November 7, 2022

A woman shopping for jackets in a store

First hour: Why some shoppers have decided to leave Amazon

Second hour: How to handle blackface in 2022

A Christmas without Amazon? Yet again this year, a movement has sprung up, urging holiday shoppers to ditch Amazon and support independent businesses. But Amazon continues to pile up customers and subscribers to Amazon Prime. Our guests discuss the uphill battle to convince more of their peers to go without Amazon. Our guests:

  • Andrew Brady, co-founder and chair of Conscious Capitalism Rochester
  • Julia Hoyle, winemaker for Hosmer Winery, and Geneva resident
  • Rebekah R., graduate student and Rochester native, who is currently living in Chicago

Then in our second hour, the Webster Central School District has reached out to students and parents after several white students showed up to a recent football game wearing blackface. Blackface has a long and deeply racist history in this country; it's used to dehumanize and mock Black people. The district has declined to join this conversation. Our guests discuss how to handle blackface in 2022.

  • Mercedes Phelan, national policy organizer at United Parent Leaders Action Network (UPLAN)
  • Shaun Nelms, Ed.D., superintendent of East High EPO
  • Karen Iglesia, co-founder of Primetime585
  • Tiffany Porter, founder of Being Black in the Burbs
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.