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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, July 6th

First hour: An update on Rochester's Black Lives Matter movement

Second hour: Summer of Food - Women in the wine industry

Saturday marks one year since the Black Lives Matter protestin Rochester. The demonstrations near East and Alexander Streets lasted hours, with more than 70 people being arrested by police in riot gear, who said they were trying to keep the peace. A year later, activists who were part of that protest are sharing their thoughts about the movement’s progress and goals. We’ll talk to them about the successes and their frustrations. In studio:

  • Frederick Douglass (pseudonym), Black Lives Matter organizer
  • Nicole, Black Lives Matter organizer
  • Jazper, Black Lives Matter organizer
  • Tonya Noel, co-founder of the Flower City Noire Collective and director of Cause N FX Greenspace

Then in our second hour, we kick off our annual Summer of Food series with a conversation about women in the wine industry. We’ll be joined by organizers of an upcoming symposium hosted by the Finger Lakes chapter of Women for WineSense. The organization’s Grand Event later this month will cover a number of subjects, including the science of food and wine, how wine factors into a healthy lifestyle, how dessert wines fit into the craft cocktail scene, and more. Our guests will discuss current issues in the wine industry, and the origins of the Women for WineSense group: why it was formed, how it has evolved, and its goals for the future. Our guests:

  • Donna Schlosser Long, president of the Women for WineSense Finger Lakes Chapter
  • Katie Roller, co-chair for the Women for WineSense Grand Event
  • Michaela Rodeno, co-founder of Women for WineSense
  • Julie Johnson, co-founder of Women for WineSense
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.

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