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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, October 19


First hour: The 2021 Rochester Latinx Agenda

Second hour: Candidates for Rochester City Council, part 4; Discussing the House of Mercy's Radical Compassion campaignThe Ibero-American Action League and Rochester Latinx leaders have released a 53-page document outlining their recommendations for how to address issues that impact Rochester’s Latinx community. This hour, we discuss the 2021 Rochester Latinx Agenda and its priorities relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our guests:

  • Marlene Cortés, senior manager for the Language Access Program at the Empire Justice Center
  • Sady Fischer, director of diversity, equity and inclusion for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Angelica Perez-Delgado, CEO of Ibero-American Action League
  • Anthony Plonczynski-Figueroa, co-founder of La Cumbre and Latinos United for Progress

Then in our second hour, we begin the hour with a conversation about priorities for Rochester with City Council candidate Stanley Martin. Our goal is to talk with all of the Council candidates on the ballot prior to Election Day. Martin answers our questions and your about why she’s running and what she hopes to accomplish, if elected. Our guest:

  • Stanley Martin

Then, we discuss a new campaign at the House of Mercy. The "Radical Compassion" campaign is "actively working to preserve, promote and restore the dignity, value and independence of every human person without distinction or judgment." This hour, we talk about the goals of the campaign and we hear how radical compassion has helped the House of Mercy fulfill its mission. Our guests:

  • Sister Grace Miller, founder of the House of Mercy
  • Earl Thomas, House of Mercy volunteer
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.