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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, May 28

May 28, 2020

Credit Gandhi Institute

First hour: The Gandhi Institute's "Nonviolence Now" campaign

Second hour: Discussing the history of African Americans being falsely reported to police

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated social inequalities, and at times, led to frustration, stress, and even fights in the community. The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence has launched a new campaign called "Nonviolence Now" to help people communicate peacefully and resolve conflicts without causing harm. We talk to representatives from the Institute about the project and what they hope to accomplish, especially during the pandemic. Our guests:

  • Kit Miller, director of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Chyna Moorehead, youth educator at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Alex Hubbell, youth educator at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Jamie Rudd, marketing and special projects coordinator and garden manager at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

Then in our second hour, the story of a white woman in New York City who called police and falsely accused an African American man of threatening her has gone viral. Amy Cooper was walking her dog in an area of Central Park where leashes are required. Christian Cooper (no relation), an avid bird watcher who was in the park for that purpose, approached her and asked her to leash the dog. When she didn't, the situation escalated and led to the woman calling police and claiming the man was threatening her and her dog. Christian Cooper recorded a video of the incident. When police responded, both people had left and no charges were filed, but the video has been shared widely and sparked discussions of the history of black people being falsely reported to police. This hour, our guests discuss that history, the impact of the incident in Central Park, and more. Our guests:

  • Chris Thompson, writer, engineer, comedian, and activist
  • Amanda Chestnut, local artist and educator