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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, June 30

Jun 30, 2020

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

First hour: Local 20-somethings on young people's responses to the coronavirus

Second hour: Discussing police reform with members of United Christian Leadership Ministry

Monroe County’s daily COVID-19 update for Monday indicated that 17 of the 29 new confirmed cases of the virus are people between the ages of 20 and 30. The data is in line with a national trend in which, according to the New York Times, people in their 20s and 30s “are making up a growing percentage of new coronavirus cases in cities and states where the virus is now surging.” The Times goes on to report that the increases could be due to young people getting together in reopened bars and restaurants and other social settings. Are they disregarding physical distancing guidelines? Is there a lack of guidance? This hour, our panel of 20-somethings discuss their perspective on the pandemic and how people in their demographic have reacted to it. Our guests:

  • MaKaila Heath, intern with LaLew Public Relations
  • Jace Meyer-Crosby, theatre professional
  • Danielle Oakes, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher
  • Tanner Schmidt, government affairs associate

Then in our second hour, we’re joined by members of the United Christian Leadership Ministry to discuss police reform in America. The ministry was founded in 2010; since then, members have advocated for police accountability and policies regarding body worn cameras. Our guests share their perspectives on Rochester City Council’s recent budget vote as it relates to defunding police, and their priorities and recommendations for police reform both locally and nationally. Our guests:

  • Reverend Lewis Stewart, president of United Christian Leadership Ministry
  • Alex White, co-chair of the United Christian Leadership Ministry Community Justice Advisory Board
  • Kerry Coleman, chair of community police relations of United Christian Leadership Ministry