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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, September 8

Sep 8, 2020

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First hour: BLM organizers discuss local protests and their demands

Second hour: Community leaders discuss the role of nonviolence during tense times in Rochester

Protesters engaged in a tense standoff with Rochester police Monday night -- the sixth straight night of demonstrations. Organizers say they will be there every night until their demands are met. We discuss those demands, and we talk about what happens next. Our guests:

  • Rev. Myra Brown, pastor at Spiritus Christi Church
  • Stanley Martin, civil rights organizer with Free the People Roc
  • Danielle Ponder, diversity and inclusion officer for the Monroe County Public Defender's Office

Then in our second hour, the notion of an "Elder Shield" got a lot of publicity Sunday night in Rochester, but it first came into effect during previous nights of demonstrations. However, police still fired pepper balls into the crowd. We talk to two of the community leaders who were on the front lines. They also discuss what nonviolence means during such tense times. Our guests:

  • Rev. Marlowe Washington, pastor at Seneca United Methodist Church
  • Kit Miller, director of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Melanie Funchess, member of the Greater Rochester Black Agenda Group, and director of community engagement at the Mental Health Association of Rochester