WBEZ | protest http://www.wbez.org/tags/protest Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 5 People Shot At Site Of Black Lives Matter Protest In Minneapolis http://www.wbez.org/news/5-people-shot-site-black-lives-matter-protest-minneapolis-113911 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/doualy-minn-shooting_wide-9a8c5559ac15271f490dcf4177c1250e6e44741f-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res457219630" previewtitle="Minneapolis police cordoned off a section of road in north Minneapolis late Monday night after five people were shot."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Minneapolis police cordoned off a section of road in north Minneapolis late Monday night after five people were shot." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/24/doualy-minn-shooting_wide-9a8c5559ac15271f490dcf4177c1250e6e44741f-s800-c85.jpg" title="Minneapolis police cordoned off a section of road in north Minneapolis late Monday night after five people were shot." /></div><div><div><p>Minneapolis police cordoned off a section of road in north Minneapolis late Monday night after five people were shot.</p></div>Doualy Xaykaothao/MPR News</div></div><p>Five people were injured last night as gunmen opened fire near the site of a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis.</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/BlackLivesMatterMinneapolis">According to a statement posted to the group&#39;s Facebook page</a>, the men, whom they call &quot;white supremacists,&quot; opened fire after they were asked to leave and were then escorted away from the encampment.</p><p>Mark Vancleave of the&nbsp;Minnesota Star Tribune&nbsp;tweeted this video of a protester recounting the event:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-video" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">What happened: protesters shot at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/4thPrecinctShutDown?src=hash">#4thPrecinctShutDown</a> <a href="https://t.co/KgHoBD0D1I">https://t.co/KgHoBD0D1I</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/StarTribune">@StarTribune</a> <a href="https://t.co/Ip1f7cX1GU">pic.twitter.com/Ip1f7cX1GU</a></p>&mdash; Mark Vancleave (@mvnclv) <a href="https://twitter.com/mvnclv/status/669068218040913920">November 24, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Minneapolis police&nbsp;<a href="http://www.insidempd.com/2015/11/24/shots-fired-1400-block-of-morgan-several-persons-injured/">said</a>&nbsp;the five people suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the police are now<a href="https://twitter.com/MinneapolisPD/status/669056985829154816">&nbsp;searching for three white male suspects</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/24/fourth-precinct">Minnesota Public Radio reports</a>:</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;Rumors about the nature of the shootings &mdash; and the shooters &mdash; spread quickly through the encampment. Twitter feeds, using the hashtags #Justice4Jamar and #FourthPrecinctShutdown that they&#39;d been using all week, lit up the Internet with theories of the shooters&#39; identities and police involvement.</p><p>&quot; &#39;I don&#39;t want to perpetuate rumor,&#39; U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who has joined the group throughout the week-plus demonstration, said after the shootings. &#39;I&#39;d rather just try to get the facts out. That&#39;s a better way to go. I know there&#39;s a lot of speculation as to who these people were. And they well could have been, I&#39;m not trying to say they weren&#39;t white supremacists. But I just haven&#39;t been able to piece together enough information to say with any real clarity.&#39; &quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>On Twitter, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis vowed to continue its protests:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">We are gunna need healers up here in the morning. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/4thPrecinctShutDown?src=hash">#4thPrecinctShutDown</a></p>&mdash; Black Lives MPLS (@BlackLivesMpls) <a href="https://twitter.com/BlackLivesMpls/status/669083837918371840">November 24, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Wear all black tomorrow. 2pm at the precinct. We will not be intimidated. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/4thPrecinctShutDown?src=hash">#4thPrecinctShutDown</a></p>&mdash; Black Lives MPLS (@BlackLivesMpls) <a href="https://twitter.com/BlackLivesMpls/status/669111708296699905">November 24, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/19/456643663/after-night-of-clashes-protests-continue-in-minneapolis">As we&#39;ve reported</a>, demonstrators have set up a camp outside the Minneapolis Police Department&#39;s 4th Precinct to protest the fatal police shooting of a black man. Police say they shot Jamar Clark in the head because he interfered with paramedics who were treating his girlfriend. Demonstrators say this is yet another case of police using excessive force.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/24/457214142/5-people-are-shot-at-site-of-black-lives-matter-protest-in-minneapolis?ft=nprml&amp;f=457214142" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/5-people-shot-site-black-lives-matter-protest-minneapolis-113911 Activists arrested for blocking petcoke site http://www.wbez.org/news/activists-arrested-blocking-petcoke-site-113814 <p><p dir="ltr">Activists opposed to the storage and handling of petcoke on Chicago&rsquo;s Southeast side want it completely eliminated from their neighborhood, and on Monday some were willing to get arrested to prove it.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not willing to negotiate,&rdquo; Kate Koval, a member of the grassroots Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, said Monday morning.</p><p dir="ltr">Koval joined<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/-J1H_cnb6-dva9JTI3B-jrFKQnlcZ1T4jiLIs0/" target="_blank"> about a dozen other activists in blocking two entrances</a> into KCBX Terminals, the Koch Brothers-owned facility at 107th and Green Bay.</p><p dir="ltr">Koval says after a couple of years of fighting to get rid of petcoke, residents have had enough.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Petcoke.JPG" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Activists block the entrance to KCBX Terminals on Monday morning to protest the handling and storage of petcoke on the facility. Activists say petcoke is harmful to the community. (WBEZ/Mike Puente)" /></div><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking for clean, green industry. We need to change how we do business along the Calumet River and that change needs to start happening,&rdquo; Koval said.</p><p dir="ltr">10th Ward Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza joined activists in blocking the entrance to KCBX.</p><p dir="ltr">The struggle between Southeast side residents and KCBX has endured for more than two years, and in that time, activists have had some successes. For instance, KCBX&rsquo;s main source of petcoke, BP&rsquo;s Whiting, Indiana Refinery no longer sends thousands of pounds of petcoke to the Southeast side.</p><p dir="ltr">The City of Chicago and State of Illinois have also clamped down hard on KCBX to reduce the amount of petcoke dust that can become airborne.</p><p dir="ltr">The company has responded by shuttering its north facility and spending millions on a new enclosed structure.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We have invested more than $30 million in improvements, including a new dust suppression system at our Burley Avenue terminal. We recently closed our other terminal and we are committed to continuing to operate our remaining site on Burley Avenue in full compliance with Chicago&rsquo;s new rules, which call for the enclosure or removal of all product piles by June of (2016),&rdquo; KCBX spokesman Jake Reint said.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Petroleum coke is an important product that has many uses, including energy generation and the production of cement, steel, aluminum and other specialty products. It is not considered toxic, but even so, KCBX has adopted practices to manage the potential for dust.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Still, many Southeast side residents say they won&rsquo;t be satisfied until KCBX leaves the area completely, even if that means taking some 50 jobs with it.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he was going to get this stuff out of here. Either he can&rsquo;t do it or he won&#39;t do it,&rdquo; Peggy Salazar, executive director of the Southeast Side Environmental Task Force, said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to find a way to do it.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s unclear how the protest affected KCBX&rsquo;s operations. After about a half hour, trucks that had been lined up to enter the facility, turned around and headed toward another entrance that protesters had not blocked off.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Trucks line up at KCBX on Chicago&#39;s SE side, unable to enter due to protestors blocking front gate.(photo provided) <a href="https://t.co/o8quXSwzRP">pic.twitter.com/o8quXSwzRP</a></p>&mdash; Michael Puente (@MikePuenteNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikePuenteNews/status/666264781813338112">November 16, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">After about three hours, Chicago police moved in to<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/-J3yEUHb_sBRVQjic9QLFpLyUymVHutPWB62o0/" target="_blank"> arrest the dozen&nbsp;for trespassing.</a></p><p dir="ltr">KCBX says the request did not come from the company but from Calumet Transload Railroad, which relies on the rail line to transport its salt loads into the Southeast side.</p><div>Michael Puente is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow him on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/mikepuentenews" target="_blank">@MikePuenteNews</a>.</div></p> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/activists-arrested-blocking-petcoke-site-113814 How black students at Mizzou are coping with threats http://www.wbez.org/news/how-black-students-mizzou-are-coping-threats-113780 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Sean Adams-d74384e8af01bd4aab5786ad57c1080c6fb136d1-s700-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res455899841" previewtitle="Sean Adams helped set up the hub where black students could hang out, eat, nap, and study. &quot;They don't feel like they're being protected,&quot; he said."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Sean Adams helped set up the hub where black students could hang out, eat, nap, and study. &quot;They don't feel like they're being protected,&quot; he said." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/13/Sean%20Adams-d74384e8af01bd4aab5786ad57c1080c6fb136d1-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Sean Adams helped set up the hub where black students could hang out, eat, nap, and study. &quot;They don't feel like they're being protected,&quot; he said. (Adrian Florido/NPR)" /></div><div><p>After&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/11/11/some-at-u-of-missouri-on-edge-after-social-media-threats-of-violence/75559034/">anonymous threats</a>&nbsp;targeting black students at the University of Missouri were posted online Tuesday evening, saying things like, &quot;I&#39;m going to shoot any black people tomorrow, so be ready,&quot; the fear on campus grew quickly.</p></div></div><p>Some black students were so scared that they left their dorms to stay with friends off campus. Others didn&#39;t go that far, but did stay inside and away from windows.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">if you&#39;re at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mizzou?src=hash">#mizzou</a>, PLEASE be safe &amp; look out for each other. exams don&#39;t mean a thing if you&#39;re not around to take them. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MizzouTerrorist?src=hash">#MizzouTerrorist</a></p>&mdash; jiggy stardust✨️ (@trillton) <a href="https://twitter.com/trillton/status/664291519042469889">November 11, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">UPDATE: no KKK on campus. Just racists yelling n-word aka normal <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mizzou?src=hash">#Mizzou</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MSAPresident">@MSAPresident</a> made ONE error in midst of strong/mature leadership.</p>&mdash; Sam White (@samwhiteout) <a href="https://twitter.com/samwhiteout/status/664326762919288832">November 11, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">There is no immediate threat to campus. Please do not spread rumors and follow <a href="https://twitter.com/MUalert">@MUAlert</a> at <a href="https://t.co/6BXzIBsDxU">https://t.co/6BXzIBsDxU</a> for updates.</p>&mdash; MU Alert (@MUalert) <a href="https://twitter.com/MUalert/status/664311405970137088">November 11, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>But within a couple of hours, some black students, frustrated by the campus police&#39;s assertion that the campus was safe, began to mount a counter response.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">these are the type of racist threats <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mizzou?src=hash">#Mizzou</a> students are receiving and this is how their professors are responding <a href="https://t.co/D9iikvFWGf">pic.twitter.com/D9iikvFWGf</a></p>&mdash; the other one (@imfromraleigh) <a href="https://twitter.com/imfromraleigh/status/664287697217830912">November 11, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Sean Adams, a senior and a member of a black fraternity at Mizzou, began offering rides to students too afraid to walk outside.</p><p><img alt="The Black Culture Center at the University of Missouri." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/13/Black%20Culture%20Center-c63138c7dd00d6862e8106c713b796a8aa406dd6-s700-c85.jpg" style="width: 310px; height: 232px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="The Black Culture Center at the University of Missouri. (Adrian Florido/NPR)" /></p><p>He went back to his apartment after midnight, where friends had gathered to spend the night.</p><p>Close to 1am, he got a call from a friend, angry that so many students had been made to feel so afraid.</p><p>They felt like they had to do more.</p><p>They and a small group contacted the Black Culture Center on campus and asked if they could convert it into a refuge of sorts for the school&#39;s black students &mdash; a &quot;safe space&quot; where they could go to study, eat, nap, and feel comforted by others.</p><div id="res455900027" previewtitle="Students snacked on donated food."><div><p>By 8:30 that morning, it was up and running.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="Students snacked on donated food." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/13/Black%20Culture%20Center%202-55977c28edc05721d613667c77a4d1969de7c611-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Students snacked on donated food.(Adrian Florido/NPR)" /></p></div></div><p>Out front, several black male students acted as escorts for students too afraid to walk on campus alone. Inside, students ate donated snacks and did homework. Some watched TV. Others slept on plush couches.</p><div id="res455898600" previewtitle="This group of students volunteered to serve as escorts for students afraid to walk on campus alone."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="This group of students volunteered to serve as escorts for students afraid to walk on campus alone." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/13/Student%20Escorts-5cefbfe526e1c189dcedaa4108ac9d30c4b45060-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="This group of students volunteered to serve as escorts for students afraid to walk on campus alone. (Adrian Florido/NPR)" /></div><div><p>The threats to student safety<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/two-personal-statements-help-explain-situation-mizzou-113696" target="_blank"> felt like a punch in the stomach</a>, said Adams, &quot;but at the same time, for that to keep us from doing certain things and control us emotionally, we just couldn&#39;t let that happen . . . A lot of people are scared, and that&#39;s what this environment is for, for reassurance, to build confidence and make sure everybody knows they&#39;re not alone.&quot;</p></div></div><p>Junior Whitney Thompson agreed, explaining that fear needs a breeding ground. &quot;If you surround yourself with people who aren&#39;t afraid,&quot; says Thompson, &quot;eventually, if you are afraid, that kind of dwindles down because it has nowhere to feed off of and grow.&quot;</p><div id="res455898366" previewtitle="Junior Whitney Thompson helped set up the student hub at the Black Culture Center. &quot;If you surround yourself with people who aren't afraid, eventually, if you are afraid, that kind of dwindles down because it has nowhere to feed off of and grow,&quot; she said."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Junior Whitney Thompson helped set up the student hub at the Black Culture Center. &quot;If you surround yourself with people who aren't afraid, eventually, if you are afraid, that kind of dwindles down because it has nowhere to feed off of and grow,&quot; she said." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/13/Whitney%20Thompson-43f396df5a8efba84a5f6d574167cacd08032a02-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Junior Whitney Thompson helped set up the student hub at the Black Culture Center. &quot;If you surround yourself with people who aren't afraid, eventually, if you are afraid, that kind of dwindles down because it has nowhere to feed off of and grow,&quot; she said. (Adrian Florido/NPR)" /></div></div><p>Fear, and how to handle it, is something a lot of black students have talked about in the last couple of days. Most have said that although they&#39;re afraid, they feel they have to hide it. At the Black Culture Center, among other black students, they can let it out.</p><p>Last night, several hundred students packed into a large meeting room. A student named Ida stood up to speak.</p><p>&quot;I don&#39;t know what to do,&quot; she said, &quot;I have class at 9:30 in the morning. Why am I scared to walk by myself at 9:30 in the morning? I know we&#39;re supposed to be strong. I know we&#39;re supposed to not let them see us sweat. But why am I scared at nine o&#39;clock in the morning?&quot;</p><div id="res455898113" previewtitle="By Tuesday night, students had broken down the small tent city that had served as the center of protest."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="By Tuesday night, students had broken down the small tent city that had served as the center of protest." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/13/Tent%20City-6443950e2cbc348de46cfadb5c678ffa33ff7407-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="By Tuesday night, students had broken down the small tent city that had served as the center of protest. (Adrian Florido/NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>Another student put her arms around Ida&#39;s shoulders. Then, grad student Reuben Faloughi led the group in a decompression exercise. The exercise allowed students to shout out how they were feeling &mdash; tired and stressed, many said. But those feelings didn&#39;t stop what happened next.</p></div></div></div><p>Hundreds of students poured out of the Black Culture Center and onto the street. They marched to the main student center in the middle of campus. A call and response broke out, unifying the students voices:</p><p>&quot;Show me what democracy looks like!&quot;</p><p>&quot;This is what democracy looks like!&quot;</p><p>&quot;Tell me what democracy looks like!&quot;</p><p>&quot;This is what democracy looks like!&quot;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/11/13/455895346/how-black-students-at-mizzou-are-coping-with-the-threats?ft=nprml&amp;f=455895346" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/how-black-students-mizzou-are-coping-threats-113780 Fast food protesters set sights on presidential candidates http://www.wbez.org/news/fast-food-protesters-set-sights-presidential-candidates-113730 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_15643403713.jpg" style="height: 407px; width: 620px;" title="(AP Photo/Andre Penner)" /></div><p>NEW YORK &mdash; Workers from McDonald&#39;s, Taco Bell and other chain restaurants protested in cities around the country Tuesday to push fast-food companies to pay them at least $15 an hour.</p><p>The protesters also had a message for presidential candidates: Support the cause or lose their vote next year.</p><div><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/comegetmyvotescreenshot.JPG" style="height: 273px; width: 300px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;" title="(Screenshot of landing page and petition on fightfor15.org)" /><p>The fast food protests were planned by organizers at more than 270 cities nationwide, part of an ongoing campaign called &quot;Fight for $15.&quot; Janitors, nursing home workers and package delivery workers also joined some protests, organizers said.</p><p>Dominique McCrae, who serves fried chicken and biscuits at a Bojangles&#39; restaurant for $7.55 an hour, joined a protest outside a McDonald&#39;s in Durham, North Carolina. Her pay isn&#39;t enough to cover rent or diapers for her child, the 23-year-old says. She dropped out of college to care for her grandfather, making finances tight.</p><p>&quot;We just want to be able to support our families,&quot; says McCrae, who has worked at Bojangles&#39; for two months.</p><p>A representative for Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bojangles&#39; Inc. did not respond to a request for comment.</p><p>The campaign began about three years ago and is funded by the Service Employees International Union, which represents low-wage workers. Several protests have been scheduled in front of fast food restaurants, garnering media attention.</p><p>This time workers are pledging not to vote for presidential candidates that do not support the campaign. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both showed their support through Tweets on Tuesday.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Fast-food, home care, child care workers: Your advocacy is changing our country for the better. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Fightfor15?src=hash">#Fightfor15</a> -H</p>&mdash; Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) <a href="https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/664070444425826304">November 10, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">What workers all over the United States are doing is having a profound impact. This is your movement. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FightFor15?src=hash">#FightFor15</a> <a href="https://t.co/WmgZV9nj5d">https://t.co/WmgZV9nj5d</a></p>&mdash; Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) <a href="https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/664111126771200000">November 10, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>A protest was also planned near the Republican debates in Milwaukee Tuesday night, organizers said.</p><p>McDonald&#39;s worker Adriana Alvarez says she plans to vote for the first time next year, but only for a candidate who wants to raise wages to $15 an hour. Alvarez, who is 23 and lives in&nbsp;Chicago, says she makes $10.50 an hour. Higher pay can help her move out of the moldy basement apartment she shares with her 3-year-old son.</p><p>&quot;I can find a better place,&quot; she says.</p><p>The protests are occurring against a backdrop of weak wage growth nationwide. Average hourly pay has increased at roughly a 2.2 percent annual rate since the recession ended more than six years ago.</p><p>In the retail, hotel and restaurant industries, average hourly pay for front-line workers &mdash; the roughly 80 percent who aren&#39;t managers or supervisors &mdash; is below $15. It was $14.90 in the retail industry in October, the Labor Department said last week, and $13.82 for hotel employees. Restaurant workers, on average, earned $11.51 an hour.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">&quot;It&#39;s unfair 2 work for a multibillion $ company &amp; not be able to afford a bus pass&quot;-Terrence,McD wrkr <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FightFor15?src=hash">#FightFor15</a> <a href="https://t.co/BXYXKLu6M0">pic.twitter.com/BXYXKLu6M0</a></p>&mdash; Fight For 15 Chicago (@chifightfor15) <a href="https://twitter.com/chifightfor15/status/664169192338366464">November 10, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Economists have long debated the impact of raising the minimum wage, and some recent research has found that modest increases seldom cost many jobs.</p><p>But a jump to $15 an hour would be more than double the federal minimum of $7.25 &mdash; a much higher increase than what economists have studied. It would also be far above the minimum wage&#39;s previous peak of just under $11, adjusted for inflation, in 1968.</p><p>McDonald&#39;s Corp., based in Oak Brook, Illinois, said in a statement Tuesday that wages at U.S. restaurants it owns increased $1 over the local minimum wage in July. The world&#39;s largest hamburger chain said the move affected more than 90,000 employees.</p><p>Rival Burger King, which is owned by Canada-based Restaurant Brands International Inc., said it supports &quot;the right to demonstrate and hope any demonstrators will respect the safety of our restaurant guests and employees.&quot; It also said it franchisees that own the restaurants make wage decisions, not the corporate company.</p><p>A representative from Louisville, Kentucky-based Yum Brands Inc., the company behind Taco Bell and KFC, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/fast-food-protesters-set-sights-presidential-candidates-113730 Analysis: At the University of Missouri, an unlearned free speech lesson http://www.wbez.org/news/analysis-university-missouri-unlearned-free-speech-lesson-113743 <p><div id="res455534132" previewtitle="University of Missouri students circle tents on the Carnahan Quadrangle, locking arms to prevent media from entering the space following the resignation of President Timothy Wolfe on Monday."><div data-crop-type="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="University of Missouri students circle tents on the Carnahan Quadrangle, locking arms to prevent media from entering the space following the resignation of President Timothy Wolfe on Monday." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/10/64474721_h40739089-58557724e95395657d5d002b1fae0bfe54a42a94-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 464px; width: 620px;" title="University of Missouri students circle tents on the Carnahan Quadrangle, locking arms to prevent media from entering the space following the resignation of President Timothy Wolfe on Monday. (Robert Cohen/TNS/Landov)" /></div><div><div><p>Brian Kratzer&#39;s students had a singularly complex assignment in recent days: They had to cover the protests at the University of Missouri&#39;s flagship campus in Columbia at a time when those protests had turned singularly&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/10/455444291/watch-on-the-missouri-campus-a-clash-of-two-first-amendment-protections">hostile to coverage</a>&nbsp;&mdash; and reporters. Astonishingly, some of those most hostile turned out to be on the university&#39;s faculty and staff.</p></div></div></div><p>&quot;Here was an activist group that needed us to get their message out and they were trying to shut us down,&quot; said Kratzer, the director of photography at the city&#39;s morning daily, the&nbsp;Columbia Missourian. &quot;Maybe they didn&#39;t understand how public spaces work.&quot;</p><p>Kratzer is also an assistant professor at Mizzou&#39;s prestigious&nbsp;<a href="http://journalism.missouri.edu/">journalism school</a>, which runs the paper. He says he has witnessed what he&#39;s called an &quot;a la carte&quot; approach to the First Amendment, in which some rights were observed and others ignored.</p><p>At the beginning, as one of the leading black student groups started to plan the protests, journalists who arrived at open meetings on campus were told to put down their cameras and close their notebooks. Such journalistic tools would inhibit free conversation, they were told. One student leader who ultimately went on a hunger strike forged a cordial relationship with a photographer who captured many key moments.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_420503043267.jpg" style="height: 489px; width: 620px;" title="Jonathan Butler, center, hugs supporters after addressing a crowd following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at the university in Columbia, Mo. Butler has ended his hunger strike as a result of the resignation. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" /></div><p>Faculty members who joined the movement were advised by email and Twitter not to talk to reporters but to refer inquiries to one or two protest leaders. By the time the protests emerged on the Carnahan Quad, demonstrators sought to squash the right of student reporters and journalists to document their cause. They did it with signs saying &quot;No Media.&quot; They did so with words of warning, with implied menace; even, in some cases, shoving reporters away from a campus quad where they had every right to operate.</p><p>No matter what you think of their cause, the intimidation was a serious mistake. Then again, you expect college students to make mistakes during their years on campus. It&#39;s part of the point of coming to campus. You screw up, you learn, and you take those lessons with you.</p><p><span style="text-align: center;">You don&#39;t expect people holding positions of authority to make those same mistakes. Yet in several instances, faculty members and administrators were documented &mdash; some on video &mdash; harassing those merely seeking to report what was unquestionably news while standing in an unquestionably public space.</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xRlRAyulN4o?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>&quot;You can study there. You can nap there. You can eat there. You can sleep there,&quot; Kratzer said. And report there too.</p><p>Yet an administrator repeatedly tried to block a student journalist, Tim Tai, from taking pictures on assignment for ESPN. &quot;You need to back off,&quot; she told him, flanked by student protesters. &quot;You are infringing on their right to be alone.&quot; She helped lead a group of students who essentially steamrolled Tai away, even as he calmly&nbsp;<a href="https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10206136774391682&amp;id=1032935651&amp;ref=bookmarks">asserted his First Amendment rights</a>&nbsp;to be there.</p><p>That administrator, Janna Basler, is the university&#39;s assistant director of Greek life and leadership in the student life division.</p><p>A faculty member, later caught on that same video, repeatedly sought to banish a videographer who lingered behind a wall of students and finally called out for backup. &quot;Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here!&quot;</p><p>That faculty member, Melissa Click, is a junior professor in mass media studies. She studies television and pop culture and presumably along the way acquired some understanding of the press. (Technically, her appointment is in the Department of Communications, which is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, not the journalism school.) Maybe she understood all too well that reporters can capture flaws as well as strengths, can force people off message, can err or distort in their coverage.</p><p>But that&#39;s part of the education, too, for the aspiring journalists and for the people they cover.</p><p>Kratzer said another professor had berated one of his photographers so severely on Saturday that the student texted to say he didn&#39;t think he could return for more.</p><p>&quot;What happens when faculty members join the activist group and start doing things against the journalists? It has made me question a lot of things,&quot; Kratzer told me. &quot;It all feels so raw.&quot;</p><p>For his part, Kratzer seized the moment to help theMissourian&nbsp;document the campus protests professionally and to exhibit civic responsibility as well. He has reminded editors and staffers to remain courteous toward the protesters. &quot;Theirs is a cause they feel passionately about,&quot; Kratzer said. &quot;Let&#39;s approach this not as full of angst and anger, but as calm journalists.&quot;</p><p>The dean of the journalism school, David Kurpius,&nbsp;<a href="http://journalism.missouri.edu/2015/11/dean-david-kurpius-comments-on-students-coverage-of-protest-on-carnahan-quad/">put out a statement</a>&nbsp;Tuesday praising Tai&#39;s restraint and reiterating the importance of the First Amendment. He said Click&#39;s courtesy cross appointment in the journalism school was being reviewed. There was no comment from the university system&#39;s board of curators about the denial of First Amendment rights for some of its students. Click&#39;s department chairman also reiterated First Amendment rights, and he could not speak about &quot;personnel decisions.&quot;</p><p>I am just about unyielding in my belief in Click&#39;s freedom of inquiry and expression. Yet, I cannot for the life of me understand the university&#39;s passivity in the face of her actions or those by others paid by the University of Missouri to help educate the state&#39;s youth. Those actions contradict everything the journalism school professes to stand for.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/University%20of%20Missouri%20President%20Tim%20Wolfe_0.jpg" style="height: 208px; width: 300px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" title="(Jeff Roberson/AP) University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe." />It&#39;s taken too long for the university to respond. That may have something to do&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/mizzou-president-resigns-over-handling-racial-issues-113703" target="_blank">with the resignations</a>&nbsp;of the university system president and the campus chancellor.</p><p>Late Tuesday, Click issued a&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/MizzouComm/status/664221186352545792">statement</a>&nbsp;through the university saying she had apologized to the student taping the scene whom she had ordered to leave. She added, in part:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;I regret the language and strategies I used, and sincerely apologize to the MU campus community, and journalists at large, for my behavior, and also for the way my actions have shifted attention away from the students&#39; campaign for justice.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Those who physically interfered with young reporters will have to work hard to convince people they deserve the right to hold on to their jobs. But I&#39;m open to the argument. After all, that&#39;s implied by free speech too.</p><p>Toward the end of the afternoon, an olive branch emerged &mdash; a&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/collier/status/664130421806907393">new note</a>&nbsp;circulated on campus by a leading protest group and posted widely on social media. It acknowledged the First Amendment rights of reporters to be present. It said the media had an important role to tell the story of the protesters. And then it encouraged protesters to thank journalists for doing their job.</p><div id="res455532451"><iframe allowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true" class="twitter-tweet twitter-tweet-rendered" data-tweet-id="664130421806907393" frameborder="0" id="twitter-widget-0" scrolling="no" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 10px 0px; padding: 0px; border-style: none; border-width: initial; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; width: 500px; position: static; visibility: visible; display: block; height: 528.156px; max-width: 500px; min-width: 220px;" title="Twitter Tweet"></iframe></div></p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/analysis-university-missouri-unlearned-free-speech-lesson-113743 Mizzou president resigns over handling of racial issues http://www.wbez.org/news/mizzou-president-resigns-over-handling-racial-issues-113703 <p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/University%20of%20Missouri%20President%20Tim%20Wolfe.jpg" title="University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe. (Jeff Roberson/AP)" /></p><p>The president of the University of Missouri System says he is resigning amid student criticism of his handling of racial issues.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="und"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NeverForget?src=hash">#NeverForget</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ConcernedStudent1950?src=hash">#ConcernedStudent1950</a> <a href="https://t.co/iq4zzFWTyS">pic.twitter.com/iq4zzFWTyS</a></p>&mdash; JB. (@_JonathanButler) <a href="https://twitter.com/_JonathanButler/status/663461444399341569">November 8, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Tim Wolfe says his resignation is effective immediately. The announcement came at a special meeting of the university system&rsquo;s governing body.</p><p>Black student groups<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/two-personal-statements-help-explain-situation-mizzou-113696" target="_blank"> have been complaining for months</a> about racial slurs and other offensive incidents on the system&rsquo;s overwhelmingly white flagship campus in Columbia.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">And here are the demands re: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ConcernedStudent1950?src=hash">#ConcernedStudent1950</a>. <a href="https://t.co/k7GXVL1DiA">pic.twitter.com/k7GXVL1DiA</a></p>&mdash; deray mckesson (@deray) <a href="https://twitter.com/deray/status/663418083189501953">November 8, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Their efforts got a boost over the weekend when 30 black football players announced they wouldn&rsquo;t participate in team activities until Wolfe was removed.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Here&#39;s how the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mizzou?src=hash">#Mizzou</a> protests grew on Twitter: <a href="https://t.co/ExDnrOEqEc">https://t.co/ExDnrOEqEc</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ConcernedStudent1950?src=hash">#ConcernedStudent1950</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MizzouHungerStrike?src=hash">#MizzouHungerStrike</a> <a href="https://t.co/DsveNr3d1n">pic.twitter.com/DsveNr3d1n</a></p>&mdash; Today in Blk (@todayinblk) <a href="https://twitter.com/todayinblk/status/663722029762387968">November 9, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://blackstudies.missouri.edu/faculty-staff/core-faculty.html" target="_blank">Stephanie Shonekan</a>, chair of the Department of Black Studies at the University of Missouri, and an associate professor of ethnomusicology joins our discussion.</p><p><em>The Associated Press contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 12:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/mizzou-president-resigns-over-handling-racial-issues-113703 Whole Foods says it will stop selling foods made with prison labor http://www.wbez.org/news/whole-foods-says-it-will-stop-selling-foods-made-prison-labor-113135 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/wholefoodsartisancheeses.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res444814042" previewtitle="Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, a Colorado goat cheese producer, says it will begin to source more milk from dairies that don't rely on inmate labor — so that they can continue to sell some cheeses to Whole Foods."><div data-crop-type="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, a Colorado goat cheese producer, says it will begin to source more milk from dairies that don't rely on inmate labor — so that they can continue to sell some cheeses to Whole Foods." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/09/30/4725990938_fbf10d4966_o_wide-c19fb687c4fc4c8393343cebec504ee726b29da7-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 338px; width: 600px;" title="Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, a Colorado goat cheese producer, says it will begin to source more milk from dairies that don't rely on inmate labor — so that they can continue to sell some cheeses to Whole Foods. (ilovebutter/Flickr)" /></div><div data-crop-type="">Whole Foods Market has announced that by April of next year it will stop sourcing foods that are produced using prison labor.</div></div><p>The move comes on the heels of a demonstration in Houston where the company was chastised for employing inmates through prison-work programs.</p><p>Michael Allen, founder of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/endmassincarceration.houston">End Mass Incarceration Houston</a>, organized the protest. He says Whole Foods was engaging in exploitation since inmates are typically paid very low wages.</p><p>&quot;People are incarcerated and then forced to work for pennies on the dollar &mdash; compare that to what the products are sold for,&quot; Allen tells The Salt.</p><p>Currently, Whole Foods sells a goat cheese produced by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.haystackgoatcheese.com/">Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy</a>&nbsp;in Longmont, Colo., and a tilapia from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.quixoticfarming.com/about/">Quixotic Farming</a>, which bills itself as a family-owned sustainable seafood company.</p><p>These companies partner with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.coloradoci.com/bin-pdf/2014_who.pdf">Colorado Correctional Industries</a>, a division of the Colorado Department of Corrections, to employ prisoners to milk goats and raise the fish.</p><p>CCI&#39;s mission is to provide inmates with employment and training. The intent is to give them skills that could help them find employment once they&#39;re released. CCI employs about 1,600 inmates, according to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leg.state.co.us/OSA/coauditor1.nsf/All/908C1FE0217F7E0487257DCE00701378/$FILE/1350P%20Colorado%20Correctional%20Industries,%20Department%20of%20Corrections,%20January%202015.pdf">report</a>&nbsp;by the Colorado state auditor.</p><p>In an email, Whole Food&#39;s spokesperson Michael Silverman tells The Salt that the company liked the idea of employing inmates. &quot;We felt that supporting supplier partners who found a way to be part of paid, rehabilitative work being done by inmates would help people get back on their feet,&quot; he writes.</p><p>But Silverman says, &quot;we have heard from some shoppers and members of the community that they were uncomfortable with Whole Foods Market&#39;s sourcing products produced with inmate labor.&quot;</p><p>And in order to stay &quot;in-tune&quot; with customers&#39; wishes, the company came to its decision to stop selling the goat cheese and tilapia.</p><p>As reporter Graeme Wood&nbsp;<a href="http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/from-our-prison-to-your-dinner-table">wrote</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<em>Pacific Standard</em>, these in-state prison-work systems face no federal regulation.</p><p>And there are also questions about the justness of prison-work programs. Allen and other protesters in Houston hung signs that said: &quot;End Whole Foods Market&#39;s Profiting From Prison Slave Labor.&quot;</p><p>By some accounts, though, they&#39;re progressive. For instance, CCI supporters point to a lower recidivism rate among inmates who are employed while they&#39;re incarcerated.</p><p>Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy&#39;s John Scaggs says the farm will begin to source more milk from dairies that don&#39;t rely on inmate labor &mdash; so that it can continue to sell some cheeses to Whole Foods.</p><p>But Scaggs says he&#39;s still a supporter of the prison labor program that CCI has created in Colorado.</p><p>&quot;This is a model example of a prison-work program,&quot; Scaggs says. &quot;By purchasing goat&#39;s milk from the facility [that uses prison labor], we&#39;re supporting ... rehabilitative incarceration.&quot; He says prisoners are taught teamwork and getting job training.</p><p>Scaggs says the inmates make about $1,500 to $2,500 a year, but he isn&#39;t sure what the hourly rate of pay is.</p><p>&quot;If an inmate is serving a sentence for a few years, they can come out with a few thousand bucks [in savings] and a whole new skill set,&quot; he says.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/09/30/444797169/whole-foods-says-it-will-stop-selling-foods-made-by-prisoners?ft=nprml&amp;f=444797169" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/whole-foods-says-it-will-stop-selling-foods-made-prison-labor-113135 The outraged muses of María María Acha-Kutscher http://www.wbez.org/news/outraged-muses-mar%C3%ADa-mar%C3%ADa-acha-kutscher-113098 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/aprob-same-sex-marriage-jun.jpg" alt="" /><p><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_main/public/story/gallery/aprob-same-sex-marriage-jun.jpg?itok=lIVfGnf5" style="height: 338px; width: 600px;" title="Supreme Court, Washington D.C. 2015 (Credit: María María Acha-Kutscher)" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div><em>&quot;Historically, it&#39;s important to show that political actions and social changes were always made by women and men together,&quot; she says. &quot;Women were always there but weren&#39;t always visible.&quot;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Her &#39;Indignadas&#39; (Outraged Women) series is a visual record of women who participate in public protests around the world. Acha-Kutscher takes photographs from the press and &quot;witnesses&quot; them into colorful illustrations that she then prints onto tarps and hangs in public spaces.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><strong>Isis Madrid</strong>: Tell me about yourself. How did you become the artist that you are today?</p><p><strong>María María</strong><strong> Acha-Kutscher:&nbsp;</strong>I am a feminist visual artist. I am 47. I was born in Lima,&nbsp;Peru, to a family of German origin, and further back&nbsp;I have Chinese and African roots, too. That means I have a multicultural identity, and that&#39;s pushed me to have a global worldview. I&#39;ve never felt rooted to a place.&nbsp;I always feel that I belong to many places. I inherited cultural capital from my father, a filmmaker and photographer, my grandfather, an art theorist, and my great-grandfather, a theater theorist. &nbsp;</p><div><div><p>I studied arts in Lima. I lived in Mexico City for 10 years working as an art director for advertising agencies. Then I moved to Madrid in 2001, where I started to develop my artistic work.&nbsp;I co-direct the experimental art project&nbsp;<a href="http://www.antimuseo.org/" target="_blank">Antimuseo</a>&nbsp;with my partner, writer and artist Tomás Ruiz-Rivas. I work globally.</p></div></div><p>Since I started working as an artist, I wanted to work on a topic of common interest &mdash;&nbsp;the female condition. The experience of being female is shared by women and crosses race, origin, social class, and sexual preference.</p><p>I consider myself a feminist artist, because the political dimension of my artwork plays a dual role &mdash;&nbsp;it is an artistic product in itself and also an instrument that contributes to political transformations, especially for women.</p><div><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/first-image_15m_Madrid.jpg?itok=82TOIHcV" style="height: 400px; width: 300px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="15M, Madrid 2011(Credit: María María Acha-Kutscher)" typeof="foaf:Image" /><p><strong>I</strong><strong>M</strong>:&nbsp;What was the first&nbsp;<a href="http://www.acha-kutscher.com/mujerestrabajando/indignadas/indignadas.html" target="_blank">Indignadas</a>&nbsp;piece you made? What was the inspiration for the series?</p></div><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;The first&nbsp;<a href="http://www.acha-kutscher.com/mujerestrabajando/indignadas/indignadas.html" target="_blank">Indignadas</a>&nbsp;piece I made was based on a photograph from the anti-austerity&nbsp;movement 15M in Spain. It shows a pregnant woman with an inscription on her belly: &ldquo;Outraged since before birth.&quot;&nbsp;This image symbolizes the future, a new generation of hope for a better world. At the same time it symbolizes an empowered generation who are not afraid to say what they think.</p><p>Indignadas is the third installment&nbsp;of<a href="http://www.acha-kutscher.com/mujerestrabajando/indignadas/indignadas.html" target="_blank">Women Working for Women</a>, a public art project that recovers women&#39;s history through digital drawings, inspired by the aesthetics of pop art, comics and the political posters of the 70s.</p><p>I started Indignadas in 2012&nbsp;as an attempt&nbsp;to bring attention to&nbsp;the women of 15M, the movement that&nbsp;took to the streets of Madrid in protest of economic austerity measures imposed by the Troika and the prevailing corruption in the political system in Spain. Now,&nbsp;the second stage&nbsp;includes women from around the world &mdash;&nbsp;in order&nbsp;to record our shared history.</p><div><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/help-us_0.jpg?itok=XRdZme-s" style="height: 307px; width: 300px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" title="Syrian refugee girl, September 2015 (Credit: María María Acha-Kutscher)" typeof="foaf:Image" /><div><p><strong>IM</strong>:&nbsp;Why the focus on female activists in particular?</p></div></div><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;The main focus of my work is woman. Her story, the struggles for emancipation and equality, and the cultural construction of femininity. Indignadas is part of this work.</p><p>These&nbsp;images show women in political action and also the female body as a support for the political message. By transforming photographs into drawings, I immortalize these actions.&nbsp;</p><div><div><p>Historically, it&#39;s important to show that political actions and social changes were always made by women and men together. Women were always there but weren&#39;t always visible.&nbsp;This &ldquo;erasure&rdquo; of women&rsquo;s history that puts us&nbsp;aside from humankind&#39;s history is an exercise of patriarchal control. In addition, women have had a dual struggle &mdash; we&nbsp;fight for our rights and join&nbsp;the social and political struggles at the same time. Any initiative to make&nbsp;our history visible&nbsp;as women is essential and empowers us.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/occupy-wall-street.jpg?itok=DKN5yZFa" style="text-align: center; height: 586px; width: 540px;" title="Occupy Wall Street, NYC 2012 (Credit: María María Acha-Kutscher)" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p></div></div><div><div><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/slutwalk-paris.jpg?itok=sXNSldLU" style="height: 425px; width: 200px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" title="SLUTWALK, París 2011(Credit: María María Acha-Kutscher)" typeof="foaf:Image" /><p><strong>IM</strong>: Some would call your work activism and protest in itself. Are you an activist beyond your artwork? Do you protest, organize or participate in activism on the streets?</p></div></div><p><strong>MMAC</strong>:&nbsp;No. I am just an artist. But I believe&nbsp;that art is a powerful political tool. I share the images of Indignadas on the Internet under a Creative Commons license, particularly to the activists portrayed, so that they can use them for their work.&nbsp;I would love it if they used my Indignadas images in the streets one day.</p></div><p><strong>IM</strong>: Who are the top three&nbsp;most inspirational female activists to you and why?</p><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;It is very difficult answer. I have many, but, I would say&nbsp;Malala Yousafzai, Lidia Cacho and Nadal El Sadawi. Three&nbsp;women of different generations. All of them have risked their lives in defense of the rights of women and girls.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>IM</strong>: Do you believe that protest is necessary for social and political progress?</p><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;Absolutely. Protest is one of the most important mediums&nbsp;for political and social progress. Power always tends to corrupt and generates oppressive structures. Civil society must always&nbsp;push the power to prevent this from happening.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/charlie-hebdo_2014.jpg?itok=spzIasw-" style="text-align: center; height: 405px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="'Indignadas' responds to the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris (Credit: María María Acha-Kutscher)" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><p><strong>IM</strong>:&nbsp;Is there a trend or an evolution in protest that you&rsquo;ve noticed as you&#39;ve documented it in your work?</p><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;Yes. We are living a very empowering time for women, with the emergence of a new feminism. They&nbsp;say&nbsp;we have entered a&nbsp;&lsquo;fourth-wave&rsquo; of feminism thanks to feminist groups like FEMEN, Pussy Riot, SlutWalk, among others, who contribute&nbsp;a new activism and a new feminist imagery. Also, the support of public personalities &mdash;&nbsp;women and&nbsp;some&nbsp;men &mdash; who are not afraid to say they are feminists. That helps&nbsp;feminism, because they have an audience of millions of people.</p><p><strong>IM</strong>:&nbsp;Your pieces have been blown up and used in the streets.&nbsp;How did this begin?&nbsp;</p><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;My pieces were exhibited in public spaces as an act to return the protest to the streets. For me it&rsquo;s important that these images become part of the everyday flow of life, where anyone can see without charge. I would love that my images become part of any public protest in a near future.</p><p><strong>IM</strong>: What are three current activist movements led by women around the world that you think people should be paying attention to?</p><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;Femen, SlutWalk and Alfombra Roja (Red Carpet from Perú).</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-09-15/outraged-muses-mar-mar-acha-kutscher" target="_blank"><em>via PRI&#39;s The World</em></a></p></p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/outraged-muses-mar%C3%ADa-mar%C3%ADa-acha-kutscher-113098 Asian-American activists seek firing of cops in parlor video http://www.wbez.org/news/asian-american-activists-seek-firing-cops-parlor-video-112848 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Amy Tran.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Asian-American activists in Chicago are expressing outrage over the lack of punishment being recommended by the city agency that investigates police misconduct. Their anger goes back to a 2013 raid on a massage parlor where police arrested Jessica Klyzek, the manager of the salon. The incident was caught on tape, and Klyzek can be heard screaming hysterically.</p><p dir="ltr">Police respond by yelling at her that she is acting like an animal; they threaten her and her family with death and one yells, &ldquo;You&#39;re not f****** American. I&#39;ll put you in the UPS box and send you back to wherever the f*** you came from.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">A half-dozen officers stand by watching.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fHTTy9D8x2w?rel=0" width="420"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">According to a spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority, the agency is recommending suspensions of 25 days and 8 days for two officers involved and a one-day suspension for the sergeant supervising them who never stepped in to stop the abuse and never reported it, according to an attorney for Klyzek.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><strong>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/three-police-officers-asian-salon-raid-recommended-suspension-112786">Three police officers in Asian salon raid recommended for suspension</a></strong></p></blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.38;">Viveka Ray-Mazumder was one of 15 people protesting those recommendations Friday morning outside police headquarters.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&ldquo;How could you watch that video and not recognize that this is horrifying and that something major needs to happen? That&rsquo;s the question that we&rsquo;re all asking ourselves,&rdquo; said Ray-Mazumder.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Activists from several Asian American community groups are demanding that police Supt. Garry McCarthy fire the officers involved. The police department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><em>Robert Wildeboer is a WBEZ criminal and legal affairs reporter. Follow him at <a href="https://twitter.com/robertwildeboer">@robertwildeboer</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/asian-american-activists-seek-firing-cops-parlor-video-112848 Friends honor disabled brother's legacy http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/friends-honor-disabled-brothers-legacy-111510 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 150206 Scott Nance Adam Ballard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Scott Nance and Adam Ballard are part of a network of disability activists who frequently shut down intersections and grind business to a halt in order to draw attention to the needs of the disabled.</p><p>Nance and Ballard had volunteered separately to scope out the site of the group&rsquo;s next protest when they met.</p><p>Nance hadn&rsquo;t planned to be on the same bus as Ballard that day. But when the two friends interviewed at Access Living earlier this month for StoryCorps, they agreed it was a fitting place for their friendship to begin. Since then, the two have been arrested together for protesting for the rights of people living with disabilities.</p><p>Ballard uses a wheelchair and though he has been disabled his entire life, only sought out a community of other disabled people as an adult. That came after he had an accident that put him in a nursing home for several months.</p><p>Nance, on the other hand, was born with an audio disability, as were his brother and sister. But Nance&rsquo;s brother Devin also had physical, developmental, growth, learning and speech disabilities. For many years, Scott Nance acted as his brother&rsquo;s personal attendant. But then Devin died suddenly and tragically. &quot;That put me in a really dark place,&quot; Nance says. &quot;And I didn&#39;t crawl out of that hole until we did this march in front of the White House.&quot;</p><p>Nance was passing out flyers with other disability activists in Washington, DC, when he had a realization. A woman asked him why he was there and &quot;in that moment I had to challenge myself and think. And I gave her an honest answer. I&#39;m here for my brother.&rdquo;</p><p>&quot;He died at the age of 26,&quot; Nance says, of his brother Devin. &quot;And that&#39;s ridiculous that we live in a society where that still happens. He was someone who loved life. Loved playing catch. Loved going out in the community. He died alone and he never should have been in a position to die alone like that.&quot;</p><p>&ldquo;I never met Devin,&rdquo; Ballard says. &ldquo;You entered my life after all that had gone down. But a couple years ago I think we were out drinking and it happened to be Devin&#39;s birthday so I offered a toast to your brother. And I said, &lsquo;Here&#39;s to your brother because if he&#39;s even halfway responsible for the man you are now then I&#39;m really sad that I didn&#39;t know him.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p></p> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 09:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/friends-honor-disabled-brothers-legacy-111510