WBEZ | protest http://www.wbez.org/tags/protest Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Magnificent Mile Protests Disrupt but Don't Deter Holiday Shopping http://www.wbez.org/news/magnificent-mile-protests-disrupt-dont-deter-holiday-shopping-114288 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/gettyimages-502431882_custom-608f305b9e3d839e2a2399802ccd8dbb472b06d6-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res460961078" previewtitle="People participate in what organizers are calling a &quot;Black Christmas&quot; protest on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago Thursday."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="People participate in what organizers are calling a &quot;Black Christmas&quot; protest on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago Thursday." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/12/24/gettyimages-502431882_custom-608f305b9e3d839e2a2399802ccd8dbb472b06d6-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 389px; width: 620px;" title="People participate in what organizers are calling a &quot;Black Christmas&quot; protest on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago Thursday.E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)" /></div><div><div><p>Demonstrators in Chicago are gathering in a high-end shopping district to disrupt last-minute Christmas purchases and raise attention to a 2014 police shooting.</p></div></div></div><p>&quot;Protests have been continuing almost daily since the release last month of dashcam video showing a white Chicago police officer firing 16 shots into 17-year old Laquan McDonald as he tried to walk away from officers&quot; last October, NPR&#39;s David Schaper reports for our Newscast division.</p><p>For more than a year, the department refused requests for the dashcam video to be released. Now, the officer behind the shooting has been charged with murder. Protesters have alleged that police attempted to cover up the shooting, and the Justice Department has launched a federal investigation into the Chicago police force&#39;s practices.</p><p>Through repeated protests, activists &mdash; many of whom are calling for Emanuel&#39;s resignation &mdash; hope to bring attention to Chicago&#39;s racial and economic inequalities.</p><p>&quot;The biggest demonstration was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/28/457683899/chicago-protesters-block-high-end-stores-demanding-inquiry-into-shooting">the day after Thanksgiving</a>&nbsp;on Michigan Avenue, as protesters locked arms to prevent shoppers from getting in and out of stores on one of the busiest shopping days of the year,&quot; David says.</p><p>Retailers say their Black Friday sales were significantly affected by those protests, David reports.</p><p>As of midafternoon on Thursday, the Christmas Eve protests are much smaller, he says.</p><p>Demonstrators temporarily blocked the entrance to an Apple store, but most shoppers appear &quot;undeterred,&quot; the Associated Press reports.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/24/460958157/magnificent-mile-protests-disrupt-but-dont-deter-holiday-shopping?utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=npr&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_term=nprnews" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/magnificent-mile-protests-disrupt-dont-deter-holiday-shopping-114288 Activist: Mall of America Protest 'Decoy' for Airport Block http://www.wbez.org/news/activist-mall-america-protest-decoy-airport-block-114281 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_251558656828.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>MINNEAPOLIS (AP) &mdash; The Mall of America was used as &quot;a decoy&quot; to start a protest that quickly moved to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and blocked a terminal on a busy holiday travel day, one organizer of the demonstration said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Looks like demonstrators are beginning to roll in. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BlackLivesMatter?src=hash">#BlackLivesMatter</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MOA?src=hash">#MOA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BlackLivesMpls">@BlackLivesMpls</a> <a href="https://t.co/L2FwRDjy4J">pic.twitter.com/L2FwRDjy4J</a></p>&mdash; Morgan Wolfe (@Morgan_Wolfe_) <a href="https://twitter.com/Morgan_Wolfe_/status/679744835260157952">December 23, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><div><p>Access to one of two terminals was closed after more than 100 protesters gathered inside and blocked roads leading to the airport Wednesday, airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said. He said the protest caused some flight delays but no cancelations.</p><p>Protesters hoping to draw attention to the police shooting last month of a black man in Minneapolis had described in advance their plans to target the mall, but not the airport. They started at the shopping mecca in suburban Bloomington, where there was a heavy police presence, then took a light-rail train to the airport.</p><p>&quot;The mall was a decoy,&quot; said Black Lives Matter organizer Miski Noor, who protested at the airport. &quot;I think it was really effective.&quot;</p><p>A revised tally showed a total of 12 arrests at both sites, mostly for trespassing or obstruction of justice. No injuries or property damage were reported. The total was initially reported at 15, but Hogan said there were two fewer arrests than thought at the airport and one arrest at the mall was unrelated to the protest.</p><p>Officials said that traffic at the airport was back to normal by Wednesday evening and that about 80 stores at the mall were closed for about an hour as officers escorted protesters off the property.</p><p>&quot;We accomplished exactly what we came here to accomplish &mdash; we wanted to shut down the highway, shut down the airport and show solidarity with other Black Lives Matter groups,&quot; Michelle Barnes of Minneapolis, one of the protest organizers, told the Star Tribune.</p><p>Gov. Mark Dayton said the moving protest created a &quot;very, very dangerous situation.&quot;</p><p>Dayton questioned the need for such a demonstration, noting that federal and state investigations were ongoing into the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police responding to an assault complaint. The governor said releasing video of officers&#39; altercation with Clark, as demanded by protesters, could jeopardize the investigations.</p><p>Before protesters gathered at the mall, stores temporarily closed their gates, kiosks were covered and even Santa left his sleigh. Numerous signs were posted saying no protests were allowed &mdash; including a long message on a screen in a central rotunda between two Christmas trees.</p><p>That didn&#39;t deter Art Seratoff, a 67-year-old protester from Minneapolis.</p><p>&quot;They talk about this demonstration as being disruptive,&quot; Seratoff said. &quot;If I think about an unemployment rate in the African-American community three times the white unemployment rate, that&#39;s disruptive.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">VIDEO: Protesters supporting Black Lives Matter block Minneapolis airport, Mall of America: <a href="https://t.co/csBOtKQdSJ">https://t.co/csBOtKQdSJ</a></p>&mdash; The Associated Press (@AP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AP/status/679893025821163520">December 24, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>About 500 protesters briefly gathered at the mall before abruptly walking out while chanting, &quot;What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!&quot; The crowd then headed to the light-rail station and onto the airport.</p><p>A similar demonstration at the Mall of America last December drew hundreds of protesters angry over the absence of charges following the police killings of unarmed black men in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri. Stores in the mall had to close, and dozens of people were arrested.</p><p>The massive retail center houses an amusement park and more than 500 shops spread across four floors, attracting shoppers from around the globe.</p><p>Neither mall officials nor Bloomington police said what security measures were put in place to prepare, though special event staff searched bags at every mall entrance before the rally. Security guards cordoned off parts of the central rotunda, and officers from several cities patrolled inside.</p><p>The mall had sought a court order blocking the planned protest. A judge on Tuesday barred three organizers from attending the demonstration, but said she didn&#39;t have the power to block unidentified protesters from showing up.</p><p>Mike Griffin, who joined similar protests last year, said his flight to&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;was among those delayed.</p><p>&quot;While I&#39;m delayed an hour and half to get back to my family for Christmas, I know there are several black families mourning the loss of innocent black men,&quot; said Griffin, a 29-year-old from Minneapolis. &quot;My mom is a little bit annoyed, but she&#39;s going to see me this holiday season.&quot;</p><p><em>Associated Press writers Jeff Baenen and Brian Bakst contributed to this report.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 24 Dec 2015 10:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/activist-mall-america-protest-decoy-airport-block-114281 A New Way to Protest: Community Supported Activism http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-12-23/new-way-protest-community-supported-activism-114265 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/1130_carlo-protester.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_96868"><img alt="Carlo Voli quit his corporate job a few years ago to become a full time Community Supported Activist. He's been fighting fossil fuels and climate change ever since. (Ashley Ahearn/KUOW/EarthFix)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/11/1130_carlo-protester-624x453.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 620px;" title="Carlo Voli quit his corporate job a few years ago to become a full-time Community Supported Activist. He’s been fighting fossil fuels and climate change ever since. (Ashley Ahearn/KUOW/EarthFix)" /><p>You&rsquo;ve probably heard the term &ldquo;community supported agriculture&rdquo; or CSA. That&rsquo;s when people pay money to support a local farmer who in exchange provides them with regular deliveries of food from the farm.</p><p>Well, how about community supported activism? Some people in the Pacific Northwest are getting behind a new way to protest. From&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/11/30/community-supported-activism" target="_blank"><em>Here &amp;&nbsp;Now </em></a>contributor KUOW in Seattle,&nbsp;Ashley Ahearn&nbsp;has the story of Carlo Voli.</p><p><em><a href="http://kuow.org/post/different-kind-csa-community-supported-activism" target="_blank">Read more on this story via KUOW</a>.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-12-23/new-way-protest-community-supported-activism-114265 Obama Warns Campus Protesters against Urge to 'Shut Up' Opposition http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-edition/2015-12-23/obama-warns-campus-protesters-against-urge-shut-opposition <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/20151217_npr_obamainskeep_010_wide-c1dfe56dc8cafba6d141752544140058e55cb7c0-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res460394876" previewtitle="NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/12/19/20151217_npr_obamainskeep_010_wide-c1dfe56dc8cafba6d141752544140058e55cb7c0-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 349px; width: 620px;" title="NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House. (Colin Marshall/NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>In a wide-ranging interview with NPR&#39;s Steve Inskeep, President Obama had some advice for college protesters across the country.</p></div></div></div><p>Over the past several months, protests have occurred at schools such as the University of Missouri, Yale and Ithaca College over issues ranging from offensive Halloween costumes, to the racial climate and the lack of minority faculty at schools, to school administrators&#39; responses to racially insensitive vandalism and other incidents on campuses. Many of these protests have been led by students of color and draw inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement.</p><p>Obama did not get into specifics about any particular recent protests and punted when asked whether schools like Harvard and Yale should get rid of symbols linked to slavery. But he did say that protesters on college campuses need to engage people they don&#39;t agree with, even as they protest.</p><p><strong>Watch the interview: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-edition/2015-12-21/obama-makes-no-apologies-fighting-isis-within-american-values" target="_blank">Obama Makes &#39;No Apologies&#39; for Fighting ISIS within &#39;American Values&#39;</a></strong></p><p>&quot;I think it&#39;s a healthy thing for young people to be engaged and to question authority and to ask why this instead of that, to ask tough questions about social justice,&quot; Obama told Inskeep. &quot;So I don&#39;t want to discourage kids from doing that.&quot;</p><p>But, he continued, &quot;As I&#39;ve said before, I do think that there have been times on college campuses where I get concerned that the unwillingness to hear other points of view can be as unhealthy on the left as on the right.&quot;</p><p>Obama pointed out instances where students protest &quot;somebody like the director of the IMF or Condi Rice speaking on campus because they don&#39;t like what they stand for.&quot;</p><p>&quot;Well, feel free to disagree with somebody,&quot; Obama said, &quot;but don&#39;t try to just shut them up.&quot;</p><p>&quot;My concern is not whether there is campus activism,&quot; Obama told Inskeep. &quot;I think that&#39;s a good thing. But let kids ask questions and let universities respond. What I don&#39;t want is a situation in which particular points of view that are presented respectfully and reasonably are shut down, and we have seen that sometimes happen.&quot;</p><p>NPR&#39;s Gene Demby has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/12/17/459211924/the-long-necessary-history-of-whiny-black-protestors-at-college">written extensively</a>&nbsp;on the wave of protests sweeping across college campuses, noting that &quot;agitation for more resources, more active inclusion, more safe spaces and more black faculty has been a through line for black students on university campuses for generations.&quot; Demby also points out Obama&#39;s time at Harvard Law School, where he&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/at-harvard-obama-dived-into-diversity-fight#.dcdGaMda">spoke out about faculty diversity</a>, an issue college protesters continue to raise.</p><p>Obama wrote of his time as a student activist at Occidental College in his memoir <em>Dreams from My Father</em>.&nbsp;On Feb. 18, 1981, he&nbsp;<a href="http://www.oxy.edu/our-story/oxy-people/obama-oxy">gave a speech urging Occidental to divest</a>&nbsp;of its investments in apartheid-era South Africa. To make the point that students in Africa were being silenced, Obama was dragged offstage by two white friends before he could finish the speech.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/12/21/460282127/obama-warns-campus-protesters-against-urge-to-shut-up-opposition?ft=nprml&amp;f=460282127" target="_blank"><em><u> via NPR</u></em></a></p></p> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-edition/2015-12-23/obama-warns-campus-protesters-against-urge-shut-opposition High Schoolers Get CPS’ Attention with Website and Lunch Boycott http://www.wbez.org/news/high-schoolers-get-cps%E2%80%99-attention-website-and-lunch-boycott-114102 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Roosevelt Lunch.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Nearly a thousand students skipped school lunch at Roosevelt High School on the North Side Monday.</p><p>It was part of their <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/chicago-high-schoolers-launch-website-against-school-food-113980">larger project </a>(which includes a petition and<a href="https://rhsschoollunch.wordpress.com/"> website)</a> to change food in Chicago Public Schools-- food they consider unhealthy and unappetizing.</p><p>Their civics teacher Tim Meegan said that 143 boycotted on Thursday and 437 (more than a third of students) boycotted on Friday, according to lunch staff counts. Monday that number blew up to 952 (or more than 80 percent of students), Meegan said late Monday afternoon.</p><p>It was harder for the teacher to check progress Monday morning when I visited the school. That&rsquo;s because he was outside with students unloading 10,000 bags of puffed rice granola donated by health group <a href="http://www.mercola.com/">Mercola.com</a>.</p><p>It joined a shipment of organic fruit and yogurt from Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://dillpickle.coop/">Dill Pickle Co-Op</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;This way we&rsquo;re well-stocked in case the kids need to continue the boycott,&rdquo; Meegan said, carrying boxes from a massive white truck.</p><p>The boxes were going into the school to be handed out to boycotting students. &nbsp;</p><p>Meegan said that, in addition to the food donations, &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve gotten messages of support from teachers, students and administrators at different school districts, [and] &nbsp;food justice groups from all over the country.&rdquo;</p><p>But the teacher and his students have also gotten push back. Last week CPS Nutrition Services head, Leslie Fowler, wrote to them asking for a meeting, but also implying that their boycott could cost the Roosevelt lunch staff pay.</p><p>&quot;Lunchroom staff are paid on a sliding scale based on meals served,&rdquo; confirmed CPS spokesperson Emily Bittner in an email to WBEZ, &ldquo;and their pay will be reduced for the next school year if a large number of meals are lost.&rdquo;</p><p>Louise Babbs who&rsquo;s a lunch worker and organizer for the CPS lunch workers union, Unite Local One, however, sent this statement:</p><blockquote><p><em>&quot;CPS lunch ladies are paid by the hour, and our members will faithfully report to work regardless because the kids come first. We&#39;ve been fighting for good fresh food for years, and we support any efforts on the part of students to do the same.&quot;</em></p></blockquote><p>WBEZ is continuing to investigate the question of commissions for lunch workers based on the number of meals taken.</p><p>Meegan accused the district&rsquo;s food service company Aramark &nbsp;of trying undermine the boycott Friday by sending in premium produce.</p><p>&ldquo;I came out here for my lunch 5th period and there was a [Anthony] Murano food company truck that delivered fresh produce to the cafeteria,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They had beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables from one of the premier produce distributors in Chicago. I only wish they would continue that effort, but instead they brought in that excellent food in order to dissuade kids from boycotting.&rdquo;</p><p>The students took pictures of the truck and the produce it allegedly delivered to their cafeteria, and posted on<a href="https://rhsschoollunch.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/food-fight/"> their site here.</a></p><p>Aramark, however, said that it has never used Murano as a supplier and doesn&rsquo;t know why the truck was spotted on Roosevelt property.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Broccoli is supposed to be green, like grass...<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/dishorditch?src=hash">#dishorditch</a> !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <a href="https://t.co/uSRaKqSlSQ">pic.twitter.com/uSRaKqSlSQ</a></p>&mdash; ANA M.MONTOYA (@anamontoya471) <a href="https://twitter.com/anamontoya471/status/672829869689085952">December 4, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Late Monday, CPS sent a statement saying:</p><blockquote><p><em>&ldquo;CPS has a school lunch program that provides healthy, nutritious lunches at no cost to students throughout the district. Not only does CPS exceed federal nutrition guidelines, we also enjoy working with student and parent groups to test our meals and develop menus. CPS is happy to work with the students of Roosevelt to hear their concerns and address their needs, and look forward to meeting with them this week.&rdquo;</em></p></blockquote><p>Before I left the school on Monday, I noticed a few kids munching on the donated granola and asked how they liked it.</p><p>&ldquo;Pretty good,&rdquo; said Rudy Cavillo. &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s pretty nice that they are actually giving students this food&hellip; Usually we just skip breakfast and lunch and just like starve to death and then go home and eat.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Monica Eng is a food and health reporter for WBEZ. Follow her at<a href="https://twitter.com/monicaeng" target="_blank"> @monicaeng </a>or write to her at meng@wbez.org</em></p></p> Tue, 08 Dec 2015 15:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/high-schoolers-get-cps%E2%80%99-attention-website-and-lunch-boycott-114102 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