Coming up on Connections: Monday, August 21st

Aug 21, 2017

Credit NPR

First hour: Reactions to the events in Charlottesville

Second hour: How Challenger Miracle Field and EquiCenter are helping people with disabilities

Across the country, communities are grappling with how to handle white supremacists and neo-Nazis in their midst. In Honeoye Falls, a recent Honeoye Falls-Lima graduate was spotted marching with the throngs in Charlottesville. Now there's a community debate about what to do -- protest in front of his home? Distribute signs of warning? Ignore him? Our panel will discuss how we got here, and where to go from here. In studio:

  • Rev. Judith Davis, member of the steering committee for the Movement for Anti-Racist Ministry and Action (MAMA)
  • Pastor Wanda Wilson, member of the MAMA steering committee
  • Howard Eagle, member of the MAMA steering committee
  • Rachael Harris, member of MAMA and student at MCC
  • Rabbi Peter Stein, senior rabbi at Temple B'rith Kodesh
  • Julia Ortenzi, Honeoye Falls-Lima graduate and student at Sarah Lawrence College

Then in our second hour, we learn about two local organizations that provide recreational activities for people with disabilities: the Challenger Miracle Field and EquiCenter. In studio:

  • Ron Kampff, president of Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester, and coach for the Webster Challenger Team and the Rochester BEEP Baseball Team (Rochester Pioneers)
  • Nico Santiago, Challenger player
  • Karen Werth, operations and therapeutic riding instructor for EquiCenter
  • Barbara Stickney, veteran and participant at EquiCenter

This conversation is part of WXXI’s Inclusion Desk, spotlighting issues related to disabilities. The WXXI Inclusion Desk is part of Move to Include, a partnership to encourage thoughtful discussion about issues of inclusion and the differently-abled.