RadioACTive: June 25, 2020

  • June 25, 2020
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The Uncomfortable Truth with filmmaker Loki Mulholland. SLC Commission on Racial Equity in Policing. SL County DA declines curfew, failure to disperse charges. Utah Pride Center responds to allegations amidst furloughs, financial trials.

#QuarantineCocktails, featuring:

  • Pete Saltas of City Weekly. To read the latest edition, featuring Black Voices Matter, click here
  • Jeremy Ragonese, president of Uinta Brewing, who popped the top on a can of Birthday Suit. As president of the Utah Brewers Guild, Ragonese also addressed racial diversity and inclusivity in the craft brewing industry.
    • As mentioned by Ragonese, Dr. J. Jackson-Beckham currently serves as the Diversity Ambassador for the Brewers Association. A scholar, writer, and equity and inclusion strategist who provides consulting and training to individuals and organizations in the craft brewing industry, she is the founder of Craft Beer For All, a platform that works to bring the diversity of craft beer to people and the diversity of people to craft beer. 

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, who earlier today, along with the Salt Lake City Council and members of the community, announced the Commission on Racial Equity in Policing, a new advising body convened to make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on Salt Lake City’s policy, budget, and culture of policing.  

  • Core members of the committee were announced, including Rev. France Davis, pastor emeritus  of the Calvary Baptist Church; Aden Batar, Director of Migration and Refugee Services for Catholic Community Services; Verona Sagato-Mauga, Executive Director of Renew Wellness & Recovery; Darlene McDonald, chair of the Utah Black Roundtable; Dr. Moises Prospero of iChamps and a direct practitioner in the area of criminal, juvenile & social justice; and Nicole Salazar-Hall, attorney and current Salt Lake City Human Rights Commissioner. 

SL County District Attorney Sim Gill, who today announced that charges of failure to disperse or curfew violations as a result of the May 30, 2020, protest in SLC will be declined, without prejudice. However, more serious charges will be prosecuted.

  • “Public safety is the first priority of the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office,” said Sim Gill, in a written statement for media. “We must also acknowledge that public safety includes protecting the constitutional rights of Salt Lake County residents, especially when the exercise of those rights does not involve injury or harm to people or property.”

Local filmmaker Loki Mulholland talked about his family’s history as slave owners in the pre-Civil War south and their continued white supremacist attitudes. He is the son of civil rights legend Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, who began her fight against systemic racism during the Freedom Rides of the 1960s’ Civil Rights Movement.

After talking with critics of the Utah Pride Center earlier in the week, Sue Robbins of Everyday People - KRCL RadioActive talked with the center's Executive Director Rob Moolman and Board Chair Mona Stevens about budget cuts and staff furloughs, as well as financial allegations. Editor's Note: Robbins was on the non-profits Board of Directors from 2015-2018 and served as Board Chair from 2017-2018. 

Views, thoughts or opinions shared by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, 90.9fm KRCL. Tonight's RadioACTive team included:

  • Exec. Producer/Host: Lara Jones
  • Community Co-Host: Sue Robbins, Everyday People
  • Assoc. Producer: Billy Palmer