Urban Connections discusses the Donald Trump Executive Orders issued on day one.

Trump Protests and Executive Orders
Episode date : January 21, 2017
On Urban Connections

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Host Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art-Erin Dziedzic Director of Curatorial Affairs and Jessica Thompson-Lee Youth and Family Museum Educator. Also Cherry Pit Collective Associate Director/fine artistAdri Luna joins us in the second half of ARTSPEAK RADIO.

Erin Dziedzic, Director of Curatorial Affairs: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the award of a $50,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in support of Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today. This upcoming exhibition is scheduled to open at the Kemper Museum June 8 through September 17, 2017 with opportunities to travel thereafter. Magnetic Fields is organized by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and co-curated by Erin Dziedzic, Director of Curatorial Affairs at Kemper Museum, and Melissa Messina, Independent Curator and Curator of the Mildred Thompson Estate, Atlanta, Georgia.

This award marks the first grant from the Warhol Foundation to the Kemper Museum, and the second major grant in support of Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today. Last month, the exhibition received news of an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.”The exhibition Magnetic Fields has proven to be historic for the Kemper Museum both in content and support,” said Executive Director Barbara O’Brien. “The unprecedented grant support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts contributes to the groundswell of interest and enthusiasm received for the theme, artists, and works of art organized for this extraordinary exhibition. The Museum staff and I are honored to include this prestigious Foundation among our valued contributors.”

Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists’ organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other organizational activities directly related to these areas. The program also supports the creation of new work through regranting initiatives and artist-in-residence programs.

About the Exhibition
Magnetic Fields marks the first U.S. presentation dedicated exclusively to the formal and historical dialogue of abstraction by women artists of color.
In the June 2014 ARTnews article “Black Abstraction: Not a Contradiction,” Hilarie M. Sheets aptly notes, “The contributions of African American artists to the inventions of abstract [art] have historically been overlooked…” Magnetic Fields expands this historical conception with a focus on nonrepresentational art-making by women artists of color. In so doing, it reframes theart historical narrative to convey a more complete presentation of American abstraction than has ever previously been examined. Intergenerational in scope, Magnetic Fields presents a select group of prolific creators born between 1891 (Alma Thomas) and 1981 (Abigail DeVille) whose work demands deeper examination and collectively demonstrates a broader interpretation of American abstract art-making from the last half-century.
The exhibition introduces the work of twenty-one exceptional artists in conversation with one another for the first time. With works in a range of media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing, the exhibition showcases a diverse range of unique visual vocabularies within non-representational expression. By highlighting the artists’ individual approaches to form, color, composition, material exploration and conceptual impetus within hard-edge and gestural abstraction, Magnetic Fields provides an expanded history of non-pictorial image- and object-making.
“Magnetic Fields amplifies the lives and work of twenty-one extraordinary artists whose dedication to non-representational art making contributes to the reframing of American abstraction,” said Director of Curatorial Affairs Erin Dziedzic. “Intergenerational in scope, the exhibition is conceptually grounded in illuminating the formal conversations amongst the artists’ works from the 1960s to the present.”
Magnetic Fields features a range of works, including early and later career examples, those of specific series, several exhibited for the first time, and the long-awaited reappearance of iconic works such as Mavis Pusey’s large-scale painting Dejyqea (1970) in The Whitney’s 1971 exhibition Contemporary Black Artists In America. Also drawn in part from the Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection, the exhibition features Chakaia Booker’s rubber tire sculpture El Gato (2001).
An exhibition advisory group has been assembled to engage in broader dialogue throughout the planning of the exhibition. A variety of thought-provoking educational programming has been designed to complement the themes within Magnetic Fields, and will be offered free of charge to engage learners of all ages. A complete list of Museum programs and times relating to this exhibition can soon be found at kemperart.org.
Exhibiting Artists
Candida Alvarez (b. 1955)
Chakaia Booker (b. 1953)
Lilian Thomas Burwell (b. 1927)
Nanette Carter (b. 1954)
Barbara Chase-Riboud (b. 1939)
Deborah Dancy (b. 1949)
Abigail DeVille (b. 1981)
Maren Hassinger (b. 1947)
Jennie C. Jones (b. 1968)
Evangeline “EJ” Montgomery (b. 1933)
Mary Lovelace O’Neal (b. 1942)
Howardena Pindell (b. 1943)
Mavis Pusey (b. 1928)
Shinique Smith (b. 1971)
Gilda Snowden (b. 1954, d. 2014)
Sylvia Snowden (b. 1942)
Kianja Strobert (b. 1980)
Betty Blayton Taylor (b. 1937, d. 2016)
Alma Thomas (b. 1891, d. 1978)
Mildred Thompson (b. 1936, d. 2003)
Brenna Youngblood (b. 1979)

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (4420 Warwick Blvd.) is open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday; 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Thursday–Friday; and 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Saturday–Sunday.
The Museum and Café are closed on Mondays and major holidays.
Kemper at the Crossroads (33 W. 19th Street) is open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Wednesday–Thursday; 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday; noon–4:00 p.m., Saturday.
Kemper East (200 E. 44th Street) are open 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Tuesday–Friday; 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Saturday.
Admission is free at all three Kemper Museum locations.
For more information about the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, visit kemperart.org.

Cheery Pit Collective is a communal studio space for artists, makers, and creatives in the heart of KCMO. We are a varied group of artists, makers, and the studio is home to papermakers, painters, jewelers, illustrators, and small business owners all working as entrepreneurs of freelancers.The Cherry Pit Collective provides a dedicated space for members to create, meet, and make. We leave our houses and apartments and arrive at the Cherry Pit ready to work with full focus, plenty of space, light, and community. We no longer are isolated or feel lonely in our homes-we have a safe environment for the development and growth of our female-fronted businesses.

Director Kelsey Pike, Sustainable Paper+Craft
Sarah Preu, Wild Wash Soap Co.
Associated Director Adri Luna, Fine Artist
Tara Tonsor, Lost & Found Design
Tarrah Rose Anderson, Whiskey + Bone
Danica Lyons, Sewist
Elizabeth Baddeley, Illustrator
Bryan “Koosh” Juarez, Ceramicist

Cherry Pit Collective
604 E. 31st. KCMO


The Jayhawk Audubon Society’s Joyce Wolff, Bunny Watkins, and Mike Watkins tell us about this Saturday’s 21st Annual Kaw Valley Eagles Day as well as all things eagle.

Eagles Day
Episode date : January 16, 2017
On EcoRadio KC

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Wyandotte County Court Trustee, Sheryl Bussell Answers Your Questions on Child Support

On our broadcast today a discussion about child support and you are invited to join the discussion. Host Craig Lubow will be talking with Sheryl Bussell, a Court Trustee in Wyandotte County, Kansas about how the system works and answers your questions.

The phone number to call in is 816-931-5534. Please wait for the host to ask for calls, turn your radio down so we don’t get echos and keep your questions and commets on topic. Thank you.

JoJR Calendar for January 16th

The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday January 19th from 5-7 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. The first hour will be sharing of experiences and in the second hour therapists and others who can who can help navigate the emotional and legal terrain will be available. For more information you can find them on the web at kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.

Corey’s Network and Chuck E Cheese are once again partnering to raise funds to help pay funeral costs of a murder victim under the age of 12 years. 15% of all food and token sales made at the register will got to the cause. You can help by dining at the Check E Cheese locations in Independence and Kansas City in Missouri, and the Olathe and Overland Park restaurants in Kansas on Friday January 20th from 3-9 PM. Let them know, I’m Here with Corey.
There will be two public meetings to inform and discuss the recent change in Missouri Statute that allows children to be charged with a felony for fighting on school grounds. This change has created a great deal of concern and confusion across the state.

State Representatives Judy Morgan and DaRon McGee along with the Alumni of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority are hosting a breakfast and Town Hall on Saturday January 21st from 9-10:30 AM at Center High School, 8701 Holmes Rd, KCMO. Please RSVP to Beth Walker at [email protected] or call 573-751-9469 to ensure there is enough food.

State Rep. Brandon Ellington, will host a town hall meeting on Saturday, January 21st at 12 Noon at Southeast High school, 3500 E. Meyer Blvd, KCMO to educate and inform community members of the revisions made to the Missouri criminal code. Both of these meetings are open to the public and will include local officialsthat have direct knowledge and responsibilities under this Statute. You are encouraged to attend either or both events.

KKFI Urban Connections How to buy a Home Session #3:  The Home Inspection with Richard Scroggins, Certified by ASHI.

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On January 11, roughly 500 people from all over Kansas converged on the state capitol to lobby for “Kansas People’s Agenda 2017”.  Plans for this were discussed in the December 27 episode of RadioActive Magazine.

The January 11 event included a rally that ran from roughly 11 AM until 12:30 PM, after which participants went to talk with their state senators and representatives and to attend committee hearings.

A related effort is “Women’s March Topeka” being planned for this Saturday, January 21.

The lead organizer for the January 11 event was Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, pastor at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka in joint with many others of many different faiths and political persuasions from across Kansas.

The agenda included poetry, presentations by activists from all over the state, and music. In this episode of RadioActive Magazine, you will hear 26 minutes selected from this 90-minute program.

Because of time and technical difficulties, we are not able to include portions of every presentation.

The rally began with recorded greetings from Rev. William Barber, whose Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina and books, especially The Third Reconstruction, inspired Rev. Oglesby-Dunegan and others to build the coalition that organized this rally.

Invited speakers included Badger Wahwassuck and Juanita Jessepe, elders of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation just North of Topeka. Juanita said: “No other group has been so affected by the religions I shall not name that tried to beat out of us who we were. We should be beyond that. No other group that I know of has to adhere to such laws as the Indian Child Welfare Act of the State of Kansas. The Indian Child Welfare Act was meant to retain who we are, not destroy who we are. Police come on our reservation. Do our lives matter? It does not seem that way. As I stand here, I feel somewhat humbled that we all stand on Indian land. We’re on the bottom of the totem pole when we come to Topeka. We have the highest rate of arrest, the highest rate of poverty. But yet, we’re considered overzealous. We respect the environment. We respect the air. It takes the people to make something happen. Never stop. Never give up. We’re with you on this.”

Tom Witt, the Executive Director of Equality Kansas. described his work as a lobbyist for the LGBT community in Kansas.  He said he has had enough support in the legislature to stop a lot of terrible bills from becoming law.  He especially acknowledged state representative Jarrod Ousley of Merriam, KS, who sponsored this event.  He also acknowledged the support of State Representative Ponka-We Victors of Wichita, State Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau also of Wichita, and State Senator Marci Francisco of Lawrence, among others.

Omar Hazim, the Imam of the Islamic Center of Topeka, said that the Quran says let there be no compulsion in religion. Let every human soul pick and choose the religion they want to practice based on the limited free will that God has given every human being.

Yasmari Rodriguez, one of the leaders of Black Lives Matter of Topeka, called for a chant: Black Lives Matter on your mind.

Carolina Hernandez of Sunflower Community Action in Wichita, said she was brought to the US from Mexico when she was three years old. She had a heart murmur and would faint a lot. Her parents decided she would have a better future if they could get her to the US where she could get better medical treatment. She went on to graduate from High School as an honor student and start college. Her immigration status presented obstacles. Fortunately, she qualified for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) which helps her live here without fear. Still she has to fight every year to keep in-state tuition, and she worries about her parents, who are still undocumented. Now she has a beautiful 3-month old daughter and understands better why her parents brought her here. She asked for the support of all.

Tamber Hepner said she has been on both sides of the abortion question. She held a sign against Dr. Tiller. At age 24, she got pregnant as a victim of rape. Now she’s vigorously Pro-Choice and the Director of Advocacy and Outreach at Trust Women.

Heather Ousley, wife of Representative Jarron Ousley, gave an inspiring summary of education policies in the state of Kansas.  She said, “I am a Mother, and I walked out of my front door 4 years ago and walked 60 miles to this capitol, because our state constitution guarantees all children an equal right to an excellent education.  We know that the first territorial schools were provided by free-staters who came here following the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which provided that Kansas would be either a free or slave state as determined by the votes of those who settled here.  And we know that the free-staters came and were united in their desire for good schools.  We know that in 1858, before we were a state, the first Territorial Superintendent of Schools, Mr. James Noteware, insisted that we let Kansas from the first take rank among the best educated states.  Whatever else is neglected, let us not neglect the education of our children.  We know that this principle was carried over into our Constitution in 1861, and we know that some of the first state legislation provided that all Kansas boys and all Kansas girls would be educated, and that was when we levied our first property tax that would be distributed to each school district as weighted by their population.

“We know that in 1902, the then-state superintendent, Mr. Frank Nelson, fought for each rural school to hire a wagon to transport rural students and that this daily transport of our children is credited with the development of our reliable rural roads.  We know in 1937 the Kansas legislature passed the school equalization act establishing our first sales tax, and that that also was distributed to rural elementary schools.

“We know in 1951, thirteen brave Topeka families filed the lawsuit that would then come to be known as Brown v. Board of Education and that this lawsuit would result in the unanimous decision that separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.  And again, Kansas paved the way to an education for children for whom it had been out of reach.

“We know in 1934 only half of our children needing special education services were receiving them and so our Kansas legislature passed the Special Education Act, so as to develop opportunities for children with disabilities in each school jurisdiction.

“And today, in a state with a proud tradition of feeding the world, 47 percent of our Kansas children participate in the free and reduced fee  lunch program and that this hunger gap for half of our kids comes with an opportunity gap, a resource gap, and a technology gap.  We know that these students face economic hurdles that make it difficult for them to perform at the level of their peers who are less burdened, and that this is what creates our current unequal education disparities in outcomes.

“Contrary to the assertions made last night [in Gov. Brownback’s State of the State speech], we know that implementing performance-based funding, which is also known as merit pay, penalize our schools educating our children facing the toughest battles.  We know that it further rewards the schools who already have so much.  And we also know that the economic disparities facing our kids cannot be fixed via privatization efforts.  We know they will not be fixed by vouchers.  They will not be fixed by for-profit charter schools.  We know that to bridge the opportunity gaps facing our kids, we have to ensure our public schools have the resources to meet the needs of hungry students, and to do this, we have to institute a sound tax policy, relieving the burden on those who work so hard for what they have, and reinstating responsibilities on those who are so fortuntate, they have forgotten what it means to struggle.

“We know our state’s history is the story of Kansans creating opportunities for all of our children, because that was our founding principle.  In solidarity we link arms with the districts that have brought lawsuits demanding the funds necessary to meet the needs of our children, and we link arms in front of the school house doors to block those who would raid our education funds for their own personal private gain.

“On behalf of our children, this is who we were, this is who we are, and this is who Kansans shall be.

“And so I’m going to ask you, “Show me what democracy looks like.  Show me what democracy looks like.  Ad astra per aspera.”

Djuan Wash, the Kansas Juvenile Justice Reform Advocate for the Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, discussed the criminal justice system in America.  He said:

“The criminal justice system in the US is broken and in need of reform, collectively spending $80 billion a year, triple from what we spent in 1980, even though violent and property crime is down 45 percent, although you’d never know that watching the evening news, which is constantly showing you scary black and latino people terrorizing themselves and everybody else. The media bias and lies about criminality of people of color is used to prop up negative racialized attitudes toward marginalized groups. The criminal justice system in this country was and is built on the backs of people of color. From Black Codes to Jim Crow, black bodies have been criminalized and thrown away.

“The time for reform is now. Law and order candidates have pursued policies that have exploded the size of the criminal justice system. Mandatory minimum, repeat offender and drug laws have destroyed communities. Most of these communities have been black and latino. The War on Drugs, 94 Crime Bill, state and local laws have all added to the problem, removing fathers and mothers from taking care of their families, and today locking up kids for normal childlike behaviors, for entry into the school to prison pipeline.

“I don’t know about you, but that sounds like madness to me.

“People often cite the 13th amendment as abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude, but few pay attention to the exceptions of the amendment, which says that those people who are found guilty of crimes are not protected by the the 13th amendment. So it’s no wonder that prisoners today work for pennies on the dollar producing all sorts of goods from women’s lingerie to aircraft parts and performing services such as call centers. It’s no wonder that after Trump’s election private prison stock soared — in recent times in an industry that is worth over $70 billion a year.

“Prisoners today, when they are returning out of prison and returning to their communities, they are returning to them as pariahs. They’re unable to obtain housing, food, and employment, education in many cases, as well as not being able to vote. And when they fail to get an opportunity, the obvious happens. The cycle repeats itself, because again the system is broken.

“Luckily, we don’t get too many things to celebrate here in Kansas, unfortunately, with the type of legislature that we have. But we intend to change that, right?

“But not all is lost. And last year, a bipartisan effort passed landmark legislation SB 367, which is the juvenile justice reform bill, which is a complete overhaul of the youth criminal justice system, meant to close youth prisons and keep kids in their homes and in their communities. We were already able to see Larned closed. So next, we just have one additional prison, which is the Kansas Juvenile Corrections Complex here in Topeka. So we’re hoping to have that closed also.

“SB367 is meant to invest $70 million in cost savings back into communities in the form of community based alternatives that will allow these young people to flourish.

“This is what restorative justice is about, and this is a model that we can use for our adult criminal justice system. We have to provide opportunities for people who are entering and returning from prison, and help those individuals build better relations with their families, and with crime victims.
We have to get to a point where we can build communities and not build prisons.

Davis Hammet came to Topeka four years ago to paint the house rainbow across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church.  A year ago he founded an organization called Loud Light.  He said a constitution is empty words if it’s not lived out: If we want to demand real change, we cannot be divided. When I don’t see my struggle separate from your struggle, we have agenda, we can focus on our shared dreams. We learn about each other. We show up for each other. And we don’t go home when we win our own personal victory.

The episode ends with a portion of the Kansas People’s Agenda theme song, “Rise as one” by Aaron Fowler, whose lyrics include the following:

We will march as one.

We will stand as one.

We will rise as one.

Working hand in hand,

We will rise as one

This and other music was performed by the Kansas People’s Agenda music team:  Jonathan Andrews, Laura Dungan, Aaron Fowler, Justin Fowler, Elvin Graves, Tom James, Oshara Meesha, David Norlin, Marie Sager, Shane Schneider, Corey Swertfager and Ann Zimmerman.

Speakers not featured in the recording for this episode of RadioActive Magazine include the following:

Rabbi Moti Rieber, Executive Director of Kansas Interfaith Action.  He spoke of the need for collaboration between different organizations to build fusion politics behind a common agenda with appeal far beyond the false consensus portrayed in the mainstream commercial media.

Rev. Tobias Schlingensiepen, the Senior Minister at the First Congregational Church in Topeka.  He asked, “Why now? What’s possible?”

Luc Bensimon represented Black Trans Men, Inc.

Darnell Hunt from the Johnson County chapter of the NAACP:  He spoke of the need for racial justice.

Except for the music, this episode, text and podcast. is copyrighted under the Creative Commons Attribution, Share-Alike 4.0 international license.



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