Local Talk 05/24/2017

We discussed the recent Ames City Council meeting concerning the Resolution Reaffirming the Public Safety Function of Local Law Enforcement. Matthew Goodman, former Ames City Council Member and co-chair of Ames Progressive Alliance was on hand to explain the collaborative work behind the crafting of this resolution. City Council members Gloria Betcher and Tim Gartin spoke with Ames Chief of Police Chuck Cychosz about how the proposed resolution would affect the interactions of the Ames Police with immigrant communities. Cheryl Binzen spoke for the resolution on behalf of Inclusive Ames, Rick Exner representing the AMOS Immigration Group (AMOS is a coalition of social justice groups known as A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) testified to the importance of an official document in support of the practice of the Ames Police to limit their activities to local law enforcement rather than taking on functions of federal immigration agents. Liz Mendez spoke from the experience of being a Latina immigrant. We then heard from Zoami Callas-Sosa Rios about the pro-active things being done at the Webster City ACE (All Cultures Equal) Center.

Ruth Horine Book told us how Story County Conservation Center is keeping the legacy of her father "Bill" Horine alive by sponsoring a prize at its annual nature photography exhibit and initiating the Horine Writing Contest for Youth. Host Paul Wierson shared some memories of his own about this beloved nature writer and nature photographer. Ruth and Paul added a tribute to the friendship between Bill and Pat Schlarbaum which brought them together actively until Bill was well into his 90s. His Facebook Page Outdoor Talk is still being maintained.

Originally broadcast 05/24/2017
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