Open Sources (Ep. #328) Show Notes for May 27, 2021

This week on Open Sources Guelph, you mark some momentous events. On the one hand, there’s the first anniversary of the event that kicked off the greatest shift in Civil Rights in 50 years, and on the other there’s Schrödinger’s Summer Olympics, will they happen or won’t they? In the back half of the show, we will mark the achievement of a tepid peace by hearing about the issues from those who know them best.

This Thursday, May 27, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

9 Minutes, 29 Seconds, and 1 Year Later. On Tuesday, it was the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. There’s been a lot of protest, a lot of promises made, and while Chauvin was convicted, it still seems like there’s a new story every week about police brutality against someone who’s BIPOC. So what kind of year has it been since George Floyd died?

No-lympics? The countdown is on for the delayed Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but there’s a growing sense among many Japanese people that this is a very bad idea. In the middle of a fourth wave of COVID-19, lagging in vaccine distribution, and forced to preemptively cancel in-person events, there’s sufficient reason to rethink the start of the games in July, but is anyone going to listen to the voices of caution?

Voices for Palestine. Things are quiet in the Middle East now, a ceasefire has been arrange between Israel and Hamas, but things are still incendiary and the long-standing issues that led to the recent outburst of violence remain unsolved. A few weeks ago, a group of Guelphites gathered in Market Square to talk about some of those issues and concerns, and this week, we will lend our platform to those voices.

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.

Photo Credit: Julio Cortez, the Associated Press

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