Jun 062013
 

The familiar Castro

By Beth Connors-Manke

 

You’re looking and looking at something for years. Eyes wide as they can be, waiting for the equation, or picture in the puzzle, or the kaleidoscope pieces to fall into place. So the problem can be resolved, so your life can move on. So that you can look at something else.

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My husband usually doesn’t wake me up for breaking news. But there he was, beside the bed saying things my groggy mind couldn’t quite tie together: “Amanda Berry,” “Cleveland,” “found.” Nonetheless, before I went back to sleep, I did register one thing: he felt connected to the story.

All three women held by Ariel Castro disappeared after my husband and I had moved away from Cleveland: Michelle Knight in 2002, Amanda Berry in 2003, and Gina DeJesus in 2004. We were gone, so their disappearances weren’t stories that we woke up to every morning in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. But when the news broke on May 6, that didn’t seem to matter. My husband is a born Clevelander; he quickly placed the now infamous 2207 Seymour Avenue address; his father had grown up a few blocks away during the 1930s and 40s. The area of the abductions, near West 110th and Lorain Avenue, abutted my old neighborhood, where I walked the streets and took the bus. If nothing else, the geography of the story tied him to the Internet as events unfolded during that first week. Continue reading »

Apr 052013
 

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is happy to have Dr. Yana Hashamova of Ohio State University speak on human trafficking, film and media.

According to most recent research, media environment influences the viewer’s emotions, attitudes, and behavior; establishes opinions on given social issues; and shapes young people’s perception of reality to a considerable degree. Various media venues are the main source of information about trafficking in people. This presentation examines cross-cultural and transnational media products on trafficking as well as attitudes toward trafficking, utilizing U.S. and Balkan media and social attitudes case studies.

The talk will take place Thursday, April 25, from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Oswald Auditorium.

Mar 082012
 

NoC News

The first statewide conference in Kentucky on human trafficking will be held at Georgetown College on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. Information on the conference, registration, and events can be found at http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/humantrafficking/.

In addition to the conference sessions, there will be a slate of community events:

Peter Mayer Group concert on March 22, 7pm

Theresa Flores Event and Fair Trade Market on March 23, 7pm

5K RUN FREE on March 24, 8am

Playground film screening with film director Libby Spears on March 24, 10am

PLAYFREE community-wide children’s event on March 24, 1-3pm