Flashpoint: Trump supporter’s vs. America, saving abolition hall, black art

Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on KYW Newsradio 1060AM.

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July 07, 2018 - 11:19 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the rising tension between the Trump administration, its supporters and the rest of America. 

After anger rose over family separations at the US border, Trump officials are met with protests whenever they appear in major cities.  On the other side, Philadelphia has seen an uptick in hate crimes and acts of bias.  Tension is even building between neighbors online and beyond.

Rue Landau, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission, Will Bunch, Inquirer Columnist who authored a piece titled, "Bleep Civility" and David Pallant, communications professor at College of Morris & Montclair State University weigh in on this Flashpoint topic.

The group discusses America's foundation in civil disobedience and the fears over growing violence and possible anarchy.  How can we encourage understanding and compromise?  Or is all out war necessary?

Renee Amoore, Deputy Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania was invited and agreed to participate in the debate, but cancelled due to a traffic jam.

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Our newsmaker of the week includes members of Friends of Abolition Hall.  The grassroots initiative is taking on developer. Hovnanian Homes which has agreed to purchase 10.5 acres of land that is home to Abolition Hall and other structures that were once a major hub in the Underground Railroad.

The developer will preserve the structures, but want to build around it. Friends of Abolition Hall proposed another plan to also preserve the surrounding open space and includes a park. 

Activist Sydelle Zove and attorney and ATAC founder Michael Coard make the argument as to why saving surrounding land is paramount.  The next hearing is scheduled for July 19 at 7 p.m.  Details at Preservationpa.org.

Activist Sydelle Zove and attorney and ATAC founder Michael Coard
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Finally, the changemaker of the week Art Sanctuary is celebrating its 20th anniversary by putting on the free, annual Celebration of Black Arts Festival.  The event includes 31 days of activities throughout Philadelphia. 

Executive Director Valerie Gay discusses the festival and Art Sanctuary's mission to bring Black art to the masses.  For location and dates of events log on to artsanctuary.org.

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