Gloria Vazquez Merrick, Latino Hispanic American Community Center Exec. Dir., tells host Jill Horner about the many programs and services the center has in place to sustain and empower Latino individuals and families in the Greater Harrisburg Area, including helping Hurricane Maria victims in and from Puerto Rico. www.lhacc.org
Helping ease insecurities about lack of food and shelter in turn helps kids be more open to learning and succeeding in the classroom. Ryan Riley, Pres. and State Dir., Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, talks to host Jill Horner about pairing professionals with students and families, and how the community can help. www.cisofpa.org
W. Russell McDaid, Pres. and CEO, PA Health Care Association, tells host Jill Horner that his organization tries to educate about the challenges of long-term care and that government funding for nursing care is underfunded. www.phca.org
Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse tells host Jill Horner how the City of Harrisburg is seeing a dramatic financial turnaround after being on the brink of bankruptcy, describes some of the projects for downtown and beyond and a surplus fund for infrastructure. www.harrisburgpa.gov
Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania has been spending nearly 100 years providing various services, training and employment opportunities for the visually impaired. Director of Development & Public Relations Paul Zavinsky talks with host Jill Horner about the many ways funds are raised to provide for the visually impaired and prevention programs such as screenings for school kids. www.vrocp.org
Host Jill Horner talks with Safronia Perry, Exec. Dir., Hope Station, about what it means to be a neighborhood-based group that has just about every type of program necessary to meet a child’s needs, from getting out of the rain to homework and recreation to nutritional and training for adults and volunteers. www.hopestationcarlisle.org
According to an internal audit, more than 57,000 veterans have not been scheduled for an initial appointment with the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ) discusses this delay in healthcare access for our returning servicemen and women. Visit Rep. Runyan on the web at www.Runyan.house.gov
As the fight for LGBTQ equality continues to move forward, a movement is underway to preserve the stories of the past. Chris Rudisill, Executive Director of the Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Florida joins Robert Traynham to discuss the importance of preserving this history to build a heritage for future generations. This discussion continues in part 2 (Preserving LGBTQ History).
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Interview recorded on May 17, 2017. Hosted by Robert Traynham. Part 1 of 2.
Read a partial transcript of this interview below:
Traynham: From the Stonewall Riots to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on gay marriage, the LGBTQ rights movement has a rich history spanning decades. The Stonewall National Museum and Archives aims to capture and showcase this history. Executive Director Chris Rudisill joins me to discuss. Chris, why is it so important to preserve this history
Rudisill: So, you know, as we see LGBT equality continue to move forward, we realize that our stories are the most important. Not only do they help build a heritage for future generations of LGBTQ teens and young people, but they're also kind of, you know, our toolbox against oppression. As we continue to face battles against equal rights, we can look toward our history to learn and use those lessons as kind of...
Traynham: What is that clicha You know, "Use history as your guide for the future," clearly
Rudisill: Exactly. If we don't learn from history, we're bound to repeat it and make more horrible mistakes.
Traynham: Absolutely, Chris. Before we go a little bit deeper in this interview -- by the way, thank you very much for joining us -- I have an odd question.
Rudisill: [ Chuckles ]
Traynham: So, based on my history, that I understand it, Stonewall obviously was -- took place in New York in the Village.
Traynham: But the museum that you are the executive director of is in Florida.
Traynham: Is there a disconnect there [ Chuckles ]
Rudisill: No, not really. I think it's a lot of LGBT migration, in a way.
Traynham: Uh-huh, uh-huh.
Rudisill: But we got our start in 1973 from a guy at South Florida University who saw the importance of collecting and preserving our history, and he started collecting books. And then, years later, he joined with the Southern Gay Archive, and we became the National Library and Archives. The original collection was used as a tool for folks manning or staffing gay and lesbian hotlines and suicide hotlines. So they were used as a resource. And the collection has continued to grow. But as people tend to migrate in their older years, they tend to migrate South. And South Florida is a hot spot for LGBT people. They often bring their things with them, so we're able to collect a rich history from across the country and preserve it there in South Florida.
Traynham: Very good to know. In the few moments that we have left, Chris, I want to talk about the Orlando 49 Project. Specifically, what is that
Rudisill: When the Orlando tragedy happened, just over a year ago...
Traynham: This is the Pulse nightclub, for those of who do not know.
Rudisill: Yes, Pulse nightclub tragedy. We realized that, you know, our goal was to make sure that we preserve the authentic story of that event. You know, it specifically targeted two groups of two communities in our country -- both the LGBTQ community and the Latinx community. And we wanted to make sure that authentic story was continued to be told. Through the Orlando 49 Project, we've taken memorial archives that we've received from across the globe, that followed the Orlando tragedy, and also photos and documentation. And we've created an education program that will go out to middle schools and high schools across the nation, that not only documents the tragedy but puts it into context of, you know, hate crimes across the countries and across our American history. It puts it in the context there, but also shows kids how they can make a difference today. We give them real tools on how they can make a difference in their schools, in their communities, and, hopefully, in the world.
The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation seeks to create positive change for youths in under-served communities, focusing on youth development and mentorship. To learn more, visit the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation on the web at www.theMalcolmJenkinsFoundation.org
The National Mall is America's front yard. Caroline Cunningham of the Trust for the National Mall discusses ongoing efforts to restore and preserve this national treasure. Visit the Trust for the National Mall on the web at www.NationalMall.org