This week on Urban Update, Host Alberto Vasallo will discuss the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. Tensions continue to boil over as a continuous media frenzy rages on after a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager two weeks ago in the St. Louis suburb. The incident has not only captured headlines around the world, but it has raised serious questions about the state of the U.S. race relations –this coming nearly six years after Americans elected their first black president. To discuss the topic, Alberto will be joined by an esteemed panel of “opinionaters.” One panelist will be Judge Joyce London Alexander Ford, who was theAfrican-American woman in the nation to serve as Chief Magistrate of the Federal Court and is known across the country for her advocacy and expertise in the law. Also joining Alberto will be Attorney Ozell Hudson, a prominent civil rights lawyer in Boston who is the former executive director for the Boston Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law. Attorney Hudson has been recognized for his unapologetic views on race and the law. Kevin Peterson, a democracy activist and senior fellow at UMass Boston who has also taught about civic engagement across the nation and in Africa will also be joining the panel. He writes a regular column about race and culture for the Boston Herald. Lastly, Larry Ellison will be joining the panel. He is the President of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcements Officer (MAMLEO), who has already come out in public saying this is what can happen when a police force does not represent the community it is charged to protect and serve.
Closing out the week, Host Alberto Vasallo will discuss the deadly Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. More than 2,100 people have been infected by the deadly virus. 1,200 have died in the five-month epidemic that has mainly hit Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Badly affected regions have been quarantined, leaving over a million people facing a lack of food and other necessities. Now it is being reported that a lack of resources along with chaotic conditions are severely hampering efforts to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak. Locally, a task force has been set up to not only raise funds but also to share information about what exactly is going on. Joining Alberto in the studio to share more about these efforts will be the chair of the task force, Albert Senesie, and the general consul in Massachusetts of Sierra Leone, Mohammed Barrie.
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