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After the University of Redlands made a statement on June 9 committing to address systemic racism, a group of alumni is demanding an immediate fulfillment of that promise with a boycott.

Emma Wade, a class of 2017 alumna, says the statement made by University of Redland’s President Ralph Kuncl, outlining the college’s efforts to address racism fell short.

“It said Black Lives Matter, and now all we’re asking is that they implement the structure necessary to make such a claim,” said Wade.

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The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has led many people to take up activism of some kind – whether that’s through donating, protesting, or hashtagging. Now, we hear from a local comedian whose street comedy has taken a turn into activism. Aaron Chase is a stand-up comedian from Riverside who regularly performs in Downtown Redlands, and he spoke with KVCR’s Benjamin Purper.

The full interview will air on an upcoming episode of KVCArts. 

Sujatha Fernandes

In the last several years, we’ve witnessed a resurgence in movements such as the feminist movement, black lives matter movement, and massive demonstrations against migrant detention and deportation, the Muslim ban, and the gun lobby. One of the key tools used by non-profit groups and legislative campaigns is storytelling, and mass trainings on how to tell stories to legislators to push for political reform and social change. However, the misuses of storytelling may actually limit social change in a broader context.