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Rev. Chas Harrison

Rev. Charles Harrison

The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Story On Mayor’s Race Begins At 06:30 On PODCAST Media Player). Last December, the Rev. Charles Harrison, Pastor of the near northside Barnes United Methodist Church and head of the Ten Point Coalition announced he was “exploring” running for Indianapolis Mayor.  He filed the necessary paperwork to organize a campaign committee.  But only raised $50 in contributions.  Then in January, Rev. Harrison told several media that he would NOT run for Mayor.  Then in early June a group created a website to try and encourage Rev. Harrison to run.  At that time Rev. Harrison said he was flattered but had made no decision.  Then people began gathering signatures of registered voters on petitions necessary to put Harrison’s name on the November 3rd ballot.  But no one associated with those petition circulators made themselves known or identified themselves.  Today, about an hour before a Noon deadline, individuals turned petitions with several thousand names.  If 3,000 or so of those names are bonafide registered Marion County voters, then Rev. Harrison would have until Wednesday, July 15th at 12 Noon to either accept running or withdraw from the ballot.  It is extraordinarily unusual for anyone to circulate petitions to put someone on the ballot that has not publicly endorsed, authorized or supported the effort.  Afternoons with Amos Host/Managing Editor Amos Brown explained the morning’s events to listeners and received early reaction, which was uniformly negative towards the idea and suspicious as to  who was behind the effort to put Rev. Charles Harrison name on the ballot at this late date.

at home diaylsis

Individual using at-home dialysis / Getty

(Interview Begins At 26:20 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). There are many examples of medical disparities based on race. Disparities that negatively impact African-Americans.  One of them deals with kidney disease. It seems dialysis patients often wait years to receive a kidney transplant. In the meantime, they have two options: treatment in-center (at a hospital) or in-home (as it sounds). It’s preferable for a patient to have in-home therapy, because the quality of life is better, chance for a successful transplant is improved, and the fatigue due to treatments is reduced. However, a recent survey found white patients were 2.2 times as likely to transition to in-home therapy as non-white patients. Despite the fact that Black males are four times more likely to need dialysis, the use of in-home therapy is underutilized. African-Americans are four times less likely to be on any form of home dialysis. An Indiana University Health physician Dr. Michael Krauss, an expert in kidney disease and treatment is concerned about these racial disparities and wanted to the community to know about. In a revealing Afternoons with Amos interview, Dr. Krauss explained the problem and that in-home dialysis is manageable and can, with training, be handled by patients and if necessary by families.

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Trash collection postrcard

Mailed Postcard with Sept 31, 2015 date

(Interview Begins At 54:33 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). In 2010, Indianapolis began automating much of its trash collection services, utilizing modern trucks and specially designed 96 gallon trash cans to reduce the amount of bagged trash workers would have to handle.  A new wave of conversion to the new system, involving some 60,000 households in Pike, Washington, Lawrence and Wayne townships is scheduled between now and the end of September.  Scott Manning of the Department of Public Works (DPW) was bombarded with questions from Amos and listeners about the program.  One reason for the many questions is that when the program was begun five years ago, the city made no effort to reach out to the Black community to educate and make the community aware of the program and the reasons for change. In the interview, listeners brought up many, many concerns and questions about the new method of trash collections, the restrictions and benefits. Also Amos asked Manning about the mistake made on some 120,000 postcards mailed out by the City’s trash vendor Republic. Postcards that included the date September 31, 2015 (See photo above). Manning acted like he really didn’t know about the mistake and he could tell listeners will republican, which mailed out the incorrectly dated cards, would reimburse the City for their error. The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Runs 100 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.