WCIU to air special edition of “26 N. Halsted”

imagesStarting this week, WCIU’s 26 N. Halsted public-affairs program is going to tackle one of the hottest issues facing the nation right now: gun violence and police brutality against minorities.

This Sunday at 7 p.m., George Blaise is hosting a special edition of the public-affairs program with the title 26 N. Halsted – A Special Community Conversation, featuring guests who’ll discuss recent events including the recent police shootings of unarmed African-American men, the five police officers who were gunned down in Dallas a week ago, and the impact it has on the Chicago area.

26 N. Halsted is one of many efforts local stations and national networks around the country are launching in light of these recent events. On Thursday, ABC and its related properties (ESPN and Freeform) held a town hall meeting with President Obama discussing the police shootings in Baton Rouge, La. and Falcon Heights, Minn. and rising racial tension. On the same day, ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston followed up the ABC special with its own town hall meeting on the issue of race, a longtime thorn in the city’s side.

“’Racial tension’ is not the major problem we are facing in cities across the nation. To be more accurate, the relationship between communities, particularly African American communities, and law enforcement has been severely damaged”, said Blaise, who is producer and host of 26 N. Halsted. “This special series is an effort to focus on that reality to gain deeper understanding of what is really happening out here in hopes of finding a path toward constructive solutions that will truly benefit everyone involved.”

Guests for this edition include retired Chicago Police officer Marco Johnson and Chicago Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression’s Frank Champan.

This is the first of many episodes dealing with the issues related to law enforcement, with additional guests to discuss these issues in the weeks to come.

A Special Community Conversation will also air in 26 N. Halsted’s regularly scheduled time slots of Sunday at 10 a.m. on The U Too (WCUU, Ch. 26.2) and Saturday at 6:30 a.m. on WCIU.

Located in the West Loop, 26 N. Halsted is the actual address and headquarters of Weigel Broadcasting, owner of WCIU and related properties.

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