Protesters stage a sit-in at Northstar Cafe and Bellwether Music Festival joins in a suit filed against Dr. Amy Acton
A week after staff members walked out of the Short North location of Northstar Café when the eatery opted to reinstate a police discount two days after rescinding it, a group of protesters staged a Sunday sit-in at the restaurant. The protesters, who referred to themselves as “concerned citizens,” according to the Dispatch, expressed demands beyond ending the police discount, including company-wide anti-racist training and a tip jar for front of the house employees, among other asks.
Bellwether Music Festival, staged in nearby Waynesville, Ohio, joined Country Fest in a lawsuit against former Ohio Department of Public Health director Dr. Amy Acton, arguing that the concerts should be allowed to move forward as planned despite the state’s ban on large gatherings. The festival was scheduled to take place the weekend of Aug. 6 with headliners Shovels & Rope, Waxahatchee and John Moreland, among others. Regardless of the lawsuit, it's difficult to imagine the festival taking place, with many artists already calling off summer tours and pivoting to livestreams. This includes Waxhatchee’s Katie Crutchfield, who plans to revisit past albums in a weekly series of streaming concerts stretching from now into early July.
Alive’s Friday feature on a colorfully named bus and it’s circus performing, hippie owners, who had been pegged by local authorities as potentially violent agitators, captured some national attention over the weekend, with stories aggregated by outlets ranging from the Miami Herald (which took some delight, one would guess, in Marco Rubio’s role in the story) to Talking Points Memo.
Regardless, Mayor Andrew Ginther hasn’t updated or amended his earlier Twitter post, in which he wrote, “The limited arrests to this point do not reflect the significant safety concerns we have for the city. I would point to the recovery of a bus registered in Vermont filled with bats, rocks, meat cleavers and axes.”
This is precisely the same energy espoused in Rubio’s deservedly maligned tweet.
Human rights victories have been depressingly rare, as of late, but this morning the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark decision that existing federal law forbids job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender status.