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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

7/18/19: Amazon Working Conditions; MOCA Jax Refugee Exhibit; Beer That Gives Back

Amazon worker
Will Dickey
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Florida Times-Union
Emily Guendelsberger describes the harsh working conditions at Amazon in her book "On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane".

Some Amazon employees have complained about harsh working conditions at the online retailer's fulfillment centers.  A journalist went undercover to document her experience in the book On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane.

Emily Guendelsberger said it took her just three days of working full time at an Amazon fulfillment center outside of Louisville, Kentucky to feel the effects of working at Amazon. She worked 12-hour shifts, and walked 13 to 15 miles per day. 

Jacksonville has two Amazon fulfillment centers.

Guendelsberger joined First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross to talk about her book, along with a look into the future of “cyborg jobs."

MOCA Jax Refugee Exhibit

MOCA Jacksonville – a cultural institute of the University of North Florida located downtown – is opening a new Project Atrium installation  that documents the experience refugees face.

Exhibit Rendering
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A first preview of artist Khalid Albiah's latest exhibit, 'Camp/Wall/Flock', is set for Thursday, July 18 at MOCA Jax.

In his work, renowned artist Khalid Albaih highlights the largest population demographics of Jacksonville’s refugee community and its role as a point of entry into the U.S.

Related: World Relief's Last Florida Office In Jax Will Close As Refugees Arrivals Decline

Albaih joined us, along with Christine Rothberg, Executive Director for Project for Healing, Inc., to speak about the exhibit’s impact during a politically tense period in the United States.

Beer That Gives Back

Intuition Ale Works and the Sing Out Loud Festival are introducing a limited-edition beer for the September festival – called the Sing Out Loud Session IPA.

The new brew is in celebration with Florida’s largest free music festival and benefit concert, as well as JASMYN, the North Florida non-profit youth services organization for LGBTQ young people.

Sing Out Loud Beer Can
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The Sing Out Loud Session IPA is a collaboration between the festival and Intuition Ale Works and is available for a limited time.

The beer will officially be tapped during this weekend’s beer release parties on Saturday, July 20, at Colonial Oak Music Park in downtown St. Augustine and on Sunday, July 21, at Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville.

Ben Davis,  Owner, Intuition Ale Works; Dan Merkan, Director of Policy for JASMYN; and Dianya Markovits, Public Relations Manager at The Amp; joined us with more on September’s events.