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Kansas City Protest Leader | New Downtown Grocery | A Reimagined Oktoberfest

In foreground stands activist Stacy Shaw holding a bullhorn addressing a crowd of protesters.
Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
Attorney Stacy Shaw addresses protestors during a Kansas City rally on Wednesday.

A Kansas City attorney and protest leader describes the local reaction to a grand jury decision in the death of Breonna Taylor, a new grocery store opens in a former food desert, and Kansas City's Oktoberfest moves from Crown Center to your home.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:11: Lawyer turned activist Stacy Shaw is calls for abolishing the police force.

Shaw began to lead Black Lives Matter protests in Kansas City following the killing of George Floyd. She discussed recent Kansas City demonstrations following the Kentucky attorney general's announcement that none of the officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor would be charged with her death.

Segment 2, beginning at 28:25: A local grocery store chain with a focus on reducing food insecurity opens a new location.

Popular Lawrence grocer The Merc Co-op recently opened its second location, in Kansas City, Kansas. The company adapted it's newest location to serve the local community, and offers employees a living wage and benefits.

Segment 3, beginning at 45:35: Oktoberfest fans now have the chance to bring the celebration home.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, KC Bier Co. is offering "Prost in Place" kits complete with German-style beer, mugs, a giant pretzel, and a Spotify playlist of traditional German music.

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