Apopka High School Theatre Department presents Radium Girls

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Important piece of American history from the WWI eraFrom the Apopka High School Theatre DepartmentThe Apopka High School Theatre Department is pleased to present Radium Girls, November 8th–9th at 7 pm and November 10th at 2 pm.During World War I, hundreds of young women went to work in clock factories, painting watch dials with luminous radium paint. But after the girls — who literally glowed in the dark after their shifts — began to experience gruesome side effects, they began a race-against-time fight for justice that would forever change US labor laws.The girls were instructed to slip their paintbrushes between their lips to make a fine point — a practice called lip-pointing.  Every time the girls raised the brushes to their mouths, they swallowed a little of the glowing green paint.Dialect coach, Ginny Kopf (far right in picture) came to work with the cast of Radium Girls at Apopka High School. In 1922, one of Grace’s colleagues, Mollie Maggia, had to quit the studio because she was sick. She didn’t know what was wrong with her. The trouble had started with an aching tooth.  She died at the age of 24.  As if by clockwork, one by one, Mollie’s former colleagues soon followed her to the grave.The young women’s employer, United States Radium Corporation (USRC), denied any responsibility for the deaths.  USRC finally commissioned an expert to look into the rumored link between the dial-painting profession and the women’s deaths. The expert confirmed the link between the radium and the women’s illnesses, but the president of the firm was outraged. Instead of accepting the findings, he paid for new studies that published the opposite conclusion; he also lied to the Department of Labor, which had begun investigating, about the verdict of the original report.Despite the radium industry’s attempts to discredit the expert’s pioneering work, it hadn’t reckoned with the courage and tenacity of the radium girls themselves. They started banding together to fight against the injustice.  It was Grace Fryer who led their fight.  Eventually, in 1927, a smart young lawyer named Raymond Berry accepted their case, and Grace (along with four colleagues) found herself at the center of an internationally famous courtroom drama. By now, however, time was running out: The women had been given just four months to live, and the company seemed intent on dragging out the legal proceedings. As a consequence, Grace and her friends were forced to settle out of court — but they had raised the profile of radium poisoning, just as Grace had planned.  (The Forgotten Story of the Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands of Workers’ Lives, BuzzFeed, Kate Moore, May 5, 2017)D.W. Gregory has told the story of these brave women in her play, Radium Girls.For more information or tickets, contact [email protected] Tickets are $7 General Admission / $10 for preferred seating.We look forward to seeing you at the theatre for this important piece of American history. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSApopka High SchoolApopka High School Theatre DepartmentRadium Girls Previous articleLeague of Women Voters supports Amendment 9Next articlePassport Day is this weekend Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

After hosting a talk that annoyed China, British journalist denied entry to Hong Kong

first_img November 10, 2018 After hosting a talk that annoyed China, British journalist denied entry to Hong Kong PHOTO: PAUL YEUNG / AFP News Help by sharing this information In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation News Based in Hong Kong as Financial Times Asia news editor until last month, when he was given seven days to pack his bags and leave, Victor Mallet was refused entry on 8 November when he tried to reenter as a visitor, which British citizens can normally do without a visa.The authorities have not explained these unusual decisions but they appear to be punishing him because, as vice-president of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Hong Kong (FCCHK), he chaired a talk at the club in August with a Hong Kong independence activist as guest speaker. It went ahead despite warnings from the authorities and a cyber-attack on the club’s website.“By persecuting Victor Mallet, the Hong Kong authorities are clearly trying to set an example that will push other journalists to censor themselves,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau.“We condemn the ploys used by Beijing to restrict press freedom in Hong Kong although the principle is clearly spelled out in the Basic Law that has been in effect in the special administrative region ever since it was returned to China.”This latest blow to freedom of expression and information came just days after an exhibition of works by Badiucao, an Australian cartoonist of Chinese descent, had to be cancelled at the last minute because of threats. It had been due to open on 3 November as part of a Free Expression Week in Hong Kong.In a recent report, the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) denounced the continuous fall in press freedom in the former British colony. Originally placed 18th at the creation of the RSF World Press Freedom Index in 2002, Hong Kong is now ranked 70th out of 180. As for China, it ranks 176th out of 180 countries and territories evaluated. News ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment center_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Hong Kong’s insistence on punishing Victor Mallet, a British journalist who hosted a talk in August that annoyed China. After being denied the renewal of his work visa last month, he discovered this week that he is also being denied entry into the territory. Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 10, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Asia – Pacific RSF_en Receive email alerts ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment News June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more