Joe Downtown Radio: Two downtown voices that aren’t afraid to go against the grain
Sometimes, it’s only the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.
Put another way, the biggest big mouth gets attention.
That’s not a criticism. It’s rare praise in a society where most people confine their complaints or passions to the quietude of social media, which grants the barrier of distance and the safety of communicating with like-minded “friends.”
Josh Ellis and Angie Morelli are two downtown exceptions to that rule.
Ellis has roundly criticized techies for creating websites and apps he believes may be useful to the rich but useless to everyone else. He’s also not a fan of how redevelopment is taking place downtown. At the same time, he just raised $12,000 through indiegogo.com from 190 contributors — some of them the very same people he criticized — to fly to Africa to write a book on how they do tech there.
Las Vegas born, Morelli is a Marine and a custom T-shirt/decal shop owner who is also the force behind Saturday’s march against GMOs — genetically modified organisms — that will take place downtown.
Listen to the podcast here to see why Ellis won’t back down from his criticisms and why Morelli is so passionate about GMOs.
Joe Schoenmann talks to Josh Ellis and Angie Morelli. Ellis has been a critic of how redevelopment is taking place downtown and just raised money to fly to Africa to write a book on how they do tech there. Morelli is a Marine, custom T-shirt/decal shop owner and an organizer of Saturday’s march against GMOs — genetically modified organisms — that will take place downtown.