Month: January 2017

01-25-17 – The Resistance

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Image Credit: Womensmarch.com

Hey Family!

With executive orders flying out of the administration faster than you can type WTF, the new President is proving he will rule with an iron fist.

I fear the implications his actions will have for our future generations, not only in regards to education, but health, economics, the environment and justice. This administration is currently fast-tracking numerous regressive policies that will hurt americans in a substantial way.  This isn’t hyperbole.

So when the Women’s March on Washington, a march born out of the resistance to the President was birthed, I knew I had to be there.  Not as someone from the media, but as a casual observer, to really get the gist of the various reasons people attended.

Today i’ll talk to Adele Stan, Contributor for The American Prospect on her thoughts on the march and what we need to do to move forward.  Her recent piece on intersectionality and feminism is a must read.

The Women’s March put out action steps for the first 100 days.  What will you do for The Resistance?

As always, tune in every Wednesday from 4-5p ET on WERA-FM 96.7 in Arlington, Va or check us out online at Facebook.com/EnlightenMeonWERA or on Twitter @EnlightenMeWERA or @andreacambron.

 

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01-18-17 -There Are No Children Here

 

U.S.President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with television personality Steve Harvey after their meeting at Trump Tower in New York

Image Credit: Reuters

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity – MLK Jr.”

Hey Family!

With talk of the President-elect meeting with Kanye, Jim Brown, Ray Lewis and Steve Harvey recently regarding the issues plaguing African American communities, I kept wondering why it bothered me. Questions kept coming up in my circles like, “Why shouldn’t they meet with him?”

People have varied interests besides their chosen profession. I love to draw, though I don’t think my work has achieved the level of mastery enough to abandon my day job.

Which is probably why people are upset at the recent photo-ops.  Of course the men above would probably work to help alleviate the problems of high poverty, high unemployment, underemployment, the wage gap, education barriers, et. al. I’m sure that concerns them very much.  But what would meeting with Trump actually do? And where are all of the actual scholars who research and work in this field to give him data on those problems and concerns?

My question would be why not meet with people who are actually working on this?  Because there are many think tanks who actually attempt to address poverty.  Why not look at what’s working and what’s not working to actually address the concerns in a real way?

On todays program, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Director of the Hamilton Project and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution will join me. She has been studying issues related to reducing child poverty and education policy.  She was a panelist at the Center on Budget Policy Priorities regarding Reducing Poverty with Chairman of the council of Economic Advisors Jason Furman yesterday.  She’ll talk about her concerns as well as steps she has examined to reduce poverty in America.

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Also on the program, Cornell Belcher, President Obama’s pollster for both campaigns will reflect on these last days in the White House for the Obamas as well as talk about his new book, A Black Man in the White House. It takes a critical look at how our first African American president triggered a racial-aversion crisis in this country.

It’s a double header today!  So I hope you tune in to WERA-FM 96.7 in Arlington, VA from 4-5p ET every Wednesday and check us out online at Facebook.com/EnlightenMeonWERA or on Twitter @EnlightenMeWERA @andreacambron.

 

 

 

1-11-17 – #LetGirlsLearn

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IMAGE COURTESY OF NWLC.ORG

Hey Family,

I know the world is coming to an end all around us with allegations of the President-elect and Russia swirling as the senate confirmation hearings regarding cabinet picks are going on.  Oh, and President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama gave pretty emotional farewell addresses.  The hill of despair is becoming too far to climb up.

One thing I have been interested in are President Obama and First Lady Michelle’s interests post-white house.  Even though the beginning of his “retirement” might be paid to organizing and rebuilding the Democratic party to maintain strong leaders for the years to come, President Obama has quietly built My Brother’s Keeper while in the White House without much fanfare as of yet.  I’m curious to see how this organization will play out in the years to come.

First Lady Michelle Obama on the other hand has put her name behind Let Girls Learn, the initiative to “address challenges preventing adolescent girls from attaining a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential.”

On the program today,  Adaku Oneyka-Crawford, Counsel for Education at the National Women’s Law Center. She’s been examining the school to prison pipeline for black girls and will talk about #LetHerLearn a new toolkit from NWLC that hopes to end targeted policies that deny them their right to an education.

Because we’ve seen what can happen when black girls are able to expand their horizons…

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Hidden Figures Image courtesy of the chicagocrusader.com

So go see Hidden Figures to find out what will happen when we don’t put barriers on access to education for black women and tune in to WERA-FM 96.7 in Arlington today from 4-5pm ET or check us out online at Facebook.com/EnlightenMeonWERA or Twitter @EnlightenMeWERA @andreacambron.

 

 

 

1-04-17 – “Give us Us Free”

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Image Courtesy of BrennanCenter.org

Hey Family!

What would you say if I told you that almost 40 percent of people currently in the American prison system are incarcerated unnecessarily?  That’s the latest report from the Brennan Center, which gave recommendations on how to reduce the prison population as well as steps to change how we deliver justice to people who commit lower level crimes.

Read the report here, and tell me what you think.  I’ll talk to Lauren-Brooke Eisen, the Senior Counsel for the Brennan Center’s Justice Program about their analysis.

I don’t know a better way to kick of 2017 at a time like this than to talk about criminal justice reform, one of the premier issues affecting our communities.

Tune in today on WERA-FM 96.7 from 4-5p ET or check me out online on Facebook @EnlightenMeonWERA or on Twitter @EnlightenMeWERA.