Month: May 2017

05-31-17 – CHIP[ping] WIC

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“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift, is approaching spiritual death.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hey Family,

Children don’t ask to be on this earth. There has never been a moment where a child has willed their way into existence. So ensuring the welfare of the children in the US should be a primary concern for parents, caregivers and the federal government.  I have said before that ensuring a good future for our children is not only responsible parenting, but it’s also sound policy.

According to the most recent data by the Census BureauAlmost two-thirds (65 percent) of children, lived in households that participated in at least one or more of the following government aid programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and the National School Lunch Program.”

So when the proposed fiscal government budget aims to cut important health and welfare programs that a majority of children in the US rely on, citizens and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle fought back.

On the program today, Thomas Huelskoetter, Policy Analyst for the Health Policy team at the Center for American Progress.  His recent piece focuses on the major changes within the 2017 fiscal budget and how these proposed changes will impact families.

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05-24-17 – Usual Suspects

Usual Suspects

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“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

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Hey Family,

It seems fitting that Kevin Spacey has played Frank Underwood in House of Cards as well as Keyser Soze in Usual Suspects. Two completely different characters somehow interlocking in one person. I wonder if there are any parallels in modern day?

On the program, Hillman award winner Adele Stan, columnist for the American Prospect, will join us to give her analysis on the latest developments with the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign colluding with Russia. Also, did misogyny play a role into former FBI Director James Comey’s letter to congress on Clinton’s e-mails? Adele offers her insight on what might have led to the release of Comey’s letter just days before the election.

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05-17-17 – C.R.E.A.M.

“Improving the outlook for U.S. workers isn’t about creating millions of minimum wage jobs. It is about creating sustainable skilled employment that allows Americans to earn a fair wage with benefits that allows them to pay for housing and food on the table and sustain a middle-class lifestyle.” – James P. Hoffa

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Hey Family!

If there is anything I have learned these past few years regarding economic policies that have shaped the American worker, inequality and the forces behind it are what make the U.S. economy function the way it does. A small percentage of the population gets rich, while the rest fight for crumbs at the bottom.

It was ever so clear in an Atlantic piece highlighted in April where MIT economist Peter Temin discussed his new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy. I am please to have Peter on the show today to discuss his book as well as outline the factors that shape American inequality.

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05-10-17- S.O.S.

Insight

“If you have the insight of non-self, if you have the insight of impermanence, you should make that insight into a connection that you keep alive throughout the day. Then what you say, what you think, and what you do will then be in the light of that wisdom and you will avoid making mistakes and creating suffering.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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Hey Family,

One of my good friends recently muddled over the fact that, as a white person, he hasn’t felt like he has been doing much in terms of “fighting the good fight” — getting his hands dirty actively participating in the process to dismantle racism and supremacy. I reminded him that sometimes internal work, the work you do to open your mind and understand minorities on a personal, one-on-one basis is probably the most important work to help race relations.  How you think affects how you operate in society, how you treat people, what you think about people, how you help them or hurt them.  To do the work of constantly questioning yourself and your thoughts is probably one of the most important things you can do.

A piece in the New Yorker recently highlighted this theory. On the program today, Tasha Eurich, author of Insight, shows us that we are not as self aware as we think. She’ll also outline steps on how to truly see ourselves clearly. It could probably help a lot of people in the political sphere right about now.

ALSO– A couple of new indie films that deserve support are making themselves known on the internet. Penny Hollis, director of Maxine and The Birthday Gift, opens up about mental health awareness and the black community.

It’s a double header on Enlighten Me today!  Tune in from 4-5p ET on WERA-FM in Arlington, Va. or check us out online on Facebook @EnlightenMeonWERA or on Twitter @EnlightenMeWERA @andreacambron.

05-03-17 – With Every Minute, Seize The Chance To Turn It Around

Rewire birth control

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“I’m for truth no matter who tells it. I’m for justice no mater who it’s for or against.” – Malcolm X

Hey Family,

Spring is here, prom season is upon us and that means another round of proud parents on Facebook and Instagram proudly beaming as they highlight their son or daughter on “the big day”.  As I looked at the pictures, I remembered my senior year in high school. The end of the year was when I began to realize I was officially becoming a young adult.

As I prepared to head to college, I remembered my mother finally having “the talk” with me about birth control and my options regarding family planning. She told me the history of birth control and how it helped so many women including herself, not only finish their higher education, but obtain positions where they had a choice to delay the process of having children.  Her generation was the first generation to come of age and benefit from this new technology.

The new administration is currently seeking to eliminate Title X family planning funding, as well as add Teresa Manning to the Department of Health and Human Services where she will oversee the department assigned to women’s health and family planning for low income and uninsured women.

On the program to discuss this, Jessica Mason Pieklo, Vice President, Law and the Courts for Rewire. If you haven’t been keeping up to date on this, her recent piece on the Trump administration and birth control will catch you up. Get to it.

“Yesterday I was so clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself” – Rumi

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