12-06-17 – To Stand The Test Of TIME

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“Just because I move through public space, doesn’t mean my body is public space” – Anon

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I am loving Time Inc.‘s decision to put the women who have been speaking out against workplace harassment on the cover of the magazine to highlight their stories as the “person’s of the year“. It is these stories, and the stories of so many other people that have endured harassment over decades that need to be praised.

One aspect of this story however, has been left out of the conversation. In all of the kudos for the women who are able to come forward, there are countless victims who are left out of the conversation.  The women who cannot speak out, whether through threats or intimidation, or some, with a well known workplace document, binding them from saying anything.  These so called “Secrecy Agreements” are nondisclosure agreements companies have workers sign after they have be terminated, that legally prohibits them from carrying out lawsuits against the company or persons within the company after they have been dismissed. This can include sexual harassment complaints against employees.

On the program today, Leslie Bailey, Staff Attorney for Public Justice will discuss how these agreements enable the workplace harassment culture that victims have endured for years–and how she is working to end these agreements.  Because continuing only protects the harassers.

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11-29-17 #MeToo

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Image: Activist Tarana Burke who started the ‘Me Too’ movement in 2007|Image Credit: Yahoo.com

Hey Family,

I have to admit, these allegations on a daily basis regarding sexual harassment of some powerful men in various industries has been simultaneously vindicating and triggering.  I can’t help but think of the immense bravery some of these women had to go up against– a system that not even two years ago would have dismissed such claims and fired the individual who came forward. I know, because it happened to me.

So today, I thought I would revisit an interview I did with Tasha Eurich, author of Insight. In it, she talks about gaining perspective on how we see ourselves and how that can help in all aspects of our lives.  The systems in place that have led these powerful persons to believe that they are above the law have been going on far too long.  Ending it is the only way we will be able to move forward and see ourselves CLEARLY.

ALSO, Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry sent out a firestorm of reactions spanning from elation to indifference. Lori Tharps, author of Same Family, Different Colors explores the concept of race and colorism in her book.

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11-15-17 – Read My Lips: No New Taxes

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It just isn’t going to work, and it’s very interesting that the man who invented this type of what I call a voodoo economic policy is Art Laffer, a California economist. – George H. W. Bush

Hey Family,

I hate charts. Something about them seems so detached from what we are actually talking about. Which in most cases is real people, tangible things, something of value.

But when you put it in graph form, it looses all of the connection that we have to the people affected by it.  On today’s program, Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Co-Director of the Center on Poverty and Income Inequality at Georgetown University, will talk about the communities that would be affected by the Republican Tax reform plan.  Because I never want to use a chart to describe people again.

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11-08-17 – America, Oh What A Night…Pt. 2

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“When something bad happens you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.” – Unknown

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Well this is certainly a different outcome from what we experienced last year. Around this time a year ago, Republicans were celebrating victories in races across the country.  They received no such luck this time.  As Democrats picked up mayoral, state senate, city council and several other key seats in states across the country, many celebrated the rejection of President Trump’s administration with their votes.

We’ll talk about what those victories mean for Democrats, women and minorities on the program today with Kristal Knight, Executive Director of Emerge in Tennessee, a premier program, training democratic women for election races across the country.  Eighty-five Emerge Alums won in their races last night.

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11-01-17 – The Talented Tenth

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“There is in this world no such forces as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot permanently be chained.” – W.E.B. DuBois

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Don’t mind me, i’m still enjoying the high from Howard University’s homecoming where I hung out with old friends and made new memories. It is an amazing experience to just sit and enjoy the people who taught you so much about yourself and saw you grow into the person you are today. To reconnect is almost a spiritual experience.

Throughout the years, my college friends have shared their ups and downs navigating the world around us. As a young adult, it was tough for me to try to “make it” on my own, especially since my first job out of college didn’t pay very well.  If i’m being brutally honest, I still struggle to afford the things I want in order to live comfortably. So when the Center for American Progress came out with the latest report on African Americans and the current crisis regarding student loan repayment, I didn’t hesitate to bring Ben Miller, Senior Director of Post-Secondary Education on the program to talk about some of the reasons why African Americans struggle more with paying their student loans back and how that affects them in other areas of life financially.

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10-25-17 – What Once Was Old Is New Again

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Image Credit: American Prospect|AP Photo/Steve Helber

“A bad leader can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation”  – Anon

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan recently said that in order to get on with the business of Congress he suggested, “All this stuff you see on a daily basis on Twitter this and Twitter that, forget about it”.  That would help but only if the Presidents’ Twitter feed was not tied to official statements made by him.

Why does this matter?

Because the President doesn’t just get into twitter feuds with Democrats and Party members. Some argue he, along with his administration are fundamentally changing the way we view our political system. Adele Stan, columnist for the American Prospect and winner of the 2017 Hillman prize for opinion and analysis journalism has been following the Trump administration since his candidacy. She will join me to talk about her analysis of the current administration and the ways in which they are changing democracy in the US.  The picture painted is troubling to say the least.

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10-18-17 – SPOTLIGHT: Justin Fairfax

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“I may have been born yesterday, but I stayed up all night” – Spike Lee

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I had the opportunity to meet Justin Fairfax, the Democrat running for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia recently to discuss his positions on issues like education, healthcare, the economy and criminal justice reform and I am pleased to have him on the program. Fairfax, a native of the DC metro area, has been a public servant for over a decade.  From his official website:

“Justin has worked in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, developing a keen insight into solving the challenges that face Virginia families todayAs an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Deputy Coordinator of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force, Justin saw the power that law enforcement and criminal justice reform can have to keep communities safe, while providing appropriate second chances, saving hard-earned taxpayer dollars, and changing communities and lives…As Lieutenant Governor, Justin will work every day to build the foundation of economic and educational opportunity that every Virginian deserves and that will make our Commonwealth an even better place to live, work, raise a family, and grow a business.”

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