Experts on DACA, Hurricane Irma, North Korea, Russia & Putin, and astronaut Peggy Whitson
This week WMC SheSource features experts on President Trump's plans to end the DACA program, Category 5 storm Hurricane Irma, President Trump selling weapons to South Korea and Japan, Putin's comments about the U.S. following the closure of Russia’s consulate in San Francisco, and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson's safe landing back to Earth after setting multiple space records during her mission.
President Trump has announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has allowed minors who were brought into the U.S. to stay without fear of deportation. To discuss the impact that this would have on immigrants, we SPOTLIGHT Marisa Franco. Marisa is a Phoenix-based organizer, writer and strategist. She is the Director and co-founder of Mijente, a digital and grassroots organizing hub for Latina/o and Chicana/o people. She led the #Not1More Deportation campaign, recognized in 2014 by the National Organizing Institute as Campaign of the Year and co-authored How We Make Change is Changing, which describes Not1More’s campaign strategy and structure that activated hundreds of organizations across sectors and communities to demand a stop to deportations. In 2012, she organized the ‘No Papers No Fear’ bus tour throughout the South en route to the Democratic National Convention (often referred to as the ‘Undocubus’). Media includes: Politico, CNN, MSNBC, Univiosion/Al Punto, The Washington Post.
Research Scholar, IIASA Risk and Resilience Program
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
For interviews on Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm in the Atlantic Ocean, is expected to make it's way through the Caribbean and towards Florida in the next few days. With this following closely behind the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, conversations about hurricane preparedness have increased and we FEATURE Junko Mochizuki. Junko is a natural disaster risk expert at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. Her research focuses on the linkages between risk management, economic growth, and changing risks from climate extremes in connection with socioeconomic change. Her particular interest lies in the interface between policy and scientific knowledge, investigating how governments and researchers can work together to redcuce the financial risk of disasters. Media includes: The Research Blog of IIASA, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, PLOS Current Disasters, Risk Analysis.
Following a North Korean nuclear test, President Trump has decided allow Japan and South Korea to buy more weapons from the United States and we FEATURE Former US Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Nina Hachigian. Previously Nina was a Senior Fellow at American Progress. Based in Los Angeles, she is the co-author of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise (Simon & Schuster, 2008). She focuses on great power relationships, international institutions, the U.S.-China relationship, and U.S. foreign policy. Prior to American Progress, Hachigian was a senior political scientist at RAND Corporation and served as the director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy for four years. Media includes: Fox News, Bill Maher Show, CNN International, Tavis Smiley, All Things Considered.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently made comments about cutting further diplomatic ties with the U.S. following the closing of Russia's consulate in San Francisco. To discuss what this could mean for U.S.-Russian ties, we FEATURE Nina L. Khrushcheva. Professor Khrushcheva is a professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at the New School, where she teaches courses on International Media, Comparative Propaganda, Culture and Capitalism, Film and Empire, and Russia’s Contemporary Politics and History. She is also a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute, where she heads the Russia Projects, which examines the contours of the current national identity of Russians and its impact on Russian politics. Media includes: Newhour With Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose, Lou Dobbs, NPR, BBC, CNN.
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who set U.S. space records along with her crewmates Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikhin and who was the first woman to command the International Space Station, has safely landed back on Earth. To discuss this momentous occasion, we FEATURE Meg Urry. Meg is the Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics; she served as Chair of the Physics Department at Yale from 2007 to 2013. She is currently the President of the American Astronomical Society. Prior to moving to Yale in 2001, Prof. Urry was a senior astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which runs the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA. Media includes: CNN, ABC (Australia), The Conversation (UK).
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