Today is Election Day and, with local and statewide elections ending, we SPOTLIGHT Dr. Christina M. Greer. Dr. Greer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University - Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus. Her research and teaching focus on American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, quantitative methods, Congress, New York City and New York State politics, campaigns and elections, and public opinion. Media includes: The New York Times, ABC Channel 7, NBC Nightly News, Fox 5 Good Day New York, WFUV.
Senate Republicans are expected to reveal their tax reform plan later this week. We FEATURE Rebecca Thiess. Rebecca joined the Pew Charitable Trust as the Fiscal Fedralism Initiative's Senior Associate in September 2015. Prior, she was a Policy Analyst at Americans for Financial Reform from 2013 until 2016 and a Policy Analyst at the Economic Policy Institute from 2010 to 2013. While at EPI, she has put together a number of budget reports, including “Investing in America’s Economy”, as well as the Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget alternatives, the “Budget for All” and “Back to Work Budget.” Media includes: CSPAN, BBC, Sun News, Arise America.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists recently leaked files, called the Paradise Papers, that reveal secret offshore tax havens used by President Trump's cabinet members, Queen Elizabeth II, multinational companies, and many others. To discuss, we FEATURE Cheryl Priest Ainsworth. Cheryl is a highly experienced litigator. She regularly handles business, entertainment, intellectual property, employment, and real estate disputes, among others. Her cases frequently involve issues with trademarks, copyrights, contracts, royalties, trade secrets, fraud, defamation, and fiduciary duties. Media includes: Los Angeles Business Journal, WRUF AM 850, Tampa Bay Business Journal.
On Sunday morning, a gunman entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and killed 26 people. To discuss, we FEATURE Erika Soto Lamb. Erika is the Chief Communications Officer for Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than three million supporters including moms, mayors, survivors and everyday Americans who are fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. At the core of Everytown are Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded in 2006 by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots movement of American mothers founded on the day after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Media includes: MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post.
Principal Researcher and Team Leader of Climate Law, Policy and Governance Programme
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
For interviews on UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.
With the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, happening until November 17th, we FEATURE Dr. Achala Abeysinghe. Dr. Abeysinghe is a Principal Researcher and Team Leader of Climate Law, Policy and Governance Programme at International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London. Dr. Abeysinghe also works as the legal advisor to the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group- a group of 48 countries, in the UN climate change negotiations. Media includes: Dhaka Tribune, Inside Climate News, The Conversation, IIED.
For interviews on President Trump's first trip to Asia as president.
President Trump is currently making his first trip through Asia and has already visited Hawaii, Japan and South Korea. With three more country visits scheduled--China, Vietnam, and the Phillipines-- we FEATURE Jean H. Lee. Jean is a Seoul-based Global Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Lee led the Associated Press news agency’s coverage of the Korean Peninsula as bureau chief from 2008 to 2013. In 2011, she became the first American reporter granted extensive access on the ground in North Korea, and in January 2012 opened AP’s Pyongyang bureau, the only Western text/photo news bureau based in the North Korean capital. Media includes: CNN, BBC, NPR, PRI, PBS, Al Jazeera, The New York Times.
In the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, it has been revealed that at least nine of President Trump's associates have a connection to Russia. To discuss, we FEATURE Danielle Brian. Since 1993, Danielle has been the Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). She frequently testifies before Congress and regularly meets with Members of Congress and officials at the White House and federal agencies to discuss how to achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government. Media includes: ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA TODAY.
In Saudi Arabia, following a series of arrests of princes and officials for corruption and a missile attack in Riyadh, the country is in a state of flux. With tensions rising, we FEATURE Sofana R. Dahlan. Sofana is CEO and founder of Tashkeil, a Saudi Arabia-based social enterprise that incubates and promotes creative entrepreneurs by providing them with a platform and access to network in order to assist them with their business operations, branding, strategic positioning and legal matters. Dahlan was the first female to be given permission to study law by the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education. Media includes: LBC, Alwatan Newspaper, Al Jazeera, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, UN.org.
Areas of Expertise: Activism and advocacy, Human rights, Humanitarian, International development, Middle East and North Africa, Online harassment and Free speech, Politics, Race and ethnicity, Religion, Social justice, Social media, Women's empowerment, Women's leadership