In light of the government likely to reopen following a three-day shutdown, we SPOTLIGHT Lisa Gilbert to discuss what will happen next. Lisa is the director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division. She advocates for government transparency, campaign finance reform, financial regulation, civil justice, and consumer protection. Previously, Gilbert was the Democracy Advocate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, where she focused on good government, ethics, and campaign finance reform. Media includes: The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR.
Today is the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court that made abortion legal across the U.S. To commemorate, we FEATURE Renee Bracey Sherman. Renee is an award-winning reproductive justice activist and the author of Saying Abortion Aloud: Research and Recommendations for Public Abortion Storytellers and Organizations. Bracey Sherman holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Cornell University and currently sits on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation. Media includes: BBC, The Guardian, EBONY, Salon, Fusion, TIME, The Atlantic.
Vice President Mike Pence is currently in Israel and recently announced that the U.S. embassy will move to Jerusalem by 2019. To discuss, we FEATURE Naomi Chazan. Naomi is Dean of the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo. She completed three terms as a Member of Knesset on behalf of the Meretz (Democratic Israel) party in February, 2003. She was considered one of Israel’s top legislators at the time, specializing in human rights, gender equality, and consumer affairs. Media includes: The Jerusalem Post, Israel Broadcasting Authority Radio & TV.
Oxfam recently released a report that found that 82 percent of money made last year went to the richest 1 percent of the global population. To discuss, we FEATURE Sarita Gupta. Sarita is the executive director of Jobs With Justice. She is a nationally recognized expert on the economic and political issues affecting working people across all industries, particularly low-wage workers. Under Sarita’s direction, Jobs With Justice is leading the fight for workers’ rights and an economy that benefits everyone by anchoring strategic campaigns and shaping the public discourse to build power for working people. Media includes: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Politico, The Hill, MSNBC, Fox News.
Tomorrow nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced. To discuss, we FEATURE Sasha Stone. Sasha has been writing about the Oscar race for 16 years, beginning with the website Oscarwatch.com, which changed to AwardsDaily.com in 2006. Although the primary focus of her coverage is film and the Oscar race, her specific focus is on women and diversity within the awards race. She is currently working on a book about women in film. Media includes: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Us Magazine.
A report by the University of Michigan found that teens are happier when they have less screen time. To discuss, we FEATURE Scyatta A. Wallace. Dr. Wallace is an award winning Psychologist/Teen expert, writer and college professor. Her mission is to use research, writing and social commentary to educate teens and parents about the importance of health and overall wellness. She is widely published and holds several leadership positions including serving as Chair of the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Psychology and AIDS (2011) and as a member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse African American Scholars Working Group. Media includes: BET 106 & Park, The Michael Baisden Show, ABC News, Essence Magazine, South Africa Sunday Times.