The possibility of a government shutdown is becoming increasingly likely as Congress struggles to find an agreement on government spending. To discuss, we SPOTLIGHT Lisa Maatz. As AAUW’s vice president of government relations, Lisa Maatz worked to advance AAUW’s priority issues on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and in coalition with other organizations. Recently featured in the book “Secrets of Powerful Women,” Lisa has developed a reputation for her strategic approach to legislation and advocacy. She has done similar work for the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Older Women’s League, and she was a legislative aide to U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Media includes: MSNBC, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal.
President Trump asked why the U.S. was letting in immigrants from 'shithole' countries during a meeting that discussed the protected status of immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries. To discuss, we FEATURE Emira Woods. Emira is a member of the International Working Group for Africans Rising, a network of African social movements working to build peace, seek justice and manifest dignity. She is Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, Trustee of the Wallace Global Fund, and board member of Action Aid International. Media includes: CNN’s Your World Today, BBC’s The World Today (Weekend), Al Jazeera, National Public Radio, PBS NewsHour, CGTN, Voice of America.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
College of Charleston
For interviews on Bannon's testimony.
Steve Bannon is testifying before the House Intelligence Committee as part of their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. The NYT also reported today that Special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed former White House chief Steve Bannon last week. To discuss, we FEATURE Claire Wofford. Claire is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Her teaching and research interests are in the field of American politics, with a particular emphasis on the U.S. legal system and the role of race, class, and gender in structuring political power. She offers courses on American Government, the Judiciary, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, and Gender and the Law at the undergraduate level. Extensive media experience.
CVS is banning manipulated photos in its makeup brand and is expecting to require other beauty brands to do the same by 2020. To discuss, we FEATURE Dana Edell, PhD. Dana is currently the executive director of SPARK Movement, a national activist movement working to end the sexualization of girls. With SPARK, she collaborates with a team of girl activists to create and launch actions nationwide. SPARK’s petitions have received more than 100,000 signatures and have ignited national conversations about LEGO’s line of toys “for girls” and Seventeen Magazine’s airbrushing of teenage models. Media includes: ABC, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Fox News, BBC.
For interviews on Citigroup's steps to close pay gap.
Citigroup has begun to take steps to close pay gaps in the U.S., UK, and Germany. To discuss, we FEATURE Melissa Josephs. As the Director of Equal Opportunity Policy at Women Employed, Melissa Josephs promotes the passage and effective implementation of equal employment opportunity laws and regulations at the state and federal levels. She has deepened her expertise in workplace issues such as paid sick days, sexual harassment, fair wages, work and family, and affirmative action during nearly 25 years with the organization. She manages federal campaigns to strengthen anti-discrimination laws such as the Equal Pay Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Media includes: New York Times and HuffPost Live to the Chicago Tribune, WBEZ.
For interviews on recent actions against immigrants.
The Trump administration has been seeking out and deporting undocumented workers, with workplace raids and, on Martin Luther King Day, a man was deported after 30 years in the U.S. To discuss, we FEATURE Cristina Tzintzún. Cristina is the Executive Director of Workers Defense Project (WDP), a statewide, membership-based workers’ rights organization that is winning better working conditions for Texans. WDP has been called one of the nation’s most creative organizations for immigrant workers by The New York Times. Cristina has spearheaded efforts to ensure safe and dignified jobs for the nearly 900,000 construction workers that labor in the state. Media includes: NPR, The New York Times, USA Today, Univision, MSNBC.
Physician, Fellow of American College of Emergency Physicians; President, Artemis Medical Society
Artemis Medical Society
For interviews on flu season.
It is currently flu season and this season has seen one of the most widespread flu outbreaks in recent history. To discuss, we FEATURE Myiesha Taylor. Myiesha is an Emergency Medicine physician based in Keller, Texas. She completed her medical training at Los Angeles County King Drew Medical Center in South Central Los Angeles. Dr. Taylor's work experience includes serving as Associate Medical Director of Hubert Humphrey Comprehensive Healthcare Center (Los Angeles), Kaiser Permanente as Associate Partner, California Emergency Physicians Group as Partner and the University of Texas Southwestern (Parkland Memorial Hospital and Children's Hospital Dallas). Media includes: Associated Press, MSNBC, JET, Ebony, ESSENCE, KCRW, WFAA.