Last week, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 people during the rampage. The shooting has reopened conversations about gun control. Victims of the shooting, the majority of whom are students at the high school, have begun to organize a March For Our Lives to urge politicians to address gun issues. To discuss, we SPOTLIGHT Emma Davidson Tribbs. Emma is a Senior State Legislative Manager at Everytown for Gun Safety, developing, directing and implementing state legislative, ballot initiative, and other campaigns in select states to encourage gun violence prevention. Media includes: the State and Post & Courier, ABC, NBC, Fox.
The Pennsylvania House has redrawn it's congressional map after a case that found the state to be participating in unconstitutional redistricting by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. To discuss, we FEATURE Liz Kennedy. Liz is the Director of Democracy and Government Reform at American Progress. Previously, she served as counsel and campaign strategist at Demos, working on voting rights, money in politics, and corporate accountability. She worked to expand political participation by eliminating barriers to voting and empowering voters; to increase transparency and accountability for money in politics to fight corruption of democratic government; and to fulfill America’s promise of political equality. Media includes: MSNBC, Al Jazeera, The American Prospect, Salon, U.S. News & World Report, Guernica magazine, BillMoyers.com, The Huffington Post.
Many more indictments have been filed by special counsel Robert Mueller in the investigation into Russian interference of the 2016 presidential election. To discuss these further arrests, we FEATURE Sarah Granger. Sarah has more than 25 years of experience working at the intersection of technology, media and government. In 2011, Sarah founded the Center for Technology, Media & Society, dedicated to educating, informing and connecting stakeholders around converging topics like transparent e-government, high-tech workplace flexibility, and gender bias online. Media includes: ABC, CBS, Good Morning America, The New York Times, the Huffington Post, The Washington Post, NPR, Forbes.
More than 100 Syrians have been left dead following an attack in eastern Ghouta. It has been reported that more than 700 people have been killed in the last three months. To discuss, we FEATURE Mouna Ghanem. Mouna is the Coordinator of the Syrian Women’s Forum for Peace. She is also Vice- President of the Syrian political movement Building the Syrian State. A senior gender advisor with extensive experience in the Arab region, Mouna worked for more than a decade as the Deputy Representative for UNFPA in Syria and chaired the Syrian Commission for Family Affairs. Extensive media experience.
The American Conservative Union will be holding its Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week from February 21-24. To discuss further, we FEATURE Leah Wright Rigueur. Leah is an author, historian, speaker, and Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is the author of The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power (2015), a book that offers a much-needed critical examination of the tense relationship that exists between African Americans and the GOP. Media includes: The New York Times, The Washington Post, CBS News, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, CNN.
February is Black History Month and, to commemorate, we FEATURE Amy Alexander. Amy is author of four nonfiction books, including the bestseller, Fifty Black Women Who Changed America; Lay My Burden Down: Unraveling Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans, co-authored with Alvin. F. Poussaint, M.D.; and Uncovering Race, A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention (Beacon Press). Media includes: The Washington Post, NPR, TheRoot.com, The Nation, CBS, C-SPAN, WNYC.
The 2018 Olympic Winter Games continue in PyeongChang, South Korea, but will end Sunday. To discuss, we FEATURE Anya Alvarez. Anya is a former professional golfer, from Tulsa, Oklahoma. During her time in college, she developed a passion for women's issues and writing, and later merged that passion with sports. She focuses on covering women in sports, and also the issues that directly impact female athletes, and the social constructs limiting female athletes from having a higher profile. In 2016, VICE Sports chose one of Anya's pieces as part of their best sports writing in 2016. Media includes: Rolling Stone, ESPN, VICE Sports, ReWire, Slate Magazine, USA Today, Golf Channel, CBS Morning News.