December 26, 2017

Our show this Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 from 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM Eastern Time, will continue our December series exploring the critical racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice stories the Mainstream Media (MSM) missed or got terribly wrong! The first half of the show will look at the severe cut backs to civil rights enforcement by the Department of Education under Betsy DeVos and the Department of Justice under Jeff Sessions. The second half of the show will focus on the on-going epidemic of police slayings of African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans and the brutal attempts to suppress the Movement for Black Lives, especially in Los Angeles.

Our guests for the first half of the show will include renowned civil rights lawyer and educational opportunities expert, Tanya Clay House, Esq, and educational policy analyst, union leader, and public relations specialist, Cynthia Swann. We will be joined for the second half of the show by Dr. Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles who was senselessly arrested during a public hearing of the Police Commission. And, returning to the show is women’s rights and civil rights attorney and leader, Terry O’Neill. For the bios and pictures of guests see

Every year, the MSM fails to capture stories of major importance, especially those affecting People of Color, women, the LGBTQIA community, people with disabilities, policing reform, differential impact of economic and political policies, positive accomplishments made by People of Color, and issues of environmental justice. In its 4 years of operation, Igniting Change has used this month of December to not only examine the neglect by the MSM in its annual coverage, but to also highlight and promote issues and stories that should become headliners in the next year.

Besides its usual insensitivity to stories affecting marginalized communities in the United States, in 2017 the MSM was particularly engulfed by a constant, year-long binge of the Trump Administration, Trump-voters, and conservatives, including President Trump’s frequently bizarre tweets. Unfortunately, several trendlines and important political stories were ignored due to this fixation, and some of the coverage of the stories that weren’t missed has been subpar or unprofessional. Fortunately, social media was able to capture some of the important stories that the MSM missed.

Our guests will each highlight various stories and trends that the MSM missed. Throughout the month of December, we will have members of Congress and other prominent guests discuss a range of issues, including voter suppression, environmental justice, the progressive church movement, the Poor People’s Campaign, the Women’s March, sexual harassment in the restaurant industry and in domestic work, economic inequality, achievements made by People of Color in the economic, cultural, social justice and political realms, judicial nominations, cultural conflicts, the Libyan slave trade, the FBI’s designation of “Black Identity Extremists” as terrorists, the continuing failure of policing and law enforcement, the true story and aftermath of Charlottesville, and more.

You don’t want to miss this week’s show!

Be sure to listen live on Tuesday December 26th, from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Eastern Time in the Washington D.C. region at WOL 1450 AM and worldwide on the internet at You can call in with your questions and comments at 1-800-450-7876. A podcast of the show will be available later Tuesday evening.

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Melina Abdullah

Melina Abdullah is Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of […]

Cynthia Swann

Sr. Director Strategic Communications & Public Affairs – Nat’l Bar Assoc(NBA) | Sr. Counsel – Nat’l Education Assoc(NEA)

Tanya Clay House

Tanya Clay House