December 5, 2017

Our show this Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 from 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM Eastern Time, will start our December series exploring the critical racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice stories the Mainstream Media (MSM) missed or got terribly wrong! 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.

At the very beginning of the show, we will briefly describe the elections occurring on Tuesday in Georgia, Orlando, Jersey City, Cal State Assembly 51, Massachusetts State Senate District for Worcester and Middlesex, Stoughton, Mass, in Washington various school Board elections and in Black Diamond. We will be joined by Bernard Simelton, President of the NAACP State Conference for an on-the-ground report on the Alabama Senate race.

Our expert guests for this show include Joel Segal, Attorney-Activist and Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition on Climate Solutions; Terry O’Neill, renowned civil rights lawyer, feminist, and former President of the National Organization for Women; and, the Reverend Rodney Sadler, a leader of the Justice Action Mobilization Network and Associate Professor of the Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary. See guest pictures and bios at

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 show!

Be sure to listen live on Tuesday December 5th, 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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Terry O’Neill

Terry O’Neill, a feminist attorney, professor and activist for social justice, was elected president of NOW in June 2009. She is also president of the […]

Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler

Rodney S. Sadler, Jr. is a graduate of Howard University (1989, B.S. Psychology/Philosophy), Howard University School of Divinity (1992, M.Div.), and Duke University (2001, Ph.D. […]

Joel R. Segal

Joel Segal received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina in 1989, where he focused on constitutional law and conflict resolution […]