January 9, 2018

Our show on January 9, 2018, 12:00–1:00 PM EST, will be the second in a month-long series on “2018 and the Fight for the Future.” This second show will discuss the long-term implications of President Trump’s announcement last week that he had dissolved the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, popularly known as the Voter Suppression Commission. But the question still lingers whether or not the work and mission of the Voter Suppression Commission is really over. Also, we will start the show reviewing the controversy of the DHS ending the Temporary Protected Status Program (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants. This in addition to the end of the year announcement that the TPS program was ending for Haitians. In the next several days, Congress is facing a shutdown of the federal government over President Trump’s demand for $18 B to build a Border Wall while holding the fate of 800,000 DACA dreamers. The nation is still talking about the Golden Globes’ #TimesUp campaign and Oprah’s sterling speech. We will discuss what these developments portend for 2018 and the future.

Our featured guests are Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., prominent internationally recognized civil and Human rights leader and President of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition; racism; John Nichols, renowned author and journalist: and Terry O’Neill, prominent civil rights and women’s rights attorney and former President of the National Organization for Women. Associate Producer, Justin Arnwine will also join this show. See guest bios and pictures at www.BarbaraArnwine.com.

On January 3, 2018, the White House issued a statement announcing the issuance of an executive order dissolving the Trump voter suppression commission allegedly because of refusal by the states to cooperate in providing data. The announcement also stated that the voting files and other data collected would be turned over to the Department of Homeland Security to review and make further recommendations. President Trump rapidly took to Twitter and tweeted about the Democratic states blocking the commission, doubled down on his unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud and called for universal voter ID for elections. Clearly, a major cause of the dissolution of Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission was the inundation of lawsuits brought by voting rights, civil rights and civic engagement groups for the multiple failures of Trump’s Commission to operate in accordance with the law. Since this development, the civil rights community has been arguing that the transfer of this data to DHS with the continued involvement of former Trump Commission Vice-Chair Kris Kobach, a notorious voter suppression advocate, poses a threat to voting rights as its deliberations can be done in the dark and possible decrees issued without public oversight.

On Sunday, at the Golden Globes the #MeeToo Campaign, started years ago, in 2006, by Black woman activist, Tarana Burke, was further advanced by an a campaign of Hollywood women and activists who announced a $1 million dollar grant to launch the #TimesUp fund for women and men to be supported in bringing claims of sexual harassment or assault in the workplace. This fund will be administered by the National Women’s Law Center. A highlight of the evening was the stirring acceptance speech by Oprah Winfrey for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. This has spanned a debate about whether she should run in 2020 for President.

Our show will examine and provide insight about all of these issues. Questions to be covered include, why was the Trump voter suppression dissolved? Is the Commission really dead if DHS and Kris Kobach will continue its work? Is the DHS mandate legal? What will happen to the millions of voter data files that some states turned over to the Trump Commission? Why should we worry about this? Also, what does the American worker need to know about the #TimesUp Campaign? How can people obtain more information if they are facing sexual harassment or assault in the workplace? What about the Oprah speech? Is she running? Should she run? These and many more questions will be discussed by our Host and guests during the show.

You don’t want to miss this show!

Be sure to listen live to Igniting Change in the Greater DC Metro Region on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 12″00-1:00 PM EST, at WOL 1450 AM and on the Internet at www.BarbaraArnwine.com. If you have a question or brief comment, call us at 800-450-7876. The show is live tweeted @TJC-DC. And is livestreamed on Facebook at Barbara Arnwine. A podcast is posted on the website on Tuesday evening.

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John Nichols

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, writes about politics for The Nation as its national-affairs correspondent. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous […]

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. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. […]

Justin Arnwine

Justin Arnwine

Justin Arnwine is an independent scholar, artist, and entrepreneur. A blue belt in Tang Soo Do his personal training style focuses on dietary nutrition above […]