November 28, 2017

Our show on Tuesday, November 28th, 12:00-1:00 PM EST, will continue the theme of the show from October 2nd which examined the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), resulting from the incompetent and hostile response of the Trump Administration to this plight confronting Americans in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Despite desperate conditions for many people in both Puerto Rico and USVI, the US military has declared victory and withdrawn troops. The US Comfort Hospital boat has also been withdrawn despite a crisis of medical and hospital care. What is next for addressing this continuing humanitarian crisis? As Tuesday, November 28th, is Giving Tuesday, the last part of the show will feature Board members of the Transformative Justice Coalition describing our accomplishments in 2017, our plans for 2018 and appealing for your contributions before the day ends.

Our guests include Joel R. Segal, Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition on Climate Change and Irene Vilar, prominent activist in support of Puerto Rico recovery. Also, we will be joined Brenda Ford Harding and Brian McCoy also of the TJC Board of Directors. Guest bios and pictures are available at

Some 7 weeks after Hurricane Maria struck the conditions are still dire: more than 70,000 homes have been destroyed, thousands are homeless, power non-existent for over 45% of the population and a series of power outages even where restored, an estimated 10% of the people do not have clean water, over 29,000 salaried jobs have been lost, and medical and hospital care is still insufficient. In the USVI, as of November 22nd, 40% of the electricity capacity had been restored, potable water capacity for at least a week existed on all islands, and many homes were destroyed.

With the US military pulling out of Puerto Rico and the Trump Administration being unwilling to take extraordinary measures to help, the task of responding to this on-going humanitarian crisis has fallen on private relief groups, unions and a few states which have sent professional power and medical work. The US Congress has approved 36 Billion dollars in relief for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and the wildfires in the West which is far short of the funds needed for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to fully recover. A major issue is whether either territory will be able to build a 21st Century renewable power grid to prevent the recurrence of these tragic outages when future hurricanes strike.

Our guests will discuss the current ground situation and next steps towards a full recovery. Is race still a major factor in the Trump Administration response? Can a new renewable energy power grid be built for the USVI and Puerto Rico? What is happening in the US House and Senate to respond to this crisis? What should our listener do to help spur more legislative assistance? How can US private organizations continue to help? What can our listeners do to support the groups helping families on the ground? How are Puerto Ricans faring who have migrated to the US mainland in response to this crisis? These and other questions will be covered during the first part of the show.

Our latter part of the show will discuss the opportunity for persons to contribute to the support of Igniting Change with Barbara Arnwine Radio Show and the Transformative Justice Coalition! Some of our Board members will discuss our main programs, especially our commitment to Voting Rights by training and deploying 3,000 Millennial Voting Rights Champions in 2018 and 10,000 by 2020. You can help today by going to and making a contribution on-line or by texting IgniteTJC to 41444.
You don’t want to miss this great show.

Be sure to listen live on Tuesday, November 28th, 12:00-1:00 PM EST, in the Washington, DC area at WOL 1450 AM and on the internet at You can call in with questions and comments at 800-450-7876. A podcast of the show will be available in the evening at

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Austin Victoria Turk

Austin Victoria Turk is a senior at Tuskegee University from Mobile, Al. She expects to receive a B.S. degree in Political Science with a minor […]

Brenda Ford Harding

Brenda Harding

Brenda Ford Harding is an attorney and consultant in Durham, N.C. ¬†She works extensively in the voting rights area, specifically using different strategies to ensure […]


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 […]


Brian D. McCoy

Mr. Brian D. McCoy is the Founder and President of BDM Sports & Education Foundation, (BDMS&E) based in Chicago, Illinois