October 11, 2016

This week’s show will cover the implications of the public policy positions discussed during last week’s Vice President Debate and Sunday’s Presidential Debate. In particular we will discuss the impact of the women’s vote in light of Mike Pence’s position on reproductive rights and Trump’s sex tapes. Another focus of our show will be on voter registration deadlines, early voting and the Transformative Justice Coalition’s new voter empowerment website: 4votingrights.org. Our guests are Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization of Women and Justin Arnwine, Igniting Change associate producer and political analyst.

On Tuesday, October 11th, voter registration will end in 14 states including: the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. Was it voter suppression for Florida Governor Scott to refuse to extend the voter registration deadline for that state following Hurricane Matthew?

Our show will discuss the new voter empowerment website created by the Transformative Justice Coalition to help voters to register, to be informed of early voting dates and to know the voting requirement for every state. There is an interactive national map which provides the state information. And there is a new Map of Shame! The Map of Shame tracks voter suppression nationally. Voters can also sign up for two e-newsletters: The Transformer and the Voting Rights Advocate.

Last week vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine (Democrat) and Mike Pence (Republican) squared off in a fairly heated debate. We will discuss how each candidate responded to the major issues of criminal justice, Black Lives Matter, foreign policy, and economic policy.

On Sunday, the nation witnessed an unprecedented spectacle of a Presidential Town Hall featuring Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. This Town Hall was heavily influenced by the aftermath of the leak of an explosive 1995 tape featuring nominee Donald Trump describing his sexual assault of women. Reactions to the tape were fast and furious, setting up a GOP civil war, with many Republican Senators, Governors and Congresspeople announcing that they would not support Donald Trump. As expected the Town Hall was combative and ugly. We will discuss the issues covered at the Debate and those that were sadly missed.

How did women react to Sunday’s debate? How did Muslims, Blacks and Latinos react? What is the impact of Trump’s comments about the “inner cities.” Did Clinton resonate on the Supreme Court and reproductive rights? How did the moderators perform? What about the audience members questions? Why did the pundits and analysts misconstrue the winners of the VP Debate and the Presidential Town Hall?

These and so many other issues will be discussed during our show.

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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 […]

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 […]