November 15, 2016

Our show will look at the impact of the Presidential election, down ballot unprecedented gains for candidates of color and various ballot initiatives including those on minimum wage, death penalty and voter ID. Donald J. Trump’s victory in the electoral college despite Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote at this date by over 500,000 votes has engendered many questions about our election system. Concerned by the racist appeals during the campaign and the post-election unleashing of hate against immigrants, Muslims, Blacks, Latinos, LGBTQIA, Asians and Native Americans many have taken to the streets in protest. What is the future for our divided nation? Our guests will include brilliant journalist Ebony McMorris; millennial political analyst Justin Arnwine; and Terry O’Neil, President of National Organization of Women.

We will examine what role the media played in the elections. How did the drive for ratings result in extraordinary free advertising for Mr. Trump in the first half of the year. What did it mean for the active messaging to the American people that the media was biased and elitist? Did gender bias play a role in the coverage of Ms. Clinton?

One of the poorly covered stories has been on the effect of voter suppression on the election. We will talk about the upcoming Wednesday, November 16th, Congressional Briefing on “What Have We Learned: Lessons from the First Election Post-Shelby County Decision” from 2:30-4:00 P.M. at 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Speakers include Rev. William Barber of Repairers of the Breach; Ari Berman of The Nation; and our show’s radio host, Barbara R. Arnwine, President, Transformative Justice Coalition.

African American turn out was down in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and other states on election day. Did the 1-3 hour long lines in African American communities, voter ID, voter purging, cuts to early voting, polling site reductions, voter intimidation, the Cross Check program, and the voting machinery breakdowns reduce the vote count for the Democrats? What happened with the White women’s vote? Also, how do we account for the dramatic mismatch of polling data and actual votes? So many unanswered questions to explore.

Lastly, we will begin a discussion on what to expect from the Trump Administration. Already some appointments have been disturbing. What is the role of civil rights, voting rights, BLM and others in these times?

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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 […]

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Ebony McMorris

Ebony McMorris serves as the new National News Correspondent for Reach Media, a subsidiary or Radio one. You can hear her daily news segments on […]

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 […]