April 17, 2018

Our show on Tuesday, April 17, 12:00-1:00 PM EDT will focus on the new Executive Order issued by President Trump on Tuesday, April 10, which seeks to impose work requirements for recipients of public assistance and the new proposed Farm Bill which would cut $350 million dollars in assistance to programs to help rural communities and small farmers.

Our show guests are Rudy Arredondo, President/CEO/Founder of the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association; Joel Segal, Executive Director of the North Carolina Climate Change Coalition and Activist, North Carolina Poor People’s Campaign; and others guests. See guest pictures and bios at www.BarbaraArnwine.com.

In an unfortunate and divisive move, on Tuesday, April 17, President Trump signed an executive order requiring the Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture and several other agencies to develop policies and programs to impose work requirements for recipients of Welfare which was defined as including public assistance programs. Using Reagan era rhetoric, Trump alleged that this order was necessary to decrease dependency on the government. He also embraced drug testing requirements. Yet as critics quickly pointed out, work requirements is about stereotyping the poor as many recipients of “food stamps” and Medicaid are the working poor. And all studies of drug testing have shown that very few recipients use drugs.

Later that week, the House Agriculture Committee, released a draft farm bill which would slash $350 million from the budget by eliminating six programs which provide support for “regional food economies and rural conservation and renewable energy efforts.”

I show will discuss the impact of the new executive order and this proposed draft Farm Bill. Questions to be examined include: How to educate the American public to not fall for the stereotypes of welfare dependency?; What is wrong with work requirements?; What has been learned from existing work requirements?; Which programs are better to help the working poor reach greater self-sufficiency?; Why are the cuts to the Farm Bill problematic?; How can our listeners help to oppose these devastating measures. These subjects and more will be covered during our show.

You don’t want to miss this show!

Sure to listen live in the greater Washington DC Metro Region on Tuesday, April 17, 12:00-1:00 PM EDT, at WOL 1450 AM, and worldwide on the Internet at www.BarbaraArnwine.com. You may call with questions and comments at 800-450-7876. A podcast of the show will be available on Tuesday evening.

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Rudy Arredondo

Rudy Arredondo, “el Hijo del Pueblo,” the “Son of the Peoples” has spent his lifetime defending the rights of Latinos around the United States. He […]

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 […]

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