July 25, 2017

Our show on Tuesday, July 25th, 12:00-1:00 PM, will feature a discussion on the economic challenges facing Black Women in 2017 with a discussion of the Healthcare battle in the Senate, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day and the new movement for Black Mama Bail Out. Although at first glance these three issues might seem quite separate, they actually are very interconnected to the economic situation of Black women in our nation.

Our special guests will include Tanya Clay House, renowned civil rights attorney and educational opportunities expert, former Director for K-12 Education at the Department of Education during the Obama Administration; and Samantha Master, Black, queer, feminist activist, advocate and educator, African American Leadership and Engagement Specialist at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and member of Black Youth Project 100. Pictures and bios of our guests can be found at www.BarbaraArnwine.com.

This week call your Senators at 202-224-3121 to vote “No” on the repeal or replacement of the Affordable Care Act. The impact of the upcoming Senate vote on the Repeal and Replace of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have major affect on African American families and women. The threat of repeal will take away coverage for 32 million people and would increase the number of uninsured African Americans to 20% from the current estimated 11% under ACA. The rate of uninsured African Americans actually decreased by one-third under the ACA. If repealed, Black women will lose a lot of their increased ability under the ACA to rely on a “usual source of care”=a particular doctor’s office, clinic or health center. Black women also have benefited from the ACA by a significant reduction in those not having to defer or forego care because of cost and have been a good share of the 55.6 million women enrolled in private insurance who are able to get preventive care without paying out of pocket costs. See Center for American Progress, “5 Things You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act and African Americans.”

On Monday, July 31st, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day will be recognized with several coordinated national actions. This day marks the day when Black women’s pay finally catches up to the pay of White, non-Hispanic men from the previous year!!! White women’s equal pay day is in April but because Black women earn only 63 cents of the $1.00 paid to White men, we must work19 months to be paid what White men are paid in 12 months! Over a lifetime Black women lose an estimated $800,000 in earnings due to this inequity. Our show will discuss how our listeners can get involved in Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. We will also discuss what actions can be taken to end this wage theft. Be sure to follow planning on #BlackWomensEqualPay.

Another major cause of Black women’s economic deprivation is the racially predatory criminal justice system, in particular money bail which 700,000 people daily, many Black women and men are unable to pay. While in jail many lose their jobs, child custody, housing and other economic security. They suffer in jail even though never convicted of a crime because of the cost of money bail. LGBTQIA, especially, Transgendered are jailed muSandra Bland died in jail because she could not post bail! This past Mother’s Day, in an innovative movement, in 18 cities, 24 Black organizations raised over $700,000 and bailed out over 100 Black women. There remain thousands jailed, most for minor non-violent offenses, who deserve to be bailed out but lack the funding. We will discuss how people can support this effort. There is a major national effort to end money bail. We will discuss how our listeners can join this movement.

This will be an exciting and informative program. You don’t want to miss this show!

Be sure to listen live on Tuesday, July 24th, 12:00-1:00 PM, Eastern Time, in the DC Area at WOL 1450 AM and on the Internet worldwide at www.BarbaraArnwine.com.

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Samantha Master

Samantha Master is a Black, queer, feminist activist, advocate, and educator. Her work at the intersections of racial, gender and LGBTQ justice has been chronicled […]

Tanya Clay House

Tanya Clay House