Experts on G20, Trump Jr., gun legislation, fires, and anti-Muslim rhetoric

July 10, 2017

This week WMC SheSource features experts on the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany; Donald Trump Jr.‘s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016; gun legislation following the shooting of Republicans at a congressional baseball practice; fires in Portugal and London; and anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Following the G20 Summit we SPOTLIGHT Dr. Radhika Balakrishnan to discuss America's role in the world now. Dr. Balakrishnan is executive director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, and Professor, Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Previously, she was Professor of Economics and International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. She is the co-editor with Diane Elson of Economic Policy and Human Rights: Holding Governments to Account (Zed Books, 2011). She is the author of Why MES with Human Rights: Integrating Macro Economic Strategies with Human Rights (Marymount Manhattan College, 2005). Media includes: Pacific Radio, Huffington Post, Law and Disorder Radio, Philadelphia Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio.

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With the many contradictions in the story behind Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer in 2016, we FEATURE Nomiki Konst. Nomiki is an advocate, writer and political communications strategist regularly appearing on national media outlets discussing politics. She's Founder & Executive Director of The Accountability Project, an investigative news start-up centered on political corruption. She hosts The Accountability Podcast, which focuses on political corruption. Media includes: Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, NY 1, HuffPost Live, Newsmax, CSPAN, ABC, CBC, NBC.

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Following the shooting of Republicans at a congressional baseball practice, conservative lawmakers look to loosen gun laws. To discuss, we FEATURE Kristin Goss. Professor Goss' current research projects focus on the role of philanthropic billionaires in policy debates and on the evolution of gun-related advocacy over the past decade. Professor Goss is also the co-author (with Philip J. Cook) of The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2014) and author of Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America (Princeton University Press, 2006, 2009), which examines the strategic and political barriers to mass mobilization for stricter firearms regulation. Media incldues: The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Raleigh News & Observer, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Newark Star Ledger.

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With the fires across the US, the Portugal wildfire, and the London Grenfell Tower block fire-- we FEATURE Sarinya Srisakul. Sarinya has been serving NYC as a firefighter since 2005. She is the first and is still the only woman firefighter of Asian descent in the FDNY. Srisakul is President of the United Women Firefighters. She has been a dedicated member of the United Women Firefighters since the beginning of her career and has held the positions of Secretary, Borough Representative and Vice President before her current presidency. Media includes: The New Agenda, The Village Voice, Newsday, CBS New York.

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Linda Sarsour has faced anti-Muslim threats following a speech at the annual Islamic Society of North America convention and we FEATURE Linda to discuss the affects of anti-Muslim rhetoric. Linda is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. Linda has been at the forefront of major civil rights campaigns including calling for an end to unwarranted surveillance of New York’s Muslim communities and ending police policies like stop and frisk. She co-chaired the 2017 Women's March. Media includes: New York Times; The Guardian; WNYC – NPR radio shows; Associated Press (print/video) NY 1.

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