Experts on Trump budget, Steve King, ACA vote, Syrian War, and Developmental Disability Awareness

March 13, 2017

This week WMC SheSource features experts on President Trump’s budget, Iowa Congressman Steve King’s pro-white nationalist comments, the Affordable Care Act vote happening this week, the sixth anniversary of the Syrian War, and Developmental Disability Awareness Month.

President Trump's budget plans is expected to introduce massive cuts to the federal workforce and, for her analysis, we SPOTLIGHT Rebecca Thiess. Rebecca joined the Pew Chritable Trusts as the Fiscal Fedralism Initiative's Senior Associate in September 2015. Prior, she was a Policy Analyst at Americans for Financial Reform from 2013 until 2016 and a Policy Analyst at the Economic Policy Institute from 2010 to 2013. While at EPI, she put together a number of budget reports, including “Investing in America’s Economy”, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget alternatives, the “Budget for All” and “Back to Work Budget”. Media includes: CSPAN, BBC, Sun News, Arise America, Philadelphia CBS affiliate.

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Iowa congressman Steve King recently tweeted (and defended) comments that endorse white nationalist sentiments. To discuss, we FEATURE Kelly J. Baker. Kelly has a PhD (2008) in American religious history from Florida State University and her academic scholarship included 14 articles, 39 conference presentations, and two books on religious and racial hatred, apocalypticism, religion and gender, religion and popular culture, and horror. She’s been researching and writing about white supremacy, white nationalism, racism, and religious intolerance for over 11 years. Her award-winning book, Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 (University Press of Kansas, 2011), is the first to analyze the white religious nationalism of the 1920s Klan and the continued legacy of their particular form of white nationalism today. Media includes: New York Times, Religion & Politics, The Atlantic, The Revealer.

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The vote on whether or not the Affordable Care Act will be repealed is happening this week and we FEATURE Judy Lubin, PhD, MPH. Dr. Lubin is an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at Howard University and a researcher and lecturer on health policy and health disparities. She has led strategic projects and initiatives addressing an array of social and policy topics including housing, education, civil rights, criminal justice and public health. A former Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Public Health Fellow, Dr. Lubin is an expert on minority health issues and the intersection of race and social policy. She has written extensively about health policy and equity and received a grant from the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library for her research on race and the politics of health reform. Media includes: The Wall Street Journal, NBC, PBS.org, Baltimore Sun, Ebony Magazine, theRoot.com, Chicago Sun Times, XM Satellite Radio.

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The Syrian War is reaching it's sixth anniversary and we FEATURE Pia Wanek. Pia is the director of Humanitarian Assistance at Global Communities and has led their response to a variety of crises, including the West African Ebola epidemic, the 2014 war in Gaza, and the ongoing Syrian conflict. A seasoned humanitarian assistance professional, Ms. Wanek has more than 12 years of experience in the donor community and the NGO world. She worked for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance for six years, predominantly on East and Central Africa emergency response programs, and supported the civil-military portfolio at the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and strategic planning and policy development at the Consular Affairs bureau at the State Department. Media includes: DevEx, the Cipher Brief, Vice News, Global Communities, Middle East Institute.

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With March being Developmental Disability Awareness Month, we FEATURE Stephanie Thomas. Stephanie is a Disability Fashion stylist and thought leader with over two decades of experience following clothing trends for people with disabilities (PWD). She has produced and presented disability fashion styling segments on the WB Cable Channel and CBS TV. Her photo shoots featuring actors and athletes with disabilities have been featured in People, Huff Post, S Moda and more. Stephanie also edits and writes about fashion/ lifestyle issues for PWD on cur8able.com. Currently she is an adjunct Fashion and Speech professor at The Art Institute of California, and is developing Disability Fashion Styling curriculum for fashion and occupational therapy students. Media includes: People, Huffington Post, S Moda, CBS TV.

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