Gandy Gun Violence

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Avis Jones-DeWeever is joined by Kim Gandy, the President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, for discussions on sensible gun laws, logic, politics, domestic violence and the accessibility of guns due to private sellers and online vendors. New laws that prevent buyers from bypassing background checks are among the proposed reforms to ensure that people are safe.

Henderson Voting Rights

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Whether one thinks that the Voting Rights Act was a sign of improving racial conditions, or a threat to wide access to the ballad box, you’ll be intrigued by Avis Jones-DeWeever’s take on one of the most significant victories of the Civil Rights Movement, and hear from her guest how it is still relevant today.

Gurley Heart Disease

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The discussion about heart disease, the number one killer in women, is the focal point of Avis Jones-Deweever’s topic. The guest informs listeners about what can be done about the uphill battle that the medical community faces as it attempts to educate everyone on heart-healthy ways to improve their way of living.

America And Race

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Attorney General Eric Holder came under fire for saying that “we are a nation of cowards”. But in the wake of recent racially charge events in the country, contributor Avis Jones-DeWeever examines race relations in America by encouraging the citizens to face the truth about race in order to obtain reconciliation.

Black History Month

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It’s popular these days to debate the merits of Black History Month, but, says contributor Avis Jones-DeWeever, though African-American history is inching its way into the mainstream with movies like 12 Years a Slave and The Butler, this time provides a space to engage in sustained study and reflection on the contributions of a people. Instead of stirring controversy over whether or not to celebrate it, she says, use the time to discover something new about a history that for so long has been diminished.

Retirement

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According a recent report by the National Institute on Retirement Security, most Blacks and Latinos had nothing saved for their retirement. With fights gearing up to trim Social Security benefits and more public pensions hitting the chopping block, this is tough news. Contributor Avis Jones-DeWeever looks into the reasons for the discrepancy and wonders if the idea of retirement for communities of color has become an impossible dream.

 

War on Poverty

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On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, it seems Congress is looking to the past to come up with policy ideas to help the poor, says contributor Avis Jones-DeWeever, including holding up marriage as a possible solution. But for many, especially for Black women, she says, the solution is not that simple. Jones-DeWeever explains why more work needs to be done to find real answers to address poverty.

War On Children

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Most of us have heard of the war on women, but says contributor Avis Jones-DeWeever, there is an unspoken war being waged against black children in America. Zero-tolerance policies, the school-to-prison pipeline, the assault on public education, and cuts to poverty programs have hurts that group most, she says, and it’s time for the war to end. 

Supporting Women in Labor (The workplace, that is)

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As we pause to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of workers on this national observance of Labor Day, it’s worth pondering: What would the American labor force look like if not for the contributions of women? The short answer: It would be a shell of itself, says Jones-DeWeever. She explains why, despite the progress women have made in the workplace, the American labor market in tailored to a “Leave it to Beaver” sense of family structure that, for the most part, no longer exists.

In Self Defense

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In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, Jones-DeWeever wonders whether self-defense has become the new refuge for “Whites Only,” or at least “Whites Mostly.” A 2012 PBS Frontline study getting increased attention after the Zimmerman verdict shows that whites who kill blacks are far more likely to be found not guilty after claiming self-defense than are blacks who kill whites. In this commentary, Jones-DeWeever explores the implications of those findings.

   

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