articles tagged "Aaron Perry"

Brian Cronin

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | buzz
Brian Cronin

On Tuesday, December 18, host Aaron Perry spoke with former Idaho State Representative Boise Brian Cronin, now a Senior Vice President at Strategies 360. They speak about the referendum that Idaho recently voted on regarding the state’s teacher’s union rights and collective bargaining.   In 2011, the state was faced with a series of education reform proposals – “at the heart what they tried to do was erode the collective bargaining rights of teachers, but [these were] also proposals to require students to take online courses before graduation, and to put a laptop in the hands of each student.” This was for the purpose of saving money: through a combination of online courses and laptops, students would not need as many teachers and would use the other tools as replacements. There was a large public opposition to this, with enormous protests and rallies at the state house. Brian explained that there was bipartisan opposition, although the majority was Democrats. Nevertheless, the legislation did pass. “At that point, the opponents had about 6 weeks to generate enough signatures to put this on the ballot for 2012 …we had to gather roughly 48,000 signatures. We did that, we got close to double that number in a very short amount of time, so we knew it would be on the ballot on 2012.”   Brian, who described himself as a parent and former teacher, explains why he opposed the legislation himself, “This is personal for me… There was nothing about these reforms that suggested that we were going to improve student’s achievements…these were highly politicized measures that were designed to undermine and/or destroy teachers unions, and to do education on the cheap.”   Brian explains that their campaign was strong. All three of the laws were struck down, “In fact, on the third law – the one that was going to mandate online classes and a laptop to each student, the ‘No’ votes were higher than the number of votes Mitt Romney got in Idaho. And of course, Mitt Romney did very well here; this was one of his best states.”   Read Brian Cronin’s blog. Visit Strategies 360 here.   Listen to the interview: more »

Professor Beth Richie: Arrested Justice

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | buzz
Arrested Justice

On Tuesday, December 11, host Aaron Perry speaks with Professor Beth Richie, author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation. Beth Richie is a professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of a research institute that looks at race and public policy. She has also been an activist in the anti-violence movement, and has been conducting research on the prison industrial complex.   She speaks about the situation, “The prison industrial complex and all of its apparatus has really targeted black men. So we know that, and not that we’re not interested in that, but there’s an untold story about the ways that the prison nation – the law enforcement, the court system, the way jails and prisons are run – those same factors disproportionately affect black women, and it rubs right up against the ways black women experience domestic and sexual violence. So the book is really about making sure that in our work and our attention to the problem of mass incarceration and its impact on black communities, we don’t forget the sisters in that struggle.”   Beth explains that in addition to the way mass incarceration has a profound impact on the black community, it poses as especially difficult for the women. “We are additionally vulnerable to excessive violence from police officers, we experience domestic violence, and we sometimes don’t call the police because we don’t want to turn our men over to the criminal legal system. We are experiencing sexual assault at profound rates in our community, but we don’t talk about that because of the shame associated with sexual violence and because we don’t want to feed that larger narrative about black men as rapists.”   She wants readers to consider possible alternatives to prison incarceration, for people who have human, social, or medical needs. “If we put a few mental health clinics, a couple of health care facilities, a day care center, all of that would cost so much less than incarcerating people, and we’d be a stronger society because our communities would be healthy.”   Read more about Arrested Justice on Facebook   Listen to the interview here: more »

Senator Lena C. Taylor

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | buzz
Senator Taylor

On Tuesday, December 11, our host Aaron Perry spoke with Senator Lena C. Taylor from the 4th District of Wisconsin. She speaks about the latest news in the state government. She explains that because the Democrats lost the Senate majority, there has been a lot of shifting of offices.   She says what she is concentrating the most is the police brutality issue in Milwaukee, which she describes as “systemic”. She describes some instances of police brutality, such as not allowing a mother near her dying son, or officers nearly beating a man to the death. “We have a systemic issue here that we have to deal with as a community… There is definitely a systemic racism… Businesses hired individuals who were white males with a felony record when there was a black male who did not have a felony record and had all the credentials necessary for the job. Those are the kind of issues that we’re dealing with in this community, and it’s surely keeping us busy at the local level, and at the state level we are very busy because we have many things trying to take our elections from us…like, ‘what can we do to continue making it difficult for people to vote’.”   Senator Taylor explains that her number one priority is jobs. “People are struggling…and looking for us to create jobs, and a sustained type of living that our citizens desire and deserve.” Her other priority, she explains, is education.   Aaron asks Senator Taylor to speak about how she feels about the future of the nation, “I am encouraged that the President is really trying to make sure we do things in a balanced approach. He provides an opportunity for individuals from different sides of an issue to come together to try to come up with solutions to move forward…. The President has a solid recovery plan, and a vision.” She also explains her concerns at the federal level, “I don’t think there’s anything more important than the fiscal cliff, and I think the states even have to be concerned about the fiscal cliff because it’s going to have an effect on what dollars they are going to get.”   Visit the website of Senator Lena C. Taylor here.   Listen to the interview here:   more »

Karla Spencer-George: Midwest Black History Expo

Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | buzz
Midwest Black History Expo

On Tuesday December 4, our host Aaron Perry speaks with Karla Spencer-George, who is hosting an event for Black History Month – the first annual Midwest Black History Expo in St. Paul, Minnesota. Karla, from Detroit, Michigan, graduated from Winston University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, with an emphasis on computer science. She worked as an engineer for twelve years until her company shut down in Minnesota: at this point, she and her husband decided start their own online business, Liberation Clothing and Gifts, which sells clothing, documentaries, and books to promote black history and culture.   Karla speaks about how she decided to start the Midwest Black History Expo, “last year, around this time, we were looking for an event to be a vendor at, where we could sell our merchandise that promotes black history and culture. In Minnesota, we did not find one major event that celebrated Black History Month. We thought, we need to make this happen, and try to do it big.”   Dr. Julianne Malveaux will be the keynote speaker at the event. The expo will also feature an African Americans or Black Inventions and Inventors Exhibit: the exhibit will feature inventions such as the ice cream scoop, instant potatoes, and more. There will also be a children’s room with face painting and story readings, an art competition, a fashion show and performers, a seminar room featuring talks by local professors, and a documentary showing room.   Karla explains her passion for organizing this expo, “Sometimes people don’t know what the opportunities are, and it is my responsibility along with those who are doing okay to try to help others. It’s always a matter of giving back.” She also speaks about how often, many students do not receive adequate education about black history, “My first African American history class was taken at the University of Minnesota. I [was] in the course with some people from Nigeria and other places, and it seemed like they got some of these courses much earlier than we did, and it was disappointing that I was learning so much about my history at the age of 18-19 years, when I thought I would be learning this growing up, or at least in junior high or high school. It’s one of those situations where we could help close that education achievement gap if our kids knew about our rich history and accomplishments that some of our ancestors made.”   Click more »

Donald Gross: The China Fallacy

Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | buzz
The China Fallacy

On Tuesday December 4, host Aaron Perry speaks with Donald Gross, author of The China Fallacy: How the U.S. Can Benefit from China’s Rise and Avoid Another Cold War. Donald Gross has a background in government and politics: In 1992, he joined the White House Staff of the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration, then became a Senior Policy Adviser to the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and from there became the Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.   Donald speaks about his book, “I had a lot of experience dealing with the Chinese government diplomatically during my experience in government. During the Clinton Administration, especially, we were successful in improving relations with China, and bringing China into the World Trade Organization… it’s the largest growth market in the world for exports of U.S. goods and services.”   Donald explains the two major fallacies about China that he deals with in the book: the inevitability of war with China, and the harm the U.S. is experiencing as a result of a growing China. “On economic grounds I strongly believe that U.S. prosperity will increase as a result of improved U.S.-China relations, it will generate hundreds of thousands more U.S. jobs… On the security side, we all have to recognize something that’s not well known, that the U.S. has an overwhelming military superiority over China in both nuclear and conventional forces.” Aside from addressing the military and economic aspect of U.S.-China relations, Donald also speaks on the humanitarian aspect, “the most effective measure an authoritarian regime can use to justify internal repression of human rights is external threat from a foreign country. When U.S. ramps up military pressure against China, the internal police use that as a justification to legitimize their repression of democratic movements, of human right advocates in China.”   Learn more about Donald Gross and his book on his official website. Read related articles about this issue here. Listen to the interview here: more »

Page 9 of 14« First...7891011...Last »

rev. 52M