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  • 02:02

    How Can Elected Officials Help Create Economic and Social Equality?

    in Women

    The right to vote has created black elected officials but many people believe that things have not changed. Can a person elected to public office really have an impact on the longtime condition of denial of access to economic opportunities? Legal segregation has ended, but social inequality remains a problem when it comes to equal protection under the law. So, what powers do our elected officials really have to change the conditions under which we live? Georgia State Representative Dar'Shun Kendrick joins us to discuss how elected officials can initiate actions that create opportunities for economic growth and can introduce laws that change behavior.

  • 02:02

    What Can Elected Officials Do To End Police Abuse of Citizens?

    in Women

    Tuesday April 7, 2015 is Election Day in Ferguson, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois and a number of cities across the U.S.  Police brutality is a major issue in communities where racism has run rampant throughout the criminal justice system and police have operated as enforcers in an ongoing practice of criminalizing African Americans, Latinos, and low income whites. When will it stop? Many citizens say it's time to change the people in City Hall. But the question is, what can elected officials really do to end police abuse of citizens? Fire the entire police force and start over with new hires? Develop a rigorous retraining program that involves racial sensitivity? Create a Citizen Review Board with the authority to fire police if found guilty of using unnecessary excessive force? Require that police who serve a community must live in the community that they police? Have body cameras on all officers, which must be on and active during all interactions with citizens? Theodore Daffin, a victim of police abuse and a subsequent cover up, shares his story and his hopes of one day receiving justice.


     


     

  • 02:03

    What Are We Really Paying Our Elected Officials To Do?

    in Women

    We are the employers of the Mayor, the Governor, the City Clerk, the City Treasurer, the Alderman, the States Attorney, the State Representative, the State Senator, and all the elected officials on the ballot. Our tax dollars pay their salaries. But what are they really supposed to be doing? Most citizens who vote really don't have a clue as to the job description of each elected office. Most public schools stopped teaching "civics" long ago. So, we give a lot of power and control over our lives to people and we don't even know anything about them, or the kinds of decisions they make that affect our daily survival. Bill "Doc" Walls, currently a candidate for Mayor of Chicago, has studied and even run for, a number of elected offices. Today he'll help us move closer to totalpolitical literacy with detailed explanations of the duties, responsibilities and hiring powers of those people running for public office who are asking for our vote in the upcoming election.

  • 02:01

    How Can Elected Officials Create Jobs In Poor Neighborhoods?

    in Women

    Citizens are frustrated with the absence of economic growth in drug infested, crime ridden communities. The easiest way to get elected as alderman in such areas is to promise to bring "jobs". But is that a realistic promise? What does it really take to convince businesses to move into a high crime area? How does an "entrepreneur" generate revenue among the unemployed? How does one compete with the ever thriving drug business run by well financed street organizations that are propped up by a hidden hand that no one seems willing to expose? This week we'll talk to candidates that are promising to change such frustrating conditions and we'll give voters a chance to ask hard questions and determine whether they are getting real answers. Today's guest, 15th Ward Alderman Toni Foulkes, explains her vision for the struggling Englewood community.


     


     


     

  • 00:30

    Trust in Elected Officials, a Requirement

    in Politics Progressive

    Trust in elected officials is a requirement people. We should send only people we trust to represent us and US. When those who are not trustworthy are proven to not be trustworthy we need to put in place a solution to replace them immediately. We need journalist to seek facts. We need journalist to be unbiased. Journalist need to be independent thinkers not special interest mongers. We all must learn to trust and verify.

  • 02:43

    What are your thoughts about what's going on Baltimore?

    in Education

    In the midst of what's going on in Baltimore, I wanna know what people think about the actions that are taking place. I've had countless discussions about this, since it's inception, and I'm almost exhausted already. There have been many different viewpoints that I've been a part of, and I would love to hear from you. What confuses me, is how people are saying that violence isn't the answer.....when in fact, violence is what has started it from the beginning. What are thoughts about what President Obama said, Ray Lewis and other celebrities? What constitutes a proper response? Do you like the response of the community? How do you think the elected officials have handled it? Are these actions warranted? How do you think media has handled the coverage? Cops, parents, politicians, clergymen, teenagers etc. are all encouraged to call in and share your thoughts tonight.


     

  • 00:30

    Elected Officials Live in Prosperity

    in Politics

    Do you like what you see our elected officials doing and not doing for America? Have you seen the best side of the GOP, Republicans, Democrats? Or are you seeing the bad side, the back end of US elected officials? Do you realize it only takes a massive organized collective out pouring to get the attention of elected officials.
    Why do we need their attention? We need JOBs, ACA, Veteran services across America, Unions to protect US worker rights, end US CEOs outsourcing of US jobs.
    Elected officials live in prosperity while growing numbers of Americans are living in, or one paycheck away from poverty.

  • 02:08

    Your Weekly Dose of Political Incorrectness 03-05-15 - With Jon & Ira

    in Politics Conservative

    This week we ask "Do you Love America?"


    More threats from ISIS, but the response is not what they expected.


    One state has decided to legalize Prostitutes for Elected Officials


    One way to stay in power, Kill the competition.


    What are other ways to use your cell phone? Other than making calls or sending texts.


    Some Obama supporters are regretting their decision....Can you guess who now?


    More states looking to reduce their budgets, by cutting waste. But liberals wont like what they are doing to save money.


    Anyone want Fried Duck for dinner? Well then perhaps you should hang out around a specific power plant.


    Don't miss our Bonehead of the week, and who made the cut for Hero of the week?

  • 02:02

    Political Prisoners: Do Elected Officials Use Jail To Silence Opposition?

    in Women

    Rev. Edward Pinkney, Pastor of God House of Faith in Benton Harbor, Michigan and President of BANCO, is a hard working activist who found himself in an unexpected place. Jail.


    Toni Meekey Stith, Chicago community activist working with Families of Those Wrongfully Convicted and candidate for Alderman of the 34th Ward, found herself also in an unexpected place. Jail.


    Both recognize trumped up charges placed against them which seem to originate from those whose positions of authority they are threatening with their public activism.


    We like to believe that America is a democracy where people are treated equally under the law but recent events have made it clear that this is not so. Many are outraged that those in "low income" communities tend to be arrested and jailed more often than those from affluent communities. But what about the injustice against those working people who are targeted simply because they dare to challenge those in authority? Sometimes those in power will become cruel and ruthless if threatened with the loss of a political position. Is jail being used as a tool by some in authority to silence their opposition?

  • 01:00

    Don't Forget Politics in Your Muni Broadband Marketing Plan.

    in Internet

    Developing relationships with elected officials and city government staff is critical to any muni network marketing plan, both locally and at the state level. For many communities, public networks are bipartisan efforts. At the state level, however, getting both sides of the aisle to come together behind these networks produces mixed results.


    The city of Sandy Oregon has a very stellar relationship between City staff, elected officials and constituents. City IT Director Joe Knapp and Sandy Council President Jeremy Peitzold tell us what works for them while offering other communities some perspectives to consider.



    how do city staff and city council form consensus defining the goals, getting funding and planning marketing;
    everybody wants the network built in their area first, and but political tensions can build because somebody has to be last;
    what do you do when one or two opponents of the network are one city council;
    is public networks’ role in economic development the key to legislative good will.

  • 01:00

    Nothing Works Like Marketing for Broadband Success

    in Internet

    Look at every successful Community network and you will find good marketing that begins months before a network actually launches. Longmont, CO has marketed its network for several years, and has the take-rates (new subscribers) many communities hope to achieve.


    Tom Roiniotis, General Manager of Longmont Power & Communications, shares some of public utility’s secrets for success, including:



    built bi-partisan support among local elected officials
    created consensus among the various constituencies
    managed expectations
    built strong word of mouth support
    launched creative and effective marketing communications
    use success to build greater success


    Roiniotis has explains how their nextLight network has how a lot of local enthusiasm that translates into sales, and excellent customer support that keeps subscribers loyal. He envisions in an endless series of applications and new innovations enabled by nextLight as a marketing advantage that will keep it ahead of competitors.