#TWIBRADIO | Things We Missed This Week
(TWiB!) – Every week on #TWIBRADIO we try to bring interesting news stories to the public that they may or may not have seen on other platforms of media. But we can’t cover everything. In attempt to continue to highlight stories of interest News Coordinator L. Joy Williams will give a run down of things we’ve missed every Friday.
- Mitt Romney’s 47% video has only highlighted the contempt that many feel towards the poor. In fact, the poor are often blamed for things like high government spending and the moral decline of our society. These attitudes often seep into the minds of legislators and result in legislation that demonize the poor. Take for example in Michigan, in which a new law to take effect on October 1st will require parents receiving public assistance to not have their children miss more than 10 days of school in a year or the family will lose benefits. Why single out public assistance recipients? What kind of society do we live in that we punish people by taking away their ability to feed their family? via Fox Detroit
- Remember Louis Farrakhan? There was a time when he was regularly in the news making controversial statements and receiving both hateful scowls and praise from thousands across the country. He recently held a social media town hall taking questions from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube using the hashtag #AskFarrakhan. He has also been touring the country speaking on reducing violence in black communities. via Daily News
- Romney gives us a lot of material these days. He followed up his controversial 47% comments in a 60 minutes interview in which he states that the emergency room is how we should continue to treat the uninsured. Maybe Romney should take a break from the campaign trail and watch a new documentary entitled “The Waiting Room” which reveals the sad state of our healthcare system by giving the viewer a 24 hour view of a public emergency room. Maybe he would have a different view once he sees what the uninsured and the people who treat them have to deal with. via Salon
- In my opinion there are two major issues to be addressed that would drastically change our communities for the better, the drug war and comprehensive education reform. The must read op-ed of the week on the drug war and mass incarceration comes from Freeway Rick Ross and Antonio Moore titled “Letter from a Kingpin: A Discussion of Race, Politics and Slavery”. This #longread is well worth your attention and we should be asking legislators looking to represent our communities how they plan to address these vast disparities. via Huffington Post
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