News and Public Affairs 11-27-2023

News and Public Affairs 11-27-2023

2023-11-27T14:09:49-05:00November 27th, 2023|Blog, Weekly Guests|Comments Off on News and Public Affairs 11-27-2023

Counterpoint with Scott Harris

This week’s guests:

  1. Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Kirkland and Ellis professor of law at Harvard University, and Megan Bailey, communications director with the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, examine the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that private individuals and groups such as the NAACP do not have the right to sue under a key section of the federal Voting Rights Act, a decision that contradicts decades of precedent and will likely further erode protections under the VRA.
  2. Hassan El-Tayyab, legislative director for Middle East policy at Friends Committee on National Legislation, discusses the future of the temporary “humanitarian pause” in Gaza, his group’s work advocating for a return of all the hostages, unfettered aid access, and a permanent ceasefire — as well as the urgent need to begin negotiations on reaching a just and lasting peace for all Israelis and Palestinians.
  3. Jeff Cohen, co-founder and policy director of, is a media critic, columnist, documentary filmmaker, retired journalism professor and founder of the media watch group FAIR. He’ll discuss Roots Action’s Step Aside Joe campaign.
  4. Tom Swan, executive director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group talks about the group’s scorecard rating insurance companies’ underwriting of fossil fuel companies, the proposal for new vehicle emissions standards in Connecticut, and the group’s upcoming 52nd Anniversary and Awards Celebration.

Monday, November 27 at 8:00 PM and in the WPKN archive.

First Voices Radio with Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Tiokasin Ghosthorse’s guest this week on First Voices Radio is Vanessa Machado de Oliveira Andreotti, professor and Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria (Canada) and author of “Hospicing Modernity: Facing Humanity’s Wrongs and Implications for Social Activism.” She is one of the founding members of Gesturing Decolonial Futures Collective and Teia das 5 Curas, an international network of Indigenous communities. They’ll discuss global healing and wellbeing in times of unprecedented challenges.

Tuesday, November 28 at 12:00 noon.

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