Friday, January 14, 2011

Patt Morrison for Monday, 1/17/2011 Martin Luther King holiday - SHOW ON TAPE


Monday, January 17, 2011

1-3 p.m.






1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Unemployment, education, health care, housing, justice… issues for African Americans… issues for all

Even as the economy is struggling back to its feet, what are the major concerns for African Americans in the current political and economic climate? With his Poor People’s Campaign, started in 1967, Dr. King targeted income and housing relief for all the poor, not just blacks below the poverty line. Where are we 44 years later? Unemployment among the poor is extremely high, high school drop-out rates soar, obtaining housing and good nutrition is a challenge in low-income areas, and equality of justice sometimes seems impossible. Should we just give up on King’s dream?  Reverend Eric Lee, of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater LA, and Professor Eddie Glaude of Princeton say no. What say you? 



Rev. Eric Lee, President and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater LA

  • He is founding member and chair of the Black Education Task Force, a collaboration of organizations working to improve the quality of education for black students in Los Angeles schools.
  • Rev. Lee is running for the District 1 seat on the Los Angeles Unified School LAUSD board against Marguerite LaMotte, who is seeking re-election.


Eddie Glaude, Professor of Religion and African American History at Princeton University

  • Steven C. Pitts, labor specialist at the UC Berkeley Labor Center
    He specializes in black unemployment.  UCLA formed the Los Angeles Black Worker’s Center, it tries to improve the quality and pay of jobs blacks hold.   He assisted with the creation nof the center and they are trying to replicated the model across the country. 


Robin Hughes, past Board member of the Southern California Association of Non Profit Housing and the President of A-bode Communities, one of the top 50 developers of affordable housing in the nation

  • She sat on Los Angeles Planning Commission and was Co-Chair of the Housing Element Task Force (2009); She worked on the ten year housing plan for the City of Los Angeles
  • Southern California Association of Non Profit Housing, SCANPH, is a membership organization that supports the production, preservation and management of homes affordable to lower-income households. They work with a broad coalition with other nonprofit, public and private partners.   They educate policymakers and the public about the need for affordable homes, and help to establish policies and programs that further these objectives.


Winston Peters, Assistant Public Defender for LA County; he manages the Special Operations Bureau’s Juvenile Division, which includes the juvenile mental health and drug courts and adult drug courts/Prop 36 courts, re-entry programs, initiatives and grants.





2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Tales of two school districts: LAUSD’s huge disparities & how to fix them

Student A attends El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, one of the top-achieving public schools in the state, a school that is a regular finalist in national Academic Decathlon competitions with plenty of advanced placement classes available, located in a bucolic upper-middle class neighborhood. Student B attends Belmont Senior High School in Westlake, a struggling school with an unbelievable 60% drop out rate where 80% of its students qualify for federal free or reduced lunches and students’ proficiency rates in both math and reading hover around 50%. How can two schools in the same district produce such wildly different results? This is the tale of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which with 617,000 students is one of the nation’s largest and most unwieldy, with huge disparities in access to good classrooms, teachers and coursework. Patt and her guests hear stories from students themselves about the differing experiences of going to school in the LAUSD and what can be done to bridge the educational gap.



Yomila Xoy (choy), senior at the Civitas School of Leadership magnet at Edward R. Roybal Learning Center

  • She hopes to attend Pomona College in 2011


Anastasya Lloyd-Damnjanovic, graduate of Marshall High School Class of 2010; she attended the School for Advanced Studies at Marshall

  • She will be attending Princeton


Izabella Ferayan, graduate of Daniel Pearl Magnet School Class of 2010

  • She will be attending UC Santa Barbara


Natalie Aguilar, graduate of Grant High School Class of 2010; she attended the Social Justice Small Learning Center at Grant

  • She is attending UCLA


Mabel Sanchez, graduate of Huntington Park High School Class of 2010

  • She is attending UCLA


Aden Binyam, graduate of University High School Class of 2010

She is attending Cal State Northridge


Sylvia Rousseau, professor of clinical education at the USC Rossier School of Education

  • Rousseau was the principal of Santa Monica High School from 1993 – 2000
  • She was the Superintendent of Local District 7 in the LAUSD from 2001 - 2005


Brock Cohen, English & humanities teacher at Grant High School in North Hollywood


Rev. Eric Lee, president & CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles







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