Michelle M. Ortiz is the Director and Supervising Attorney of the Lucha and Asylum & Refugee Projects at Americans for Immigrant Justice (formerly known as FIAC) in Miami, Florida. AI Justice is a non-profit law firm dedicated to promoting and protecting the human rights of immigrants through a unique combination of free direct services, impact litigation and policy reform. Ms. Ortiz specializes in the representation of immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. She talks to Shelly about the struggles undocumented immigrants face every day and how we can help.
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RadioActive: The road to ‘you know where’ is paved with good intentions: Can ecological theory change our course?
This Sunday we were joined by the “Community Psychology Rockstar” Dr. Ed Trickett who engaged us in a thought provoking dialogue about ecological theory as a way to understand and interact with our social worlds.
Thinking ecologically in terms of our social world is a relatively new idea. According to Ed we have yet to fully incorporate our knowledge and understanding of social ecology into thinking, actions, and research with communities. As a renowned Community Psychologist, Ed, who has spent much of his career developing and working within the ecological framework, took us through his understanding of ecology. Ed discussed with us the implications of continuing to locate social issues within individuals rather than understanding the complex relationships we all have to our local and global environments and tackled listener questions on policy as well as tangible examples of what ecological theory can look like in our community work.
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This week, we had a mini-special on Ferguson, Eric Garner, and the recent protests that have popped up all over the nation. We were lucky enough to have not one, but two special guests: Nicole Spencer– who you may know from Left of the Dial– and also, Meg McGee, ex-Counterpointer and the current Program Director for WVUM! Anyways, we had a pretty good hour-long discussion on the topics of race, police relations, and social policy. We’re considering doing another special on these, but nothing concrete yet; stay tuned for more information.
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This week, of course we talked about the executive action by Obama for immigration reform and all the politics associated with it. We also took a moment to reflect on the recent shooting at our biggest rival school: FSU, which led into a broader discussion about mental health and guns in America.
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The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade improves the lives of women and girls through grant making, research, advocacy and education. Their vision is to create a community where all women and girls have equal access, opportunity and influence. Women and girls thrive when they have the right to safety, opportunity and self-determination in every aspect of their lives. When we invest in women, we are investing in the future prosperity of our community.
Chantil Dukart, a recent graduate from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, joins Shelly on N4P to talk about her debut album, “In The Beginning.” In a world filled with divas, Chantil stands out as one who is comfortable in her own skin. She talks about what it is like to stay true to herself despite the harsh demands of the music industry. Her music encourages young girls to stay confident, motivating them to act with autonomy.
Ann Levine graduated from the University of Miami’s Law School in 1999. Since then, she has helped more than 2,000 law school applicants. Law school is challenging, with a lot of pressure placed on the students to succeed academically. So why does one go to law school? For the money, for the magical $160,000 that recent law school grads made fresh out of school? There is so much good that can be done, actual changes that can be made with a law degree.
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This week, we talked about the US-China deal that will (hopefully) massively reduce the pollution from both countries. We also touched on the Keystone XL Pipeline and alternative fuels. Then we touched on the Gruber comments and Obamacare in general. We ended with a light touch on immigration reform amidst the looming threat of executive action.
Unfortunately we had a few technical issues this week which cut off the first chunk of the discussion and a few sweepers in-between. This will hopefully be fixed for next week. Nevertheless, catch the replay after the break, as always. Keep it locked.
Men and body image are usually not associated with each other. More and more we hear about the issue of photo shopping women’s bodies to make them look thinner or in some places bigger. There is a lot of media attention on just how ridiculous the body proportions are supposed to be for females aspiring to that ultimate goal of beauty and really acceptance in society. But what you don’t hear very often are the stories of men who struggle with the same issues of body acceptance. Those men who you’d never assume even think about body image. Brian Cuban talks to Shelly about his experiences with anorexia and bulimia and how he overcame those eating disorders with the right support system. His book, Shattered Image, recounts his life story.
For resources on eating disorders you can head over to the counseling center at the University of Miami or call them at 305 284- 5511
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This week, we talked everything ’2014: the massive Republican takeover of the Senate, everything in Florida from Scott’s victory to proposition 2, and even a bit of looking forward to 2016. That’s about it; as always, catch the replay after the break. Keep it locked.