Kristen Clarke is president and executive director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In this capacity she is a legal advocate on behalf of the rights of communities of color, especially in the areas of social justice, equal economic opportunity, criminal justice and judicial diversity, among others.
President and Executive Director, National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
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Kimberlé Crenshaw is a professor at Columbia Law School and UCLA Law School. Her work focuses on gender equality, race, social and racial justice, affirmative action, violence against women as well as structural racial inequality. She has also been an influential voice in racial justice campaigns such as “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women” and “Black Girls Matter.”
Crenshaw co-founded the African American Policy Forum to house a variety of projects designed to deliver research-based strategies to better advance social inclusion. She has also served as a member of the National Science Foundation’s committee to research violence against women and has consulted with leading foundations, social justice organizations and corporations to advance their race and gender equity initiatives. The American Bar Foundation named Crenshaw the 2016 Fellows Outstanding Scholar.
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We’re still with Newscast this week, with producers Robert Garcia and Dave Pignanelli guest editing this resource. Robert recommended the sources for this week and here’s what he had to say about them:
“Our two sources of the week are both recipients of prestigious MacArthur Foundation grants to further research into issues affecting the physical and psychological well being of residents of urban areas of the United States.
Cecily Hardaway is studying the effects of household and community violence on young people.
Vince Wang is studying the effects of concentrations of poverty in urban areas, ultimately seeking to help low income families find better places to live that offer opportunity and hope.
In a year filled with news about violence and soaring urban murder rates, Cecily and Vince offer the potential of substantive insight identifying both causes and solutions in regard to the challenges facing residents of the nation’s distressed urban areas.”
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If you’ve been following our features, you’ll have noticed that we’ve had NPR journalists on different beats – politics, science, arts – guest edit Source of the Week. This week, we have two producers from NPR Newscast, Robert Garcia and Dave Pignanelli, taking over the guest editing reins.
In light of the recent volatility in global markets, Dave recommended a source that could speak on this issue:
“Dr. Sung Won Sohn is an economist who specializes in the global economy – China in particular. What’s great about Dr. Sohn is that he doesn’t speak in jargon. He is excellent at putting business and economic news into context. The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Markets consistently rank him among the top economic forecasters in the U.S.”
“Dr. Margaret Simms is a policy expert who works for the Urban Institute. She is renowned for her expertise on the economic well-being of African Americans, and has been featured on Marketplace and Tell Me More. She is the kind of expert who can give us a deeper understanding into the character of urban communities and how they are affected by violence and by lack of economic opportunity. Of course, she can’t speak directly to the law enforcement aspects, that’s not her area of expertise, but I would recommend Dr. Simms for the ‘2nd and 3rd’ day stories – once we’ve gotten past the headlines and are able to take a deeper dive into underlying aspects of the challenges facing America’s urban areas.”
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This week, Investigations Digital Editor Alicia Cypress spoke to her colleague Joe Shapiro for a source who could speak on disability issues:
Kathy Martinez is senior vice president of Disability Market Segment & Strategy for Wells Fargo.
As former assistant secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) for the U.S. Department of Labor, she led ODEP in putting policy priorities into practice through several innovative grant programs. Martinez speaks and publishes on a wide array of topics related to disability employment, including the emergence of disability as an essential component of workplace diversity.
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Our sources this week were handpicked by guest editor Alicia Cypress, who is the Investigations Digital Editor. She chose two experts to feature this week:
“Alexes Harris was one of Joe Shapiro’s sources in his year-long “Guilty And Charged” series, about the unfair use of fines and fees court systems impose on criminal defendants – many who are too poor to pay. She’s an associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington and is an affiliate at the university’s West Coast Poverty Center and Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology.”
“A nurse since 1978, Tony Hilton can talk about the physical stress people in her profession go through just by doing their everyday jobs. She can also explain the safest methods and proper techniques to handle patients, so nurses don’t get hurt. And she’s a good resource to talk about effective strategies for getting hospital culture to change.”
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We’re still hanging out with NPR’s Science Desk this week, and our sources were recommended by Michaeleen Doucleff. Here’s what she said about these experts:
“Pediatric surgeon and Harvard grad Dr. Henri Ford is chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. And he’s a great source on neonatal surgery, medical education, inequalities in the U.S. healthcare system and global surgery.
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ford returned to where he grew up – Port-au-Prince – and literally hit the streets looking for the wounded. When Ford returned to the U.S., he gave up a lucrative offer in Pittsburgh to take his current post in East Los Angeles. Why? He wanted patient diversity. A friend of mine, who worked under Dr. Ford, summed why he should be on the air: “Dr. Ford has a powerful, charismatic voice and his message is from the heart.”
“Dr. Purna Kashyap, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is a fantastic source for discussing the health implications of the microbiome and for diseases connected to the gut and diet, such as diabetes, IBD, celiac disease and food allergies.
What impresses me the most about Dr. Kashyap is his honesty – even when it comes to discussing taboo topics. Last summer I talked to him about the science behind … well, flatulence … and he explained how it’s actually a sign of a healthy microbiome. “A healthy individual can have up to 18 flatulences per day and be perfectly normal,“ he said. “Eating foods that cause gas is the only way for the microbes in the gut to get nutrients.”
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