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
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.
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 Wangis 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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
We’re moving from the Education Team to the Science Desk this week, with Michaeleen Doucleff editing. Here’s what she had to say about her handpicked sources:
“Dr. Wendy Chung is about as close to a real-life Dr. House as it comes. Instead of a whiteboard and sardonic tongue, Chung’s secret weapon is DNA. Both a pediatrician and scientist, Chung runs the Clinical Genetics Program at Columbia University. Most recently she’s turned her attention to autism.
Chung is a fantastic source for any story about genetics, heart disease, obesity and autism. She was the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes, and can speak about bioethics.”
“I met Dr. Pearl Chiu a few months ago at her office in Virginia Tech. Right away I was impressed by how easily and clearly she talked about complex topics, such as neuroscience, depression and addiction. Many researchers work in these areas, but only a few can discuss the science behind them in simple and engaging ways. Chiu is one of them.
Chiu is a rising star in an emerging area of neuroscience, called neuroeconomics. She and her team study the circuitry in our brain that controls how, when and why we make and change decisions. Chiu is also a good source for discussing PTSD, altruism and prejudice.”
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We’re still with the Education Team this week with Elissa Nadworny guest editing, and she’s handpicked some pretty great and versatile sources!
“However, the more systemic instances of racism that permeate higher education are rarely acknowledged. Our failure, for example, to really talk about race manifests in a growing trend among higher education professionals and advocates, like myself, to use the more mainstream term of “equity.” While race is often implicit in these conversations, “equity” is quickly becoming a catchall phrase that could easily, once again, marginalize the issue of race.
Equity does prompt attention to a range of marginalized populations based on markers such as socioeconomic status, gender, etc. – important lenses for addressing discrimination – but discrete attention to race is often lost in the process. I also recognize that the term equity is more palatable; after all, initiating a conversation by talking about race is often a nonstarter. But just because we are uncomfortable with the word, or more specifically, uncomfortable with our country’s racial past and its lingering effects, does not mean that the blemish is not there. To the contrary, our discomfort allows these wounds to deepen.”
“The straw that breaks the camel’s back is when economically this really comes home to folks in these states that are on the edge of decline right now as a result of failing to educate this population. So you look at California and Texas—two states in which half or more of their K-12 population is Latino. And there have been studies done that look at what the consequences of that are economically for the state… Well, California right now can’t close its budget gaps. That’s not all because of Latino kids. But it’s a piece of it. We’re not generating enough income because we’re not generating the kind of educational product that we need. So my hope is that people begin to connect the dots and realize this is affecting each of us because the state is not going to be able to sustain itself.”
We’re making a smooth transition from politics to the Education Team this week, and our guest editor is the Elissa Nadworny:
“Rampant data collection is not only destroying student privacy, it also threatens students’ intellectual freedom. When schools record and analyze students’ every move and recorded thought, they chill expression and speech, stifling innovation and creativity.”
“Students today are more racially segregated today than they were in the late 1960s prior to the enforcement of court-ordered desegregation in school districts across the country… We have to educate parents, and it has to be on a regular basis, when parents are not just learning about what their kids are learning in the school, but what the political process is and where their voice fits.”