Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sisters in Law - The Radio Show

Davida Mathis and Janice L. Mathis
Real Sisters
Real Lawyers
Really Good Advice
Listen to Sisters in Law, Saturday  3-6 p.m. News and Talk WAOK.Com
Davida practices family and criminal law in Greenville, SC
Janice is Executive Director of NCNW, based in Washington, D.C.

Clean Water for Flint

Clean Water for Flint

NCNW urges U.S. lawmakers to act swiftly to replace lead-tainted water pipes in Flint, Michigan. Children exposed to lead are likely to suffer permanent impairment. The U.S. House and Senate agreed to provide federal aid to Flint under WRDA in September. Lawmakers are urged not to back away from that commitment. This is not a question of politics - it is a question of morality. The children of Flint deserve our support. Government exists to take action when no individual or local action is sufficient. 

The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) provides critical investment in the country’s aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, assists poor and disadvantaged communities in meeting public health standards under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, and promotes innovative technologies to address drought and other critical water resource needs. 

In his first address as president-elect, Donald Trump pledged, "We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none." There is bi-partisan agreement that the situation in Flint is intolerable and dangerous. 

In September, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), ranking member of the Senate EPW Committee, indicated “We applaud the House of Representatives for passing its Water Resources Development Act and for providing a path forward for a final bill that includes (funds to) address the drinking water contamination in Flint, Michigan. We are confident that Congress will send to the president’s desk this year another robust bipartisan infrastructure bill, which will grow the economy, improve public safety, and restore ecosystems while also providing support to communities facing failing water and wastewater infrastructure.” 

NCNW was founded in 1935 to lead, advocate for and support women and their families. Today, NCNW speaks on behalf of a coalition of national women's groups with combined membership of nearly 3,000,000.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sensible Gun Ownership
(June 17, 2016 – Washington, D.C.) NCNW expresses its sympathy for those who lives were savagely taken at the Pulse nightclub and we are heartbroken for the loved ones of the victims Orlando terror attack. 
The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) agrees with efforts to prevent terrorism suspects from acquiring guns or explosives. There is no reason to permit a person with sufficient ties to terrorism that they are included on a no-fly list to obtain a weapon. 
NCNW also agrees that it is time to close the gun show/Internet loophole.  Gun purchasers should undergo background checks no matter where the purchase is made.  There is no rational distinction to be made between guns sold online, in a brick-and-mortar store or at a temporary gun show.  If anything, it makes even more sense to conduct a background check in sales settings where the buyers and sellers are even more anonymous than they are at the typical retail store.  That includes purchases made at gun shows and Internet websites.

We would go further.  Permitting a gun purchaser to obtain a weapon if the background check cannot be completed in three days makes no sense, either.  Dylan Roof might have been stopped from slaying nine Bible study students in Charleston had he been denied a gun as a result of the crimes that a completed background check would have revealed.
Listen to Sisters in Law - Saturdays, from 3-6 p.m. on CBS Radio News and Talk 1380 WAOK

Democrats Leave Philadelphia Stronger Together

Democrats offered a smorgasbord of policy options to one of the most diverse political gatherings in US history. More than half the delegates to the conventionwere black, Latino, LGBTQ, disabled, Native American, Pacific Islander or female. On the history making final convention night, Democrats unabashedly showed their liberal roots. Clinton promised criminal justice reform, infrastructure investments, civil rights enforcement, environmental protection, gun control and debt free higher education. The delegates, blogosphere and even conservative pundits ate it up.
One explanation is that the liberal policy proposals were served as an appetizer to a main course of patriotism, military might, flags and moral superiority. The takeout from the evening’s festivities seemed to leave viewers with a sense of confidence, competence and optimism. In short, stronger together.
It remains to be seen whether Thursday night’s euphoria translates into grassroots GOTV investment and more than a temporary surge in the polls. And even more distantly into the future, the real test of an artfully crafted message is whether any President can pull us close enough together to realize our common destiny as Americans.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mathis at The National Press Club for Stateswomen for Justice

Program participants included April Ryan, White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, Economist Julianne Malveaux, civil rights advocate Barbara Arnwine.  It was organized by Hazel Trice Edney for Newswire.