WNWR The Word 1540 AM Philadelphia 3-30-2024

“YT” Bell Discusses the Organization, And Still I Vote (ASVI)

Yterenickia "YT" BellToday’s first guests are Yterenickia “YT” Bell and Bree Spencer. “YT” Bell, Senior Director of And Still I Vote (ASIV) will discuss the goals of the ASIV campaign and how voting in local, state, and federal elections can help ensure our democracy works for all. And Still I Vote (ASIV) is a campaign of The Leadership Conference Education Fund that recognizes that we can deliver to our communities when we wield our power at the ballot box. The ASIV campaign aims to engage, educate, and increase civic participation to protect our freedoms and strengthen our democracy. One of the ways we are failing as a democracy is our criminal-legal system, which is plagued with inequities. For more information about ASIV, please visit AndStillIVote.org.

Unveiling a Vision for Justice with Bree Spencer

Bree SpencerJoining YT Bell is Bree Spencer, Senior Program Director of Justice Reform, who will explain the connection between mass incarceration and disenfranchisement and why ending mass criminalization and incarceration in the United States is an urgent civil rights issue. Vision for Justice (V4J) aims to provide specific information about improving the criminal-legal system, help hold our elected leaders accountable, and amplify the urgent need for a new paradigm for public safety. For there to be justice for all, changes such as passing sentencing reform, improving prison conditions, and helping formerly incarcerated people reintegrate into society must occur to create a system that acknowledges the humanity of all people. For more information about the criminal-legal system, please visit VisionForJustice.org.

 


Jennifer Pipa on Spring Disaster Outlook

Jennifer PipaOur last guest today is Jennifer Pipa, Vice President of the American Red Cross Disaster Programs. She will discuss the Disaster Outlook for this Spring.  The year 2024 has the Potential for Extreme Disasters to upend lives and communities across the U.S. This is part of a growing trend affecting families experiencing more frequent and intense disasters yearly. This spring, forecasters predict above-average temperatures in the Northern States from Coast to Coast, while families out west could face drier conditions, and those in the east may see higher rainfall.

Jennifer Pipa is the Vice President of Disaster Programs for the American Red Cross. Before this role, Pipa served as CEO of Georgia’s Red Cross, which served more than 10 million people across all five lives of Red Cross service in 159 counties. Pipa previously served as the Regional Executive for the Red Cross of Central Florida. For more information, visit www.redcross.org.


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