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Princess Blanding, candidate for Virginia Governor under the Liberation party joins host Sheri Shannon to talk about establishing a new party, rank choice voting, the marginalization of Black Women in elected offices, and her plans to govern Virginia.

You can follow her campaign at www.princessblanding.com

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    Women & Politics    July 22nd, 2021

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Senator Jennifer McClellan and Delegate Sally Hudson join Carol and Sheri today to talk about the new laws passed, specifically the abortion access bill, a tangent on gerrymandering and it’s impact not just on voting but on community health, and how to get involved in local politics to ensure your voice is heard.

Find them on their websites at:  Jennifer McClellan  and Sally Hudson – Sally for Virginia

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    Women & Politics    July 1st, 2021

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Atima Omara returns to talk women and politics with Sheri Shannon. Atima is the President & Chief Strategist of Omara Strategy Group which provides strategic consulting to candidates and organizations centering women and people of color in their work. She works on ensuring clients create winning political campaigns and build stronger advocacy organizations

Atima Omara is working towards a more reflective and representative democracy through progressive political strategy, leadership, and grassroots advocacy. Named to Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100” and Jet Magazine’s “40 Under 40” lists. An engaging speaker, Atima has provided political commentary on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and regularly presents at conferences.  She’s written for the American Prospect, Politico, EbonyThe Lily, and has been quoted in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, TIME, among others.

Since 2003, Atima has worked for a Virginia Governor, multiple Democratic candidates, labor, progressive organizations, and trained activists and candidates across the country. She is an expert in electoral campaigns, especially turning out hard to reach voters, issue advocacy and fundraising.

Atima earned her BA from the University of Virginia and her MPA from George Mason University. She lives in Northern Virginia.

You can follow Atima on Twitter at @atima_omara

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    Women & Politics    June 17th, 2021

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We ask them a fun question too .. we want to know what you think is important on the issues and the fun question…

We took over the second half of the hour to bring you a candidate for a local office in Richmond: yes the Sheriff’s office is up for grabs.. so stay tuned for another half hour..

You can find more information on their campaigns at:

Jennifer McClellan 

Jennifer Carroll Foy

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    Women & Politics    June 3rd, 2021

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“As a public servant, it has been a privilege to be the voice for children who were sexually abused and for women who suffered domestic violence; for small local business owners who were the victims of theft  or burglaries that devastated their livelihood; and for victims of violent crimes including rape, robbery, and murder.  As a Sector Prosecutor for more than 10 years,  I have been actively involved with various neighborhood associations and community groups throughout Richmond.  Recognizing the need to address the root causes of criminal behavior, I worked with other city stakeholders to create one of the first Mental Health dockets in the state in 2011. Prosecutors have a duty to  consider both the victim and the offender and to use our discretion to create equitable and proportional sanctions that will allow an offender to redress harm and also to successfully reintegrate into our community.

Website: Colette4RVA

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    Women & Politics    May 27th, 2021

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Dr. Sarah Scarbrough is the founder and director of the REAL LIFE, a non-profit birthed from her program in the Richmond City Justice Center (jail) after continually seeing the obstacles and hurdles those exiting incarceration continued to faced. Her vision was to more comprehensively serve those in adverse situations and through REAL LIFE and the corresponding Community Center and recovery house, she and her staff are able to do just that. Serving hundreds of clients a year, REAL LIFE has continued to grow and expand. 

Prior to REAL LIFE, she worked in the Richmond jail for 10 years. For the latter five, she was the Program Director in the Richmond City Justice Center (jail) for 5 years, where programming under her umbrella received international and national attention due to the innovative approaches and proven effectiveness. Prior to this, she conducted 5 years of research on programming in the jail. 

Dr. Scarbrough has received several awards and recognitions for the impact her work has had on the community. Most recently, she was named a “Hometown Hero” by Allen, Allen, Allen, & Allen. In 2018. Dr. Scarborugh was one of the People of the Year honorees from the Richmond Times Dispatch. She was awarded the Edward Peoples Award for Social Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University, and was named one of the Top 40 under 40 in Richmond, VA. 

Dr. Scarbrough received her PhD and Master’s from Virginia Commonwealth University and bachelor’s degree from UVA Wise. When not working, she stays busy with her three young children and husband!

https://www.tomrvaca2.com/

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    Women & Politics    May 20th, 2021

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Amanda Lynch is a trauma-informed specialist at Greater Richmond SCAN and a best-selling author and founder of Rethinking Resiliency. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College, where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She is a licensed educator and an expert in trauma-informed practices and mindfulness in the classroom. Lynch began working as a Special Education teacher in Richmond Public Schools in 2003. Amanda began practicing yoga in 2013 and instantly recognized the countless healing benefits yoga has to offer. She completed her RYT-200 in 2019. As a native of Glen Allen, she was very naïve to the poverty and trauma that plagued many of my students and their families. She sought out more information about substance use disorder, cultural responsiveness, and historical trauma as she navigated the systems and resources that could best support her students both in and outside of the classroom. For nearly twenty years, Lynch worked in a variety of capacities in public education, and briefly in correctional education.  It wasn’t until 2006 when her best friend, Angel J. Jackson, and her father, Herbert Sharpe, Sr., were brutally murdered that she truly understood how deeply trauma could impact an individual and their family. This single event changed the trajectory of her career. She calls upon both her lived and professional experiences as she engages in advocacy work.

 

Chloe Edwards is the Policy Analyst at Voices for Virginia’s Children. She leads policy and advocacy work in domains related to the social determinants of health (SDOH) with a focus on healthcare, family economic security, trauma-informed care and equity. In 2020, Chloe launched Virginia’s first Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week, which was recognized by Governor Ralph Northam. Now, the initiative has evolved into a campaign that empowers the voices and experiences of marginalized communities in acknowledgement of truth to promote healing, reconciliation, and justice. In implementation, Chloe shapes the campaign’s policy priorities and provides support to the coalition. During the 2021 GA session, Chloe helped lead efforts to successfully recognize racism as a public health crisis in Virginia, making the state the first in the south.  Prior to Voices, Chloe served as director of Connecting Hearts to solve Virginia’s child welfare crisis. In 2021, Chloe was recognized by The Valentine as a Richmond History Maker for the social justice category. In 2020, she was named on Style Weekly’s top 40 Under 40. She also received the Outstanding Service Award from Connecting Hearts in 2018 and she was named Radio One Richmond’s top 30 Under 30 in 2017. Chloe holds a Master of Public Policy in Leadership from Liberty University and completed the Minority Research and Law Institute Program at Southern University and the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Emerging Leaders program in 2019. Chloe currently serves as the founder of Chloe Edwards, INC and president of Black Lives Matter 804.

Chloe can be reached at [email protected].

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    Women & Politics    May 6th, 2021

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Today two leaders in developing programs to address community violence join Sheri Shannon and Carol Olson to talk about how their work in connecting hospital systems and communities. Rachelle Hunley, Bridging the Gap Network Manager and Emerging Leaders Coordinator and Amy Vincent, Assistant Director of the Injury and Violence Prevention Program at VCU discuss how their work impacts communities, how they are teaching other hospital to start these programs and how they interface with politics.

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You can find them on the web here, follow them on facebook and twitter at @VCU_IVPP

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    Women & Politics    February 11th, 2021

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On today’s show we sit down with Jewel Jordan, community activist and community organizer. She founded and is the Executive Director of Brown Virginia, a non-profit that provides a diverse and balanced voice to issues of importance in minority communities and Jewel was just appointed to the Maggie L. Walker Initiative Citizens Advisory Board here in Richmond.

Jewel Jordan was born and raised in Portsmouth, VA and is a proud graduate of Norfolk State University with a Bachelors in Sociology and Iowa State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Disorganization, Victimization and Community Cohesion. In May 2012 she became a Fellow with the Obama for America campaign. It is here where her passion for civic engagement, community advocacy and organizing developed. After the re-election of President Obama, Jewel would continue her work on various state and local elections through her creation of the Suffolk Young Democrats (SYD). With the support of the Suffolk Democratic Committee, Jewel served as President of SYD from 2013 to 2015 and was able to organize numerous community engagement events, such as political education forums, voter registration, school supply and food drives. In 2017 Jewel took her gifts to Richmond, VA and began her work as an Assistant Legislative Aide for the Office of Senator Lynwood Lewis and the Office of Delegate Luke E. Torian.Jewel is a graduate of the Virginia Progressive Leadership Program, a Life Member of the NAACP, a former Suffolk Chair with the Hampton Roads Young Democrats, a former member of Urban League of Young Professionals Greater Richmond,  has worked with the Virginia Civic Engagement Table as an Organizer for the Youth Virginia Votes Center-Richmond.

 

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    Women & Politics    January 21st, 2021

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Today Sheri and Carol talk about the events of the 6th of January, insurrection in our capitol and what it means for our communities. Next week they continue searching for the answers to fixing how politics leads communities.

 

    Women & Politics    January 7th, 2021

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