For the whole hour are Heina Dadabhoy, Sarah Jones, and Chani Getter; three women who have come out, and summoned over time, unimaginable courage to live apart from the religious doctrines of their childhoods – Islam, Christian Fundamentalism, and Hasidic Judaism, respectively. Listeners can gain further insight or assistance from the following sources: www.inspirationallivinginc.com; www.footstepsorg.org, www.au.org, www.aveilandadarkplace.com, becomingworldly.wordpress.com; www.homeschoolersanonymous.wordpress.com; www.freethoughtblogs.com; “Cut Me Loose,” by Leah Vincent; “Unorthodox,” by Deborah Feldman; “Faitheist, How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious,” by Chris Stedman; www.exmna.org.
Vahe Mesropyan, third year UCI law school student, and lead drafter of a recently released UCI Law Clinic report to the UN; talks about the Clinic’s investigations of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s excessive force, as well as accountability and transparency issues. During the second half of the show, O. C. Chapter Chair of the Brady Campaign for the Prevention of Gun Violence, Charles Blek, covers: firearms legislation that awaits Gov. Brown’s signature; the mystifyingly low level of UCI student activism regarding firearms; and O. C. Sheriff Hutchens’ concealed weapons processing. For support of AB1014 and SB 505, Governor Brown can be contacted at: 916-945-9691.
In advance of the Sept 20-21 Climate Change rallies to be held around the world, both an academic and an activist continue taking up their own charge. UCI Professor Earth System Scientist Steve Davis brings new vocabulary for the common man as well as necessary global perspectives. Returning to Ask A Leader, is Climate Change Lobby activist Mark Tabbert, posts us on his organization’s recent legislative and media inroads toward instituting a carbon tax. Information about the 2000+ events planned in 150 countries rallies is available at: peoplesclimate.org.
Victoria Bernal, UCI Professor of Anthropology, talks about her brand new book, “Nation as Network: Diaspora, Cyberspace, & Citizenship,” published by the University of Chicago Press. Bernal edifies with a privileged look at Eritrea’s diaspora, and makes connections with other nations’ use of cyberspace.
Artist and curator, Leslie Davis; artist Kurt Weston; and UCI neuroscientist, Henry Klassen; talk about collaborating in “THE ART OF STEM CELLS” at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art gallery, a SciArt exhibit with the scientists of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at UC Irvine. Opening night is Sept 6; the exhibit runs through Oct 10. O CCCA, is located at 117 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana, CA. Regular hours: Thursday, Saturday & Sunday: 12-5pm and Friday: 12-8pm. A second opening night is on Oct. 4, intended for adults, given the artistic media with which patrons will be invited to work. More information is available by calling 714.667.1517.