C.L.U.E. Sets The Table AND Shiny Objects Trump Policy

Rabbi Jonathan Klein, Executive Director of Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice (C.L.U.E.) speaks in advance of their 2-22-17 special event “Architects of Justice” to be held 6-9 p.m., at the Temple Beth Shalom 2625 N Tustin Ave. in Santa Ana. Honorees include: Father Arturo Querijero Ferraras; Former Irvine Mayor Beth Krom; and Jennifer Muir Beuthin, General Manager of Orange County Employees Association. All the details are available at: http://www.cluejustice.org/. Local CLUE organizers contact information is also available on this website. OC personnel include: Sandra Ortega sortega@cluejustice.org and Anaheim rep.Irene Arellano iarellano@cluejustice.org.

Our second guest, UCI Professor of political science and rhetoric, Keith Topper (minute 31) takes us to the intersection of propaganda and rhetoric. Key is directing our direction toward policy and away from shiny objects.

Saffire Legal Takes on Sexual Harassment

On this Valentine’s Day edition of AAL, Teresa McQueen of Saffire Legal, takes up how her niche practice gives special expertise to employers and employees toward preventing sexual harassment at the workplace. Ms. McQueen’s practice offers legal, human resources, etiquette, and civility training for before or once these transgressions occur. She can be reached at: 949-535-5266, http://saffirelegal.com/, linkedin, Facebook and on Twitter. Her office is located at 2372 Morse Ave., Ste. 442, Irivne, CA. Additional resources are available these California and federal sites respectively: http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/ and https://www.eeoc.gov/.

“Refinery Town;” Richmond Refines Grassroots Model AND Introducing UCI’s Brand New School of Nursing

Labor activist and writer Steve Early talks about his recently released book, “Refinery Town; Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City,” published by Beacon Press. He offers promising news about the force of grassroots efforts from the Richmond Progressive Alliance vis a vis the Chevron Corporation juggernaut. Copies of this book are available at: http://steveearly.org/, http://www.beacon.org/Refinery-Town-P1229.aspx, or your favorite independent book dealer.  Watch for him in your area as he continues his national book tour!  View details about the Richmond refinery fire in 2012 at: http://www.csb.gov/chevron-refinery-fire/.

Then we’re one of the first to present on the airwaves – the founding dean of UCI’s Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing and a professor of nursing science, Dr. Adey M. Nyamathi (minute 33). She links current initiatives with the degrees offered at the school, to prepare these vaunted professionals, in the trenches, in delivering better healthcare for all. For information about scholarship opportunities: http://www.grad.uci.edu/funding/fellowships-awards/index.html and http://www.ofas.uci.edu/content/Scholarships.aspx

Staying Up at Night over Voting Rights AND Sleep, the Next Frontier

UCI Law professor, insanely busy blogger, and very present on all media platforms, Rick Hasen – returns our to talk about Voting Rights and 2016 electoral outcomes on state and national levels. Eyes on Wisconsin, North Carolina, and the shape of your Congressional district. Among his many relevant reads are, published by Yale University Press, are: “Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections, ” and “The Voting Wars; from Florida to the Next Election Meltdown.” Follow Rick Hasen at: https://electionlawblog.org/ or @rickhasen on twitter.

If those trends keep you up at night, our next guest Dr. Ruth Benca, Professor and Chair of UCI’s Dept. of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, (minute 28) offers important insights about sleep hygiene. Along the way, she presents some very cool aspects about the sleeping brain that you probably have not considered. Psst, all critters sleep! Details: 2/7 7:30 pm at the Barclay Theater at UCI; 949-842-5193, memory@uci.edu; presented by the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. No tickets or reservations are necessary.

Swinging Open the Doors at COR AME in Irvine AND Mayor Wagner Convening with Fellow Mayors AND Congresswoman Walters on ACA

Reverend Mark Whitlock, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, reprises a rich day at his congregation commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. He looks at the soul of the 45th President’s inauguration, a president, a nation, and the resulting movements dealing with current agendas.  COR will host: FAFSA & CA Dream Act Open Lab, 1/28/, 1-3 pm, at 45 Tesla Irvine “Calling all high school seniors; transfer, continuing, and undergraduate students.”  949-955-0014, for more details

Next, (minute 28) Irvine Mayor Don Wagner dials in an appearance from the 85th annual US Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. 

Congresswoman Mimi Walters (minute 42) avails listeners a brief look at her take on repealing the Affordable Care Act.  Her staff will host a workshop, with a grant writing expert, on how to find available grant opportunities and successfully acquire funding.  The event is free and open to individuals with all levels of grant writing experience. RSVP to: Donovan Higbee at (949) 263-8703 or Donovan.Higbee@mail.house.gov.

When: Tues, Feb 7, 2017 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Irvine Civic Center 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606

Rap On Trial AND Identity Politics; Ample Servings Here and Now

UCI criminologist Charis Kubrin and PhD candidate Adam Dunbar present their definitive findings about rap music on trial. They take us to the intersection of art, race, and the law.

In the second segment (minute 34), UCI political science professor Davin Phoenix returns to look at where identity politics has taken us at the moment, in this place on campus and beyond.

“Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan”

We start the new year with an agenda item for your consideration, devoting the whole program to a pair of attorneys with a special niche in estate law. Laura Meier and Marci Miller take up the importance of parents’ planning their wills and trusts with their young offspring in mind, including children with special needs. We include in the discussion, Laura Meier’s book, “Good parents worry, Great parents plan; The Guide to Protecting Your Child with a Will and Trust.” Parties interested in booking them for a special presentation about their field may reach them at: www.meierevents.com, lmeier@meierfirm.com, 949-718-8420; www.milleradvocacy.com; marci@milleradvocacy.com (949) 402-8266. Also, available financial resources include: U.S. Depart of Education Website – Students w/ Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education; LD Online – The Educators Guide to Learning Disabilities and ADHD; The K & W Guide to College Programs and Services for Students with Learning Disabilities.

Bowers Museum’s Latest Treasures AND Intentional Living the Trish Walker Way

Emily Mahon, Senior Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Bowers Museum presents a bounty of delectable possibilities that awaits us at the museum over these holidays and into 2017. Virgins, photographers, actresses, and painters figure into the culture fare. Lectures associated with the Virgin of Guadalupe exhibit will be presented by: Jeannette Peterson (UCSB) on 1/21 at 1:30 pm; Joanna Reyes Walton on 1/29. Events associated with the Imogene Cunningham exhibit are scheduled on 1/7 and 2/4; and with the Madame Modjeska exhibit on 3/12. For the exhibit opening on 2/25/17 entitled “Frida Kahlo, Her Photos,”and for other details, let the official museum website be your guide: https://www.bowers.org/.

In the second segment (minute 28), we elbow our way ahead of the new year’s resolution frenzy with life coach Trish Walker, with her modest proposals on intentional living, speaking from her recently published book entitled: “Oh Honey…I’m just getting started!” Her blog offers many additional resources at: https://50forayear.com/, http://www.ceremonieswithspirit.us/, and http://rockyournextdecade.com/. Happy Allidays everyone!

Planned Parenthood Examines Its Trump Era Options AND Dr. Ayala’s Renaissance Gifts to One and All

Jon Dunn, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties posts us with all the realities that his and other affiliates face post 11-08-16. He wears both the healthcare delivery and political advocacy hats. Additional resources mentioned at the end of the interview include: http://www.ppactionca.org/local-info/orange-san-bernardino/, https://www.facebook.com/communityactionfund/, and http://www.healthwomentrust.org/.

In the second segment (min 30:30), we convene a brief salon on science and faith with UCI evolutionary biology professor and philosopher, Dr. Francisco Ayala. Central to this consideration is his book, “Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion.” This Renaissance man has recently penned for even more sophisticated readers, a book entitled, “Evolution, Explanation, Ethics and Aesthetics: Towards a Philosophy of Being,” published (2017) by Elsevier.