Since “Ask A Leader” listeners can walk and chew gum, you all can continue watching 2022 midterm election results while we take on local union activity. Organizers with the UAW and the UC-AFT on UCI campus have just started a strike, joining 48,000 UC system wide with grievances aplenty among those in lecturing and researching roles, https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/reinstate-fired-lecturers-respect-the-union-contract-restore-justice. Guests include: Nick Maurer, lecturer awaiting re-appointment; Mia Villegas, lab project coordinator and academic workers’ UAW recording secretary; and in absentia, Honora St. Clair, UC-AFT 5810 field representative; and . Returning to the show in the second segment (minute 29:26), is Craig Tyrl, artistic director of The Wayward Artist. He’s got a play this month, a gala next month, and a new season next year.
Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Sportive Tricks, “Working Man,” Tricks of the Trade – album; Billy Bragg “There is Power in the Union,” Talking with the Taxman about Poetry – album; Sportive Tricks, “The Working Man,” Tricks of the Trade – album.
Welcome to the Nov 8, 2022 edition of “Ask A Voter.” We made it, today is the Midterm Elections 2022. As our tradition goes, this program morphs into Ask A Voter. On general elections we fan out across the nation. This year we visit battleground states; heading from the east going west. We open with Ngozi Nnaka, mental health care counselor in Macon, GA and Dawn Walker, non-profit consultant in Athens, GA (minute 1:46). In the next segment (minute 13:13) is Tamina Rawls, retired trauma care professional, now fully a political organizer, based in Detroit, MI. We move on to Madison, WI with Sue Jones, water management retiree, returning with her canvassing experience (minute 20:26). Next is UCI earth system science Ph.D candidate and KUCI public affairs host, Audrey Odwuor (minute 31:40). Closing out the show, staked out in Yuma, AZ is journalist/writer/attorney Sharon Lieb, reporting on her canvassing and poll-watching activities (minute 42:44). They pack this hour with intention and insight, all in the thick of campaigns across the nation!
Music credits: Aaron Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Leonard Bernstein conducting New York; Charlie Haden/Liberation Music Orchestra, “Blue Anthem,” Not In Our Name – album; Berklee We Will Rise Summit, “Lift Every Voice.”
One week til the midterm elections, folks. After the tsunami of October surprises, we seem to be experiencing November surprises, so keep your critical thinking caps on ever snugly. Today my guests are Allyson Muñiz Damikolas, Tustin Unified School Board member with insights about the trends afoot in Orange County school boards’ composition. Think tectonic plates moving under our feet.
In the second segment the planned guest, who committed to this segment, and despite repeated attempts to reach her live, Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan was unavailable. She is running for another term. The host pressed on with election advisories.
Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Zélia Barbosa, Sertão & Favelas; ”Conga del Fuego” composed by Arturo Marquez, Gustavo Dudamel conducting Simon Bolivar of Venezuela; “Minor Swing,” Black Market Trust, Songs – album.