The Leslie Marshall Show
The U.S. Criminal Justice System Harms Women and Families

The U.S. Criminal Justice System Harms Women and Families

May 14, 2020

Today's guest hosts are Brent J. Cohen and Edwith Theogene, Executive Director and Organizing Director for Generation Progress.

During today's episode, they discuss the ways in which our criminal justice system harms women and families, and particularly women and families of color. Especially during this pandemic, which is shedding on just how vulnerable incarcerated people are during emergencies and crises, finding ways to change this system—which is firmly rooted in white supremacy—has never been more important.

To delve further into this issue, and discuss why it is critical to approach criminal justice reform with a reproductive justice lens—Brett and Edwith are joined by two guests with substantial expertise in this area.  They are Arissa Hall, the Project Director at National Bail Out, and Yveka Pierre, litigation counsel at If/When/How.

Here are the Twitter handles for today's guests and their respective organizations: Arissa Hall - @riss_understood, National Bail Out - @nationalbailout, If/When/How - @ifwhenhow.

The website for "Generation Progress" is www.GenProgress.org and their Twitter Handle is @GenProgress.  Brent J. Cohen's Twitter handle is @BrentJCohen and Edwith Theogene's handle is @WhoIsEdwith.

Identity Theft During COVID-19; Trump Economic Advisors Push “Work Til’ You Die Plan” to Gut Social Security

Identity Theft During COVID-19; Trump Economic Advisors Push “Work Til’ You Die Plan” to Gut Social Security

May 12, 2020

Leslie is joined by two different guests on two different topics.

Leslie is first joined by Eva Casey Velasquez, President and CEO at the Identity Theft Resource Center. The ITRC is a non-profit organization established to empower and guide consumers, victims, business and government to minimize risk and mitigate the impact of identity compromise and crime. Ms. Velasquez previously served as the Vice President of Operations for the San Diego Better Business Bureau and spent 21 years at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.

They discuss financial identity theft during the COVID-19 pandemic, including what people can do if it's happened to them.  Eva also highlights how and why unemployment benefits are being targeted by identity thieves during the pandemic.

The website for the ITRC is idtheftcenter.org.  Their Twitter and Instagram handle is @IDTheftCenter.  Eva's Twitter handle is @ITRCCEO.

During the second half of the show, Leslie is joined by Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, which fights to address the retirement income crisis by protecting and expanding America's Social Security system.  Social Security Works is the convening organization of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition— a coalition made up of over 340 national and state organizations representing over 50 million Americans.

Leslie and Alex discuss how President Trump's economic advisors are pushing a new "Work Til' You Die Plan," as Social Security Works has accurately dubbed it, with the goal of gutting America's Social Security program.

The 'Social Security Works' website is socialsecurityworks.org and their Twitter handle is @ssworks.  Alex's Twitter handle is @alaw202.

Record Breaking Unemployment Numbers, Michael Flynn Case, and Ahmaud Arbery Injustice

Record Breaking Unemployment Numbers, Michael Flynn Case, and Ahmaud Arbery Injustice

May 11, 2020

The guest host for today's show is Brad Bannon. Brad runs Bannon Communications Research, a polling, message development and media firm which helps labor unions, progressive issue groups and Democratic candidates win public affairs and political campaigns. His new show, 'Deadline D.C. with Brad Bannon,' airs every Monday from 3-4pm ET.

Brad is first joined by Heidi Shierholz, Senior Economist and Director of Policy at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.  Heidi leads EPI’s policy team, which monitors wage and employment policies coming out of Congress and the administration and advances a worker-first policy agenda. 

Brad and Heidi discuss how nearly one in five workers applied for state unemployment insurance benefits in the last seven weeks, which is nearly five times the worst seven-week stretch of the Great Recession.  They also talk about what type of economic relief package that the government should be working on to help the American people who are financially struggling thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, and why the relief should not include any arbitrary end dates.

The website for EPI is epi.org and their Twitter handle is @EconomicPolicy.  Heidi's handle is @hshierholz.

During the second half of the show, Brad is joined by Ed Chung, Vice President for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center for American Progress, where he co-hosts 'The Tent' Podcast.  Before working at CAP, he served as Senior Adviser on criminal justice, policing, and civil rights issues for the Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Chung also held positions in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, including special counsel to the assistant attorney general and federal prosecutor with the Criminal Section, where he received the John Marshall Award for successfully prosecuting the first case under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.
Some of our audience will also recognize Ed's voice, as he has guest hosted Leslie's show a number of times in the past

Brad and Ed discuss two different topics during their interview.  First, they cover the Justice Department’s decision to drop the criminal case against Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser.  Experts have noted how there is no obvious precedent to a case being dropped after a suspect has plead guilty to lying to investigators, which Flynn did twice.  Second, Brad and Ed talk about the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery murder.  Arbery, a black man, was chased by two white men and shot dead by one of them.  Arbery was jogging and unarmed when killed.  It took authorities 74 days to arrest the suspects, and only after a video of the killing was leaked to the media.

The website for the Center for American Progress is AmericanProgress.org and their Twitter handle is @amprog. Ed Chung's handle is @EdChungDC.

Brad writes a column every Sunday on the 2020 Presidential race for 'The Hill.'  He's on the National Journal's panel of political insiders and is a national political analyst for WGN TV and Radio in Chicago and KNX Radio in Los Angeles.
You can read Brad's columns at www.MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon. His Twitter handle is @BradBannon.

Watch a video broadcast of this episode here: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1jMJgQpkaoyKL

COVID-19 and Student Borrowers

COVID-19 and Student Borrowers

May 7, 2020
Today's guest hosts are Brent J. Cohen and Charlotte Hancock, Executive Director and Communications Director for Generation Progress.
 
During this episode, they’re going to be examining yet another example of how COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing issue in this country—in this case, the student debt crisis. Generation Progress has been doing advocacy work in the student debt space for much of their existence, and it’s an issue that they feel very strongly about. The collective student loan debt owed by Americans today totals over 1.5 *trillion* dollars, and around one-third of people under the age of 35 currently have a student loan. The cost of attending college has risen dramatically in recent decades, but these advanced degrees are still considered a prerequisite for most middle-class jobs. That precarious situation combined with the rise of predatory, for-profit institutions that exploit students’ desire for higher education have resulted in many students battling climbing debt well into their careers. Now, with many people in this country out of work or losing income as a result of the pandemic, the student debt crisis is positioned to get much worse, especially for people already fighting against gender and racial wealth gaps.

To learn more about what needs to be done now to protect and provide relief to student borrowers—particularly those most impacted by COVID-19—they’re joined by Ashley Harrington, senior policy counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending, and Cody Hounanian, program director at Student Debt Crisis.

 
Here are the Twitter handles for today's guests and their respective organizations: Ashley Harrington - @achesquire, Center for Responsible Lending - @crlonline, Cody Hounanian - @chounanian, Student Debt Crisis - @DebtCrisisOrg

The website for "Generation Progress" is www.GenProgress.org and their Twitter Handle is @GenProgress.  Brent J. Cohen's Twitter handle is @BrentJCohen and Charlotte Hancock's handle is @CharlatAnne.

Why Can’t America Make Enough Masks or Ventilators?

Why Can’t America Make Enough Masks or Ventilators?

May 5, 2020

Leslie is joined by Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), a partnership established by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union.
For over a decade, Mr. Paul and AAM have worked to make American manufacturing a top-of-mind issue for voters and our national leaders through effective advocacy, innovative research, and a savvy public relations strategy.

The two discuss Scott's recent op-ed published in the New York Times titled, "Why Can’t America Make Enough Masks or Ventilators?" (Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/opinion/coronavirus-industry-manufacturing.html)

They also talk about President Trump’s troublesome “tariff relief” plan, as well as why AAM believes now is the perfect time to rebuild America's infrastructure.

On that note, we'd like to encourage you to please add your name to AAM's message to President Trump, and Vice President Pence, that it's time to Rebuild America!
Just go to tinyurl.com/RebuildAmericaAction to add your name. Thank you!

The website for AAM is AmericanManufacturing.org and their Twitter handle is @KeepItMadeInUSA. Scott Paul's handle is @ScottPaulAAM.

World Renowned Infectious Disease Doctor Talks COVID-19 Testing Policy

World Renowned Infectious Disease Doctor Talks COVID-19 Testing Policy

May 4, 2020

The guest host for today's show is Brad Bannon. Brad runs Bannon Communications Research, a polling, message development and media firm which helps labor unions, progressive issue groups and Democratic candidates win public affairs and political campaigns. His new show, 'Deadline D.C. with Brad Bannon,' airs every Monday from 3-4pm ET.

Brad is first joined by Dr. Bob Bollinger, the Raj and Kamla Gupta Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Bollinger holds joint appointments in International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in Community Public Health at the JH School of Nursing.
He is Founding Director of the Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE). Their website is main.ccghe.net and their Facebook page is Facebook.com/CCGHE.

Dr. Bollinger and Brad discuss the different types of COVID-19 tests, why testing is so important in helping to stop the spread of the virus, how the U.S. is doing compared to other countries, how we can improve in that capacity, and balancing the health needs of Americans with re-opening the country.

During the second half of the show, Brad leads a political round-table with Kim Scott and Mark Grimaldi. The roundtable discusses Brad's recent op-ed for 'The Hill' on the possibility of former First Lady Michelle Obama as Joe Biden's 2020 running mate. They also discuss the Tara Reade sexual assault allegation against Vice President Biden.

Kim Scott is the Founder and Publisher of DemList, LLC, a free national daily political column, calendar and resource site for Democrats and allies - a unique, central source that connects people to the who, what and where of Democratic events, issues and activism. You can find out more about them at DemList.com and follow them on Twitter @TheDemList.

Mark Grimaldi has been a progressive political activist for the past 12 years. He volunteered for the campaigns of President Obama (2008 and 2012), Senator Bernie Sanders (2016), and Secretary Hillary Clinton (2016). Mark is also involved in campaign finance reform efforts around the country, and philanthropic efforts for Cancer research. His Twitter handle is @MarkJGrimaldi.

Brad writes a column every Sunday on the 2020 Presidential race for 'The Hill.' He's on the National Journal's panel of political insiders and is a national political analyst for WGN TV and Radio in Chicago and KNX Radio in Los Angeles.
You can read Brad's columns at www.MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon. His Twitter handle is @BradBannon.

Watch a video broadcast of this episode here: www.pscp.tv/w/1OdKrqWQVVlxX

Workers’ Memorial Day and Trump administration’s Responsibility to Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Workers’ Memorial Day and Trump administration’s Responsibility to Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 1, 2020

Leslie is joined by Steve Sallman, Assistant Director of the United Steelworkers Health, Safety and Environment Department, where he’s worked for more than 16 years. He has 28 years of safety and health experience, investigating fatalities and life-altering accidents, providing assistance to local unions and working closely with employers’ safety and health professionals. Mr. Sallman serves as a labor representative on the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) and NFPA’s 652 Technical Committee on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust.

Leslie and Steve discuss Workers’ Memorial Day and the Trump administration’s responsibility to workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Coronavirus has introduced a host of new health and safety concerns into the workplace: both for essential workers who have been on the job for the past two months and for workers who will be entering the workplace again as the economy begins to reopen. During this pandemic, many USW members have been and continue to go to work each day in oil and chemical plants, paper and steel mills, hospitals, power plants, and many other workplaces.

Unions, including the USW, have made a series of common sense recommendations and some employers have been taking steps to keep workers safe. However, there are still real challenges, including access to appropriate PPE, the need for appropriate distancing, still sometimes limited opportunities to regularly wash hands, and more. The biggest challenge has been a lack of leadership from the federal government, which has left everyone to tackle these problems piecemeal. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the agency charged with keeping workers safe, has been largely absent from this conversation. In March, a group of unions demanded that OSHA implement an emergency, temporary infectious disease standard that would specify the steps employers must take to keep workers safe. But OSHA still has not done so. Instead OSHA merely provided guidance that employers are free to accept or reject. As a result, since January, more than 3,000 workers contacted OSHA to complain about employers’ failure to take basic steps to protect them from COVID-19. Yet another problem is that OSHA has all but stopped investigating complaints. This has left the states, and other stakeholders, to fill in the holes. Oregon, for example, ramped up enforcement of state-level occupational safety rules and began spot checks of employers to ensure workers practice social distancing.

This is sadly unsurprising. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia has long sided with corporations over workers. The Trump administration has also targeted the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), which has broad bipartisan support, and rolled back chemical safety regulations. A recent paper mill explosion in Jay, Maine is another example of how the CSB should be responding to understand how this happened, what lessons can be learned and shared with the industry, workers, unions and the public. It is truly a 'miracle' no one was hurt after the mill exploded.

This week the USW marked Workers Memorial Day, a somber day that we observe every year in the fight for safe jobs. This year, their union remembered the 29 workers who were killed at USW-represented workplaces in the USA and Canada over the past twelve months. And, as they always do, they resolved to fight for the health and safety of their members and all workers.

But in light of COVID, and the administration’s failure of leadership, they’re also mobilizing to fight for the safety of all workers by supporting H.R. 6559, The COVID-19 Every Worker Protection Act of 2020. This legislation would require OSHA to put out an enforceable standard for COVID-19.

On April 28, 2016, Workers Memorial Day, President Obama signed a Presidential Proclamation. On April 28, 2020, Workers Memorial Day, President Trump keeps meatpacking hotspots open as he signed an executive order under the Defense Production Act to compel meat processing plants to remain open amid the coronavirus pandemic. The President should instead be using the DPA to mandate the production and distribution of personal protective equipment, while issuing an emergency temporary standard to protect workers from COVID-19.

The USW's website is USW.org and their handle on Twitter and Instagram is @steelworkers.

COVID-19 and Election Protection

COVID-19 and Election Protection

April 30, 2020

Today's guest hosts are Charlotte Hancock and Edwith Theogene, Communications Director and Organizing Director for Generation Progress.

Today's discussion is about the fact that we're just sixth months away from one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. People across the country will need safe and reliable ways to vote and have their votes counted in November. Ensuring that happens in a country with an extremely dubious history with voting rights will take a lot of work—and funding—on the federal, state, and local levels.

To learn more about what needs to be done now to protect our elections during this emergency and beyond, Edwith and Charlotte are joined by Tiffany Dena Loftin, the Director of the NAACP Youth & College Division, and Danielle Root, the Associate Director of Voting Rights and Access to Justice on the Center for American Progress Democracy and Government Reform Team.

Here are the Twitter handles for today's guests and their respective organizations: Tiffany Dena Loftin - @Tiffanydloftin, NAACP Youth and College Division - @NAACPYC_, Center for American Progress Democracy and Government Reform Team - @CAPdemocracy

The website for "Generation Progress" is www.GenProgress.org and their Twitter Handle is @GenProgress. Charlotte Hancock's Twitter handle is @CharlatAnne and Edwith Theogene's handle is @WhoIsEdwith.

Huge Jump in Business Bankruptcies Likely in Coming Months, and How It Will Affect the U.S.

Huge Jump in Business Bankruptcies Likely in Coming Months, and How It Will Affect the U.S.

April 28, 2020

Leslie begins the hour with her 'Ripped from the Headlines' news segment. Here are the stories that she covered during the segment:

1. NBC NEWS: "U.S. passes 1 million cases of COVID-19"
2. WASHINGTON POST: "President’s intelligence briefing book repeatedly cited virus threat"
3. WASHINGTON POST: "The U.S. plans to give $500 billion to large companies. It won’t require them to preserve jobs or limit executive pay"
4. AXIOS: "Mnuchin says SBA will do "full review" of PPP loans over $2 million"
5. AXIOS: "Coronavirus is tied to climate and biodiversity crises"
6. CNN: "Arizona GOP chair encourages anti-stay-at-home protesters to dress like health care workers"
7. THE DAILY BEAST: "Pence Flouts Mask Policy While Visiting Staff, Patient at Mayo Clinic"

She's then joined by Toddy Duffy, Co-Founder of the Law-Firm DuffyAmedeo LLP. Todd attended law school at St. John’s University School of Law and obtained his law degree in two and a half years. After law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Stephen D. Gerling of the Northern District of New York Bankruptcy Court. After his clerkship, Todd was associated with several large Manhattan firms and participated in many of the largest and most complex bankruptcy cases in the last twenty years. Todd is also a past Chair of the Bankruptcy Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association.

Leslie and Todd discuss the "flood of business bankruptcies" being "likely in coming months," as reported by the Associated Press. Todd explains why, especially during a disaster like the COVID-19 pandemic, bankruptcy does not signify that a business is a failure. Rather, it is a tool that a business can use to level the playing field amid the economic fallout from a disaster that they had no hand in making.

Todd's website is DuffyAmedeo.com and his Twitter handle is @ToddEduffy.

Trump’s COVID-19 Disinfectant Comments; Potential Biden Running Mates

Trump’s COVID-19 Disinfectant Comments; Potential Biden Running Mates

April 28, 2020

The guest host for today's show is Brad Bannon. Brad runs Bannon Communications Research, a polling, message development and media firm which helps labor unions, progressive issue groups and Democratic candidates win public affairs and political campaigns. His new show, 'Deadline D.C. with Brad Bannon,' airs every Monday from 3-4pm ET.

Brad is first joined by Paul Lisnek, a multi-Emmy, Cablefax, Telly and Beacon Award winning television host and analyst. Paul has been the political analyst for WGN-TV since 2008, appearing on all the station’s newscasts discussing political issues of the day. He is the host of Politics Tonight on CLTV, on which he interviews the leading political figures in the city, state and country, and also serves as a fill-in anchor. Paul has interviewed presidents, governors, senators, congressmen, local representatives and mayors too numerous to count over the last 25 years.  His Twitter handle is @PaulLisnek.

Paul and Brad evaluate President Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and his unfounded comment that injecting one's self with disinfectant could be a treatment for COVID-19.  They also discuss the 2020 presidential election between Trump and Joe Biden.  This includes thoughts on potential running mates for Biden, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Amy Klobuchar, Gretchen Whitmer and Tammy Baldwin.

During the second half of the show, Brad leads a political round-table with Nick Guthman and Mark Grimaldi.  The roundtable picks up on the discussion of running mates for Joe Biden, with a focus on Elizabeth Warren, Stacey Abrams and Gretchen Whitmer.  They also highlight the importance of Democrats energizing the youth vote if they hope to take back the White House this November.  This includes investing in get out the vote operations for college students.

Nick Guthman is Co-Founder of 'Blue Future,' a national organizing program run out of the Youth Progressive Action Catalyst, a youth-led political action committee (PAC), focused on organizing young people around progressive electoral campaigns. His Twitter handle is @NickGuthman. The website for 'Blue Future' is www.OurBlueFuture.us.

Mark Grimaldi has been a progressive political activist for the past 12 years.  He volunteered for the campaigns of President Obama (2008 and 2012), Senator Bernie Sanders (2016), and Secretary Hillary Clinton (2016).  Mark is also involved in campaign finance reform efforts around the country, and philanthropic efforts for Cancer research.  His Twitter handle is @MarkJGrimaldi.

Brad writes a column every Sunday on the 2020 Presidential race for 'The Hill.'  He's on the National Journal's panel of political insiders and is a national political analyst for WGN TV and Radio in Chicago and KNX Radio in Los Angeles.
You can read Brad's columns at www.MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon. His Twitter handle is @BradBannon.

Watch a video broadcast of the show here: www.periscope.tv/BradBannon/1eaJbQAOEWeGX