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9: GLENETTA POPE | Moms Against Guns

Every day, 96 Americans are shot and killed and for every one person killed with a gun, two more are injured. More children have been killed by guns since the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 than U.S. soldiers in combat since 9/11.

In this episode, Edina talks to another mom who has had direct experience with gun violence.

After a decades long career in education, GLENETTA TURNER POPE got sick of the violence and fear, and she chose to do something about it by joining Sandy Hook Promise, where for nearly two years she trained and deployed trainers across over 70 Los Angeles public schools to conduct student assemblies about Knowing the Signs that a classmate is in crisis and preventing gun violence.

Glenetta shares her transformational journey through education, her own experience of losing a loved one from gun violence, and what we can do as moms and leaders to get real change to happen now.

Glenetta is a single mom of four who grew up in East Oakland, and has truly used education to transform her life and the lives of young scholars she has worked closely with over the past 20 years. She is a product of Oakland Public Schools, UC Berkeley, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Cal State Dominguez Hills School of Education.

She has lived and worked in Southern California since 1995.  She is currently taking care of her children, writing a book and working as an Educational Consultant. You can follow her blog at www.justglenetta.weebly.com.

8: MANAR WAHEED | People, Power & People Power

MANAR WAHEED has spent her adult life fighting for the most vulnerable among us – survivors of violence, immigrants, Muslims, undocumented Americans, and now she’s fighting for ALL of us.

As Legislative & Advocacy Counsel of ACLU National, Manar is literally on the front lines of challenging Donald Trump’s ongoing destruction of our federal government, and Constitutional rights and protections. Her journey is one focused on protecting people, building power and harnessing people power to meet this moment.

In this conversation, Manar shares some incredible stories and powerful learnings from her time:

  • growing up in Texarkana, TX as the child of immigrants who came from humble beginnings in Pakistan
  • working with domestic violence survivors through undergrad, law school, and the beginning of her legal career
  • advocating with the government and in local communities for the rights of South Asians in America in the aftermath of 9/11
  • serving in the Obama White House Domestic Policy Council where she helped develop and implement President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and helped dismantle a national Muslim registry program created after 9/11
  • joining the de facto leader of the resistance to the Trump administration, the ACLU

Since election day, the ACLU has been mounting some of the most prominent legal challenges to the Trump administration. They’re fighting hard on more than 60 critical issues threatening fundamental rights, and they’ve scored a string of major victories.

For 98 years, the ACLU has defended our Constitution in the courts. Now, they’re coupling that legal power with People Power — and taking their fight to the streets with grassroots action to resist the Trump administration’s assault on our communities.

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3: AZIZA HASAN | Choosing Curiosity Over Assumptions

Host Edina Lekovic talks to one of her original co-conspirators in community transformation, about their powerful “meeting the moment” experience over the past decade.

AZIZA HASAN is Executive Director and co-founder of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, which has been transforming L.A.’s Muslim and Jewish communities through the power of relationships among broad political and religious spectrum of Muslims, Jews, and their institutions. It reaches hundreds of thousands of people each year with its fellowships, public programs and digital presence.

She served on President Obama’s Faith Based & Neighborhood Advisory Council and was named one of 50 non-profit leaders “quietly changing the world” by the Chronicle of Philanthropy

In this conversation, Aziza explains why choosing curiosity over assumptions is the most powerful choice we can make during conflict.

Plus, Aziza shares why feels she was born into the work of inter-religious community building through conflict transformation and we reflect on our decade of bringing people together for difficult conversations and relational resilience.

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