Interfaith Voices: Sunday Mornings on Activate Radio

Interfaith Voices: Sunday Mornings on Activate Radio

The Nations Leading Religion News Magazine

We are super excited to welcome a new show to Sunday mornings on Activate Radio! Interfaith Voices, the nations leading religion news magazine has been produced for nineteen years and is the nation’s only public radio show exclusively about religion. The show will be broadcast on Activate Radio on Sunday mornings at 8 am eastern. This is the time slot formerly held by Theology In Action, hosted by David Concepcion, one of the original shows from Occupy Boston Radio.

Interfaith Voices provides a weekly deep-dive into the beliefs and traditions across many religions with meaningful conversations exploring “how faith intersects with culture, public policy, and the news of the day. ” It is our understanding at Activate Media that Interfaith Voices is created and produced entirely by women.

“We were born just three days after 9/11, when a feisty nun got the idea to host a multi-faith panel on religion and terrorism, live on the radio. The phones rang off the hook, and it became clear that listeners were hungry for informed, respectful dialogue on religion in the public square. We carry on that mission today with our weekly show hosted by Amber Khan.”

Amber Khan, Host and Executive Producer

Amber Khan is the executive producer and host for Interfaith Voices, an award-winning public radio program that explores how beliefs intersect in public life and influence our interconnected world.

Amber credits her third grade Catholic school teacher for her interest in talking about religion and politics. When Ms. McWhinney asked her to talk about being Muslim, Amber was glad to share – until she was asked to explain the difference between Sunnis and Shia, and she could not answer. The resulting unsettling feeling sparked a curiosity and interest in the history of Islam and the diversity of religious practices.

Today, her reporting is informed by two decades of work as an field organizer, policy advocate and strategic communications advisor to public interest groups, private foundations and faith-based campaigns. In those roles, Amber has been a frequent featured speaker at national and global fora for policies and a commentator on a variety of issues including women’s rights, civil rights and the intersection of faith and politics. Now in the role of the interviewer, she enjoys engaging with academics, thought leaders, practitioners and observers of the trends shaping our world. Khan is graduate of Rhodes College and resides with her family in the Washington, DC suburbs.  – from Interfaith Voices Website.

Our goal in finding a program like this to broadcast on Sunday mornings was to be able to educate and open dialogue between people of diversified cultures. To bring people together based on root commonality, over their morning coffee or breakfast.

‘History Will Judge Us Harshly’: Horror and Outrage as Trump Slashes Refugee Cap to Record Low 

History Will Judge Us Harshly’: Horror and Outrage as Trump Slashes Refugee Cap to Record Low

“There are truly no words that can describe how insidious and deleterious this is,” said one Arizona lawmaker

by Jake Johnson

In what rights groups condemned as a move driven not by America’s capacity to resettle those fleeing violence and persecution but solely by President Donald Trump’s hate-filled political agenda, the State Department on Thursday said the U.S. will accept no more than 18,000 refugees over the next fiscal year.

The cap marks an all-time low since the U.S. refugee admissions program was established in 1980. The previous low of 30,000 was set by the Trump administration last year.

“The president is abusing his power by using people seeking safety as an opportunity to rile up hostility and create a climate of fear.”
—Ryan Mace, Amnesty International USA

Trump on Thursday also signed an executive order that would empower states and localities to refuse to resettle refugees.

“To cut the number of refugees the U.S. will accept to this low of a number reflects nothing more than this administration’s attempts to further hate, division, and prejudice in a country that once valued dignity, equality, and fairness,” Ryan Mace, grassroots advocacy and refugee specialist at Amnesty International USA, said in a statement.

“Sadly, this number isn’t based in fact,” said Mace. “The fact is, the U.S. has the capacity to accept far more refugees than this. We know that we can vet them and resettle them at rates far higher than this—because the U.S. has done it for decades. This is purely a political decision, and one that couldn’t come at a worse time. The president is abusing his power by using people seeking safety as an opportunity to rile up hostility and create a climate of fear.”

The “unprecedented reduction in admissions” for fiscal year 2020 represents the third consecutive year the Trump administration has dramatically lowered the number of refugees allowed to enter and resettle in the United States. In July, as Common Dreams reported, Trump administration officials privately floated the possibility of cutting the refugee cap to zero.

According to Politico, which obtained a document on the administration’s new refugee cap, “the 18,000-person refugee ceiling contains several carveouts”:

The administration will reserve 5,000 slots for refugee persecuted on the basis of religion, and 4,000 spaces for Iraqis who assisted U.S. forces in that country. Another 1,500 refugee placements will be set aside for residents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, according to the document.

After the carveouts, the administration will make another 7,500 spaces available to the remainder of the refugee pool. The document shared with lawmakers said that group could include referrals from U.S. embassies, refugees joining family members and refugees to be resettled as the result of an Obama-era agreement with Australia.

David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said in a statement that the Trump administration’s refugee limit represents “unspeakable setback for refugee mothers who wish to see their children in school, parents who wish to work and support their family, and children who deserve a chance at life that isn’t solely defined by the instability and the trauma of their childhood.”

“This is a very sad day for America,” said Miliband. “Refugee resettlement is an essential lifeline that the U.S. provides for the most vulnerable refugees at a time of unprecedented global crisis.”

Source: ‘History Will Judge Us Harshly’: Horror and Outrage as Trump Slashes Refugee Cap to Record Low | Common Dreams News

‘Talk Is Cheap’: Progressives Demand Pelosi Cancel Recess and Vote on Trump Impeachment as Soon as Possible 

‘Talk Is Cheap’: Progressives Demand Pelosi Cancel Recess and Vote on Trump Impeachment as Soon as Possible

“We need to see her words backed up with action. Every day that Trump is president is another day our democracy is broken.”

By Jake Johnson

Demanding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi back up her announcement of an official impeachment inquiry with decisive action, progressives Tuesday night called on the Democratic leader to cancel the chamber’s two-week October recess and move forward with the proceedings against President Donald Trump as quickly as possible.

“We’re glad Speaker Pelosi finally said out loud what a majority of the Democratic Caucus and constituents have been saying for months: Donald Trump has betrayed his oath of office, betrayed our national security, and betrayed the integrity of our elections,” Leah Greenberg, co-executive director of progressive advocacy group Indivisible, said in a statement.

“Now, we need to see her words backed up with action: cancel recess, and get to a vote on articles of impeachment as soon as humanly possible,” the group added. “Every day that Trump is president is another day our democracy is broken and our national security is at risk. The activists who built the blue wave and put Democrats in charge expect them to do the right thing, and lead.”

Pelosi’s announcement of an official impeachment inquiry came after more than a dozen House Democrats voiced support for impeachment in less than 24 hours. The flood of statements and tweets in favor of impeachment proceedings followed a report that Trump ordered hold on military aid to Ukraine just days before pressuring that country’s leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

According to a Politico tally updated Tuesday night, 207 House Democrats have publicly backed impeachment.

While Pelosi’s public support for an impeachment inquiry marked a significant shift, progressives warned the Speaker could attempt to kill the momentum behind impeachment by allowing a drawn-out process that doesn’t produce anything of substance.

Ezra Levin, co-executive director of Indivisible, outlined what Pelosi will do if she “wants to squash impeachment”:

  1. Issue a statement that *sounds* strong;
  2. Create a special committee to take away authority from Judiciary;
  3. Allow the House to go into recess;
  4. Hope the news cycle moves on.

“Talk is cheap,” said Levin. “Pay attention to her actions.”

Shortly following Pelosi’s announcement, the New York Times reported that the White House is planning to release to Congress before the end of the week a “redacted version” of the whistleblower complaint against Trump that helped break the impeachment dam.

The White House previously advised Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire to withhold the complaint from lawmakers, a move Democrats condemned as a clear violation of the law.

Lawmakers have demanded that the Trump administration release nothing less than the full whistleblower complaint.

“Congress needs the whistleblower complaint—as required by law—that reportedly references you making a still-unknown ‘promise’ to a foreign leader,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). “A promise, according to reports, that the Inspector General found to be alarming and of urgent concern.”

Source: ‘Talk Is Cheap’: Progressives Demand Pelosi Cancel Recess and Vote on Trump Impeachment as Soon as Possible | Common Dreams News