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Gun Violence Prevention – Lori Haas and Julie Keller (Show 2)

(Dec. 27, 2017) Catherine Read interviews Lori Hass, State Director for the Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence (CPGV), and Julie Keller from the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence to talk about gun violence prevention and what we might expect to see with the upcoming Virginia General Assembly legislative session….

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SALT and IAHR – Go Out and Do Good

(Dec. 25, 2017) Catherine Read speaks with John Horejsi, Executive Director of Social Action Linking Together (SALT) and Gay Gardner and Kimberly Jenkins Snodgrass of the Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR) to talk about their legislative initiatives for the upcoming year. Catherine inspires her audience to “Go Out and Do Good” during this holiday…

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Legacy Planning with Bettina Lawton – Your Need to Know

Catherine Read has a conversation with Bettina Lawton (Esq.) of Lawton Legacy Planning about legal planning. Bettina Lawton is a licensed legal professional who specializes in legal planning for a client’s eventual death or incapacitation. She deals with people from all walks of life, from single adults to married couples with children to seniors of…

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Restorative Practices in Schools – Robin McNair

(Dec. 18, 2017) Catherine Read speaks with Robin McNair, Educator and Restorative Practices Practitioner. Robin teaches 9th grade history at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.   She has been trained in the use of restorative practices in schools, which is a framework for building community and responding to challenging behavior…


Sandy Hook Anniversary – Gun Violence Prevention

(Dec. 13, 2017) Catherine Read interviews David Miller, Senior Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fairfax Congregation (UUCF) to discuss his work on Gun Violence Prevention. When Rev. Miller took over 2 years ago, he “inherited” a congregation who had made a resolution that they wanted to fight for reasonable restrictions on guns to help curb…

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Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) – Ric Arenstein

(Dec. 11, 2017) Catherine Read interviews Ric Arenstein, Director of Development for the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP). Founded in 1997, VPAP was started by Virginia based newspapers with the purpose to inform citizens about all public documents related to money in Virginia politics. Because there are no restrictions on how much money politicians can…

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Network NoVA with Stair Calhoun – Your Need to Know

(Dec 6, 2017) Catherine Read interviews Stair Calhoun, founding member Network NoVA. Dedicated to involving women in politics, Network NoVA was founded by Stair Calhoun, Katherine White and other activists who had participated in the Women’s March of January 2017. These grassroots activists organized women in support of Democratic candidates for the Virginia House of…

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Healthcare in Virginia – Senator George Barker

(Dec. 4, 2017) Catherine Read interviews State Senator George Barker (D-39) to discuss Healthcare in Virginia. Sen. Barker represents the 39th District, which includes southern Fairfax County and parts of Prince William County and the City of Alexandria. His academic credentials include an undergraduate honors degree in Economics and Public Health, along with a Masters…

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Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity

(Nov 2017) “Tampons and sanitary towels . . . have always been considered a luxury. That isn’t by accident, that’s by design of an unequal society, in which the concerns of women are not treated as equally as the concerns of men.” – Stella Creasy, Member of British Parliament I was fortunate to hear author…

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Workforce Development Through SkillSource – Deb Stopak

(Nov 22, 2017) Catherine Read talks with Deb Stopak, Director of Advancement for SkillSource. Established in 2003, SkillSource is the non-profit fiscal agent for the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board (NVWDB.) There are 15 Workforce Development areas in Virginia, and SkillSource serves Area 11 which covers Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County and the…

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OneVirginia2021 with Brian Cannon – Inside Scoop

(Nov. 20, 2017) Catherine Read talks with Brian Cannon, Executive Director of OneVirginia2021, a non-profit that came together four years ago to address the issue of political gerrymandering in the Commonwealth of Virginia. While “gerrymandering” is named after Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry, the first documented evidence of redrawing lines for political gain was actually done…

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Music for Life with Skip Chaples – Your Need to Know

(Nov. 15, 2017) Catherine Read talks with Skip Chaples, President of Music for Life. This community based non-profit provides music education and mentoring programs for low-income youth primarily in middle and high school. Originally founded in 2006 by the parents of a music student who was tragically shot and killed, the name of the organization…

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