Using Technology to Fulfill Our Civic Duties & Counter Gun Violence

Kathryn Peters & Amber Goodwin

On this week’s JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with two guests focused on civic duties and countering gun violence in the U.S.

Kathryn Peters, Co-Founder of Democracy Works will be talking about the work and mission of her organization. Democracy Works is a Brooklyn based non-partisan non-profit organization founded in 2010 with the goal of “making voting fit the way we live.” The nonprofit aims to make voting a simple, seamless experience for all Americans so that no eligible voter misses an election. Its team of software developers, public policy wonks and civic organizers design tools meant to upgrade the tech infrastructure of our democracy, thus improving the voting experience for voters and election officials alike.

Amber Goodwin, Founding Director of Community Justice Reform Coalition is also on the show. Community Justice Reform Coalition is a Washington D.C based national advocacy coalition which promotes and invests in evidence based programs to prevent gun-violence and uplift criminal justice reforms in urban communities of color. Msgr. Sullivan and Amber will be discussing these efforts of her coalition, and particularly the work of Operation L.I.P.S.T.I.C.K. (“Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing”) a community-based organization where Amber currently sits on its board. L.I.P.S.T.I.C.K. uses peer-to-peer education and leadership development to inform women and girls of the dangers of gun violence and weapons trafficking.

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International Trade & the Re-negotiation of NAFTA

Raja Bhala & Eric LeCompte 

International trade and the re-negotiation of NAFTA is the focus on this week’s JustLove show on Sirius XM 129. Monsignor Kevin Sullivan invites two guests to speak: Raj Bhala, J.D., Associate Dean of International and Comparative Law and Rice Distinguished Professor of the University of Kansas’s School of Law; and Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the Jubilee USA Network , a development coalition of more than 650 religious groups and U.S. civil society organizations.

On the show Professor Bhala will be talking about plans for re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the Mexican and Canadian governments.  Monsignor Sullivan and Bhala will discuss what these negotiations will mean for industries like sugar production and its employees – both in the United States and Mexico; and what this may portend for future international trade negotiations under the Trump Administration. 

Eric LeCompte will cover the Jubliee USA Network’s mission on financial accountability and transparency in international debt relief and trade agreements. Msgr. Sullivan and Eric will also particularly  focus on the Network’s interest in ensuring that all trade agreements and debt crisis legislation – like that effecting Puerto Rico – benefits all people – particularly the most vulnerable.

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JustLove’s Show on Father’s Day

 

Lance Somerfeld  & Laura Tropp

On this week’s JustLove episode, Monsignor Sullivan focuses on Father’s Day with two guests on the phone:

Lance Somerfeld Co-Founder of  City Dad’s Group – a nation-wide network for fathers that use Meetup.com to bring together a diverse community of gatherings. These Meetups provide social interaction and support, including play dates, outings, “Dad’s nights out”, educational workshops and special events. Msgr. and Lance will talk about the founding of the first City Dad’s Group, called NYC Dad’s in 2008 and how this concept grew from a small gathering of just a few fathers to its current 9,000 participants in 28 metropolitan areas

Also on the show is, Laura Tropp, PhD Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Marymount Manhattan College and the co-editor of the recent book:  “Deconstructing Dads: Changing Images of Fathers in Popular Culture.” Msgr. Sullivan and Laura will be discussing the depiction of fathers – and grandfathers – in the popular media, and how these depictions have changed over the years 

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Training Today’s Workers & Students for the Jobs of Tomorrow

Charles Russell “Rusty” Justice & Justin Reich

On this week’s broadcast JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will be speaking with two guests on training today’s workers and students for the jobs of tomorrow.

On the phone  Charles Russell “Rusty” Justice Co-Founder and Managing Member of  Bit Source LLC  will be joining the show Bit Source LLC is a Pikeville, Kentucky based web development company located in the heart of Appalachia. Msgr. Sullivan and Rusty will be talking about his founding of “Bit Source” and how his company endeavors to tap the region’s workforce of laid off coal miners to teach them a new skill of computer coding.

Justin Reich, Executive Director of Teaching Lab Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be speaking with Monsignor about training young people to fill the jobs of the future – a field that will require we teach more creative, problem solving and communications skills in addition to the traditional skills of numeracy and language 

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Economy of the Future

 

Amy Webb & Michael Chui

On this week’s episode of JustLove Monsignor Sullivan speaks with Amy Webb author of “Futurist” and Founder of Future Today Institute; and Michael Shui, Partner at McKinsey Global Institute (San Francisco).

Michael Chui speaks about his professional journey and how McKinsey’s Global Institute has been a frequent speaker at global conferences on information technology.  On the show, Michael and Monsignor question if robots will replace workers in the economy of the future.

Amy Webb focuses on the Future Today Institute and how it is a leading future forecasting and strategy firm that researches technology and answers the question “what is next?” for a global client base. Monsignor and Amy also discuss what is a Futurist how can we predict which technologies that are on the fringe today will become central to our lives in the future.

 

JustLove’s Memorial Day Show

Celebrating those Who Served and Continue to Give

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Sullivan focuses on the significance of Memorial Day with Bryan Anderson, an Iraq War Veteran and spokesman for Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride Mobility;  and John Strawn, General Manager of “The Refuge Café” – a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Community Services of the Diocese of Phoenix.

Bryan Anderson will be speaking about  his work with Quantum Rehab as well as being a spokesman for both The Gary Sinise Foundation and USA Cares – organizations that provide supportive services for veterans. Bryan  will also touch on his experiences during his service and  becoming a triple amputee after being wounded while on patrol during his second tour of duty in Iraq in 2005. He currently makes personal appearances at major rehab facilities across the country delivering his message of perseverance and determination.

Msgr. Sullivan and John will be speaking about the work of The Refuge Cafe, which functions as a coffee shop by day and a wine bar at night, with the proceeds generated going back into programs run by Catholic Charities in Phoenix. The cafe particularly provides job training and development  for refugees, at-risk youth and veterans living in the transitional housing program run by Catholic Charities.

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The Future of Work

John Boudreau & Marc Bain

John Boudreau & Marc Bain

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Sullivan focuses on ” The Future of Work” with Dr. John Bourdreau, Professor of of Management and Organization at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and  USC’s Center for Effective Organization; and Marc Bain  fashion industry journalist for Quartz,  the digitally native news outlet owned by Atlantic Media Company

Msgr. Sullivan and Dr. Boudreau  will be talking about changes that have taken place in the workplace over recent years, and particularly the increase in the number of people employed in the “Gig” economy like Uber. They examine whether such employment opportunities are essentially exploitative or empowering for workers.

Marc and  Msgr. Sullivan will be speaking about how working conditions in the developing world are monitored, and whether there is too much emphasis on corporate transparency and not enough emphasis on outcomes like worker’s rights, work conditions and wages. Marc has done considerable reporting on the garment industry’s supply chain and labor issues in both Bangladesh and China

 

JustLove’s Mother’s Day Show

Harry Connick & Jeanne Pritzker

This week’s episode of JustLove will focus on Mother’s Day 2017. On the show Monsignor will be speaking with two guests focused on celebrating Mother’s Day and family. 

On the show Jeanne Pritzker Founder and Chair of Foster Care Counts, a California based non-profit organization founded in 2012 to raise awareness of the needs of foster youth. Msgr. Sullivan and Jeanne  will be talking about the work of her organization and particularly its 9th annual “Foster Mother’s Day” celebration taking place this coming Sunday – May 14th. in Los Angeles. Over 2,500 foster youth and their families will be hosted by “Foster Care Counts” at a celebration designed to give back to foster parents who have dedicated their lives to helping children in need.  

Also on the show is talk show host, actor, singer, and songwriter, Harry Connick Jr. Msgr. Sullivan and Harry will be speaking about Harry’s new daytime variety program – called “Harry”  and what messages he hopes to convey to his daily audience. He will also talk about how he balances the values of faith, family and community in his personal and professional life 

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Religious Identity and Religious Persecution

Thomas Wigant & Samuel Tadros

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan focuses on “Religious Identity and Religious Persecution” with two guests calling in to provide their perspectives on the matter.

On the show, Thomas Wigant Chief Operating Officer and Director of Ethics and Spiritual Care at Healthcare-Holding Tauberfranken will be calling in from Germany. Msgr. Sullivan and Thomas – who both  attended a Caritas Internationalis Conference last week in Germany where Msgr. Sullivan delivered an address on the “Catholic Identity” of Catholic Charities,  will further discuss how Catholic Identity in the provision of human services is understood on both sides of the Atlantic.

Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom will be discussing Pope Francis’s trip to Egypt last weekend. Msgr. Sullivan and Samuel will also focus on the plight of Christians in today’s Egypt, and particularly the pervasive discrimination that they face – in both law and society – because of their religious faith

JustLove’s Earth Day Show

David R. Shuffler, Jr. & Richard Fuller

This week’s JustLove broadcast is focused on Earth Day 2017. Joining the show to talk about this annual event are two guests: Richard Fuller, President and CEO of Pure Earth, an international non-profit based in New York dedicated to solving pollution problems in low and middle income countries; and David R. Shuffler, Jr, Executive Director of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, a Catholic Charities Affiliate.

 Msgr. Sullivan and Richard will be speaking about the work of Pure Earth, and how the cleanup of environmental pollution is one global problem that has very achievable solutions. 

David R. Shuffler, Jr. will be covering his the South Bronx based youth organization, which is dedicated to rebuilding the neighborhoods which it serves by preparing young people to become prophetic voices for peace and justice. Msgr. Sullivan and David will be discussing the Infrastructure Transformation work of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, and how the group has been instrumental in efforts to revitalize the Bronx River Waterfront and Sheridan Expressway Corridor.

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