Halloween 2017

Dr. Michael Oberschneider & Tony, Anthony, and Deanne Alfano

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan hosts a Halloween themed show with two guests.

On the show, child psychologist and children’s author, Dr. Michael Oberschneider will talk about some of the factors behind a child’s choice of what to dress up as. Monsignor Sullivan will also talk with Oberschneider about the most significant aspects of celebrating Halloween in the US, 

Also joining the show is Deanna Alfano, mother of Anthony Alfano who is known for his elaborate Halloween costumes in the news . Deanna will talk about how her and her husband Tony create costumes that incorporate Anthony’s wheelchair. Her and Monsignor will also talk about how Halloween has become the one day of the year that people can “stop looking at the wheelchair and just see the boy in the costume.” 

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National Bullying Prevention Month

Bailey Lindgren & John Guenther

This week’s episode of Justlove will focus on observing National Bullying Prevention Month.

On the phone, Bailey Lindgren, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center Associate, a national training and information center dedicated to bullying prevention located in Minniapolis, Minnesota will be on be joining us. Msgr. andBailey will be speaking about the work of the organization’s, National Bullying Prevention month happening during the month of October. They’ll also focus on what parents, families, and children can do to end the scourge of bullying in their classrooms and communities.

John Guenther, who is Managing Director of Executive Communications at BNY Mellon will be in the studio. Msgr. Sullivan and John will be talking about lessons on bullying and life that John himself learned from reconnecting with someone who had bullied him in high school – 25 years earlier, who now was now in prison, incarcerated for life without parole

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Economic Inequality and Some of Its Causes

Alex Armlovichm & Shekar Narasimhan

On this week’s episode of Just Love Monsignor Sullivan cover’s issues surrounding economic inequality with two guests. 

Joining the show is Shekar Narasimhan Managing Partner of Beekman Advisors – a Virginia based strategic advisory service firm concentrating in the areas of real estate development, mortgage finance and affordable housing. Msgr. and Shekar will be talking about income inequality and particularly how the cost of housing – and especially rental housing – is one of the keys to addressing the needs of those on the lower end of the income scale.

Also on the show is Alex Armlovichm, a Fellow at the  Manhattan Institute where he concentrates on writing about urban issues such as housing policy, transportation and infrastructure. Msgr. Sullivan and Alex will also be examining income inequality on the local level here in New York City, and whether or not Mayor de Blasio’s stated intention to address the “Tale of Two Cities” he spoke of at his inauguration in December of 2014 have decreased income inequality in substantive ways during his time as Mayor.

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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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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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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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The Church and Youth & Continuing to Make Lent Great Again!

Mehnaz Afridi & Fred Parrella

On this episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will be speaking with  Fred Parrella, Professor of Theology in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University in California,  and Mehnaz Afridi, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College in the Bronx. 

Msgr. Sullivan and Prof. Parrella – who has been teaching at the Jesuit university based in Silicon Valley for 40 years – will be discussing the religious faith and practice of today’s college students, and what their often self-description as “spiritual, but not religious” bodes for the future, and what – if anything – can be done to counter this trend.

Prof. Afridi – who is also the Director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College will be discussing the practices of fasting, charity/service, and prayer in the Islamic Tradition as a continuation of our Lenten conversations on “Making Lent Great Again 2017!”

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Marching for & Defending the Human Dignity of Others

L-R: Jodi Ziesemer & Kristan Hawkins

On this week’s JustLove episode, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with two guests about the topic of protecting and preserving human dignity.

On the show, Kristan Hawkins, of President of Students for Life of America will be speaking with Msgr. Sullivan about the work of her organization. Recently, Kristan attended the Women’s March on Washington as well as the 44th Annual “March for Life.” They will be discussing her experiences at both marches.

Also on the show is  Jodi Ziesemer, Supervising Attorney for the Immigrant Children Advocacy and Relief Effort (ICARE) and the Immigration Court Help Desk at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.  Msgr. and Jodi will be talking about her experiences this past weekend out at Kennedy Airport in New York City including responding “on the ground” to travelers who were affected by President Trump’s January 27th Executive Order. This order restricts immigration from seven Muslim majority countries, suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days, and bars Syrian refugee admissions indefinitely.

To learn more about the topics covered on this week’s show, visit the following links:

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Catholic Charities Centennial

L-R: Brendan Ryan & Bill Baccaglini

This week’s episode of will kick-off JustLove’s year-long, on-going commemoration and celebration of Catholic Charities Centennial. On the show, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will be speaking with Brendan Ryan, Trustee of Catholic Charities NY and Chairman of Draftfcb. Msgr. Sullivan and Brendan will be talking about the Centennial, the legacy of service provided by our 90 affiliated agencies throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley, and Catholic Charities commitment to a New Century of Help and Hope. Also on the show is Bill Baccaglini President and CEO at the New York Foundling, an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities. The New York Foundling is is one of New York City’s oldest and largest child welfare agencies providing over 20 different services to 27,000 children, families and individuals each year. Bill will be speaking with Monsignor about one of Catholic Charities Centennial Initiatives: “Dorming For Success” – a new groundbreaking college dormitory program that addresses the financial, social-emotional, and academic barriers to college success among youth in the Foster Care System.

To learn more about the topics covered on this week’s episode, visit the below links:

– The New York Foundling’s Website 

– New York State’s  Higher Education and Services Corporation – Youth In Care’s Paying for Higher Education web page 

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