Monday, November 23, 2015

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

In light of the ongoing refugee crisis in Syria, President Barack Obama announced that of that 85,000 refuges to be resettled in the US in 2016, 10,000 slots would be set-aside specifically for Syrians.  Joining me today to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis and the calls to set aside 500 of the 10,000 slots for LGBT Syrian refugees is Neil Grungras the Founder and Executive Director of Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) who has been leading the charge to help LGBT Syrian refugees find safety.  Neil is a worldwide recognized expert on vulnerable refugees and is a refugee and immigration attorney with over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors.  Before founding ORAM, he directed the U.S. Department of State refugee service facility in Vienna, where he managed the handling of thousands of refugee applications from case inception to arrival in the United States.  You can also follow Neil on Facebook.

When Mark Zuckerberg announced to a cheering Oprah audience his $100 million pledge to transform the downtrodden schools of Newark, NJ, then mayor Cory Booker and Governor Chris Christie were beside him, vowing to help make Newark “a symbol of educational excellence for the whole nation.” But their plans soon ran into problems.  In her new book The Prize: Who’s InCharge of America’s Schools?, veteran journalist Dale Russakoff tells the story of this titanic struggle to reform one of the Nation’s largest struggling school systems and she joins me today to talk all about it.  You can also follow Dale on twitter.

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