Flashpoint: Byron Allen vs. Comcast; a Philly victim wants Pennsylvania attorney general's help; DonCARES

November 17, 2019 - 9:03 am
This week's panel includes Philadelphia NAACP President Rodney Muhammad and Rutgers constitutional law professor Stacy Hawkins, and Comcast Senior Executive Vice President David L. Cohen.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about Hollywood entertainment mogul Byron Allen's race discrimination suit against Comcast. 

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments over an issue of law related to how to plead race discrimination under section 1981 of the the Civil Rights Act of 1866. Civil rights organizations, including Dr. Bernice King, sounded the alarm, arguing that if Comcast wins the case, it'll make it tougher for people of color to sue for race discrimination. Comcast argued that the lawsuit is frivolous and the outcome will not shift civil rights standards. The Department of Justice and the National Chamber of Commerce filed briefs in support of Comcast.  

David L. Cohen, senior executive vice president and chief diversity officer of Comcast addressed Allen's claims publicly for the first time since the major appeal. "The guy's suing us for 20 billion dollars," he said. "If there's any concern from the civil rights community that mischief is going to be done in this case, Byron Allen withdraws his case, it's over."

Cohen joined Philadelphia NAACP President Rodney Muhammad and Rutgers Law School constitutional law professor Stacy Hawkins in this heated debate over the point of law that prompted the court to review the matter, as well as Comcast's record of diversity and inclusion.

Lisa Espinosa
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The newsmaker of the week is Lisa Espinosa. Her son, Raymon J. Pantoja was murdered on April 10, 2016. Giovany Perales recently pleaded and was sentenced to 14 to 28 years behind bars. Espinosa said the sentence was the result of a plea deal and bungled prosecution. This week, she wrote a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking that he investigate the Philadelphia District Attorney's handling of the matter.  

Donovan Forrest of DonCARES
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The changemaker of the week is Donovan Forrest, founder and executive director of DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc.  Forrest, a Temple University education student, created a mentoring program that provides the services he wished that he had as a kid.  

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