Flashpoint: #Cancelling those who offend, Exposing addiction, YASP’s juvenile justice reform

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February 16, 2019 - 9:30 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about "Cancel Culture."  The phenomenon occurs when an American social media mob cancels, terminates or withdraws support from a person or organization in response to a perceived moral infraction. It's made numerous headlines and has caused major backlash. In Virginia, the state's top Democrats are all under fire. Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar had to apologize after an alleged anti-Semitic tweet. President Donald Trump called for her resignation, despite an apology. In recent days, there have been calls for boycotts of Gucci and other companies for alleged racist acts. Is zero tolerance the norm? Should there be some sort of societal due process? We walk through the flames with Liz Preate-Havey, Chairwoman of the Montgomery County GOP Committee and an attorney at Dilworth Paxson, Michael Coard an attorney and activist based in Philadelphia and Rick Barton, a professor at Princeton University who wrote an op-ed titled, "As America battles over race, sex, and politics, how can citizens find forgiveness?"

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The Flashpoint newsmaker of the week is James River who buried his 25 year old sister, Anaya last week. The mother of two overdosed on opioids. Rivers decided to disclose what happened to his sister at her funeral. She started her addiction with Percocet’s. He explains why he decided to share his sister's plight in such a public way, during their time of mourning.

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Our changemaker of the week is the Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project, a youth led, youth run organization working to effect change within the juvenile justice system. In Pennsylvania laws allow children to be automatically tried as an adult for certain violent crimes. YASP works to support juveniles in the system and when they return home. Details on some of their upcoming projects can be found here: http://www.yasproject.com/.

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