Flashpoint: Trump vs. Cummings, Overdose Reversals, ICNA Relief

August 03, 2019 - 7:14 pm
Reverend William A. Brawner with the non-profit POWER  Melissa DePino​ - co-founder of 'From Privilege to Progress' Charles Gallagher -- Criminal Justice Professor at La Salle University  Raynard Jackson -- Republican political consultant ​ ((on the phone

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about use of the term "racist" against individuals who support President Donald Trump.  In recent days, the President criticized Rep. Elijah Cummings by attacking his district in Baltimore. Trump called the district "filthy" "rodent infested" and "dangerous," characterizing it as one of the worst cities in America.

Baltimore has had its share of issues, with its mayor recently resigning because of allegations of bribery.  This week, Trump supporters clapped back against the backlash against their leader, arguing that they are tired of being called racist at every turn. 

So, what is racism? Is it being overused? Were the president's comments about Baltimore racist, or were they right? Melissa DePino, co-founder of Privilege to Progress joined Charles Gallagher, a professor at LaSalle University, Rev. William A. Brawner from Power and Raynard Jackson, a conservative columnist and Republican political consultant in a heated discussion.

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The news maker of the week is Roz Pichardo, founder of Operation Save Our City.  Pichardo recently made headlines with an article in Kensington Voice discussing the more than 100 overdose reversals she has participated in as a Kensington resident.  She also takes issue with a recent Flashpoint guest, Kensington Beach, who uses social media to expose the graphic reality of active opioid addiction.  For more on Operation Save Our City, click here.

Roz Pichardo
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The change maker of the week is ICNA Relief.  The Islamic organization focuses on making change in North America and has a chapter in Philadelphia that recently opened a health clinic. This summer, the organization is giving away 50,000 school backpacks with supplies to kids all over America and more than 1,000 in Pennsylvania.  Razin Karu, Outreach Coordinator, discusses effort. For more on the organization's local efforts, including its free health clinic, click here.

Razin Karu
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