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EllisonReport, 1/21: #FlintMI; Got Black Agenda?; Fear of the Freelance Economy; #BlackMigrants

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Flint water crisis

EllisonReport 1/21 edition: We talk to the Flint, MI state representative who sent Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) a warning letter about his city’s drinking water – a year ago. Contrasting messaging in the Democratic debate, Republican debates and the SOTU. An alarming lack of Black Agenda items in both primaries. Should you be worried about the growing freelance economy? Balancing police reform and other issues in the Empire State. The rising political clout of the Black Migrants.

Peter Groff (@petercgroff) and Keaton Nichols (@SirKDizzle) contrast recent Dem, GOP debates, a look at voter enthusiasm on both sides of the aisle and if black voters are confined to one issue. (Listen at 1:10)

Mercatus Center’s Christopher Koopman (@ckoopman) examines findings in his new report about the rising “gig economy” or the 1099 workforce. Should workers be worried? (Listen at 15:48)

NY State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (@CarlHeastie) discusses police reform, balancing that with other challenges and finding the best model amid tension (Listen at 22:15)

MI State Rep. Sheldon Neeley (@SheldonNeeley), representing Flint, MI, tells us what’s happening in Michigan and why Gov. Snyder has yet to talk to him about the crisis in his hometown. (Listen at 31:27)

Fordham University’s Christina Greer (@Dr_CMGreer) talks about the political rise and growing influence of so-called “Black Migrants” from Africa and the Caribbean, and how that impacts African Americans. (Listen at 44:40)

ER 1.21.16 Edition Team:

Charles D. Ellison – Host & Executive Producer

Andre Melton – Producer, WEAA 88.9 FM

Tyron Rice – Associate Producer

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