Broadcast every 3rd Wednesday at Noon PST, Empowerment WORKS' free webcast series, Pulse of the Movement (PoM) was created to illuminate local solutions and inspire daily actions for a thriving world.
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EXPLORING HUMAN SECURITY:
Immigration, Radical Islam, & Civil Rights
With all the hype about immigration and even a muslim registry, are you wondering what's really at stake? What does human security mean to you? Get the deeper perspective and inside scoop on our January Pulse of the Movement Episode from two amazing guests: Leena Barakat - California born and raised Palestinian / Strategic Partnership Adviser, Tides Foundation; & Robert Young Pelton - Migrant expert, Best Selling Author, War Journalist & Filmmaker.
Watch interviews here, or join the conversation on our YouTube channel (guest bios below)!
Leena Barakat - Mother, California born Palestinian / Strategic Partnership Director, Tides.org
Robert Young Pelton - Migrant Expert, Best Selling Author, War Journalist & Filmmaker
What's This About? "30 Seconds from Istanbul..."
If counting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, US spending on anti-terrorism tops 1.26 Trillion USD (Thinkbynumbers.org). That's $500 million spent per victim (3K total including and since 911) on anti-terrorism efforts, whereas cancer research spending is only $10,000 per victim.
In this episode we explore, among other topics, if the threat of radical Islam is sufficient enough to warrant the financial and other costs.
- How much of a threat is radical Islam vs "X"? - Are our strategies making the world more secure? - Where are the $ for anti-terrorism going and what's at stake?
Guest Bios: Robert Young Pelton, Leena Barakat, & Stephanie Chenault (in blog)
Robert Young Pelton
Author and filmmaker Robert Young Pelton is renown for overcoming
extraordinary obstacles in his continued search for the truth.
Pelton’s career consists of bypassing media, border guards, and military groups with the purpose of getting to the heart of the story. In his travels to and through the world’s most dangerous places, Pelton shares risks with his hosts and is often the sole surviving witness to history-shaping events. His recent journeys have taken him inside the siege of Grozny in Chechnya and to the battle of Qala-I-Jangi in Afghanistan. He was present at the rebel campaign to take Monrovia in Liberia, and accompanied the CIA in the hunt for Bin Laden in Pakistan’s tribal areas. He kept company with insurgents during the war in Iraq, and spent four weeks with Blackwater, in the RPG Alley in Baghdad.
Pelton’s travels have not been without penalty. He has been kidnapped by right wing death squads in Colombia, survived both a plane crash in Indonesia and a head-on motorcycle accident in Peru, and gracefully endured numerous detainments and attacks. Want to know more about Robert Young Pelton? Check out his autobiography, The Adventurist
Guest Leena Barakat is Palestinian born and raised in southern California, now serving as Strategic Partnership Advisor for Bay Area based Tides Foundation.
Leena’s consulting clients include the Huffington Post and Berkeley Program for Entrepreneurism and Development and the Holt Prize.
Empowerment WORKS first met Leena in her role as Director of Operations and Business Development at fiscally sponsored project, Visualizing Impact, a creative social change meets data visualization enterprise based in US (via EW), Lebanon & Canada.
With a background in Human Rights, Social Enterprise, and a passion for social change, we’re grateful to hear Leena’s perspective on human security in the US.LinkedIn...
Stephanie is an internationally recognized communications, cyber and intelligence expert, entrepreneur, inventor and military strategist.
With a background in aerospace engineering and astrophysics, Stephanie's career has spanned both the private and public sectors.
Author of many humanitarian assistance and disaster recovery planning scenarios, articles for online journals, strategy blogs and security think tanks, service to her country as a DoD civilian took her to Iraq at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 – 2005 where she built several command and control systems designed to document events, individuals, and significant activities.
Based in Washington DC, but active in dozens of countries, Stephanie’s commitment to supporting early education, technology exposure, local economic growth and child development began in 2005. Since then she has raised awareness and resources to support relief initiatives for the Earthquakes in the Philippines and Haiti, Typhoon Haiyan, and other humanitarian assistance programs. By leveraging her extensive in-country networks she is able to quickly get aid and equipment into the hands of those most in need.
Her focus is on leveraging technology to help imperiled, impoverished, and marginalized communities throughout the globe. She has recently joined the Board of Directors at Empowerment WORKS and is an independent consultant / technology advisor / cyber strategist. LinkedIn...
Melanie St.James, MPA
Chief Inspiration Officer, Empowerment WORKS
Melanie has dedicated her life promoting collaborative solutions for a thriving world. Through sustainable development research in Senegal and Zimbabwe, she identified '7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS)' as a universal framework, and the genesis of Empowerment WORKS. Her thesis, "A New Population Theory: Human Security as a determinant of fertility rates" called for more cohesive, interdisciplinary policy making to support local self-determination. LinkedIn...