This week on NOW:
The President is challenging America to build an "ownership society,"
but critics say the rhetoric coming out of Washington is clever
sloganeering that doesn't address important issues like what the
President's plan for the Social Security crisis means for working
Americans. David Brancaccio gets the perspective of civil rights
crusader and regular NOW contributor Constance Rice, who says the real
crisis is that too many Washington policies are shifting the financial
risk from the wealthy to the working middle class. "None of it adds up.
It's worse than fuzzy math," says Rice, a lawyer known for litigating
major cases, involving police misconduct and employment discrimination.
"I also have to wonder why they are tinkering with the last bedrock
safety net that we have?"
Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a
non-profit organization that helps women find opportunities in
post-Saddam Iraq. Salbi gives David Brancaccio her thoughts on what the
future may hold for Iraqi women as their country moves toward democracy
and talks about the situation there. "Educated women. Working women.
Women who are outspoken. Women who kept their old lifestyle. Kept on
driving cars, kept on wearing their western clothing. They were all
assassinated one by one." An Iraqi native who arrived in the U.S. at
age 19, Salbi's experience with the Iran-Iraq War and later the Gulf War
sensitized her to the plight of women survivors of war and led her to
found Women for Women International at age 23. Under her leadership, the
organization now assists women in 8 countries including Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Kosovo, Rwanda, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq and
the Democratic Republic of the Congo.