July 11, 2014

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss Border Crisis Politics, Gay Rights, and the new book Teach a Woman to Fish.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is Francesca Chambers of the Daily Mail, DC Congresswoman Del. Norton (D), Independent Women’s Forum Senior Fellow Patrice Lee, and Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa.

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Border Crisis Politics

Congress continues to struggle, failing to reach an agreement in solving the humanitarian conflict.

  • Del. Norton: “The president’s balanced approach is what is needed given Republican backlash and Democratic compassion.”

  • Francesca Chambers: “At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing this week, even Senate Democrats sounded pretty skeptical of the 3.7 billion dollars the president was asking for .”

  • Patrice Lee: “What we’re seeing is a lot of people looking toward 2014 and 2016 Let’s parse this issue out from the larger immigration debate and deal with it that way.”

  • Patricia Sosa: “I think the Obama administration..has put forward a very reasonable package....”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Why is it being applied to a situation where you have mass migration? It’s not mass sex trafficking [on 2008 Bush law].”


Gay Rights

Gay Rights: Title VII is being argued to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

  • Del. Norton: “When a court interprets a statute they have to interpret the words. Interpreting the words, it seems to me, that [U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly] is on solid ground.”

  • Francesca Chambers: “I think it’s kind of dangerous to conflate the two things with sex and to say gender discrimination is the same exact thing.”

  • Patrice Lee: “No one should be discriminated against, that's the bottom line, but now we also have to remember religious freedom in this country.”  

  • Patricia Sosa: “You could never justify race discrimination in this country, well we wanna get in the same place in terms of sexual orientation. ”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “The LGBTQ community has made much greater progress towards civil rights than women have in this country.”


Teach A Woman To Fish  

In her new book Ritu Sharma explains how to empower women abroad to combat poverty worldwide.

  • Patrice Lee: “Among millennials though we see that they’re very much engaged and committed to what they’re buying and linking the two.”

  • Patrice Lee: "I do like that with this entire book that it really shows that poverty alleviation and development is really about giving the individual the right to own their future and not just throwing empty government dollars at problems."

  • Ritu Sharma: “What Women Thrive is trying to do now is to take that shift in awareness and turn it into a shift in action.”

  • Ritu Sharma: “When women have money and they have their own resources, the rates of violence against them go down. Those two things are two sides of the same coin and we need to address them together.”

  • Ritu Sharma: “[T]he truth is that our US government can and is in a lot of cases doing the right thing and doing it well. But that’s not what we hear in the news.”


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