May 12, 2017

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Francesca Chambers, The Daily Mail; Co-founder Reproaction, Erin Matson; and Anneke E. Green, White House Writer’s Group.


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Betsy DeVos Booed at HBCU

The Education Secretary’s speech was met with protest by students

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: "At the very least it was inevitable that students would protest a woman who insulted HBCUs, established because of racial segregation, not by choice.”

  • Francesca Chambers: "She said these schools were pioneers of school choice, not recognizing that they were founded because they had nowhere else to go. This week as well, the president put out a spending bill that blindsided her, I was told she was livid about it, targeting HBCUs’ funding, and suggesting these guarantees they get might not be Constitutional.”

  • Erin Matson: "The history of struggle for civil rights is marked by direct action, which gets the goods. It’s rarely polite and there’s no need to apologize.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Could you not look at it as: she has the right to speak... why don’t the students have the rights to voice their views just as much as she has the right to come speak?”

  • Anneke E. Green: "It was rude and inappropriate. What are these kids learning, if they think the best way to engage in dialog is not to listen?”


No Women in Healthcare Working Group

Senate Republicans defended their all-male panel

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: "Sen. Susan Collins is being punished, not because she is a woman, but because she is a moderate Republican. And she doesn’t for the most part agree with what’s happening with healthcare now.”

  • Francesca Chambers: "They haven’t been acknowledging that it could come back vastly different than the bill that was passed in the House. Because to acknowledge that would be to say that what they had in the House was not as big of a victory as the president said it was when they took this victory lap in the Rose Garden.”

  • Erin Matson: "Trumpcare seems to be just a mean-spirited attack on women, from every level, from the attempts to strip maternity coverage out, the attacks on preventative care, Medicaid expansion, which supports women, especially single mothers.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “It is seen by some as strange, that the GOP wants to take abortion rights and birth control coverage, and when you do get pregnant, they’re taking away maternity coverage.”

  • Anneke E. Green: "The Republican leadership didn’t think of what it might look like. After this was raised by reporters, they came back and said ‘these meetings are open to any of the five female senators.”

Strange Campus Sexual Assault Stats

Skepticism as almost 90% of campuses reported 0 sexual assaults.

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: "I do not believe women are coming forward. There is no deterrent, there is no enforcement. When it is reported, there are countless incidents of nothing happening.”

  • Francesca Chambers: "The difficulty is.. you can only go off of the police reports, or surveys that the universities would be doing, or Department of Justice statistics... whether or not you think that’s right.”

  • Erin Matson: "Schools need to step up. They need to create a more welcoming environment for reporting, they need to look at how they are collecting their data.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “89% of campuses report no sexual assault. Yet it seems like there’s lots of it going on at every school. How do you put those together?”

  • Anneke E. Green: “It’s extremely personal, a lot of the studies say women feel a lot of shame. A lot of victims don’t want to report.”


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