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Episode 65

Thank You, Anita Hill

This month marks the 25th anniversary of Anita Hill’s famous testimony at Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearings (and his subsequent confirmation as a Supreme Court justice). With sexual assault back in the headlines, we take a look at how far we’ve come since then—as well as the work ahead—with Lisalyn Jacobs of the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice. Next, Bryce Covert of ThinkProgress joins to discuss the hidden poisoning of poor children at a Los Angeles housing complex. Finally, we take a look at ballot initiatives in five states that could give workers a much-needed raise. But first, Jeremy Slevin kicks off the show with a run-down of the biggest stories in poverty from this week.

Follow this week’s guests on Twitter:

Lisalyn Jacobs: @LRockL
Bryce Covert: @brycecovert
Ryan Erickson: @ericksonryanj
Jeremy Slevin: @jeremyslevin

Resources on sexual assault:

RAINN Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)
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Rebecca Vallas

Managing Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. Previously, Rebecca worked directly with low-income individuals and communities as a legal aid attorney in Philadelphia

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