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NFL Protests/Race Relations/Police Brutality: Joel Segal

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Joel Segal received his law and undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joel is currently the Executive Director of the North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition. The 20 Member Coalition is working to rapidly transition the state of the North Carolina He is the Co-Founder and the National Director of the “Justice Action Mobilization Network,” a multi-racial and diverse climate emergency “network” that is comprised of several clean energy and green organizations, civil rights groups, social justice organizations, environmental groups, business, artists, current and former elected officials who are working to address the climate emergency. Joel has co-authored clean energy/green jobs legislation in Congress, and is organizing Congressional briefings and national radio shows on the climate and the poverty emergency.

Joel is the former senior legislative assistant and speech writer to Rep. Conyers, Dean of the Congress, from 2000-2013. He helped lead efforts and co-authored legislation in the U.S. Congress on universal health care, the Affordable Care Act, Global HIV/AIDS, Hurricane Katrina, and Jobs For all legislation. He co-authored over 15 bills while working in Congress for Rep. Conyers; and other Members of Congress. Joel organized scores of Congressional briefings and town hall meetings across the country on universal health care and Global HIV/AIDS from 2000-2013, which helped build support inside and outside of Congress for passage of the “The Affordable Health Care Act, PEPFAR, and the Katrina Relief Act.

 

He is the co-author of HR 676, “Expanded and Improved Medicare For All,”  and was the senior technical consultant on Michael Moore’s documentary movie SICKO. Joel recruited rock artist Bono to help lead efforts to fight global HIV/AIDS, and cofounded the Global HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Joel successfully lead efforts while working for Rep. Conyers to improve work resident physician working conditions, who now work 80 hours a week instead of 120 hours, co-founded the Out of Iraq Caucus, and lead efforts to save the Detroit Medical Center by compelling the Bush Administration to provide the city of Detroit with a $40 million dollar grant to prevent Detroit’s only public hospital from closing.

Joel recently co-founded the 81 Member “Congressional Voting Rights Caucus,” and the “Voting Rights Alliance” to address voter suppression—he has also co-authored bills in Congress on voter suppression.

Joel established the “Middle East Peace Working Group,” a diverse working group of Middle East peace leaders who are Arab, Jewish, Christian, and Palestinian. The main objective of the organization is to work for peace in the Middle East, peace between Israel and Palestine, economic development, and a regional peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, and an independent and economically viable Palestinian state.

Joel was the former senior legislative assistant to former Charlotte City Councilman Dan Clodfelter from 1990-1992, and the Executive Director of “The Community Works,” Charlotte’s first transitional housing and jobs program for the working homeless from 1992-1994. He was the former Deputy Director of Human Resources and a Senior Manager of the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services from 1994-1998.

Joel is a professional jazz funk bass player, composer,  and is a practicing Buddhist and neo-orthodox Jewish American.

NEW CONTENT!!!

Whether it be now or some other space and time we all have an assignment…something we were put here to do.  Once you know what that is…it is your responsibility to see that dream/that vision that was divinely placed on your heart to fruition.  These past few months have shown me that consistency, focus, and DOING THE WORK…with whatever you have is the key to accomplishment.

I’m shaking it up a bit…and we’re going to have a good time, share good information, and connect to resources to guide you on your journey.  So what has changed?  Shorter segments, more topics, collaborations, entertainment…and now weekly shows!!! Let’s have some fun!  Don’t forget to like, comment, share & subscribe!!! NEW CONTENT…NOVEMBER 1st…don’t miss out!

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Dating With A Disability: Up Close & Personal

On January 21, 2017, women all around the country marched for some of these reasons.  For some of those same reasons it is  important for me to produce this show and readdress this topic.  This show is about more than dating with a disability.  It’s about equality, acceptance, self-esteem, perception and self-love.  As I spoke to these women, listening to their desires and concerns about love and relationships was all too familiar.  They shared the same needs and desires that I hear from able-bodied women.  In contrast, some of their fears were different.  These women have to deal with the assumptions and stereotypes that are often associated with anyone who has a disability.  I salute these women for their courage, honesty, and for being a light of hope.  I encourage them to continue to let their light shine…Love will find its way.  Please watch, comment, like, subscribe…Enjoy!

 

To learn more about our guests please click the Guests Tab, and select Dating With A Disability: Up Close & Personal.

To learn more about WEAN (Women Embracing Abilities Now) click the Resources Tab, and select WEAN.

The Assessment

 

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When you’re in the midst of a storm (storms that life sometimes bring) you have to make an assessment, a self assessment.  Take inventory of all the things that you have and the things that are required to get you through it.  This is an evaluation of your character, your perseverance, your goals, your habits, and a gamut of other things that may be required for your storm.  One of the most important assessments is that of those around you, your inner circle.  If you don’t have one, think of the people you talk to most and those with whom you spend the most time.

In recent conversations with a few people, I heard them speak louder than ever in their silence.  The silence spoke doubt and reeked of judgement.  It’s crazy, the closer I look at my surroundings it makes me ever so aware of who I really am.  A girl with a dream and no drive?  A woman with talent and excuses to match?  A person wasting away trying to keep up with the Kardashians or the Jones’…you pick.  Or maybe, just maybe I’m in a delusional competition…one in which my competitors aren’t even aware that I’m in the game.

On occasion, I find myself asking people what kind of person they think I am?  I remember a time where I didn’t care what anybody thought.  In the grand scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter…but it does.  No matter what you do or how you do it someone is going to judge you, not agree, criticize, request or expect more.  However, the energy you receive is also the energy you exude.  See, it’s not about acceptance or approval.  It’s about doing the things that you enjoy, and give you purpose.  It’s about creating the best life for yourself.  It’s about surrounding yourself with people and things that will help you reach your potential.  While it doesn’t really matter what people think about you.  It does matter what they think about themselves and how they weather their own storms, and it’s subsequent impact on you.

As you complete your assessment ponder this: Am I the person I intend to be?  This is not a question about how kind and considerate you are.  This is a question about WHO you are and what you want out of life.  In your quest to become the person you intend to be consider your own drive and motivation as well as that of your inner circle.  Think about the what and WHO are required in your time of storm. Your inner circle must consist of people who possess the traits and characteristics of the person you intend to be.  If not, you’re going to need more than an umbrella to weather that storm.

 

 

 

Pet Cancer

 

For many of us, our pets are family.  Just like our human family members, pets require preventative healthcare and medical attention.  Our special guest, Dr. Christy Montgerard addresses both pet cancer and preventative healthcare.  This episode provides pertinent information about what a cancer diagnosis means for you, your pet, and your family.  For pet cancer resources please visit our resources tab and select pet cancer.

Reinvention

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Have you ever been in a bad situation, knowing that you should leave and you stayed? Unhealthy relationships, dead-end jobs, lapses in judgement, procrastination, etc, etc.  It’s funny how easy it is for us to get comfortable being uncomfortable.  It’s strange but true for many of us, including myself.  With this on my mind, it became very apparent that I need to do something different so that I can achieve something different.

From the very beginning I’ve had this vision of what my show would look like.  Although, I’m very proud of my show and what I’ve been able to accomplish I still haven’t created the show I envisioned.  As I sit here with a myriad of ideas feeling like I’m not making any progress, I watch the number of my YouTube views plummet with each new show.  All while my counterparts seem to be doing amazing.  My thoughts as I make my observations are, “Do I really have to be the butt of the joke, contribute to the overload of celebrity gossip, start rolling my eyes and sucking my teeth with hands flailing?”  After taking note of what I don’t want to become.  I took note of what is working for them.  Enter the reinvention of ‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’  I’m sure you’ve been here before.  Feeling like you have to do something but you just don’t know what to do.

So, what would she do? She spoke to her sister who made a suggestion.  I must admit, I didn’t receive what she told me right away because of course I’ve had this vision from the beginning, and I want to do it my way.  Then I asked myself a question.  Is there only one way to achieve your goals?  The answer for both you and me is NO. If there is more than one way to do a thing and the one way you’ve been doing it isn’t working why not try another way and see how that works.

The next step is to get out of my own way.  What needs to happen now? I need to do something NOW starting right NOW.  No more excuses about not having: enough time, enough resources, a good support system, etc, etc. I am a person of action, and there is no time like the present.  Why? Because tomorrow isn’t promised.  We all have the same number of hours in a day.  The difference between those who live their best lives and see their dreams to fruition and those who don’t is commitment to achieving goals, tapping into your resourcefulness, being honest with yourself, and taking action NO EXCUSES.

We can keep going in the one way direction that is leaving us unfulfilled or dare to step out on faith and try another way, and perhaps another way until we reach our destiny.  Be inspired by who you can become.  Be inspired by possibilities.  Life is about choices.  Choose to live your best life starting now.  The only limit you have is YOU…so get out of your own way and go for it!!!

~Saran Almond

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Learn To Meditate

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, depressed, or just plain tired?  If you find yourself not knowing what to do, try this:

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Have you ever wondered about meditation or considered meditating?  If you have questions, he has answers.  Guru Ranjit Deora provides facts about meditation, helpful tips, and a one on one guided meditation just for YOU.

A common misconception about meditation is that it is a religious practice.  Meditation is the relaxation of the mind and body.  It has been used to aid in pain relief, restful sleep, stress reduction, attaining greater self understanding, and to improve one’s ability to concentrate among many other benefits.  There are many variations of meditation, this show explores Mindfulness Meditation and Mantra Meditation.

FAQ:

  1. What do you need to meditate?  A quiet place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted.
  2. Who can meditate?  Anyone
  3. Why should I meditate?  To increase consciousness, increase awareness, gain inner peace.                                
  4. When should I meditate?  At your discretion; however, it’s suggested that one should meditate once in the morning (upon waking) and once in the evening (before sleeping) at the same time every day.
  5. Where can I meditate?  Anywhere that you are able to sit comfortably and quietly.

Get comfortable, JOIN ME and learn HOW to meditate under the guidance of Guru Ranjit Deora.

 

 

 

 

The POWER of

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It is said that knowledge is Power so therefore in order to acquire knowledge you have to get the information.

In finding my Purpose I know that I am here to encourage, inspire, and uplift people and communities by Providing information.  Recently, I received some very encouraging words from a couple of viewers thanking me for doing my show and encouraging me to keep going.

Sometimes we all need a little Push to get us back on track.  That’s what those comments did for me so I started Praying.  Then I started Planning.  I vowed to stay Positive and be not only consistent but Persistent when things get difficult.

I often find myself very busy and feeling like there isn’t enough time.  Does that happen to you? Well there’s a big difference between being busy and being Productive.  I was stagnant making no Progress.  I needed to take a step backwards in order to move two steps forward.  Now through my Planning, I’m acquiring information, and learning with understanding so that I can Position myself as a “Changemaker.”

With this knowledge I definitely have the POWER to…make a difference.

Psalms 82:3-4

~Saran

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The month of October is nationally recognized as

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH.

domestic-violence-stopEvery 9 seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States.  On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.  The statistics on domestic violence are alarming, and easy to forget and/or ignore if it’s not happening to you or someone you know.  Many times even when we or someone we know are affected by domestic violence we remain silent.  Silence due to fear, shame, or hopelessness is understandable; however, we owe it to ourselves, our children, and our community to speak up.  Domestic Violence Awareness is about letting victims know that they are not alone, that we as a community care, and there are people and resources available to help make the transition from victim to survivor.

A couple of months ago, a young lady sent me an email asking me what she needed to do to get a restraining order against her abusive boyfriend.  I didn’t have an answer at the time; however, my goal is to enlighten and empower our viewers.  So what I didn’t know, I found out and produced a show entitled “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Restraining Orders.”  I spoke to victims, survivors, community leaders, and subject matter experts to provide informational guidance to our viewers.  While laws vary from state to state, and the information provided should not be substituted for legal advice I have compiled local (Charlotte, NC) and national resources for victims, survivors, and their children.  Please go to our resources tab and select Domestic Violence for more information.

I’ve lost 3 friends to domestic violence.  There is no power in silence.  Say something, do something…before it’s too late!

Closer Than You Know

We, Unity, Cooperation, Together

Together WE can make a difference!  With so much going on in the world and the trials and tribulations brought on by life it’s easy to forget our blessings.  Often times WE are blessed by being a blessing to someone one else, and WE all can do this regardless of our personal situation.  My purpose is to provide information in a way that is not only informative but in a way that allows people to receive thoughts, opinions, and perspectives of others.  All of this so that people know WE are not alone, open minds to another way of thinking and/or understanding so that WE are more compassionate, sympathetic, and accepting of one another.

Closer Than You Know…a documentary on human trafficking in Charlotte is underway and coming soon. This is a very real issue affecting women and children every day, and yes it does happen here in Charlotte, NC.  In fact, it’s closer than you know.  The premiere date is tentatively set for January 2016…more information will be provided at a later date.  The more WE know the greater the chance that WE can saves lives as WE educate, inspire, and encourage ourselves and others to help end human trafficking.  Here is the winning short film that I created for The International Human Trafficking Institute’s “See Contest.”

 

 

More great news!!!

 

“What Would she Do?” returns this fall with new shows, new street interviews, new information, and more of your favorite TV host Saran Almond.  New shows come with the highly anticipated and very candid street interviews, subject matter experts and vital information.  As the show continues to grow and build momentum, I thank you all for hanging in there with me.  WE make a great team!!!