Author Edwidge Danticat's new book, Mattea Kramer discusses the Shutdown, and the National Stroller Brigade

10/24/13 Mary Glenney
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Today on From A Woman's Point of View, the following topics were covered:

Edwidge Danticat , author of numerous books including Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner, and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. Winner of a MacArthur Fellowship, her latest book is Claire of the Sea Light. She will be a featured author at the 21st annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the USF St. Pete campus, 140 Seventh Ave. S.

Claire of the Sea is a particularly beautiful, poetic collage of a 7-year old girl whose mother died in childbirth. Her 7 th birthday is both a celebration and a day of sorrow. Her father is a poor fisherman – unable to provide the opportunities and education he would like for his daughter. Will he give his daughter away to a wealthy businessman? This book is so much more than a plot, it is an ensemble of community and the interconnections – love, loss, despair, pain and deep joy.

Mattea Kramer, Director of Research, National Priorities Project, talks about who really was affected by the Shutdown, what functions were considered essential and would have resulted in “significant loss of property” and what functions were not in that favored category. Mattea discusses not only what happened, but considerations for the future. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Amherst and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard.

Shane Shirley-Smith , mother of 3 from Orlando, talks about the upcoming National Stroller Brigade to the United States Capitol which will take place Tuesday, October 29 beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the capitol lawn. Shane and others, including parents, children, celebrities, cancer survivors, are going to rally for meaningful chemical reform this year . They are trying to overcome the many deficiencies of the Toxic Control Substances Act (1976) which has resulted in less than 200 of the over 87,000 chemicals we are exposed to being examined, and only 5 eliminated. Shane points out the science that correlates with the epidemics of cancer, obesity, asthma, and diabetes and wonders when meaningful chemical regulation will be passed to stop she and her children and all the rest of us being used as guinea pigs. The Stroller Brigade is joining with many other groups, including breast cancer groups, saying, “Enough is enough.”

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