May 6, 2019
Episode 2

Fighting to Save Your Kids: Manuel Oliver

Manuel Oliver’s 17-year-old son Joaquin was murdered in the 2018 Parkland shooting. Since then, he has taken to art and activism to fight to protect the lives of children across the country.

Manuel sits down with Alyssa to talk about Joaquin, how he’s using activism and art to make a difference, the gun debate in America, and his organization, Change the Ref. Manuel and his wife Patricia founded Change the Ref in the memory of Joaquin and to empower future leaders. They are committed to making sure that their son’s life and the lives of the other 16 victims are never forgotten and that real change occurs to prevent future tragedies like this from happening again.

TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains content that may be triggering for those affected by gun violence and mass shootings.

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Sources for audio clips

ABC News - 17 dead in horrific high school shooting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgIJosk0pnA

NBC News - Parkland Father Gives Speech to President Trump about Murdered Daughter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIjkgw4mTKk
ABC News - Friends, families mourn Florida high school shooting victims: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfDxmKquKag
CBS News - Parkland Shooting Victim’s parents speak out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwQHcVewMr0
NowThis News - NYC’s Youth Poet Takes on Gun Violence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbvYa5i7wSg
CBS This Morning - Parkland students take gun control message on the road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPA7-5BGJ5g
VICE - How a Father Deals with Loss After the Parkland Shooting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPA7-5BGJ5g
ABC 20/20 - how a parkland victim’s father is using art to make change: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10156383111352801
NowThis Politics - Parkland Father, Artist Manuel Oliver does ’stand-up’ set: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1785948421504819
WUSA9 - students chant ’NRA has got to go’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eG0-PTqUfQ
BBC News - Obama frustrated by US gun laws: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOFOFZxfiDc
CNN - Florida student to NRA and Trump: We Call BS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOFOFZxfiDc
Good Morning Britain - Florida Shooting Survivors Express Their Anger Towards Gun Laws: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOFOFZxfiDc
NBC News - Stoneman Douglas Students Protest Gun Laws at Florida Capitol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jzyTBQHgcc
PBS NewsHour - Obama at town hall about gun control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jzyTBQHgcc
Police State USA - George W. Bush supported Clinton’s Assault Weapon Ban: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh8oubGJo8M
CBS News - Yolanda Renee King - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvskFQN-4eY
The Young Turks - Disgraceful Republican shames parkland victim’s father: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhS7JsrBCEc
CBS News - Dwayne Wade honors Joaquin Oliver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIYJCeA_g_4

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producers: Alyssa Milano, Sim Sarna
Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick
Editor: Josh Windisch
Production Associate: Daniela Silva
Music by: Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle

Causes

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