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In this episode we take peer support and peer culture beyond mental health peer centers and 12 step recovery groups. We explore the benefits of moving beyond the surface interactions of everday society. We wonder how we can create cultures of shared power and mutual responsibility - where we have each others backs and meet each other as human beings.
Questions to consider:
What is it that makes us peers as human beings?
What do you value most about peer support and peer culture?
How would you like to see that carried into human relationships and society at large...?
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Mental distress, substance use, criminal justice, poverty, gender, all the -isms, What's gone wrong with the world and how do we fix it? Bring your ideas, your views for a stone soup conversation that asks: "How can we create a human rights-informed society that respects all and forces none? What are the limits, and how do we address them in a human rights-informed way?"
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Mary Diaz on the "Huaman Rights Demand" radio broadcast. Mary is a prisoner activist who advocates for paroles and pardons. Tell us your opinion by calling (347)857-3293, or you can listen by computer live or hear the archived tape 24/7. Diaz is affiliated with "Human Conflicts," and "LET MY PEOPLE GO" is the motto. Mary lives in Florida, which had over 5,200 inmates who were parole eligible in 2014 but only released 18. Prison investors on Pardons and Parole Boards are a barrier to freedom for many rehabilitated inmates, I think.
Diaz said Alabama's Pardon and Parole Board has become a trendsetter for the rest of the country regarding releases. In Alabama during 2014, the Board considered 6,647 paroles, of which 2,237 were granted. The Board granted 657 pardons of 798 pardons heard and processed 522 voter rights restorations. That is real progress against mass incarceration. Some of the change may be credited to the ?Southern Poverty Law Center's lawsuit against the Alabama prison system.
"Presently, Maynard Cooper & Gale is fighting a Southern Poverty Law Center lawsuit that claims the health care provided to Alabama's inmates is inadequate and unconstitutional. Correctional health care firm Corizon is paying the firm to fight the lawsuit on behalf of the state due to a provision in its $224 million contract with the state. In total, the state has spent $1.86 million in taxpayer money to fight prison lawsuits in the past four years." reports AL(dot) com. That sum likely also includes a lawsuit by the ACLU? for segregating inmates with HIV. Righteous lawsuits litigated in just courts matter.
January is our month for new beginnings. We'll discuss pardons, paroles, and successful re-entry this month at Human Rights Demand and at National Network in Action (NNIA1). Please participate!
Mary Diaz and Human Conflicts Org Demand More Paroles. They also demand compassionate releases for sick and elderly inmates, relief from excessive sentencing, and new trials for people with late-arriving evidence of innocence.
Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has, and it never will. ~Frederick Douglass
Today is Open Mic Friday on "Human Rights Demand." Call to express yourself on any topic! Dial (347) 857-3293 to speak on air. Listen by phone or by computer at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand
Mary Neal is your host.
Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has, and it never will. ~ Frederick Douglass
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