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She currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for East Side University in Houston, Texas. Dr. Smith's most recent and most esteemed accomplishment has been the completion of her true life story "Choices". Choices was written during an 18 month incarceration experience and has become a message of hope and redemption for many. This story is resonating with both youth and adults because of the courage and tenacity in which it was written. Post-incarceration, Dr. Sandra D. Smith has become an advocate for re-rentry and teaches tools to survive the stigma attached to incarceration.
Today was a good day in the city. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network called for a solidarity rally and march to be held here in NYC and across the nation. I went with my friends, comrades and allies from the International Action Center, Peoples Power Assembies, Occu-Evol and the WWP to Union Square this afternoon.
I will have a few clips from today's actions and, of course, some thoughts on the whole situation.
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Abibifahodie (Black Liberation),
This program will be a very special War on the Horizon (WOH) program. We will be interviewing a young Brother who has spent years assisting Black people navigate the system of Racism white supremacy by helping them navigate the system. Whether a Brother is being beat up with child support, joblessness, post-incarceration can't-get-a-gig-syndrome, or a general lack of direction, Brother Ricardo Washington is here to help. Whether a Sister is trying to land a job while transitioning from a homeless shelter or she's trying to return to the workforce after conquering spousel abuse, Brother Ricardo Washington is here to help.
The Institute for Workplace Development (IWD) @ http://www.instituteworkforce.org/ is a place that Brothers and Sisters in the Washington Metropolitan area can go to get a healthy start. Whether it's skills development, job placement, etc . . . Brother Ricardo Washington is the expert who can help you find your way.
And even for those who are not living in this immediate area, he can provide general guidance for how we can navigate the day-to-day job-related life issues that Black people face throughout amerikkka.
If you are a Sister trying to get back into the workforce and/or a Brother who is being bludgeoned by child support, this is a program that you cannot afford to miss.
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Human Rights for Prisoners March, hosted by Mary Neal. 9pm Pacific Time. Call (818) 572-2947 to speak on air.
Fighting mass incarceration must also include reducing recidivism. Prisoners face challenges being released from prison, including (a) the loss of good time programs, (b) unresponsive pardons and parole boards, (c) mandatory sentencing laws. Some released prisoners face tremendous challenges getting acclimated back into society, including (1) poor employment prospects, (2) lack of family and community support, and (3) expenses related to their release, i.e., ankle bracelets, probation fees. Ex-convicts who served sentences for certain offenses may be denied voting rights, and many are ineligible for government programs offering subsistence assistance and educational benefits. America's recidivism rate is over 65 percent. Recidivism is even higher among released inmates who have acute mental illness and were released from prison without arrangements for their continued psychiatric treatment.
Human Rights for Prisoners March provides:
Advocacy for adequate defense, fair trials, drug courts, mental health courts, post-conviction DNA tests, safe and humane incarceration, and successful re-entry.
Advocacy against prisoner abuse, avoidable deaths caused by police and corrections officers, solitary confinement, children tried and sentenced as adults, criminalizing mental illness, inadequate health care, wrongful convictions, law of parties, three-strikes law, enforced prison labor, and capital punishment.
Guests include people who have experienced, or who have specialized knowledge about, prison conditions and overuse of force by police or correctional officers, or any subject related to crime and punishment, including improvements proposed or realized.
Sam Thurman, Cliff Stewart and Lisa Stewart of the Colorado exoneration firm A Just Cause, discuss what happens when the wheels of justice trample unbridled over the rights of innocent Americans.
Although the American system of justice is the most-respected worldwide, it is still a system designed, and operated, by humans, which means it's not perfect. Sam, Cliff, and Lisa will highlight ongoing struggles against "the system" to free wrongfully imprisoned people, and what happens when justice miscarries against an actually innocent person.
Our Special Guest for tonight's show is Lt. Colonel Allen B. West, former United States' Congressman of Florida's 22nd District. He will be sharing his personal thoughts and opinions surrounding the growing and alarming rate of mass incarceration of young black men in the United States.
A Just Cause is currently campaigning for "FreeTheIRP6," who's been wrongly imprisoned in Florence, CO for a crime they didn't commit. Read full story: www.freetheirp6.org.
For more information, about A Just Cause and to Donate to the IRP6 legal defense fund, visit www.a-justcause.com.
Follow us on Twitter: @AJCRadio, @A_JustCause, @FreeTheeIRP6, @FreeeTheIRP6 and Like our Facebook Pages: https://www.facebook.com/AJustCauseCoast2Coast, and https://www.facebook.com/AJustCauseCO, https://www.facebook.com/FreetheIRP6
Thank you for your support!
An "AIMI vs. USA" claimant, Ms. Goolsby, will report at 9pmEST Saturday, April 18, Listen to the live broadcast via phone to make comments at (818)572.2947. She says her mentally ill son was recently re-arrested after being out of prison on parole for two years and denied his social security and Medicaid because Georgia's prison system refused to furnish the Social Security Admn. with documentation proving that he was a psychiatric inmate who was treated for mental illness throughout his incarceration. He lived homeless for most of the time he was out of prison. He passed 13 drug tests, but finally got so frustrated with being broke and hungry that he failed one and tested positive for #marijuana . Therefore, his parole was revoked. Before prison, he had received disability income since he was a small child. His mother reports that due to the Georgia #prison system's noncooperation with the Social Security Admin., he could not make it and rejoined the 1.25 million mentally ill prisoners in the USA. Reasons like this cause America to have a 67.5 percent #recidivism rate. A disability #lawyer was working with the family to get the documentation from Georgia and resume the disabled young man's social security, and he had a job for a short while, but ...
The tape will be available for listening any time after the live show on Blogralkradio. Thank you for giving Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill. Whether or not you have relatives who suffer persecution for having mental illness, you are taxpayers who pay prison investors to warehouse America's mentally ill people.
Johnny Strozier Keeping It Real features our host, a man who was incarcerated in Georgia prisons for 46 years, 15 of them in solitary confinement - from 1968 to 2013. Call-in at (347) 857-3293 each Friday. Strozier was initially arrested at age 6, when he and friends broke into an Atlanta warehouse to steal cigarettes for family members and candy. He was incarcerated at age 10. His sentence was lengthened to 90 years after cutting a prison guard as a teenager in an adult facility. Strozier's warden told him he would die in prison, but he did not. Strozier changed. Strozier became a Christian in the 1980s, then graduated from high school, became a certified cook and brick mason, and got married while still behind bars. Prison officials and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles recognized the change in Strozier and eventually paroled him. Since prison release, Strozier works, counsels youths, and attends church regularly. Strozier has many interesting stories to tell that inspire youths to avoid incarceration and motivate released prisoners not to recidivate. America's recidivism rate is over 65 percent. Email Johnny Strozier at
Hear Strozier's debut broadcast of June 3, 2014, archived at Blogtalkradio for access any day or time.
Johnny Strozier spent over 45 years in the Georgia prison system, from age 10 in 1968 until 2013 when he was in his mid-50's. He joined us on "Human Rights Demand" to encourage others to keep the faith and stay out of prison. The call-in number is (347)857-3293 at 9pmEST every Saturday night to speak with Johnny and his guests to make a human rights demand to stop mass incarceration and encourage released prisoners to think right, act right, and then expect their lives to go right.
America has a recidivism rate of 67.5 percent, indicating that released prisoners need encouragement and practical help to successfully reenter society. Youths are still going to jail at astronomical rates, and prisoners are released every day. Johnny offers advice and information that will help redirect them.
Johnny's assembly of guests usually include a former prison chaplain and representatives from churches in and around Atlanta who offer subsistence assistance as well as spiritual advice and the opportunity to unite in fellowship with a body of believers who will encourage continued success for those reentering the community after prison release. This show is based in Christianity, but all people are welcome.
Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has, and it never will. ~Frederick Douglass
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