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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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Share this link with your friends, allies, comrades and even your enemies... hell, share it with every citizen and victim of the Empire...
See you at the barricades soon:)
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.
We'll See You on the Battlefield!
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!
Johnny Strozier was a Georgia prisoner for 46 years (from 1968 to 2013) and served about 15 of those years in solitary confinement. He was initially arrested at age 6, when he and friends burglarized an Atlanta warehouse to steal cigarettes for family members and candy. He was imprisoned at age 10. His sentence was lengthened to 90 years after assaulting a prison guard. Strozier's warden told him he would never exit prison alive because he often escaped and was involved in gang activity, but Strozier changed. He became a Christian in the 1980s. Strozier became active in church, married, and gained his high school diploma while still incarcerated. He also became a certified cook and brick mason. Since prison release, Strozier works, counsels youths, and faithfully attends church. Strozier assembled a group of churches and individuals to give other released inmates subsistence assistance, encouragement, and spiritual brotherhood.
Strozier will share information about reentry opportunities, the importance of avoiding behavior that leads to incarceration, and he plans interviews with persons who can share valuable information that will improve lives of former inmates and at-risk youths. Phone Strozier at 678.516.4993.
Hear Johnny Strozier's debut broadcast at this link:
Our program, Live from the innocence conference has been cancelled, We presen instead a musical tribute Southern Prison Blues recorded at the Louisiana State Penitentiary
It seems that every week, discontent among the black community rises, in light of deaths of black men, as a result of confrontations with police, with ire reaching a fever pitch, after the death and funeral of Freddie Gray of Baltimore...
With the rioting that followed, the house is divided,, as one side maintaining that the actions are to be expected, in light of continued economic and police oppression, while others, including Barack Obama describing the people as thugs. Ironically, some have condemned him for using what is considered by some, a code word for "nigger"...
We must however, be crystal clear about the chain the events, from the time Gray was pursued by the BPD, through his apprehension, transport to the hospital and death.
What led to the encounter with the police in the first place?
How was his back broken? Did he undergo spinal surgery, earlier?
Are the officers to blame for not properly stabilizing him?
Did the transport vehicle in which he was riding, make improper detours?
Did Gray bang his head against the wall of a van, thus causing his own mortal injuries?
Through all of this enter Al Sharpton and ""Queen-B" Clinton, the latter who incidentally offered a "solution" to the criminal justice system - the cessation of "mass incarcerations".
Almost forgot, the "Mom of the Year" - REALLY?
But please join me in hope and prayer, that the truce that has been called by the street gangs of Baltimore, becomes fixed and lasting, and spreads throughout - Allah Willing