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The day before what some call Thanksgiving and others call "a Great Day of Mourning and Commemoration," we had as guests: Rafael Jesus Gonzalez and Karla Brundage, sharing poetry of the indigenous community in the Americas. Rafael, scholar and visual artist began the show with reflections on what it means to grow up in a society where one's cultural heritage: language, music, art, dress, are systematically erased. Joined later on by Karla, high school teacher, world traveler and phonomenal writer in her own right, she shares work of 4 Native American poets, among them Joy Harjo. We end the program early to speak to Robert H. King, activist and author, who has good news regarding Albert Woodfox's case. Federal Court Judge Brady has ruled in favor of Woodfox, granting him bail provided housing is approved, this despite the prosecution's deliberate attempts to poison the public's perceptions of Woodfox and slander his good name with false accusations, accusations without evidence or proof, evidence found unsuitable or recanted by state's witnesses in the prior 2 trials for the same murder convictions friends and supporters are trying to get the federal court to overturn. Woodfox and Wallace were in solitary confinement for 36 consecutive years up to March 26, 2008, when after a visit by Congressman John Conyers, the men were finally moved to a hastily built dorm for 20 men. Since the trial the men are once again separated and in the dungeon. King is the only free member of A3 and after Woodfox is released, Herman Wallace remains the only member left behind bars, his case currently under review. Visit angola3.org, A3grassroots.org, kingsfreelines.com, and itsabouttimebpp.com