Crossroads Radio Show Annual Calendar
|April 24, 2018 - HOW NUTRITION AFFECTS CRIMINAL BEHAVIORThe topic of the show today is HOW NUTRITION AFFECTS CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR and the guest is NATHANIEL JORDAN, A NATIONALLY CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH WITH THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE
Commentary by Mertine Moore Brown on April 24, 2018 for Crossroads hosted by Roach Brown.
HOW NUTRITION CAN AFFECT CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
Black woman receives 5 years for voting because she had a record, Judge Casey in same county convicted of voter fraud but he receives probation.
New York state parolees will be able to vote soon. Andrew Cuomo made Executive Order restore voting rights to 35,000 men and women.
Jay-Z partners with the Promise app to help African Americans economically and seeks to improve and reduce incarceration and recidivism. Promise app will assist with pre-trial, job training and housing.
Pell grants for prisoners were available until 1994. Lawmakers need to reverse this decision. 23,000 inmates received Pell Grant funding, less than 1% of funding. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said “Supporting Pell grants was a very good and interesting possibility but obviously the department is not real involved with criminal justice reform issues”.
Guest Nathaniel Jordan, “The Minister of Wellness”, is also a certified Master Trainer. He looks like a healthful bowl of brightness.
Cathy Hughes called to say to Rock Newman, “What happened to the other half of your body?” He has lost 66 pounds. “Nate gave me lifeline to life. I eat mostly a plant based diet. Food addiction is as powerful as crack cocaine.”
What we eat is brain health. What can a man or woman inside do to help themselves? Feed your brain right. The Federal government spends over $1B to feed inmates and military personnel. Sugar pulls out nutrients that control fear and anxiety.
Real food comes from earth. No chemicals. No pesticides. Most foods are designed in the laboratory.
“Medical Apartheid” – author Harriet Washington, purchase the book- prisoners are slaves.
We need to grow our own foods. Make a garden. Organize and demand that gas stations and corner stores stop serving junk food. Boycott school lunch.
“Eat to live” concept opens your mind to a whole new world. All psychiatric drugs cause homicidal tendencies. Check out mass shooters. Bingo!
Go to the organic food market. A prison staple, ramen noodles, has lots of sodium. “How To Eat To Live” is over 60 years old. Grow herbs. Little by little herbs can change your taste buds.
To reach Nathaniel Jordan, visit TheMinisterOfWellness.com
Genocide By Diet
Thursday, April 26, 2018
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|April 17, 2018 - SHOULD DC BOARD OF PAROLE BE REINSTATED FOR DC PRISONERS?Today's Radio Show asked the question of whether the DC Board of Parole should be reinstated to help DC Prisoners make parole. The U.S. Parole Commission has been very unfair to DC Prisoners, sometimes giving them 10 year set-off's which is very prejudicial and highly unfair. The guests for the show were: PHIL FORNACI, DIRECTOR, DC PRISONERS' PROJECT AT THE WASHINGTON LAWYERS' COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS; JAIME RODRIQUEZ, ESQ, CHIEF, COMMUNITY DEFENDER DIVISION OF THE DC PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICE AND AL MALIK FARRAKHAN, DIRECTOR OF CEASEFIRE, DON'T SMOKE THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS. This was a much needed program about the Parole Commission and DC Offenders. We certainly need a local board to better serve our DC offenders.
Commentary by Mertine Moore Brown April 17, 2018
Should DC Board of Parole Be Reinstated for DC Prisoners?
A woman was given 5 years for voting illegally. Judge found her guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt”. She’d done her time and thought she was within her rights.
Who makes those big highway signs? Franklin Correctional Center, East of Raleigh, NC. Thousands of inmates at work. $95m in revenue in just one state for traffic signs. This money, or at least a portion of it, should be given to inmates as gate money. This legalized slavery must be immediately stopped!
Target has refused to hire 41,000 Blacks & Latinos because they have criminal records. Continued discrimination? These folks have done their time; help them get back on their feet!
After the Revitalization Act of 1987, DC Parole Board was abolished, Lorton Reformatory was closed and CSOSA (Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency) was established. There is no local input. US Parole Commission is the driver of mass incarceration. DC parole law should be applied to DC prisoners and it is not. 1300 men and women should be immediately released on parole, but instead they are repeatedly denied parole.
Al Malik Farrakhan’s blood brother LaVance Greene has been locked up 48 years. He recently has been given a 5-year hit. He has saved 2 correctional officers’ lives, so he should have his time commuted. Originally the Judge gave him 30 – life. He still is in over 30 years later. Original offense was 7 counts of robbery and murder of a US Marshall.
Phil Fornaci, Director, DC Prisoners’ Project, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, says LaVance Green has been held in a maximum-security prison under deplorable conditions. DC is the only city in America that is a local city but controlled by a federal agency. There is no need for the federal parole board; 60% of their case load is DC prisoners which has no jurisdiction or concern over DC prisoners.
50-60% of prisoners are still in prison because of the US Parole Board. DC ended parole in 2000. Those on supervised release who have a violation, the Parole Commission is locking up people who have not broken the law. 400-500 currently are waiting in DC Jail for the same kind of offenses. The US Parole Commission is extending time on technicalities literally affecting families and folks’ ability to make a living.
US Parole Commission has no residency requirement to live in DC. Presidential appointees who do not have to reside in DC, one lives in Kentucky, have no personal perspective of DC. The Parole Commission has used erroneous and inaccurate code on DC prisoners. Many incarcerated since before 1985, and still in, are being badly treated.
We need to boycott, show up in numbers in Congress to protest these horrible injustices. Chief justice Earl Warren has said, “You are sent to prison to do your time. Your sentence is your punishment, you are not sent to prison to be punished.” The US Parole Board Commission must pay for their offenses. Deborah Rowe, caller, says this issue affects those inside and those coming out, families as well. We must convince Congress of the wisdom of this idea. DC Council appears to be supportive. We must start organizing and planning to take the next step to Congress.
Willie Joyner died in Hope Village after spending 35 years in prison.
DC prisoners face double jeopardy. This slave mentality is not of us. Rashid, caller, asked if compassionate release should be reinstated more aggressively. What can we do to get DC Parole Board back? Family members, lawyers, those who are impacted must participate.
Contact Washington Lawyers Committee, DC Public Defender Office will identify lawyers for any DC prisoner who needs assistance. 202. 824.2801 – Public Defender Office, Community Defender Division, 1442 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, 2nd floor, Washington, DC 20003.
We need clear support from DC government. Demand a local DC Parole Board. Work with Congress throughout the summer. Folks who determine who should be released on Compassionate Release are the same folks who run the US Parole Board. The US Parole Board has a harsh, punitive mentality – punishment for life.
A social movement is necessary to take on mass incarceration.
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|April 3, 2018 - FIRST HOUR: PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUESCrossroads radio show was aired live from Ben's Chili Bowl and the First Hour's Topic was dedicated to Public Safety Issues and the guest was Attorney General Karl Racine, LaShonia Thompson-El, Founder of the W.I.R.E. (Women Involved in Reentry Efforts). The second half of the show was titles: Reminiscing about Petey Greene: The guest was his nephew Clayton Lebouef, Actor, Producer, Director and Social Activist. Commentary by Mertine Moore Brown
Cross Roads – Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Public Safety Issues / Reminiscing About Petey Greene
KARL A RACINE – Attorney General – District of Columbia
Innocence Project hosted a National March in Memphis, Tennessee, addresses flawed death penalty as well as those unjustly accused; there are15 chapters nationwide.
Atty General Jeff Sessions seeks the death penalty for drug offenders; response to opiod epidemic that mostly is affecting Caucasians. Will actual drug providers (pharmacists, those creating drugs in factories etc) be convicted or will the low level street drug dealers be targeted?
Inmate after spending 31 years in prison unjustly was released with $75. Now he has been awarded $1m but the attorney took $300,000 off the top and are giving this man $3,000 monthly of his own money! Who set that? What bank is his money in? Who is the Power of Attorney? Does he need a Power of Attorney? More jugie boogie from America.
There is now an Office of Atty General exclusively for juveniles. 2,000 young people now agree to submit to psychological assessments. Black & white youth marijuana usage is the same yet arrests and prosecutions are 8 times greater for Blacks. Institutional bias disfavors people of color. Community based programming in favor of institutionalization. Atty Gen Racine hires formerly incarcerated and says they are his most loyal and dedicated employees, more focused. Spectacular results – LaShonia Thompson-El is a true example.
Last week 277 African Americans were killed by cops; daily 3 – 4 brothers are killed. 21st Century Initiative – 1-0 point plan. Sessions has no interest in streamlining police conduct.
6 day protest of Howard University students. Is there potential violence here, is that the warrior mentality?
Walmart deal – they promised to open in SouthEast DC. $1.3m Walmart will pay for backing out.
Trauma Response Unit is comprised of returning citizens. Restorative Justice training. Powerful organizations such as Institute of the Black World, Alliance of Concerned Men, Peaceaholics, grandmothers in the community. DC has led the effort. The NEAR Act was evidence based solution – Scared Straight brought young folks into Lorton and other jails. 70% who participated actually did go on to commit crimes. Today’s focus is on restorative justice, work to reduce recidivism. Credible elephant project – orphaned young elephants were destroying the community, they brought in 3 old bulls, within 30 days the youngins lined up & got it together. JOBS REDUCE CRIME. Most young people, unfortunately, have themselves been victims of trauma. ACE Diversion Program – identified type of trauma. In the last 3 years over 80% after receiving correct services, have not been arrested. DC is not looked at as model, monies are not coming into DC. How can folks know DC is leading the way? Money bail is not an issue in DC. Aty General Racine hosted 9 Atty Generals countrywide to share DC’s model.
MATA system – why such conflict? Service and restorative based versus criminal justice system. 94% state and local based, not federal so options were readily available.
Police should be held accountable. How can young educated college folk get involved? Atty General office needs volunteers.
PETEY GREENE – Clayton Leboeuf, nephew
Republicans blocked 36 political nominees during the Obama administration.
Clayton listened to Speak Up! With Dewey Hughes, noted local Producer and Petey Greene as a youngster.
Petey and his brother, Clayton’s father, were split up based on oppression. Grandfather Ralph Sr was incarcerated at Alcatraz. Petey, while at Lorton Reformatory, talked a guy off the top of the water tower. He just wouldn’t come down. Petey said he could bring the guy down but he wanted parole. It took him 10 minutes to talk the guy down after hours of prison personnel trying to. But it was later revealed that it took Petey 6 months to convince him to go up there in the first place. This episode prompted prisons to remove water towers from inside the prison and move them outside the prison.
Petey was a personal friend to Roach; he was a drunk, wine head, dope fein. How much is Petey missed in the family? Clayton learned from Petey. The brothers only talked to each other when they were drunk, they did not like each other. Mayor Barry told Roach something that he didn’t want Petey to know. Roach told him he was going to tell Petey so don’t tell me if you don’t want Petey to know. Petey went right on the air and said, “Guess what Marion Barry said to Roach?”. A good comedian is like a psychiatrist. Petey asked his family, “Why do you have this square ass nigger living with me?” Clayton lived with his Uncle Petey. Clayton had friends who had keys to parking meters. He never participated.
Petey was unusual. He came from beneath the hood. Vince Lombardi, Coach of the Redskins, invited Petey to speak at an event. Petey said on stage, “Vince Lombardi is a mean cracker but he’s a man”. Petey could talk for 15 days without saying the same joke. Roach was in solitary confinement and personally witnessed Petey’s genius. Petey helped quell disturbances during the 1968 King riots.
Petey came from the oral tradition, free styling, gift of gab, he really was the first rapper. Words have rhythm, rhythm makes tone. Petey had a calm side, Earl Kluge music was his them song. We live in an apartheid situation. Clayton is working on a documentary on Petey. The fractured family is still able to help seniors and prisoners become whole. Marcus Garvey and W E B Dubois had issues. We need these healing brothers.
An interesting story: Petey was at The Wharf. The line was long to get your fish cleaned, blocks long. Petey went straight to the top of the line and said he had to get his fish cleaned now. Then he ridiculed everyone who was still in line. He gave a full monologue. That was Clayton’s first day coming to live with Petey. He said to himself, “This is gonna be a very interesting time.”
Winnie Mandela has just passed away. “I don’t look for leaders, I look for healers”. Ralph Sr, my Grandad, sat me down and said, “You think you are a militant. That afro don’t make you a militant. A militant – that’s me. Just out of Alcatraz. When cops came down the sidewalk, we were supposed to let them pass. I did not.” Roach uses humor but is a very serious man.
Joke: A guy was driving down in Missisippi. The Sheriff pulled him over. “What’s your name? Linwood. What’s that girl’s name? Rita Hayward. Let’s try this again. What’s your name? Sweet Bill. What’s her name? Lucille. What changed your mind? That blue steel.”
Clayton is screening a film called “The Man”, about the first black man who becomes President. It stars James Earl Jones. Rod Sterling, producer of “The Twilight Zone”, wrote it. Films that educate us are pushed aside.
Ralph Waldo Petey Green, Roach’s Uncle Paul Gaffney, Bumpy Johnson - respect of mafia, a man’s man, all were at Alcatraz. Roach wanted to go to Alcatraz the way scholars want to go to Harvard or Yale.
|March 20, 2018 - RETURNING CITIZENS ARE EDUCATING THE PUBLICThe title for this show was Returning Citizens are educating the public and the guests were: Nathaniel McQueen-El, Author, The Hills of DC and Andre Gore, publisher and founder of "1441 Magazine. Both of these gentlemen are returning citizens and are back in the community attempting to save our youth. These men have turned their lives around and are now authors and publishers of magazines and books.
COMMENTARY BY: MERTINE MOORE BROWN Cross Roads Commentary
March 20, 2018
Author Nathaniel McQueen “The Hills of DC”
Publisher/Founder Andre Gore “1441 Magazine”
The biggest crime in the US criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African Americans are directly targeted and punished in a more aggressive way than white people. The longer the sentence, the more likely it is that non-white people will be the ones getting it. While African American juvenile youth is but 16% of the population, they are 28% of juvenile arrests, 37% of the youth in juvenile jails and 58% of the youth sent to adult prisons, per 2009 Criminal Justice Primer, The Sentencing Project.
More exonerations are driven by police and prosecutor misconduct. 88 folks in just the last year have been exonerated for wrongful imprisonment.
Frail, old and dying, but their only way out of prison is in a coffin. Kevin Zeich had 3 ½ years to go on his prison sentence, and his doctors told him he had less than half that long to live. Nearly blind, battling cancer and virtually unable to eat, he requested “Compassionate Release”, a special provision for inmates who are very sick or old. His warden approved the request, but officials at the federal Bureau of Prisons turned him down, saying his “life expectancy is currently indeterminate”. He died in prison. A 94-year-old was also denied!
As of last Thursday, 212 people had been shot and killed by US police officers so far this year, according to The Washington Post. That’s 3 killings per day! Why haven’t we been hearing about these killings? The Trump administration is the drama at center stage.
Now let’s turn to our guests. There is a ripple effect of folks doing the right thing……. we need change now!
1441 Magazine is the bridge to provide GED testing, training, counseling. Also, there is the need to address internal issues, your inner voice. Know yourself and your God.
“The Hills of DC” is non-fiction autobiography – it took NaeBall 8 years to write the book; he wrote, edited and self-published. Throughout his 8 years living in Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, with kidney failure, on dialysis, he was inspired by the nurses, doctors and staff.
At the age of 14, Andre was sent to Maple Glen, the then children’s center, for truancy, it destroyed his life. Imprisoned at age 14, he became a better criminal. He was initialized as a child and became a career criminal. He finally heard from God and did what God said, at age 41. Hence, the name of the magazine.
This is the Secret Society the world doesn’t know about – Black men being criminalized as children.
Says caller Dan, the Blind man:
All things come from the heart – look at your right hand
Trace all matters back to the source and all things come without remorse – look at your left hand
Caller Mr Victorian is interested in Outreach and Reentry programs so he can impact those he visits as he goes in and out of local jails in our area. We need Breath of Life, hope.
Another caller suggested we read “The Man Not” by Tommy J Curry.
How to contact our guests:
“The Hills of DC” – Nathaniel McQueen (NateBall), order book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, phone: 240.241. 2981
“1441 Magazine” – www.1441magazine.com, call 240.619.8295
|March 13, 2018 - MASS INCARCERATION OF THE MENTALLY ILLTHE TOPIC FOR THIS SHOW WAS MASS INCARCERATION OF THE MENTALLY ILL AND THE GUEST WAS SHARON VOLLIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MAMIMI (MOVEMENT AGAINST MASS INCARCERATION
OF THE MENTALLY ILL) MS. VOLLIN HAS A PROGRAM THAT PROMOTES HEALTH FOR THE MENTALLY AFFECTED PERSONS OF THE WORLD. HER WEBSITE IS WWW.BLUELOTUSILLUMINATION.COM . HER INSTAGRAM IS BLUELOTUSILLUMINATION....TWITTER IS @BLUE LOTUS ILLUMINATION AND HER FACEBOOK PAGE IS SHARON VOLLIN. GO TO THESE SITES TO CHECK OUT HER BOOK, SOME POETRY AND ART.
|March 8, 2018 - The Juvenile Justice System live from the Youth Development CenterThis radio show was a call to action regarding the youth. Roach Brown went out to New Beginnings and had a wonderful radio show about helping the youth through the media, plays, functions, and education. There are females in a troupe that dances regularly and the moves come from the pain that they experienced in their lives and the creativity and research of the director. They spoke about dance being therapeutic. They had some of the youth on the air talking about how they have changed since being in the program. Ms. Raquita (youth) spoke about her commitment, she's the President of Youth Council that is female dominated. She stated that DYRS never gave up on her. She experienced new things with DYRS (New York City, the Jay-Z Concert, etc.) She spoke about needing support and love and she received it at DYRS. This was a great radio show and spoke to how the youth have come together through challenges and program. Progam manager Ms. Assanti was also on the air. She provides programs in many different aspects to ensure that the youth learn self respect, moral, etc.
|March 6, 2018 - JUVENILE JUSTICE AND THE COMMUNITY and RETURNING CITIZENS TRAUMA RESPONSE TEAM Today's Radio Show was at Ben's Chili Bowl and the topic of the first hour was JUVENILE JUSTICE AND THE COMMUNITY and the guest were CLINTON LACEY, DIRECTOR OF DYRS and LINDA HARLLEE HARPER, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH REHABILITATION SERVICES. AND THE SECOND HALF OF THE RADIO SHOWS TOPIC WAS RETURNING CITIZENS TRAUMA RESPONSE TEAM AND THE GUESTS FOR THIS PORTION OF THE SHOW WERE TYRONE PARKER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ALLIANCE OF CONCERNED MEN AND RON HAMPTON, DIRECTOR OF BLACKS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE SHOW WAS VERY INFORMATIVE AND THE GUESTS SPOKE FROM THEIR HEARTS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF INCARCERATION ON YOUTH AND ADULTS.
Commentary by Mertine Moore Brown on 3/6/2018 -
Cross Roads Commentary
March 6, 2018
JUVENILE JUSTICE AND THE COMMUNITY
Guests: Clinton Lacey, Director and Linda Harllee Harper, Deputy Director, Dept of Youth Rehabilitation Services’ (DYRS)
New objective - working not just with juvenile but including the family.
Credible Messenger program – full time employees, formerly incarcerated serving as mentors and coaches.
DYRS’ greatest asset is partnering with community organizations. Keeping young people home, in the community versus sending them to facilities out of the area, which was practice for years.
New Beginnings is the name of the juvenile facility. Journey Beyond program, initiated by Linda Harper, is designed around the needs of young women and girls. There are limited resources in terms of residential care in DC. Journey Beyond is a Saturday morning program that engages young people with community services.
Some young folks do need to go away to get stabilized.
Current offerings include automotive and lawn care training. Youth receive certification.
Mr Matthews, the Maintenance Supervisor, has been a role model. The program is his namesake because of his dedication and commitment to the youth.
¼ of juveniles are held for non- criminal infractions (status offenders); truancy, running away…..DC has outlawed status offenders from detention centers – youth now live in homes and are provided housing.
Ankle bracelet is better use vs incarceration, still being on parole/probation. So important to partner with the village.
DYRS has 60 credible messengers, male and female, wrapping around our young people 24/7.
18 year olds currently in jail will be sent to DYRS upon turning age 21 versus being sent to the big house.
Restorative justice – the “L” word – love – True justice is an act of love, says Martin Luther King.
One Restorative approach is with Georgetown ASK program. Students pick youth up and expose them to college life. It should expand to include other universities and colleges.
95% of incarcerated youth are black and brown.
DYRS is here to work with you, not to you or for you.
2nd segment – Returning Citizens Trauma Response Team
Tyrone Parker – Alliance of Concerned Men
Ron Hampton – Blacks in Law Enforcement
Grapevine – News You Can Use
Its hard for inmates to sue the prison system. We must stop sending children to prison. It is unconstitutional to send juveniles to prison for 50 or more years. The Justice Dept is seeking more funding; Atty General Sessions has pushed more prosecutorial practices. He is squeezing the resources of its Civil Rights Division, which works to protect Americans from discrimination.
IBW, Institute of Black World, Dr Ron Daniels, from a public safety perspective, how to circumvent retaliation with youth, street intervention – getting to the hospital, build relationship with youth and family members, go back to where the incident occurred, what other natural resources are available?
Going into the community can be a dangerous job. You must bring the community in the loop, focus on returnees, wrap around services, manage mental health issues, participate in town hall meetings, utilize folks who live in the community. Most law enforcement does not live in the community. There must be a wholistic approach. Love is the one single component. Formerly incarcerated are the best mentors. A Washington Post article says this program is giving money to returnees to prevent crime. How about money to navigate and live on after being jailed 10, 20, 30 years without adequate support once they return home?
Thursday through Sunday, 10am – 7pm – Statistics say that’s the most violent time in communities.
We need collaborative support of programs that can be expanded nationally. How do we connect with larger organizations to make the impact that needs to be done? DC has been ahead of the curve. DC is a model that should be looked at now.
DC JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE MEETING – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018 – 6pm - 508 Kennedy Street, NW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC
Rev Willie Wilson – inducted into Museum of Slavery and Civil Rights, Selma, Alabama
|February 27, 2018 - There are two Topic for today's showTHE RADIO SHOW FOR THE DAY WAS DIVIDED INTO TWO SEGMENTS: TOPIC ONE: EXCESSIVE WATER RATES IMPOSED ON BLACK CHURCHES IN WASHINGTON, DC. TOPIC 2: UNVEILING OF LATE MAYOR MARION BARRY'S STATUE (MAYOR FOR LIFE) THE GUEST FOR TOPIC ONE WAS PASTOR WILLIE WILSON OF UNION TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH, 1225 W STREET, SE, WASHINGTON, DC. REVEREND WILLIE SPOKE ABOUT THE SECOND TOPIC OF THE SHOW AS WELL. HE SPOKE ABOUT THE EXCESSIVE WATER RATES IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND HOW HE WOULD BE TEACHING OUR PEOPLE HOW TO GET AWAY FROM ALL OF THE EXCESSIVE RATES THAT MAKES THE BILLS OUTRAGEOUS. HE ALSO SPOKE ABOUT HIS FRIEND AND PARISHIONER, MARION BARRY AND THE UNVEILING OF THE STATUTE.
Cross Roads Commentary
February 27, 2018
EXCESSIVE WATER RATES IMPOSED ON BLACK CHURCHES IN WASHINGTON DC
$38M per day to jail folks nationwide; $14B annually. More expensive to jail elderly, sickly and mentally ill.
City of Brotherly Love: Closed 23 schools but build $400M prison.
Thursday night rally @ Union Temple, 7pm – Plan of Action
38 schools closed in DC; upgraded for incoming demographics
We have been political whores; become prostitutes
|February 20, 2018 - S MARYLAND PAROLE COMMISSION FOLLOWING THE LAW FOR JUVENILES SERVING LIFE ?The topic for the radio show today is: IS MARYLAND PAROLE COMMISSION FOLLOWING THE LAW FOR JUVENILES SERVING LIFE ? The guests for the show were: Brian Saccenti, Chief Attorney at the Maryland Office's Public Defender Appellate Division; Eddie Conway who served 44 years in prison, is a former Black Panther and writes for the Real News and Stanley Mitchell who served 38 years for a crime that he was not guilty of. Stanley is also a Credible Messenger. These three (3) gentlemen spoke intelligently and vehemently about the prison system and the sentence of life verses death. The question on the table was, "What does a life sentence mean"? Does it imply that a person is facing execution or does it mean that they will be in the system until they die? What is the difference?
COMMENTARY BY MERTINE MOORE BROWN
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Is Maryland Commission Following the Law
for Juveniles Serving Life ?
Canada prohibits solitary confinement. Many states are joining in this worldwide movement to address this cruel practice.
Raising minimum wage reduces recidivism – how bright to realize that!
¼ juveniles are held nationwide for non-criminal infractions – truancy, run away, underage drinking. West Virginia leads the nation.
Cynthia Powell, a mother and grandmother, got 25 years for selling 35 pills, It was a setup; an undercover agent kept contacting her until she relented because she needed $300 to supplement her rent.
Brian Saccenti – Chief Attorney – Maryland Office, Public Defender, Appellate Division
Eddie Conway – served 44 years – former Black Panther, Editor, TheRealNews.com
Stanley Mitchell – served 38 years, Credible Messenger
Maryland’s state parole system has not released in over 20 years anyone serving a life sentence. No such thing as parole for a lifer. Since the 1990s, no juvenile lifer has been paroled in Maryland. Juveniles are capable of change, personalities are not set. Governor signs off parole – can override parole board.
Unger Decision – almost 300 men and 1 woman were released because the state of Maryland had faulty trials in the majority of cases.
Maryland is holding people who are legally eligible for parole. Expect ruling by end of August – life sentences do not give people the opportunity to obtain release and have a second chance. Court should vacate sentences, people are recommended for parole and still do 20 more years. Juveniles are housed with adults. Prison dehumanizes people, caged and treated like an animal. Juveniles must see movement on the back end – folks going to school, learning a trade. All juveniles sentenced to life, according to the Supreme Court, are denied parole based on the nature of the offense. A lot of folks in prison are innocent. Just passed, a bill will give $50,000 per year to those wrongfully convicted. Its called a Certificate of Actual Innocence - from State’s Attorney or Judge rule. $300,000 is the cap. Money doesn’t compensate for the pain and misery - parents die while you’re inside, hard to maintain a relationship with your children, waste of a great mind.
70% of Black men in America have a criminal record. www.TheRealNews.com will critique Black Panther movie. Eddie Conway does a story on the impact of prison, prisoners & families.
Private prisons donate to governors and politicians. A Bill is pending to take the governor out of the process.
The solution to the problem of crime in the streets is locked up in the prisons.
|February 13, 2018 - WOMEN FACING REENTRY CHALLENGES ARE REENTRY CHALLENGES DIFFERENT FOR WOMEN THAN MEN ?The show was hosted by Attorney Nkechi Taifa, ADVOCACY DIRECTOR FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS who stood in for Roach and Mertine Moore Brown. The guest for the show was laShonia Thompson-El, founder of THE W.I.R.E. (WOMEN INVOLVED IN REENTRY EFFORTS)who spoke about her life story and her road to redemption.
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Washington Post Article: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
The Washington Post
March 18, 2016
Memorial service to be held for celebrated, controversial Frances Cress Welsing.
Psychiatrist and author Frances Cress Welsing was known for her controversial views on race. (Elvert Barnes/elvertbarnes.com)
By Hamil R. Harris
March 17 at 10:32 PM
When family members, friends, and colleagues of Frances Cress Welsing began planning a memorial service for the psychiatrist and author who devoted her life to studying racism and its root causes, they knew they would have a tall order trying to capture her impact.
She was both celebrated and controversial, but never wavering in her belief that the persistent struggles of people of color were the results of the racism they had endured. Welsing died Jan. 2, a few hours after suffering a stroke. She was 80.
Welsing provided psychiatric services to D.C. government agencies and institutions for 27 years. She also maintained a private practice in the District beginning in 1967, counseling patients until days before her death.
Several of those she helped, such as motivational speaker and radio host Roach Brown, say they owe her their lives.
In 1965, Brown was a 21-year-old inmate at the D.C. Department of Correction’s prison in Lorton, Va. A year earlier, he and two other men had been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a “local fence in a dispute over the price of hot jewelry,” Brown said.
[The price of redemption]
No weapon was ever recovered, and Brown, now 72, has always maintained that he was not the triggerman.
Welsing testified during his trial that his actions were consistent with someone whose environment had led to mental-health problems.
“They ended up giving me life in prison because Dr. Welsing spoke up on my behalf,” said Brown, who went on to start the prison theatrical group Inner Voices. “She saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.”
Brown, who had his sentenced commuted in 1975, will be among those in attendance at the memorial service for Welsing on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Metropolitan AME Church in the District. “Dr. Welsing turned me and other guys around,” Brown said. “She was our Harriet Tubman to get out of mental slavery.”
Welsing first gained notoriety in 1969 after she wrote an essay, “The Cress Theory of Color Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy).” In it she theorized that racism was rooted in the varying degrees of melanin and the “color inferiority” of white people. She argued that the lack of melanin led white people to develop “hostility and aggression” toward people darker than themselves.
“She had a theory about race and why white people do what they do and I dealt with the what,” said Neely Fuller, author of “The United Independent Compensatory Code System Concept: a textbook/workbook for thought speech and/or action for victims of racism (white supremacy).”
In her 1991 book, “The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors,” Welsing again looked at the origins of white supremacy and its impact. She wrote that “black males must help one another to understand that they are being led by the dynamic of white supremacy to inflict extreme damage upon themselves and each other.”
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“Dr. Welsing’s major contribution as it relates to black mental health was that she had the capacity to challenge the dominant prevailing thought of our society and she gave it the name global white supremacy,” said Kevin Washington, president of the Association of Black Psychologists.
Ray Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University and former director of the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University, said Welsing drew heavy criticism for her views, which she expected. She frequently engaged her detractors.
In 1974, she and Stanford University physicist William Shockley, who had argued that blacks were genetically inferior to whites, engaged in debate on the syndicated television show “Tony Brown’s Journal.”
Welsing was born in Chicago in 1935.Her father, Henry N. Cress was a physician, and her mother, Ida Mae Griffen, was a school teacher, and there were high expectations.
“We were taught that we were special,” said Welsing’s older sister, Lorne Cress-Love. “We were encouraged to read and discuss all types of issues.”
Cress-Love said their father and their grandfather, who also was a physician, were passionate about fighting for equality. “My father told us that our grandfather spent more time fighting for the race than practicing medicine.”
In 1957, Welsing earned a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and in 1962 she earned a medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine. After graduation, Welsing completed a residency at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington. From 1968 to 1975, she taught in the pediatric department of Howard University’s Medical School.
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