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Crossroads Radio Show Annual Calendar

Crossroads Radio Show Annual Calendar

March 14, 2017 - REPEAT OF THE COST OF INCARCERATION BEFORE PRISON AND AFTERMarch 14, 2017 - REPEAT OF THE COST OF INCARCERATION BEFORE PRISON AND AFTERThe guest for the radio program was Ms. Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza,Fellow, Legal Progress Team at the Center for American Progress. Ms. Buckwalter-Poza opened the conversation with statistics regarding how much is spent on telephones, emails, commissary, etc. She was very knowledgeable regarding the many ways that prisons are taking monies from the tables of the poor. It is shameful that they take a percentage of all monies that are sent to inmates in prison and no one can get a definitive answer of where the interest goes. The show was very interesting and the listeners made this clear, because many people called in with comments regarding the topic. Another great Crossroads Radio Show!
March 7, 2017 - The Cost of Incarceration - Before Prison and After -March 7, 2017 - The Cost of Incarceration - Before Prison and After -The guest for the radio program was Ms. Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza,Fellow, Legal Progress Team at the Center for American Progress. Ms. Buckwalter-Poza opened the conversation with statistics regarding how much is spent on telephones, emails, commissary, etc. She was very knowledgeable regarding the many ways that prisons are taking monies from the tables of the poor. It is shameful that they take a percentage of all monies that are sent to inmates in prison and no one can get a definitive answer of where the interest goes. The show was very interesting and the listeners made this clear, because many people called in with comments regarding the topic. Another great Crossroads Radio Show!
February 28, 2017 -THE GUY FISHER STORY February 28, 2017 -THE GUY FISHER STORY  The radio show was about Mr. Guy Fisher, who has been incarcerated for 35 long years. He has many followers and loyal friends and family who just want to see him get out of prison. His family has been by his side for the entire time. Guy Thomas Fisher (born 1947) is a convicted racketeer who was allegedly, once part of "The Council", a notorious African-American crime organization that controlled the heroin trade in Harlem from 1972-1983. Nicky Barnes ratted Fisher out and as a result of his testimony, Mr. Fisher received a life sentence. To his credit, Guy Fisher became the first black man to own and operate the Apollo Theater in Harlem when he purchased it in 1977. Fisher is currently serving a life sentence at the United States Penitentiary, Tucson in Arizona. Fisher has been mentioned in numerous hip hop songs throughout out the years: CamRon - "Get it in Ohio" Jadakiss - "Shoot Outs" ft. Styles P Jae Millz - "Guy Fisher" ft. Vado For more information google: Guy Fisher or go to www.
February 21, 2017 - OPEN MIKEFebruary 21, 2017 - OPEN MIKERoach and Mertine Moore Brown talked about current events, life events and issues that the general public are concerned about. Many people called in to give their views about the current President Donald Trump's order regarding the executive order regarding immigrants in America.
February 14, 2017 - AN UNUSUAL VALENTINE'S DAY LOVE STORY February 14, 2017 - AN UNUSUAL VALENTINE'S DAY LOVE STORY    The radio show was about ROACH & MERTINE BROWN being together for 44 years and still going strong.
February 7, 2017 - THE CHALLENGES OF BEING DEAF IN PRISONFebruary 7, 2017 - THE CHALLENGES OF BEING DEAF IN PRISONThe guests for the show were Deborah Golden, Director of the DC Prisoners' Rights Program at the Washington Lawyer's Committee and Jamelia Morgan, Arthur Liman Fellow, ACLU National Prison Project. These two powerful women spoke in depth on the issues faced by deaf inmates around the world.
January 31, 2017 - WOULD CONJUGAL VISITS REDUCE THE VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN PRISON?January 31, 2017 - WOULD CONJUGAL VISITS REDUCE THE VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN PRISON?The guest for the show was Dr. Christopher Henley, PROFESSOR OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND JUSTICE STUDIES at the UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA.
January 24, 2017 - LEWISBURG FEDERAL PENITENTIARY IS IT A DEATH HOUSE?January 24, 2017 - LEWISBURG FEDERAL PENITENTIARY  IS IT A DEATH HOUSE?The guests for the radio show were: REBECCA BUCKWALTER-POZA, FELLOW, LEGAL PROGRESS TEAM at the CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS and MICHELLE BONNER, DIRECTOR of the DC CORRECTIONS INFORMATION COUNCIL. We also had listeners to call in to the show speaking about the violent behavior of the staff at Lewisburg
January 17, 2017 - OBAMA'S LAST SHOT AT CLEMENCY?January 17, 2017 - OBAMA'S LAST SHOT AT CLEMENCY?The radio show was a last effort to ask President Barack Obama to give clemency to the inmates who are so deserving of this merciful act. The guests of the show was Alex Friedman, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE CENTER and MANAGING EDITOR, PRISON LEGAL NEWS, Amy Povah of the CAN DO FOUNDATION and Dr. Madeline McClenney-Sadler of the Exodus Foundation. All of the participants of the radio show were passionate about their views regarding clemency.
JANUARY 10, 2017 - 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF 2016 JANUARY 10, 2017 - 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW  THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF 2016   This radio show was hosted by Attorney Nkechii Taifa and Host Roach Brown's Wife, Mertine Moore Brown and the guest was Eric E. Sterling, Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. The show was very inspiring and Nkechi and Eric Sterling, both gave good and pertinent information. Mr. Sterling spoke about his role in the drug bill approved by then President Ronald Reagan. The clemency issue was again raised and Nkechi and Mr. Sterling talked about the urgent need for President Obama to release as many low level drug offenders as possible before his term ends. African Americans are polarized in the system and made to appear as violent criminals, but statistics state that white persons accused of committing the same offenses, they are convicted at a lesser rate and receive lesser sentences than blacks.
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Washington Post Article:  Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

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.”

[Welsing’s work provokes different reactions]

“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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