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Crossroads Radio Show Annual Calendar

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FEBRUARY 12, 2019FEBRUARY 12, 2019The topic for the show was Love and Justice and the guest were Sybil Fox and her husband Robert Richardson. They talked about their life, love and struggles. Mertine and Roach also told tale about their love life. The show was a really nice love story.
February 5, 2019 - "DC PAROLE & HALFWAY HOUSES" and "The Stories of two Mothers leading a new initiative, "JUST FUTURE" "February 5, 2019 - "DC PAROLE & HALFWAY HOUSES" and "The Stories of two Mothers leading a new initiative, "JUST FUTURE" "The show was aired live from Ban's Chili Bowl. The topic for the 1st segment was DC Parole & Halfway Houses and the guest was Phil Fornaci, Senior Counsel, Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. The 2nd segment was entitled, "The Stories of two Mothers leading a new initiative, "JUST FUTURE"". The guest were: Bernida Thompson, Ed. D., whose son is currently serving indefinite detention and Garnett Baughman whose son has served three (3) years on a technical violation with no end in sight.
January 29, 2019 - Trauma Response TeamJanuary 29, 2019 - Trauma Response TeamThe guest for the show was Tyrone Parker, Executive Director of The Alliance of Concerned Men and Beverly Smith-Brown, a Community Worker at the Alliance of Concerned Men.
January 22, 2019 - "BLACK & BROWN ON BLUE"January 22, 2019 - "BLACK & BROWN ON BLUE"The guest for the show was SERGEANT THOMAS BOONE, President of the United Black Police Officers Association, Former U.S. Capitol Police and Prince Georges County Violent Crimes Unit. Mr. Boone spoke about the program that he is president of and how the are not a part of the PG Police Department. They are whistleblowers, so to speak.
January 15, 2019 - Stop & Frisk - Know Your Rights When Confronted By The PoliceJanuary 15, 2019 - Stop & Frisk - Know Your Rights When Confronted By The PoliceThe guest for the show was April Goggans, Organizer of Black Lives Matter, Disrupter and Abolitionist. She shedded light on the fact that you do not have to have your ID or present it to the police.
January 8, 2019 - Can Incarceration Cause Parents to Lose Their Parental Rights Forever?January 8, 2019 - Can Incarceration Cause Parents to Lose Their Parental Rights Forever?The guest for the radio show was Matthew I. Fraidin, Associate Dean of Experiential and Clinical Programs at David A. Clarke School of Law, Former Legal Director of The Children's Law Center Can Incarceration Cause Parents to Lose Their Parental Rights Forever? The show was very informative. Matthew Fraidin spoke vehemently about what this law has done to families.
December 18, 2018 - The Campaign to End Life Imprisonment The Meaning of Life Imprisonment The Case for Abolishing Life SentencesDecember 18, 2018 - The Campaign to End Life Imprisonment The Meaning of Life Imprisonment The Case for Abolishing Life SentencesThe guest for the show was Marc Mauer, Executive Director of the Sentencing Project. Marc Mauer could not be in attendance, therefore Ashley Nellis called in from the Sentencing Project and explained to us what The Campaign to End Life Imprisonment meant and how the book initially came about. There were several callers and most of them had stories that pulled at the heart strings. The show was very touching and as always food for the soul.
December 12, 2018 - Local Control of DC Parole How Will Local Control Affect DC Prisoners?December 12, 2018 - Local Control of DC Parole  How Will Local Control Affect DC Prisoners?The guest of the show were Olinda Moyd, Chief of Parole Division of the D.C. Public Defender Service and Louis Sawyer, Jr., Returning Citizen and Chair of DC Reentry Task Force
December 4, 2018 - The Unger Decision & Racism in Black & White December 4, 2018 - The Unger Decision & Racism in Black & White The guests for the show were Stanley Mitchell, a returning citizen and credible messenger, several other unger recipients, Mark Burnett and KENNY BROWN, STEVE "FOOTS" BOLTON and REV DR SANDRA BUTLER-TRUESDALE (THREE GENERATIONAL NATIVE WASHINGTONIANS). The co-host for the show was none other than the firey, knowledgeable attorney Ofchi Nkechi Taifa. This was a phenomenal show. Many stories were told and many tears were shed but in the end, everyone got a snapshot of what prison was like for these men.
November 27, 2018 - The First Step Act The Pro's and Con's of the First Step ActNovember 27, 2018 - The First Step Act The Pro's and Con's of the First Step ActThe guest for the show was Ms. DeAnna Hoskins, President and CEO of Just Leadership USA. She spoke about The First Step Act and how executive orders can change the way things are presently without going through the DC Council and the Legislature. The First Step Act is a bundle of compromises. We must teach our people what affects us and how we can combat it through static information. Ms. Hoskins is a longtime advocate and visionary leader for eliminating our nation’s reliance on incarceration, reinvesting resources into communities, supporting the successful reentry of people returning home from incarceration, and advancing the rights and leadership of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. She has worked at the local, state and national level, including time at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Ms. Hoskins began her tenure at the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance under President Obama.
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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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