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Crossroads Radio Show Annual Calendar

Crossroads Radio Show Annual Calendar

February 20, 2018 - S MARYLAND PAROLE COMMISSION FOLLOWING THE LAW FOR JUVENILES SERVING LIFE ?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 Cross Roads Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Is Maryland Commission Following the Law for Juveniles Serving Life ? Grapevine 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. Guests 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. -2- 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 ?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.
February 6, 2018 - FIRST HOUR: CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMFebruary 6, 2018 - FIRST HOUR:  CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMThe first hour of today's radio program was entitled CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM and the guest was none other than the Honorable CONGRESSWOMAN ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, WHO SPOKE ABOUT THE BUREAU OF PRISON (BOP) AND THE ISSUES AFFECTING DC PRISONERS. The second hour's title was CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM PART II and the guests were: SAKIRA COOK, ESQ, THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL RIGHTS and KARA GOTSCH, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC INITIATIVES at THE SENTENCING PROJECT.
January 30, 2018 - WHY ARE PRISONS BECOMING MORE LIKE NURSING HOMESJanuary 30, 2018 - WHY ARE PRISONS BECOMING MORE LIKE NURSING HOMESTHE GUESTS FOR THIS SHOW WERE RABIAH BURKS, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS OF F.A.M.M. AND STANLEY MITCHELL WHO SERVED 38 YEARS IN PRISON. THE SHOW WAS VERY INTERESTING AND BOTH GUESTS GAVE THEIR VIEWS REGARDING THE SENIORS IN PRISON.
January 23, 2018 - OFFENDER ANONYMOUS (OA) AFTER PRISON, RETURNING CITIZENS FACE ANOTHER KIND OF HELLJanuary 23, 2018 - OFFENDER ANONYMOUS (OA)  AFTER PRISON, RETURNING CITIZENS FACE ANOTHER KIND OF HELLTODAY'S RADIO SHOW WAS TITLED: OFFENDER ANONYMOUS (OA) - AFTER PRISON, RETURNING CITIZENS FACE ANOTHER KIND OF HELL. THE GUESTS FOR THE SHOW WERE: JEREMY KITTREDGE, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE FROM THE JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE; BEATRICE CODIANNI, MANAGING EDITOR AT REENTRY CENTRAL AND STANLEY MITCHELL WHO SERVED 38 YEARS IN PRISON. THIS SHOW WAS VERY CLOSE TO HOST ROACH BROWN'S HEART AND THE GUESTS WERE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. EACH ORATION WAS VERY HEARTFELT AND GAVE THE LISTENING AUDIENCE AN IDEA OF WHAT RETURNING CITIZENS FACE UPON THEIR RETURN TO THE COMMUNITY.
JANUARY 16, 2018 - BROKEN TRAIL OF DREAMS DACA (DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS) IMMIGRANT CHILDREN'S DREAMS ARE IN LIMBOJANUARY 16, 2018 - BROKEN TRAIL OF DREAMS  DACA (DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS)  IMMIGRANT CHILDREN'S DREAMS ARE IN LIMBOTHE RADIO SHOW FOR TODAY WAS ENTITLED: BROKEN TRAIL OF DREAMS - DACA - (DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS) IMMIGRANT CHILDREN'S DREAMS ARE IN LIMBO. THE GUESTS FOR TODAY'S SHOW WERE: TED LOZA, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, POLITICAL & PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANT AND ILSY MARILYN, DACA ADVOCATE. COMMENTARY BY MERTINE MOORE BROWN: Blind Stan offers this unique piece of advice: Education, entertainment and therapy are all together. Ted Loza adds that this all evolves into one word: Family. Undocumented immigrants have contributed $11b to the economy. Most are law abiding citizens and pay taxes. We need to be careful how we spend our money. There is power in numbers. Families are being torn apart from these deportations. The African American community has already been affected. With men out of the community, boys don't know they are boys and girls don't know how to be girls.
January 9, 2018 - CAN EXPANDING "SAFE STREETS" HALT BALTIMORE'S VIOLENCE ?January 9, 2018 - CAN EXPANDING "SAFE STREETS" HALT BALTIMORE'S VIOLENCE ?The radio show for this day was entitled: CAN EXPANDING "SAFE STREETS" HALT BALTIMORE'S VIOLENCE ? THE GUEST WAS EDDIE CONWAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE REAL NEWS.COM AND FORMER BLACK PANTHER POLITICAL PRISONER SERVED 43 YEARS MARYLAND PRISON SYSTEM BALTIMORE NATIVE.
January 2, 2018 - FIRST HOUR: DC'S NOTORIOUS LGBT STREET GANG HAS A NEW AGENDA ? SECOND HOUR: GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE DC IN THE 60s, 70s, 80s January 2, 2018  -  FIRST HOUR:  DC'S NOTORIOUS LGBT STREET GANG HAS A NEW AGENDA ? SECOND HOUR:  GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE DC IN THE 60s, 70s, 80s JOIN OUR LIVE RADIO BREAKFAST SHOW! BEN'S CHILI BOWL 1213 U STREET, NW WASHINGTON, DC 10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON COME EARLY FOR BREAKFAST FIRST HOUR: DC'S NOTORIUS LGBT STREET GANG HAS A NEW AGENDA ? GUESTS: RONALD MOTEN INTERVENTION SPECIALIST STAR BENNETT CEO/FOUNDER "CHECK IT" SECOND HOUR: GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE DC IN THE 60s, 70s, 80s GUESTS: KENNY BROWN STEVE "FOOTS" BOLTON REV DR SANDRA BUTLER-TRUESDALE DC LEGENDARY MUSICIANS GUESTS ARE 4TH & 5TH GENERATION WASHINGTONIANS C0-HOST: ATTORNEY NKECHI TAIFA ADVOCACY DIRECTOR FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS
December 19, 2017 - FEMALES WHO HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN WASHINGTON, DCDecember 19, 2017 - FEMALES WHO HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN WASHINGTON, DCTHE GUESTS FOR CROSSROADS ON DECEMBER 19, 2017 WERE: ADRIENNE POTEAT, FORMER DEPUTY DIRECTOR, DC DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS; REV BETTY GREEN, FORMER CHAMPLAIN OF THE DC DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND TYRONE PARKER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ALLIANCE OF CONCERNED MEN. Mertine Moore Brown's Commentary of crossroads on 12/19/2017. FEMALES WHO HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN WASHINGTON, DC DECEMBER 19, 2017 GRAPEVINE At least 86 people nationwide received federal prison sentences last year for distributing drugs resulting in death or serious injury, up 16 percent from 2012, says the US Sentencing Commission. An analysis of news reports found 1,200 mentions nationally of drug-death prosecutions in 2016, three times the number in 2011. Private prison staff are disproportionately women of color and receive “poor compensation” compared to employees of incarcerated state and federal populations according to a study published this month in the International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. There were 23 executions in 2017. Guest Adrienne Poteat – In 1975, Adrienne was the first female correctional officer at Lorton, she has helped inmates in critical situations. “If you cannot respect inmates, corrections is not for you.” There were many programs then -` culinary, basic learning, family support. Today there are no substantial programs. Rev Betty Green would meet with inmates in the Chaplain’s Office. She started as Secretary to Leonard Wiggins. Her supervisor Elwood York asked her to take position. The Champlain’s Office is Central Control; a key function in DC Jail. Religion is essential. Inmates are baptized; they love the services. Margaret Quick, Rev Betty Green, Barbara Ridley and Adrienne Poteat are perfect recipients to receive the “Harriet Tubman Freedom Award”.
December 12, 2017 - DC POLICE REVIEW BOARD DETERMINE THAT SHOOTING DEATH OF TERRENCE STERLING BY COP WAS UNJUSTIFIEDDecember 12, 2017 - DC POLICE REVIEW BOARD DETERMINE THAT SHOOTING DEATH OF TERRENCE STERLING BY COP WAS UNJUSTIFIEDThe First half of the Radio Show Today was Entitled: DC POLICE REVIEW BOARD DETERMINE THAT SHOOTING DEATH OF TERRENCE STERLING BY COP WAS UNJUSTIFIED. THE GUEST was STEVEN DOUGLAS of STEVEN DOUGLAS MINISTRIES, The 2nd Half of the Radio Show featured DR BUFORD. INTERNATIONAL DENTISTRY, DENTAL SERVICES FOR FORMERLY INCARCERATED & XMAS GIFTS FOR THEIR CHILDREN. The show was very informative as usual and gave the listeners information that sparked a conversation. Roach Brown did it again, by having such a great show.
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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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