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|June 12, 2018 - REGISTERING DC INMATES AND RETURNING CITIZENS TO VOTEThe topic for the show was Registering DC Inmates and Returning Citizens to Vote. The guest were Charles Thornton, Chairman of the Board of the Corrections Information Council (CIC) and Debra Rowe, Executive Director of Returning Citizens United. The show was informative and both guest were fired up as it relates to getting our people to vote. CROSS ROADS COMMENTARY
REGISTERING INMATES AND RETURNING CITIZENS TO VOTE
JUNE 12, 2018
Transgender inmates in Connecticut will soon become the first in the nation to have a legal right to be housed in a prison that matches the gender with which they identify, a law being lauded by civil rights advocates as groundbreaking. It also gives inmates the right to be searched by a corrections officer who matches their self-identified gender, to be addressed in a manner consistent with their gender identity and have access to commissary items, such as clothing, that matches their gender identity.
Education Behind Bars: How Education is Failing Incarcerated Youth
Only 13 states provide the same educational services for incarcerated youth in juvenile detention centers as they do outside of them. In one striking example from Los Angeles County, a student was found to have graduated with a high school diploma from the Challenger Memorial Youth Center without ever being taught to read.
Florida’s Ban On Ex-Felons Voting is Unconstitutional and Biased
In a blistering decision that could affect the 2018 midterm elections, a federal judge on Thursday ruled that Florida’s system for barring former felons from voting is unconstitutional and potentially tainted by racial, political or religious bias.
Charles Thornton – Chairman of the Board, Corrections Information Council (CIC); Office of Human Rights and former Director of DC’s MORCA (Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizens Affairs)
Debra Rowe – Returning Citizens United
Alice Miller – Director, DC Board of Elections – call-in
A coalition is going into jails to register inmates. An advocacy campaign has been going on for some time now. Currently Maine, Vermont and DC inmates can vote while in jail.
Recently homeless men and men from Salvation Army got registered. They are now working as campaign workers. CSOSA females on parole and women on St Elizabeth grounds also were registered. Their names are added to a database and Debra has been able to assist returning citizens with temporary jobs. These persons are processed back into society and are poll workers.
Alice Johnson’s sentence was commuted. There are thousands who still need to be released who are still in jail after serving 10, 20, 30, 40, even 50 years for non violent drug offenses. Alice Johnson’s daughter has been a guest on Cross Roads and we have been advocating for her as well as for Michelle West, William Smallwood and others who should be immediately released!
The Mayor of DC needs the power to grant commutations to release our people now! Please register to vote to change these laws. There are less than 5,000 DC prisoners in the federal system. There needs to be legislation to allow felons to cast their ballots as well.
The Board of Elections has been working with DC Jail since 2004. There is a strong history of working with local facilities. The District model shows how this works. The Board of Elections, Department of Corrections and the advocacy community make it work.
Voter education is in institutions, Cumberland and Rivers, North Carolina prisons, helping inmates understand their rights. Do not take voting for granted. Every election is important. We must continue to fight for the right of everyone to vote. Video visiting, telephones – these are high costs to inmates’ families. Taxation without representation – wrong, wrong, wrong.
Voter registration is also a form of ID.
6m people cannot vote due to state laws. Kentucky, Florida and Iowa have the strictest regulations on individuals. 15m nationally have criminal records. Prince Georges County Reentry Task Force is working with the Board of Elections and is certified to do voter registration. The biggest curve is that folks don’t understand they can vote.
Mayor Marion Barry signed the legislation into law that gave DC returning citizens the right to vote, and that is exactly what got him back in office in 1994. They were being real persistent, taking it to the next level. Then DC Councilmember Arrington Dixon, in 1979, presented the legislation.
Gerrymanding is when the Census Bureau counts inmates by cell versus their home residence. Prisons around the country employ this technique.
Compassionate release can be a blanket order to release DC Code prisoners. For more information, you may reach Charles Thornton on his cellular, 202.246.3823.
We learn from the children who are the upcoming voter block. DYRS (Dept of Youth Rehabilitation Services) is doing innovative work to keep our youth out of the prison pipeline.
|June 5, 2018 - FIRST HOUR: ISSUES AFFECTING DC PRISONERS IN FEDERAL CUSTODY GUEST: CONGRESSWOMAN ELEANOR HOLMES NORTONThe Radio show today featured in the first hour, Eleanor Holmes-Norton and the second hour's topic was: ARE BLACK COPS REMAINING SILENT WHILE WHITE POLICE OFFICERS KILL BLACKS? THE GUESTS WERE: RON HAMPTON; RETIRED DC POLICE OFFICER WITH BLACKS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND KEVIN COPELAND; RETIRED DC POLICE OFFICER AND ATTY JOHNNIE BARNES; FORMER DIRECTOR OF ACLU, DC CHAPTER (AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION)CROSS ROADS RADIO SHOW
CRIMINAL JUSTICE ISSUES
June 5, 2013
LIVE FROM BEN’S CHILI BOWL, 1213 U STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC
GRAPEVINE: Prison Co-Pay
In prison, seeing a doctor costs up to a month’s salary. 42 states and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) charge co-pays. Illinois voted to stop the co-pay. US prisons spend about $10,000 yearly per prisoner on medical costs.
Rikers Island does not put juveniles in solitary anymore, but other facilities do. Kalief Browder spent more than 2 years in solitary confinement, after having been in jail for stealing a back pack. See the horrifying story on NetFlix, produced by Jay-Z. Kalief committed suicide 2 years after being released.
Criminal Justice Issues
Guest First Hour:
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Our DC prisoners should not be governed by Federal codes. Inmates have to pay 25% of their pay to the halfway house, after having spent years in prison. Subsistence fee, its called. The Halfway House is still a prison. Paying 25% is a deterrent to employment. This is a nationwide policy.
Prisoners have to pay for email. Only prisoners pay, which is ludicrous while receiving slave labor wages. Emails are free for everyone but prisoners.
Returning citizens should come to Small Business Fair for DC residents at Washington Convention Center, Thursday, June 7, 10:00am. Small Business of the Year winner last year was an ex-offender who started his own HVAC business.
Senatorial Courtesy is extended to Congressional members to recommend names for all federal vacancies. Trump has not consulted the Congresswoman for any position, including US District Attorney who has jurisdiction over local crime. Trump has appointed Federal Judges, but has never consulted the Congresswoman.
Congresswoman Norton wanted to know what Jugie Boogie means. Roach says it all the time. Its bullcrap, jive, lies………
We need elements of statehood. A Bill is pending to give the Mayor of DC clemency authority. Former Mayor Barry and the DC City Council made the decision that the federal government take over local costs, which included Bureau Of Prison issues, the so-called Revitalization Act. How do we get back local control? Inmates must be within 500 miles from home – that’s still too far. The Congresswoman had an agreement with the BOP to convert a prison close to DC for DC prisoners. Being estranged from family, not having been able to spend time with them throughout the years, DC prisoners are the only state prisoners in the federal prison system.
There are military facilities right here. Why is that not an option? The Congresswoman will explore the idea of putting prisons on available military bases. Ft Dix is in New Jersey, less than 150 miles from DC. Virginia has closed many prisons close to DC. Use them. Fewer and fewer people are in prisons so bring them closer to home; that should be able to happen. Crime is down. Recidivism is down. Why is change not happening?
The Trump administration is separating families, snatching children from their parents with his immigration law. When visiting your loved one inside a prison, you can only have 2 hugs, at the beginning of the visit and when leaving. That’s meanness. Too many single women are in prison. During slavery women were separated from their children. This is the same concept in prisons, unfortunately. 200-300 DC prisoners have been in prison over 25 years, too much time for the crime. Men and women are dying inside. We need compassionate release now.
Who should have clemency? Submit those names.
A Prison Reform Bill has just passed Congress – our prison system is way too harsh, disproportionately applied on Black people. There is a rising sense that something is wrong with the US Parole Commission. The criminal justice function has been transferred to the federal system. The President could appoint to the Parole Board. Obama made huge changes. There is a step back process versus total incarceration for minor parole violations, such as dirty urine or not having a job.
Computer training should be available to inmates, especially those coming home within 12 months. The BOP has a state of the art drug program. Petersburg is less than 100 miles away. If for no other reason than to be sure DC prisoners return to DC, vote for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton again!!!
Are Black Cops Remaining Silent While White Police Officers Kill Blacks?
Guests 2nd Hour:
Kevin Copeland – retired Metropolitan Police Department
Stanley Mitchell - did 38 years, received $18 on release
Atty Johnnie Barnes – former Director, DC Chapter, ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
The cop killings are a disgrace to police departments across the nation. During Copeland’s 1988-2016 tenure, he would talk with other officers. A lot of officers are fearful of Blacks. They used Mace, slapjacks, other options, but now pulling out a weapon is the first step.
Black Judges become different once they don those black robes.
Fear can be remedied. During the hiring process, it should be mandatory that a police officer spend time in the community he is going to police. Mentoring is a step further. He must understand our culture. White cops only know what they see on TV, which is grossly unfair. Most white cops have never gone to school with Black people or grown up with us in anyway.
Fear factor is one aspect. Officers are protected by the department and the courts. 9 times out of 10, they are protected. A young man was listening to his Walkman, a straight A student. An officer shot the young man. The police officer feared for his safety and his life. They know they are protected by this unjust system. They don’t deserve that protection. Rookies would be reprimanded.
Probable cause is the color of our skin. The law protects some citizens – Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin and the law protected him.
Elect those who can change theses horrible laws.
Change is what you do, not what you say.
An African American Giant was lost in May. Attorney Dovie Roundtree. Trailblazer Black woman. Lived to be 104. She worked with Mary McCloud Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Atty Johnnie Barnes says he knows four things we should adhere to: Live Learn Love Leave a Legacy
Copeland challenges officers to protect and serve.
|May 29, 2018 - Credible Messenger ProgramThe show for today is the Credible Messenger Program with Paul Weinstock, returning citizen and Evangelist Kevin Copeland, a Retired Police Officer. Kevin is the father of 7 children and still finds time to reach out and help other children and Mr. Weinstock opened a program called Fun It Up.
Credible Messenger Program
May 29, 2018
Every prison has a commissary where inmates can purchase various sundry items. On average, inmates spend over $900.00 a year at prison commissaries for food, over counter drugs, hygiene products. These are items inmates should not have to pay for, and more times than not, families who cannot afford to, are paying those charges. Nickeling & diming inmates by forcing them to pay for necessities. This is well beyond the $300 yearly salary most inmates earn, if they have a job, in this slave labor prison industry. Jugie Boogie! Prison is slavery with every intention. It must stop now! Email and music streaming charges are totally unfair and far higher than those outside of prison. $1.6B from prison stores!! Why is some of this money not going to the inmates upon release?
They shared drugs and died. Should you go to jail because your partner OD ? These deaths are being treated as homicides from involuntary manslaughter to murder.
New York Police Department Officers can lie and brutally beat people – and still keep their jobs. Hundreds of officers who committed the most serious offenses – from lying to grand juries to physically attacking innocent people – get to keep their jobs, their pensions and their tremendous power over New Yorkers’ lives. In every instance, the police commissioner, who has final authority in disciplinary decisions, assigned these officers to “dismissal probation” – a penalty with few practical consequences. The officer continues to do their job at their usual salary. They may get less overtime and won’t be promoted during that period, which usually lasts a year. When the year is over, so is the probation.
Philadelphia closes 13 schools in the Black community, but builds $400 million, 3,830-bed complex. Also programs that have been beneficial to inmates, will not be continued. Jugie Boogie!
Guests – Credible Messengers
Paul Weinstock was sentenced to double life for a first time drug offense.
Evangelist Kevin Copeland is a retired Metropolitan Police Officer.
Neighborhood leaders with relevant life experiences help youth change their attitudes. There is a quiet evolution going on. The biggest challenge is meeting youth where they are. Lack of love in the house is a major hurdle. Paul was fortunate in that his 3-year- old son had a great Mom who supported him, his son visited him on a regular basis.
Evangelist Copeland has an advantage. He grew up in the neighborhood that he supports today, attended the schools. What does love look like? Help Mom get in school, get training. Meet with young folks. Be the Father figure. This President needs to visit prisons to understand this unnatural culture this nation has created. A first time offender sentenced to 2 life sentences? The horribly unjust War on Drugs which really was/is War on the Black Man. Copeland children are involved in mentoring and ministry. Brothers and Sisters Outreach is a family business. Weinstock’s non-profit is Saving Our Next Generation (SONG). His goal is to provide entrepreneur opportunities. Bringing us together is the key, as a community.
202.705.0024 – Paul Weinstock
Saving Our Next Generation (SONG)
This Saturday, June 2, 2018, 10:00 am, come to the Community Forum, “BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COMMUNITY”. Kramer Middle School, 1700 Q St SE, WDC. For more information and to reach Evangelist Copeland: 202.528.2668
|May 22, 2018 - "THE FIRST STEP ACT"The guest for the show today was Jesselyn McCurdy, Executive Director of the ACLU and Sakira Cook, Senior Counsel of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. These ladies were powerful and gave us information as to the First Step Act and how we need to write against this bill, because it will not be beneficial to the prisoners.
|May 8, 2018 - HOW DO MOTHERS SPEND MOTHER'S DAY IN PRISON ?Today's Radio Show was very touching and heartfelt. The topic for the show was "How do Mothers spend Mother's Day in Prison". The guests for the show were MIQUELLE WEST and her DAUGHTER, MICHELLE WEST. MICHELLE WEST WAS GIVEN 2 LIFE SENTENCES FOR A NON-VIOLENT DRUG OFFENSE.. SHE HAS ALREADY SERVED 25 YEARS., BRIAN FERGUSON, DIRECTOR OF MORCA (MAYOR'S OFFICE ON RETURNING CITIZENS AFFAIRS)
WRONGFULLY ACCUSED AND CONVICTED OF A HOMICIDE. SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE. WE ALSO HAD MIQUELLE WEST WHO CALLED IN TO TALK ABOUT HER MOTHER, MICHELLE WEST WHO IS SERVING TWO LIFE SENTENCES AND HAS ALREADY SERVED 25 YEARS. MS. KYNDIA RILEY WHO CALLED IN TO ADVOCATE FOR HER MOTHER SANTRA RUCKER WHO IS CURRENTLY SERVING 390 YEARS AND HAS BEEN INCARCERATED FOR 20 YEARS.
|May 1, 2018 - WHAT HAPPENED TO CHOCOLATE CITY?THE RADIO SHOW TOPIC DURING THE FIRST HOUR WAS: WHAT HAPPENED TO CHOCOLATE CITY? THE GUESTS WERE: STEVE "FOOTS" BOLTON, KENNY BROWN, REV DR SAUNDRA TRUESDALE: ALL GENERATIONAL WASHINGTONIANS ****AND THE SECOND HOURS TOPIC WAS: VOTE FOR JUSTICE AND THE GUEST WAS ATTORNEY NIKECHI TAIFA.
|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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12th Street YMCA Site
1816 12th St NW Washington, DC 20009
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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!
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This is the Secret Society the world doesn’t know about – Black men being criminalized as children.
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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.
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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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