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Crossroads Radio Show Annual Calendar

Crossroads Radio Show Annual Calendar

September 26, 2017 - Incarcerated Veterans & Reentry ProgramSeptember 26, 2017 - Incarcerated Veterans & Reentry ProgramThe guest for the show were Charles Avery, Executive Director of Veterans on the Rise, Floyd Palmer, Air Force Veteran and Returning Citizen and Monica, Army Officer and Combat Veteran. CROSS ROADS COMMENTARY – September 26, 2017 INCARCERATED VETERANS & REENTRY PROGRAMS Grapevine With all the stories of heroism and tragedy in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, one group of people, based on reports from several of those facilities, prisoners were not evacuated, could not flee and continue to suffer. 2,109 prisoners in Beaumont, Texas were left in their cells to face the flooding, water shortages and power outages. Water rose above their ankles and the smell of sewage from backed up toilets grew so intense they had to wrap towels over their noses just to fall asleep. Nearly 6,000 inmates in 5 Texas prisons were evacuated. The same happened in south and central Florida, where over 7,000 prisoners were moved across the state in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. It is not known yet if prisoners have been evacuated or relocated in Puerto Rico. Because power, communications and internet services on the island are down, it is unclear how many people are being held in Puerto Rico state prisons, but the facilities can house more than 12,000 prisoners in total, including women. Prisons use TTY or TTD to communicate. Deaf inmates’ needs are not being supported as they should be. Telecommunication devices for the deaf in prisons are usually outmoded or non-existent. Texas prisons eliminate use of solitary confinement. Said Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark of the September policy change, “When reviewing solitary confinement as a policy and practice, we determined that as a department we can effectively operate without it.” Massachusetts aims to keep children and parents together through the criminal justice system. Mothers with young children should not be sentenced. Community-based sentencing is a healthier and fiscally responsible alternative. Guests Veterans on the Rise, Charles Avery – In 1999, 3 veterans formed this organization that takes care of the needs of homeless veterans. They partner with Veterans Administration, provide temporary housing when available, severely mentally ill can stay for 6 months, and their flagship program is “Transition in Place”. 15%-20% referrals have criminal background. 85 of every 1,000 incarcerated are veterans; 38% in prisons, 44% in jails. Over 200,000 veterans have been sentenced to prison. Floyd Palmer, home only 6 months after serving 18 ½ years, was released from a Durham, NC prison with bus fare, $25.00 and no ID, missed the Richmond, VA bus, finally arrived at Central Mission homeless shelter Washington, DC where he was then connected to Veterans on the Rise. Veterans on the Rise was a welcome turnaround. Monica, US Army Combat Veteran, and a medical student at Georgetown University, had been stationed in Iraq. The armed forces radio is heard worldwide and Monica noticed that the radio was pinpointing certain audiences but not catering to our community. Monica submitted a written request and because of Monica, Cross Roads radio show and Pacifica radio WPFWFM is now heard around the world, including Korea. Homeless and veteran in the same sentence is heartbreaking. Floyd says veterans need to come together and work as a unit. If you don’t stand, you are going to get rolled over. He has gotten plenty of runaround, and still is not receiving benefits because he has no disability. Your benefits stop when you are sentenced to prison. Veterans are meeting weekly inside prisons but no one is there to assist them. PTSS – Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome is a real issue with returning citizens and veterans. Homelessness prevention is necessary because veterans are losing out after so many months of not receiving adequate support. “Support Independent Living”! Callers Ian - Hunting, seeking and killing – Veterans on the Rise needs contributions. Amin Muhammad – prison ministry – incarcerated veterans and assisted programs – young brothers who have served must go through too many hoops to get what they deserve. Cuff – Vietnam Veteran – it took 17 years just to get his benefits – had infected skin disorder – fights constantly for brothers and sisters – Veterans have no one else to turn to but themselves. Floyd says it gets too frustrating and overwhelming – there are so many homeless veterans – He sees them in Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, Minnesota Avenue etc. He is thankful and grateful for Veterans on the Rise. He is working steadily at Dog Tag Bakery and will be starting business school at Georgetown University. Veterans on the Rise is partnering with a red carpet premiere major motion picture; more info will be posted. Charles Avery, Veterans on the Rise, may be contacted at 202.388.4090. Monica – InTheCcommunityTV.com – Shahid – veterans have been helped; a specific situation moved a female veteran from squalor conditions into her own home.
September 18,2017 - DISCUSSION OF CURRENT EVENTS NATIONALLY AND LOCALLYSeptember 18,2017 -  DISCUSSION OF CURRENT EVENTS NATIONALLY AND LOCALLYThe guests for the radio program were Reverend Dr. Sandra Butler-Truesdale, Steve "Foots" Bolten, and Kenny Brown. The show was amazing. Cross Roads Discussion of Current Events Nationally & Locally September 19, 2017 Mertine Moore Brown's Commentary Grapevine Black youth are 5 times more likely to be locked up than white youth. Philadelphia is closing 23 schools but building a $400m prison. 81% of students impacted by the closing. 9 out of every 10,000 immigrants of color are in youth centers in England and Wales compared to 1 in every 10,000 for white youth. (BAM) Black Asian Minority has increased over the last decade. FEMA issues relief checks 5 years after Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey. Our guest panelists are Kenny Brown, Rev Dr Sandra Truesdale-Butler and Steve “Foots” Bolton. Baba Dick Gregory’s funeral was more than 6 hours - celebratory, church service, party, dancing…..In 1994 Ed Murphy, owner of Ed’s Supper Club, and businesswoman Cecelia Scott, hosted a fundraiser for Roach at the Lincoln Theater. Dick Gregory was at the airport when he was informed of Roach’s fundraiser. He didn’t even know Roach but immediately came to the Lincoln Theater and turned it out as usual. They have been close ever since. Dick called Roach a turtle – hard on the outside, soft on the inside and sticking your head out all the time. The greats - Dick Gregory, Muhammad Ali….. Dick Gregory walked everywhere, was approachable, humble, talked to everyone, never seen with a body guard. He was the 2nd Black man to run for President, Dizzy Gillespie ran for President first. Kenny said, “Dick didn’t have security, no body guards, he had truth.” 3.2m Africans and Caribbeans are affected by DACA. They are afraid to involve themselves in protests out of fear. We were brought from Africa to work. 1% of white folk control this country. Young white folks elected Obama twice. Hispanics are gaining wealth and education. Caller Dan, a blind supporter says the show helps him so much. He actually cried. Another caller has spent years helping black and brown children. Dick Gregory had his views of a 911 conspiracy. Regular caller Rick, from Germany, saw the documentary “Returning Citizens” on HBO. Rev Dr Sandra Truesdale-Butler shared about “The Wharf”, the waterfront, several high rises are now surrounding the fish market. They are losing business, it’s a whole town down there. Rev investigated how to connect her organization, DC Legendary Musicians, to provide music but the 930 Club already has the contract. There was an ANC meeting, Ward 6D – 80% of the audience was white with over 200 folks, so if you want to make change, get involved. Cross Roads needs to be 2 hours now, we are constantly told, especially by both Kenny and Footes. Washingtonians know that in the 50s it was called urban renewal – brothers singing doowop on the corners - $3m-$5m waterfront properties. Affordable housing is not the same as low income housing. Affordable could be $200,000.00 up. Anacostia moved folk out, were told they’d bring them back in 15 years. Homeland Security headquarters is behind Barry Farms. They will be using that property as housing for their employees. The same scenario in Georgetown and Southwest – moved coloreds out – 80% of Washingtonians don’t live in Washington anymore. Churches need to do more, families lived together, had extended family, seniors need someplace to go. The white community needs to know what’s going on.
September 12, 2017 - School to Prison PipelineSeptember 12, 2017 - School to Prison PipelineThe guest for the show were Mr. Edwardo Ferrer, Professor and Policy Director of the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative and Dwanna Nicole, Policy and Stakeholder Outreach of The Advancement Project. The show was right on point. The guests spoke about the fact that children are being held accountable for rule violations years after the action. Why are the children's actions criminalized? Cross Roads September 12, 2017 School to Prison Pipeline Commentary by Mertine Moore Brown Grapevine Hurricane Irma needle exchange program handed out extra syringes to addiction community. There is a heightened danger of relapse and overdoses during a crisis. It is harder to cope with addictions in private; there is a need to stay near to your dealer. Disaster emergency plans include methadone clinics providing 5 days of doses The 4500 DC prisoners housed in Beaumont, Texas are not a priority and there is no evacuation plan. Baltimore may pass New York City in homicides. Prosecutors should be required for 6 months to serve as a Defense Attorney. In the United Kingdom, it is a requirement for prosecutors to serve as Defense Counsel. Guests: Eduardo Ferrer, Policy Director, Juvenile Justice Initiative, Georgetown Law Two root causes of school to prison pipeline - zero tolerance, police officers in school, trauma or adolescent behavior; suspension;/expulsion - harmful - student will likely be held back, drop out or end up in juvenile justice system Dwanna Nicole, Director, Policy and Stakeholder Outreach, Advancement Project Basic environments of young people, our response to our children is to lock them up. School to prison pipeline targets students of color, evolves into being denied entrance into college. Chief Justice Warren Burger said children denied right to school on equal basis lays a wrong framework for children’s lives. Explicit racism is affecting our children. Schools are starting point to prison. Every child that walks into a juvenile facility has a bag on his back. Instead of helping him unpack that bag, we just keep adding more weight to the bag. 70% of children put out of school are black and brown. Childish pranks and we are prosecuting children for the rest of their lives. Caller - Mark - Temple Hills How can parents help? We live in a segregated, biased system Karisma Child needs love but out of order children are treated as criminals. Worked in prison - involved in religious community 75 year old 3 objectives - love Restorative justice - repairing relationships without punitive damage and without pushing children away Fred was a court appointed advocate for foster care - children are traumatized in and out of school - need counselors in black and white men Let Em Out - Esperanda Spaulding - listen to the music Rikers Island Correctional Officer It takes a village to raise a child Treat all children as you would want your children to be treated New Chancellor has opportunity to make a difference Data supports reality Data manipulated - put pressure on City Council, Mayor, Chancellor Young people show us the way - write - show up - go to hearings - testify
September 5, 2017 - SHOULD SOLITARY CONFINEMENT BE ABOISHED FOR JUVENILES ?September 5, 2017 - SHOULD SOLITARY CONFINEMENT  BE ABOISHED FOR JUVENILES  ?The guests for the show were Marc Shindler, Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute and Marcus Bullock, Founder and CEO of FLIKSHOP. The show was very informative. Mr. Shindler spoke about the fact that youth who are incarcerated and in solitary confinement loses a part of themselves while in confinement. Mr. Bullock talked about his time in solitary and how he began to lose his sanity day by day. Mertine Moore Brown's Commentary: Cross Roads Should Formerly Incarcerated Persons Be Denied Entrance Into State Bar Associations ? August 29, 2017 Black men are less likely to be hired. Studies show Ban the Box is hurting young Black men. Racial discrimination still standing. Supreme Court ruled children must have proper representation. Children are waiving rights without speaking to an attorney, Louisiana reconsidering sentences for nearly half its population to reduce incarceration. November 1 changes will take place. Up to 4,000 inmates will be released outright. Guest Rodney Mitchell - Former Director of the Office of Returning Citizens, now MORCA (Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizens). Has law degree since his criminal conviction. Want to earn your law degree? What are your real interests? Its a very tough road. Know the geographic location where you want to practice. Few states prohibit returning citizens from obtaining a law degree. Most states you must pass the written exam & the character fitness exam. Are you currently fit? As of 2012, Mississippi & Texas to name a couple. A felony commission is not a barrier to pursuing law. Brian Ferguson on phone, now Director of MORCA. Mr Mitchell has been a true inspiration to potential lawyers. Brian was locked up for 12 years; now is one year away from graduation; will continue on to law school. Roach is a jail house lawyer. Gidion vs Wainwright is a perfect case. Fruit of the poison tree. Get your law degree. Use your power. Most brilliant minds in the world are in prison. Returning citizens need support from other returning citizens. Stigma & discrimination is real, automatically stereotypes someone. Eddie Ellis helped 16 guys become PhDs while in prison. Andrea James was locked up in a real estate fraud case. She is still trying to get her license back. Where do you want to study? Research. You must have your BA degree. Then apply to law school. Study. Be a good student. It took 1 ½ years after passing the bar for Rodney to receive his license to practice. Read. Write. Become a proficient writer. Sharpen your skills. Talking. Arguing. Continue toward the goal. Miranda decision, right to counsel, that was initiated by an inmate.
August 29, 2017 - SHOULD FORMERLY INCARCERATED PERSONS BE DENIED ENTRANCE INTO STATE BAR ASSOCIATIONS ?August 29, 2017 - SHOULD FORMERLY INCARCERATED PERSONS BE DENIED ENTRANCE INTO STATE BAR ASSOCIATIONS ?The guest for the show were Rodney Mitchell, Esq., Returning Citizen and Attorney at Law and Brian Ferguson, Returning Citizen and Director of Returning Citizens Affairs Office. Both gentlemen spoke about their pasts and how they became attorneys. The gave returning citizens hope that despite their pasts, they can become attorneys and anything else that they desire to be. Commentary by Mertine Moore-Brown Cross Roads Should Formerly Incarcerated Persons Be Denied Entrance Into State Bar Associations ? August 29, 2017 Black men are less likely to be hired. Studies show Ban the Box is hurting young Black men. Racial discrimination still standing. Supreme Court ruled children must have proper representation. Children are waiving rights without speaking to an attorney, Louisiana reconsidering sentences for nearly half its population to reduce incarceration. November 1 changes will take place. Up to 4,000 inmates will be released outright. Guest Rodney Mitchell - Former Director of the Office of Returning Citizens, now MORCA (Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizens). Has law degree since his criminal conviction. Want to earn your law degree? What are your real interests? Its a very tough road. Know the geographic location where you want to practice. Few states prohibit returning citizens from obtaining a law degree. Most states you must pass the written exam & the character fitness exam. Are you currently fit? As of 2012, Mississippi & Texas to name a couple. A felony commission is not a barrier to pursuing law. Brian Ferguson on phone, now Director of MORCA. Mr Mitchell has been a true inspiration to potential lawyers. Brian was locked up for 12 years; now is one year away from graduation; will continue on to law school. Roach is a jail house lawyer. Gidion vs Wainwright is a perfect case. Fruit of the poison tree. Get your law degree. Use your power. Most brilliant minds in the world are in prison. Returning citizens need support from other returning citizens. Stigma & discrimination is real, automatically stereotypes someone. Eddie Ellis helped 16 guys become PhDs while in prison. Andrea James was locked up in a real estate fraud case. She is still trying to get her license back. Where do you want to study? Research. You must have your BA degree. Then apply to law school. Study. Be a good student. It took 1 ½ years after passing the bar for Rodney to receive his license to practice. Read. Write. Become a proficient writer. Sharpen your skills. Talking. Arguing. Continue toward the goal. Miranda decision, right to counsel, that was initiated by an inmate.
August 22, 2017 - RACE AND WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS IN THE UNITED STATESAugust 22, 2017 - RACE AND WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS IN THE UNITED STATESThe guest for the show was Jimmie Gardner who was wrongfully convicted and in prison for 27 years. Mr. Gardner is also a former baseball player for the Chicago Cubs. Mertine Moore Brown Cross Roads - Race & Wrongful Convictions - August 22, 2017 Capernick, 29, gets support from NY police force. 80 officers. T-shirts read: ‘I’m with Cap”. Class action lawsuit filed against police brutality. Prisons must supply tampons and pads to all women at no charge. Governor can grant clemency to prisoners. Pro bono lawyers will assist prisoners seeking clemency and logistical support. Jimmie Gardner served 27 years for a crime he did not commit. First few years in solitary confinement. 98% white, 2% black. West Virginia. First few years should be discounted, you’ve got to defend yourself. You will be tested over & over. No charges should happen when you first arrive in prison. 1989 charged with robbery and sexual assault, had been drafted with Chicago Cubs, Mesa, Arizona. Had played 4 seasons in minor leagues. Was “Protected” - position team takes. Mentally Jimmie was never in prison. Physically yes. Read positive books. Used his mind. Guards would shoot you inside lockup. Cages no larger than arm to arm east-west-south or north. “The walls” prison. 1993 toilet was solid ice inside cage. God allowed him mentally and physically to stay on point. His turning point - 1993-94. “I’m outta here” - in survival mode. You need God. 2009 went into residential substance abuse program. Marijuana because of getting single cell. Read books. “Search For Meaning” - Viktor Frankl. Originally had 110 years. Never thought of suicide but definitely wanted to kill others, but never did. Even put the knife down. Fred Zane used forensic information to falsely testify in over 140 cases. Filed Supreme Court April 1, 1995, 2002 and then 2006 again. 13 attorneys would not file habeas corpus on his behalf. 1995 asked for discovery. Totally excluded from both cases. Released 2012. March 25, 2016 case finally overturned after the serologist, Fred Zain, was found to have provided false testimony in the case. At Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on Saturday, August 19, Roach met one of the Angola 3, Alfred Woodfox - spent 44 years in solitary confinement; said he was not going to let “them” take his mind. Were kept that long in solitary confinement because jailers did not want him educating young brothers. Ramona Africa from the MOVE Movement. Philadelphia bombed and burned a complete block of African Americans including babies. Jimmie read “Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead” amongst many other books during his 27 years of incarceration. Caller recalls her Grandmother waking one night screaming as she remembers the KKK in Virginia riding with torches praying they would not set their house on fire as they hid under the porch. Caller Zee wanted to know what drives brothers to connect intimately with white women. Roach informed her that this would be addressed on another show. Jimmie did not have proper representation. He went through 13 attorneys in 27 years.
AUGUST 8, 2017 - SMALL NON PROFITS ARE CATCHING HELL HOW CAN LOCAL NON PROFITS COMPETE ? AUGUST 8, 2017 - SMALL NON PROFITS ARE CATCHING HELL  HOW CAN LOCAL NON PROFITS COMPETE ? The guest for the show was Barry Lenoir, Executive Director of the United Black Fund. Mr. Lenior spoke about all of the things that Mr. Brown is doing and has done to help the communities. He spoke about the things that the United Black Fund and non-profit organizations are doing. It was a great show and very informative. August 8, 2017 - Small Non Profits Are Catching Hell - Barry LeNoir, United Black Fund (UBF) Thank you, Gloria Minnot for last week’s show with Ron Hampton, former police officer and associate Institute of the Black World 21st Century United Black Fund was started by Dr Calvin and Atty Wilhelmina Rolark. Grapevine FAMM - Families Against Mandatory Minimums - we need change now! Expand use of compassionate release program - 12 Congressmen & Senators support Elderly & sick are most expensive to house & least likely to reoffend Ease burden of rising costs Bureau Of Prisons can recommend release - let them out of prison $1m to incarcerate someone for life; 1 in 8 prison inmates are serving life sentences Life without parole - under 1,000 inmates - 6% were under 18 at the time of their crimes and none were homicides - life sentences ????? Juvenile life without parole - 2,500 sentenced - The Sentencing Project can now release - life sentences are banned in DC & other states America is the only country in the world where juveniles are sentenced to life without parole Visit non profit websites, check out the 990, that is where you can see what CEOs and other salaries’ are - investigate before you give. Small non profits are being squeezed out There is a concerted effort to eliminate small businesses - must have $100,000 in revenues - must have audit and that costs $5,000+ Dr Gladys Bray - East of the RIver Boys & Girls Steel Band - applied for funding and was always denied United Black Fund has filed a lawsuit against United Way because the laws are too stringent - must have $50,000 in revenue - that knocks out young and small businesses before they get a chance to grow Combined Federal Campaign - typically give $65m a year; now you must pay a fee to be eligible Community Impact Grant - big charities & foundations receive money - donors need to be aware - ALWAYS LOOK AT THE 990! - what does CEO make, what salaries and how much is being paid to top heavy executives Combined Federal Campaign - Federal employees donate $42.2m - United Black Fund helps organizations get in campaign - America’s Charities is an organization - UBF helps 25-30 small businesses get started Caller Glenda Johnson - activist in Maryland - provide homeless with temporary 90 day housing services - Feed the Homeless DC - 8th & Pennsylvania Call the Dept of Health & Human Services to see how you can help. United Black Fund - 202-783-9300 - unitedblackfund@ubfinc.org We need a more comprehensive approach to assist returnees. Google and Amazon need to place computers in prison reentry services. Every church needs a transitional home for its people - a senior has a house sitting - seniors can volunteer - someone will step up to write a grant. Release prisoners to church. Volunteers will step up. That’s prison ministry! Help your returning citizens! United Black Fund will host meetings late September and October to help small businesses navigate the process - DC One Fund Roach mentioned Petey Greene, long time DC activist, TV and radio host. He requested Rev Louis Anthony to preach his funeral. Theresa Jones was also a major loss. Roach and Mertine attended the National Black Theater Festival Film Fest - highlighting plays and shows. “Soul City” the history of what really went down, Fannie Lou Hammer, Emmit Till, outstanding history lessons. “ROACH” film was shown 3 separate times. They stayed one week in Winston-Salem, “The City of Arts and Innovation”. Mertine’s Father and Grandmother were born in Yadkinville, North Carolina, 30 miles from Winston-Salem. “Grandma used to say she ought to own Reynolds all the tobacco she picked”. 745 people have been killed by police this year, 28 this month and it is only the 8th day. POLICE BRUTALITY MUST STOP NOW! SOLITARY CONFINEMENT MUST BE ABOLISHED NOW! MASS INCARCERATION = MASS EXODUS
August 15, 2017 - MILLIONS FOR PRISONERS HUMAN RIGHTS MARCH will be held on SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017August 15, 2017 - MILLIONS FOR PRISONERS HUMAN RIGHTS MARCH  will be held on SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017The guest for the first topic, "MILLIONS FOR PRISONERS HUMAN RIGHTS MARCH" of the show was DEBRA ROWE, Ex-Director of Returning Citizens United and the 2nd topic of the show was "US SENATE COMMITTEE DIRECTS BUREAU OF PRISONS TO EXPAND THE USE OF COMPASSIONATE RELEASE" and the guest was MARY PRICE,Ex-Director/General Counsel FAMILIES AGAINST MANDATORY MINIMUMS (FAMM) COMMENTARY BY MERTINE MOORE BROWN Cross Roads Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Millions March for Prisoners Human Rights - Debra Rowe US Senate Committee Directs Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to Expand Use of Compassionate Release - Mary Price Grapevine ACLU sues because Trump administration is arresting youth on immigration issue with no evidence of gang activity and detaining them with parents not knowing where their children are. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren are making sure prisons provide free tampons and pads to women and no more shackling while delivering a baby. The Dignity For Incarcerated Women Act. Consider location of children when sentencing women, they need more physical interaction, not charging for phone calls. This will affect 12,000+i n federal prisons but not state or local jails, where the bulk of women are detained. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton - Stop 25% consistency fee to Hope Village halfway house, physical contact should not be limited to hello and goodbye when you visit your loved one, DC has no prison locally which affects family and communicative relationships, stop turning visitors away because of not knowing prison dress code, forcing family to buy clothes to see loved one, funds are deposited on an ATM card, computer training for all on pre-release. BOP has 142 Institutions, designate a close facility for DC residents. We thank you, Congresswoman, for your swift action and response. MIllions March for Prisoners is this Saturday, August 19. On Friday, August 18th, attend the reception at Union Temple, 1225 W Street, SE, 7 - 10pm. Prisoners are legal slaves, we need to end prison slavery. The 13th Amendment excerpt needs to be abolished. The march is in solidarity with other cities. We will convene at Freedom Plaza and walk to Lafayette Square Park near the White House for the rally. Over 50% of prisoners are being held in privately held prisons. Congress is always open to prisoner concerns. Write to the Director of the BOP. Nkechi Taifa, Attorney, Open Society - prison slavery exception clause - “except as punishment for a crime” - 13th amendment Compassionate release - intensely personal for us and others - expand the use of compassionate release and authority of Judges to use it - sentencing - different agencies are exercising different jobs Dying in prisons - Bring motion to sentencing court, consider, release won’t compromise public safety, BOP takes over all jobs - Jailer taking on job as Judge - not good. Roach has never seen anyone released on compassionate release. US Senate Appropriations Committee says Judges make decision; not prison workers. 9,000 men and women over 55-60, 5,000 over age 65, most have served 20 years+. Bring the boys (and girls) home alive! Caretaker no longer available is grounds for compassionate release. There are many reasons to consider compassionate release. BOP has never granted compassionate release to parent needing it. www.famm.org Advocate for your loved ones for prisons to change. Congress needs to step up, limit itself. Thousands of men and women are in prison with too much time. Warden must recommend prisoner to US Attorney - aging in prison - geriatric - if they have served half or ¾ of their sentence ages 65 & older need to be able to live their final days at home. Councilmember Anita Bonds added millions of dollars that equated to 30 vouchers for men and women coming home. They don’t need to die in prison - children are in danger - BOP mentality is to lock you up. RAPP - Release Aging People in Prison Congress gave federal court the power to release prisoners on compassionate release. Continued imprisonment is senseless and inhuman. How many have been granted or denied? BOP does not maintain list of requests. Many Judges did not want to sentence folk under mandatory minimums - reconsider Judges - folks must be educated. Sentencing Commission needs to step up. 202.437.3439 - Debra Rowe
August 1, 2017 - Show hosted by Gloria MinotAugust 1, 2017 - Show hosted by Gloria MinotRoach and Mertine Brown were away for the week, so Ms. Gloria Minot hosted Crossroads and had a great show. She touched on various subjects and callers gave their opinions, made statements and spoke vehemently about the topics in which they called in about.
July 25, 2017 - STATUS OF CONGRESSWOMAN NORTON'S BILL TO GRANT AUTHORITY TO MAYOR TO GIVE PARDONS AND COMMUTATIONS TO DC CODE PRISONERS July 25, 2017 -  STATUS OF CONGRESSWOMAN NORTON'S BILL TO  GRANT AUTHORITY TO MAYOR  TO GIVE PARDONS AND COMMUTATIONS TO DC CODE PRISONERS The guests for the show were the Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC City Councilwoman and LaShonia Thompson - El, Director of The "W.I.R.E." Women Involved in Reentry Efforts. ROACH ALSO HAD A MEMORIAM FOR HIS FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, JIM VANCE. "During the 1970s at Lorton Reformatory, the inmates requested Jim Vance's support to help resolve the tense situation. Not only did Jim Vance come down, but Larry Bryant accompanied him (Black News, Fox TV). Meeting Jim Vance and Larry Bryant opened my eyes to the world of broadcast journalism and established lasting friendships." - Roach Brown COMMENTARY OF MERTINE MOORE BROWN- July 25, 2017 Grapevine Each year in prison takes 2 years off a person’s life expectancy. Detroit Pistons’ owner buys Secaucus Prison service - charging $22 for prisoners to make phone calls 2014 law enforcement officers took more property from citizens than any other source - legalized theft Guest Lashonia Thompson El W.I.R.E. Women Involved in Reentry Efforts “RETURNING CITIZENS” documentary Lashonia’s children were 3 years old and 10 months old when she went in. They are 23 and 25 now. She didn’t have parenting skills and didn’t know what to expect when she returned home. Suicide by Incarceration - help is needed for those returning to the streets We experience generations of trauma because of mass incarceration Lashonia raised funds to send young teen boy to see his mother after 10 years www.thewiredc.org 202.770.5757 Lashoniaspeaks.com 1 instance where clemency power was used for dc: Eddie Harris Atty Bill Borders The Mayor should have right to give clemency to dc prisoners Need to reduce price of inmate calls It’s been proven that weekly contact with family encourages prisoners to do the right thing to get home DC inmates are all over the US. Eleanor Holmes recommends that a federal prison close to DC must be converted to DC prison Cong Eleanor Holmes Norton wrote Bureau of Prisons, Sept 2006 response - Bureau now open to consider possibility of prison close to DC for DC prisoners Bureau policy of allowing only 2 contacts with children must be changed - children should be able to hug Mom & sit in her lap for the short hours they can see their parent Halfway House - you must pay 25% when you get out of prison - How can you? Subsistence fee should be waived Aug 2, the city will host - Convention Center Job Fair for returning citizens - government, local, county, federal and private employers Roach suggested that Google implement computer program Bureau of Prisons has many programs US Parole Commission needs to judge prisoners based on DC law, not federal code - they need to be sued Don’t give up because this administration does not belong there After the radio show, the Honorable City Councilwoman Eleanor Holmes Norton made the following requests: See Letter below:
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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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