Crossroads Radio Show Annual Calendar
|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
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 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 ? 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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.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, 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
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
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.
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 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 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
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
Lashonia Thompson El
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
1 instance where clemency power was used for dc:
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:
|Letter from Eleanor Holmes Norton
|Page 2 of Letter from Eleanor Holmes Norton
|Page 3 of Letter from Eleanor Holmes Norton
|July 18, 2017 - FEDERAL WATCHDOG FINDS MENTALLY ILL ARE STUCK IN SOLITARY DEPT OF JUSTICE REPORT CONTRADICTS THE CLAIMThe guest for the show was Phillip Fornaci, Director of The DC Prisoners' Project and the Washington Lawyer's Committee of Civil Rights. Philip Fornaci led the DC Prisoners’ Project since it became a part of the Committee in 2006. He left the Project in 2013, but returned as Project Director in April 2017. He directs the Project’s ongoing litigation on behalf of DC prisoners and formerly incarcerated people on issues related to their conditions of confinement and related matters
Mertine Moore Brown's Commentary
Cross Roads - Federal Watchdog Find Mentally Ill Stuck in Solitary
July 18, 2017
We are a nation overrun by laws. Pregnant women should not be shackled during delivery. Women have to pay for their sanitary needs. 80% of women in prison are mothers.
Phil Fornaci - guest, Director, DC Prisoners’ Project, Washington Lawyers’ Committee
mentally ill in solitary confinement. Kept for weeks, months, years at a time. Filed class action lawsuit. Lewisburg, Pa, one of worse in federal system. Special management unit in solitary confinement. Suicide attempts & successful suicides. DC man has been horribly mistreated. Take mental health medication, solitary confinement, tied to table with arms & legs, cross word puzzles & coloring books are given to inmates to deal with mental issues.
Folk get released directly into streets. Lawsuit - filed about 1 ½ month ago. Lewisburg is changing folks diagnosis, claiming they are no longer mentally ill.
Some states reduced use of solitary confinement. Legal drugs given to inmates. Average stay in federal prison is 5 years in solitary. United Nations and Amnesty are fighting.
Minor violations can warrant silent torture. Penitentiary - human death house. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has secure mental health facilities but they don’t fund them. People need to educate themselves on solitary confinement. Politically we can change the system. 96% of folk arrested & confined are African American.
Black folks are the ones who are targeted, put in jail, serve longer time. Poor people get arrested & sent to prison.
Homeless Ike from Balltimore - Castle in the Sky - hard core Madison Avenue
Rodecia - Saw program on PBS - Frontline - Returning citizens are focused for prisoners - Connecticut has reformed its probation system.
Parole - new Chairman of DC Parole Board has been invited to come on Cross Roads. DC Code law should follow DC prisoners confined in federal prisons. 2,000 or so are serving way too long sentences.
DC system is run by federal government. We need to take back control. The parole system is wrong. DC has highest rate of incarceration. Poor people pay, rich don’t. We need social movement to protect rights of poor people.
Germany - youngsters are listening. Mental illness & desire for early premature death; a family has laid prostrate in front of mental health. In prison they do whatever they want - caller is just outside of Munich.
Prison life has been compared to concentration camps; bunk houses, don’t romanticize; don’t compare shelters to concentration camps.
Imperialism attitude that has enslaved our people; no change in attitudes.
We are in control; its more of us than others. We need to assert our will here. DC officials need power to control DC Parole Code law.
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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.
[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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