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Black History Month Spotlight: Maria Broom - Actress, Storyteller, Teacher and Dancer

Black History Month Spotlight: Maria Broom – Actress, Storyteller, Teacher and Dancer

March 7, 2019

Maria Broom talks about her career in Baltimore, starting as a reporter at WJZ-TV, as a teacher at Baltimore School for the Arts, a storyteller and a world-renowned dancer and theater and television actress. Broom talks about the state of the arts community in Baltimore

Author Chris Wilson Unveils his Master Plan with New Book

Author Chris Wilson Unveils his Master Plan with New Book

February 10, 2019

Chris Wilson, convicted as an adult at 17 and sentenced to life in prison without parole, tells his harrowing story in his new book, The Master Plan. The book details him turning his life around in prison, including teaching himself 5 languages and helping other youth offenders re-enter society.

Court Decision Likely Win for Mumia, Says his Former Lawyer

Court Decision Likely Win for Mumia, Says his Former Lawyer

January 15, 2019

Mumia’s former lawyer Rachel Wolkenstein gives clarity to new events in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case, whereby Mumia has been granted appeal rights. Mumia’s lawyers argued that Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille should not have presided over Abu-Jamal’s appeals because of a conflict of interest. Castille was formerly Philadelphia’s district attorney whose office fought to keep the…

Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal Granted Right Of Appeal (DH 1/7 8:59pm)

Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal Granted Right Of Appeal

January 8, 2019

The world’s most renowned death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal has been granted the right of appeal after 30 years.  Eddie Conway, former Black Panther wrongfully convicted and Imprisoned for 44 years himself, now released, discusses Mumia’s case with Scholar Anthony Monteiro

Prison Programs That Work

Prison Programs That Work

December 30, 2018

Even though the cost of educating prisoners is less than housing prisoners and reduces recidivism, the federal government cut the Pell grant which helped to fund educational programs in prison. Recidivism is the goal for corporations that continue to fund prison labor. However, volunteers continue to create programs that work, but which need funding to…

Trump's Criminal Justice Reform Act Is a Meaningless Smoke Screen

Trump's Criminal Justice Reform Act Is a Meaningless Smoke Screen

December 18, 2018
Congress's Criminal Justice Reform Act boosts privatization, fails to dismantle mass incarceration, nor does it implement sentencing reform. We speak to Eddie Conway and Natasha Pratt Harris about the proposed reform
Take the Money Out of Prison Slavery

Take the Money Out of Prison Slavery

December 18, 2018

Activists and students continue a national divestment movement to stop the corporate funding of private prisons. Sylvester Owino, a Kenyan immigrant, spent 10 years in an immigrant detention center while his case bounced between the lower and higher courts. Owino and other activists talk about the private prison divestment movement and abuses in the transporting…

Black Women are the Most Rapidly Growing Prison Population, Criminalized and Stereotyped as Aggressive

Black Women are the Most Rapidly Growing Prison Population, Criminalized and Stereotyped as Aggressive

December 11, 2018

Caryn York, executive director of the Job Opportunities Task Force and Nicole Hanson, director of Out for Justice, talk about why black girls are punished more harshly  than any other demographic and are the largest growing population in the prison system. Black women are given stereotypical handles like aggressive and hostile. Instead of dealing with…