Sept 30, 2015 - We have a special guest joining us tonight to provide an analysis on the historic Justice Is Not For Sale Act submitted by Bernie Sanders on September 18th.
Our guest is Nekima Levy-Pounds. The Abolitionist Attorney. An award-winning professor of law, civil rights attorney, and a nationally recognized expert on a range of civil rights and social justice issues at the intersections of race, public policy, economic justice, public education, juvenile justice, and the criminal justice system.
Professor Levy-Pounds also serves as a consultant to various civil rights groups, business entities, public policy organizations, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
She also serves as the chair of the Minnesota State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is the co-chair of Everybody In, a regional collaboration of over 40 stakeholders across different sectors working to close the racial unemployment gaps in the region by 2020.
Professor Levy-Pounds is active in the local community, serving on the boards of the Minneapolis Foundation, Catholic Charities, the African American Museum, and Growth & Justice. She is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and essays on structural and systemic issues that impact poor communities of color. She is one of the leading voices in #BlackLivesMatter Minneapolis, and in May of 2015 was elected as president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP
• We’ve helped expose this crime and today we report a victory. Whole Foods has announced it will stop using their prison labor program after multiple protests around the country and a barrage of negative media coverage from national news outlets.
• In a constant miscarriage of justice In 2014 there were 700,993 arrests for marijuana in the United States. That's one every 45 seconds. That's also 7,000 more than the last year, with nearly 90 percent of those arrests for simple possession.
• This week it was announced that Oregon will be expunging the old records of marijuana offenders, along with their new legalization plan. It’s a tricky deal and we’ll tell you how.
• Members of the Florida Republican Party conducted a secret meeting to lay out a plan to unseat Congresswoman Corrine Brown through redistricting. The plan – spearheaded by Florida State Rep. Janet Adkins – would pack inmates/felons who are ineligible to vote into the 5th Congressional District. As lawmakers and GOP activists in the meeting were secretly plotting against Brown, they were also secretly being recorded. We’ll play it for you tonight.
• Today on New Abolitionists Radio we examine the state that inspired our investigations and studies. A state that has been charged with gross constitutional violations and unlawful acts by its courts, governing body and police departments. Where the extortion is so blatant that the city asked the police to increase revenues and 33,000 outstanding arrest warrants, or an astonishing 26 per resident are issued in one city alone.A state proven to be racist and discriminatory up to and including murdering unarmed civilians in cold blood. Like Mike Brown and Kajeme Powell. THE STATE which brought out national guards, tanks and tear gas on civilians protesting their violated rights as human beings. THE STATE which was so egregious that it started a series of national movements. Today we take it home and show you that this state is truly represented by the uncovered nightmares of a key city Missouri is #Ferguson
• This week’s Rider of the 21st Century Underground Railroad is Reginald “Reggie” Griffin, 53, was sentenced to death for the July 12, 1983 stabbing of James Bausley in a yard at the Moberly Correctional Center (then known as the Missouri Training Center for Men). In August 2011, the Missouri Supreme Court vacated Griffin’s conviction after finding the state had withheld evidence related to another prisoner who was likely involved in the murder. The charges were dropped in October 2013 after prosecutors indicated they did not have sufficient evidence to convict him.
• Our Abolitionist in profile is Frederick Starr Jr. (1826-1867),