April 20, 2012

Political Prisoner Radio - Free Mumia Abu-Jamal & Occupy the Justice Dept

Prof. Johanna Fernandez and Sis. Jamila Wilson will give info on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal and discuss the worldwide Occupy the Justice Dept. mass mobilization to free political prisoners and end mass incarceration. Prof. Fernandez is a member of Educators for Mumia and Prof. at Baruch College Department of Black and Hispanic Studies, producer of the film "Justice on Trial," and author of the upcoming book "Young Lords."


 Sis. Jamila Wilson is a prison abolitionist and hard-working organizer for the Occupy the Justice Dept. event in Washington, DC on April 24, Mumia Abu-Jamal's 58th birthday, and who's demands are: Release Mumia Abu-Jamal, End mass incarceration, Jobs, Education, & Health Care. NOT JAILS! End solitary confinement & stop torture End the racist death penalty Hands off immigrants, Free all political prisoners! More info at http://occupythejusticedepartment.com

April 18, 2012

South American leaders call for U.S. Drug War policy change

Former Chief Deputy U.S. Federal Marshal Mathew Fogg joins us again on the program. After 32 years of service. Matthew retired following a final DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding a landmark lower court decision finding the USMS grossly violated his civil rights and was operating a “racially hostile environment” for African-American deputy U.S. marshals nationwide. Today, Matthew continues to assert that racism drives the war on drugs, citing that in 1993, under South Africa's Apartheid Law, 851 black men were imprisoned per 100,000; in 2008, under the United States' Drug Prohibition Law, 4,919 black men were imprisoned per 100,000 versus only 943 white males.

 Matthew believes that drug prohibition is an immoral tool used by the United States' prison industrial complex to maintain the largest per capita rate of incarcerations in the world. Matthew Fogg is also a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. We also asked Mr. Fogg his views on the Trayvon Martin case and how black people who stand their ground in self defense are prosecuted and not granted immunity under the law. Cases like Marissa Alexander and John O'Neil.

In recent drug war news, President Obama was taken to task on drug prohibition policy by leaders in South America. According to reports, "Pressures that have been building for a decade or more have only intensified in recent months, with Latin American leaders including Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, and even Mexican President Felipe Calderon calling for a frank and open discussion of alternatives to US-style war on drugs."


Stand Your Ground: George Zimmerman vs. Marissa Alexander - 10:00 PM EST

By recorded accounts, Marissa Alexander a was a victim of domestic violence even once having to be hospitalized for the injuries caused by her attacker who was also her second husband whom she recently married. Unlike Zimmerman, Alexander has admitted to firing a warning shot into the ceiling after becoming trapped in the house with her attacker who the State of Florida has thus far labeled a victim. Because of his victim status, his name can not be printed. The “victim” in this case has a documented history of abusing Marissa Alexander but is alive, Trayvon Martin is dead. Marissa Alexander appears to have undergone a different legal process than George Zimmerman as well. Only till recently was George Zimmerman charged with a crime, Marissa Alexander has been in jail a year and now faces sentencing of at least 20 years behind bars. Her former first husband Lincoln Alexander Jr. talks to Scotty Reid and Black Talk Radio News about the case.


April 17, 2012

Devontae Sanford & the Missing DVD confessions - Facebook Hate Page for Trayvon Martin

As Black Talk Radio News first reported in the Devontae Sanford wrongful conviction case, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office led by Kym Worthy seems to have failed in turning over all documents and DVDs pertaining to Devontae Sanford’s alleged confessions. “In response to a FOIA request on the Devontae Sanford case by freedom activist Roberto Guzman, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office failed to turn over copies of all the taped confessions of then 14 yr-old Devontae Sanford. For now throw out the fact that Devontae had no legal counsel at the time the tapes were made.”

 Because of historic corruption, the Detroit Police Department operates under a Federal Consent Decree. As part of that agreement with the U.S. Justice Department, the Detroit Police must tape all suspect interviews. Para-legal Roberto Guzman provides Black Talk Radio News with yet another exclusive insider look into the case. Mr. Guzman previews an important day for Devontae Sanford. Devontae Sanford’s is appealing Judge Sullivan’s decision to not allow him to withdraw his guilty plea and Sullivan’s refusal to allow confessed hit man Vincent Smothers take the stand and exonerate Sanford of the murders. The appeals brief is due in court tomorrow.

 During the second part of the program, Dominique Moore and Kofi Brinkley, friends linked through Facebook who as members of the Facebook community are concerned about the inaction of Facebook administrators to take down a racist Trayvon Martin hate page. Although the page clearly falls within Facebook’s reporting parameters of racist, violent and hateful speech, the page remains up. The pages URL is even hateful to a big segment to the Facebook community, “https://www.facebook.com/deadblacksmakemehappy

 A poll on the page asks which is more fun, “Shooting” or “Stabing blacks”. Kofi Brinkley will share the email response he got back from Facebook staff concerning the racist Facebook page.
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