May 19, 2012
Was released in 1984, served 15 years before he was freed by an international "Free Lorenzo" movement, led by the Anarchist Black Cross, and other movements.
Bro. Ervin is now working with other activists to have a Black power conference on June 9, 2012 called "Let's Organize the Hood", where issues related to mass imprisonment will be discussed, and a new movement will be created around the issue. He and his wife, JoNina Ervin, are both authors, with his forthcoming book, "Let's Organize the Hood" by August 2012, and his wife's book, "Driven By the Movement: Interviews with Black Power Activists of the 1960's and 70's" already in print, the latter of which can be ordered from her directly at email@example.com
May 17, 2012
LEAP welcomes back Mr. Patrick Nightingale back to the program. As both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, he has seen the devastating effect of mandatory minimum sentencing schemes where young people full of potential find them selves saddled with a felony narcotics trafficking convictions and warehoused in jails for selling a couple of grams of drugs, even if they have no prior criminal record. Before I get to my interview with Mr. Nightingale, I will discuss the new "Black Codes" also known as drug laws and my strong belief that these laws are being used to maintain slavery in the United States.