We hosted the newest episode of Democracy in Crisis, a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner and produced by Mark Gunnery for The Center for Emerging Media. We talked with reporter Aura Bogado about a powerful profile she wrote in Teen Vogue about 14-year-old Jackie Rayos-Garcia, whose mother Guadalupe García de Rayos was detained while talking to immigration officials and deported. Now Jackie vows to bring her home.
In the second half of Democracy in Crisis, we played clips from “City of Immigrants: A Night of Support,” a fund-raising event that was held Monday night at Beth Am Synagogue in Baltimore. We heared from David Simon, award-winning creator of a number of television series including “The Wire,” Marielena Hincapié from the National Immigration Law Center, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch, activist DeRay McKesson, Sonia Kumar of the ACLU of Maryland, and musician Steve Earle. “City of Immigrants” was sponsored by Simon’s production company, Blown Deadline Productions, and Tech Solidarity. Donations went to four designated civil rights and humanitarian groups that work with immigrants. All music in this segment is performed by Steve Earle.
With our panel of guests we discussesed Baltimore’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, created to divert low-level drug offenders away from arrest, to treatment and other support services.
With: Crista Taylor, Vice President for Programs of the Behavioral Health System of Baltimore; Captain James Rhoden, Baltimore City Police Department; and Scott Nolan, Director of the Drug Addiction Treatment Program for Open Society Institute-Baltimore.
We hosted an Immigration Roundtable with four immigration attorneys.
We discussed the issue of parole reform for inmates facing life sentences in Maryland, currently before the Maryland General Assembly. With: Sonia Kumar, Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Maryland; and Walter Lomax, Executive Director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative.
We took a look at issues of bail reform facing the Maryland General Assembly. With: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; and Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.
We begin the show with a Local News Roundtable. With: Aimee Pohl, mom, writer, and member of Maryland Working Families and the BRACE Facebook group; former Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes, co-founder of The Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy; and Joshua Harris, former Green Party candidate for Baltimore mayor.
Marc hosted a conversation with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in-studio about what his vision for the County is.
We host a National News Roundtable, topics to include Donald Trump’s Executive Orders and why Democrats are so readily approving his cabinet nominees. With: Bhaskar Sunkara, Founding Editor of Jacobin and Senior Editor at In These Times; Rose Aguilar, Host of Your Call Radio on KALW in San Francisco; and Charles Ellison, national correspondent and Host of The Ellison Report for WEAA.
We host a Local News Roundtable on the consent decree that was signed last week by Baltimore City and the U.S. Department of Justice. With: Tara Huffman, Director of Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program; Michael A. Wood, Jr., retired Baltimore police officer and USMC veteran who has become a proponent of a new era of policing; and Ralikh Hayes, organizer with Bmore Bloc.
We begin the show with a look at the Failure to Appear Second Chance Warrant program in Baltimore, an effort to address over the next two weeks some of the 6,800 outstanding warrants for people who have missed court dates for nonviolent misdemeanor crimes. With: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.
In response to the filmed attack of a young mentally disabled man by 4 youth in Chicago, we host a roundtable discussion on young people, violence, empathy and social media. With: Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at UMBC and co-Editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; Dr. Natasha Pratt-Harris, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Morgan State University; D Watkins, columnist for Salon.com, professor of Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore, founder of the BMORE Writers Project, and author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir; and Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator Koli Tengella, President of Tengella Edutainment, instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.
We speak with Dr. Shon Meckfessel about his book Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be: Unarmed Insurrection and the Rhetoric of Resistance. Dr. Meckfessel has been active in disruptive social movements for nearly 25 years. He has appeared as a social movement scholar and advocate in the New York Times and on Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera, CNN, NPR, BBC, Radio, and Fox News. He is a member of the English Faculty at Highline College.
We take a look at an important documentary in the works, The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore, about a Baltimore City police officer bringing community policing to a small town.
With: Stephen Janis, investigative reporter for The Real News Network; and Taya Graham, Special Correspondent-Reporter at The Real News Network.
It’s time to start our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit. In this segment we will be focusing on Bail Reform which will be a major issue in the 2017 Maryland General Assembly.
It’s time to start our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit. In this segment we will be focusing on Bail Reform which will be a major issue in the 2017 Maryland General Assembly.
We begin the discussion with my interview with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.
We begin the show with my interview with Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society and School of Law at the University of California (Irvine) and author of 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement. We will be discussing her book in the context of prison reform.
We turn to Native American issues, including the name of the Cleveland team and current events at Standing Rock Reservation. With: independent print and media journalist Mark Trahant of Trahantreports.com; and Brian Ward, indigenous rights and climate justice activist and contributor to The Nation, who recently traveled to Standing Rock for the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
We have an update on whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who has been sentenced to two weeks in solitary confinement following her suicide attempt at Fort Leavenworth Prison in Kansas. With: Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, a digital rights group that has been supporting Chelsea Manning. You can find the petition to fight against the charges against Chelsea Manning here.
If you would like to write Chelsea a letter go to chelseamanning.org and click the “take action” button on the left side.
We have a discussion about policing in the nation. In the wake of more police shootings involving Black victims we discuss what effective police reform can look like with Ray Kelly, community organizer with the No Boundaries Coalition, Rebecca Nagle community artist with the No Boundaries Coalition and Jenny Egan of Baltimore Action Legal Team (BALT).
We continue our discussion on prison uprisings and bring it into the present as the topic turns to prison protests and strikes currently happening around the country. With: Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History in the Department of Afro-American and African Studies, Residential College, and Department of History at the University of Michigan and author of the book Blood in the Water: the Attica Prison uprising of 1971; Dominque Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author with Eddie Conway of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther; and John Washington, translator and writer for The Nation.
I talk with Shane Bauer about his recent piece for Mother Jones, “My four months as a private prison guard.” Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones and recipient of numerous awards, including the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, and co-author of A Sliver of Light, a memoir of his two years as a prisoner in Iran.
We take a look at the DOJ report on Baltimore policing, specifically how the report addresses police interactions with persons with disabilities. With: Virginia Knowlton Marcus, Executive Director of Disability Rights Maryland.
We have a fascinating discussion on Mindfulness and Criminal Justice. With: Dr. Marisela Gomez, physician, community activist and author of Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America; and Chris Wilson, motivational speaker, former prisoner, owner and founder of the Barclay Investment Corporation, and owner of House of DaVinci (a high-end furniture restoration, repair, and upholstery company).
We have a National Roundtable. We focus on the lack of media coverage surrounding the historic flooding in Baton Rouge and the Department of Justice’s choice to stop utilizing private prisons. We speak with Eugene Craig, grassroots activist and third vice-chair of the Maryland Republican State Party Denzel Mitchell Baltimore city resident, educator, farmer and food justice advocate and Cheri Honkala, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and former vice presidential candidate for the Green Party.
We bring you a special 2-hour production, Voices of the DOJ Report: Yesterday the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a scathing report detailing racial and gender bias by the Baltimore City Police Department in its interactions with Baltimore’s African American community.
Women, transgender people, and lesbian and gay people gave their verbal testimonies to the DOJ with the support of one of the organizations helping individuals make complaints, Power Inside, a human rights and harm reduction organization in Baltimore that serves women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence and oppression. The testimonies described sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the Baltimore City Police.
Several months ago the Center for Emerging Media began working with Power Inside. Marc Steiner Show Senior Producer Stefanie Mavronis conducted interviews and also reviewed and worked with tapes of the DOJ testimony to create a special 2-hour documentary featuring the voices of these women and transgender persons, former sex workers and addicts who are now in in recovery. No police officers are identified in this piece and the names of those who testified have been changed to protect them from any retaliation.
We hope that this production will serve to lend a human voice to the findings of the DOJ report.
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We host a discussion of today’s news that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped all charges against the remaining officers who were to stand trial in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; award-winning journalist, writer, editor and professor Ericka Blount Danois; Ralikh Hayes from Bmore Bloc; and Baynard Woods, reporter with The Guardian and Editor at Large for City Paper.
We speak to Dominque Stevenson on the American Friend Service Committee’s Friend of a Friend mentoring program. One of the founding members of Friend of a Friend, James Hopkins aka Bear, died at the Jessup Constitutional Institution earlier this week. Stevenson is Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author with Eddie Conway of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther.
We begin the show with a discussion on the most recent police-involved killings across the country, as well as considering the issue of police reform. With: Major Neill Franklin (Retired), Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition); the Rev. Kevin Slayton, Pastor of New Waverly United Methodist Church and President of the Inter-denominational Ministerial Alliance of Metropolitan Baltimore; and the Rev. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church.
We talk with Shane Bauer about his recent piece for Mother Jones, My four months as a private prison guard. Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones and recipient of numerous awards, including the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, and co-author of A Sliver of Light, a memoir of his two years as a prisoner in Iran.
We host an update on the trial of Police Lieutenant Brian Rice in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Baynard Woods, reporter with The Guardian and Editor at Large for City Paper; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.
We host our regular weekly feature Tengella’s Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator Koli Tengella. Koli is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.
We talk with Baltimore native Lawrence Jackson, who is a contributor to Harper’s Magazine. In the July issue, Jackson’s “Letter from Baltimore: The City That Bleeds: Freddie Gray and the Makings of an American Uprising” weaves the story of his family’s migration to Baltimore with its brutal implementation of the broken-windows policing theory on its streets and in its schools. “Who doesn’t know,” Jackson asks, “that as American cities became blacker in the Fifties and Sixties, police departments felt fewer qualms about ‘cleaning them up’ with deadly force?”
We begin the show with the newest edition of Tengella’s Take with Koli Tengella. Koli is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.
The verdict in the Officer Caesar Goodson trial, in the death of Freddie Gray, is scheduled for this morning. Our panel of guests will discuss and analyze the decision.
With: media consultant and political strategist Catalina Byrd; Dr. Natasha Pratt-Harris, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Morgan State University; Eugene Craig III, grassroots activist and 3rd Vice-Chair of the Maryland Republican State Party; Charles Robinson, Political and Business Correspondent For Maryland Public Television; and Tom Maronick, Baltimore attorney and Host of The Tom Moore Show on AM 680 WCBM; Doug Colbert, professor of law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Ralikh Hayes, coordinator of Bmore Bloc; and Tariq Touré, Baltimore activist, essayist, and poet.
We turn to the U.S. Supreme Court, as we examine the decision that was handed down on Monday in Utah v. Strieff, in which SCOTUS ruled that evidence found by police officers after illegal stops may be used in court if the officers conducted their searches after learning that the defendants had outstanding arrest warrants. With: Adam Liptak, Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.
We check in with the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson in the death of Freddie Gray. Goodson was the driver of the van in which Gray allegedly sustained his fatal injuries. With Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.
We begin the show with the cover story in this week’s Baltimore City Paper: Anthony Harris has two weeks to turn himself in before spending the next 15 years in prison. We talk with writer Kenneth Stone Breckenridge and City Paper Photo Editor J.M. Giordano about this intense and moving story of a loving father, who is also a convicted drug dealer, saying goodbye to his family.
We host an interview with Morgan State University alumnus Norwood Johnson about his book It Takes a Hood: Two Young African Americans Take Responsibility for Ending Baltimore Crime. Johnson is a retired technical writing expert analyst for the federal government.
We continue our reflection and discussion on the Officer Edward Nero “not guilty” verdict in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Dominque Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author with Eddie Conway of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther; Michaela Duchess Brown, head of communications for Bmore Bloc; and JC Faulk, organizational development consultant and activist.
We begin the show with Episode 1 of The World That Brought Us Freddie Gray, a 5-part radio documentary produced by students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in collaboration with the UMBC American Studies Department, Baltimore Traces, and the Center for Emerging Media. During the past semester as part of the UMBC American Studies Class “Radio In American Culture” taught by Steiner Show producer Stefanie Mavronis and myself, students have worked to produce a series highlighting the voices of residents of Baltimore City who have all in one way or another been affected by the death of Freddie Gray and the Uprising that followed.
Episode 1 on The Law features the voices of University of Maryland Carey School of Law professor Doug Colbert; civil rights lawyer A. Dwight Pettit; Tara Huffman of Open Society Institute-Baltimore; Perry Hopkins of Communities United; Baltimore resident Jessica Wyatt; Out 4 Justice’s Nicole Hanson; No Boundaries Coalition’s Ray Kelly; and Safe Street’s Gregory Mashburn.
Production, research, editing, and voice work for today’s segment on the Law was done by: Darrian Cate, Tyler Walsh, Heather Harvey, and Turrel David with executive production assistance by Marc Steiner, Stefanie Mavronis and Adam Droneburg.
We close the show with a discussion on the upcoming trial of Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; and A. Dwight Pettit, Baltimore defense attorney who has represented clients in police misconduct cases.
Our panel of guests reflects upon the decision in Merle Unger v. State of Maryland (the Unger Decision), which led to the release of over 130 prisoners in Maryland, convicted prior to 1981, who were serving life prison terms. We examine how these former prisoners are faring since their release.
With: Rebecca Bowman-Rivas, LCSW, Law & Social Work Service Program Manager for the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Joanie Shreve, LCSW, Social Worker at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender; Stanley Mitchell, former prisoner who was released because of the Unger Decision; and Walter Lomax, Executive Director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative.
We have a conversation with Ali Issa, national field organizer for War Resisters League, about his book “Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq.”
We host the most recent episode of Baltimore Uprising, One Year Later. With: Malaika Aminata Clements, Morgan State University Print Journalism graduate and Director of Not About a Riot; Ericka Alston, Director of Business Development for Penn North and Founding Director of Kids Safe Zone; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and author of Race Brave: New and Selected Works, Notes From a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.
We host the first part of a broadcast of the Baltimore Mayoral Forum for Ex-Offenders, which took place Wednesday, April 14, at Douglas Memorial Community Church. Candidates who participated included: Sheila Dixon, Elizabeth Embry, Joshua Harris, DeRay McKesson, State Senator Catherine Pugh, Councilman Carl Stokes, and David Warnock.
We feature a sneak peek at a compelling new documentary that will premiere, panel discussion to follow, Sunday April 17th at 6pm at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore: Free Young Blood. With: Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, LLC, a youth development consulting and media firm committed to empowering youth and families, author of Casey’s Day with Daddy, and filmmaker who made Free Young Blood with Justin Gladden; Kevin Shird, youth advocate and inspirational speaker and author of the memoir Lessons of Redemption.
We host a conversation with with author Dan Baum, about his current front page article in Harper’s magazine, Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs, which discusses how the Nixon administration’s “War on Drugs” was started to attack Black people and the anti-war left.
Baum has been a staff writer for The New Yorker, as well as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His books include: Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure and Gun Guys: A Road Trip with author Dan Baum, about his current front page article in Harper’s magazine, Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs, which discusses how the Nixon administration’s “War on Drugs” was started to attack Black people and the anti-war left. Baum has been a staff writer for The New Yorker, as well as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His books include: Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure and Gun Guys: A Road Trip.with author Dan Baum, about his current front page article in Harper’s magazine, Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs, which discusses how the Nixon administration’s “War on Drugs” was started to attack Black people and the anti-war left. Baum has been a staff writer for The New Yorker, as well as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His books include: Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure and Gun Guys: A Road Trip.
We host a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show: Marc‘s interview with Damien Echols, about his book, Life After Death. Echols was one of the West Memphis Three, a group of three young men who were falsely accused of the murders of three boys in Arkansas in 1993. They were tried and convicted in 1994 and Damien Echols was sentenced to death. After a new trial was called, all three men were released in 2011.
We host a panel which talks about police reform and the war on drugs, with news that the Baltimore Police Department has shifted its focus away from persons committing lesser drug-related crimes and more toward large-scale players in the drug trade. With: Steve Cook, President of the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys; Capt. Leigh Maddox (Ret.), Special Assistant State’s Attorney who retired as a Captain from the Maryland State Police in 2007 and served as the coordinator for the racial profiling Consent Decree related to the drug interdiction policies of the Maryland State Police; Tessa Hill-Aston, President of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP; and Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA.
We cover the hearing in the case of Adnan Syed, which began last week in Baltimore. Syed is serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, and the purpose of the hearing is to determine whether Syed deserves a new trial. His case is the basis of the Serial podcast series. We talk with: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; and Steven Klepper, a lead attorney in Kramon & Graham’s appellate practice.
Joining us is Baltimore’s Democratic Mayoral candidate, Councilman Nick Mosby, who shares his vision for the city. Councilman Mosby currently represents Baltimore’s 7th District in West Baltimore.
We host a Local News Roundtable about violence in our communities, with: Natalya Brusilovsky, member of the board of Waverly Improvement Association, and co-director of Theatre Action Group; and independent filmmaker Taylor Evans.
We discuss one of the topics that will be covered in the Maryland General Assembly during the 2016 Legislative Session: Ex-Offender Voting Rights in Maryland. With: Bryan Sears, Business Writer for The Daily Record; Delegate Cory McCray, Democrat who represents District 45 in Baltimore City and who sponsored ex-offender voting rights legislation last session, which was vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan; Clayton Guyton, Executive Director of the Rose Street Community Center and former correctional officer; and a representative of Communities United.
We continue our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit series by focusing on criminal justice issues, including police accountability measures, drug laws, and alternatives to incarceration.
Bryan Sears, Business Writer for The Daily Record, joins us to talk about his recent article on these issues and give an overview of the politics around them in Annapolis. Then, I’m joined by a panel of advocates who work on these issues: Rev. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church; Sara Love, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Maryland; Michael Eugene Johnson, community leader and Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Institute for Social Change; and Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside, a project of Fusion Partnerships.
We take a look at the trial of Officer William Porter and the issue of police practices. We speak with Neill Franklin, former Baltimore and Maryland State Police officer and Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition).
We discuss a report on the trial of Officer Porter in the death of Freddie Gray. The Defense rested on Friday, December 11, 2015. With: Jaisal Noor, reporter and producer for The Real News, who has been covering the trial; Charles Robinson, political and business correspondent for Maryland Public Television; and Doug Colbert, professor of law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, who has been in the court room each day.
We hear from Doug Colbert, who will give us an update on the Officer William Porter trial. Colbert is a Professor of Law at University of Maryland Carey School of Law and co-Chair of the Society of American Law Teachers’ (SALT) Access to Justice Curriculum Project.
Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The Baltimore Chapter will take place at Center Stage Saturday December 5, 2015 and Sunday December 6, 2015.
At the end of this month, October 2015, the Justice Department will release some 6,000 inmates from federal prisons as part of new sentencing guidelines for drug crimes.
We will discuss in our show the potential effects of this action, and whether it goes far enough, with: Tara Huffman, Director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program for OSI-Baltimore; Sara Love, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Maryland; and Dominque Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author with Eddie Conway of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther.
We check in on a special West Wednesday rally this Wednesday October 7th, 6:30pm, taking place outside of the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center at 300 E. Madison Street. The focus of the rally will be he death of Darrell Murray in prison and the police shooting of Keith Davis Jr.
With: Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Tawanda Jones, activist and sister of Tyrone West, who was killed by Baltimore police in July 2013. Jones has organized West Wednesday protests every week for the past 2 years.
In our second segment our guests offer their review and analysis of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article.
Our guests are Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and Lenny McAllister, Republican strategist, former congressional candidate, and host of NightTalk: Get To The Point on the Pittsburgh cable news channel and Get Right with Lenny McAllister on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh.
We host a live interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent for The Atlantic and author of Between the World and Me and The Beautiful Struggle, who joins us to discuss his recent article for The Atlantic, “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration.”
We address the upsurge in violence in Baltimore. So far, there have been 208 homicides in Baltimore. The 2014 year-end total was 2011. What’s going on? And how do we address it?
With: Baltimore poet, writer and activist Avon Bellamy Sr.; and Tara Huffman, Director, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program for OSI-Baltimore.
Then, Diamonte Brown, director of Out for Justice and co-chair of the Unlock the Vote Coalition; and Luke Broadwater, Reporter for the Baltimore Sun, also join the conversation to discuss Governor Hogan’s closing of the Baltimore City Detention Center.
We begin the show with a special archive edition from 2009, part of our Urbanite Radio Stories series in partnership with the Urbanite magazine. The topic of the show is The Latino Community and the Justice System and we explore what happens when members of the Latino community become victims of crime but fail to report it out of fear of the police and legal system.
With: Major Roger Bergeron, Commander of the Baltimore Southeastern Police District; Evelyn Vargas, a bilingual advocate in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office; and Elizabeth Alex, Senior Manager of the Baltimore office of Casa de Maryland.
We hold a public health and society roundtable as we examine how the increase in youth HIV rates and heroin-related deaths are connected to other societal issues. With: Dr. Lorece Edwards, Director of Community Practice and Outreach and Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Health Sciences at the Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy; and Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside, a project of Fusion Partnerships.
We get an update from the Freddie Gray protest legal team, with Iman Freeman, volunteer with the Baltimore Legal Action Committee.
In the wake of the news Monday that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decided to continue the stay and block the release of Albert Woodfox, a member of the Angola 3 who has been in solitary confinement for over four decades, we interview Robert King, the only surviving member of the Angola 3 who is out of prison.
We host a roundtable discussion on recent headlines involving violence, prison, policing, and community solutions, including: the suicide last Saturday of Kalief Browder, who spent 3 years without trial as a teenager on Rikers Island before his release in 2013; the freeing of Angola 3 member Albert Woodfox after 43 years in solitary confinement; violence in Baltimore; and initiatives in Sandtown. Our panel of guests includes: Maryland State Delegate Jill P. Carter (District 41); JC Faulk, community organizer and community development consultant; Mia Loving, curator and founder of Invisible Majority, a creative community incubator; and Michael Scott, chief equity officer/president and co-founder of Equity Matters.
Rev. Jamal Bryant, Senior Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME, joins us to talk about the protest he organized against the construction of the new youth jail in Baltimore.
We host a local, regional, and national news roundup, with discussions on the issues behind the headlines. Our topics will include: the 26 shootings in Baltimore over the weekend; Governor Hogan’s veto of a bill that would have given voting rights to former felons; summer is coming and where will Baltimore’s children go; and the departure of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s top criminal justice official last week.
Our guests are: E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and author of Notes From a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America; and Dr. Richard Vatz, Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Towson University’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development.
We check in with the important work of the Community Conferencing Center, one of the longest-standing restorative justice programs in the country, internationally recognized for its work of providing meaningful alternatives to arrest and incarceration for youth of color. With: Lauren Abramson, Founding Director of the Community Conferencing Center; and Shawnta Privette, mother of a young man who went through a community conferencing process.
We host a Local News Roundtable. Discussion topics will include public safety, policing in Baltimore, and state funding approved for the new youth jail.
With:Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-Editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; Doug Ward, Director of Johns Hopkins University’s Division of Public Safety Leadership; and Baltimore City Councilperson Brandon Scott.
We offer a sneak preview of Saturday night’s special screening of Out in the Night at the Baltimore Creative Alliance, part of the 4th Annual Charm City LGBTQA Film Festival. I talk with the film’s Director, blair dorosh-walther.
We discuss the sentencing of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling with: J. Kirk Wiebe, retired from the National Security Agency after 32 years, recipient of the NSA’s second highest award: the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Director of CIA’s Meritorious Unit Award; and Norman Solomon, Executive Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and Coordinator of Exposefacts.org.
We look at the motion filed last week by the attorneys representing the six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, demanding Baltimore State’s Attorney Maryland Mosby recuse herself because of alleged conflicts of interest. Our panel of guests includes: Thomas Maronick, Baltimore attorney and Host of The Tom Moore Show on AM 680 WCBM; J. Wyndal Gordon, criminal defense attorney; andTara Conley, Social Media Manager for Race Forward.
Our guest host is Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland.
Then, the discussion turns to legal issues surrounding the arrests in Baltimore during the protests around the death of Freddie Gray. With: David Walsh-Little, Chief Attorney for the Felony Trial Division of the Public Defender‘s Office in Baltimore; and Natalie Finegar, Deputy District Public Defender for Baltimore City.
Listen to a debate and discussion around marijuana law reform, with: Retired Major Neill Franklin, former Baltimore and Maryland State Police officer and Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition); Lawrence Grandpre, Assistant Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Will Jones III, chairperson of TIE DC (Two is Enough DC), an organization opposed to legalization.
The Maryland Legislative Session wraps up next week, and we examine a number of the issues covered during the session. Our guests include: Charles Robinson, political and business correspondent for Maryland Public Television, who will discuss the Session in general; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at University of Maryland Carey School of Law, who will discuss pre-trial issues and bail reform.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billie Holiday. In honor of her birth, we speak to Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the American Drug War, the centerpiece of which tells the tale of Harry Anslinger, the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and his personal war to destroy Billie Holiday. Holiday struggled with heroin addiction but was also emblematic of the fearlessness of standing up against racism. Anslinger was a racist and he hated jazz, so Billie Holiday embodied all that he loathed.
We look at the issue of parole reform, in light of a proposed bill that would end the requirement that the governor (and not the parole board) make the final decision in cases involving persons serving life sentences. With: Delegate Jill Carter (Democrat-District 41); Delegate Kathy Szeliga (Republican-District 7); Walter Lomax, Project Director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and Delegate John Cluster (Republican-District 8).
We focus on a number of issues currently facing the Maryland General Assembly. Our panelists debate whether voting rights for ex-felons should be restored. With: Delegate Cory McCray (Democrat-Baltimore City); and Senator Justin Ready (Republican-Carroll County).
We are joined by Charnell D. Cobb-El, Site Director of The Baltimore Algebra Project at Patterson High School and Executive Director and Founder of Convert Consulting, who tells us about an action on Thursday, March 5th on the wrongful arrests by Baltimore City Police against young people of color as well as the school funding crisis.
On Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we begin the hour with a story from Yes! Magazine: Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice and the New Jim Crow. With: Jalal Sabur, farmer and prison abolitionist, who helped to start the Freedom Food Alliance, a collective of farmers, political prisoners, and organizers in upstate New York committed to incorporating food justice to address racism in the criminal justice system; and Leah Penniman, farmer and educator based in the Albany, NY, area who wrote the article for YES!.
Then, our guests debate proposed legislation before the Maryland General Assembly, the Farmers’ Rights Act. With: Delegate Charles Otto (Republican, District 38A, Somerset & Worcester Counties), Deputy Minority Whip in the Maryland State House, and member of the House Environment and Transportation Committee and the House Natural Resources, Agriculture & Open Space Subcommittee; and Senator Richard Madaleno, Jr. (Democrat, District 18, Montgomery County), Vice-Chair of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Subcommittee, and primary sponsor of Senate Bill 0532, or the Farmers’ Rights Act.
We close out the show with a tribute to a local hero, Cherry Hill Urban Garden’s Juanita Ewell, who passed away on February 17th. From the Garden’s Facebook Page:
“Juanita started the garden in 2010 with the mission of saving the community. She worked tirelessly to spread her love of gardening and healthy eating, and her energy and passion touched the hearts of so many. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and the entire Cherry Hill community.”
We remember this amazing person, an agent for change in her community, by listening back to an excerpt from our interview with her from last summer.
We look at the inmate uprising that happened last week at Willacy County Correctional Center in Raymondville, Texas, known as “Ritmo,” over inadequate medical conditions at this overcrowded for-profit facility.
Our guests are: Bob Libal, Executive Director of Grassroots Leadership, an organization that fights to end for-profit incarceration; and Carl Takei, Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s National Prison Project and co-author of a report on Texas’s CAR (Criminal Alien Requirement) prisons, Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison System.
We preview of the newest lecture in Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Talking About Race series, taking place Thursday night. I will talk with Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people, about his new book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. The book details one of the first cases Stevenson took on, that of Walter McMillan, a Black man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.
On our national roundtable, our panel of guests discusses topics of national importance including the CIA torture memo and the Federal Budget Bill.
With: Lenny McAllister, Republican strategist, former congressional candidate, and host of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on the Pittsburgh cable news channel and “Get Right with Lenny McAllister” on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh; Kevin Zeese, Co-Director at ItsOurEconomy.US and co-host of Clearing The Fog radio show; and Will Marshall, President and Founder of the Progressive Policy Institute.
In our Lead Up to the Annapolis Summit, we take a look at pretrial issues that will be on the docket during the 2015 Maryland General Assembly, which opens on January 14. With: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at University of Maryland Carey School of Law; and Paul DeWolfe, Maryland Public Defender.
We listen back to a special 2010 archive edition of the Steiner Show, part of our Urbanite Stories series. Marc speaks to Correctional Officer Maurice Smith of the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore about a prison garden program he ran where inmates grew food and flowers, creating a serene and welcoming corner in an otherwise stark environment.
Listen to a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, looking at ideas for reducing violence, drug consumption and incarceration, with Dr. Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs and one of the leading thinkers on refining drug enforcement policy to reduce violence and drug abuse without overloading our law enforcement and treatment systems.
This segment originally aired March 21, 2011.