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Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization, is seeking to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex.

Joining us live is Kamau Walton, member of Critical Resistance since 2010, and has been part of campaigns to stop gang injunctions, fight jail expansion, end solitary confinement & put an end to police militarization.

Kamau is also the Communications Director at the Transgender, Gender-variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP). They are a queer, gender non-confirming Prison Industrial Complex abolitionist.

Critical Resistance
Episode date : June 9, 2018
On Urban Connections
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This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we take a look at Trumpism in Latin America. Has our policy changed much since Obama? How are workers faring? We’ll look at Mexico and Honduras and ask about elections, whether they were or will be stolen, more military aid and who gets killed, more political prisoners, and of course, more immigrants seeking asylum at our borders. We’ll also ask what Mexicans think of the NAFTA renegotiations. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.


The remake of the classic 70s blaxploitation flick “Superfly” replaces gritty with glossy. Trevor Jackson plays an ultra-smooth Atlanta drug dealer who tries to arrange one last big score and get out of the game. This violent crime drama is slick and competently made but adds nothing new or notable and looks more like a music video than a movie. The score has a few snippets of Curtis Mayfield’s great songs from the original.

Low-key charm is not a quality that’s valued much in an age of special effects-heavy blockbusters. But it’s the very thing that propels the comic father-daughter drama “Hearts Beat Loud.” Nick Offerman plays an irresponsible man who wants his daughter, played by Kiersey Clemons, to be in a pop band with him. She wants to go off to medical school. “Hears Beat Loud” is sweet-natured and has an appealing pop score.

Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress and a spunky cast seem to be enjoying a vacation with the goofy comedy “Tag.” They play lifelong pals who’ve carried on a game of tag once a month for 26 years. While it’s modestly fun, it never seems credible even though it was based on a true story. Footage of the actual tag players covers the end credits and give a hint that it could have been an inspired documentary.

Also opening this week, it’s taken 14 years, but Pixar finally offers “Incredibles 2,” a sequel to the 2004 animated hit. “Beast” is a psychological thriller from Britain about a woman who falls for a serial killer. “The Seagull” is a new adaptation of the famous Chekhov play. Saoirse Ronan and Annette Bening lead an impressive cast. John Travolta takes the titular role in “Gotti,” the story of the infamous crime boss. It was hidden from critics, almost always a bad sign.


Faith has played a major role in a number of movies from filmmaker Paul Schrader. He’s responsible for the screenplays of “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull.” He’s also both writer and director of “Hardcore,” “Dominion,” “Affliction” and “American Gigolo.”

“First Reformed” stars Ethan Hawke as a protestant pastor whose crisis of faith dovetails with the suicide of one of his parishioners, an environmentalist. The cast also includes Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer and Van Hansis.

Take Two: “First Reformed” (R)
Episode date : June 15, 2018
On Take Two
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Trump’s Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Agreement Casts Shadow Over U.S.-North Korea Talks
Interview with Jamal Abdi, vice president of policy, National Iranian American Council, conducted by Scott Harris
After exacerbating tensions with and launching personal attacks against some of America’s closest allies over trade issues at the G7 gathering of western leaders in Quebec, Canada, President Trump arrived in Singapore for his much anticipated summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. While there was hope that the groundbreaking talks between Washington and Pyongyang could pave the way for peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, many observers noted that Trump has demonstrated that he’s much more adept at smashing international agreements than building consensus to negotiate new accords. The U.S.-North Korean summit meeting concluded with positive optics, but very short on substance. Story continues

Afghan Government Declares Ceasefire with Taliban as Insurgents Surround Nation’s Cities
Interview with Kathy Kelly, Creative Nonviolence co-coordinator, conducted by Scott Harris
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani announced on June 7 that the Afghan army will observe a temporary ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from June 12 through 19, coinciding with the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. Ghani said military operations against other armed groups, such as Islamic State will continue. Two days later, the Taliban announced that they too would also observe a 3-day ceasefire during the holiday. The ceasefire is the first such declared truce since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. Story continues

Mirka Dominguez Salinas and Megan Fountain: Nationwide Protests Demand Trump Administration End Border Violence, Family Separation
Excerpts of speeches by Mirka Dominguez Salinas, Make the Road Connecticut organizer, and Unidad Latina en Accion activist Megan Fountain, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

The immigrant rights community has been outraged and energized by the recent murder of two immigrant women on the U.S.-Mexico border and by the new Trump administration policy of separating parents seeking asylum in the U.S. from their children. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, often sends children of detained immigrants thousands of miles away and many parents are not told where they are http://btlonline.org/2018/seg/180622cf-btl-fountain.html

This week’s summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon

During this spring’s massive “Great Return” march protests along the Gaza-Israeli border, local Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, who spent 22 years in an Israeli prison, fully supported the grassroots resistance to Israel’s Gaza blockade. The 56-year-old Hamas leader, calls the protests, which faced intense Israeli repression resulting in 120 dead and 2,7000 injured, “a new phase” in the Palestinian national struggle on the road to liberation.” (“The Riddle of Hamas’ New Gaza Leader: Extremist or Pragmatist,” Christian Science Monitor,June 7, 2018)
The European Union is rewriting its laws governing digital data privacy. The EU is now enforcing its new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR,) which allows Internet users to opt out of having their web activity collected by website companies. The act imposes stiff penalties for non-compliance. (“EU Leads the Way to Internet Privacy Over Profits,” American Prospect, May 25, 2018)
In the shadow of prosperous cities in the Pacific Northwest, scores of highly organized homeless villages have been established to provide a safe, secure environment for homeless people. Contrary to the perception that homelessness generates street crime, organized villages help to reduce crime in surrounding neighborhoods. (“No Link between Homeless Villages and Crime Rates,” The Guardian, May 23, 2018


Peaceworks KC held their annual Memorial Day Vigil at the entrance to the new Kansas City weapons plant at 150 Highway and Botts Road. There was a die-in and five were arrested. KKFI was on hand to record.


Wednesday June 13, 2018 ARTSPEAK RADIO

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Beth Partin, Waco Porter, Claire Verbeck, Chell Navarro, and Godfrey Riddle.

Beth Partin likes to travel, watch birds, and recycle everything in sight. She grew up in Kansas City and lived in DC and Colorado until 2015. Since 2011 she’s traveled along the West and East Coasts of the United States and to Australia, New Zealand, and several countries in Asia, living in more apartments and hotels than she can count. She’s published both fiction and poetry, including an experimental novella titled Microgravity, but in the last decade has focused on blogging and writing poetry. Her poems have appeared in Tinywords, Fringe,The Bakery, Many Mountains Moving, and Potomac Review.

Waco Porter has lived in the Kansas City area for 20 years. Born in Galveston, Texas, he served in the military and traveled widely. He now proudly calls KC home. Porter recently published his first book of poetry, Total Eclipse. He also enjoys writing short stories, working out, and hanging out with his wife, three daughters, and family dog. He serves as board vice president of Jump Start Art KC. He’s also in school, pursuing a new career in the field of physical therapy.

Claire Verbeck is a poet, but she’s had a lot of other unusual jobs, including telescope operator, male beauty pageant host, and RA of the Japanese corridor in college. (She does not speak Japanese.) Her work has appeared in Rookie, Whispering Prairie Press, and Linden Avenue. Her first poetry collection, Caesura, was published in 2016 as a senior thesis at Wellesley College. Claire is currently a production intern on KCUR’s Up To Date, and a board member at Jump Start Art KC. She lives in Kansas City, but you can find her on the Internet at claireverbeck.com.

Chell Navarro Program Coordinator with The Writers Place- The Writers Place is partnering with The Kansas City Irish Center for the 24th annual reading of Ulysses. Come be part of this global celebration. Irish Fare and imbibements will fuel the all-day reading.
Saturday 8AM – 3PM The Writers Place 3607 Pennsylvania Ave. KCMO 64111
www.writersplace.org

Godfrey Riddle Vice President of External Affairs for Rightfully Sewn- Rightfully Sewn will lay a path to a contemporary version of Kansas City’s 20th-century golden era of garment design and manufacturing.

Rightfully Sewn will provide seamstress training for at-risk women so they can thrive in a specialized workforce that will reestablish Kansas City as an epicenter of garment manufacturing, while at the same time, propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for affordable, high-quality, American-produced garments.

Rightfully Sewn 1800 Wyandotte St. Suite 204 KCMO
www.rightfullysewn.org


Representatives of Cultivate KC join host Craig Lubow to talk about the recent Urban Farms tour, Juniper Gardens, and training refugees to be farmers.

Kansas City’s agriculture Scene
Episode date : June 11, 2018
On EcoRadio KC
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