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Charity Hicks, guest on Urban Connections Food Fight! broadcast, February 22, 2014, a beloved Detroit community leader and commons advocate, died July 8 from injuries sustained after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Manhattan, New York City. Today Urban Connections will rebroadcast segments of our February conversation with Charity.

Charity Hicks had been in a coma since being hit by a car at a bus stop on 10th Avenue on May 31st. She was in New York to speak at a conference. The medical examiner says she died of blunt impact injuries. The driver then fled the scene on foot and hasn’t been caught.  Charity was involved in many local and national campaigns for the environment, water, social justice and food security and helped found the Great Lakes Commons network with many other organizations from around the lakes, including On The Commons.

Charity Mahouna Hicks

Charity Hicks was an extraordinary Detroit activist, advocate, and movement weaver. A native Detroiter raised on the lower eastside right off of the Detroit River which contributed to her love for the environment.

As a founding member of the People’s Water Board, Charity Charity helped co-lead the peoples’ response to the City’s shut-off of thousands of Detroit households for non-payment of water bills. Charity was instrumental in bringing Maude Barlow to Detroit to speak about water as part of the commons. Maude declared: “But the people of Detroit face another sinister enemy. Every day, thousands of them, in a city that is situated right by a body of water carrying one-fifth of the world’s water supply, are having their water ruthlessly cut off by men working for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Most of the residents are African American and two-thirds of the cut offs involve children, which means that in some cases, child welfare authorities are moving in to remove children from their homes as it is a requirement that there be working utilities in all homes housing children.” In May 2014 Charity was arrested and detained overnight for speaking out against water shutoffs on her block in Detroit.

She was a Master Gardener through Michigan State University-Extension, a member of Sierra Club, the Great Lakes Water COMMONS group, and several other environmental/ecological groups. She was trained in the New Economy Initiative via The Land Policy Institute of Michigan State University on place making and regional economic development.

She became a fellow of the EAT4HEALTH equitable food & agricultural policy fellowship, and the Policy Director at East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) helping to empower the Detroit community to protect, preserve, and value the land, air and water. In her food system work, she was the lead person on the team which wrote the City of Detroit Food Security Policy (2008) and the articles for the establishment of the Detroit Food Policy Council (2009), and was the initial community engager/facilitator of the Detroit Food Justice Taskforce, a collaborative of 10 community based groups, and local activists in Detroit formed in 2009 to work in the food system and urban agricultural movement to promote a justice centered food system. Charity approached the food & agricultural system from the frames of health/nutrition, environmental/ecological justice, and economic equity.

Her background includes being a Clinical Research Associate- Human Subjects with the Detroit Health Disparities Research Center of the University of Michigan: a multi-faceted longitudinal health disparity study following over 1,200 African American families in Detroit which started in 2002 and was brought to closure in 2008. She worked over 10 years in research, public policy, and community activism in Detroit on health disparities, urban ecology, and African American community organizing. Charity’s extensive background in public/community service led her to serve with several boards and committee groups in Detroit including: Detroit Public Schools Health Council, Detroit Grocery Store Coalition Steering Committee, Peoples Water Board Detroit, Future’s Taskforce of the Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, and The Green Taskforce Water Sub-committee. She received leadership development training from the Center for Whole Communities, The Rockwood inaugural group of Upper Midwest Leadership, and the Damu Smith Organizing & Leadership Academy-Institute of the Black World.

Charity often cross-pollinated her work to build more transformation in shifting towards lasting solutions. She held community passions and interests in economic development, environmental justice, food sovereignty, urban agriculture, place making, design-architecture, community based research, health disparities, Africana culture, restorative justice, and growing the Beloved Community.


Colleen Simon was fired by the Kansas City Archdiocese for being married–can they do that? We’ll talk to Colleen, her wife Donna, and her attorneys this week on the Heartland Labor Forum. Then, in eastern Missouri, the State Department of Education fired the elected Normandy School District board and appointed a new one. They fired all the teachers and are making them re-apply for their jobs. Can they do that? Tune in to find out: Thursday at 6PM, rebroadcast Friday at 5AM.


This week on Radio Active Magazine, Janet Rogers of Transit Action Network discusses the 10-year 3/4 percent Missouri Amendment 7 Transportation Sales Tax with Sheila Styron of Whole Person, Linda Smith of League of Women Voters and David Kingsley, retired UMKC professor. Can they answer the question “Why vote NO on this state sales tax for transportation when there is such a huge list of projects to complete?”


 Elaine Giessel  leads a discussion on regional water issues with Attorney Lee Cross, including the EPA’s current efforts to protect water quality nationally and  proposed strategies in Kansas to ensure water for the future. Mandy Cawby of WaterOne of Johnson County will discuss how federal and state efforts might impact local water-providers and how citizens can reduce water usage and protect water quality at home.
Water, Water, Everywhere
Episode date : July 21, 2014
On EcoRadio KC
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This week on The Forum, attorney David Cobb, dynamic national spokesperson for Move to Amend gave a rousing one hour talk at UMKC on April 22nd, telling the story of the American creation myth and the Constitution as it pertains to Corporate Personhood. He advances solutions to the overarching power of huge corporations and big money in American politics.


In this, the last of a three-part series, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern returns this week to Tell Somebody to give some of this unique perspective on illegal spying by the NSA (does that stand for No Such Amendment?), the complicity of the major media, and some of the history of the FISA court process arising from the Church Committee hearings of the 1970s.

Ray McGovern: Part 3 of 3
Episode date : July 24, 2014
On Tell Somebody
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It’s a bit outside the norm this lunch hour as Jen Zaman fills in for Michael Hogge today on Arts Magazine! We’ve got an incredible show lined up for you, featuring Director Amy Sanders and Music Coordinator Kelsie Clark of Culture House Dance Theatre of Olathe, in to chat about their upcoming production of Big River at the Kauffman Center.

Then, at 12:30, Director Nino Casisi of River City Community Players will be joined by some of the cast of Legally Blonde: The Musical to discuss the nuts and bolts of the show. Tune in for some lively chat, and a new episode of Russ Simmons’ Freeze Frame!

Jen Zaman in for Michael Hogge!
Episode date : July 21, 2014
On Arts Magazine
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WHEN COPS KILL

On Today’s show we look at the issue of police violence and police killing from the point of view of the officer. Our guest will talk about how law enforcement deals with threatening situations, how they assess safety in those situations and why they use deadly force.

Host Keith Brown El talks with Lance LoRusso, an attorney, former law enforcement officer, and author of the book, WHEN COPS KILL: THE AFTERMATH OF A CRITICAL INCIDENT TAKES YOU THROUGH AN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING AND THE YEARS AFTER. Mr LoRusso is an attorney for officers whose actions are under investigation by the authorities and the public. Many will see him as defending the indefensible while many others will see him as defending heroes of law and order.
Some of the issues covered in his book are:
What does it mean to be sued as a law enforcement officer?
What will happen during the internal affairs investigation?
Should you speak with the homicide division?
Will the state licensing agency investigate as well?
How will you handle the media coverage and public attention?

To contact the LoRusso Law Firm or get his book check them out online at http://www.lorussolawfirm.net/blue-line-lawyer/2012/12/14/lance-launches-new-book-for-cops/

Nation Inside and Second Chance

We recently ran across a request for formerly incarcerated citizens to call in and record their stories of searching for a job with a conviction. This request came from Nation Inside – Powering Campaigns for Justice.

Nation Inside is a platform that connects and supports people who are building a movement to systematically challenge mass incarceration in the United States. Nation Inside is a community of people dedicated to changing the U.S. criminal justice system by using our collective voices to
spark public dialogue about criminal justice, educating policy makers and
develop strategies for safer and healthier communities. You can find them at http://nationinside.org/ or to listen to some of the stories gathered by Nation Inside go to https://nation_inside.creatavist.com/story/9794

Host Allie Catherine Bush will talk to a representative of Nation Inside about their advocacy and training opportunities as well as Debra Neal of the Second Chance program here in the metropolitan KC area.

The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission, with a mission of public safety, launched the Second Chance Program in October of 2008. Unique in this area, the program offers leadership and work that organizes the entire metro social service community to reduce recidivism and support of Missouri Probation & Parole by providing direct service work to connect high risk returning offenders to services.

If you would like to volunteer to be a mentor or want more information about mentoring with Second Chance contact:

Deborah A. Neal
Mentor Coordinator

Second Chance Program
Kansas City Crime Commission
2700 E. 18th Street., Room 207
Kansas City, MO 64127
Email: dneal@kc-crime.org
Office 816-231-0450
Fax 816-231-8828


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