On this episode of Making Contact, journalist Juan González discusses his new book, Reclaiming Gotham. He chronicles the evolution of the growth machine in America’s cities – from redlining and racial covenants in the early 20th century, to land grabs and privatization in the 21st – and the rise of progressive alliances to reclaim them.

Special thanks to Pegasus Books for organizing the event and allowing us to broadcast excerpts of Juan González’s discussion of Reclaiming Gotham. The event took place in Berkeley, CA in October 2017.

Reclaiming Gotham
Episode date : January 18, 2018
On Making Contact

Representatives from SPCA, Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, and Spay & Neuter KC will join host Craig Lubow to discuss homelessness among pets and services available to homeless dogs and cats.

KKFI Goes to the Dogs!!
Episode date : January 16, 2018
On Radio Active Magazine

Inequity In School Funding And Student Outcomes

A first hand observation by an educator on how inequities in funding for schools in prosperous and poor communities makes a difference in student outcomes.

New JoJR volunteer Foster Moore talks with his old college roommate David Foster, Residence Hall Director at Lamar University about his time as a teacher in the classroom and his observations of the results of inequitable funding of schools.

Changing The Role Of Police In Schools

Police officers are fixtures in most schools today and their role has changed over time from protecting the students from outside dangers to enforcing school rules and even arresting students for violations. Our guest has been working with one school district to develop a Memorandum Of Understanding between the police and school administrators and hopefully turn off the school to prison pipeline.

Host Teresa Wilke talks with Micheal Kay, Preofessor of Law Emeritas at Washburn University about his work with the police and school administrators to define the role of officers in their schools.

The JoJR Calendar for January 15th

MORE2’s Kansas Issues Night is tonight, Monday, Jan. 15th, 6:30 to 8 pm at Grandview Park Presbyterian Church, 1613 Wilson, KCK. You are invited to attend if you’re interested in learning more about KCK Firefighters shift trading scam, Mark Holland will be there to answer questions. There will also be duscussion on Immigration issues in Kansas, An exhonoree compensation bill they are pursuing in Kansas and their new integrated voter engagement initiative in KCK.
The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri CURE will meet tonight Monday, January 15th, 6 PM at the Chestnut Avenue Family Resource Center 3811 Chestnut, KCMO. They will be discussing human rights issues for Missouri prisoners, legislation pending and begin planning for the 2018 Missouri CURE conference to be held here in Kansas City.
The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday January 18th from 5-7 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. They will sharing experiences in the first hour and in the second hour therapists and others who can who can help navigate the emotional and legal terrain will be available. For more information you can find them on the web at www.kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.

Judge Thomas Griesa : Socialist Workers Party v Attorney General

Retired federal Judge Thomas Griesa died two weeks ago in New York City at age 87. He presided over the historic case Socialist Workers party vs Attorney General. Leonard Boudin, the great leftist constitutional lawyer of his time, was chief counsel for the SWP in the 15 year litigation which ended in an historic victory in 1986 and which is extremely relevant for today.

Leonard wrote that This lawsuit represented the first wholesale attack upon the entire hierarchy of so-called intelligence agencies that had attempted to infiltrate and destroy a lawful political party. Further, for the first time, a court has thoroughly examined the FBIs intrusions into the political system of our nation and, in unmistakable language, has condemned the FBI activity as patently unconstitutional and without statutory or regulatory authority. The decision stands as a vindication of the first and fourth amendment rights that only of the Socialist Workers Party but of all political organizations in activists in this country to be free of government spying and and harassment.

The Nation magazine appreciated the significance of the litigation and wrote that for the first time the FBIs disruptions, surreptitious entries and use of informers have been found unconstitutional. All in all, it amounted to a domestic contra operation against a lawful and peaceful political organization, for no reason other than its ideological orientation.

Guest – Jeff Mackler, a longtime socialist activist in California and the West Coast head of The Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Jeff Mackler was a plaintiff in the successful 15-year-old battle. Jeff is also the director of The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal in Northern California and also the National Secretary of Socialist Action and its candidate for the U.S., presidency in 2016.


Awad, et al. v. Fordham University

Israels enablers in the United States ramped up their efforts to shut down the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement known as BDS. Many states including New York have passed laws against businesses who would boycott Israel as a way of protesting Israels colonization of the Palestinian people. An anti-boycott bill is currently before the United States Congress.

In New York City, Fordham University is attempting to prevent Students for Justice in Palestine, a group that supports the boycott, from forming a campus group. The students brought a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the university to enable them to establish a SJP chapter there. Keith Eldridge, the Dean at Fordham University took the position that a SJP group would create polarization on campus and run contrary to the mission and values embraced at the university located in the Bronx.

The students got help from the Center for Constitutional Rights and Palestine Legal. A suit was brought on their behalf in April of last year. Two weeks ago a hearing was held in Civil Court in New York where the students demanded an injunction against Fordham University to permit them to form a chapter.

Guest – Maria LaHood, one of the students attorneys andDeputy Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights with expertise in constitutional rights and international human rights. She works to defend the constitutional rights of Palestinian human rights advocates in the United States in cases such as Davis v. Cox, defending Olympia Food Co-op board members for boycotting Israeli goods; Salaita v. Kennedy,representing Steven Salaita, who was terminated from a tenured position for tweets critical of Israel; and CCR v. DOD, seeking U.S. government records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding Israels 2010 attack on the flotilla to Gaza. She works closely with Palestine Legal to support students and others whose speech is being suppressed for their Palestine advocacy around the country. She also works on the Right to Heal initiative with Iraqi civil society and Iraq Veterans seeking accountability for the lasting health effects of the Iraq war.

Penn Loh, Senior Lecturer and Director of Community Practice at Tufts University, joins us to discuss ways that Americans are redefining economy beyond capitalism.

What if economy is all the ways that we meet our material needs and care for each other?

And what if it’s not a singular thing?

Capitalism Is Not The Only Choice
Episode date : January 13, 2018
On Urban Connections

Alzheimer’s is a disease that attacks the brain. It is the most common form of dementia.

Ryan Jones, Historian at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN, gave the keynote address at a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The address was entitled, “Dr. King at the Mountaintop: a Drum Major for Peace”. It summarized King’s life and times. The event was held at Johnson County Community College.


Jeremy Knoll, a project manager and architect for BNIM, joins host Craig Lubow to talk about green building and social equity. He is a national and local leader for both the US Green Building Council and Historic Green. Jeremy will talk about designing green buildings, LEED certification and economical efficiency for residential homes too.

Additional information and links supplied by guest:

US Green Building Council – Central Plains (local group)
Website https://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-central-plains
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/USGBCCentralPlains/

About LEED Certification https://new.usgbc.org/leed

Red List Materials https://living-future.org/declare/declare-about/red-list/

Building for Efficiency
Episode date : January 15, 2018
On EcoRadio KC

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