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Surrounded by reporters eager to talk about the cancellation of the White House visit and new NFL policy on standing during the National Anthem, Malcolm Jenkins, safety for the Super Bowl–winning Philadelphia Eagles, chose not to speak, instead holding up signs with information on racism in the criminal justice system and community work players are doing. “Before the anthem even started, players were involved in these types of social justice issues,” Jenkins said afterward. “And so for us, it’s staying on topic, doing the work, supporting those who are doing the work and pushing forward.”

The work Jenkins is talking about is the topic of a timely new book by journalist Howard Bryant; it’s called The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America and the Politics of Patriotism. Howard Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN.com and author of a number of books, including Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston. We’ll talk with Howard Bryant today on CounterSpin.

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And Janine Jackson takes a quick look at “Trumpwashing.”


The Sierra Club’s Zack Pistora returns with updates for Kansas.

Zack Pistora Returns
Episode date : June 18, 2018
On EcoRadio KC
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Mark Crispin Miller – Julian Assange, Voter Fraud and Fake News

WikiLeaks founder the truth telling publisher Julian Assange is in escalating danger of being sent from England to America where he would likely be tried for espionage, a crime that carries the death penalty.

Assange and WikiLeaks have revealed American war crimes in the middle east, CIA global machinations , and the work of Clinton Democrats in preventing the popular Bernie Sanders from heading up the party ticket.

Assange is presently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he was granted political asylum six years ago by past leftist president Rafael Correa. But now, with the change of presidents in Ecuador, Assange has been cut off from the outside world. He has no phone, no computer, and no visitors.

The fresh offensive against him occurred the day after American General Joseph DiSalvo, the head of the US Southern Command, the Pentagons arm in Latin America, visited the new right wing Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.Moreno has said that Assange is an inherited problem and is seeking s better relationship with the United States government, to whom he has already granted a military base.

Guest – Mark Crispin Miller who is a professor of media studies at New York University. Professor Miller has frequently spoken about media propaganda, the engineering of consent for empire, fake news, and the destruction of the independent press.He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the humanities and is a vigorous defender of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

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CCR Delegation To Israel
Welcome to Palestine

Like the USA, Israel is a colonial-settler state which, beginning in 1948, 70 years ago, expelled 750,000 native Palestinians, took their land, homes and businesses, and reduced those who remained to abused second class citizens, not unlike what was done to native Americans by white settlers in the USA. Their land was stolen, their tribes uprooted, and their culture practically destroyed.

In 1967 Israel expanded further, militarily occupying Palestinian territories to their north, east, and south, including East Jerusalem.

Last month Attorney and Columbia law professor Katherine Franke, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the CCR, along with Attorney Vince Warren, the CCRs Executive Director, headed up a 20 person delegation of American activists who traveled to Israel to report on the human rights situation there. Franke and Warren never made it past the airport in Tel Aviv. They were stopped, questioned , detained for 14 hours, and then deported back to the USA. Franke was told she could never return.

Guest – Attorney Katherine Franke,is the Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University, where she also directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and is the faculty director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for Palestine Studies. She is among the nation’s leading scholars writing on law, religion and rights, drawing from feminist, queer, and critical race theory. She is the author of Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality. Her next book will be coming out from Haymarket Press in the spring: Repair: Slaverys Unfinished Businessmakes the case for racial reparations in the U.S.


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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Brian Daldorph, Mentoring Prison Poets

Brian Daldorph has been involved with prison poetry programs at the Lawrence Jail and the Kansas Penitentiary at Lansing, KS. He is the Editor/Poetry Editor of Coal City Review, an Independent Literary Review published annually by the Coal City Review Press. The 2018 edition of the Coal City Review features the Poets of Lansing Prison.

Guest Host Arlin Buyert returns to talk to Brian Daldorph about his background, how he got interested in poetry, doing poetry at the jail, why he keeps doing it and what he gets out of it. He will read some poems out of the latest issue of Coal City Review too.

Brian Daldorph
University of Kansas
English Department
Lawrence, KS 66045

Sahj Kaya, Fighting For The Wrongfully Convicted
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There are many motivations behind and avenues of fighting for the wrongfully convicted, political, moral, legislative, legal and more. It is an activity that has been considered revolutionary by some, an attack on the judicial system itself. The fact is if someone else can have this happen to them, it can happen to you because innocent until proven guilty gets turned on its head all too often. Centurion Ministries, Innocence Project, KC Freedom Project and others work to help free the wrongfully convicted.

Sahj Kaya, local activist started the Reginald Gibson Memorial Foundation 501(3)c Its mission is to improve the quality of life of economically and educationally disadvantaged person through education and cultural development training programs and projects and has been working in the community since 1986.

Host Latahra Smith talks with Sahj Kaya, about EXONERATE MA People Justice Initiative she has established to aid and assist educationally and economically disadvantaged wrongly convicted defendants to be exonerated and liberated. She will explain her motivation, what they plan to do and how you can help.

MA People Justice Initiative – [email protected]

The JoJR Calendar for the week of June 18th

Today, Monday June 18 hundreds of people are traveling in Justice Rides to Saraland, Alabama from across the state to protest charges against Chikesia Clemons.  Chikesia was charged with disorderly conduct at the Waffle House in Saraland even though she was the one assaulted. You are invited to receive updates, photos and videos during the Justice Rides by texting PROTECT to 225568.  That’s P-R-O-T-E-C-T to 225568.
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The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday June 21st 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. The first hour will be sharing of experiences 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.
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The Jackson County Bar Association presents “Law 101” free legal classes taught by judges and licensed attorneys for the public. This month’s presentation, Traffic Municipal law, will be Wednesday, June 13th from 6-7 pm at the Gregg/Klice Community Center, 1600 John Buck O’neil Way, KCMO, just East of Paseo and a block North of 18th Street.
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The KCMO chapter of Moms Demand Action will be held Wednesday, July 11, 6 PM at the Waldo Branch KC Public Library, 201 E 75th St, Kansas City, MO. You are invited to help them work for common sense gun laws at the state and national level.


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
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