Let The Truth Be Known, Systematic Oppression Of The Incarcerated

Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters (MISD) invites you to participate in a search for truth, transparency and protection under the law for all persons affected by incarceration. They bring together panel of legal, law enforcement, mental health, Administrators of Mo/KS Department of Corrections, Juvenile Justice Advocates and others will address concerns from arrest to prison to reentry. MISD is an advocacy support group of families with loved ones in state & federal institutions seeking solace & justice.

Host Jamie Jackson talks with Beverly Livingston, Director of MISD about their mission and Let the Truth Be Known their event coming up this weekend.

Let the Truth Be Known – Join the conversation on Saturday June 30th, 10am to noon at the Rockhurst University Community Center, 5401 Troost, KCMO.

Professor Ken Novak On Evidence Based Policing
Ken Novak

Host Margot Patterson will talk with Ken Novak a professor of criminology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City specializing in policing in America and police behavior. Dr. Novak will talk about evidence-based policing, the state of policing in Kansas City and elsewhere, and his involvement in Kansas City’s Smart Policing initiative focusing on crime prevention in violent hot spots.

The View From My Front Porch 6-25-2018

Many here in the Kansas City Area and across the nation have been out in force protesting the immoral policy of separating children from their parents as they come to our borders seeking asylum. This policy is wrong in so many ways, it violates international treaties and norms on how asylum seekers are to be treated and processed and the rhetoric used to vilify anyone showing up at our southern border has been used by despots for ages. The claim of asylum has been negated at our border and replaced by a criminal process for trespassing. The administrations claims, that it is a law, passed by democrats, but has that been show to be untrue and is a smoke screen for their policy. The truth is even more disturbing because we have been here before.

What looks like one big incompetent mess wrapped up in bad policy is actually a plan to negate the law. A 1997 class action lawsuit resulted in what was named the Flores settlement requiring the release of unaccompanied children under 18 to parents, relatives or other guardians. In 2015 that ruling was amended to include children coming with one or both parents. The Trump administrations plan was to get around that ruling by forcing a public demand that the children be kept with their parents, who of course are in custody under criminal charges. The Obama administration also tried to keep the children detained with their parents but a 2016 ruling required release of the children, however it did not rule on whether the parents had to be released or not.

That takes us back to the border and those who are seeking asylum. They are not entering the US illegally, they are coming to our border to apply for asylum from violence and threats faced in their home country. The policy of the Trump administration is to skip past the asylum process and charge these asylum seekers with crossing the border illegally, taking them directly to a criminal process and detaining them indefinitely until they are deported.

This indefinite incarceration of parent and child is what the administration wanted all along. The Trump administration played at least some of the public using negotiating tactics he is well known for. This policy and maneuvering will not stand as the policy is brought back into court and ruled on once again.

My hope is that this indignation over the separation of children on the border, the tent cities, and the cruel treatment some of these children received will not die away. What I would like to see is education of the public about the separation of parents and children in this country due to an, unjust, criminal justice system, the demand for bodies by the Prison Industrial Complex and the recognition of the penal slavery clause in the US Constitution.

We need to understand that the torture inflicted by the US in the name of a war on terror and the war on drugs that brings the asylum seekers to our borders was developed inside the prisons and jails of this country. I hope the outrage over the drugging of these immigrant children puts a spotlight on the drug experiments on native children in detention in this country. That there is a recognition of the long term emotional trauma inflicted on these families and an understanding that this has been going on for decade upon decade in the families of the incarcerated in this country.

Don’t get me wrong I am grateful for the surge of concern and activism around these families on our borders, I am pleading with those of you on the street today to bring that outrage and focus it within your own communities. We must look to the roots and source not just the most obvious symptoms.

This is Jeff Humfeld and that is the view from my front porch, it mine and mine alone, not necessarily that of KKFI or even Jaws of Justice Radio. Please get out on your own front porch and look around.

If you haven’t witnessed the marketing blitz for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” I hope you get your TV, radio and internet service back soon. The fifth film in the popular series should take in a monstrous haul at the box office but doesn’t quite live up to the quality of the last outing. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and the special effects magicians all return to save the resurrected dinosaurs from a volcanic eruption that threatens to wipe out their island. While certainly watchable and visually spectacular, the Jurassic plot elements may be getting a bit long in the tooth.

Was the real Fred Rogers the kindly, affable, empathetic fellow he appeared to be on his long-running PBS kids’ show “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood?” Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville’s documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” shows that indeed he was. The movie focuses on the Presbyterian minister’s back story, his motives and his passion for kind-hearted, morally instructive children’s programming. Even those who weren’t fans of his show may be surprised by just how moving this loving portrait actually is. For those who watched as kids, it’s nostalgia heaven.

“American Animals” is an intriguing hybrid movie, part documentary, part dramatic re-enactment. This skillfully made film intricately interweaves the two in its depiction of the true story of a boneheaded heist. Barry Keoghan and Evan Peters play a couple of college kids who finds out how badly things can go when you rob a library of some valuable books.  While it’s a comic crime thriller, “American Animals” is also a thought-provoking examination of memory, morality and the consequences of choice.

Also opening this week, “Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town” is a comedy about a young woman who traverses LA to crash the engagement party of her ex-boyfriend and her ex-best friend. Mackenzie Davis stars.

The fifth entry in the “Jurassic Park” franchise reprises a lot of what’s come before. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and an army of special effects magicians return to wreak more dinosaur havoc. Directed by J. A. Bayona (“A Monster Calls”) and written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (“Safety Not Guaranteed”), this episode sees our heroes attempt to save the dinosaurs from a volcanic eruption.

This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we talk to two authors. First, what are choke points and how can logistics workers use them to build global worker power? We’ll find out from Choke Points co-author Jake Alimahomed-Wilson. Then, hear Cyndy Feasel, wife of NFLer Grant Feasel, describe how playing professional football contributed to his death.  She’ll talk about her book, After the Cheering Stops. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.


Saudi-led Assault on Yemen’s Vital Port Exacerbates Humanitarian Crisis
Interview with Shireen Al-Adeimi, a Harvard graduate school student originally from Yemen, conducted by Scott Harris

Yemen’s vital port city of Hodeida is under attack by a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition, employing both airstrikes and ground troops from the United Arab Emirates. International aid groups say that the offensive launched last week to drive out Houthi rebels is disrupting the delivery of critical food and medical supplies in a nation already gripped by famine and facing a devastating humanitarian crisis. Story continues

AT&T – Time Warner Merger Will Likely Impose Costs on Consumers and Citizens
Interview with Timothy Karr, senior director of strategy and communications with the media democracy group Free Press, conducted by Scott Harris

Ruling against President Donald Trump’s Justice Department lawsuit, a federal judge approved the merger between AT&T and Time Warner on June 11. The $85 billion deal will bring together two of the nation’s largest media companies with complimentary assets: one that produces content and the other which distributes content. Story continues
‘Water Is Life Walk’: An Indigenous Sacred Ceremony of Connection and Healing
Interview with Carole Buber-Blodgett, aka Spirit Hawk, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

From mid-May to mid-June, an indigenous woman completed her eighth Water is Life Walk, from the source of the Housatonic River in western Massachusetts to the river’s mouth in Stratford, Connecticut, at Long Island Sound. Carole Buber-Blodgett, who goes by the name Spirit Hawk, translated from Lakota, traces her matriarchal lineage through the Penobscot nation and belongs to the defined-out-of-existence band of the Penobscot people. She says, “Like many who have been assimilated it’s very difficult to prove lineage when you’re trying to hide your children from boarding schools and you try to hide their heritage in order to do that.” Spirit Hawk is an adopted Lakota from the Sicangu band and follows the Lakota Sun Dance Way of Life. Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

Three years ago, Chinese authorities in the western province of Xinjian with a large Muslim population known as Uighurs, ordered everyone in the provincial capital, Urumqi, to return to their the towns in which they were born to get a new identity card. This order imposed hardships on families who had migrated to the capital city to find work. (“Apartheid with Chinese Characters,” The Economist, June 2, 2018)
The conservative majority on the US Supreme Court, upheld Ohio’s aggressive voter purge law, which allows a voter to be scrubbed from the registration rolls if they miss a federal election. Only a handful of states have such punitive voting regulations, which disproportionately impact poor people and communities of color. (“Supreme Court Upholds Controversial Ohio Voter Purge Law,” NPR, June 11, 2018;“Ohio Voting Rights Decision not a Green Light for Reckless Voter Purges,” CNN, June 12, 2018)
The National Fair Housing Alliance recently issued its annual Fair Housing Trends Report. The study found that the number of housing discrimination complaints continues to rise as the Trump administration is rescinding rules that imposed strict deadlines on states and localities to address housing discrimination and segregation. (“Government Remains the Biggest Obstacle to Fair Housing,” American Prospect, May 8, 2018)

Shots In The Night brings you the ultimate stinging sci fi classic Dauber- If you hear them, it’s too late!

Tune into KKFI 90.1 FM to find out what all the buzz is about.  That’s Shots In The Night This Thursday at 7:30.  Look Out- and WEAR REPELLENT!

Brooke Salvaggio of Urbavore Farms joins Christina Frazier on this pilot broadcast of East of Eden.

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.


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

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