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The Movement To Elect Progressive Prosecutors In MO And Nationwide

It has been said that the most powerful person in any courtroom is the not the Judge but rather the Prosecutor. This is because of the Prosecutor’s ability to determine charges and force plea deals by overcharging suspects. This power in part stems from laws passed by legislators (many who are former prosecutors) who have been elected on a law and order platform. Many prosecutors use their office as a stepping stone to higher office and feel a need to keep their conviction rates high to have a record to run on. The result is what is commonly called mass incarceration, fueled by campaign funds from prison industries and a election winning strategy of fear mongering about crime. Justice has become an inconvenience.

There is a growing movement across the nation by new groups and established activists that are making electing a new kind of prosecutor their focus. Working from a list of changes that have been proven to reduce incarceration, bring justice back into a system corrupted by money and power and serves the safety, economic and wellbeing of their community these groups are seeing success at electing Progressive Prosecutors. These groups know that electing a good prosecutor must be followed up by constant contact and cooperation with this Progressive Prosecutor. We have two recorded interviews on these issues and solutions to them with Hosts Jamie Jackson and Elyse Max.

Sarah Baker, Legislative Policy Director of the ACLU in MO

Host Jamie Jackson talks with Sarah Baker, Legislative Policy Director of the ACLU in MO about how the MO ACLU has joined other Missouri groups in a coalition to help voters become more aware of their central role in electing prosecuting attorneys who pledge to pursue the voters’ priorities in their jurisdictions.

To get more information on activism on this issue – https://www.pickyourpa.org/
MO UCLA website – https://www.aclu-mo.org/

Daniel Gould, Saint Louis Activist

In the second half of our broadcast Host Elyse Max of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will speak with Daniel Gould, a Saint Louis Activist who will talk about the St Louis County campaign that successfully led to the election of progressive district attorney, Wesley Bell. Daniel will elaborate on the central role of the Missouri coalition both before and after Bell’s election to ensure that the voters’ priorities are honored and the pivotal role such community coalitions play in district attorney campaigns across the country.

The JoJR Calendar for the week of February 18th

Survivors Unite is uniting families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. They understand that grief is experienced in different stages and help families heal and learn to properly release their emotions. Survivors United meets every third Monday of the month and will meet Monday February 18th, 7pm at Margaret’s Place, 7217 Troost, KCMO.
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The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants will have their monthly meeting Monday, February 18th, 6:30pm at the Chestnut Avenue Family Resource Center, 3811 Chestnut Ave, KCMO. MO CURE advocates for the human rights of prisoners in Missouri prisons and jails as well as those who have returned to society, by lobbying state and local government, direct contact with corrections officials and a quarterly newsletter sent to supporters and prisoners.
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The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday, February 21st from 5-7 PM at the KCPD Crime Laboratory, 2645 Brooklyn, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. Join them to hear from Scott Hummel, Quality Assurance Manager with the Kansas City Crime Laboratory. Join them in healing with fellow survivors of homicide. 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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Leaders of the Kaw Valley Native Plant Coalition: Courtney Masterson from Native Lands, LLC and Patti Ragsdale from Happy Apple’s Farm, join host Brent Ragsdale to discuss how to identify and conserve, or even re-create, native prairie, woodland and wetland habitats in our neighborhoods and communities.

The environmental news for the week of 2/18/19:

Democracy Now reports: 2/13) The Senate has overwhelmingly passed a major new public lands bill, voting 92 to 8 to add over a million acres of protected wilderness, add four new national monuments and expand eight existing national parks. A provision also prevents mining in over 370,000 acres of land around two national parks, including Montana’s Yellowstone. The bill, which now heads to the House for approval, would also permanently reauthorize the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which lapsed last year.

2/11) TransCanada said Friday the Keystone pipeline is likely responsible for an oil spill last week in St. Charles County, Missouri, near the Mississippi River. A new study released Thursday counted 137 oil spills in the U.S. in 2018.

Report from Washington Post: 2/14) The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced an historic effort to rein in a class of long-lasting chemicals that pose serious health risks to millions of Americans. But environmental groups and residents of contaminated communities said that the agency’s “action plan” is short on action, saying ample evidence exists to regulate the chemicals in the nation’s drinking water.

Calendar of events for the week of 2/18/19:

2/19 Intro to Native Landscaping 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center Auditorium 4750 Troost Avenue Kansas City, MO 64110

2/19 Reversing Global Warming – Intro to Drawdown: Kansas City, 6:30 pm Brookside Plaza Building, 6141 West 87th St., Kansas City MO 64114

2/20 7:00-8:30 p.m. Native Plants for a Resilient Kansas – Expert Panel Lawrence Public Library Auditorium 707 Vermont, Lawrence KS KVNPC hosts experts Betsy Betros, Dr. Liz Koziol and Kim Bellemere in a discussion on native plants

2/21 PeaceWorks-KC is sponsoring a talk by Pat Elder, author of Military Recruiting in the United States, 7-8:30 pm, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KC MO. In his talk, Elder will present federal info on the toxins at the former Richards Gebaur Air Reserve Base (closed in 1994 because of contaminants).

2/21 Vegetable Gardening, Planning, Prep, Care workshop at Clinton PKWY Nursery, 4900 Clinton PKWY, Lawrence KS 6:30 – 7:30 call 785)842-3081 or RSVP on facebook.

2/21 U.S. EPA Sustainable Materials Management Web Academy Webinar State and Local Organic Bans – Implementation Planning, Lessons Learned and Updates from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET To register for this free webinar visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4837827369640780290.

2/23 Wakarusa Sierra Club Winter Veg Potluck, 5 pm Delaware Commons, 1222 Delaware, Lawrence KS

See volunteer events in recycling and tree planting at Bridging the Gap.org.

Ecological shows airing this week on KKFI include:

2/19 RadioActive Magazine 6 PM Susan Sarachek interviews Bob Grove, President of the Climate Council of Greater Kansas City about their activities.

2/22 Bioneers 9:30 AM Don’t Fence Me In – Linked Landscapes, Citizen Science and Wild Nature.

 

Habitat Conservation in Your Own Backyard
Episode date : February 18, 2019
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This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll have another candidate for Mayor: Steve Miller, a construction lawyer who says it’s all about connections like transportation, infrastructure and neighborhoods. Then, unions are intended to level the playing field with the boss, but what if workers become their own bosses?  We’ll talk with UMKC economist Erik Olsen about worker cooperatives, and ask if they might be the future for the organized workplace. Tune in Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.


Producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez team up to adapt the Japanese manga comic “Alita: Battle Angel.” In a dystopian future, a cyborg with a human brain is brought back to life to become the hero in a game of super Rollerball. While it’s an impressive visual spectacle, the story plays like a smorgasbord of ideas culled from other, better works. Annoyingly, there’s no climax, so the filmmakers expect us to wait for the sequel with bated breath.

The surprise hit horror flick “Happy Death Day” was a mashup of “Groundhog Day” and “Scream,” about a teenager who repeats that day she was murdered over and over again. The sequel, “Happy Death Day 2 U” may not match up, but it’s better than It has any business being with Jessica Rothe demonstrating a real range of emotion as she’s caught in a time loop with moral conundrums.

“Isn’t it Romantic” is a passable fantasy. Rebel Wilson plays a woman who gets bonked on the head and wakes up in an alternate universe filled with romantic comedy clichés. It feels very strained at times, but good for a few laughs on your Valentine’s Day date.

The harrowing Lebanese film “Capernaum” (CAP-er-nom) is a nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. It’s the brutal tale of a poor little boy living on the streets or Beirut who sues his parents for giving him birth. He befriends an Ethiopian woman and becomes her baby’s unintentional guardian when the woman is detained by immigration authorities. Yes, “Capernaum” is grim, but a beautifully rendered and heartbreaking social drama.

Also opening this week, “Donnybrook” is a drama about desperate people who engage in illicit bare knuckles cage matches. Jamie Bell stars. “The Lears” is a contemporary comic adaptation of “King Lear” and “Lords of Chaos” tells the true story of a murderous death metal band.


When “The LEGO Movie” debuted in 2014, it took audiences and critics by surprise…and the box office by storm! While the sequel “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” lacks the freshness of the original, there’s still plenty of creativity and animated razzle dazzle on display. The LEGO universe has descended into dystopia and must contend with invaders from the cute but deadly DUPLO world. There’s plenty of broad humor for the kids and cheeky cultural references for adults, but the movie is almost undone by frenetic, breakneck editing. Still, “The LEGO Movie 2” delivers all the entertainment one could expect from a 90-minute toy commercial.

Each year, I get the same question. Why should I care about the Oscar-nominated shorts if I can’t see them? Well, you can. The latest compilation has arrived and it’s easy to see why these films have been so honored. There’s no question as to the artistry of these efforts, so film buffs will have plenty to discuss in their post screening coffee talks. One note of caution: Most of these films are very dark and depressing. The best of the animated lot is probably “Bao,” the Pixar film about a dumpling come to life. “Madre,” a harrowing Spanish live short, is a model of taut direction and camerawork. There are three separate showcases at the Tivoli, with the animated and short program opening this week and the documentary short program starting on Feb. 15th.

Also opening this week, “Cold Pursuit” is a revenge thriller starring Liam Neeson. “What Men Want” is a gender flip on the 2001 Mel Gibson comedy. Taraji P. Henson stars as a woman who becomes able to hear men’s thoughts. “The Man Who Killed Hitler and them Big Foot” is an adventure drama starring Sam Elliot. “Tragedy Girls” is a twist on the slasher genre.


The ‘down-on-his-luck cop trying for redemption’ genre gets a gender change in “Destroyer.” Nicole Kidman goes grimy and gritty in this dark character study about an LAPD detective with a lot of personal baggage whose past comes back to haunt her as she tries to unravel a murder mystery. Kidman goes all out in a performance that you’ll either find haunting or overblown. Count me somewhere in the middle. “Destroyer” tries a bit too hard to be grubby.

It’s been 100 years since WWI, but the new documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” gives the events of the war an immediacy we haven’t seen before. Filmmaker Peter Jackson of “Lord of the Rings” fame has taken old, shaky black-and-white war footage stored at the Imperial War Museum in Great Britain and given it a high-tech update.  This restored film has been speed-rectified, colorized and given impressive sound enhancement. Jackson also employs skillful editing to tell the story of British ground troops who served in the hellish trenches on the Western Front, narrated by the actual survivors whose stories were recorded by the BBC in the 1960s. The resulting film is an emotionally involving experience that will probably be used by history classes for years to come. War is Hell, and “They Shall Not Grow Old” provides vivid proof.

Also opening this week, “Miss Bala” is an action thriller from Catherine Hardwick, best known for “Twilight.” Gina Rodriguez plays a makeup artist who tries to turn the tables on a drug cartel after they kidnap her best friend in Tijuana. “The World Before Your Feet” is a documentary about a man who, over a 6-year period, walked all 8,000 miles of roads in New York City. “Everybody Knows” is a kidnapping drama from Spain starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.


Steve Coogan (“The Trip to Spain”) and John C. Reilly (“The Sisters Brothers”) play the legendary comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy in the gentle biopic, “Stand & Ollie.” The story deals with their attempted professional comeback in England after years of separation.

Take Two: “Stan and Ollie” (PG)
Episode date : February 8, 2019
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Director Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings”) has taken old WWI film footage and given it a high-tech restoration for the documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old.” The resulting movie is an immersive, involving history lesson.

Take Two: “They Shall Not Grow Old” (R)
Episode date : February 15, 2019
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