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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, 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 theri schools.


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.

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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.


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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Hillary Noonan talks about soil problems and solutions.

Why You Should Care About Soil
Episode date : January 8, 2018
On EcoRadio KC
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Friends of Community Media brought David Barsamian, host and producer of Alternative Radio, heard on KKFI every Wednesday at 9am, to St. Garabed’s Church in Kansas City on December 1st. We present his remarks.

David Barsamian
Episode date : January 10, 2018
On All Souls Forum
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Though it’s largely slipped from the front page, more than a third of Puerto Rico remains without electricity, tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave, struggling schools and hospitals are still in the crosshairs of targeted “austerity” programs, and workers are facing cuts to their pensions and their jobs, even as they try to dig themselves out from under the effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Meanwhile, the New York Times describes the banks and hedge funds that are preying on the situation—scooping up the homes of people unable to pay mortgage, for example—as “bargain hunters.” Different people have very different visions of the way forward for Puerto Rico—depending, to put it simply, on whether you think servicing debt matters more than human beings. It is, as a report from the activist group Hedge Clippers describes it, a story of “pain and profit”—and an important cautionary tale with meaning far beyond the island.

Julio Lopez Varona works with Hedge Clippers; he’s also the founding organizer with Make the Road Connecticut. We’ll talk with Julio Lopez Varona about those seeking profit in Puerto Rico’s pain, and how we can change that story.

First, Janine Jackson takes a look at recent press hyping Trump’s economy, defending his Jerusalem move and using him to whitewash 70 years of US foreign policy.


On this week’s all new edition of Arts Magazine, representatives from City Theatre of Independence will talk about their upcoming show, “The Glass Menagerie”. Later, Kansas City Actors Theatre will talk about their show, “Sea Marks”.


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