Members of Physicians for a National Health Plan make the case.

Medicare for All
Episode date : April 24, 2019
On All Souls Forum

This week on CounterSpin: A March Washington Post article about Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said:

As of December, more than 5,000 people have been slain because of Duterte’s war on drugs, according to officials. That number, however, is significantly lower than the estimate given by human rights groups, which put the casualties at closer to 12,000 or even 20,000.
Note the passivity of “have been slain,” and the choice to lead with an official death toll, rather than human rights groups’ less self-interested numbers. The “12,000” figure provides a link to a Human Rights Watch report that has never been the subject of a Washington Post news story.

Among many things such reporting wouldn’t lead you to suspect: Two years ago, when the Philippine Senate tried to cut funding for the campaign of state and state-sanctioned violence, for which the toll of “even 20,000” is almost certainly conservative, it was the United States that stepped in with the money to fill the shortfall. That’s a direct line from your tax dollars to the leader who said, “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews…. There’s 3 million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”

Corporate media don’t talk much about the Philippines, much less about the US responsibility there. A recent piece from Foreign Policy in Focus, headlined “It’s Time to End US Military Aid to the Philippines,” filled some of that void. We’ll hear from its author, Mellon-ACLS public fellow Amee Chew, and hear also from two Filipino activist/organizers, Ed Cubelo and Mong Palatino.

Amee Chew on Philippines Under Duterte
Episode date : April 23, 2019
On Counterspin

Wednesday April 24, 2019 noon to 1pm CST 90.1FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio www.kkfi.org

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Blair Schulman, GK Callahan, Lindsay Rice, José Faus, Aya, and Tom Sullivan to the program.

Blair Schulman & GK Callahahan-Mapping Stigma: An Archive of the Contracting an Issue Project
May 3 – July 27, 2019
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center / 2020 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO. 64108 816-474-1414 / www.leedy-voulkos.com

PRESS CONTACT: Blair Schulman / [email protected]

Mapping Stigma: An Archive of the Contracting an Issue Project
presents archival and new works from GK Callahan’s ongoing, decade-long study of the social issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. This work springs from real life voices in the communities of San Francisco, Kansas City, Tampa and Tanzania, Africa. The layered visual works will also be accompanied by educational workshops and panel discussions to occur once a month during the exhibition’s three-month run.
Curated by Kansas City art critic and curator Blair Schulman, this work calls attention to the cultural responses concerning criminalization, representation, and stigmatization of HIV/AIDS. Comprising photography, video, painting, installation and works on paper, the exhibition is broken out into four distinct sections of the gallery space and includes work from the Zekana women of Tanzania, Africa, Bruce Burstert and many other collaborators.
The primary documentation of Contracting An Issue is shown through looped videos of performances that derived from interviews around HIV in a modern context. These dialogues were transcribed and read by actors to amplify exposure and ensure anonymity.
Criminalization education and advocacy that has not kept pace with public policy are presented as a reading space in the gallery. This open source library on HIV criminalization will also include free handouts and safe sex items. The issue of criminalization will be discussed with LGBTQ, law and healthcare communities from Kansas City, Columbia, Missouri, Jefferson City and New York City as one of the exhibition’s panel discussion modules.
Mimi ni/I am (literally meaning I am/I am) concerns the Zekana women of Arusha, Tanzania, a self-supporting community of HIV-positive women who face stigmatization at home for their health status. Callahan requested and received permission from them to share their story to illustrate how healthcare education in other parts of the globe are as stagnant and oppressive as it was in the West thirty years earlier when less was known about HIV/AIDS. Callahan was also interested in how HIV is perceived globally. Callahan believes that in America HIV/AIDS is still regarded as a “gay issue,” but In Africa women alone, regardless of sexual orientation, bear the brunt of the blame. Callahan presents the women and their work as an homage to their unwavering strength and a gesture of respect.
Generations of survivors are represented in this exhibition by a shrine (an original artwork by Bruce Burstert) and a collaborative painting between Callahan and Burstert, representing the generations of survivors. The painting pays homage to Burstert’s late partner, illuminating for us how having survived this crisis does not put an end to the grieving period. It does, however, provide a source of knowledge for why continuing education does not begin and end with treatment alone.
About the artist and curator
GK Callahan creates cultural change through social engagement. As an art administrator, artist, and community engagement professional, GK has over ten years’ experience working in the community arts field. He earned his MFA in social practice at California College of the Arts and his BFA in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. Currently, GK works as a Community Arts and County Engagement Specialist for the University of Missouri Extension, focusing on economic and community development in Missouri.
Blair Schulman is an art writer, critic and curator. He is Managing Editor of Informalityblog.com, an online artist-run publication documenting contemporary art in Kansas City. His writing appears in Art in America, Ceramics: Art & Perception, Huffpost, Juxtapoz, the Kansas City Star, Temporary Art Review, Vice, Whitehot and was a longtime contributor to the late Review magazine. Curated exhibitions in Kansas City include Select Username and Password at Front/Space and Traces & Trajectories at La Esquina.

LINDSAY RICE has been writing poetry since middle school. She studied poetry and fiction at The University of Iowa and draws inspiration from her international travels. Currently, she lives in her home town of Prairie Village, Kansas where she tutors middle and high school students in academic and creative writing. She is also an executive board member of Whispering Prairie Press. Lindsay is working on her first novel that encompasses magical realism and historical fiction. Her current new poetry: a series of Pony Poems—explores the edges of youthful joy and longing and extended pieces chasing spiritual alignment and inner work.

JOSE FAUS is a writer, performer, and visual artist working in the Kansas City where he maintains Carido Studio., He is a facilitator with Artist Inc. He is a co-founder of the Latino Writers Collective and serves on the boards of the Latino Writers Collective, Friends of the UMKC Library and Charlotte Street Foundation. His writing has appeared in a series of anthologies and journals and he has released two publications, a chapbook This Town Like That from Spartan Press and the full length poetry collection The Life and Times of José Calderon from West 39 press. He is part of the upcoming Fire in the Heart – An uplifting Celebration of Resilience at the White Theater of the Jewish Community Center. April 6 & 7. He will be a featured reader at the Daily Nada on April 27 for poetry month.

AYA-I’m a writer and filmmaker with a lifelong fascination for metafiction. I’m here to help you understand your metaphysical relationship with your creativity by teaching you how to write better fiction. My double major is in Creative Writing/Filmmaking, and in the last several years I’ve authored (and sometimes produced) several original metafictive stories, including Fearsome Pole, Real Boy: an Allegory, and “Say You’re Sorry.” I was a producer on the Emmy-nominated documentary Beyond Belief. My short film Five Apples Today later led to Delta Phi. My favorite moments in life include opening a new pen and dragging the skinny blue playhead in Premiere Pro. I aspire to write metafiction full time for film, cable, books and VR. So if you’re looking for a new screenplay, or even just a coverage or consultation for your own scripts, then I look forward to hearing from you.

TOM SULLIVAN After returning from service in Mongolia with the US Peace Corps in 2010, Tom started working as a freelancer, providing writing and editorial services in fields related to his previous work experiences as a teacher, writer and editor. Tom is skilled in academic, educational, instructional, technical, marketing, sales, and journalistic writing styles. He also enjoys and is comfortable working with non-native speakers/writers of English. Until recently, Tom was an adjunct instructor at MCCKC.
In addition to freelancing, Tom is the President of the Board of Direcctors at Whispering Prairie Press, an independent nonprofit literary press in Kansas City, MO. WPP produces Kansas City Voices and KC Voices Youth magazines, which feature prose, poetry, and fine art. Learn more at wppress.org.
Tom is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. Learn more about the EFA at the-efa.org


Year 4 of the Sandra Moran Radio Book Club begins with Marriage of a Thousand Lies. Author SJ Sindu joins panelists Johnda Boyce, Carol Rosenfeld, and host Elizabeth Andersen for a discussion of this award-winning novel.

Linda Wilson and host Elizabeth Andersen talk first to Cheryl Head about her Charlie Mack Motown mystery series and then with Ann Aptaker about Cantor Gold’s latest adventures in Havana, Cuba.

On today’s show, we will hear our recording of events at the Extinction Rebellion in Kansas City and other Earth Day comments.  Then, host Richard Mabion will have a talk with Vann Jones.  After that, Richard and Teresa will have a live interview with Matt Riggs, AKA EcoElvis, who is currently Outreach Coordinator, MARC Solid Waste Management District, about why contamination in recycling is a problem, and how you can be a part of the solution.

We Must Become Actively Engaged
Episode date : April 22, 2019
On EcoRadio KC

The Case Of Victor Vickers Raises Questions

Victor Vickers and Garron T Briggs were convicted of a 2011 home invasion, murder and shooting in what appeared to be search for drugs. The surviving victim did not initially identify Vickers, someone she knew and with whom she had gone to school. The lack of physical evidence placing Vickers at the scene and a denial of an alibi witness are being raised in appeal. Vickers is asking the Supreme Court to make a ruling that a person’s innocence is more important than a rule that witnesses must be endorsed in advance of trial, and rule that a defendant should never be stopped from presenting evidence that proves his innocence. The petition was filed on February 8, 2019, and the Court will usually grant or deny review in 2-3 months.

Host Keith Brown El talks with local Activist Lamar Vickers about the unanswered questions he has about the conviction of his nephew Victor Vickers JR and the question of whether an innocent person should be held because their defense didn’t follow court rules to the letter.

Learn more about Victor Vickers JR’s fight to allow proof of innocence to set one free instead of whether a witness is identified after a administrative deadline.

Can Prison Design Change Outcomes?

Andy Cupples is an award-winning architect in the field of correctional and judicial design. He has designed dozens of court houses, correctional facilities and youth detention centers and is credited with creating more humane prisons that have reduced incarceration, improved the standard of living of inmates, reduced violence and increased positive staff and prisoner interactions The subject of three documentary films, he speaks often about evidence-based best practices and the need to support rehabilitation through improvement to the detention environment.

He explains his interest in this field of architecture on his website – “I‘ve focused on public practice because I believe that architecture is art and science, and above all, a social science. Justice design can have a positive impact on people, how they act-how they feel-how they respond, and what better place to practice this way than in the public realm.”

Host Margo Patterson talks with Andy Cupples about the art and science of designing prisons and jails and how that design can create a humane and supportive atmosphere.

Andy Cupples
Phone – 213/373-5558

The JoJR Calendar for the week of April 22nd

Representative Brandon Ellington, Strategic Workforce Development, GYRL and My Brother’s Keeper 4th Annual Job Fair will be held Thursday April 25th, 10am to 2pm at the Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emmanual Cleaver II Blvd, KCMO. There will be over 20 ex-offender friendly employers present. Come ready to be interviewed and with work history. For More information email [email protected] or call office at 573-751-3129 .
UMKC Law School and Code 4 KC are sponsoring an Expungement Day event Saturday April 27th from 8 – 11:30 am at the Morningstar Missonary Baptist Church, 2411 E 27th St, KCMO. To sign up go to info.umkc.edu/clearmyrecord for information on how to qualify call 816-200-2871or go to
[email protected]
The case of Ricky Kidd is similar in some respects to the case of Victor Vickers Jr in that Ricky has proven his innocence in court and his freedom is being denied by a procedural miscue. You can attend an evidentiary hearing on Ricky’s case starting tomorrow April 23rd at 9 am at the Davies County Courthouse, 102 N. Main #6, Gallatin, MO. This is a unique Educational Court Event for everyday citizens to see how exonerations are fought and achieved. This hearing is scheduled for, but may not take up four days to conclude. You are invited to attend any part of the hearing you can.

Speaking In Turkish: Denying the Armenian Genocide

Around the world, April 24 marks the observance of the Armenian Genocide. On that day in 1915 the Interior Minister of the Ottoman Empire ordered the arrest and hangings of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. It was the beginning of a systematic and well-documented plan to eliminate the Armenians, who were Christian, and who had been under Ottoman rule and treated as second class citizens since the 15th century.

The unspeakable and gruesome nature of the killings”beheadings of groups of babies, dismemberments, mass burnings, mass drownings, use of toxic gas, lethal injections of morphine or injections with the blood of typhoid fever patients”render oral histories particularly difficult for survivors of the victims.

Why did this happen? Despite being deemed inferior to Turkish Muslims, the Armenian community had attained a prestigious position in the Ottoman Empire and the central authorities there grew apprehensive of their power and longing for a homeland. The concerted plan of deportation and extermination was effected, in large part, because World War I demanded the involvement and concern of potential allied countries. As the writer Grigoris Balakian wrote, the war provided the Turkish government their sole opportunity, one unprecedented to exploit the chaos of war in order to carry out their extermination plan.

As Armenians escaped to several countries, including the United States, a number came to New Britain, Connecticut in 1892 to work in the factories of what was then known as the hardware capital of the world. By 1940 nearly 3,000 Armenians lived there in a tight-knit community.

Pope Frances calls it a duty not to forget the senseless slaughter of an estimated one and a half million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1923. Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it, the Pope said just two weeks before the 100th anniversary of the systematic implementation of a plan to exterminate the Armenian race.

Special thanks to Jennie Garabedian, Arthur Sheverdian, Ruth Swisher, Harry Mazadoorian, and Roxie Maljanian. Produced and written by Heidi Boghosian and Geoff Brady.


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