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A discussion with Professor Jomella Watson-Thompson of the University of Kansas and Deputy Chief Tyrone Garner of the Kansas City Kansas Police Department on the new 1.4 Million dollar grant to help reduce youth violence in Kansas City, Kansas.


Literacy emerges from a broad range of factors that include early childhood learning opportunities, development stages at which children are ready to learn abstract skills, and the flexibility of schools and teachers. Rita Norton will describe one white child’s decades long route to reading proficiency. Bill Mullins will discuss winning the literacy battle in several local, contemporary primary schools.


It’s a Noir Holiday! Authors Ann Aptaker and Stefani Deoul, as well as host Elizabeth Andersen, lead a frightfully festive tour through passion and crime in Gotham.The three books in the Cantor Gold series that we discuss are Criminal Gold, Tarnished Gold, and Genuine Gold.


John Fish will join us to speak abour recycling do’s and don’ts as we approach the holiday season. You may know him from the KC chapter of 350kc or the Kansas City Climate Coalition but he’ll be sharing his recycling knowledge from years of experience at Bridging The Gap’s recycling centers. Maurice Person of KC Aquaponics will be joining us for the second half of the show. He is an entrepreneur, Black farmer and a apart of the KC chapter of BUGS–Black Urban Growers. He has experience growing foods indoors and outdoors and teaches others–be it students at East Highschool or community members that attend his aquaponics workshops.

Recycling and Aquaponics
Episode date : December 11, 2017
On EcoRadio KC
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Marianne K. Martin, Lisa Marie Evans, and cheryl Pletcher talked with host Elizabeth Andersen about the Legacies of Lesbian Literature project. It was a conversation on the origins of the project (Marianne and Sandra Moran were keynote speakers at the National Women’s Music Festival in 2014); the roles of the team members; the interviews already filmed; and future plans. 


CCR: Current Supreme Court Dockets

We are currently living through an attack on every aspect of American democracy. This phenomena predated the Trump presidency and has been qualitatively accelerated by it.

This across-the-board constriction of the power and rule of the American people, to the extent that it had existed, has encompassed the suppression of voting rights; an attack on public education; the growth of enormous income inequality; the unimpeded influence of money in elections; the threat and constriction of the right of women to control their own bodies; the attack on peoples rights to build and join effective unions; the refusal to close the offshore prison of Guantnamo and the refusal to prosecute illegal torturers; the attack and net neutrality and access to the internet; the increase by the state of the surveillance of American citizens; the militarization of the police; encouragement of racism; the banning of Muslims; suppression of the right to demonstrate; and the growth in executive authority.

Guest ” Attorney Baher Azmy, the Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. The CCR was founded in 1966 to advance the goals of the civil rights movement. Michael Ratner, our co-host and founder of Law And Disorder Radio, was its president emeritus at the time of his passing in May of last year. Baher Azmy and Michael worked closely together.

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Lawyers Youll Like: Alison McCrary

As part of our Lawyers Youll Like series, today we are joined by Alison McCrary. Alison is a social justice attorney, a Catholic nun, president of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and a Spiritual Advisor on Louisianas death row. She is the former Program Director for the Community-Police Mediation at the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor where she created a national model for improving community-police relationships, taught at the New Orleans Police Academy, and helped develop similar programs in cities across the nation.

As a 2010 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship in New Orleans, Alison challenged and helped reform policing practices and policies to transform relationships between police officers and the bearers of New Orleans indigenous cultural traditions. Alison has served as a National Lawyers Guild legal observer trainer and the New Orleans Legal Observer Program Coordinator.

Before law school, she worked at the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana providing litigation support on death penalty cases and at the United Nations in New York monitoring the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions.

Guest ” Attorney Alison McCrary. In New Orleans, Alison worked, clerked, and/or volunteered at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, the Louisiana Voters Rights Network, Equity and Inclusion Campaign for the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, Orleans Parish Public Defenders Office, Louisianas Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Loyola Universitys Community Justice Clinic. Nationally, Alison coordinates and provides legal support for social justice movements such as the School of the Americas Watch. She received her J.D. from Loyola Universitys College of Law in New Orleans and her B.A. in English at Georgia State University in Atlanta.


Wednesday December 13, 2017
Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with writer/community activist MG Salazar, Consuelo Cruz Arts Marketing Coordinator with the Office of Culture and Creative Services KCMO, UNESCO-United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Education members Anita Dixon-Director of the Mutual Musicians Foundation, John James-President of the Wendall Phillips Neighborhood Association, & Jacob Wagner-Director of Urban Studies and co-founder of the Center for Neighborhoods at the University of Kansas City-Kansas City and writer Kevin Peery.

MG Salazar-Cinema Cabaliste is a quarterly collection of quirky silent movies watched with audience participation. We regularly feature live performances and have used the Cinema Cabaliste vehicle to raise hundreds of dollars for Standing Rock. We’re turning our attention to Camp Makwa now, on Line 3 in Minnesota, where direct action water protectors are chaining themselves to equipment. We will be watching Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator as well as a few choice shorts. MG Salazar will be doing live readings of dirty jazz, vaudevillian and blues songs from nearly a hundred years ago. We will also be raffling off Native art as well as some other fun prizes! Cinema Cabaliste 3611 Broadway St. KCMO 64111 Dec. 16 – Dec. 17 10pm- 12:30pm Tickets by Eventbrite

Consuelo Cruz-Open Spaces 2018: The City of Kansas City, Mo. announced the official launch and call for artists to participate in an innovative, new two-month arts event called Open Spaces 2018: A Kansas City Arts Experience – an exciting partnership between the City and local philanthropic and community arts leaders.

Open Spaces 2018 will feature art installations in open spaces across Kansas City, showcasing the city’s famed parks and boulevards, as well as urban spaces and existing arts and cultural venues. Art experiences will include visual art and performances created by local, national and international artists – all curated by internationally-recognized artistic director Dan Cameron.
The event will run Aug. 25 – Oct. 28, 2018, with a hub of artistic activity in Kansas City’s largest park, Swope Park and a network of additional venues throughout Kansas City. Attendees can expect a wide variety of visual and performing art experiences over the course of the two months.
Open Spaces 2018 is a collaboration between the City’s Office of Culture and Creative Services and a private arts initiative led by Kansas City philanthropist Scott Francis, to create an event that highlights Kansas City’s arts, culture and creativity, one of 10 goals included in the City’s Arts Convergence Plan, adopted by Mayor James and City Council in 2013.
Open Spaces 2018: A Kansas City Arts Experience is a two-month multi-platform arts event that aims to attract cultural visitors and bring significant visibility to Kansas City. The event showcases renowned local, national and international artists, with a hub of activity in Swope Park and a network of additional venues extending throughout Kansas City. Open Spaces 2018 is led by internationally-recognized curator Dan Cameron and backed by a public-private partnership that includes the City of Kansas City, Mo., KC Creates and a Founders Circle collaboration of large donors and arts leaders.
For more information, visit openspaceskc.com.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-Anita Dixon, Director of the Mutual Musicians Foundation (Ret), John James, President of Wendell Phillips Neighborhood Association, Jacob Wagner, Director of Urban Studies and co-founder of the Center for Neighborhoods at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on October 31, 2017 Kansas City was recognized as a music city. Kansas City is among more than 60 cities around the world that earned “Creative City” distinction from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on October 31. Along with cities in Cabo Verde, Chile, Czechia, India, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Sweden, Kansas City was recognized as a music city.
The UNESCO application focused on Kansas City’s jazz history and current music scene. The initiative was spearheaded by the Wendell Phillips neighborhood association John James, in coordination with jazz advocate Anita Dixon, and Jacob Wagner, director of urban studies and co-founder of the Center for Neighborhoods at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. For more information about the UNESCO designation, please contact Mayor Pro Tem Wagner at 816-513- 6503.

Kevin Peery- Americana songwriter and Kansas City based storyteller, K.W. Peery, is the author of four poetry collections.

Tales of a Receding Hairline -2016
Purgatory – 2016
Wicked Rhythm – 2017
Ozark Howler – 2017

Tales of a Receding Hairline – Semifinalist in the 2016 Goodreads Best in Poetry 2016

His work appears in the Vincent Van Gogh Anthology – Resurrection of a Sunflower -2017
and the Walsal Poetry Society –
Diverse Verse II – 2017

He is a regular contributor in Veterans Voices, The Australia Times Poetry Magazine and The Gasconade Review.

Facebook Link
https://www.facebook.com/KWPeery/

Follow on Twitter @KWPeery

Upcoming releases:
Gallatin Gallows – 2018
Howler Holler – 2018
Cockpit Chronicles -2019


Net neutrality protests were held last Thursday, December 7, in front of Verizon stores in Kansas City, Missouri, and Olathe, Kansas. These were two of reportedly over 700 protests in all 50 states.

Over 15 people gathered in front of the Verizon store at 3385 Main St. in Kansas City, Missouri displaying signs saying things like, “Save the Internet”, “Stop the FCC”, and “No slow lanes”. I’m Spencer Graves reporting for KKFI. I went inside that Verizon store and asked for their thoughts. They said they were were a franchise. They knew the protesters were there but otherwise had no comments. A similar protest was held in front of a Verizon store at 15239 W. 117th St. in Olathe.

Net neutrality started entering the national consciousness in 2007 as documentation began to appear of how Internet access providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and Time Warner Cable were blocking, throttling, altering — including stripping encryption — and redirecting people’s requests for information from the Internet. This generated a wave of activism that still seems to be increasing. It generated 3.7 million comments to the US Federal Communications Commission in late 2014 that convinced the Obama administration to classify the Internet access providers as “telecommunications services” in early 2015 under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934.

However, in late 2014, then-candidate Donald Trump tweeted, “Obama’s attack on the internet is another top down power grab. Net neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target conservative media.”

In late January of this year, President Trump named Ajit Pai to head the FCC. Pai quickly began to roll back some of the pro-consumer policies that had been implemented by Obama’s FCC. On May 18, they adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on “Restoring Internet Freedom”. That’s the freedom of Internet access providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and Spectrum, to block, throttle, alter and redirect your requests for Information from the Internet. Almost 22 million comments on that issue were filed with the FCC by its August 30 deadline. In late November, the FCC announced they would vote on “Restoring Internet Freedom” at their next meeting, December 14, this coming Thursday.

You can contact your representatives in the US Congress via house.gov and senate.gov. And you can connect with net neutrality supporters via “BattleForTheNet.com”.

 

Copyright 2017 Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License (CC BY SA) 4.0 International.  Spencer Graves, EndowmentForJournalism.org


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