We present a press conference held last week concerning how EPA budgetary cutbacks will adversely impact Kansas City. We also present testimony from the public hearing held last week regarding plans for the old Bannister Federal Complex.

KCMO Human Relations Department Talks Housing Discrimination

One of the factors that makes it easier for the formerly incarcerated to succeed at reintegrating into society is stable housing. Many returnees even with employment and support are often denied housing because of their conviction. The Federal Government does not allow those with drug convictions to live in subsidized housing even if it means they are separated from the family support system that could mean success.

Host Teresa Wilke speaks with Paul Pierce, Discrimination Investigator and Greta Wills, housing Investigator with KCMO Human Relations Department about reporting housing discrimination by those with convictions and the laws that protect them.

KCMO Human Relations Department –
webpage – http://kcmo.gov/humanrelations/about-2/
Phone – (816) 513-1836

Justice Department Report On Deaths In Jail

The number of deaths behind bars has been on the rise perhaps because of poor diet and substandard food, denial of or inadequate healthcare, violence by inmates and guards and other factors. The Justice Department conducted a study in 2015 on the rise in fatalities of those who do not have death sentences.

Host Melvin Merritt talks with Joshua Aiken of the Prison Policy Institute about the Bureau of Justice Statistics Deaths in Custody Reporting Program and what remedies the Justice Department and JPI may be proposing.

Justice Policy Institute –
Webpage – http://www.justicepolicy.org/index.html

Justice Department Report on Deaths in Custody –

While Ridley Scott’s newest “Alien” prequel “Alien: Covenant” doesn’t add much that’s new, it does fill in the blanks. We now know where the creatures came from. Fans of the franchise should enjoy the action and mayhem that this origin story provides, even though it all seems a bit too familiar. Still, it’s a spectacular production that manages to make you jump even though you know what’s around the corner.


In the high-concept teen romance “Everything, Everything,” a homebound girl suffering from immunodeficiency problems falls in love with the boy next door through her bedroom window. Will she step outside to be with him even though it could kill her? What do you think? This sweet but very predictable film based on the YA novel has likable stars in Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, so it should appeal to its teen target audience. Others, beware.


Richard Gere gives one of the top performances of his career in “Norman,” the story of an aging Jewish con man who befriends a high-ranking Israeli government official and uses the connection to wheel and deal among the Jewish business elites of New York City. Smart filmmaking and a top-notch supporting cast help turn this very low-key character study into a social commentary.


“Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” is a documentary about journalist-turned-activist Jane Jacobs, who fought intractable powers in New York to stop ravages taking place under the guise of Urban Renewal. It’s a thoughtful and informative primer on the subject.


Also opening this week, Cynthia Nixon stars as poet Emily Dickinson in the biopic, “A Quiet Passion.” “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” is a comedy about a musician and his standup comic opening act. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” is the fourth entry in the comedy franchise. “Champion” is a faith based flick set in the world of dirt track racing.

This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, our show is called “Hate Has No Home Here.” We’ll cover reaction to the Olathe shooting at the Solidarity In Community meeting there against anti-immigrant terrorism and to honor the Indian engineer who died and the men who were shot. Then, we’ll speak to Kansas Citians from the Northland who responded in solidarity to the Olathe shootings. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

Hate Has No Home Here
Episode date : May 18, 2017
On Heartland Labor Forum

Susan and Russ check out “The Circle,” a high tech thriller adapted by screenwriter Dave Eggers from his own novel. Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in the story of a powerful Silicon Valley company (think Google) that may have insidious plans. The film was directed by James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now,” “The End of the Tour”).

Take Two: “The Circle”
Episode date : May 19, 2017
On Take Two

RadioActive host David Mitchell interviews Dr Connie Campbell, co-founder and president of Human Interactions.  Dr Campbell has 25 years experience as a learning specialist and psychometrist.  Dr Campbell will explain the psychology behind “true believers” on both the left and the right who ignore sound scientific evidence that disagrees with an already decided world view, providing insight into those who reject climate change despite well established scientific analysis.

Craig Lubow interviews KCK Mayor Mark Holland about environmental issues in Wyandotte County. Also, Honduran activists, Melissa Cordova and Karla Lara were in town last week to raise awareness about struggles in their country. We’ll air the portion of their talk about the murder of Honduran environmental activist Berta Caceres.

Mayor Mark Holland
Episode date : May 15, 2017
On EcoRadio KC

Millions For Prisoner’s Human Rights March On Washington

As the prison population in the United States has grown well beyond that of any other nation the issue of how those prisoners are treated is coming to the forefront. America is starting to wake up to the fact that the ideals of of restoration and rehabilitation have been replaced by overcrowding, isolation, and deprivation within our prison system. The rise of for profit prisons has raised concerns about political corruption and highlighted the exception clause in the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution that designates prisoners as slaves of the state. The Millions For Prisoner’s Human Rights March On Washington and many of the concerns being raised are coming from the prisoners themselves, in particular the nationwide Jail House Lawyers organization.

Millions For Prisoners Human Rights Core demands for Action:

A) We DEMAND the 13th amendment ENSLAVEMENT CLAUSE of the United States Constitution be amended to abolish LEGALIZED slavery in America.
B) We DEMAND a Congressional hearing on the 13th Amendment ENSLAVEMENT CLAUSE being recognized as in violation of international law, the general principles of human rights and its direct links to:
Private entities exploiting prison labor
Companies overcharging prisoners for goods and services
Private entities contracted by states/federal government to build and operate prisons. This would also include immigration detentions
Racial disparities in America’s prison population and sentencing
Policing: the disproportionate (unaccountable) killings by police in the black and brown communities
Felony Disenfranchisement laws
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 34,000 detention quotas
Producing the world largest prison population

On today’s broadcast host Jamie Jackson talks with three guests about the Millions For Prisoner’s Human Rights March On Washington scheduled for August. Her first guest will be Max Parthas, spoken word artist and one of the hosts of New Abolitionist Radio speaking on modern day slavery and the 13th amendment exception clause. Then Chrystal Roundtree one of the founders of the I Am We Ubuntu network for prisoners human rights about the March on Washington and how you can get involved. Then finally local IWW Activist Brianna Peril will talk about efforts here in Kansas City to get people to the march and the national prisoners strike that will coincide with the march.

Max Parthas – New Abolitionist Radio
FB – https://www.facebook.com/newabolitionistsradio
Website – http://blacktalkradionetwork.com/newabolitionistsradio

Chrystal Rountree – I Am We Ubuntu Network
FB – https://www.facebook.com/groups/MillionsforPrisonersMarch/?multi_permalinks=1536607716401773&notif_t=group_highlights&notif_id=1494642696029838
website – http://www.iamweubuntu.com/

Brianna Peril – IWW
email – [email protected]

Rally Bus website for the march –

Jail House Lawyers Speak – FB page https://www.facebook.com/BlkJailhouselawyer/?fref=nf

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