Dr. Barbara Hudson Roberts: New GOP Abortion Restrictions Disproportionately Impact Women of Color
Melvin Goodman: Trump-Bolton Iran Policy Irrational and Dangerous
Cathy Kunkel: Puerto Rican Grassroots and Environmental Groups Oppose Privatization of Island’s Electric Utility

Abortion, Iran, Puerto Rico
Episode date : May 24, 2019
On Between the Lines

What do you know about bananas? This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, listen to author Peter Chapman peel the layers of corruption and ruthlessness to reveal the origins of Chiquita, the infamous United Fruit Company. Then, Zac Mueller and Diana Martinez discuss the racist history of US immigration policy. They say it’s not just about who gets in. Our immigration laws are a reflection of who we are, who we want to be as a nation, and what it means to be American. Tune in Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

Dr. Mike is your host…

First, Brent Ragsdale interviews Jack Vandeleuv Hub Coordinator for Sunrise Movement KC. We will be discussing what the Sunrise Movement is about and particularly their support for the Green New Deal. Their website says: “We’re building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.”

Second, Craig Lubow interviews Linda Langston about the environmental hazards of flooding, including prevention and mitigation. Linda is director of strategic relations for the National Association of Counties and was previously a county supervisor in Linn County, Iowa.

Kansas has a new Secretary of Labor. She’s Delia Garcia, the first Latina to serve in a Cabinet post. We’ll get to know her this week on the Heartland Labor Forum. Then, the city of Kansas City, Missouri is about to embark on a study to assess Gender Pay Equity in city jobs. The results should provide a map for attacking the pay gap. Tune in Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

Reentry Is Hard For Exonerees Too

As more and more wrongfully convicted citizens are exonerated the issue of compensation has come to the fore. In Missouri only those exonerated by DNA are eligible for compensation and it isn’t automatic. Kansas recently passed a compensation law for exonerees that is still being figured out. The problem of lack of skills, work history and education plague many exonerees just as it does all formerly incarcerated citizens. There are no programs or consideration to help these citizens wronged by the Justice System.

Host Latahra Smith will talk with a couple of exonerees who are trying to build a work life for themselves to support themselves, their family and reclaim their place in society.

Kansas ACLU’s Smart Justice Campaign

The ACLU is working across the state of Kansas to educate and institute a Smart approach to justice by focusing on expanding diversion programs, reducing sentences for non-violent drug cases, improve reentry services and reform civil asset forfeiture laws.

Host Craig Lubow will talk with Kiana Knolland, Smart Justice Field Organizer for the ACLU of Kansas. She will talk about her effort to galvanize Kansas communities to take action to significantly reduce mass incarceration.

Website for Smart Justice Kansas – https://www.smartjusticekansas.org/

Kansas ACLU
Website – https://www.aclukansas.org/
Email – [email protected]
Legal Inquiries Email – [email protected]

Overland Park office –
6701 W. 64th Street, Suite 210
Overland Park, KS 66202

JoJR Calendar for May 20

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 May 20th, 7pm at Margaret’s Place, 7217 Troost, KCMO.

The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants will have their monthly meeting Monday, May 20th 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.

The Mission of Corey’s Network is to provide immediate support, advocacy and services to surviving victims of homicide in the Kansas City metropolitan area for those without advocates. They are partnering with other support and advocacy groups in the Kansas City area to provide help with the media, police investigations, court hearings and how to move forward after a loved one is murdered. If you would like to find out more about CNI or get involved join them this Monday May 20th from 6 to 8 PM at the Church of the Four Corners, 14300 E. US HWY 40, KCMO. The church is located East of the HyVee at 40 Hwy and Noland Rd. For more information and listing of their workshops call 816-834-9161 or email [email protected] or find them on Face Book at Corey’s Network Inc.

The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls is sponsoring a postcard campaign to all 50 Governors urging them to use their clemency power to release women incarcerated in their state who are elderly, criminalized survivors of violence, enduring sentences of more than 10 years, and/or living with long-term or life-threatening illnesses, and all girls incarcerated in juvenile detention centers. If you would like to find out more about this campaign and how you can send postcards to the Governor of your state check out their website at nationalcouncil.us

Venezuelan Embassy Protected Against Staged Attacks In DC

Democracy and the rule of law are being rapidly unraveled in our country by President Trump, his advisers, especially convicted war criminal Elliot Abrams, who was put in charge of policy in Venezuela, and John Bolton, who said that if the top 10 floors of United Nations building were lopped off it wouldn’t make any difference, and with the support of the rightist insurgent Republican Party.

The latest example is the American governments failed attempt military coup in Venezuela and its support of the ongoing attack on the Venezuelan embassy here in Washington DC.

On April 30th, the United States tried and failed to overthrow the democratically elected Venezuelan president Nikolai Maduro. They fail to supplant him with Juan Guaid, the self-proclaimed a president whos only real power is outside of Venezuela and comes mostly from the Trump administration.

Back home in Washington DC right wing counterrevolutionaries in support of Juan Guaid have so far failed in their attempt to take over the Venezuelan embassy. Under centuries of international law the embassy is considered the property of Venezuela itself.

Last week the Washington DC utility company, undoubtedly at the request of the US government, turned off the buildings water electricity supply.

Washington DC police and the Secret Service are preventing people from bringing food and water into the embassy.

A number of American citizens, acting in support of democracy in Venezuela, entered the building to protect it against an invasion by coup supporters. They are also demonstrating outside of the building.

The embassy protectors are being represented by attorney Mara VerhaydenHilliard of the Washington DC Partnership For Civil Justice.

Popular Resistance, Answer Coalition, Code Pink

Guest – Attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard has in the past successfully sued both the Washington DC police department and the New York City Police Department for their abuse demonstrators.


Lawyers For The Left: In The Courts, In the Streets And On The Air

Lawyers For The Left: In The Courts, In the Streets And On The Air is the title of the just published book by our own Michael Steven Smith. It profiles the some of the nations most effective agents of social change. Michael discusses how he came to write this book and previews several of the lawyers profiled therein.

As Chris Hedges quotes The lawyers in this book valiantly fought the erosion of justice and assault on the court system.

Portside Review by Bill Ayers:

Now open Michael Steven Smiths smart and compelling Lawyers for the Left, and youll find yourself plunged into the contradictions and swirling through the vortex where that question”what is the law?”is on everyones mind all the time. It takes on a unique urgency and a fresh vitality as its debated case by case and issue by issue by these committed advocates battling against a system they see as deeply and unfairly stacked against their clients”Black freedom fighters, Puerto Rican independistas, Indigenous and immigrant rights activists, women warriors, anti-war militants, water defenders, dissidents and radicals. None of the lawyers youll meet here holds fast to the traditional view that the law is simply a civilized mechanism for resolving disputes in an intelligent and reasoned way. They agree, rather, that any honest analysis of the law begins elsewhere, noting that in all times and in all places, the law is constructed in the service of whatever social/economic system created it. In other words, the law is a mechanism of control that works to protect and perpetuate existing social relations.

This week on Arts Magazine, Deb Bluford and Victor Raider-Wexler talk about the Kansas City Actors Theatre production of “Morning’s At Seven”, and director Jessica Franz and actor Jace Willcutt discuss the Barn Players production of “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time”. Join us on Monday for your cultural lunch and brunch!


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