Hanan Ashrawi On Palestinians Under Israeli Justice
Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian leader, legislator, activist and scholar who served as a member of the Leadership Committee of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process beginning with the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991, was the featured speaker in a Park University “Year of Diversity” event on Monday, Oct. 16, at Unity on the Plaza. Her talk was entitled “Inclusivity and Diversity: What We Can Learn from Israel and Palestine” and was a reflection on 50 years of advocacy.
While she was here Hanan Ashrawi spoke with host Margo Patterson about how the Israeli justice system and penal system treats Palestinians. She spoke about what she characterized as the worse than apartheid system Palestinians in Israel live under and how punishment is not just for an individual who beaks the law but affects their whole family and community.
Matthew Hahn, A Prisoner Fighting Fires For The State Of California
A recent article in the New York Times by Jaime Lowe told how women incarcerated in California risk life and limb fighting forest fires for $2/hr. The article is being pointed to by some as an example of how the slavery exception clause in the 13th amendment is exploited for free or very cheap labor, others see this use of prison labor as a form of community service and a way for the incarcerated to give back to society. The state of California sees it as a way to help keep their budget in check.
Host Jeff Humfeld talks with Matthew Hahn formerly incarcerated citizen, that lived and worked out of a California fire camp for three years. Matthew spoke to the benefits of the program to the inmate, the work he did in the camp and the sense of accomplishment he got from the work. He also spoke about his blog post The Jesusita Firebreak which you can find at https://hahnscratch.com/2017/06/10/the-jesusita-firebreak/
The JoJR Calendar for October 30th
The KC Area Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide will hold their monthly meeting Friday November 3rd, beginning at 7:30 PM at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 2552 Gillham Road, KCMO. POMC meets to provide support and assistance through on-going emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy and awareness to all survivors of homicide victims.
State Representative Brandon Ellington is again hosting the annual Basketball Tournament To Feed The Hungry and Voices of The People are hosting the 11th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
The Basketball tournament is to help provide food and give away items for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and will be held Wednesday Nov 15th at the Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emmanual Cleaver 2 Blvd, KCMO. Team sign up starts 5 PM, games start at 6 PM, registration is 1 frozen turkey per player. Admission to game is at least four canned goods or 1 frozen Turkey, or slightly used or new clothing or toys.
The 11th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Wednesday November 22nd from 4-6 PM at the Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emmanual Cleaver 2 Blvd, KCMO. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to volunteer to help with either of these events you can contact Representative Ellington’s office at 573-751-3129 or email at [email protected]