Many of our listeners will recognise Michael Steven Smith as one of the hosts of Law and Disorder which airs on KKFI Tuesday mornings at 9 AM. He often interviews “Lawyers You’ll Like”, a recurring segment on L&D. This feature has inspired his latest book, Lawyers For The Left: In The Courts, In The Streets and On The Air, stories of lawyers who have devoted their careers to representing victims of injustice rather than the rich and the privileged. Their clients included Martin Luther King and Angela Davis, the prisoners in the infamous massacre at Attica, people who suffered torture, police abuse, mass arrests, and segregation.
Host David Bell spends the hour with Attorney and Author Michael Steven Smith talking about his upcoming book, Lawyers For The Left, hosting Law and Disorder and much more.
Michael Steven Smith is the author, editor, and co-editor of many books, mostly recently Imagine: Living In A Socialist U.S.A. and “The Emerging Police State,” by William M. Kunstler. He has testified before committees of the United States Congress and the United Nations on human rights issues. Mr. Smith lives and practices law in New York City with his wife Debby, where on behalf of seriously injured persons he sues insurance companies and occasionally the New York City Police Department. Michael Smith has also organized and chaired the Left Forum, has been a member of the National Lawyers Guild from the early days of his career and has been on the Board of the Center For Constitutional Rights, CCR.
Michael’s blog can be found at – http://michaelstevensmith.com/
You can order his book from O/R Books – https://www.orbooks.com/catalog/lawyers-for-the-left/
The JoJR Calendar for the week of March 18th
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 March 18th, 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, March 18th, 6 pm 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. For more Information on MOCURE on FB – https://www.facebook.com/MoCureOrg/
The Project on the History of Black Writing’s, Mass Incarceration Symposium will feature several scholars, authors and artists sharing their work as it relates to mass incarceration.
The symposium will start with a panel discussion and quilt exhibit from 2-6 PM, Saturday, March 23 at Lawrence Public Library’s Auditorium, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS. Following the the panel Damaris Hill: Author of “A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing” will present at 7 PM at Crystal’s Spot, 704 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS. There will be a writers workshop Sunday, March 24 from 4-6 PM At the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS. These events are open to the public, check their website http://hbw.ku.edu/ or the Project on the History of Black Writing Face Book page – https://www.facebook.com/projecthbw/
The documentary film Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2, follows Lindy Lou’s travels through Mississippi interviewing her 11 fellow jurors, twenty years later, regarding the repercussions of their decision to hand down a death sentence to a man convicted in a double homicide.
Missourian’s for Alternatives to the Death Penalty are bringing Lindy Lou, and the movie to our area for three showings and discussions with Lindy Lou in three days beginning on Monday, March 18th, 7pm at the University of St. Mary, St. Joseph Dining Hall, 4100 S 4th St, Leavenworth, KS, again Tuesday, March 19th, 5 pm at the KC Public Library – Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St, KCMO, finally on Wednesday, March 20th, at Avila University, Whitfield Center, 11901 Wornall Rd, KCMO. For more information contact: [email protected] – 816-931-4177