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Prison Phones

Affordable phone calls for the incarcerated take on new urgency in the pandemic

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Rebekah Barber, Facing South — During this time of pandemic-related social distancing, phone conversations are helping people stay sane and connected. But incarcerated people, who are among the most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, face significant barriers when it comes to accessing phone calls, which are more vital than ever given restrictions on in-person visits. Prison telecommunications is a $1.2 billion industry dominated by Securus Technologies, headquartered in Carrolton, Texas, and Global Tel…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Old, Sick and Incarcerated

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — There were 4623 incarcerated people over 65 in federal prisons during the first week of May. Until May 12, Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s one-time campaign manager, was one of them. The 71-year-old petitioned the court for release to home confinement because of his age, heart condition, and “fear of coronavirus.” Yet the federal correctional institution that housed Manafort had no coronavirus cases, and Manafort had…

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Chris Rabb

Philly lawmaker wants Pa. to pay reparations to the wrongly convicted

By Reparations

By John L. Micek, The Philadelphia Tribune — State Rep. Chris Rabb wants the state to pay reparations to people who are wrongfully sent to prison. In a memo seeking co-sponsors for his proposal, Rabb, D-Philadelphia, notes that Pennsylvania is one of 15 states without a law mandating compensation for innocent people for the years they lose behind bars. “Without a state compensation law, the only option for exonerees to…

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy in St. Augustine, Florida. June 1964.

‘Until We Are All Free’: Learning from Tubman, King, and Stevenson

By Commentaries/Opinions

All of them returned to the South’s frontline struggle for racial justice. By R. Drew Smith — In 2020, January remembrances of Martin Luther King Jr. are occurring against the backdrop of two high-profile films emphasizing sacrificial servant leadership. First, the film Harriet provided a renewed focus on celebrated abolitionist Harriet Tubman. This biopic chronicles her mid-19th century enslavement in Maryland, her daring escape to a hard-won freedom in Philadelphia, and her…

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Vantage Point Radio: Conversation With Kwanzaa’s Creator and an Open Forum With Listening Audience

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio Recorded December 23, 2019 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Maulana Karenga and callers. Topic Kwanzaa Guests Dr. Maulana Karenga, Creator of Kwanzaa. Also Dr. Ron Daniels Commentary and audience call-in. Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-5PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Click Here Mondays 3PM-5PM or visit…

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A drug seller's story: Corvain - Drug Policy Alliance

Rethinking the “Drug Dealer”

By Editors' Choice

By Alyssa Stryker, DPA — Policymakers in the United States increasingly recognize that drug use should be treated as a public health issue instead of a criminal issue. Most, however, continue to support harsh criminal sentences for people who are involved with drug selling or distribution. With more than 68,000 people in the United States dying from accidental drug overdoses in 2018 alone, many people are searching for someone to blame…

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Marcus Garvey

Programmatic Highlights: IBW21 reflects as we enter 2020 “The Year of Garvey”

By News & Current Affairs

Towards the Year of Marcus Mosiah Garvey. 2020 will mark the 100th Anniversary of the International Convention of the Negro People of the World, Convened in 1920 in New York by Marcus Mosiah Garvey, President General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). Marcus Garvey was the greatest mass-organizer Black people have ever produced and the architect of an economic, social and political blueprint designed to…

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Gov. Pritzker signs legislation strengthening most equity-centric adult-use cannabis law in the nation

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation strengthening most equity-centric adult-use cannabis law in the nation

By News & Current Affairs

By Real Times Media — Surrounded by dozens of criminal justice reform advocates and lawmakers at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation today to strengthen the most equity-centric adult-use cannabis law in the nation and announce the first round of social equity applications opens on Tuesday, December 10. “Illinois’ challenges are unique because we forged our own path,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “When the calendar hits January…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Bloomberg’s Apology – Sorry Doesn’t Always Make it Right

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Billionaire Mike Bloomberg entered the already-crowded Democratic presidential primary with a splash. His ad buy of about $35 million represents more than half of what the other dozen or so candidates have spent on the campaign so far. His $54.6 billion net worth (according to Forbes) means he has deep pockets and virtually unlimited funds to spend on a campaign. Some think that he can…

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