Prison Pipeline is a radio program dedicated to educating the public about the Oregon criminal justice system. Our goal is to present a unique understanding of the criminal justice system, address the root causes of crime, and challenge the status quo. We seek to promote awareness and activism in order to foster a safe, healthy, and just society.
Tune in every Monday evening at 6:30 to hear our hosts Karen James, Adam Carpinelli, Amy Johnson, Sarah Vitak and Ruth Kovacs explore the Oregon justice system with a variety of guests. Hosts rotate weekly. Prison Pipeline's engineers are Danielle Parks and Michael Ftaclas.
Ras Danny, KBOO Programmer of Higher Reasoning Reggae Time joined Ruth in the studio to talk about what "change" really means for those in lockdown and how much better his life is after he decided to change and stay out of prison forever.
Be sure to check out the political prisoners program that aired on KBOO on Friday, April 24th.
Programs to look forward to: Blaque Butterfly, Dave of "Dave's Killer Bread," and volunteers who visit prisons in Oregon will be our guests soon.
Ruth reads a review of Mumia's new book "Jailhouse Lawyers" as told by Damon Lee Petrie, a prisoner/writer at OSP.
There will be a Book Party on Friday, April 24th at 7 p.m. at the Bread and Roses Center. @ 819 N. Killingsworth St.
Patrick Ryan, one of the organizers of Friends of Mumia of Portland, gave Ruth an update of today’s (04/06/09) U.S. Supreme Court ruling to let Mumia Abu-Jamal’s conviction stand. Also discussed were plans for Portland action, Saturday April 11th, at 10:00 am at Pioneer Square to protest this devastating ruling. For more information call 503/515-9540. Come join us as we stand up to be counted for Justice. Mumia needs your support and Portland supporters need to know that we are not alone.
We also read material from Hans Bennet quoting interviews with Patrick O’Connor, author of The Framing of Mumia, and Michael Schiffmann, co-founder of Journalists for Mumia and author of several books about Mumia – Race Against Death, and Mumia Abu-Jamal: a Black Revolutionary in White America.
Kelly Fitzpatrick from Phoenix Rising Transitions visited with host Ruth Kovacs.
During a visit with the sister of a prisoner who has been in lockdown almost four years, we get an update about how things are going. Debbie shares the ongoing task of keeping in touch with her brother.
A reminder! The deadline for entering Tattoo Art to Shot Caller Press is May 31.
Another segment from Democracy Now! March 3, 2009, Amy’s guests brought attention to a Census taking device that should concern us all. Districts in many states count the prisoners of the local penitentiary in their census and thus become eligible for the same budget and political benefits as a district that does not have a prison. In some cases the prison population is as much as 88 per cent of the Census count.
Judges in Pennsylvania—caught in corruption. Amy Goodman presented a segment giving us the details. As we listen, many questions come to mind; which Ruth highlights in the last few minutes. If you’d like us to do a Prison Pipeline program that deals with one of those questions, let us know.
The Mumia Strugglebration event on Friday 13 featured Pam Africa and Ramona Africa. This brought the subject of Political Prisoners to our attention. We gave an overview of the more than 100 political prisoners in the U.S.
We also announced the good news that Mumia’s book “Jailhouse Lawyer” will soon be available. Also a recently released film about Lynne Stewart will premiere in New York this month. More about these two items will be available on future Prison Pipeline programs.
Friday, Feb. 13, is a very special event! The Portland Friends for the Freedom of MOVE & Mumia Abu-Jamal present: Strugglebration for Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Portland State University – Smith Memorial Student Union Bldg. (SMU 238)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
For more information: 503/515-9540
To get us in the mood we heard Mumia speak, a cheer by Jenka, a song by David Strechert and comments by Ruth and Rebecca about the entertainers and speakers who will take part in the night of celebration and struggle.
See you there!
Ruth Kovacs was joined by Patty Katz, from Partnerships for Safety and Justice and Tony Perkins, former World Council Chair for Oxford House. They discussed the cuts in Washington State Prison funds for drug and alcohol treatment for prisoners before and after release. Folks are asked to send stories about their addiction to drugs and alcohol and how treatment programs affected their lives. Send the one-page stories to Partnerships for Safety and Justice.
Also, Ruth would like to receive stories about Anne Rose Pearce or copies of “. . .after seventeen years” the newsletter distributed by Anne Rose. We want to preserve her memory and document her work. If you can help us, please contact Ruth at KBOO
Mark your calendar! February 13 at PSU – An event for Mumia!