The next Prison Pipeline Special will concern Prisoners Giving to those on the outside. If you know about a project or fundraiser done by prisoners that made a contribution to an individual or organization in need, please let us know.
The origins and development of gangs is more complex than the stereotypes of them. John Hagedorn has studied and hung out with gangs all over the world and written several books about them. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about why there are gangs and how they sometimes morph into very different forms. Hagedorn's work with gangs can be seen on his website GangResearch.net where you can find links to YouTube videos, podcasts, and Hagedorn's writings.
Interviews with Dylan Rodriguez, Victoria Law, David Kong, Nathan Moon and Many Uch.
This month a look at Asian Pacific Americans and the criminal justice system with interviews with Dylan Rodriguez, author and prison abolisionist with Critical Resistance, and Victoria Law, author and activists who wrote Resistance Behind Bars about women prisoners' resistance, as well as a live discussion with David Kong and Nathan Moon about their experiences within the criminal justice system here in Oregon. Plus an interview with former APA Compass guest Many Uch about his experience dealing with potential deportation to Cambodia due to his prison record and legal changes around the Patriot Act.
A Prison Pipeline Special! We looked at the Prison Volunteers of Oregon—we heard some of them speak, we heard messages from prisoners who appreciate the volunteers, and Ruth told about the process of becoming an official ID Badge holding volunteer. If you are thinking about being a guest or volunteer at one of the prisons, this program will help you understand why 2000 of us do this work. Also, you’ll hear why we feel that we are privileged to be a part of the Volunteer Program.
A broad coalition of groups and one million of their supporters issue call for disbarment for 12 torture lawyers. Amnesty International on the transfer of Guantanamo Detainee Ahmed Ghailani to New York.
In today’s Portland City Council meeting, the council agreed to give twenty five thousand dollars to the Albina Ministerial Alliance to help support one hundred fifty survivors of Hurricane Katrina who relocated to Portland in 2005.
The Council also approved nearly two hundred thousand dollars in grant money from the Department of Homeland Security to provide thermal imaging cameras for the Portland Fire and Rescue Department.
One item on the consent agenda sparked some opposition from Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch.
The item involved providing three treatment beds for repeat offenders.
Aba Gayle was Ruth's guest. She told the story of Maurice Bickham, an African American, born in 1917, served 38 years and is now an ordained minister. He was from the era of Jim Crow laws, convicted of shooting two white law men, had his execution date set seven times, but was eventually released in 1996. Aba Gayle reminisced about watching the day Barack Obama took office. His mother had been a slave.You can search the web for more about Aba Gayle and her work with prisoners.