“Her Song” by Kathleen O’Shea – “Not one woman but dozens on death row in America today tell their stories of hope and survival.” This dramatization was presented in Washington DC at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, by the Safe Streets Arts Foundation, Dennis Sobin, Director (an ex-felon who founded the organization to present the creative writing of others—in prison and recently released). We heard songs and stories and shared a glimpse of women on death row.
Repealing the Death Penalty: What can Oregonians learn from the successful repeal movement in New Mexico? Host Miriam Widman interviews activists from the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and others.
Hosted by Tom Becker, this show deals with US military action in Afghanistan, the challenge to corporate-industrial society from climate change, and with putting people to death for crimes they did not commit. We hear haunting and apocalyptic music by Laibach from Slovenia.
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In the first of the Old Mole Mole's new feature, The Law and the Left, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss why the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, executed in 2004 in Texas for a crime of which he was almost certainly innocent, is so central to the fight against capital punishment. Read Mike Snedeker's piece at Counterpunch. Mike also recommends the blog The StandDown Texas Project for a critical take on the death-dealing Texas justice system.
Tune in to hear Dr. Scott Allen of Physicians for Human Rights and co-author of the newly published report; Aiding Torture: Ethics and Human Rights Violations Revealed in the May 2004 CIA Inspector General's Report. The newly released CIA Torture report reveals so far undisclosed techniques used to "break" prisoners in Guantanamo and Bagram Air base in Afghanistan. It also gives the clearest picture yet of the central role played by Health Professionals in the CIA's "Interrogation" program.
Dennis Sobin, Director of Safe Streets Arts Foundation, talked about the opportunity provided by his foundation for prisoners to show their creativity. An annual program presented at Kennedy Center in Washington DC includes plays, poems and music by prisoners. We look forward to presenting a few of these plays on future Prison Pipeline programs.