On this program, we talk to Nyabinga Dzimbahwe, of the African People's Socialist Party and Wendy Snyder of the African People's Solidarity Committee. We also feature a speech by the Chairman of the African People's Socialist Party, Omali Yeshitela.
Carlos Chavez interviews Alison Parker of Human Rights Watch. They discuss her recent report titled, Against All Odds: Prison Conditions for Youth Offenders Serving Life without Parole Sentences in the United Stated. Drawing on six years of research, and interviews and correspondence with correctional officials and hundreds of youth offenders serving life without parole, Parker sheds light on the overwhelming accounts of abuse suffered by young people facing this kind of incarceration. Young offenders serving time in adult prisons who are smaller in stature are statistically most vulnerable to attack.
Peter Pincetl talks with Trules Neil, District Manager of the Department of Community Justice, about the Re-entry Enhancement Coordination Program (REC) and how it helps to reduce recidivism. Peter also talks with Shawn King, a graduate of the program, about how the program helped him through the transition process.
Perspectives on Prison from the students at Portland Youth Builders
Megan Vosk hosts this evening’s Prison Pipeline. It presents three short pieces produced by students in the media program at Portland Youth Builders. All three pieces provide interesting perspectives on prison life. The first piece talks about how the media portrays the prison lifestyle as glamorous. The students analyze a song, a movie and a news clip, and find that in general the media perceives prison as a macho place. The second piece compares the difference between prison myths and reality. It features two interviews, one with someone who has never been to prison but has ideas of what it may be like, and one with someone who has just gotten out of prison after serving eighteen months, who is able to share what it really is like to be locked down.
Grassroots activist group Witness Against Torture will occupy Washington DC on January 2nd to protest continued existence of Guantanamo Bay and to stand in Solidarity with 14 anti-torture activists on trial.
KBOO’s Anna Prebel Speaks with Helen Schietinger of Witness Against Torture.
Grace discusses with Mark and his family about the Thousand Kite Project, concerning communication and human rights. The issue is raised of the high cost of communication with the incarcerated, and how that basic right should not be a profit for business.
Grace also talks with Mark about his music (of which his song is the featured intro/outro music) and how it has been a positive force in his life.