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The Torch – 01.02.17

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment Historian, writer, activist committed to Indigenous people’s rights. How the gun “debate” signifies the rise of a new American militarism peppered by bloody incidents from Sandy Hook elementary school to Virginia Tech, a Charleston, SC church is acting out a very real history of warfare against native people and the …

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A Just Cause – Importance of Re-entry from Prison to Society – 01.15.17

The host Cliff Stewart, Lisa Stewart and Lamont Banks speaks with Our Special Guests for tonight’s show are Mommie Activist Karen Garrison, who’s twin sons were wrongfully convicted and Attorney Malcom Young, who heard about many accounts of returning prisoners who, despite doing everything required of them, were unable to find work.

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A Just Cause – Shining a Spotlight on Capitol Hill & Congresswoman Maxine Waters – 12.04.16

The host Cliff Stewart, Lisa Stewart and Lamont Banks will be Shining a Spotlight on Capitol Hill and Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today. She has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the poor.

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A Just Cause – Abuse Behind the Walls in American Prisons – 08.28.16

The host Cliff Stewart, Lisa Stewart and Lamont Banks Special Guests are Ex-Correctional Officers Robin K. Miller and Gary York. Both will be sharing their first-hand experiences and accounts of Abuse Behind Prison Walls in America!

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A Just Cause – Miscarriage of Justice in America – 08.14.16

The host Cliff Stewart, Lisa Stewart and Lamont Banks: The American system of justice is the most-respected worldwide, it is still a system designed, and operated, by humans, which means it’s not perfect. Lamont, Cliff and Lisa will highlight ongoing struggles against “the system” and what happens when justice miscarries against our American citizens.

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Jamiles Lartey – By the numbers: US police kill more in days than other countries do in years

It’s rather difficult to compare data from different time periods, according to different methodologies, across different parts of the world, and still come to definitive conclusions. But now that we have built The Counted, a definitive record of people killed by police in the US this year, at least there is some accountability in America – even if data from the …

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Rucha Chitnis – How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California to Nepal

In the face of corporate domination, economic injustice, and climate change, movements led by women offer a revolutionary path. In her essay “There is No Hierarchy of Oppressions,” black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde wrote: “I have learned that oppression and the intolerance of difference come in all shapes and sizes and colors and sexualities; and that among those of …

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Leid Stories – 12.03.15

Prosecuting Egregious Police Crimes: When the Law Is Out of Order
(Part 4: The Jamar Clark (Minneapolis) Case
Leid Stories concludes a series on legal issues and challenges involved in prosecuting police officers charged with killing civilians. Today’s installment focuses on a police killing that has sparked community outrage and protest since Nov. 15—the day Jamar Clark, 24, was shot in the head by a Minneapolis police officer during a highly contentious arrest. Eyewitnesses claim Clark was restrained and handcuffed when he was killed, but police say he tried to take an officer’s gun away from him.
“The People’s Attorney General” Alton H. Maddox Jr., who set many legal precedents litigating police-brutality and hate-crime cases in New York, discusses key legal issues in the case that are at the root of ongoing protests demanding a federal investigation.

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Leid Stories – 11.30.15

Laquan McDonald Killing: Protest, Yes, But Political Punishment Is Needed
Prosecuting Egregious Police Crimes: When the Law Is Out of Order
The indictment last week of Chicago Policer Jason Van Dyke on first-degree-murder charges for shooting to death 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20 last year has ignited a renewed groundswell of grassroots protest against police brutality and the double standard of justice that favors rogue cops when prosecuting such cases. Leid Stories in a commentary explains why vigorous protest not only is appropriate, it should include organized political punishment—of the Democratic Party in particular.
Jury selection begins today in Baltimore City Circuit Court in the trial of Officer William Porter, the first of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, 26, who died on April 19, a week after suffering traumatic injuries while being transported to a stationhouse in a police van. “Attorney at War” Alton H. Maddox Jr., who has litigated several precedent-setting police-brutality cases in New York, discusses key issues with the prosecution of Porter and Gray’s other alleged killers.

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Tom Carter – World Socialist Web Site

With the death toll from police brutality continuing to mount, the US Supreme Court on Monday issued a decision expanding the authoritarian doctrine of “qualified immunity,” which shields police officers from legal accountability. When a civil rights case is summarily dismissed by a judge on the grounds of “qualified immunity,” the case is legally terminated. It never goes to trial …