It's been 2 years since the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, an incident that exposed deep racism both in still alive on the streets as well as our justice system. The "not guilty" verdict was a slap in the face to thousands of young black men just like Trayvon who would in any similar circumstance have faced inevitable long sentences or a death penalty and in response thousands took to the streets to demand justice, but also as an urgent affirmation of the value of black life.
For this show we have Khadijah Costley White, an anti-racist community organizer teaching at Rutger University and Sarah Giskin from People Utilizing Real Power who are both involved in organizing events to remember "Trayvon and all the young people harmed by police officers, security guards, and vigilantes and fueled by a system of racially coded violence against people of color."
If you couldn't make it to the People's Hearing, listen to the recap on Decarcerate PA radio. We featured some of the speeches and interviews of people that attended. Listen to the voices of the testifiers in Harrisburg.
Special thanks to Philadelphia Student Union, Youth United for Change, BPSOS Delaware Valley, G-LAW, the Human Rights Coalition, Fight For Lifers West, the CHARLES Foundation, The Center for Returning Citizens, The Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project, Why Not Prosper, Larry Stephenson and Eddie Ramirez for your powerful testimony.
In this show we featured a recording from teh presentation of the book Resistance behind bars by Victoria Law, hosted by the Global Womens's Strike. Resistance Behind Bars provides much-needed documentation of collective organizing and the daily struggles inside women's prisons. This powerful new edition includes two new sections that examine the challenges facing transgender, transsexual, intersex, and gender-variant people in prison as well as their acts of resistance, and many other recent and ongoing stories of resistance and organizing by women prisoners.
Derrick Stanley, the only member of the Dallas 6 currently on the outside spoke with us about the case, conditions in solitary confinement and about their protest against inhumane prison conditions for which they've become a symbol of resistance.
The Philadelphia Student Union was started in 1995 by a group of young people who were concerned about not receiving the quality of education that they deserved. They decided that if school reform were going to be successful, it would have to involve students as leaders for change. The organization has grown from the dream of a few students to a strong organization that has allowed students themselves to become a major force for improving schools in Philadelphia.
Members of the Books Through Bars collective came on the show to talk about the amazing work they do providing reading material to people incarcerated across the Mid-Atlantic region. To learn more about their organization or to get involved check out their website or stop in any Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the A-Space (4722 Baltimore Ave).
G-LAW is a powerful activist who uses various kinds of street theater and dramatic actions to call attention to the ways mass incarceration impacts people, particularly young people in Philadelphia. This February, for the 4th year in a row, G-LAW is attempting to build a prison cell and live in it for the month of February to call attention to these issues
Nicolas Lampert, member of the Justseeds collective visited Philly on a tour presenting his book People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements.