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.
Ashley and Nikki from the DPA Policy Committee come on the show to talk about the lies and the misinformation put out by the Department of Corrections about the construction of the two new prisons Phoenix I and II. A Right to Know Request filed by the DPA Policy Committee uncovered the "internal study" which the DOC claimed justified the construction of Phoenix I and II, and found it to to be grossly innadequate and deceptive.
To read more and see copies of the documents while you listen to the show go here.
In this show we talk about the US Prison Industrial Complex as a model of exportation to Latin American countries. We talked about the Plan Colombia an how the Colombian security forces received aid and training from the U.S. in the School of the Americas.