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Cell Blocks

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Tune into KBOO 90.7FM on Monday night for Prison Pipeline where I interview one of Chicago Reporter’s investigative journalists, Angela Caputo on her recent article, called “Cell Blocks.” We talk about her recent article on the topic of Chicago’s highest incarcerated West side community.

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Caputo tapped into Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s database paired with a Geographic Information Systems file created by the Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology to research convicted felony cases and prison sentences per census block in the city of Chicago. Her results exposed some fascinating facts that may have many of us scratching our heads about the heavy handed philosophy behind that last few decades of mass incarceration and the war on drugs.

KBOO 90.7 FM – Monday 6:30 – 7pm on Prison Pipeline (kboo.fm/prisonpipeline)

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2013 in Prisons

 

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MacLaren Youth Radio Journalism Part II

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Tune into KBOO Community Radio (90.7 FM or http://www.kboo.fm) on Monday, February 11th at 6:30pm. I’ll be hosting Prison Pipeline and my program will be part two of a two part series on the 2012 highlights of my radio journalism group in MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility.

This time we’ll focus on a field recording exercise that was done by one of my students. He interviews Steve Llanes from the Office of Minority Services and other youth as they prepare for one of the sweat lodge ceremonies at MacLaren.

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Some of you might be aware that I facilitate educational workshops at MacLaren for the youth incarcerated there. MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility is the largest facility in Oregon for incarcerating youth. Most of these youth face sentences ranging from 3 to 7 years or longer. During their time on the facility these young men have access to a high school education, college courses and job skills training.

Through an organization called Hope Partnership they are offered additional workshops and classes that expose the youth to creative outlets, literacy and cultural awareness. Morpheus Youth Project, a fiscally sponsored non profit that I run, collaborates with Hope Partnership to facilitate a Radio Journalism Class (as well as other workshops).

Take a peek into what we were involved in this last year on Monday night’s program.

Check out the MYP page on Facebook here for more current details. Like us, get involved, make a donation…

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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Prisons, Youth

 

MacLaren Youth Radio Journalism

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Tune into KBOO Community Radio on Monday, January 14th at 6:30pm. I’ll be hosting Prison Pipeline and my program will be part one of a two part series on the highlights of my radio journalism group in MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility.

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Some of you might be aware that I facilitate educational workshops at MacLaren for the youth incarcerated there. MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility is the largest facility in Oregon for incarcerating youth. Most of these youth face stays ranging from 3 to 7years or longer. During their time on the facility these young men have access to a high school education, college courses and job skills training.

Through an organization called Hope Partnership they are offered additional workshops and classes that expose the youth to creative outlets, literacy and cultural awareness. Morpheus Youth Project, a fiscally sponsored non profit that I run, collaborates with Hope Partnership to facilitate a Radio Journalism Class (as well as other workshops).

Take a peek into what we were involved in this last year on Monday night’s program.

Check out the MYP page on Facebook here for more current details. Like us, get involved, make a donation…

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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Art, Community Action, Prisons, Youth

 

A Conversation with Rap Pioneer Father Amde Hamilton

After the Watts riot of 1965 struck Los Angeles and the rest of the country, the Watts Writer’s Workshop was created out of its smoldering ashes. It was here that writers such as Quincy Trouppe, Herbert Simmons, Eric Priestly and the poetry group known as The Watts Prophets hit the scene.

The Watts Prophets projected a raw, unflinching and brutally honest voice for their community.  This group made up of artists Otis O’Solomom, Richard Dedeaux and Father Amde Hamilton, have been credited as the grandfathers of West Coast Rap. They have influenced and been sampled by hundreds of artists in the Hip Hop world such as DJ Quick, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog and DJ Shadow.

Join me on KBOO Community Radio’s Radiozine at 11:30am today for a discussion with rap pioneer Father Amde Hamilton.

We talk about some of the hidden history of South Los Angeles that his artistry was born out of. We also discuss Hamilton’s life work as a poet and community activist and his most recent CD project.

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Father Amde needs your help to raise money for this latest project. Do your part and help make history my logging onto his kickstart page here and donating to this project.

For more info on the Watts Prophets and Amde Hamilton’s work check out these links here:

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Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Art, COINTELPRO, FBI Repression

 

10 of the Worst Detention Centers in the Country

Rep. Jared Polis Joins Detention Watch Network to Launch New Campaign to “Expose and Close” Widespread Abuse at Detention Centers across the Country

This New Reports Shed Light on 10 of the Worst Detention Centers in the Country; National and Local Leaders Tell President Obama “Enough is Enough!”

The immigration detention system in the United States has grown drastically over the last 15 years and the appalling conditions in the detention centers that house immigrants have reached a tipping point.  Today, national and local leaders responded by saying, “enough is enough!”

Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) and Bishop Minerva Carcaño joined national and local leaders from the Detention Watch Network to release a series of reports titled, “Expose and Close,” to reveal the widespread pattern of mistreatment at ten of the worst immigrant prisons across the country.  Speakers called on President Obama to do what’s right and close these detention centers and issued a list of reforms to ensure the safety, dignity and well-being of immigrants held in detention.

Join me on KBOO Community Radio’s Prison Pipeline (90.7 FM) on Monday November 26th at 6:30pm for a discussion with Silky Shaw, Field Director with Detention Watch Network, to discuss the findings of this new report as well as DWN’s recent action.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Portland Youth Programs Creating Alternatives and Working Together

Tune into KBOO Talk Radio with host Lisa Loving tomorrow morning at 8am (90.7FM or kboo.fm). Her program will feature local organizations such as the Rosewood Initiative and the Morpheus Youth Project. The focus is on marginalized youth and on local organizations working together to create opportunities for young people.

We will find out what’s going on in Portland’s East County as well as those who are incarcerated at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon. We’ll also talk about how Portland’s Gang Outreach team has been involved in these positive efforts and what kind of new projects are coming up for these organizations.

 

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Community Action, Prisons, Youth

 

Juvenile Justice: Issues, Trends, and Alternative Programs for Youth Facing Incarceration

Catch my next interview at 6:30pm tonight on Prison Pipeline (KBOO Community Radio – 90.7FM). I speak to Shay Bilchik, Research Professor and Center Director at Georgetown University Public Policy Institute and head of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform out of Georgetown University.

Prior to these current positions, Shay Bilchik was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami, Florida for sixteen years, where he served as a trial lawyer, juvenile division chief, and Chief Assistant State Attorney. He was also the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advocated for and supported a balanced and multi-systems approach to attacking juvenile crime and addressing child victimization.

In 2007, Mr. Bilchik was the President and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America. Shay led CWLA in its advocacy on behalf of children through his public speaking, testimony and published articles, as well as collaborative work with other organizations. He worked closely with the CWLA Board of Directors, staff, and its public and private agency members on issues impacting the well being of children and families.

In 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006, he was named among The NonProfit Times Power and Influence Top 50 for making his mark in the public policy arena and championing child welfare issues.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2012 in Prisons, Youth

 

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