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Move It Forward
49 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
Proximity: People Impacted by Gun Violence Explain the Crisis
What is at the root of violence in the United States? In this episode, we speak to people with close connections to gun violence about what they think causes it and talk about the impact of seeing great wealth while living in poverty. The richest 1% in the US controls about 40% of the nation’s wealth. Could this be why the U.S. has more murders than other wealthy nations? We spoke to people from neighborhoods impacted by violence - some who have committed violent acts in the past - and people who are trying to disrupt the cycle about how we got here. Guests include Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, Kendra Van de Water and Yané of YEAH Philly, Kempis 'Ghani' Songster and William Bentley of Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (YASP) and more!
41 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
Untrue Crime: How Sensationalism Distorts Our Sense of Safety
Are you a fan of true crime? From podcasts, books, documentaries, and Netflix series, our society is consumed with ‘juicy’ horror stories of crime. Whether it’s a story about serial killers or cold-blooded killings, people are hungry for more. In this episode of Move It Forward, we look at the genre of true crime with guest Chenjerai Kumanyika and explore its history, our fascination with it, and the realities of crime and harm on the streets. Tune in to learn more about how institutional and systemic violence harms far more people than the sensationalized individual stories of crime and “evil” we are fed. It’s time to shift the way in which the media perpetuates fear, stereotypes, and sensationalized acts of harm and transform it as an advocacy tool to realistically address harm and violence in our communities.
36 minutes | May 12, 2022
When Inequality Feeds Violence, Exploring the Roots of a Crisis
There’s talk all over the country about the rise in gun violence and homicide. While nightly news headlines sensationalize a crisis, there is little time given to explore what is behind the rise in violence and what people are trying to do to address it. In Philly alone, over 560 people were murdered, making 2021 the city’s worst year on record. Today we’re kicking off a season long focus on this issue — from the personal to the political we’re exploring the impact on both those who have caused harm, and those who have been harmed, here in our city of Philadelphia. Join us as we introduce some context, some history, and powerful voices who will return throughout the show to discuss the realities of violence and both the past and current approaches to reducing it.
51 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Care Not Cops: Mental Health Responses for Our Communities
What is mental health? How can we be more whole and how can we advocate for systems that help all of our community members heal? In this episode, we look at mental health with two practitioners -- Iresha Picot and Jacqui Johnson. Listen to their conversation that ranges from trauma to mental health crisis response to hip-hop. Learn about the policy changes that could make city services more just and what we all need to be well.
35 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
When Life Means Death
How can we truly understand Life Without Parole without knowing its impact on the families and communities of those who are condemned? In this episode, we look at the sentence through the eyes of Patricia Vickers. She shares about her complicated struggles as the mother of a son who's been condemned to life in prison. Learn about the growing movement for second chances that gives her hope and keeps us fighting to end Death By Incarceration.
41 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Reopening Hope at the Board of Pardons
As much as “mass incarceration” and “criminal justice reform” have become common terms in American vernacular, one would think we know pretty-much all there is to know about them. In Episode 5, we dig into an important part of the criminal legal system — Commutation and the Board of Pardons. Hear from Naomi Blount-Wilson, a woman who spent 37 years in Pennsylvania’s prison system on a sentence to life without parole. Now she’s free and a voice of hope for many. We also hear from Lily Rorick, an organizer in the campaign to change the commutation process, about what ordinary people have been doing to Move It Forward.
59 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Black Feminist Perspectives
With everything we’re confronted with, we recognize the need to look through different sets of eyes. In this episode, we take a look through the lens of Black Feminism. Join us for a rich conversation on the subject with some powerful thinkers in our society — Mandisa More-O’Neal, Tiyi Morris, Erica Perry, and Kris Henderson. Nikki Grant also joins us as co-host, helping to lift up Black Feminism as another way for seeing and being in our struggles for a better world.
40 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
The same day our last episode on defunding the police went live, Walter Wallace was gunned down by police in front of his mother and community members. In this episode, we dive deeper into the need to redirect funds from the police and towards our communities, with a greater sense of urgency. We continue the conversation with Hiram Rivera, Director of Philadelphia’s Community Resource Hub, and are also joined by Kris Henderson, Executive Director of the Amistad Law Project.
39 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
To Defund or Not to Defund
One might think that communities of color, who are disproportionately on the receiving end of police violence, are on the same page about defunding the police. But, that is not the case. Black and Brown communities are caught between violence from police and from community members. Many want the police to be defunded, while others are not in favor. In this episode, we sit down with Councilmember Kendra Brooks to flesh out what defunding the police really means. We also highlight the words of Hiram Rivera, Director of Philadelphia’s Community Resource Hub, who will be featured more in the following episode next month. Check out Part 1 of this brave and important conversation.
40 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Volcanoes of the Virus: Pandemic in PA Prisons
COVID-19 has been affecting us all, but nobody feels it more than the 2.3 million people trapped behind prison walls. In this first episode of the Amistad Law Project’s new podcast, our host Kempis ‘Ghani’ Songster explores the pandemic’s impact on incarcerated people in Pennsylvania, and the greater national and global context. He is joined on the show by community advocates Regina Glass and Sandra Hill, Amistad’s Organizing Director Sean Damon, and Professor Rachel Lopez of Drexel University’s Kline School of Law. Professor Lopez is the director of the Stern Community Lawyering Clinic, which recently collaborated with Amistad to publish the report “Pandemic in PA’s Prisons”. This report laid the groundwork for much of the conversation you’ll hear on the show.
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