Andy Worthington Author of The Guantanamo Files: The stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison talks with host Linda Olson-Osterlund about the most recent developments at Guantanamo and what difference the upcoming Presidential election will make to the prisoners there. www.andyworthington.co.uk/
Ruth Kovacs presented another report from CR10 - the gathering of more than 3000 folks who support strategy to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex. She attended a workshop concerning alternatives to detention/incarceration. We also heard an update on Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Ruth shares a take of an interview she had with Lugman Abdullah at CR10. Abdullah is the National STOPMAX Campaign Coordinator. He shares his story about being locked up and then exonerated aver serving nine years on death row. Ruth also talks about the documentary, After Innocence.
17 innoncent Uighurs refugees who have been imprisoned at Guantanamo are scheduled for a Habeas hearing in federal court on Tuesday. They are among the first prisoners to have the hearings, since the Supreme Court upheld their right to them in a June decision. The Supreme Court emphasized in it's ruling that the hearings should be "promp", given that most of the prisoners had been held for 6 years without charges.
Reporter Linda Olson-Osterlund spoke with Steve Wax, author of the book Kafka Comes To America, and the Oregon Public Defender. Waxes office has represented 7 Guantanamo prisoners and he spoke with her about theri cases and court delays.
Prison Pipeline presented an interview between host, Ruth Kovacs and telephone guest, Hans Bennett--a Philadelphia-based independent journalist and co-founder of Journalists for Mumia. They reviewed updated information on pending appeals for Mumia Abu-Jamall and current recent stories about his case.
Ruth reminds Prison Pipeline listeners of the importance of voting. Mumia spoke about the November election and his thoughts on the candidates, then we heard from Goldie, an Obama supporter who has been registering folks now--to beat the October 14 deadline for registration, and finally Molly called to remind folks that 18 year olds, ex-felons, and homeless folks are all eligble to vote. We also featured original music by David Strechert about prison life.
Drinking From Puddles welcomes interview guest Paris !!
Paris hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and was catapulted onto the national hip-hop scene in 1990 with his hit single and album The Devil Made Me Do It, after earning a degree in economics from the University of California at Davis. Originally released on Tommy Boy Records, his first single from that album, "Break The Grip of Shame," was banned by MTV. Since then his uncompromising stance on political issues and biting social commentary have both aided and hindered his quest to bring solid music and messages to the masses.