On the eve of the holiday that celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr. in the US, the News Outlet Democracy Now held a special on the struggles of African Americans in the US, including where it concerns the mass incarceration of this segment of society. We’ll be airing a portion of this talk, where Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, speaks on how, and why, this mass incarceration of Black people has occurred.
An interview with Montreal activist Karl Kersplebedeb who gives a quick overview of the case of Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier. We’ll have another update on The Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights from Dorothy Ninham of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin. Dorothy is also a coordinator and Walker on this cross-country journey which is drumming up support for political prisoner Leonard Peltier.
Prisoner Peter Collins, from Bath Prison, in Bath Ontario, speaks on the Omnibus Crime Bill Bill C-10, the changes that he and fellow prisoners are witness to and affected by.
Mumia Abu-Jamal, who like Leonard Peltier, is one of the world’s most recognized political prisoners, is no longer on death row after having been subjected to these conditions for 30 years.
However, Mumia’s supporters are still fighting for his freedom and we will give you a short update on his current conditions of incarceration – he is presently in the ‘hole’ – as well as playing one of his latest commentaries, about Martin Luther King Jr. We air a poem, titled: Occupying Mumia’s Cell, written by author Alice Walker.