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Board member, Tiffany Johnson, Talks about A New Way of Life Reentry Project and Prison

A New Way of Life Reentry Project is a non-profit organization in South Central Los Angeles with a core mission to help women and girls break the cycle of entrapment in the criminal justice system and lead healthy and satisfying lives. As a community advocate, A New Way of Life: provides housing and reentry support for women and children, advocates for the human and civil rights of people in prison and people with past convictions and builds leadership of formerly incarcerated women. In 2010, the founder of ANWOL, Susan Burton, was CNN's 2010 hero.

Ms. Johnson first heard about A New Way of Life Reentry Project (ANWOL) on the grounds of Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF), while serving a 15 to life sentence. After 10 years of incarceration, she contacted ANWOL to ask if a bed would be available if she became eligible for parole. The founder, Susan Burton, wrote back, extending a bed in her home. Although there was a place in the community for Tiffany, it took an additional 6 years before she was released. True to her word, Ms. Burton had a bed available and on April 28, 2010, Tiffany walked through the doors of ANWOL to start her new life. It was a cultural shock being back in society, but through ANWOL’s guidance and connections, she went on to begin a career in electrical assembly and live on her own. In 2011, Tiffany was asked to become a board member of A New Way of Life. In December of 2013, she left her career in electrical assembly to join ANWOL’s staff as a full-time community organizer for All of Us or None-Southern California (AOUON-SC).


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Honorable South African Counsel General, Cyril Ndaba, Talks South Africa

CYRIL SIBUSISO NDABA the Consul-General of South Africa to the Great state of California and stationed in Los Angeles, was born on February 1, 1959 in the coastal city of Durban. He received his early education in Durban and enrolled for tertiary education at the University of Zululand for law studies in 1978

Today, we discuss Mandela and his legacy. The future for Black South Africans regarding jobs and economic prosperity and Palestine. Read the rest of entry »

Palestinian Salam Abu Sharar Talks Palestine

Salam is the only son of PLO representative, Majed Abu Sharar. Majed Abu Sharar was born in Dura, Hebron, Palestine, received his education in law from Egypt and established and headed the Fatah movement in Saudi Arabia in 1966. He was a member of the higher command of the Occupied Terrorites/Fatah Movement and a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Central Council and a member of Palestine National Council.

Majed Abu Sharar was one of two PLO Representatives to meet with US General Walters about peace -- that was in 1974, when Arafat made his famous speech at the UN about the olive branch or the gun. Majed was from Arafat’s Fatah movement which dominated the PLO.

And he was viewed by many different media outlets and among his peers as the new shining star within Palestinian leadership.

Salam was educated in Europe and the US and he has devoted much of his life to the liberation of Palestine. Read the rest of entry »

KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells -- Guest: Author Christine Stark

Christine Stark is an award-winning writer, public speaker, and visual artist of Anishinaabe/Cherokee heritage. Her essays and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals, including University of Pennsylvania Law Review; Prostitution, Trafficking, and Trauma; and The Chalk Circle: Prize-Winning Intercultural Essays. Her poem, “Momma’s Song”, was recorded by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble and released as a manga CD. She co-edited Not for Sale, an international anthology on sexual violence and she coauthored “Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota”. She was a 2011 Loft Mentor Series winner in creative non-fiction and she has won awards for her writing and art, including two McKnight Awards and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her first novel, Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation, was a 2011 Lambda Literary finalist. Currently, she is an MSW student at UMD Duluth where she is coordinating a research project called “Gathering Our Stories: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women on the Duluth Ships.” She teaches writing at a community college.
Stark’s poem, “Momma’s Song,” is part of a double CD manga recorded by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble. Available through amazon.com too, or http://www.bigredmediainc.com Read the rest of entry »

Prof. Lawrence Davidson Talks about Iran's Agreement re their Nuclear Capabilities

Lawrence Davidson lectured as a professor at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His academic work is centered on the history of American foreign relations with the Middle East.

Throughout his career, Davidson has informed public discourse with his critique of American foreign policy in the Middle East and has embarked on this endeavor in a way that promotes citizen awareness. Davidson analysis has centered on the reality of American conduct in the Middle East and has performed this analysis in conjunction with an awareness of the propaganda that has permeated this debate for the past 65 years. Given this analysis and focus, Davidson has become an outspoken and unflinching critic of the U.S. alliance with Israel and the Zionists' treatment of the Palestinian people.

Davidson is the author of several books. His latest, published in 2009, is Foreign Policy, Inc.: Privatizing America's National Interest. This work locates the source of U.S. foreign policy formulation in the activity of powerful lobbies rather than in the White House or State Department.

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Middle East Expert, Jeff Blankfort, Talks About the Iran Agreement

Jeff Blankfort is a Middle East analyst who has written extensively on the Israel-Palestine conflict. He is a former editor of the Middle East Labor Bulletin, a photo journalist and currently hosts a program on international affairs called "Takes on the World" for KZYX, the public radio station of Mendocino County in California.

Blankfort participated in a conference on Israel's nuclear weapons held at the Spy Museum in Washington DC and sponsored by the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy.

Jeff is a frequent guest and in this show we discuss the international agreement, Iran recently entered regarding their nuclear capabilities. Read the rest of entry »

My Pre-Thanksgiving Show

All things about Thanksgiving -- Obamacare, massacre and genocide of Native Americans and legislation to stop ban feeding the homeless in Los Angeles. Read the rest of entry »

KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells -- Guest: Dr. Binoy Kampmark and The Illusion of Technology (Plus, Iran Agreement)

Dr. Binoy Kampmark holds a BA, LLB, Master in Philosophy, UQ and PHd from Cambridge. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge and honours degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Queensland. He lectures in law and politics at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – Melbourne, Australia. His research and teachings lie in the intersection of law, international relations and history. Much of this involves the examination of conflict, diplomacy and the various crises confronting international society.

Dr. Kampmark ran with Julian Assange for the Australian Senate this year for the newly formed Wikileaks Party. He is a regular columnist for Counterpunch Read the rest of entry »

Encore: Dr. Philip Caper on Health Care in America

Philip Caper received his BA, MS and MD degrees at UCLA, and was trained in Internal Medicine on the Harvard Medical Unit at Boston City Hospital. He and has held professorships at Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (where he was also Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs, Chief of the Medical Staff and Hospital Director), has been an adjunct lecturer on Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, a Research Associate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an Associate in Health Policy and Management at the The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

From 1971 to 1976, he was a professional staff member on the United States Senate Labor and Human Resources Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Senator Edward Kennedy. Dr. Caper was a charter member of the nation’s top health care advisory panel, the National Council on Health Planning and Development (created by PL93-641) from 1977 to 1984, chairing the panel from 1980 to 1984. He was also founder and chairman of the Codman Group (1986-2001), a health care software and consulting company with an international reputation and clientele. Codman pioneered the use of PC-based statistical data to provide its clients with detailed information about the costs and quality of medical care used by defined populations. Clients included over 20 Blue-Cross/Blue Shield companies, and over a dozen state health departments, data agencies and Medicaid programs.

He is a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. For the past 10 years, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Medical Foundation (now Health Resources in Action), a Boston-based health care organization whose mission is the promotion of public health and advancement of medical research. He currently serves on the Board of Maine AllCare, the PNHP chapter in Maine, a group advocating for a universal improved Medicare-for-All program for the state of Maine and is a member of the national board of Physicians For A National Health Program.

He has published numerous articles in professional journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Business and Health, The American Journal of Public Health, The Journal of Public Health Policy and Health Affairs where he served on the Editorial Advisory Board from its founding to 2003. He has also written numerous letters to the editor and op-ed articles advocating for a publicly run universal health care program for Maine and the U.S., and is now a regular monthly columnist for the Bangor Daily News, Maine’s second largest paper, where he writes about health policy.
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KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells -- Guest: Taki S. Raton, Why the Civil Rights Movement Has Failed Blacks

Taki S. Raton is an Adjunct Professor at Springfield College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the undergraduate and graduate levels.
He is former founder and principal of Blyden Delany Academy in Milwaukee. Operating under the African Centered instructional and student-centered developmental model, this all-Black private school served area children from 1998 to 2008 in K4 through 8th grade learning levels. A writer and lecturer on the national stage detailing African World Historiography, urban community concerns with emphasis on education, the social development of Black youth and African American male issues, Raton is additionally host of the weekly Thursday evening radio show, “MenThink” on the Harambee Radio & TV Internet Broadcast network.
His work and authorship in the education of African American youth has been referenced in A House Divided No More – Time for Indigenous Communal Healing (James, 2011), “Why aren’t African Centered charters running turnarounds” (Herold, “The NoteBook” – February 2011), “The Afro-Centric Education Debate Alive in Milwaukee” (Asmerom, The Atlanta Post – November 22, 2010) Brother to Brother – A Message of Hope (James, 2008), American Journal of Education (Merry and New, 2008), and Why our children hate us – How Black adults have betrayed Black children (Grimes and Slaughter, 2006).

He is a contributing writer for The Milwaukee Community Journal and Milwaukee Courier newspapers. His series “Young, Gifted & Black” appears bi-monthly in the Courier highlighting exemplar achievements of African American youth elementary through college. Twenty-six articles will have been published under this banner marking its first year continuous series run as of February 22, 2013. He further organized and moderated two panel presentations on Tom Burrell’s book Brainwashed in Milwaukee at UW-M on May 7, 2010 and at Chicago’s Black Star Project on July 31, 2010. Raton has and currently assist in a consultantship capacity with private schools in obtaining their pre-accreditation and accreditation standard requirements.

Under the co-sponsorship of 100 Black Men Chicago and Milwaukee chapters, Mr. Raton has over the past four years from 2009 through 2012 respectively coordinated the bus coach trip of a total 65 top African American seniors from Milwaukee, Kenosha, Beloit, and Madison for the annual Honors Student Reception in Chicago. Joining over 200 other Chicago area seniors, these select Southeast Wisconsin achievers are invited to interact with national college and university representatives to explore admissions and scholarship opportunities. Invitational student criteria include 3.3 GPA and 23 cum or above on the ACT. Read the rest of entry »
 
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