Nationwide Prison Strike 2018: A demand to hold society accountable

Topic: Nation-wide Prison Strike, Prison Industrial Complex, End Prison Wage Slavery
Segment: D Report
Participants: David Chavez,  M.A.,  ABD History  Dept.  UC Riverside
Broadcast Air Date: 09/01/18
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
Station: KUCR 88.3 FM Riverside, CA
KUCR station page: http://www.kucr.org
Archive pages: https://soundcloud.com/stoppretending, http://www.dreport.org
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Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.
Discussion Topics:
– What are the demands of the nation-wide prison strike that began on August 21, 2018.
The 2018 National Prison Strike: A Movement Making its Mark
– What is the history of prison strikes?
– How and why have we over-normalized prisons, jails and policing?
– How can focusing on language offer us alternative perspectives to evaluate prisons and society?
– How did the incidents of violence at the Lee correctional institution in South Carolina lead to the present prison strike across the country?
– How do we shift the conversation towards considering the act of imprisonment as  an act of violence?
– What is the history of penitentiaries/prisons?
-Did the Quakers build the first jail house in the United States?
– Is imprisonment a form of torture?
– Is the torture of people within prisons part of the fabric of the United States?
– How do we hold society accountable to the shifts in arbitrary rules that it establishes to enforce punishment?
– How do we emphasize the humanity of the people detained in prisons?
– Why is referring to people as felons, convicts and or prisoners a form of de-humanization?
-How does the over sentencing and overcrowding aggravate the conditions for people within prisons?
– How does the creation of new crimes add to the number of people in prisons?
– What is required in order to shut down prisons?
– How do we transform the judicial system from punitive justice to transformative justice?
– Do we live in a society of containment? We move from one box to another throughout our days.
– How do the people outside of prisons become accountable for the permitted violence inside of the prisons?
– Is the operation of the prison industrial complex a form slavery?
– What are the contradictions in the 13th amendment of the U.S. constitution that permits slavery as punishment for a crime
–  what is prison wage labor?
– How do we make sense of the warehousing of people in prisons?
-What is the harm to families, health and economics in removing people from their respective communities to be place in prisons?
-What is prison abolition?

Left Coast Forum: Opening spaces for dialogue

Topic: Left Coast Forum, community building. Race as social construct, activism
Segment: D Report
Participants: Sharon Kyle, Co-Editor and Publisher, LA Progressive
Broadcast Air Date: 08/24/18
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
Station: KUCR 88.3 FM Riverside, CA
KUCR station page: http://www.kucr.org
Archive pages: https://soundcloud.com/stoppretending, http://www.dreport.org

Send comments about this segment to: comments@dreport.org

Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.

Discussion Topics:
-What is the Left Coast Forum 2018?
– Were there any surprises from the first Left coast forum in 2017?
-How do we open up spaces of dialogue to be inclusive of everyone?
– What kinds of conversations are shared in the Left Coast Forum?
– Do we need to go to the Ivy League schools to learn about the capitalist system?
-Is the Left Forum in New York different from the Left Coast Forum in Los Angeles?
– Is academic discourse also available outside of Colleges and Universities?
– How do we assess the importance of public space for a healthy society?
– Can we re-appropriate the public space via access of community college settings?
– Where can we openly congregate to have conversations about the important subjects affecting our lives?
– Have you read, City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, by Kelly Lytle Hernández?
– How is the subject of race central to understanding the Left Coast Forum?
– Is the progressive movement ready to address race critically?
– What is the history of race as a social invention?
– How did bacon’s rebellion lead to the creation of whiteness and non-whiteness?
– How do we overcome the taboo against talking about race?
– Have you read the book ,The Invention of the White Race by Theodore W. Allen?
– How do we become liberated from the racial construct?

Cinema Culturas-Time tell our own stories

08/10/18 Cinema Culturas- Time tell our own stories

Topic: Film,  Culture, Community, Film Festival, Coachella Valley,
Segment: D Report
Participants: Cony Martinez, PhD, General Director Cinema Culturas Foundation
Broadcast Air Date: 08/10/18
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
Station: KUCR 88.3 FM Riverside, CA
KUCR station page: http://www.kucr.org
Archive pages: https://soundcloud.com/stoppretending, http://www.dreport.org

Send comments about this segment to: comments@dreport.org

Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.

Discussion Topics:
-How do we recognize the power of film?
-Why is it important to make film accessible to the community?
– What is Cinema Culturas?
– How does the community connect and become impacted by the film festival?
-Does everyone in Los Angeles want to be an actor, director or movie producer?
– Does film also express the hierarchy of society?
-Instead of talking about the other, can film allow people to talk for themselves?
– Is your heart in the right place in order to you make things accessible?
-The heart of the film festival is about the stories being told.
-What is the “ other” Coachella?
-How do we exercise the act of being inclusive?
– Why is it important to screen the films in accessibility to the producing community?
-What stories are you filming and where are these stories taking place is just as important as why you decided to film?
-Is the festival in the fields about highlighting our home?
– How do we honor the people that tell their stories?
-What is the difference between sharing someone’s stories and appropriating someone’s stories?
– Do we have ownership of our own stories?
– How do we trust that the inclusive practice is expected to be difficult?
– Can we distinguish the authentic commitment to be inclusive from in-authentic inclusivity?
-How do we embrace language as a barrier to create opportunities to open more doors?
– Is it fair to consider film as a medium that is exclusive and difficult to get into?
-What is the difference between the film industry and the use of film to tell stories a create community?
– Our stories do not have to be told by Hollywood; It is time for us to tell our own stories.
– How do we portray our communities as creative people?
– How do we address the issues of representation as the divide between the stereotypes and the realities that we own?
– How do we take ownership the great creativity available in our homes ?
– Why is it more important to get the story right than getting the filming aspect right?