The Untouchable Caste of the United States:
The Stigma of Incarceration and the Metamorphosis of Legal Discrimination
Mount Holyoke College – South Hadley, Massachusetts – April 11, 2012
A panel featuring Rosa Clemente, Jasiri X, Jared Ball, and Marc Lamont Hill; moderated by Chris Tinson; also featured: Emahunn Campbell of Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI) speaking on the Charles Wilhite case, and closing inspiration by Nyle Fort. Enjoy & Spread!!
On this packed episode we are joined by Dr. Nat Turner, assistant professor of education at UMass, Amherst and Tyson Rose, who along with Turner, is currently offering the undergraduate course Hip-Hop Nation Language and Literacy Practices. We talk about the approaches taken in the class and some of the strategies and challenges of Hip-Hop in the Academy. In the second half of the show we speak with Jaymes Winell, a local student organizer with the group Preserving Our Civil Rights, a group organizing against Secure Communities (S-Comm), a collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) and local police departments. Later, we hear from Dr. George Gathigi, visiting assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Hampshire College. Professor Gathigi’s work explores the history and evolution of Hip-Hop and Popular Culture in East Africa, specifically focusing on Kenya and Tanzania. Finally, we send a special note of congratulations to one of our interns, Sam De Pilar, who recently won a design award for his Sneakers4Success project from the School of Management. Steady move makin’. Enjoy!!
The murder of Trayvon Martin has once again thrown into question the well-being of Black and Brown lives in America. As national attention has focused on the dynamics of Trayvon’s case, and as many continue to hit the streets in his honor, numerous other cases have since surfaced. In what appears to be a regular occurrence, unarmed Black men and women (mostly youth) are made victims of excessive and often deadly force by local police, various militarized entities, or by self-appointed vigilantes. A recent study entitled: “Trayvon is ALL of US” emphasizes that Trayvon Martin’s murder was not an isolated event, but one that “demonstrates Black life continues” to be regarded with short worth.” Joining us on this episode is one of the authors of the study, Kali Akuno, organizer and activist of the US Human Rights Network and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.
In the second part of the show, we speak with Micaela Diaz-Sanchez and Adelina Anthony about Anthony’s upcoming performance, “LA HOCICONA SERIES: An Original X-X-Xicana Comedic Triptych of Scandalous Proportions”. LA HOCICONA SERIES is the culmination of 3 years work and the comic-political vision of national touring artist and acclaimed Xicana lesbian performer, Adelina Anthony. The series highlights 3 different solo shows that consciously mix the genres of stand-up comedy, political theater, and performance art. Later Harmonie updates listeners on how they can help Commerce High School journalism students visit the Newseum in D.C., and we also hear from Reese a pre-trial incarcerated brother currently serving federal time in Greenfield MA. Enjoy the gumbo!
Part 1: Kali Akuno
Part 2: Micaela Diaz-Sanchez and Adelina Anthony & more
Peace, check out this power-packed two hour episode of TRGGR Radio as we discuss the murder of Trayvon Martin. Rosa Clemente, REC and Chris join forces in conversation with Julie Chang Shulman, Roberto Lovato, Ajamu Baraka, Jasiri X, Jared Ball, and Emahunn Campbell of Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI) for a coast-to-coast cipha session about how we organize for racial justice in the wake of Trayvon’s death, and the ongoing effort to free Charles Wilhite.