During the first half of our hour, host Terri Wilke will speak with Latahra Smith, Founder of KC Freedom Project. She will bring us up to date on the efforts of the community of the ministry which has been established to advocate for innocent persons who have been wrongly convicted of crime. They will discuss Conviction Integrity Units and how to contact them. KC Freedom Project works to safeguard the public. The KC Freedom Project can provide low cost & pro bono investigative services for those in need.
The numbers of innocent wrongfully convicted persons in our prison and jails is a minority of those we have put in custody. But if there is even one innocent person who is innocent that is in prison, that person needs to be released. Unfortunately, there is not just one.
As always, listeners are welcome to call the KKFI station at 816-931-5534 with comments or questions.
During the second half of our hour, we will play a live broadcast of the KC Peaceworks’ celebration of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which occurred last week on Jan. 22nd, when KC Peaceworks held a short rally, then a long caravan – a good way, in the time of coronavirus, to celebrate the first “b”anniversary of the “entry into force” of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The United Nations Treaty by now has been ratified by 59 countries. They have made the Treaty part and parcel of their own laws. They’ve agreed it is illegal to develop, test, produce, manufacture, transfer, possess, stockpile, use or threaten to use nuclear weapons. Bravo! The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), of which PeaceWorks-KC is a member, campaigns to stigmatize, prohibit, and eliminate nuclear weapons.
The Treaty was passed by the United Nations in July 2017, and went into effect on Jan. 22, 2021. ICAN won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for writing the Treaty and pushing for its passage by the UN. The Treaty needed to be ratified by 50 countries before reaching the status of “entry into force.”
The Treaty, not yet ratified by a nuclear weapons state (such as the US), takes on the moral force of other declarations, such as the 2010 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and the 1999 Mine Ban Treaty (MBT), says ICAN. For example, Textron and Orbital ATK, two companies that were producing cluster munitions in the US (which is not a party to the CCM), have stopped production since the CCM’s entry into force. And the mutual fund Eventide Asset Management, based in the US, has excluded cluster munitions from its investments. Concerning the MBT, countries that have not adopted it, such as Egypt, have adopted explicit policies against producing landmines.
For info on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, see icanw.org.
Who’s up for a war in Ukraine? You know who’s always up for war: the merchants of death, their armies of lobbyists and the Democrat and Republican politicians they’ve bought off.
Sabre-rattling against Putin while ignoring our role in the escalation of tension between Russia and Ukraine gives the American people something to fear, the corporate media something to talk about and the military-industrial complex something to sell.
Everybody wins, right? Everybody except everyday people like us: the same folks trying to live our lives in a society twisted by a pandemic while the climate catastrophe looms.
We hope you will listen. On Jaws of Justice, we examine how to find justice in our society. Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. Please tune in https://kkfi.org/listen/
Calendar for the week of January 31st:
If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, you can find a vaccine. See the FAQS at https://www.kcmo.gov
- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense is a active group of mothers, and others, who advocate for common sense about guns. To see events, go to https://momsdemandaction.org/events/
There is a virtual meeting for Kansas at 7:30 on January 31st.
- MON, Jan. 31st, 3 PM, Online event. Monday Meets, get to know the WillowDomestic Violence Center. Facebook Live
- TUES, Feb 1st, 6 PM, NTOSAKE: We Are the Women We’ve Been Waiting For… is an online event by MORE2, open to anyone. NTOSAKE is a women’s leadership training & development group. Formed 30 years ago by Gamaliel Network to cultivate leadership skills among women. More info at More2 on Facebook.
- SUN, Feb. 6th, 3 PM, Community Remembrance Project – Carmaletta Williams on Missouri Valley Sundays. In April 1882, following the shooting death of a Kansas City police officer, a local Black man accused of the crime, Levi Harrington, was seized from police custody by a white mob and hanged from a bridge. Similar acts of acts of racial terror and murder took place across in the U.S. from the 1870s through the 1950s, including 60 documented lynchings in Missouri. The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), an organization that advocates for those illegally convicted of crimes and unfairly sentenced, founded the Community Remembrance Project to recognize lynching victims by collecting soil from sites of the killings and erecting historical markers.Carmaletta Williams, chief executive officer of the Black Archives of Mid-America, discusses her work with the EJI to memorialize Harrington and other victims of racial violence in Missouri. She talks, too, about how those memorials can promote community healing. Williams has directed the Black Archives since 2019 and helped curate a permanent exhibition of soil samples from Missouri lynching sites to raise public awareness of the state’s history of racial terror and promote reconciliation.Watch this presentation live online at YouTube.com/kclibrary or RSVP to https://kclibrary.org/signature-events/community-remembrance-project
- A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at https://lawrenceprogressivecalendar.blogspot.com/ That is updated daily.
Please take care of yourselves and others. Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!