First, host Bev speaks with Matthew Solomon, Award-Winning Filmmaker, Best-Selling Author, and Integrated Leadership Consultant, about his recent documentary, Reimagining Safety. In the film, which was shown by the Plaza Branch of the KC Library on June 14th and Decarcerate KC, UMKC’s Clear My Record Project, 10 experts discuss how policing and incarceration create more harm than good, why the system persists, and what changes can be made to make everyone safe.
Worldwide protests following the 2020 murder of George Floyd included calls to defund or abolish the police until a sharp rise in crime gave politicians and police supporters the fuel they needed to suppress the movement. Unfortunately, a detailed conversation about transforming public safety was never had before this film. Matthew addresses sensitive subjects in a way that is safe, empathetic, and thought-provoking.
Bev and Matthew will tell listeners what that discussion entailed and if you missed the event, how and where this important movie can be seen. The issue is not trying to defund police, the issue is trying to position police to take appropriate actions. Reform is certainly needed because people do not feel safe when police are involved.
We will play the calendar in the middle of the hour.
During the second half of Jaws of Justice, host Craig Lubow speaks with Mike Fonkert, Deputy Director of Kansas Appleseed. Kansas Appleseed is a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to the belief that Kansans, working together, can build a more thriving, inclusive, and just Kansas.
Craig and Mike Fonkert will discuss ideas to reform the current system, which has mass incarceration and many barriers to successful re-entry into society.
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.
Calendar for the week of June 19th:
- Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people in Jackson CTY Missouri. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a very active group of Mothers and others. You can learn where their virtual meetings this week will occur at https://momsdemandaction.org/events/
- TUES, June 20th, in the morning, court watch at Eastern Jackson County Courthouse in Independence – Division 16, with Judge Mardo Roldan presiding at the trial of Ian McCarthy. Learn more by calling MADP at (816) 931-4177
- WED, June 21st, NOON, Clean Slate Advocate Training is a virtual event hosted by Empower Missouri. Are you interested in learning more about the Missouri Clean Slate campaign? More info at https://empowermissouri.org/events/
- SAT, June 24th, 10 AM, Become an Ambassador for Local Control of the KCPD! is a More² virtual event. See more info at https://more2.org/calendar/
- SAT, June 24th, Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty (MADP) Annual Membership Meeting and Program is Virtual + In-Person. Learn more by calling them at (816) 931-4177
- A list of services, meals, and hot lines specific to sheltering are available at https://lawrenceprogressivecalendar.blogspot.com/ It is updated daily.
Stay safe. Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!