On January 16, 2023, it is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States. Jaws of Justice has a very special broadcast planned. Host Elyse Max will speak with Leonard “Raheem” Taylor, currently an inmate of the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Raheem Taylor was convicted for the murder of Angela Rowe and three children in St. Louis in 2004. Taylor has always denied the murders and his conviction was based in large part on false testimonial evidence along with bias of the prosecution. Raheem Taylor is scheduled for execution Missouri on February 7, 2023.
Elyse Max, who is Director of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, will speak to Raheem during our Jaws of Justice episode. Discussion will center on the illogic of capital punishment and PARTICULARLY when an innocent person has been convicted and sentenced to death.
We’ll play the calendar in the middle of our hour.
Host Keith Brown El will speak to his guests in the second part of our hour on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King preached a philosophy that had no room for capital retribution: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”
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 January 16th:
• The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants has a monthly virtual meeting. MO CURE advocates for the human rights of prisoners in Missouri prisons and jails as well as those who have returned to society. For info call Keith Brown El at 816-377-2873.
• You can find Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense events at https://momsdemandaction.org/events/. Open to all, Mothers and others!
• MON, Jan. 16th, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Harvesters MLK Day of Service: 3801 Topping Ave, KCMO You can volunteer at Harvester’s to celebrate MLK Day! Bring your kids along to this special event to teach them about Martin Luther King Jr. and the value of giving back to your community! You must register for the event, so visit them at https://volunteer.harvesters.org/acts/webreg/eventdetail.php?event_id=12282&org_id=0015&event_category_id=&keyword=&sort=&zip=&zip_radius=5&source=&filter_choice=&cal_choice=&cal_year=2022&cal_month=12&res_choice=&console_mode=&res_code=&disp_status=wait&filter_date=None&filter_start_time=&filter_end_time=
• MON, Jan. 16th, 89 AM – 2 PM, City of KCMO Day of Service will be at Central Middle School, 3611 Linwood Blvd, KCMO. You can help brighten the halls of Central Middle School this MLK Service Day in an effort to uplift and inspire the school community.
• Other MLK Day events include Take A Walk: 9:30 AM – 1 PM, Begins at Martin Luther King Jr Square Park, Woodland Ave & Dr MLK Jr Blvd, KCMO. You can join the Heartland Conservation Alliance and KC Parks on a restorative walk along the banks of beautiful Brush Creek. Enjoy the company of others and the stillness of nature as we reflect on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 2.5-mile guided walk begins at Martin Luther King Jr. Square Park, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. & Woodland Ave. and ends at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Refreshments will be served, and a program will take place at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.
Linwood YMCA Day of Service: 10 AM – 1 PM, 3800 E Linwood Blvd, KCMO
Olathe Public Library, MLK Day of Service: 10 AM – 4 PM, 1078A W Santa Fe, Olathe, KS. There will be family-friendly activities all day long through service projects and crafting. This activity is open to all ages.
Reparations for Black Kansas City: 4:30 PM, Metropolitan Missionary Baptist, 2310 E Linwood, KCMO. You can join the Southern Christian Leadership Conference-KC, the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, National Black United Front-KC and others for “Reparations for Black Kansas City,” at Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2310 Linwood, KCMO. #reparations #kc
TUES, Jan. 17th, 9:30 AM, Celebrate MLK Day 2023 with the Community at MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2030 E College Way, Olathe, KS. There will be speakers and presentations of the Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award.
• TUES, Jan. 17th, 5:00 PM. You can join others to learn about exciting plans for fighting the effects of the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the state. Brian Silva with Americans United for Separation of Church and State will provide a sneak preview of an initiative that Americans United, Pro Choice Missouri and the National Women’s Law Center will be launching on January 19th. He’s also looking to build relationships with you and other community leaders/organizations, answer your questions about the project, and listen to your thoughts and feedback. This will be at The Homesteader, 100 E. 7th Street, Kansas City, MO. Please RSVP to [email protected]
• TUES, Jan. 17th, 5 – 7 PM, Survivors Will Heal, Support group for shooting survivors will meet at the Robert J. Mohart Multipurpose Center, 3200 Wayne AVE, KCMO, for more info, contact [email protected] or phone 816-912-2601
• WED, Jan. 18th, 9 AM, Greater KC Coalition to End Homelessness will meet on Zoom. More info at https://gkcceh.org/
• WED, Jan. 18th 1 PM, You can join others to learn about exciting plans for fighting the effects of the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the state. Brian Silva with Americans United for Separation of Church and State will provide a sneak preview of an initiative that Americans United, Pro Choice Missouri and the National Women’s Law Center will be launching on January 19th. They are looking to build relationships with you and other community leaders/organizations, answer your questions about the project, and listen to your thoughts and feedback. This will be at Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO. Please RSVP to [email protected] Thank you for your commitment to reproductive justice.
• WED, Jan. 18th, 6:30 PM, Film Screening & Discussion – Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting will be at UMKC Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Holmes St, KCMO. This is a free event and open to the public, In collaboration with the UMKC Masters of Social Work Student Organization and KCIC
Metered Parking available in Lot 40 &43 off Rockhill Rd and Level 5 of Cherry St Parking Garage, Panelists include Producers, Kevin Blackistone, Ben West, Yancey Burns and Not In Our Honor Coalition members, Rhonda LeValdo and Gaylene Crouser https://imaginingtheindianfilm.org/A Ciesla Foundation Film
• THURS, Jan. 19th, 5 – 7 PM, KC Mothers in Charge Support Workshop, Hope & Healing for Survivors of Homicide meets at 3200 Wayne AVE, KCMO, RSVP to [email protected] or phone 816)912-2601.
• FRI, Jan. 20th, 11 AM, Empower Missouri’s Community Justice Coalition (CJC), is a multi-sector team of dedicated advocates who envision a future without mass incarceration. More info at https://empowermissouri.org/events/january-20th-community-justice-coalition-meeting/
• A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at https://lawrenceprogressivecalendar.blogspot.com/
Enjoy Martin Luther King Day! MLK said “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!