David Bell speaks with Hon. Sandra C. Midkiff

For our show on August 31st, host David Bell talks with the Hon. Sandra C. Midkiff, who was appointed circuit judge in Jackson County, Missouri by Gov. Robert Holden in 2002.  She retired on August 10th, 2020 after serving 18 years on the bench.  Tune in as Judge Midkiff discusses her journey and how she interwove an exceptional mind and warm heart to issue decisions affirming the humanity of all people.

We hope you will listen.

At the end of our program, you can hear an excerpt from Ricky Kidd’s Freedom Lap 2020.  After 23 years of wrongful incarceration, August 15, 2020 was the one-year anniversary of the date Ricky regained his deserved freedom.  To acknowledge this milestone, he has embarked on a 30-day cross-country tour – Freedom Lap 2020 – to raise awareness of the important issue of wrongful convictions.  At each stop, he is recording an event, interview, or meeting with organizations and press.  Freedom Lap 2020 is a Facebook Live event.  It is all accessible at https://www.resiliencemode.com/take-action.

  • – Calendar for the week of August 31st:

In compliance with the latest version of Mayor Lucas’ emergency order, we must ensure necessary public health measures remain in place.  See the FAQS at  https://www.kcmo.gov/city-hall/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-faq

  • HEARD is excited and honored to announce that this week will be John Wilson, Jr. Freedom Week!, a full week of collective sharing & advocacy! John is a Black Deaf Disabled man who spent 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Go to[email protected] for more information.
  • MON Aug. 31st, 7 PM, Sex Work & Covid, Online event. ACLU of Missouri & MO HO Justice Coalition https://bit.ly/moedmonthly Often trans, poor, and undocumented people are the ones being pushed into sex work. We can interrupt this, together. More info at https://www.facebook.com/ACLUMO/


  • TUES, Sept, 1st, 6:30 PM, MADP – KC Chapter Meeting, Virtual, via Zoom, contact [email protected] for access information.


  • TUES, Sept. 1st 7 PM Fight the Far Right: Strategic Racism & Movements in 2020, Online event hosted by SURJ KC, an organization that knows it is important to recognize ideals, understand movements, and call out racism and white supremacy when we see it. More info at https://www.facebook.com/SURJKansasCity/


  • FRI Sept. 4th, 3 – 5 PM March on KC for Justice & Peace at City Hall, 12th & Locust, KCMO. In honor of the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, there will be a march from 12th and Locust to the Liberty Memorial. Sponsored by the Big 3 civil rights groups – SCLC, NAACP and Urban League – and supported by a host of others, we can call for an end to racism and brutality by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department! You can mask up and join, at a safe distance, in peaceful protest. Get in #GoodTrouble or https://www.sclcgkc.org/march-on-kansas-city


  • SAT, Sept. 5th, a three-pronged Black Lives Matter project begins with six namesake street murals in diverse neighborhoods across our city. Street Mural Event Details #KCBLM or #blacklivesmatter

Mural prep and chalking: 7:00 – 11:00 AM and a Community participation event: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


– 10th & Baltimore

– 18th & Vine

– 31st & Troost

– 63rd & Brookside Blvd.

– 63rd & Troost

– NW Briarcliff Pkwy. & N. Mulberry Dr.

More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/d41d8cd9/kc-art-on-the-block-a-black-lives-matter-project/1241802036186136/ KC Art on the Block BLM mural project


  • SAT September 5th, 12 noon, Refuse Fascism KC Solidarity Rally at Mill Creek Park, 47th & Main, KCMO. One of many rallies across the nation. [email protected] or 913 303 1361 for more info.


  • SUN, 9/6 12:30 PM, Brookside Black Lives Matter Brigade 63rd and Brookside.


Please take care of yourselves and others. Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!

Please listen to Jaws of Justice next week.

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