Have You Heard of HEARD? and A MO Legislative Update With Representative Brandon Ellington

Have You Heard of HEARD? Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf

HEARD’s mission is to identify and remove barriers that prevent the Deaf from participating in and having equal access to the justice system.

HEARD is an all-volunteer nonprofit civil rights organization that promotes equal access to the legal system for individuals who are deaf and people with disabilities. We focus on correcting and preventing deaf wrongful convictions, ending deaf prisoner abuse, reducing deaf recidivism & increasing representation of the deaf in the justice and legal professions. HEARD created and maintains the only national deaf and deaf-blind prisoner database, which it uses to ensure that deaf prisoners have contact with community members and receive equal access to programs and services at jails and prisons across the nation.

Host Melvin Merritt will be speaking with Talila A. Lewis of Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf about their efforts to protect the rights of the hearing impaired caught in the jaws of the justice system. Tune in to find out what special challenges they face when interacting with the police, the courts and in prison.
Website: http://www.behearddc.org/
Face Book Page: https://www.facebook.com/HEARDDC/timeline

Representative Brandon Ellington Gives a Midterm Look at the MO Legislative Session

Once you get past all of the ideologically driven legislation there are some important issues being considered in the MO Legislature. Body Cams for the police, Cannabis and Medical Cannabis bills, revising the School Accreditation and Transfer Policy, Expungement and Long Term Sentencing and more.

Host Jeff Humfeld is joined by Representative Ellington, who will give a quick update on some important issues and what he learned from the Black Caucus Town Hall Meeting this past Saturday.


JoJR CALENDAR April 13,2015

The Black Law Student Association and Nation Lawyers Guild chapter at the UMKC School of Law is holding a student led presentation on how American citizens demand for the end of institutionalized racism will affect their future as members of the legal profession. This presentation will be held Tuesday April 14th from 5-7PM in the Lounge on the first floor at the UMKC School of Law, 500 E. 52nd Street, KCMO. For more information contact Kimberly Hardeman at [email protected]
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Voices of the People and the Jackson County Bar Association will hold the third presentation in their Legal education series, Tuesday April 14th from 6-8pm at the Mary Kelly Center, 2803 E 51st St. KCMO. Lajuana Counts and Charnissa Holiday-Scott will present on Civil law vs Criminal law and Trial law vs Appellate law.
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On Saturday, April 18th, the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) in partnership with the Kansas City CARE Clinic will be hosting a health clinic in Bartle Hall, at the Kansas City Convention Center, 301 West 13th Street, KCMO . The clinic is meant to provide care for the area’s uninsured and medically underserved. Patients may call 800-340-1301 to schedule an appointment for the clinic. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]


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