The Fines and Fees Justice Center; and Crystal’s Kidz, A Program For Children Of The Incarcerated

The Fines and Fees Justice Center

The Fines and Fees Justice Center (FFJC), located in New York City, seeks to catalyze a movement to eliminate the fines and fees that distort justice. Their goal is to eliminate fees in the justice system and to ensure that fines are equitably imposed and enforced. The FFJC’s national campaign is to abolish driver’s license suspensions for unpaid court fees and fees. This is allowed by statute in 44 of our 50 states, including KS and MO. These Fines and fees devastate the lives of millions of Americans who get trapped in the justice system simply because they cannot afford to pay them. People who cannot immediately pay face additional fees, license suspensions, loss of voting rights and, far too frequently, arrest and jail.

Host Teresa Wilke talks with Priya Sarathy Jones, the National Campaign Director at the FFJC. She works with national coalitions that address fines and fees reform and helps those who seek their expertise on fines and fees reform across the country – today it is Kansas City’s turn to hear from her!

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Crystal’s Kidz, A Program For Children Of The Incarcerated

Host Latahra Smith talks with Crystal Williams about her program, Crystal’s Kidz, about the need for mentors and role models for children of the incarcerated. They will be joined by Kaykay Smith to talk about her own experiences.

Website for Crystal’s Kidz will be up and running very soon –

On Saturday November 23rd, 2019 KC Freedom Project and Crystal’s Kidz is loading up the kiddos and headed to Worlds Of Fun for a day full of cookie decorating, ice skating, rides and more. We will sponsor 20 children for this event. Before heading to WOF we are making a pit stop by Pizza Street Buffet for lunch.

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JoJR Calendar of Events 11-4-2019

Corey’s Network invites survivors of murder to their weekly workshops to learn how to deal with grief, the media, police investigations, court, and moving forward after a homicide has occurred. This week’s guest will befrom MO Probation and Parole. The next workshop will be held tonight, Monday, November 4th, from 6 to 8 PM at the Church of the Four Corners, 14300 E. US HWY 40, KCMO. The church is located East of the HyVee at 40 Hwy and Noland Rd. For more information and listing of future workshops call 816-834-9161 or look for Corey’s Network on Face Book.

The Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE²) will have their monthly Kansas Issues meeting on Monday, November 4th 6 – 8:00 PM at First Baptist Church, 500 Nebraska AVE, Kansas City KS.

Indivisible KC is an area-wide, progressive, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to empower everyday people to build a more equal and just future for all of us. IKC invites all to a presentation of, “Defeating Today’s White Nationalism” at the Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport RD, KCMO, On Thursday, November 7th, from 7 – 9 PM Come learn about organized white nationalist groups and why counteracting their movement matters in the fight to advance the democratic rights of all Americans. See details at indivisiblekc on facebook – website –

Thursday, November 7, 9 AM to noon is the weekly Willow Domestic Violence Center drop-in at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont, Lawrence, KS.

Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters will have their monthly meeting Saturday, November 9th from noon to 1:30 PM at the Waldo Branch Library, 201 East 75th Street, KCMO.  If you have a loved one who is incarcerated and need advice and support MISD has members that may be able to help. Their website is

Level Up: Anti-racism training: is about the School to Prison Pipeline is on Saturday, November 9th, from noon til 2 PM, at the Equal Minded Cafe, 4327 Troost Ave, KCMO Sponsored in part by Reale Justice Network who are working to stop Black and Brown youth from finding themselves disproportionately affected by the School to Prison Pipeline.

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