Jaws of Justice Radio investigates how we can achieve justice from a system of laws deeply rooted in economic, social and political inequality.  We hope you will listen.

Tune in Monday to hear host Bev Livingston speak with Ashley Huggans, Director of Recruitment and Community Engagement with CASA/GAL, or Court Appointed Special Advocates Guardians ad Litem for children.

CASA/GAL is a national association in the United States that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children. CASA/GAL are volunteers from the community who complete training that has been provided by the state or local CASA/GAL office in one of nearly 950 state organizations and local programs. It was founded in 1977.

The National CASA/GAL Association, together with state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive.

Ashley Huggans will tell us about the Jackson County CASA office, what they do and how you can be involved with their rewarding efforts.  Volunteers are community volunteers, just like you, who stand up and speak out to help children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

Jackson County CASA recruits, trains, and supports these CASA Volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who are in the Jackson County Family Court system until they have a safe and permanent home.

After the calendar, we will hear a replay of our show from 4-25-22 when Latahra Smith of KC Freedom Project spoke with Darryl Burton and Lamonte McIntyre of Miracle of Innocence Project, both wrongfully convicted persons who spent years in prison for crimes they did not commit, one in Missouri and the other in Kansas. Please save the date for the Miracle of Innocence 7th annual Gala Benefit in Sept. 2024.


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.

the Calendar for the week of May 6th:

  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri can provide free legal assistance to Jackson County homeowners in pursuing forbearance, mortgage/loan modifications, Chapter 13 bankruptcies, or other legal solutions. Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
  • For info about Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense meetings this week, you can go to All are welcome, mothers and others.
  • Please check the calendar at for events you can attend.

THURS, May, 9th, NOON – 1 PM The Call of the Beloved Community Rally will be at Quinaro Ruins, N. 27th ST, Kansas City KS.  More information on Facebook.

  • TUES, May 7th, NOON, #ClemencyForDavid is on Zoom and Facebook Live. David Hosier is scheduled for execution on June 11th at 6:00 pm for the murder of Angela Gilpan in Jefferson City. Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and supporters will meet virtually to learn more about the #ClemencyCampaign for David and how you can take action using the toolkit to amplify calls for clemency. The toolkit launch is a crucial tool in efforts to advocate for clemency.  Your support can make a significant impact.  See more at MADP on Facebook.
  • WED, May 8th, 4:30 – 7:30 PM at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 3050 Prospect Avenue Kansas City, MO, Cooked – Survival by Zip Codes, a film which examines the 1995 Chicago record breaking heat wave that resulted in over 700 deaths. The film focuses on the people most affected by natural disasters and the politics involved. This film screening is hosted by Carl Stafford of My Region Wins who will also share a call to action to attendees.
  • SAT, May 11th, 6:30 PM, at Uzazi Village, 4232 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110-1240, Reale Justices asks us to please join them for their 6th annual, ” Word To Ya Mother” poetry, art and music showcase. Kansas City’s own amazing poet, spoken word artist and published author M’Vyonne Payne will be the mistress of ceremony. You can help raise awareness about the cash bail system and how it impacts Black mothers and caregivers. There are donation links, more information on Facebook.

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

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