On the first half of the 9-12-22 Jaws of Justice, host Craig Lubow speaks with Rick Halperin, Director of Southern Methodist University’s Human Rights Program and a recognized international authority on the death penalty, genocide, slavery, human trafficking, torture and human rights.

He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International, a global organization that campaigns to end abuses of human rights. He served on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  He will be discussing some additional death penalty factors and is with Amnesty International. Particularly in light of the executions scheduled and occurring in Missouri and Oklahoma, on Jaws of Justice, we help you to know more about the movement to abolish the death penalty.

We’ll play the calendar at the midpoint of our hour and then host Melvin Merritt will speak with his guest, Christine Evans, Executive Director of the Feed Northland Kids about issues of hungry children in our communities.  They have a unique organization focused on addressing weekend nutrition and hunger by providing healthy, kid-friendly foods for school-age children living in the Northland of Kansas City, MO.

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 September 12th:

  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people in Jackson CTY Missouri. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
  • Notice of Funding Opportunity application materials and instructions will be distributed and they are posted on
  • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a very active group of Mothers and others. You can learn where their virtual meetings this week will occur at
  • TUES, Sept. 13th, 7 PM, DoCo Moms Demand Action Monthly Meeting will be at the Plymouth Church, 925 Vermont St, Lawrence KS.
  • SUN, Sept. 18th, 1 PM at Prospero’s Books, 1800 W 39th St, KCMO. Author and Moms Demand volunteer Cynthia Changyit Levin combines stories from diverse moms and her own experiences to engage mothers and others in activism. With warmth and humor, she demystifies advocacy and welcomes everyone to start making positive change before and after elections! Her book, “From Changing Diapers to Changing the World: Why Moms Make Great Advocates and How to Get Started,” offers inspiration & step-by-step instructions for powerful actions. This is an outdoor event. Facemasks are encouraged.


  • MON, Sept. 12th, noon to 3 PM, there is a Clean Slate Expungement Clinic in the Auditorium of Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont, Lawrence KS. Students from the KU School of Law will help people seek expungement of their criminal records, free of charge for those who qualify.  For questions about the clinic and expungement eligibility, call 785-864-5564.
  • MON, Sept 12th, 7 PM, join MADP and Justice Gatson of the National Lawyers Guild- Midwest Region for a court watch training.   Register:

The state of Missouri is actively pursuing the death penalty against several people. With pending capital cases scheduled throughout 2022, the next capital trial begins Sep. 15th in St. Charles, MO.


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