WYCO Behavioural Health Court; and AROC And The Stop Urban Shield Coalition

WYCO Behavioural Health Court

The Wyandotte County Behavioural Health Court is a problem solving court that works to help defendants with a Felony conviction, that have a severe and persistent mental illness and have been placed on probation. They must have a diagnosis by Wyandotte Mental Healthcare and are referred to the court by prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers and even other judges. They are put under the supervision of the Behavioural Health Court if they voluntarily enroll and participate in a treatment program consisting of four phases that lasts about 12-18 months.

Host Craig Lubow talks with Judge Michael Russell of the Wyandotte County Behavioural Court about how the court works to help those with mental illness who are convicted of a felony get the treatment they need instead of putting them into a correctional system that is not equipped to give them the needed treatment.

Wyandot Center website – http://www.wyandotcenter.org/

The Arab Resource and Organizing Center And The Stop Urban Shield Coalition

The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) is a grassroots organization working to empower and organize our community towards justice and self-determination for all. Recognizing the diversity of experiences and interests within the Arab community, AROC devises a multi-pronged strategy to meet those needs while prioritizing the most marginalized sectors of our constituency to inform our work. They are one of many organizations that are part of the Stop Urban Shield Coalition.

Stop Urban Shield is a broad coalition of grassroots community and social justice organizations that have united against Urban Shield, a SWAT team training and weapons expo that brings together local, regional, and international police-military units – including those from the Apartheid State of Israel – to collaborate on new forms of surveillance, state repression, and state violence. In 2014, Stop Urban Shield and broader community organizations and members built upon Oakland’s rich history of organizing against policing and for self-determination by forcing the City of Oakland to stop hosting Urban Shield. This was a hugely significant victory for our city and demonstrated the power of our collective grassroots organizing.

Host Margot Patterson talks with Sharif Zakout of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center in San Francisco, California, a grassroots organization that attempts to meet the needs of the Arab community in San Francisco. They will discuss AROC’s work as part of the Stop Urban Shield Coalition challenging police and law enforcement militarization and countering state violence targeting Arabs, Muslims and political activists.

AROC website – http://araborganizing.org/

Stop Urban Shield
website – http://stopurbanshield.org/about-the-campaign/participating-organizations/
email – stopurbanshieldnow@gmail.com

T.I.P.S. Hotline Increases Reward To $25,000

The Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline has increased their $10,000 reward to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest for murder in Kansas City, MO. This is a collaboration between the local and federal prosecutors as well as Kansas City, MO. This wholistic approach will redirect more officers toward these violent cases, add Social workers and of course raise the reward. As always the hotline does not take personal information and is completely anonymous.

We talk to Detective Kevin Boehm about this renewed effort, based on a program in Omaha, Nebraska that is already showing promise at getting the small group of bad actors off the street.

Crime Stoppers Hotline – 816-474-TIPS (8477)

Detective Kevin Boehm – 816-960-6800 ext 226

The JoJR Calendar for the week of July 8th

You are invited to join a Candlelight Vigil to protest concentration camps for children who come to this country fleeing dictatorships, violence, and hunger. You can gather to hear some great speakers, music, poetry and show your determination to resist on Friday, July 12th 7-9:30 PM at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. This vigil is sponsored by the Cross Border Network, Indivisible Kansas, and many other groups.
Corey’s Network has two fundraisers coming up this week. The first is for adults only. Bingo night at Hamburger Mary’s, 3700 Broadway, KCMO, Thursday, July 11th 7-8:30 PM, be sure you get a spot by calling in for a reservation at (816) 842-1919. Then take the family out for Pizza and games at the Chuck E Cheese next to Independence Center, 18701 E. 39th St., Independence, MO on Friday July 12th. Starting at 3 PM, 15% of all sales at the counter go to Corey’s Network.
Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters will have their monthly meeting Saturday, July 13th from noon to 2pm at the Waldo Branch Library, 201 East 75th Street, KCMO If you have a loved one that is incarcerated and need advice and support MISD has members that may be able to help.

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