Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 226: George Gascón Discusses Crime in LA
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by Davis Vanguard
1w ago
Having survived multiple recall attempts in his first term, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón officially launched his reelection in October at the SEIU Local 2015 office in front of a room full of supporters – many of them health care workers. The DA noted his mother, an immigrant from Cuba often had to toil, working for below minimum wages. That has translated into a commitment to fight for working people. “We don’t talk about one of the biggest crimes in our history,” he explained. “It’s a theft of wages. A theft of labor. Billions of dollars each and every year – which impacts all ..read more
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Jason Smith AudioEveryday Injustice Podcast Episode 225: Michigan Center for Youth Justice
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by Davis Vanguard
2w ago
This week on Everyday Injustice, we are joined by Jason Smith, Executive Director of the Michigan Center for Youth Justice. The Michigan Center for Youth Justice (MCYJ) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing policies and practices that reduce confinement and support trauma-informed, racially equitable, socio-economically and culturally responsive, community-based solutions for Michigan’s justice-involved children, youth and young adults. Listen as Jason Smith discusses their current legislative advocacy and projects, and the progress that has been made on age appropriate services ..read more
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Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 224: Caroline Isaacs Discusses Prison Abolition
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by Davis Vanguard
3w ago
This week on Everyday Injustice we have Caroline Isaacs, the Executive Director of Just Communities Arizona. JCA is an abolitionist organization that seeks to end the current punishment system and its emphasis on criminalization, surveillance, and mass incarceration. They envision a world in which prisons and jails are unnecessary. “We believe those directly impacted by the current punishment system are central to this discussion and must be leaders in the movement to end mass incarceration,” they explain. They add, “We believe local communities know best how to create safety and wellbeing for ..read more
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Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 223: They Killed Freddie Gray
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by Davis Vanguard
1M ago
Freddie Gray was one of the seminal police killings when it occurred in Baltimore in 2016, leading to protests and riots and calls for reform. The officers were charged with murder by SAO Marilyn Mosby, but not of them were convicted. Justine Barron in her book “They Killed Freddie Gray” following the work of her podcast, after sifting through thousands of documents and interviewing witnesses, concludes that the State Attorney and Media got the narrative and the killing completely wrong. Barrone writes, “The media just as uncritically turned an enarmored eye to State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby ..read more
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Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 222: Los Angeles DA George Gascón
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by Davis Vanguard
1M ago
Listen to Everyday Injustices exclusive interview with Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón after he announced his reelection in front of an audience of workers at SEIU Local 2015. Gascón noted that crime was going down despite the news coverage that would lead the public to the contrary conclusion. “I would say one of the biggest challenges that we have is how can we get factual information in a way that people understand it, in a way that people see it,” he explained. He added, “There’s so much misinformation concerning crime, and as you indicated, we’re actually, crime nationally, bu ..read more
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Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 221: Why Federal Cannabis Legalization is Lagging
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by Davis Vanguard
1M ago
As more and more state have turned toward the legalization of cannabis, the federal government continues to lag. This week on Everyday Injustice, we talk with Christi Smith, a senior fellow for the R Street Institute’s criminal justice and civil liberties team. She is a former adult probation and parole officer and retired assistant professor of criminal justice. The war on drugs and the continued prohibition of cannabis has profound implications for mass incarceration. The puzzling questions is why does cannabis remain “illegal at the federal level, and its possession and use are subject to t ..read more
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Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 219: Danielle Harris, Vanguard Justice Award Winner
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by Davis Vanguard
2M ago
On October 19, the 2023 Vanguard Justice Awards Gala, the Vanguard will present Danielle Harris, of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Officer and the Freedom Project with a Vanguard Justice Award. The San Francisco Public Defender's resentencing unit, known as The Freedom Project, has assisted more than 100 people in their resentencing and parole hearings, and assisted in 77 family reunifications. These efforts have saved over 1,000 years of prison time. “The Freedom Project team was my lifeline—they saved my life,” said Belinda Anderson, who was represented by Danielle Harris and Stephen Li ..read more
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Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode Episode 218: Juliana Drous, Distinguished Attorney Award
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by Davis Vanguard
2M ago
On October 19, the 2023 Vanguard Justice Awards Gala, the Vanguard will present Juliana Drous, with a Vanguard Justice Award for Distinguished Attorney. From Juliana Drous: “I have been practicing criminal defense since 1980. I have had cases in all levels of the court: trials in state courts and federal courts, appeals in federal and state courts, two arguments in the US Supreme Court (lost both - also had a third I didn't argue, it won but it was a white collar case.) I have been involved in many habeas cases, actual innocence cases. Lost some, won a few. Went on to file file clemency petiti ..read more
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Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 169: Stephen Liebb, Incarcerated 33 Years, Helps to Free Others
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by Davis Vanguard
2M ago
Note: This episode originally aired October 3, 2022 In 2022, the Vanguard honored Stephen Liebb with an award for his work as a formerly incarcerated individual at the Vanguard Justice Awards Gala. Stephen Liebb spent 33 years behind bars for first degree murder. 19 of those years were spent at San Quentin. He earned his release on parole in 2013. Now he works as a legal assistant at the San Francisco Public Defender’s office on the Freedom Project, helping to free others from prison. Listen to Steph’s remarkable story – hired by the legendary Jeff Adachi in 2018, but a lawyer at the time of h ..read more
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Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 217: Benjamin Frandsen From Prison to UCLA
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by Davis Vanguard
2M ago
“In 2002, two men burglarized a house; the resident killed them both. I was neither the resident nor one of the burglars, but I was sent to prison for 18 years before the state finally unraveled it all and set me free,” Benjamin Frandsen explains. Listen as Benjamin Frandsen tells his remarkable story first narrowly avoiding the death penalty, then his conviction overturned and finally success going to UCLA and his podcast, Ben Free Podcast, where he “leads listeners on weekly interviews through the emotions, thoughts and processes of those who have survived their heavy handed sentences ..read more
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