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Since the controversial shooting of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a national debate on police, race, social status and ethnicity has become the new norm of America. Unlike the initial criminal justice reform debates that were fueled by over one hundred days of continual public protest that eventually erupted into riots and looting in Ferguson, the continued wave of unrest still emanating from Urban America has begun to spark calls for aggressive legislative reforms for improving police initial contact with citizens from multi-ethic communities. In addition, court-enforceable consent decrees have been issued by the Department of Justice to institute police reforms in departments that have found themselves lacking a fortified Urban Portfolio after a catastrophic incident between police and multi-ethic communities.
When asked about the best scientific approach? The response is often, “find the best practice.” From the current state of police and urban relations nationwide, previous alleged best practices regarding effective community policing have not improved the historically poor relationship between police and the urban community particularly when engaging Black, Hispanic and Latino males. Most POST standards only require new recruits and cadets to do four to eight hours of social programming over six months of training. Many police and law enforcement agencies grossly lack diversity within their academy classes, training staff, command staff and executive leadership. This further exacerbates stereotyping and biases of race, culture, social status, gender and religion due to the department’s culture of a direct lack of knowledge. This creates the “us against them syndrome” in law enforcement.
URBAN TALK RADIO “The Violence of Guns in America”
Aired October 14, 2015 10am-11am EDT 103.5FM WNHH-LP
Listen to the show now on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/new-haven-independent/urban-talk-radio-when-gun-violence-comes-home#t=0:00
To date in America, there has been 994 mass shootings in 1,004 days. It is estimated that gun violence has killed 30,000 people a year for the last 20 years. Even though recent reports have shown that violent crime has declined in urban cities nationwide, Urban Gun crime still remains a chronic issue facing young Black, Hispanic and Latino men in America. Gun violence continues to be a tremendous problem for all Americans from the inner-city projects of Chicago, to small sleepy towns in the middle of Oregon. Thus, an effective solution requires a collective response as both our elected officials, religious leaders, organizations, institutions and individuals of all races and ethnic backgrounds.
Barbara Fair- The founder of My Brother’s Keeper a grassroots organization focused on improving Social Justice. She is a member of New Haven chapter of the ACLU
Ron Pinciaro has been Executive Director of CT Against Gun Violence (CAGV) for 14 years.
URBAN TALK RADIO “Talking Economic Disparity” Aired September 30, 2015 10am-11am EDT 103.5FM WNHH-LP
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The Rich, The Broke and The Poor.
Recently Colleges Vow to Simplify Application Process, Comic Strip Nails Why Poor Americans Aren’t Just ‘Asking For Handouts’, Education alone can’t solve America’s racial wealth gap, and Education alone can’t solve America’s racial wealth gap.
New England Power Couple, Shafiq Abdussabur and Mubarakah Ibrahim, join forces to address the growing dilemma of Economic Disparity in American Families. Their daughter, Salwa Abdussabur, joined the discussion to add the teen perspective.
URBAN TALK RADIO “A look at Arresting Patterns”
Aired on September 9, 2015 10am-11am EDT 103.5FM WNHH-LP
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January 10, 2014, The O’Reilly Factor,” The study examined data from 1997 to 2008 by four American criminal justice professors reviled that nearly half of all black males under the age of 23 have been arrested in the U.S.A. And nearly 40 of white males in that age group have been arrested as well.
Ferguson’s- The Justice Department examination found that black citizens, who make up about 67 percent of the city’s 21,000 residents, were subject to 85 percent of traffic stops, and 93 percent of all arrests from 2012 to 2014.
The burden of this misguided court operation fell disproportionately on the town’s poorest citizens, many of whom fell into massive debt, lost their drivers licenses, could not keep a job, or ended up behind bars, investigators found.
As of December 2014, 16,000 of the 21,000 people (76%) had outstanding arrest warrants issued by the Ferguson Municipal Court, most of them for minor violations such as parking and traffic infractions.
In May of 2015, Times Magazine reported that Black residents in Minneapolis are 8.7 times more likely than whites to get arrested for low-level offenses, according to a new ACLU report-
Helen Kauder, Executive Director, Artspace in New Haven. In 1998, She Co-founded City-Wide Open Studios (CWOS).
Ruby Gonzalez, a young artist and Artspace apprentice who was part of the Jerome Project.
URBAN TALK RADIO segment of Cops and Coffee “Finding a Police Cure”
– Airs Live August 26, 2015 10am-11am EDT 103.5FM WNHH-LP
Listen to the show now on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/new-haven-independent/urban-talk-radio-cops-and-coffee
Terrell J. Starr a senior New York editor of the online news network AlterNet recently wrote an article entitled “Body Cams Can Capture Abuse, But Can They End Police Brutality?” His article suggest that Criminal justice experts say much more is needed to really reform police departments nationwide. Stacy Spell a retired New Haven homicide detective believes that a key to police reform is “Community Building.” Since his retirement in 2006, he has since reinvigorated the West River Neighborhood Services Corporation and put special focus on working with at-risk young people. He has now expanded his philosophy by creating and implementing new strategies through his new post.
Two approaches to a big problem and we will discuss these solutions and others over a nice hot cup of coffee.
Criminal justice experts say much more is needed to really reform police departments nationwide.
- Terrell Jermaine Starr-Senior New York editor at online news network AlterNet.
- Stacy Spell-Retired NHPD Detective, New Haven Project Longevity Chief, Community Organizer, New Haven Independent 2011 “Man of the Year”
URBAN TALK RADIO – Aired August 19, 2015 10am-11am EDT 103.5FM WNHH-LP
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Based on urban city models nationwide, a road diet plan holds the potential to improve safety for everyone who uses the roads in New Haven. Implementation of protected bike lanes along those corridors will separate cyclists from traffic. Will this plan increase bike safety? Is biking a culture or is it just cultural? Is urban biking the new “green way to go” to work of run errands? Will expensive bikes and bike repairs dominate your monthly household budget?
- Doug Hausladen serves as the Director of the Transportation, Traffic & Parking department for the City of New Haven. Acting Executive Director of Parking Authority
- John Brehon, Sales Manager for The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop located at 151 Orange New Haven, Connecticut
Also Check Out: Urban Legends with Star Wars Actor Ray Hassett
THE STATE OF POLICING POST-FERGUSON
Airs Live 10am-11am EDT 103.5FM WNHH-LP
Wednesday August 12, 2015 show will be a hot one!
Listen to the this show now on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/new-haven-independent/urban-talk-radio-ep-2
About Wednesday’s Show: Public opinion about police officers, police tactics, and even police statements are now heavily scrutinized by every news agency hungry to compete for viewers, followers and Facebooks “Likes. “This #BlackLivesMatter movement was not the result of a mandate by Congress or laws set forth by State governments. It is merely a fierce grassroots movement that has created enormous awareness to a series of incidents that have involved six controversial police shootings of unarmed Black males in a span of 12 months.
Sass Talkin with Salwa will open up the show talking about #Blacklivesmatters
Our Studio Guests:
Community Organizer Latrice M. Hampton, A young leader and voice of modern-day urban America-She will be discussing the provocative challenges or not that face young urban Americans.
Senator Gary Holder-Winfield will be discussing the drastic changes in store for CT police departments-The new Bill Public Act No. 15-4AN ACT CONCERNING EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE
Show host and producers: Boldminds and Salwa Flowerchild Abdussabur
THE STATE OF POLICING POST-FERGUSON
Also Check Out: Huffingpost #BlackMouthsMatter
Urban Talk Radio is weekly talk radio show that will air Wednesdays 10:00AM to 11:00AM EDT.
The weekly show format will include “Sass Talkin with Salwa” an interactive 15 minute show segment focused on issues that are relevant to young people. “Sass Talkin with Salwa” is dedicated to exploring, discussing and cultivating creative teens into Boldminds.
On the first Wednesday of each month, the remaining 45 minute portion of the Urban Talk Radio will feature a segment called “Urban Legends” that will showcase the life works of extraordinary people in New Haven County who have contributed to improving life in New Haven.
Our first guest on Urban Legends was Actor Ray Hassett played Echo Base Senior Logistics Officer Tigran Jamiro in “Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back,” where he famously warned Captain Han Solo (Harrison Ford) it was a suicide mission to jump on a tauntaun and go try to save Commander Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on the ice planet Hoth.
Now, a retired Lieutenant who formerly served as a District Commander. He became known for his problem solving strategies.
On the second and third Wednesday of each month, the remaining 45 minute portion of the Urban Talk Radio will focus on current events and interactive making it plain community discussion on those hot topics.
Finally on the last Wednesday of each month, the remaining 45 minute portion of the Urban Talk Radio will feature a segment called “Cops and Coffee” which may prove to be one of the most unique radio show segments in the country. On one side there’s a Cop, on the other side is a cup of Coffee and they are separated by a “grey area.” “Cops and Coffee” is bold and hot! It is an interactive show that brings Community Stakeholders literally to the table to intimately discuss the coherent purpose in modern-day policing and current affairs.
Thus, Urban Talk Radio begins on WNHH-LP 103.5 FM which uniquely combines community radio with the local online news site New Haven Independent to create a new model for audience engagement and local news sustainability. This innovative local NPR-style radio station launched on August 11, 2015.
The station, WNHH-LP 103.5 FM, will be incorporated into the New Haven Independent (newhavenindependent.org), one of the earliest and longest-surviving online-only local daily news websites in the nation. The station will air in New Haven and Hamden, Conn., broadcasting at 103.5 FM for 12 hours each weekday. Listeners will have four avenues to listen. Shows will be LIVE on 103.5 FM Radio in addition to web-streamed LIVE on newhavenindependent.org. Daily programs will also be converted to podcasts and become part of regular news and cultural articles on the Independent website; and they will be available for download from multiple web locations including the Apple iTunes store and SoundCloud.
All shows will be created and produced by Boldminds LLC and multi-media arts and publishing company which was founded in 1989 by Shafiq Abdussabur.
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URBAN TALK RADIO WHERE BOLDMINDS SPEAK
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We have all been well aquatinted with the popular hashtag, #BlackLivesMatters, the new slogan for racial injustice that has been the result of countless deadly incidents predominantly between Black males and specifically local police officers within the US law enforcement. This #BlackLivesMatter movement was not the result of a mandate by Congress or laws set forth by State governments. It is merely a fierce grassroots movement that has created enormous awareness to a series of incidents that have involved police shootings and unarmed Black males.
In 2015, with rapidly developing social networks and sophisticated smart phone technology, the ability to capture police interactions is almost guaranteed. As a result, law enforcement officers nationwide have begun to have a new conversation about how to do their police work in making arrest while avoiding getting arrested themselves.
6 Controversial Shootings in 12 Months and things seem to be going from bad to really bad. Do #Blacklivesmatter more than #Blackmouthsmatter