The state found me on the streets alone when I was two years old. I had lice, was suffering from malnutrition, and cigarette burns covered my body. While in the foster care system, I went through seven foster homes in which I continued to endure abuse. When I was four, a loving family adopted me. Because of my abuse, I had severe scarring all over my body, and my adoptive parents had to put vitamin E oil on me each night before I went to bed. As I got older, the state provided information regarding my abusive family history, but by that time my heart was hardened and guarded. When I became a teen, my parents were unable to emotionally reach me. They sent me to boarding school, but I left and ended up on the streets.
Host Gene Bradley interviews Alan Wieder about his new book "Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid."
Ruth First and Joe Slovo, husband and wife, were leaders of the war to end apartheid in South Africa. Communists, scholars, parents, and uncompromising militants, they were the perfect enemies for the white police state. Together they were swept up in the growing resistance to apartheid, and together they experienced repression and exile.
Wieder will talk about the complexities and contradictions of this extraordinary couple and their efforts to navigate a time of great tension, upheaval, and revolutionary hope.
Angela Davis on "Feminism and Abolition: Theories and Practices for the 21st Century"
Angela Davis is distinguished professor emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She speaks about feminism, racial inequality, social change, identity and the violence of US culture necessary to perpetuate class and capital's hegemony. She addresses the campaign to eliminate the incarceration industry that promotes repression over restorative justice and speaks of the deinstitutionalization model that has seen success in other areas. She celebrates the peoples campaign and victory that challenged government repression and resulted in her exoneration from trumped up murder charges.
Karen James with Delphine Criscenzo and Liysa Swart discuss the making of a video produced by Delphine entitled “Lay Down Your Life. The Cost of Freedom” featuring Liysa Swart and Louise Bauschard, Voices Set Free.Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/68270692
Peter Pincetl interviews Zachariah Blott of New Freedom College, a nonprofit college that provides affordable 4-year college education available to inmates.Their program is designed for inmates and priced for inmates who want a true college education, offering a print-based correspondence program through the mail, allowing incarcerated students to work toward a 2-year or 4-year diploma in a variety of useful majors.