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Turning A Moment Into A Movement

Jay Love

THE MOMENT THAT BIRTH THIS MOVEMENT....was "The Justice for Gerard Movement" GERARD WAS WRONGFULLY CONVICTED OF A CRIME HE DID NOT DO! www.change.org/Justice4Gerard OUR GOAL IS TO BRING AWARENESS TO NOT ONLT THE WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF GERARD HAYCRAFT... WE ALSO WANT TO SHINE THE LIGHT ON OTHERS WHO ARE OR HAVE BEEN WRONGFULLY CONVICTED. TO ORGANIZE AND EDUCATE COMMUNITIES ABOUT THE NEED TO DISRUPT SYSTEMS, POLICIES AND PATTERNS THAT LEAD TO WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS WE WILL ALSO USE THIS SAFE SPACE.. RAISE TO AWARENESS OF ISSUES....SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER FOR THE NEED OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM!!

The Juvenile Criminal System....the pathway to Wrongful Convictions
Jun 5 2022
The Juvenile Criminal System....the pathway to Wrongful Convictions
Special Note: The day after this broadcast our Dear Gerard passed away...... We Love Him and forever blessed for this journey with Him.. There are many reasons for this, many of which are rooted in the special developmental vulnerabilities of children. Children and teenagers are categorically more suggestible, compliant, and vulnerable to outside pressures than adults. They are less able to weigh risks and consequences; less likely to understand their legal rights; and less likely to understand what attorneys do or how attorneys can help them. Black youth are more than four times as likely to be detained or committed in juvenile facilities as their white peers. Forty-one percent of youths in placement are Black, even though Black Americans comprise only 15% of all youth across the United States. Meanwhile in Michigan, Black youth are arrested at over twice the rate of White youth. Black youth accounted for 16 percent of the general population and 35.3 percent of the population with delinquency petitions. A study of 125 proven false confession cases found that 63% of false confessors were under the age of twenty-five and 32% were under eighteen. Another respected study of 340 exonerations found that juveniles under the age of eighteen were three times as likely to falsely confess as adults. There are many reasons for this, many of which are rooted in the special developmental vulnerabilities of children. Children and teenagers are categorically more suggestible, compliant, and vulnerable to outside pressures than adults. They are less able to weigh risks and consequences; less likely to understand their legal rights; and less likely to understand what attorneys do or how attorneys can help them. This week on Turning A Moment Into A Movement we will explore the topic: The Juvenile Criminal System....the pathway to Wrongful Convictions w/ Attorney Dorphine Payne Attorney Dorphine Payne is a Notre Dame Law School graduate; worked in the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's office early in her career. She also has experience working at IBM and as an administrator at 3 different universities. In 2016, she was the first female & minority to run for prosecuting attorney for Kalamazoo Michigan. So join Jay Love Host, representing the Justice for Gerard Movement -Attorney Hugo Mack -Rev Tia Littlejohn -Edward Sanders …..for this very much needed conversation. To learn more about The Justice for Gerard Movement go to: www.change.org/Justice4GERARD
Understanding Your Miranda Rights
May 22 2022
Understanding Your Miranda Rights
The Justice for Gerard Movement presents….. TURNING A MOMENT INTO A MOVEMENT! Friday May 20, 2022 6pm Guest: Abdul Hakeem Paralegal/ Justice Advocate Topic: Understanding Your Miranda Rights “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?” The Purpose of the Miranda Warning is to inform then arrested person of their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and their Sixth Amendment right to counsel so they can make intelligent choices about whether to waive those rights and speak to the police, whether to invoke those rights and not submit to interrogation, and whether to insist on having an attorney present before and during questioning. Miranda Rights were first brought into the forefront in the United States in 1966. The United States Supreme Court decision in Miranda vs. Arizona defines the country's citizen's rights when it comes to protecting a criminal suspect's Fifth Amendment rights to avoid self-incriminating themselves when being arrested. People assume that if they are not read their Miranda Rights, their case will be thrown out. This is not True!. While it is true that police are required to read a Miranda warning when a suspect is in custody, if they do not, the consequence for the prosecution is that any evidence obtained from the defendant from the time that the defendant was in custody (i.e. arrested) and the time their rights were finally read cannot be used against the defendant. However, it does not mean that charges against a defendant will simply be dropped. So join Jay Love Host, representing the Justice for Gerard Movement -Attorney Hugo Mack -Rev Tia Littlejohn -Edward Sanders…..for this very much needed conversation. To learn more about The Justice for Gerard Movement go to www.change.org/Justice4Gerard
Advocating for Environmental Justice
Apr 30 2022
Advocating for Environmental Justice
When we take a look at the phenomenon of environmental injustice, do we even consider how environmental racism is linked to crime. In Michigan, with all the lead water conversations, first Flint and now Benton Harbor… the focus has mostly been about the physical effects of lead and how it can limit learning. The exposure to this toxin affects brain development in a way that reduces academic achievement and even increases criminal behavior. Today we want to bring awareness to the effects of lead exposure on criminal behavior. The goal is to bring understanding on how doing more to remove lead could not make people healthier, it will also improve public safety. Since environmental injustice is frequently a process and product of state-sanctioned institutional violence against communities of color (in the form of polluted air, land, water and human bodies), then what are the implications of reframing it as a practice of treating those populations as inherently criminal and deserving of punishment? Studies have shown that exposure to lead as a child increased school suspensions and juvenile delinquency, which opens the door to the school-to-prison-pipeline. This week on Turning A Moment Into A Movement…2 of the State of Michigan top Environmental Justice Warriors will be our guest: -Rev Ed Pinkney of Benton Harbor -Vincent Martin of Detroit Topic: Advocating for Environmental Justice, -How environmental racism impacts our communities. -How can we move from the most impacted to healing So join Jay Love Host, representing the Justice for Gerard Movement ....along with Attorney Hugo Mack and Rev Tia Littlejohn …..for this very much needed conversation. To learn more about The Justice for Gerard Movement....go to: www.change.org/Justice4Gerard
Advocating for Police Accountability
Apr 23 2022
Advocating for Police Accountability
With all the High-profile instances of law enforcement behaving badly have made the issue of police accountability a priority. Too often abuses of power by the police, whether through excessive force, profiling, stop and frisk or other tactics, even if caught on tape, go unpunished. Therefore this week's conversation will be focus strategies to advocate for change! The Justice for Gerard Movement presents….. TURNING A MOMENT INTO A MOVEMENT! Friday April 22, 2022 6pm EDT So join Jay Love Host, -Attorney Hugo Mack, -Trischè Duckworth, -Alexanderia Hughes -Rev Tia Littlejohn along with our guest: Attorney David Robinson Robinson and Associates P.C. 28145 Greenfield Road Suite 100 Southfield, MI 48073 248-423-7234 248-423-7227 (fax) Topic: Advocating for Police Accountability "Community Accountability" Addressing Harm, Hurt and Healing for Safer Communities pt 3" David A. Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan. Attorney Robinson worked for the Detroit Police Department both as an officer and an attorney. He served the Detroit Police Department for 13 years, as legal advisor to the department. He also defended officers in civil litigation. As part of his responsibilities, he was required to teach the legal section to recruits in the Detroit Metropolitan Police Academy. During these same years, Attorney Robinson obtained a part-time teaching position at Wayne State University Criminal Justice Department. Attorney David Robinson has litigated in the area of police misconduct for both defense and plaintiffs. He has taken, to settlement or verdict, hundreds of police misconduct matters involving the gamut of wrongful arrests to wrongful deaths at the hands of police officers. He has litigated cases in federal court and circuit courts in the tri-county areas as well as courts in the states of Ohio and Louisiana. David associated with Johnny Cochran, Barry Scheck, and Peter Neufeld (of O.J. Simpson fame), in the wrongful conviction case of Eddie Joe Lloyd, which resulted in a settlement of $4,000,000. This case also resulted in an agreement whereby the City of Detroit conceded that all interrogations and interviews of suspects in serious offenses will be recorded, including police chase cases, accident cases and other police shooting cases not resulting in death. In addition, Attorney Robinson has litigated cases involving the death of pre-trial detainees in Detroit jails which resulted in six and seven figure settlements. The Detroit Jailhouse litigation was instrumental in the closure of the 8th and 9th floors of the DPD lockups. David has also represented citizens who were wrongfully held as witnesses by DPD homicide. These cases were brought under federal civil rights statutes and demonstrated the abject failure of the DPD homicide section to honor the Constitutional rights of Detroit citizens. These cases have resulted in settlements; the most egregious among them was one that involved the wrongful arrest and detention of more than 40 citizens in the investigation of a single homicide. Attorney David Robinson has authored a book on the subject called “You See a Hero, I see a Human Being.” It is available at momentumbooks.com and Amazon. The E-book is available at iTunes. Website: www.davidarobinsonlaw.com www.change.org/Justice4Gerard
"Life After Lock Up"
Apr 17 2022
"Life After Lock Up"
The Justice Gerard Movement on FB, YouTube and Twitter presents: Turning A Moment Into A Movement Topic: Advocating for Change "Life After Lock Up" Getting out of prison is an incredibly difficult time emotionally because the world has moved on while you've been in stasis. In 2020, around 2.3 million Americans were in some sort of criminal justice confinement....That includes state prisons, local jails, juvenile centers and immigration detention facilities. And according to the Department of Health and Human Services The hurdles faced by returning citizens. Getting out of prison is an incredibly difficult time emotionally because the world has moved on while you've been incarcerated. 70 million people in our country have criminal records, that's 1 in 5! 600,000 people released from state supervision every year. The continued discrimination/racism is unconscionable! This week Mr James Jones, President and Director of The Reinvention Center, Author, Paralegal, Entrepreneur, Podcast Host..."The Growth Hour" Formerly incarcerated 22 years..... and Mr Maurice Clifton, Justice Advocate,Prison Chaplain, Podcast Co-Host... "The Growth Hour”…Formerly incarcerated 23 years ......will be our guest. So JOIN ....Jay Love from The Justice for Gerard Movement, along with..... Attorney Hugo Mack, of H Mack Law, www.hmacklaw.com Justice Advocates : -Alexandria Hughes, Behavioral Therapist, Advisory Council for Mi Rep Kyra H Bolden, Justice Advocate, MI Liberation, Accountability for Dearborn -Trische' Duckworth Founder & Executive Director of Survivors Speak, Founder & Executive Director of Value Black Lives LLC, Social Worker, Justice Advocate -Rev Tia Littlejohn: Founder of the Choice Zone, Doctoral Student, Minister at Transforming Love Community, Life & Nutrition Coach, Behavior Interventionist, Michigan Racial Equity Task Force member Turning A Moment Into A Movement!!!!! If you want to learn more about The Justice for Gerard Movement go to: www.change.org/Justice4GERARD
Advocating for the Wrongly Convicted... "Community Accountability Addressing Harm, Hurt and Healing for Safer Communities pt 1
Apr 9 2022
Advocating for the Wrongly Convicted... "Community Accountability Addressing Harm, Hurt and Healing for Safer Communities pt 1
There has been 3,050 Exonerations since 1989.....that's more than 26,700 years lost, of innocent people going to prison. The National Registry of Exonerations publish a report September 2020, called "Government Misconduct and Convicting the Innocent" The Role of Prosecutors, Police and other law enforcement... This a report about the role of official misconduct in the conviction of innocent people. In 54% of exonerations, official misconduct contributed to the false convictions; usually more than one type of misconduct. Overall, male exonerees and Black exonerees were modestly more likely to experience misconduct (with some larger differences by race for a few particular crimes). 30% of exonerations include misconduct by prosecutors, 35% misconduct by police, 3% by forensic analysts, and 2% by child welfare workers. 12 The overall rate of misconduct varies by crime, from 72% in murder cases to 32% for most non-violent crimes. This week on Turning A Moment Into A Movement……we will discuss Advocating for the Wrongly Convicted, "Community Accountability Addressing Harm, Hurt and Healing for Safer Communities pt 1"..... with Dion RiggenEl: Justice and Prison Reform Advocate, Co founder of Free People Free People and Prison Project organization and Guest panelist; Lisa Riley of Breaking Silence.  ....on The Justice for Gerard Movement Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages, April 6, 2022 6pm. So JOIN ....Jay Love from The Justice for Gerard Movement, along with..... Attorney Hugo Mack, of H Mack Law, www.hmacklaw.com Justice Advocates : -Alexandria Hughes Behavioral Therapist, Advisory Council for Mi Rep Kyra H Bolden, Justice Advocate, MI Liberation, Accountability for Dearborn -Trischè Duckworth: Founder & Executive Director of Survivors Speak, Founder & Executive Director of Value Black Lives LLC, Social Worker, Justice Advocate -Rev Tia Littlejohn:  Founder of the Choice Zone, Doctoral Student, Minister at Transforming Love Community, Life & Nutrition Coach, Behavior Interventionist, Michigan Racial Equity Task Force member Turning A Moment Into A Movement!!!!! If you want to learn more about The Justice for Gerard Movement go to: www.change.org/Justice4GERARD
The Black Vote Matter???
Apr 2 2022
The Black Vote Matter???
The Justice for Gerard Movement FB, YouTube and Twitter LIVE presents Turning A Moment Into A Movement…. Friday, April 1, 2022. 6pm Topic: The Black Vote Matter?? with our guest….Gwendolyn Winston; Executive Director at Wisdom Institute, President of G. Bailey Winston Enterprise, Instructor at WCCCDCS, Fellow / Lead Facilitator Detroit Equity Action Lab Wayne State Law School, Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Former Executive Administrative Assistant Detroit City Council Electing candidates who embrace and align with your beliefs can result in a significant improvement in the quality of your life and those in your community. Voting is one of the most important rights and responsibilities that U.S. citizens have. When you give up on a chance to choose leaders and representatives who will do things that are important to you….you are really hurting yourself. When YOU don’t Vote Others will make the decisions for YOU! For many years, Black voters were the largest non-White racial or ethnic segment of the country’s electorate, but for the first time in a presidential election they will be outnumbered by Hispanic eligible voters according to Pew Research Center. Your Vote can make a difference! -Gives you an opportunity to be part of decision-making that affects your life. -Learn about the candidates and issues before you vote in any election -Know what’s going on in your country and community -Play a role in choosing our leaders and changing our laws by voting. It’s our Civil duty to vote for candidates that align with our beliefs that will make our daily lives better. However it’s also our duty to whole those candidates accountable after the election is over. Voting is not just a one day event…it’s a 24/7 every single day of the year process that we all must take accountability for! It’s easy to point fingers at our elected officials when they are out of touch and misinformed…but we’re is your skin in the game? We are living in the time where redistricting and voter suppression tactics are being used to silence Black Voters Voices… The Black Matters? So JOIN ....Jay Love from The Justice for Gerard Movement, along with..... Attorney Hugo Mack, of H Mack Law, www.hmacklaw.com Justice Advocates : -Alexandria Hughes Behavioral Therapist, Advisory Council for Mi Rep Kyra H Bolden, Justice Advocate, MI Liberation, Accountability for Dearborn -Trischè Duckworth: Founder & Executive Director of Survivors Speak, Founder & Executive Director of Value Black Lives LLC, Social Worker, Justice Advocate -Rev Tia Littlejohn: Founder of the Choice Zone, Doctoral Student, Minister at Transforming Love Community, Life & Nutrition Coach, Behavior Interventionist, Michigan Racial Equity Task Force member Turning A Moment Into A Movement!!!!! If you want to learn more about The Justice for Gerard Movement go to: www.change.org/Justice4GERARD
Transforming Criminalization: "Why Good Time, Makes Good Sense"
Mar 26 2022
Transforming Criminalization: "Why Good Time, Makes Good Sense"
The Justice for Gerard Movement presents.... Turning A Moment Into A Movement. This Friday's Topic: Transforming Criminalization: "Why Good Time, Makes Good Sense." ....w/ Ms. Kimberly Annette Woodson, The founder of Redeeming Kimberly a nonprofit organization. A former juvenile lifer who served 29.3 years in MDOC. Motivational Speaker, Justice Fellow at Mi Liberation ....and Guest Panelist: Elder Leslie Mathews, Criminal Justice and Faith in Justice Program Director Michigan United, Director of Outreach for Triumphant Life Christian Church in Highland Park, Michigan, Michigan is one of only six states with no policy for Good Time or Earned Time Credits and as such is out of step with the rest of the country. 31 States & the Federal Government provide a way for incarcerated citizens to earn some amount sentence reduction based on their behavior. * Good Time provides a pathway to redemption for people that have completed their minimum sentence and are successfully prepared * Time spent in prison should not only be corrective focused but to rehabilitate incarcerated citizens and successfully reintegrate them back into community * These reforms will help workforce development and improve public safety * These reforms will reduce the costs of mass incarceration, freeing up funds for greater investment in health * Strengthens families and improves community stability The goal is to cut mass incarceration in half by 2030 through, sentence reduction, second look and new sentencing guidelines * At the current pace, it will take about 50 years to cut the MDOC prison population by 50% * Recidivism rates are not impacted by length of sentence. * Truth in Sentencing allows the parole board to become judge and jury all over again for the same crime.--- Which effectively contravenes the 5th Amendment of the Constitution. So JOIN ....Jay Love from The Justice for Gerard Movement, along with..... Attorney Hugo Mack,  of H Mack Law, www.hmacklaw.com Justice Advocates : -Alexandria Hughes Behavioral Therapist, Advisory Council for Mi Rep Kyra H Bolden, Justice Advocate, MI Liberation, Accountability for Dearborn -Trischè Duckworth: Founder & Executive Director of Survivors Speak, Founder & Executive Director of Value Black Lives LLC, Social Worker, Justice Advocate -Rev Tia Littlejohn:  Founder of the Choice Zone, Doctoral Student, Minister at Transforming Love Community, Life & Nutrition Coach, Behavior Interventionist, Michigan Racial Equity Task Force member Turning A Moment Into A Movement!!!!! To Learn more about The Justice for Gerard Movement go to: www.change.org/Justice4Gerard
"Transforming the County Jail System."
Mar 19 2022
"Transforming the County Jail System."
This week…The Justice for Gerard Movement welcomes back' "Mr. Edward Sanders".... our guest speaker. Topic: "Transforming the County Jail System." What can be done to change the County jail experience that will be beneficial and transformative to those being held there. The criminal justice system employs state‐ sanctioned violence to discourage and punish conduct that threatens the very fabric of civil society. Most people in county jail have not been sentence, they are possibly awaiting their day in court. Many that get locked up in local jails charges are dropped or case get dismissed. Not everyone goes to Prison, yet from the moment you enter the local jail you are treated as if you are in prison. Transformation of the County Jail System is envisioning a humane, equitable approach to criminal justice process that prioritizes prevention and care, and reimagines accountability through a rehabilitative lens, too create safe and thriving communities. Also joining us as a guest panelist is … Alyshia Dyer, former Washtenaw Sheriff, Investigator, Justice Advocate, Social Work Student… …along with -Trische' Duckworth of SURVIVORS SPEAKS, Talk show host of “Talk of the Town, Founder of Value Black Lives, Justice Advocate, Social Worker -Attorney Hugo Mack, of H MACK LAW, Justice Advocate -Rev. Tia Littlejohn, Minster, Behavioral Interventionist, Life and Wellness Coach, Justice Advocate, -Alexandria Hughes, Behavioral Therapist, Justice Advocate, Michigan Liberation and Dearborn Accountability To Learn more about The Justice for Gerard Movement go to: www.change.org/Justice4Gerard
Is the Criminal Legal System Guilty? Disrupting Criminalization!
Mar 12 2022
Is the Criminal Legal System Guilty? Disrupting Criminalization!
"We have a system of justice in [the US] that treats you much better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent. Wealth, not culpability, shapes outcomes." -Bryan Stevenson- We have been sold a bill of goods when it comes to the way the criminal justice system addresses “crime,” and so many things that pull people into that system are minor and could often be viewed as not criminal at all. -Jessica Henry- Associate Professor at the Department of Justice Studies at Montclair State University While police get must of the blame when discussing Injustices within the Criminal Justice System. Once arrested, the case goes to the prosecutor, who then has the ability to decide whether or not to pursue the case. Most prosecutors don’t use that discretion. Instead, they rely on whatever the police claim is the case. Because of the prevalence of plea bargaining, that can make the police the arbiters of both who gets arrested and who gets convicted. If everyone is pleading guilty, then the prosecutors are not doing their jobs and screening cases, then whatever the police say often stands. That’s a huge problem. You also have a prosecutorial mentality that prioritizes gaining convictions as the win, as opposed to seeking justice; and prosecutors will take all kinds of measures to secure those convictions. You have public defenders that are often drowning in caseloads, then there are some criminal defense lawyers who don’t do their jobs well, and poor defendants are stuck with whoever gets assigned to them. Again and again, we see the criminal justice system reinforcing divisions that come from poverty. We can go to look at pretrial detention and bail reform, and we can’t forget the Judges… This week on Turning A Moment Into A Movement….. Attorney Hugo Mack will be exploring the Topic: Is the Criminal Legal System is Guilty? Disrupting Criminalization! Join Jay Love from The Justice for Gerard Movement along with the panel: -Trischè Duckworth, Survivors Speak -Rev Tia Littlejohn, Life Coach & Behavioral Interventionist, Activist, Health and Wellness coach -Ally Hughes, Behavioral Therapist , Michigan Liberation and Accountability Dearborn …and our Guest Panelist: Valerie Kelley-Bonner, Executive Director of SOAR, Radio Talk Show Host; Justice Advocate To Learn more about The Justice for Gerard Movement go to: www.change.org/Justice4GERARD
"Reform vs Transform"...... Criminal Justice System
Mar 5 2022
"Reform vs Transform"...... Criminal Justice System
Reform vs Transform Criminal Justice System “Is Reform attainable of the US Criminal Punishment System or should our focus be on TRANSFORMING?”…..w/ Trischè Duckworth. Founder & Executive Director of Survivors Speak, Founder & Executive Director of Value Black Lives LLC, Social Worker, Justice Advocate Reforms discourages, they don’t condemn.. They may ban police chokeholds!” but use qualified immunity to allow police to get away with murder with guns and tasers. Death Penalty reforms stop the used of the noose, to the firing squad, to the electric chair…to the used of a injection. Nothing about the Death penalty Reform stop the practice…..it didn’t bring comfort to those impacted. The reform only gave comfort to the executioners. Meanwhile Transformation moves beyond small reformative measures. Transformation requires us to focus on economic justice and political power. Reforms often look for the community to change… Transformations is the community demanding the system to change! Transformation is redefining the idea of Justice, imagining liberation and pushing ourselves to look beyond the normal to address the root causes of our suffering. In order for us to obtain true Change within our Criminal Justice System…we must first change the mindsets of our communities. Join Jay Love from The Justice for Gerard Movement along with the panel: -Attorney Hugo Mack, -Rev Tia Littlejohn, Life Coach & Behavioral Therapist -Ally Hughes, Michigan Liberation and Accountability Dearborn and our special guest panelist Mr Darnell Ishmael, Creator of Notes from the Village, Community Leader and Abolitionist .....for TURNING A MOMENT INTO A MOVEMENT! To learn more about The Justice Gerard Movement....please go to: www.change.org/Justice4Gerard
"Oversight and Accountability" Defining What is Police Accountability...
Feb 26 2022
"Oversight and Accountability" Defining What is Police Accountability...
In policing, people often talk about bad apples. Well, bad apples come from rotten trees, and the rotten trees are law enforcement agencies imbued with structural racism. Standard processes for holding police officers accountable, issuing civil payouts to victims of brutality, and rehiring fired officers are a few of the factors that contribute to the entrenchment of racism and police brutality. Police officers should be accountable public servants who work collaboratively, transparently, and fairly with all of the communities they serve. Too often, they have not been held accountable. This lack of accountability has eroded community trust and fostered suspicion and resentment. In order to restore police legitimacy, there should be structures in place to promote responsible, accountable policing and measures to ensure that police are held accountable for their actions when they deviate from that standard. The Justice for Gerard Movement presents, "Turning A Moment Into A Movement" Join us as Ms. Alexandria Hughes, (Behavioral Therapist, Advisory Council for Mi Rep Kyra H Bolden, Justice Advocate, MI Liberation, and Accountability for Dearborn) .....will leds the community conversation about "Oversight and Accountability"...Defining What is Police Accountability, what we can do to make it happen? Also this week Mr Abdul Hakeem, Justice Advocate and Paralegal will be a special guest panelist, along with Attorney Hugo Mack, Trischè Duckworth, and Rev Tia Littlejohn. Jay Love, Host To learn more about The Justice for Gerard Movement go to: www.change.org/Justice4GERARD
"Restoring Humanity"
Feb 19 2022
"Restoring Humanity"
Transforming Justice...by Changing the Narratives. This week we will explore "Restoring Humanity" w/ Rev. Tia Littlejohn When we refer to people who are, or have been, in contact with the criminal justice system as “felons,” “offenders,” “inmates,” or “convicts,” we define them by the worst act of their lives, creating a stigma that lingers long after they’ve paid their debt to society. If we are serious about removing barriers for people with felony convictions, we must change the words we use to describe them. For centuries, criminologists erroneously regarded people who broke the law as savages and animals... Remember the term "Super Predators" which was first coined in a Magazine article in 1995....The coming of the Super Predators. The article written by a young Princeton professor that did a study on some Philadelphia boys. He blamed these chronic offenders on “moral poverty … the poverty of being without loving, capable, responsible adults who teach you right from wrong.” He warned that by the year 2000 an additional 30,000 young “murderers, rapists, and muggers” would be roaming America’s streets, sowing mayhem. He wrote, “They place zero value on the lives of their victims, whom they reflexively dehumanize as just so much worthless ‘white trash.’" This dehumanizing "Superpredator" theory had a profounding effect on how the media, Judge, Prosecutors, Police and everyday citizens viewed young black men. The Super predator messaging suspended the feelings of empathy towards young black people and people of color. It is a racist theory that had no crime stats backing. This is just one of many examples of dehumanization of people. This week's conversation lead by Rev Tia Littlejohn will explore these examples and how we can change these narratives, and reduce stigmas. No one should be defined by just one experience or aspect of their identity. Leading with “people” affirms our shared humanity. How we describe the men and women involved in the criminal justice system should respect their individualism, diversity, and humanity, not flatten their identity and neglect their capacity for growth. So please join Rev Tia Littlejohn, The Justice Gerard Movement, Jay Love, Attorney Hugo Mack, Alexandria Hughes, and Trischè Duckworth for this community conversation. To learn more about The Justice for Gerard Movement go to: www.change.org/Justice4GERARD
Special Edition: "The Crisis Within Michigan Dept of Corrections'
Jan 6 2022
Special Edition: "The Crisis Within Michigan Dept of Corrections'
THIS A CALL FOR ACTION!!!!!! “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” Hebrews 13:3 The Michigan Dept of Correction is in violation the Human Rights of those who are incarcerated.....and we must stand up for those who are suffering in inhumane condition.... Over 28,000 people infected with COVID Inhumane living conditions... Living environment infested with Black Mold... Lack of Healthcare, Reproductive Care for women, Limited relief for the  medically frail... High number of Rapes..... Low staff causing locked down.... Pending lawsuits.... FAILED LEADERSHIP!!!! CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT IS A VIOLATES THE 8TH AMENDMENT! The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that "cruel and unusual punishments [shall not be] inflicted." JOIN THE JUSTICE FOR GERARD MOVEMENT... FOR TURNING A MOMENT INTO A MOVEMENT THE PANEL.... JAY LOVE, HOST TRISCHÈ DUCKWORTH of SURVIVORS SPEAKS ATTORNEY HUGO MACK, of H MACK LAW REV TIA LITTLEJOHN, MINISTER, LIFE COACH ....WITH OUR GUEST: -Teferi Brent Community Leader/Activist/Organizer -Darryl Woods Sr Prison Reform Advocate/ Community Leader -Shawanna Vaughn CEO , Founder and Director of Silent Cry -Nicholas Buckingahm Michigan Liberation/ Community Leader/Activist -Hakim Crampton Commissioner at Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, Movement & Capacity Building Specialist at JustLeadershipUSA -Darnell Ishmael Creator of Notes from the Village, Community Leader and Abolitionist To Learn more about The Justice for Gerard Movement..... go to: www.change.org/Justice4GERARD
The Spiritually and Justice Connection
Dec 11 2021
The Spiritually and Justice Connection
LOVE is always the answer.... Love for self, others, your community and Love for the world. LOVE is Justice! ...and Justice requires us to take personal accountability on how we are individually showing up in the world. That Change that We are seeking is also seeking Us! We are all here for a purpose and to be of service. We have a responsibility as Spiritual beings...to advocate and speak up for those who are in need. If Justice is the Tree.... then we are it's fruit! What is the fruit? Love, Peace, Joy, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness.....all of the Christ-like qualities. As the Holidays approaches, let's take a personal inventory of how we are showing up for others... Are you standing up for Justice? ....or are you quieting sitting by waiting for someone else to do the work? This week our guest will be Rev Dr Spencer Murray, Director of Prevention Programs at Men Stopping Violence Author "Conspiracy of Silence: Religious and Patriarchal Roots of Violence Towards Women" Join us for this conversation about The Spirituality and Justice Connection with Jay Love, Host...representing The Justice for Gerard Movement Trischè Duckworth, Survivors Speak Attorney Hugh Mack of H Mack Law Rev Tia Littlejohn, Educator, Behavioral Therapist, Life Coach Ally Hughes of Dearborn Accountability and Mi Liberation. Behavioral Therapist and Justice Advocate To learn more about The Justice for Gerard Movement go to......... www.change.org/Juustice4Gerard
The Risk of Driving While Black
Dec 4 2021
The Risk of Driving While Black
"Many police agencies use the traffic code as an excuse to go on a fishing expedition" Driving while Black and dealing with law enforcement, is one of the most serious and deadly encounters that could happen to a person of color these days. Researchers studied nearly 100 million traffic stops and found black motorists are more likely to be pulled over. The new study, undertaken by Ravi Shroff, an assistant professor holding joint appointments at NYU Steinhardt and NYU CUSP, and his colleagues at the Stanford Open Policing Project, found that in a dataset of nearly 100 million traffic stops across the United States, black drivers were about 20 percent more likely to be stopped than white drivers relative to their share of the residential population. The study also found that once stopped, black drivers were searched about 1.5 to 2 times as often as white drivers, while they were less likely to be carrying drugs, guns, or other illegal contraband compared to their white peers. Our own Attorney Hugo Mack, of H Mack Law will talk about the disproportionate number of fatal traffic stops endured by Black people. So join myself Jay Love , host and representing the Justice for Gerard Movement, Trischè Duckworth, Survivors Speak -Rev Tia Littlejohn, Life Coach & Behavioral Therapist -Ally Hughes, Michigan Liberation and Accountability Dearborn .....for TURNING A MOMENT INTO A MOVEMENT! To contact Attorney Hugo Mack: 2658 Stadium View Dr. #3 Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734-434-0622 734-239-3118 (mobile) hugomack@hotmail.com - email www.hmacklaw.com - website To learn more about the Justice for Gerard Movement go to.....www.change.org/Justice4Gerard --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.