The Daily GRRR! - October 24th, 2014 - Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

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Welcome, I am your host Dan Kellar and you are listening to The Daily GRRR! Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio, on 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario. Soundfm.ca on the web, today is Friday October 24th, 2014.

We are broadcasting from the centre of the Haldimand Tract, the occupied Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations).

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective; and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

The clip that kicked off the show is from Mumia Abu-Jamal with his response to legislation introduced to silence him. Check prisonradio.org for more of Mumia’s podcasts.

Today’s feature is a read of an brilliantly written article from social justice activist Matthew Behrens entitled Reflections on a Violent Day in Ottawa.

Now we will start with today’s headlines:

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HEADLINES for October 24th, 2014
1. Parental Incarceration Has Massive Negative Impacts on Children
2. Lawsuit Filed after Man In Mental Distress Left to Die While in Custody
3. 60 Years for Defending Herself From An Abusive Partner, Thousands Demand to #FreeMarissa Alexander
4. Pope Francis blasts Capital Punishment and Life-Sentences
5. While Crime Rates Drop, Costs of Crime Skyrocket
6. Matt DeHart Ordered Deported From Canada
7. Man Killed by RCMP in Slocan BC was “Executed”
8. CBC Stonewalled Snowden Story on Serious CSEC Spying

1. Parental Incarceration Has Massive Negative Impacts on Children
A new study published in September shows that the impact to a child's health and behaviour when having a parent stolen away from them and put in jail can be more severe than if that parent was divorced away or dead.

As MainStreet.com reports The University of California-Irvine study found that “about 2.6 million children have a parent in state prison, federal prison, or jail at any given time” and found that those children: “
“tended to have higher diagnosis rates of attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), as well as being more likely to have behavioral problems, learning disabilities, speech difficulties and developmental delays. Additionally, since poor people and minorities are incarcerated at much higher rates than their white and wealthier counterparts, there are often enormous class and racial disparities in these impacts… The racial implications of this are that minority children suffer disproportionately from having an imprisoned parent.”

What is clear through this study is that incarcerating parents is bad for children, and bad for society. While we work on the abolishment of prisons, this study makes clear we need to do all we can to support all families impacted by prisons and the injustice system.

2. Lawsuit Filed after Man In Mental Distress Left to Die While in Custody
Christopher Lopez died at the San Carlos Correctional facility in 2013 after being stripped and shackled and left in a cell. Prison guards videoed as they laughed, joked, and mocked the schizophrenic man in his final hours.

The Lawsuit reads:
“On March 17, 2013, in full view of most of the Defendants, a shackled and stripped Christopher Lopez died alone and ignored, on the cold concrete floor of a cell at the San Carlos Correctional Facility. His death could have been easily prevented by most of the defendants had any one of them simply picked up a phone and called for medical help. Instead, the Defendants, all employees of the Colorado Department of Corrections, ultimately made what could pass as a documentary film on how to ignore the obvious and serious medical needs of a dying prisoner for hours until the very last breath of life leaves his body.”

The Free Thought Project reports that 3 prison employees have been fired with a further 5 disciplined over the incident, however, no criminal charges have been laid.

3. 60 Years for Defending Herself From An Abusive Partner, Thousands Demand to #FreeMarissa Alexander
The tumblr page for domestic violence survivor Marissa Alexander has released an amazing info-poster about Marissa’s case. Visit FreeMarissaNow.org or click the link on our webpage to download the poster and here is the text:
Marissa Alexander fired a warning shot to protect herself from her (now ex) husband. no one was hurt. She had given birth 10 days before. She was found guilty of aggravated assault and served 3 years of a 20 year sentence. her daughter is in custody of her ex-husband.
After filing an appeal, she awaits trial under house arrest, her ankle bracelet costs 1,000$ a month. She now faces a mandatory sentence of 60 years if she is found guilty at her new trial in December 2014. This is all happening in Florida, the state that allowed Trayvon Martin’s murder in the name of “self-defense”.
You can donate to the legal defense fund and learn more about the details of the case at freemarissanow.org

The “Stand Your Ground” defense that allowed Trayvon’s murderer to walk free has been denied to Marissa, and this is a clear attack on the right of a womin to defend herself from an abusive partner or attacker. Marissa’s new trial starts December 8th.

4.Pope Francis blasts Capital Punishment and Life-Sentences
Branding life-sentences “a hidden death sentence” and calling for the abolishment of the death penalty, Pope Francis steps up his criticism of the the societies and countries with Christians.
The Pope went onto say:
“All Christians and men of good faith are therefore called upon today to fight, not only for the abolition of the death penalty – whether it is legal or illegal and in all its forms – but also to improve the conditions of incarceration to ensure that the human dignity of those deprived of their freedom is respected...
And this, for me, is linked to life sentences. For a short time now, these no longer exist in the Vatican penal code. A sentence of life (without parole) is a hidden death penalty.”

5. While Crime Rates Drop, Costs of Crime Skyrocket
While the crime rate in canada fell 27% between 2002-2012, a new study from the right-wing Fraser Institute notes that:
“policing costs jumped 43% from $8 billion in 2002 to $11.5 billion in 2012, while corrections costs (prison, parole, etc.) rose 32 per cent from $3.6 billion to $4.8 billion over the same period. Additionally, the cost of legal aid for people who can’t afford legal representation in criminal cases rose from $322.1 million (2012 dollars) in 2002 to $430.7 million in 2012.”

The study also noted that while the number of cases completed year to year remained relatively stable of the past 15 years, the number of cases that take more than 1 year to complete doubled to 18% of cases.

6. Matt DeHart Ordered Deported From Canada
Anonymous affiliated hactivist and former soldier Matt De Hart has lost his battle to stay in canada as the Immigration and Refugee Board ordered him deported as soon as other legal hurdles are cleared.

DeHart, claims to have been tortured by the FBI during an interrogation looking for information on the Anonymous hacking crew, he was seeking asylum in canada after being persecuted by american agents with bogus child-porn charges.

For more info on the case check freematt.net

7. Man Killed by RCMP in Slocan BC was “Executed”
Danna de Groot, the sister of Peter De Groot, a man who was shot and killed by Slocan BC RCMP on October 13th says that Peter was “executed” by the police after a fast campaign of defamation when the man fled into the BC bush for several days after being shot at.

Danna says she pleaded with the RCMP to let her go find her brother in the forest, to deescalate the situation without violence. Peter allegedly shot at the RCMP before fleeing into the forest when 3 cops showed up at his door, guns drawn, after an alleged “shove”.

The RCMP denied Danna’s request saying they had things under control adding they would "bring the incident to conclusion." The RCMP found Peter de Groot cornered in a cabin, and instead of trying to bring him in alive, they shot him dead.

If you are up for a good cry, you can watch the press statement from Danna de Groot here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/peter-de-groot-s-sister-s...

8. CBC Stonewalled Snowden Story on Serious CSEC Spying
In an new interview with canadalandshow.com journalist Glenn Grenwald claims he was stonewalled by the CBC’s Terry Milewski after being directed to the vetran reporter to unveil “NSA documents describing a major CSEC surveillance program”. CSEC is Canada’s digital spy agency and has actively participated in privacy-thrashing worldwide surveillance programs with the 4 other partners in the 5-eyes network.

Greenwald says that Milewski would not report on the documents on ideological grounds, saying he received an email from Terry that was "strongly suggesting that he actually supports CSEC's surveillance projects”.

While the CBC now says they are encouraging Greenwald to again work with them, after removing Milewski from the file, the information that they have sat on for 9 months remains a secret.

Hey @glenngrenwald, why dont you just release those docs on firstlook. if not, how about i publish them for you in canada...

Thats all for the headlines, now for some
Midway Musichere is Pataphisics with Asylum is a Crime

And we are back, you just heard Pataphisics with Asylum is a Crime This song was originally a fundraiser for riserefugee.org

You are listening to Waves Through Walls edition of The Daily GRRR! Today is October 24th, 2014, my name is Dan Kellar and we are now moving into the feature portion of our broadcast.

Today’s feature is a read of an brilliantly written article from social justice activist Matthew Behrens entitled Reflections on a Violent Day in Ottawa. #SomethingAboutChickensRoosting #OttawaShooting
http://rabble.ca/columnists/2014/10/reflections-on-violent-day-ottawa

That was a read of an brilliantly written article from social justice activist Matthew Behrens entitled Reflections on a Violent Day in Ottawa.

This has been the The Daily GRRR! for October 24th, 2014. We are on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo region, and http://soundfm.ca on the web. Check out all our past shows and other Grand River Media Collective work on our webpage http://grandrivermc.ca

The Daily GRRR! is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

Stay tuned in for more Grand River Radical Radio after we close the podcast with a song, here is The Rebel Spell with the track Hopeless

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