Tuesday, April 9, 1996

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  • Right Wing Watch and Censorship of the Arts

    Right Wing Watch: Censorship of the Arts is alive and well in the US. The latest report from People for the American Way documents in 137 challenges to artistic expression in 41 states, in both traditional arts and media. Many of these challenges have been attempts by religious and social conservatives to keep artistic references to homosexuality from reaching the general public. The report documents that "an alarming 73 percent of the challenges were successful in having the artwork removed or restricted in some way."

  • A Discussion on Slavery in the Sudan

    Last week, we decided to address an issues that’s seeing an explosion on interest in the African American press: Slavery in the Sudan. Unfortunately this issue exploded on the air in a heated discussion between the Nation of Islam and a leader in the anti-chattel slavery movement. In the midst of the verbal fisticuffs, we felt that not enough basic information about the issue was communicated, so we’ve invited a member of the non- partisan human rights community on the air to tell us about her research into slavery in the Sudan.

  • Re-envisioning the Criminal Justice System

    Eddie Ellis is a former Black Panther who was recently released after serving 23 years in the NY State prison system. While incarcerated, Ellis was part of a prisoner-organized think tank that produced a report showing that 75 % of those incarcerated in the state came from 7 NYC neighborhoods. Ellis is the founder of the Community Justice Institute, based in Harlem, which lobbies for nontraditional approaches to rehabilitation, including a prisoner-run model penitentiary. This is a speech he gave this weekend at Medgar Evers College, calling for, among other things, a prison building moratorium in the U.S.

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