On The Count: The Prison and Criminal Justice Report

On The Count: The Prison and Criminal Justice Report OTC is designed to create a platform for the voices of those historically excluded from the discussion and decision making process.
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Production Team Eddie Ellis, Executive Producer; Rob Sims, Senior Producer/Audio Engineer; Andre (Imani) Ward, Associate Producer; Steven (Humble) Mangual, Latino Affairs Producer.

Please tune in this morning at 10 (99.5 FM or wbai.org)  and join us as we pay tribute and say Happy Birthday to the lat...
12/14/2019
WBAI Radio 99.5FM NYC

Please tune in this morning at 10 (99.5 FM or wbai.org) and join us as we pay tribute and say Happy Birthday to the late great Edwin "Eddie" Ellis. We are still raising funds in order to keep taking care of the radio station and we can't do it without you all. Please become a WBAI Buddy in our name. "None is too small until there's none at all." I remember Eddie used to say during our fundraising drives.

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Happy birthday to our Founder, mentor, and forever Host, Edwin "Eddie" Ellis. After serving 25 years in prison, as a tar...
12/14/2019

Happy birthday to our Founder, mentor, and forever Host, Edwin "Eddie" Ellis. After serving 25 years in prison, as a target of the historically oppressive and criminal COINTELPRO while he was a Black Panther and Activist, Eddie served his time by continuing to educate others, organize, and mobilize. Eddie was incarcerated in Attica back in September 1971 when the men there rebelled against their Oppressors. After being transferred to Green Haven Prison Eddie and many other Revolutionaries started a "New Prison Movement" that gave rise to a new age. An age where the "people" inside our prisons stood up and started taking charge of their narrative; they started a revolution the likes of which have not been seen since. The men at Green Haven, right after the Attica Rebellion, sparked a fire that reverberated throughout space and time. The outside community joined and started meeting and learning from those men and women on the "inside" and worked together to create a more humane prison system where people can get access to due process of law, basic needs, education including higher education, grievance and liaison and many other people-in-prison created and run organizations. Organizations that were "non-traditional" in nature, "community-specific," and deeply rooted in restorative justice practices, accountability, strengths-based approaches, and humanistic. Eddie always said that "we" (way before we were called "directly impacted") were the experts in the issues that affect our communities and the best to speak to the solutions that are needed to stop our children from falling victim to the criminal punishment system. Today we use humanizing language and have many organizations and progressive peoples playing a proactive role to end mass incarceration. Today we have formerly incarcerated and other directly impacted people taking charge of their narrative, owning their greatness, creating other leaders, killing the stigma. We at OTC know that a lot of these victories we've experienced around criminal justice "reform," around the nation, whether it be the transformative language, the progressive struggles to decarcerate, the progressive criminal justice Bill's passed across the nation, the victories around solitary confinement, pretrial, parole, reentry, higher education returning to the prisons, and so much more we attribute in some way to the work of the Late Great Eddie Ellis. May you and all of the ancestors continue to live on in all of us. Happy Birthday!!!

ALL OUR PEOPLE WHERE YOU AT!!! Stay ready because if you stay ready, you don't have to get ready. Conciencia-Resurrection!!!

All our People! Nuestro Pueblo! We are back on the air tomorrow so please tune in to another of the Alliance of Families...
12/07/2019
Alliance of Families for Justice

All our People! Nuestro Pueblo! We are back on the air tomorrow so please tune in to another of the Alliance of Families for Justice Quarterly Update with Sofiyah Elijah. We will be providing content while asking you all to help us by becoming WBAI Buddies in the name of On The Count.

https://afj-ny.org/

This is the website for Alliance of Families for Justice. We support, empower, and mobilize families of incarcerated people and people with criminal records to catalyze systemic change.

ALL OUR PEOPLE!!! We are back on tomorrow! We want to thank all of you who continued supporting On The Count and WBAI. W...
11/09/2019
WBAI

ALL OUR PEOPLE!!! We are back on tomorrow! We want to thank all of you who continued supporting On The Count and WBAI. We will not have been on our mission if not for all the support of our community. Please tune in at 10 AM to 99.5 FM NYC or wbai.org when we will be on for two hours. Spread the word.

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We suppor WBAI’s local control & integrity & demand that our national board members be permitted to vote on the disposit...
10/12/2019

We suppor WBAI’s local control & integrity & demand that our national board members be permitted to vote on the disposition of the station they represent. Rescind all the firings and “return community voices heard to the NY air waves.
#BringBackWBAI @PacificaRadio.

We wanted to share this awesome story of empowerment.  Shout out to one of our Leaders in this struggle against injustic...
09/21/2019
Kemba Smith Pradia, pardoned by Clinton, is appointed to Virginia Parole Board

We wanted to share this awesome story of empowerment. Shout out to one of our Leaders in this struggle against injustice: Kemba Smith Pradia. "Kemba Smith Pradia went from college student to drug dealer's girlfriend to domestic violence victim to federal prisoner; and was sentenced to 24.5 years in prison. Kemba's case drew support from across the nation. Often labeled the "poster child" for reversing a disturbing trend in the rise of lengthy sentences for first-time, non-viopent drug offenders, Kemba's story was featured on a variety of television shows and in several publications. The support prompted then President Clinton to commute her sentence in December, 2000."

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.richmond.com/news/virginia/kemba-smith-pradia-pardoned-by-clinton-is-appointed-to-virginia/article_91198149-e32e-52bc-8e13-c4e835223449.amp.html

Kemba Smith Pradia, a Richmond native who served more than six years of a 24½-year federal prison sentence before she was pardoned by President Bill Clinton, was appointed to the

All our people! Tune in at 10 AM to our annual Attica Rebellion Commemoration segment with Soffiyah Elijah.  Our guests ...
09/21/2019

All our people! Tune in at 10 AM to our annual Attica Rebellion Commemoration segment with Soffiyah Elijah. Our guests will be Antonio Yarbough, who spent 20 years in Attica before being exonerated, Danny Meyers, Esq., who was part of the Attica legal team for the Attica Brothers, and Tom Robbins, Author/Journalist, who wrote the award-winning New York Times expose' about Attica.

09/14/2019
immigrants.pr

Tune in tomorrow when we will be talking about immigration. Our guests include: Donald Anthonyson, Executive Director at Families for Freedom,was born in Antigua, and migrated to the US in 1979.

Jane Shim, Advocacy Staff Attorney, working with communities and advocates on policy campaigns to combat the criminalization of immigrants. Previously, she worked on civil and pro bono immigration litigation at WilmerHale. Jane earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy and Legal Services for Immigrant Communities clinics.

09/11/2019

Danielle Sered speaks about her book: Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration and a Road to Repair. #CommonJustice #UntilWeReckon

08/31/2019

Going live in half an hour with Soffiyah Elijah and the Alliance of Families for Justice.

Tune in tomorrow, August 31, 2019, when we will be joined in studio by our guest Host / Producer, our Queen Sister, Soff...
08/30/2019
Alliance of Families for Justice

Tune in tomorrow, August 31, 2019, when we will be joined in studio by our guest Host / Producer, our Queen Sister, Soffiyah Elijah and the activists from the Alliance of Families for Justice.

www.afj-ny.org

This is the website for Alliance of Families for Justice. We support, empower, and mobilize families of incarcerated people and people with criminal records to catalyze systemic change.

08/28/2019
2019 College Initiative Graduation Celebration

We received the latest video from the 2019 PRI College Initiative graduation event and wanted to share these wonderful stories of success. These exceptional human beings overcame their adversities and struggled through the college experience against all odds and serve as inspirations to us all.

https://youtu.be/WseEiGXCmO4

On June 27, 2019, PRI celebrated the accomplishments of 31 College Initiative students who recently completed post-secondary degrees--including 9 associate d...

08/23/2019

ALL OUR PEOPLE! MI GENTE! Tune-in tomorrow, 10 AM 99.5 FM NYC or on www.wbai.org, for our "Wrongful Conviction Segment." Our guests will be:

William C. Bastuk, founded It Could Happen to You Inc. in 2009 as a result of having been wrongfully prosecuted and subsequently exonerated after a rogue prosecution. It Could Happen to You also operates the Freedom Tour Speakers Bureau that features presenters who themselves have been wrongfully prosecuted or convicted and later exonerated. William also worked for the New York State Legislature. For many years he has been employed by Larsen Engineers of Rochester. Bill graduated from George Washington University with a degree in urban affairs and earned a master’s degree from the University of Rochester.

Jeffrey Deskovic, MA, JD. Internationally recognized wrongful conviction expert. Founder of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation; Advisory Board Member of the It Can Happen To You coalition; Global Advisory Committee member of Restorative Justice International. Jeff was exonerated after 16 years in prison by DNA Evidence.

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We at OTC send our deep heart-felt condolences to the family, loved ones and all who were mentored by our Queen Sister V...
08/23/2019
Activists Demand Parole Reform as They Mark Passing of NY’s Longest-Serving Woman Prisoner

We at OTC send our deep heart-felt condolences to the family, loved ones and all who were mentored by our Queen Sister Valerie Gaiter. She deserved to live her last days in freedom and not inside a cold prison hospital bed. We all should be outraged at the ill treatment of our elderly folks inside our prisons and demand the passage of legislation that grants early parole release consideration for our growing elderly population. Rest In Power Valerie Gaiter! Valerie Presente!

https://www.democracynow.org/2019/8/23/headlines/activists_demand_parole_reform_as_they_mark_passing_of_nys_longest_serving_woman_prisoner

Here in New York, the death of the longest-serving woman in the state’s prison system is sparking new calls for parole reform. Valerie Gaiter died from cancer last week at age 61 after 40 years in prison. Gaiter was serving a 50-year sentence for a gruesome murder she committed at age 21. She went...

All our people! We are going live at 10 am on Facebook, Twitter, and on WBAI 99.5 FM NYC and wbai.org. Our guest this mo...
08/17/2019
WBAI Radio 99.5FM NYC

All our people! We are going live at 10 am on Facebook, Twitter, and on WBAI 99.5 FM NYC and wbai.org. Our guest this morning is Juan Cartagena. President / General Counsel, Latino Justice PRLDEF. Tune in and spread the word.

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08/03/2019

All our People! We are not on the radio today but we will be doing a Facebook Live interview on #BeyondRosies2020 campaign. Stay tuned.

07/25/2019

Today is a day that is forever etched in the hearts and minds of every past and present member of OTC. We remember the human being, myth and legend, Eddie Ellis.

Eddie inspired so many of our current leaders in the criminal justice (or punishment as he called it) reform movement. His legacy lives through us all and we remain forever grateful for his example.

Eddie's work involved creating the center for Nu leadership an urban solutions which is the first think tank group ran exclusively by formerly incarcerated professionals from academia to law and was the first formerly incarcerated ran institution to be housed at a city college; he created the language letter which defined formerly incarcerated individuals as people and this letter has informed many involved in the CJR movement and had led to national discussion about language.

Eddie's work spanned over 50 years of dedication and personal sacrifice prior to his targeting by COINTELPRO, during his 25 years incarcerated and over 20 years in the community post incarceration. We at OTC send our thoughts and gratitude to Eddie's family and will do our best to keep his vision alive and thriving. Thank you Eddie Ellis for being an example, teacher, and inspiration - we are who we are, in large part, because of you. Rest In Power to our forever Host: Edwin "Eddie" Ellis.

All our people!!! Tune-in tomorrow when we have a very special group of Activists, our family, from H.O.L.L.A.  H.O.L.L....
07/19/2019
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All our people!!! Tune-in tomorrow when we have a very special group of Activists, our family, from H.O.L.L.A. H.O.L.L.A.! engages youth of color throughout NYC—those without class, gender, sexuality, and citizen privilege, and most impacted by educational and governmental disinvestment. We also come from and serve those suffering from the life-altering effects of the criminal justice/punishment system. We do this work to cultivate grassroots leadership by creating safe and sustainable pathways to engage in rituals and pedagogy as a process of healing from trauma while developing healthy and relevant relationships.

H.O.L.L.A!’s Youth Organizing Collective (Y.O.C)
The Youth Organizing Collective (Y.O.C), which is the movement arm of How Our Lives Link Altogether! has built a city and nationwide Healing Justice Movement to uplift the healing needs of young people of color who have been harmed by systems of oppression and interpersonal harm.

H.O.L.L.A!’s Healing Justice Movement Is an inter-sectional youth-led movement for youth of color and our neighborhoods. The goal of this movement is to (re)build community structure through self and community healing facilitated through inter-generational community organizing that is about sustaining Black lives. Hence, the Healing Justice Movement co-create space for communities and individuals to engage in learning about their history, backgrounds and (sharing) lived experiences, connected to the harm done by system societal structures within the U.S.

We have an exclusive on their upcoming music album and other issues. you don't want to miss this one.

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H.O.L.L.A! creates programs and training to foster healthy cultural, social, and political development for New York City youth of color.

We send out our condolences again to the Garner family for their loss at this five year anniversary of the murder of Eri...
07/17/2019
“They Didn’t Do Their Job”: Eric Garner Family Outraged DOJ Won’t Prosecute His Death by Police

We send out our condolences again to the Garner family for their loss at this five year anniversary of the murder of Eric Garner. Five years after the New York City medical examiner ruled Eric's death a homicide the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) decided not to bring civil rights charges for Garner's death at the hands of the NYPD - specifically Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Apparently the DOJ didn't think there was enough evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt: “The evidence here does not support charging Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo or any other officer with a federal criminal civil-rights violation,” Richard Donoghue, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, said on Tuesday." It seems in this country there never is enough "evidence beyond reasonable doubt" when it comes to the lives of Black and Brown people. Violence at the hands of the police towards non-White people is has always been entangled with inequality and is directly evolved from chattel slavery where Black lives had to be dehumanized in order for the system of U.S. Chattel Slavery to exist, thrive, and be justified. Eric Garner was chocked to death by a police officer and even though it was caught on film, no one was/is held accountable. The family of Eric Garner is calling on NYC Mayor de blassio to fire the officers involved in the death of Eric Garner: "Mayor de Blasio, do your job. Fire these officers. I’m calling for them to be fired today. Today. You don’t have to wait for anything else. You see the DOJ? They failed us. So now you come forward and do your job. You said you care about the New York citizens. Come forward, show yourself as a mayor, the mayor that you was elected to be, because the Garner family is not satisfied with what you have done. My son is dead. My granddaughter is dead. And then all you’re saying is 'Sorry. You have my condolence'? Well, keep your condolences and do the right thing. De Blasio, you and your administration, step up! Get those police officers off the force today! Today, I’m asking for them to be fired. We don’t want to wait any longer. You have the power, so assert your power!: - GWEN CARR, Mother of Eric Garner. As people directly impacted by police abuse and every aspect of mass incarceration, we have a vested interest in safe communities and the protection of Civil Rights and the belief that every human being deserves the Right to live and not have our lives not matter. We believe in justice, accountability and equality (especially racial and gender equality) to be upheld by every citizen but especially those who are supposed to uphold the Law, "serve and protect." We too call on Mayor de Blassio to do the right thing.

https://www.democracynow.org/2019/7/17/eric_garner_justice_dept_no_charges#transcript

https://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-wont-bring-federal-charges-against-police-officer-in-eric-garner-case-11563285249

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-they-just-killed-my-son-again-20190717-vmjrnmhzdncefpffyy3xeau3wq-story.html

It’s been five years since Eric Garner, an African-American father of six, was killed when a white New York City police officer wrestled him to the ground and applied a fatal chokehold, while Garner, who was unarmed, said “I can’t breathe” 11 times. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced ...

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