Justice In America
Justice In America
Apr 22, 2020
Interviewing the creators of College Behind Bars
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In this bonus episode, Josie Duffy Rice and her co-host Derecka Purnell talk to Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, the creators of College Behind Bars. College Behind Bars, which was directed by Novick and produced by Botstein, is a four-episode documentary series about the Bard Prison Initiative, one of the most innovative and challenging prison education programs in the country. Josie and Derecka talk to Sarah and Lynn about the years they spent making the film, what they learned, and the future of prison education in America.

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An Arm and a Leg
An Arm and a Leg
An Arm and a Leg
How to handle debt collectors, with the TikTok Mom and a legal expert
There's a reason Shaunna Burns went viral with her videos about dealing with debt collectors: She used to be one, so she knows a few things. (Also she's smart and funny.) We fact-checked her advice with a legal expert: Jenifer Bosco, an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center. Who said: Yep, most of Shaunna's advice totally checks out. This one's full of useful tips—and it's fun— so please pass it around. Debt collectors are out in force, and as you'll hear in this episode, they can be super-unscrupulous. But, as you'll also learn: We've got rights. You don't need to have heard our earlier episode about Shaunna and her story; you can just start right here. (There's lots of strong language in both this and the previous Shaunna episode, so maybe save them for when the kids aren't around.) Meanwhile, here's a bunch of links to resources: The National Consumer Law Center, where Jenifer Bosco works, publishes the book Surviving Debt * There are chapters on medical debt, dealing with debt collectors, and what to do if you get sued * The book is updated every year * It's free to read online at https://library.nclc.org/sd Consumer-finance expert Gerri Detweiler, who helped fact-check one big question for this episode, has a VERY useful-looking site: https://www.debtcollectionanswers.com/ * She just published a new article with answers to questions like "Can medical bills be sent to collections if you're making payments?" (yep) and "How do I dispute a medical bill in collections? * There's another, more-general primer on medical debt/collections, also updated recently. * Gerri and co-author Mary Reed offer their e-book Debt Collection Answers as a free download. (It was published in 2015, so it may not be as up-to-date.) Shaunna's dealing-with-debt-collectors TikTok videos Be sure to note Jen Bosco's legal caveats, but these are great and will get you in a fighting spirit * Rapid-fire advice: They can't just call whenever they want. There's a statute of limitations on debt. You can— and should — demand documentation. * If they can't document that this debt is valid... you've got options. * You're under no obligation to give them any information. * If the debt is valid, BE NICE. Take their calls. You may eventually be able to work out an OK deal. Send your stories and questions: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 min
Lady Don't Take No
Lady Don't Take No
Alicia Garza
Pastor Mike Said What He Said
Alicia Garza is joined this week by Pastor Mike McBride, founder and Lead Pastor of The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley, CA. McBride is a national leader in the movement to implement public health and community centered gun violence prevention programs. Garza talks to McBride about founding Black Church PAC, and is Oakland really as violent as the president claims? Plus, Garza’s weekly round-up of all things awful and wonderful known as “Lady Don’t Take No”. About Pastor Mike Take action: LiveFreeUSA.org Lady Don't Take No on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook. Alicia Garza on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook. This pod is supported by the Black Futures Lab Production by Phil Surkis Theme music: "Lady Don't Tek No" by Latyrx Alicia Garza founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. She is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international organizing project to end state violence and oppression against Black people. Garza serves as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is the co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism. Alicia was recently named to TIME’s Annual TIME100 List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, alongside her BLM co-founders Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors. Her forthcoming book,_ __The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart_ (Penguin Random House) will be published on October 20, 2020, and she warns you -- hashtags don’t start movements. People do. DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER TO VOTE!
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