Wanda's Picks Radio Nov. 7, 2008
Today we were joined by Robert H. King, www.Angola3.org, author of a recent autobiography: "From the Bottom of the Heap;" Parnell Herbert, Deputy Min. of Justice, Millions More Movement/Houston: http://www.mmmhouston.net/loc/, Coalition for Justice (210) 732-8957 www.coalitionforjustice.net; and Geronimo ji jaga, former political prisoner, international human rights activist, Kuji Foundation http://www.kujifoundation.org They will be speaking about the case of Albert Woodfox, recently found innocent of all charges leveled at him over 30 years ago by the Louisiana judiciary October 8, yet he has not been released. For up to date information about Albert Woodfox's case call (504) 301-9292.
The international connection between revolutionary movements and subjugation, silencing and murder of African people worldwide in prisons is made by world-traveler, scholar and historian, Dr. Runoko Rashidi, who joins us briefly as he gets ready to journey to Rio de Janeiro for a conference next week.
The next guest is Sean San Jose, theatre director at Intersection for the Arts, the oldest alternative arts space in San Francisco, which is now staging, Dan Wolf's adaptation of Adam Mansbach novel by the same title, Angry Black White Boy. It's up Thursday-Sundays, through Nov. 16. Visit www.theintersection.org.
The show concludes with a conversation with friends and family about Obama 2008. We are joined by Mrs. Dolores Dixon a.k.a Mama Kyaé, her daughter Karen Oyekanmi; granddaughter, Sara Marie Prada, www.fallinlovephotography.com; arts activism and womanist, Sia Amma of Global Women Intact, who is hosting an African drum and dance conference which began Wednesday, Nov. 5, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 9. Artist, “Boundless Gratitude,” closes out the show with performance of a lovely song he wrote in October. It's kind of hard to hear so listeners are encouraged to visit http://boundlessgratitude.com/ for a free download.
Wednesday, Nov. 12, we'll continue our conversation on Albert Woodfox's case and then Friday, Nov. 14, we'll hear what the result of the 11/12 hearing. Send letters to newspapers like the Baton Rouge Advocate: www.theadvocate.com and the Times Picayune: http://www.timespicayune.com/ rejecting the judicial malaise in this brother's case and that of Herman Wallace also. It is time they were released. It's urgent. The state has no case! You can also write letters of encouragement and support to Albert and Herman at this time when judicial malaise and attention to procedural guidelines are slowing the process and continuing the torture these men have been subject to collectively. If we add Robert King's time incarcerated, 31 years, 29 years in solitary confinement, to Woodfox and Wallace's 31 in solitary, 32-3-plus years—it is over 100 years collectively—this is cruel and not unusual punishment, if one asks any black man in America. However the fact that it is typical, is definite cause for its abolishment.