Wanda's Picks Radio Show Special: On Freedom
Our first guest is Aundre The Wonder Woman. She is featured tonight at Brave Theatre, in San Francisco along with other funny women (smile). Brava Theater Center is located at 2781 24th Street, San Francisco.Call (415) 647-2822 and visit brava.org
She began her comedy career at Steve Harvey's Comedy House in Dallas, Texas. Steve described the defense attorney as “A new comic with a funny way of saying things." Since that time, she has been named Oakland's funniest comic on the strip, the funniest woman in Half Moon Bay. She took first place at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. In 2008, she received the "Stand-Up for Justice" Award from Death Penalty Focus, A national Death Penalty Abolitionist Organization for her work against the death penalty. Aundre The Wonder Woman is featured in two documentaries aired on PBS in March 2011: "Inside Out" and "No Tomorrow."
We close with an interview with Theresa Shoats, political prisoner, Russell "Marron" Shoatz's daughter, who has a new book out on PM Press early 2013.
Theresa Shoatz has been a community organizer for over 20 years. Donating her time to the Human Rights Coalition of Philadelphia (HRC FED UP!), Decarcerate Pennsylvania and Scientific Soul Sessions, she has fought tirelessly for her father’s freedom during his two decades in solitary confinement. She worked for eight years in the Philadelphia public school system and founded an after-school programme to counsel youth battling homelessness, parental drug use, gang-related violence, gender issues and sexual abuse. She has been a pillar of support to the families of incarcerated men and women in her community, organizing and executing trips to prisons for relatives to meet their loved ones and exercising an “open-door” policy in order to counsel community members on the traumas brought about by mass incarceration. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Graterford Prison Chapter recently honored her dedication to families and communities throughout Philadelphia. More at: www.russellmaroonshoatz.