Raising the Bar Podcast

Podcast that examines legal issues/policies and the impact on women of color. We aim to inform, educate & provide concrete tools to empower, expand and help our community.

Ep 013 | Flint Water Crisis Meets Trump's Courts

The 25th day of April marked five years since the residents of Flint, Michigan were forced to consume hazardous waste (in the form of water coming from their faucets).  Flint residents have been fighting hard for justice. This past week, a federal judge ruled that residents can proceed with their lawsuits against the federal government. 

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Ep 011 | Using Data and Algorithms to Further Oppress: Recapping Data for Black Lives II Conference

Early this year I had the opportunity to attend Data for Black Lives II Conference.  Data for Black Lives is a group of activists, organizers, and mathematicians committed to the mission of using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people.   The conference focused on  the role that data and technology have played in Black communities.   You do not want to miss this episode!

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Bonus Episode | Shutdowns, Refund Checks and SNAP

Bonus episode to explain why certain federal employees are working and getting paid, while others are working and don’t know when they will receive a paycheck. I also talk about why the workers that process tax refunds should NOT be called back into work and if this shutdown continues, families will not receive their SNAP benefits.

Ep 010 | Jumping Turnstiles and Breaking Windows

This episode focuses on DC and NYC's recent decision to decriminalize fare evasion.  I also talk about the broader theory that started the criminalization of minor acts, the Broken Window Theory of Policing and why it is administered unfairly. Finally, why intrusive policing DOES NOT WORK! (I said it loud for the people in the back.)

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Bonus Episode | IT'S ABOUT TIME! Anti-Lynching Law + Abrams Files Suit

Short, bonus episode that provides important updates to Episodes 4 and 7/9. The Senate FINALLY passes the Anti-Lynching statute (it’s still not law yet, though) and Stacey Abrams delivers the lawsuit she promised focusing on Georgia’s horrible electoral process.

For the year-end guide to reflect on 2018, check out our Bar Raising Memo.

Ep 008 | Kavanaugh is Deciding What Now? A Look at SCOTUS' Current Term..

On this episode I discuss a few cases on the Court's current docket. 

  • Madison v. Alabama - does the 8th Amendment prevent a state from executing an inmate if the inmate is unable to remember the crime for which he is to be executed;

  • Gamble v. United States - should the Court overrule the separate sovereign exception of the double jeopardy rule);

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