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.Read More
In this episode, I discuss a First Amendment case out of Pennsylvania involving a rapper, Jamal Knox (aka Mayhem Mal), and a song he and a friend recorded entitled "F*ck the Police." Jamal was charged with making terroristic threats although this song isn't the first of its kind.Read More
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!Read More
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.
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.)Read More
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.
Vonetta, my lively Georgia resident and dear friend, is back to discuss the midterm elections, and why we couldn't be happier Stacey Abrams is exhibiting much needed #blackgirlmagic.
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);
On this episode I bring in my line sister to talk about the midterms, more specifically, why State Attorney Generals are extremely important, why you should think twice about voting for Marsys’ laws (victim rights laws), and why the GA's Governor race is the most embarrassing display of racist politics since… the last election.
On this episode of Raising the Bar with Iman, I discuss The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, federal legislation aimed at providing women in federal prisons with access to hygiene products and increased communication with loved ones. While this legislation is a great start, it wouldn't impact the majority of incarcerated women in state jails and prison.Read More