The Criminalization of Homelessness

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There are about 3.8 million people living in Los Angeles, California.  Now think about this… there are also about 3.5 million homeless people in the United States.  Take the entire city of Los Angeles–the second largest in the US–and leave almost every single woman, man, and child without permanent shelter.

For the unhoused, life is already filled with constant struggle and hardship.  Will you find a safe place to sleep for the night? Where will your next meal come from?  But even with all of that, there is a trend that is making life for the unhoused even worse. I am talking about the Criminalization of Homelessness.

This week on A Community of Voices, I once again with Neil Donovan, the Executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless.  We will be speaking about how activities and actions that we all need to survive–sleeping, eating, personal hygiene, etc–is more and more becoming a crime just because you are homeless.

Tune in, think hard, and start a conversation.

Until next time radio-land,
Vinny

Children and Adult Criminal Justice

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There are over 250,000 children serving time in adult prisons.  That is more people than the entire city of Orlando, Florida.  These children may be 17, but they could also be 14, or 13, or even 10.  Imagine for a moment what it must be like for a 10 year old child to be sleeping in a cement cell with some who may be 4 or 5 times their age.

This week on A Community of Voices, we take a closer look into Children and the Adult Criminal Justice System.  What is like for children while they are on the inside? How do they adjust once they get out? And what is the legal argument that makes a 16 year old child being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, cruel and unusual punishment.

I discuss all of this and more with Erin Davies, public policy attorney at the Children’s Law Center in Ohio.  Join us.

Until next time radio-land,
Vinny

Remembering the Trail of Tears

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The United States of America.  She can do no wrong.  She is the greatest country in the world.  She is proud of her past and history.  But is she proud of all of it?

On this week’s show, I am joined by A.J. Lannguth, a former Professor at the University of Southern California and the author of a number of books including Driven West: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civi War.  We look back on a bloody and brutal moment in US history: the Trail of Tears.  What can today only be seen as an act of genocide committed by the US government, we all must take the time to reexamine the good and the bad of US history.  But most importantly, we must learn from the past, or prepare for the consequences of the future.

Until next time radio-land,
Vinny

The Dark Side of Elections

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There are two important things in politics. The first is money and I can’t remember the second.
–Mark Hanna
Money and politics and money and elections go hand-in-hand.  To win an election, a campaign needs to have financial support. But where does all the money come from?
This week on A Community of Voices, I speak with Andy Kroll, the Dark Money Reporter for Mother Jones Magazine about the Dark Side of Elections.  Politics already often seems like a shady business, but what happens when millions of dollars are pumped into elections without any oversight?
Corruption! Piles of cash! Anonymous donors! All of this and more, this week on A Community of Voices.

Until next time radio-land,
Vinny