OCG 2011 PROGRAM SCHEDULE



I'LL be Listening for YOU ! 



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PROGRAM EPISODE NOTES



2011 OUR COMMON GROUND PROGRAMS

 December 24 Annual Kwanzaa Teach- In
featuring "Black Nativity"


  December 16  Friday Special with Ginger White


10 December 2011  E. Patrick Johnson

December 3 Actor, Activist Isaiah Washington

November 19 Professor of Economics and Social Policy Dr. William "Sandy" Darity


November 12 Author, Journalist, Context Editor, Amy Alexander
November 5    Frank Schaeffer, Author, "Crazy for God"











October 28 Judith Dianis Brown, Advancement Project











October 29  Dr. Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs, The Black Mega Church










October 22  OPEN MIC

October 15  Neill Franklin, National Executive Director, L.E.A.P


October 8  Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo



October 1 •● ●•  Author, Jeff Sharlet
September 24
"The Murder of Troy Davis"
September 19 -21, 2011

Troy Davis Vigil
Open Mic







September 17, 2011
The Case of Troy Davis

September 10, 2011 Journalist Chauncey deVega













August 27, 2011



 August 13, 2011 Barbara R. Arwine, ED LCCRUL









August 8, 2011


"COMPROMISE or CONCESSION at What Expense ?"
 OUR COMMON GROUND SPECIAL
Dr. Wilmer Leon of "Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon, XM/Sirius Radio
and Janice Graham
August 8, 2011 

LISTEN LIVE 10 pm ET

Dr. Wilmer Leon wrote the commentary.  He and Janice will discuss it with you and get your input and responses.

OUR COMMON GROUND SPECIAL

 “The Price of Compromise and Concession”
Hosted by Janice Graham of OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham and Political Scientist Dr. Wilmer Leon, “Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon" on XM/Sirius radio.
 "Compromise or Concession at Whose Expense?"
by Dr. Wilmer Leon 

August 6, 2011  "Racial Coding in American Politics

Dr. Vincent Hutchings
Dr. Hutchings is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and a Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research. His research examines the ways in which political campaigns and the media frame information about racial issues in order to activate and make politically relevant the voters’ racial attitudes.









August 8, 2011  Dr. Jared Ball, Professor of Communications Studies


Dr. Jared Ball, Morgan State University, Department of Media & Communications






OUR COMMON GROUND SPECIAL

 Monday, July 18   Kemba Smith, Advocate and Author
 "Poster Child:  The Kemba Smith Story"

 












  JULY  8   OUR COMMON GROUND SPECIAL
Black Women's Blueprint



July 2, 2011 Rodney Anderson

"The Politics of Debt and Credit: The Profits of Your Score"

Rodney Anderson, author, “Credit 911: Secrets and Strategies for Saving Your Financial Life


June 25, 2011       Black Studies and Black Politics" Rhone Fraser, Author, Scholar and Playwright
Lauren Burke, Crew of 42


Celebrate  Juneteenth                         Happy Juneteenth


  June 18, 2011  Dr.  Wilmer Leon, PhD
Political Analyst and Talk Radio Host
"Inside the Issues with Dr. Leon"
 XM/Sirius satellite radio                    169 “The Power”                                                                      


October 29  "The Black Megachurch: Theology, Gender, and the Politics of Public Engagement"

Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs


22 January  2011


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Kevin Gray, who once again visits us at Our Common Ground to offer his insight on the political and the insane landscape of race and place in America.


Kevin Gray is a CounterPunch.org political magazine contributor and civil rights organizer who resides in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a contributing editor to Black News, a former President of the SC ACLU, and was Jesse Jackson's SC campaign manager in 1988. There’s no keener mind, no sharper eye focused on the condition of black politics. He is a frequent co-host and guest with Dave Marsh’s heard on Sirius radio each Sunday.
Gray is Founder of the Harriet Tubman Freedom House Project which focuses on community based political and cultural education. Organizer — National Mobilization Committee Against the Drug War. Former managing editor of Black News in Columbia


He is the author of “Waiting for Lightning To Strike”. A commentary that captures the year that saw an African American run for the presidency—as a viable contender—for the first time in US history also witnessed a truly remarkable silence—one that was scarcely coincidental. In all the millions of words written about the political ascent of one black man, there was virtually nothing about the descent of black leadership into well-nigh total ineffectiveness. Barack Obama’s personal itinerary was mapped in the minutest detail. The larger itinerary of African Americans was mostly ignored.


Gray’s essay on race & politics have appeared in The Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy – “The Intensification of Racial Solidarity in the 1990s under the guise of Black Nationalism” (1996); The Progressive Magazine, Counterpunch, The Washington Post Outlook Section, Emerge, One Magazine, The American University Graduate Review & numerous other national, regional & local publications. His current essays on race, politics, cultural and world affairs can be found online at The Progressive, Counterpunch.com, The Black Agenda Report and “Holla If You Hear Me” blog.

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In the second half, we will talk with Neill Franklin, the Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition about a growing hostility by police on marijuana reform.


“ . . . There are plenty of police officers who see the futility and unfairness of marijuana prohibition up close, but most law enforcement officials with real authority support marijuana prohibition. Why the discrepancy? . . . Law enforcement officials looking for bigger budgets and better jobs will echo these politicians ad nauseum, providing them with political cover and legitimacy. And there we have a self-perpetuating cycle. Why Are Some Cops So Hostile to Marijuana Policy Reform? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-kampia/why-are-some-cops-so-host_b_808079.html


We will talk with Neill Franklin about the law enforcement "talking points" discrepancies and how far some law enforcement with lie to argue them.

I’ll be listening for you.

15 January  2011


OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham
Saturday, January 15, 2011 ☥ 10 PM ET




☥ The Scott Sisters

Gladys and Jamie


HOMECOMING CELEBRATION

for  Jamie and Gladys Scott


                   Listen Live and Call-In 






We have Talked ABOUT THEM . . .We have SPOKEN FOR THEM
Now they will us to TALK to us

Jamie and Gladys Scott (THE SCOTT SISTERS) will join us on “Our Common Ground” to discuss their release, express their gratitude for those who worked so hard for their freedom.

Jamie and Gladys Scott, two sisters were wrongfully arrested, tried and convicted for a non-violent robbery involving $11. Under a doubtful judicial process, where no one was hurt, witnesses coerced into testimony, these sisters were sentenced to two-lifetime terms EACH in prison. The women served 16 years of that sentence and were released on December 30, 2011 through an indefinite suspension of the sentence ordered by Governor Haley Barbour. They are currently residing in Pensacola, FL with their Mother, children and family.

After 16 years of incarceration for a crime that they did not commit, the Scott Sisters have been released to their family with whom they will now work to rebuild their wrongly disrupted lives.
We hope that you will join us for our on-air celebration.










 


27 November  2010




Cedric Dean, Prisoner, Author and Activist
Saving Our Chidren from Drugs, Prison and Violence


He is the founder of the Save The Children Campaign devoted to positively impacting the lives of the misguided, and reducing the rate of crime and violence and promoting peace throughout the world. Cedric Dean is an accomplished author of 6 published books - most notably: “How To Stop Your Children From Going To Prison” and “How To Save Our Children From Crime, Drugs and Violence”.


He will be coming to us pre-recorded from USP Lee, Virginia. His Mother, single and strong, Betty Baker will join us live for a discussion about his life, her journey as a Mother with him and his activism on behalf of children.


His story and work proposes a blueprint and protocol for us all. We hope that you will join us.




06  November 2010






WHAT IS NEW ABOUT THE VALUE OF BLACK LIFE in AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE ?




NEWS REPORT: January 1, 2009
A Los Angeles jury convicted Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter with a gun enhancement charge this summer, and the former officer now faces up to 14 years in prison.


NEWS REPORT:


A Los Angeles jury convicted Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter with a gun enhancement charge this summer, and the former officer now faces up to 14 years in prison


NEWS UPDATE: November 5, 2010 4:46 pm ET


Judge Robert Perry handed Mehserle a minimum two-year prison sentence. Mehserle has already served 146 days in jail.


NOT NEWS:
A Black person can be gunned down in cold blood by a policeman and get away with it.




Perhaps we have forgotten how to be Black in America ?




A BROTHER’S BEAT DOWN: A MESSAGE TO BLACK AMERICA




It is just not ALL ABOUT HIM. IT IS ABOUT US AS WELL.


President Barack Obama, the first African-American President since Reconstruction, has been the victim of brutal attacks since he took office. This onslaught of white supremacy and racial hatred has not only rendered him confused and ineffectual, all Black people are the targets as well. They can’t deport us, so they despise and dismiss us and slash and dash at our greatest aspirations. How do WE get our groove back ?




30 October 2010


Guest Host, ALFO of The ALFO Show
"Mid-Term Madness 2010"
A call to claim our self-determined HOPE and CHANGE.


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HIV/AIDS in Black Face: Prisons, Programs and Secrets


Plus


The NPR Termination of Juan Williams: Why the Black Bigot Got Fired ?


Ginny on the Bottle or on the Bench: Must Clarence Thomas step down?


FEATURE . . .

HIV/AIDS in Black Face: Prisons, Programs and Secrets












 
African-Americans make up 50 percent of al new infections, HIV/AIDS is increasingly becoming a “Black disease”

It is the health crisis that Black America has yet to fully comprehend and come to grips with. Festering beneath a shroud of secrecy and facilitated by a complex web of lies, shame and misinformation, it is an epidemic that is placing whole communities in jeopardy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last it is expanding its Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative to increase prevention efforts in the African-American, Latino, gay and bisexual communities, which are hardest hit by HIV/AIDS.


Is it the right strategy for our community ?

American corrections community in many ways tolerate and regard rape and homosexual sex in prisons as a control feature.



To what degree does this contribute to the fact that HIV/AIDS is the highest cause of deaths among Black women 21 -25 years ? And that Black women are the highest population of new infection ?

Is unprotected sex among African Americans a new cry of despair ?
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