April 5, 2016

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was slain in Memphis, Tennessee.  Our show will discuss the impact of his tremendous legacy on our current racial and political landscape.  How has his civil rights, voting rights, fair housing and economic justice accomplishments withstood the test of time? Has our nation lost the spirit to reach his vision of a just, racially and economically equal nation? What does his legacy mean during the 2016 primary elections and November general election? How do we fight and win against voter suppression?

Guests include: Former Vermont Senator Ben Zion Ptashnik and Co-Director of the National Election Defense Coalition; Transformative Justice Board Member, Joe Segal, and Director of the Justice Action Mobilization Network, and other esteemed guests.

On April 21st the Transformative Justice Coalition and the NEDC will host a Congressional Hearing on Voter Suppression 2016 at 12:00-3:00 p.m. EDT, co-sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus and the Democratic Leadership, at room 2237 of the Rayburn Building.  Mark your calendars now to attend the April 21st Hearing.  Our guests will discuss the significance of this hearing.

Also, on Tuesday, April 5, the much anticipated Wisconsin Primary will be held.  At stake for the Democrats are 86 pledged delegates (allocated proportionately) and 10 super delegates for a total of 96 delegates. On the Republican side there are 42 delegates total, with 18 to the candidate who wins with a plurality, and the remaining 24 delegates are congressional district delegates, with each district having three, and the winner of each district receiving all three in this “winner take most” allocation system.

Already there are reports of long lines during early voting and confusion regarding the onerous voter photo identification requirements.

Our show will discuss what Wisconsin voters need to know to be able to cast a ballot and make sure that it is counted.  We will inform listeners about available election resources and election protection.

Briefly, we will also look at the upcoming Maryland Primary on April 26th and early voting and voter registration, April 14-21st, 10:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m.

For the first time on this show we will discuss the issue of voting machine integrity and what our listeners need to know about this subject.

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This week’s guests:

Ben Ptashnik

Ben-Zion Ptashnik is a former Vermont State Senator and a life-long human rights and environmental activist. He was born in Jaffa, Israel, the son of […]

Gregory C. Jones

Greg received an undergraduate degree in political science and a graduate degree in education from UW Eau Claire. He has served on a variety of […]

Justin Arnwine

Justin Arnwine

Justin Arnwine is an independent scholar, artist, and entrepreneur. A blue belt in Tang Soo Do his personal training style focuses on dietary nutrition above […]

Joel R. Segal

Joel Segal received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina in 1989, where he focused on constitutional law and conflict resolution […]