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reClaimed: Dialogues on Justice and Kinship

Charles Rotramel, Matt Russell, and Gregg Taylor carry on a wide ranging discussion each week on restorative justice, current events, and faith.
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Now displaying: January, 2016

Charles Rotramel, Matt Russell, and Gregg Taylor lead a discussion on restorative justice, current events, and faith. New episodes post each Friday.

Jan 29, 2016
Charles and Matt are joined by Jay Jenkins, Staff Attorney with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, to look at how criminal justice reform occurs by looking at how individuals end up in jail, how the bail system works, and what options exist to divert them back to their communities. Jay has served as an attorney in Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York City, and has a wealth of experience working on major reform efforts. He is on the planning committee working with Harris County for the major MacArthur Foundation reform effort.  More information about the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition is here: http://www.texascjc.org/ More information about LEAD, the Seattle prebooking diversion program that Jay mentions is here: http://leadkingcounty.org/ An editorial on how this Seattle program relates to Harris County is here: http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Jenkins-Neill-Harris-County-should-stop-jailing-6538426.php Pulitzer Prize winning Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg has written about bail reform in a series of columns here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/falkenberg/article/Falkenberg-Bread-and-jails-A-deadline-a-promise-6733285.php and here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/falkenberg/article/For-those-accused-in-Harris-County-it-s-time-to-6748263.php Houston Press writer Megan Flynn has written about bail reform here: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/bail-hearings-where-prosecutors-and-magistrates-ensure-defenseless-people-stay-in-jail-8058308
Jan 22, 2016
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined by poet Marlon Lizama to hear his story, learn the inspirations for his poetry, and hear about the ways he is inspiring young people everywhere. Marlon is a published poet, internationally famous break dancer, creative writing teacher, and an activist. He leads Iconoclast Sessions, a program that teaches poetry and creative writing to youth in inner city schools and correctional facilities. He has been a longtime participant in the Youth Advocates and reVision communities. Marlon's first book is called Cue the Writer: Cheers to the Notion of Love, Hate, God, & Revolution. It is available on his website here: http://www.marlonlizamapoetry.org/book-info.html Marlon and Matt have curated an anthology of poetry produced by the students of Iconoclast Sessions. It will be available on Amazon soon. The Facebook page for Iconoclast Sessions is here: https://www.facebook.com/Iconoclastsessions    
Jan 15, 2016
Charles and Gregg are joined by Phuc Luu, Director of Education for Project Curate and Lecturer in New Testament at Houston Baptist University, to learn his story as a refugee and an outsider, and to discuss what we can learn from the cross. Phuc is a longtime educator who has taught philosophy and theology at Houston Baptist University. He is also the theological writer for the iconic website The Work of the People. Phuc is now working with Matt Russell on Project Curate. His compelling personal story has informed his work throughout his life.    
Jan 8, 2016
Charles, Matt and Gregg are joined again by Mustafa Tameez, Managing Director of Outreach Strategists, for an illuminating discussion about ISIL, ways to combat terrorism in the US, and how our faith communities provide the key to combating it. Mustafa has had a distinguished career in public affairs and communications, and has also advised successful candidates for mayor of Houston, state legislature, and Congress, as well as non profits. He has consulted on national security with the Department of Homeland Security. Mustafa is a regular contributor to the Houston Chronicle and the Texas Tribune.  More information about Mustafa is available here: http://www.outreachstrategists.com/who-we-are/leadership/ His regular writing in the Houston Chronicle is available here: http://blog.chron.com/intheloop/author/mustafatameez/    
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