Congressman - Danny Davis
Danny K. Davis was chosen by the people of the 7th Congressional District of Illinois as their Representative in Congress on November 5, 1996. He has been re-elected by large majorities to succeeding Congresses. Congressman Davis has distinguished himself as an articulate voice for his constituents and as an effective legislator able to move major bills to passage. In the 113th Congress Representative Davis has indicated a focus on issues of job creation, poverty, health care, education, youth and criminal justice reform.
Lamont, Cliff and Lisa will highlight ongoing struggles against "the Child Protective Services (CPS) system" and what happens when injustice miscarries against our American citizens and their families.
Congressman - Blake Farenthold
U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold is a lifelong resident of Texas, born and raised in Corpus Christi. He is currently serving his third term in Congress, representing the 27th District of Texas which includes the Texas Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi and vicinity to Matagorda County and Inland to Bastrop. Representative Farenthold is working towards a smaller, more accountable and transparent government through his service as a committee member on the House Oversight Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Judiciary Committee.
Brother of Ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich - Robert Blagojevich
In August 2008, Robert Blagojevich began serving as the chairman of Friends of Blagojevich, a campaign fund to support his brother Rod Blagojevich’s campaign for governor in Chicago. On December 9, 2008, Rod Blagojevich was arrested at his Ravenswood Manor home by federal agents on corruption charges that included an alleged effort to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat. On August 26, 2010, federal prosecutors announced they would not retry Robert Blagojevich and all charges against him were dropped.
Author/Wrongly Convicted - Howell Woltz
In April 2006, Howell Woltz was arrested at his farm by the FBI and was falsely imprisoned for conspiring to defraud the United States government. Howell Woltz served his 87 months sentence in a Federal prison, though never convicted by any court with jurisdiction. Howell Woltz a book about his true wrongful convictions story, titled: Justice Denied, revised and updated January 2014; it can be purchased on Amazon.com.
Senator - Dick Durbin
Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois, the state’s senior senator, and the convener of Illinois’ bipartisan congressional delegation. Durbin also serves as the Assistant Democratic Leader, the second highest ranking position among the Senate Democrats. Also known as the Minority Whip, Senator Durbin has been elected to this leadership post by his Democratic colleagues every two years since 2005. He is also the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution and the Appropriations Committee's Defense subcommittee.
Executive Director of NCADP - Diann Rust-Tierney
Diann Rust-Tierney became the Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) in 2004. She is an experienced non-profit manager with thirty years of public policy and litigation advocacy experience. She manages the operations of the organization and directs programs for the organization and its 100 affiliate organizations, seeking to change public policy on the death penalty.
Congressman - Hakeem Jeffries
Hakeem Jeffries represents the diverse Eighth Congressional District of New York, an area that encompasses large parts of Brooklyn and a section of Queens. Serving his second term in the United States Congress, Rep. Jeffries is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and House Education and the Workforce Committee. He is also Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus. During the prior Congress, he served on the House Judiciary Committee Task Force on Over-criminalization. Presently, Rep. Jeffries co-chairs the bipartisan Intellectual Property Caucus.
We discuss the effects that incarceration has on the families of the incarcerated, and how they have been forced to adjust to life without their loved ones.
Congresswoman - Sheila Jackson Lee
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is an influential and forceful voice in Washington. She is serving her eleventh term as a member of the United States House of Representatives. She represents the 18th Congressional District of Texas, centered in Houston, which is the energy capital of the world. Considered by many as the “Voice of Reason”, she is dedicated to upholding the Constitutional rights of all people. Congresswoman Jackson Lee has served in a number of positions in the Congressional Black Caucus including 1st Vice Chair, Chair of the Energy Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Redistricting Task Force for the 112th Congress.
Performing Artist - Vimel Sephus
Performing artist Vimel Sephus is an Air Force Veteran and Information Technology Computer Network Technician. After a 10 years of service and a brief tour with Air Force Entertainment he returned to San Diego and took to the stage first as a singer and has become a constant in theater, playing distinct roles such as Virgil Tibbs in the west coast premiere of In The Heat of The Night. His performances have increasingly taken on social themes such as human relations, immigration, and the prison industrial complex. He recently played the role of Ken Barnes of the IRP6 in Judge H. Lee Sarokin's "Race Card."
Congressman - G.K. Butterfield
In 1988, Congressman Butterfield was elected as Resident Superior Court judge. In this role, he presided over civil and criminal court in 46 counties of North Carolina. For two years, he served on the North Carolina Supreme Court by appointment of the governor. Butterfield retired from the judiciary after 15 years of service and successfully ran for Congress. He was elected to serve the First District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election on July 20, 2004, where he continues to serve today. In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans. Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
We discuss the shocking actions of Judge Christine Arguello during her time on the bench.
Congresswoman - Barbara Lee
Congresswoman Barbara Lee is a forceful and progressive voice in Congress, dedicated to social and economic justice, international peace, and civil and human rights. First elected in 1998 to represent California’s then-9th Congressional District (now the 13th), the Democratic lawmaker has established a reputation for principled and independent stands, unafraid to take on the tough issues and speak her mind for her constituents, for a more just America, and for a safer world. As a social worker by profession, she has prioritized advocating for people dealing with the federal bureaucracy.
Marriage & Family Therapist - Robin Grant
Robin Grant is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) with almost 20 years of experience. For the last 6 years she has worked almost exclusively with military members, veterans, and their families. She has worked with The Soldiers Project since 2010, as a clinician, Ventura County Outreach Coordinator and currently as their National Training Coordinator, while continuing to see Soldier’s Project clients. To contact Robin please call 310-871-1367.
Senator - Chuck Grassley
Senator Grassley has earned a reputation in Iowa for keeping in touch with the people he represents and in Washington for standing up for common sense and holding government accountable. Today, Senator Grassley holds the record for the longest record of not missing a vote of any senator in office, showing respect for the public trust he holds. Grassley serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he works for a competitive marketplace with antitrust enforcement and tort reform, to reward innovation and invention with an updated patent system, and for legal immigration that will help America’s economy grow.
Retired LAPD Sergeant - Cheryl Dorsey
Cheryl Dorsey is a Los Angeles native. In 1978, she began a career in law enforcement where she worked for the State of California, Department of Justice. In 1980, Cheryl joined the Los Angeles Police Department. During her twenty year (LAPD) career, she worked exclusively in patrol and specialized units such as traffic, vice and the infamous gang unit known as Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (C.R.A.S.H.)
Mother of Eric Garner - Gwen Carr Garner
As the matriarch of one of Staten Island's largest African-American families, Gwendolyn (Gwen) Garner has earned nationwide recognition lately as the mother of Eric Garner, a man murdered by the New York Police Department in July of 2014.
Mother of Oscar Grant - Rev. Wanda Johnson
Rev. Wanda Johnson is America's voice of compassion for individuals who have lost loved ones due to violence. Her heart-breaking story made worldwide news on January 1, 2009, when her son, Oscar Grant III, was killed by a local transit peace officer. Since then, her ministry has been to work tirelessly to address the stereotyping of racial minorities, to comfort grieving families, and to improve the criminal justice system, all to the Glory of GOD!
Congressman - Tom Marino
As a native of Williamsport, PA, Tom has always been familiar with Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District. Elected in 2010 after unseating a two-term Democrat incumbent, Tom has steadfastly focused his attention and congressional work on benefitting his constituents. Tom is a lawyer, former District Attorney for Lycoming County, and a former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He has brought his experience and knowledge to Washington D.C. to become a leader in the House of Representatives.
Wife of Rene Lima-Marin - Jasmine Lima-Marin
Jasmine Lima-Marin is the wife of Rene Michael Lima-Marin was incarcerated in 1998 at the age of 19 and served 10 years of his 16 year sentence for robbery in which he used an unloaded gun and no one was hurt. He was released in 2008 and placed on parole which he successfully completed in 2013. But in January 2014 it was determined that a clerical error had been made and he was sent back to prison for an additional 90 years.
Appeals Attorney - Patrick Megaro
Patrick Michael Megaro is a partner at Appeals Law Group. He began his legal career in 2001 at The Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division in Manhattan, New York City as a public defender. At Legal Aid, Mr. Megaro represented hundreds of clients charged with misdemeanors and major felony offenses, gaining invaluable trial experience fighting in court daily for the rights of clients.
Congressman - John Conyers
Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Democrat, represents Michigan’s 13th Congressional District which encompasses a large portion of Detroit, as well as Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, Garden City, Highland Park, Inkster, Melvindale, Redford, River Rouge, Romulus, Wayne, and Westland. In November 2014, Congressman Conyers was elected to his 26th consecutive term, making him the first African-American to hold the distinction as Dean (most senior member) of Congress.
Deceased FCI Inmate - Michael Andersen
Michael Andrew "Andy" Andersen, 44, died unexpectedly Sept. 7, 2015 in Florence, Colorado. He was born March 25, 1971, in Moscow, Idaho. He resided in Cheyenne, Wyoming, since 1991. He was a carpenter and built many houses in the Cheyenne area. He loved the outdoors and spent many hours hunting and fishing. He enjoyed hiking and exploring, hunting wild mushrooms and arrowheads. He is survived by his wife, Samantha Andersen, and son, Trevor Andersen, both of Cheyenne; two daughters, Desere Koster of West Virginia and Raevyn Koster of Spokane, Washington.; three grandchildren, Killian Koster, Madison and Brantley Rector, all of West Virginia; a brother, Gregory Andersen, father, Terry Andersen, and mother, Billie Andersen, all of Cheyenne; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THE FAMILY DURING THEIR TIME OF HARDSHIP, PLEASE CALL 307-630-7983.
Sr. VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary - Mark Holden
Mark Holden serves as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Koch Industries, Inc. He is also president and COO of the Legal Division of Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, which provides legal, government and public affairs services to Koch Industries, Inc. and its affiliates. In addition, he also serves as Chairman of the Board of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of Americans For Prosperity.