Reactions To ‘The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration’Reactions to Black Family

09/16/2015

Marc Steiner’s guests offer their review and analysis of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article.

The guests are Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and Lenny McAllister, Republican strategist, former congressional candidate, and host of NightTalk: Get To The Point on the Pittsburgh cable news channel and Get Right with Lenny McAllister on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh.

 

From Protest to Policy: Analyzing the Baltimore Uprising & Protests for Justice for Freddie Gray

04/26/2015Baltimore Uprising

Marc Steiner begins the show with an important event in our community, seeking positive shifts in policy in light of the anger and protest. A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities (ABC) and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships, joins us in-studio to talk about From Protest to Policy, an event sponsored by ABC, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and Baltimore Racial Justice Alliance. The discussions and analysis continues with community leaders around yesterday’s events and looking ahead to where we go from here with a roster of guests, including: Taylor Evans, independent filmmaker and Morgan State University student; Tim Wilson, co-director of On Our Shoulders; Rev. Kevin Slayton, Pastor of New Waverly United Methodist Church and former civil rights lobbyist; David Miller, Chief Visionary Officer of the Urban Leadership Institute and creator of Dare To Be King, LLC; Clayton Guyton, Executive Director of the Rose Street Community Center and former correctional officer; and Dante Wilson, CEO and founder of Reclaiming Our Children and Community Project, Inc.; Catalina Byrd, media consultant, political strategist and co-host of “No Hooks” for the Hip-Hop Chronicles on WEAA; and Baynard Woods, Managing Editor of the Baltimore City Paper.

 

Philosophers’ Roundtable: Race & Class in the United States

03/12/2014Protesters lie in an intersection during a demonstration, following the Monday grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in Los Angeles

Marc Steiner hosts a discussion and debate about race and class in the U.S. with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor in Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies; and A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.

 

50th Anniversary of Selma March: Remembering Our History & Voting Rights Today

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March marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma march, and Marc Steiner takes time to reflect upon the events of March 1965. His first guest was Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP.Then his guests consider the history of the Selma march in relationship to the current state of voting rights. With: Andrew Aydin, Digital Director and Policy Advisor to Congressman John Lewis and co-author with Lewis of the New York Times best-selling graphic memoir trilogy, March (illustrated by Nate Powell); Dr. Barbara Harris Combs, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies at University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture and author of From Selma to Montgomery: The Long March to Freedom; A.Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and journalist Brentin Mock, who writes regularly for Grist about environmental justice issues.

 

Art-Part’heid: Bridging the Gap of Disparities in the Baltimore Art Scene Art-Partheid

01/29/2015

Marc and his guests discuss Art-Part’heid: Bridging the Gap of Disparities in the Baltimore Art Scene, a panel discussion and community dialogue on race, power, privilege, exclusion and shared wealth.

With: Mia Loving Curator and Founder of Invisible Majority, a creative community incubator; Michelle Gomez, independent curator who works collaboratively with under-represented audiences on community-focused exhibitions in Baltimore; Sophia Mak, artist, dancer, performer, educator, activist, Program Manager at 901 Arts, a youth community arts organization and member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action; and Abdu Ali, musician and writer.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, the Poor People’s Campaign and ReparationsMLPP

Marc and his panel turn their attention to Dr. King’s economic policies and the Activities of the Poor People’s Campaign.  Guests for this segment: A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; Robert Birt, author of The Liberatory Thought of Martin Luther King Jr.: Critical Essays on the Philosopher King, and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bowie State University; and Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless.

The Whiteness Project: Exploring How White Americans Experience Their Ethnicitywhitepeople

10/30/14

Marc Steiner and his guests take a look at The Whiteness Project, an interactive investigation into how Americans who identify themselves as “white” experience their ethnicity. Guests include Whitney Dow, Founder of Two Tone Productions and Director/Producer ofThe Whiteness ProjectMarco Williams, Associate Arts Professor at the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Initiative for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and Sarah Tooley, member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action.

 

National News Roundtable: Education & PandemicsEducation

10/06/14

Dr. Lawrence Brownactivist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, sits in for Marc as host to round up all things newsworthy, including a discussion on the changing landscape of public education and analysis of emerging pandemics, with: A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and Greg Kline, attorney, co-founder and contributing editor for Red Maryland, who hosts the Conservative Refugee podcast and co-hosts Red Maryland Radio.

 

Black Women in Media and on TV: Shonda Rhimes, How to Get away with Murder, and the “Angry Black Woman” StereotypeShondaRhimes

9/30/14

In light of the controversial article by Allesandra Stanley in the September 18 issue of the New York Times, in which Stanley suggests that Shonda Rhimes – producer of TV shows ScandalGrey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away With Murder– and her characters are “angry black women,” we take a look at portrayals of black women in the media and on TV.

With: Dr. Lisa N. Williams, Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for Baltimore City Public Schools and member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a project of Fusion Partnerships; Dani McClain, contributor toTheNation.com and Fellow with the Nation Institute; and Dr. Kaye Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and winner of the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Award for her book, Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.

 

Baltimore in the Context of Ferguson: Police Relations, Tyrone West & More

Baltimore in solidarity with Ferguson

Marc Steiner and his guests consider Baltimore in the context of the events of Ferguson. With: Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West who died while in police custody in July 2013 in Baltimore; Diana Butler, Tyrone West’s aunt; A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; St. Louis recording artist Tef Poe; and the Rev. Kevin A. Slayton, Sr.

 

 

 

Ferguson Roundtable

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Marc Steiner takes an in-depth look at the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by the police last week. The issue will be addressed from the perspectives of police/community relations, the culture of policing, and the militarization of police departments nationwide.

Our panel of guests for this discussion will include: the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist and pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church; Nadra Enzi, community policing activist in New Orleans and member of the national advisory council of the black leadership network Project 21; A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; Doug Ward, Director of Johns Hopkins University’s Division of Public Safety Leadership; Jacqui Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside; and author Kristian Williams, whose books include Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy and Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America.

Reflection on the Killings of Michael Brown & Renisha McBridepolice-shooting-missouri-1-300x191

Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University, sits in for Marc Steiner as guest host. 

The guests focus on the killings of Michael Brown and Renisha McBride. Renisha McBride was the 19-year old Michigan woman who was fatally shot in the face last year by Theodore Wafer after her car broke down and she walked onto Wafer’s porch seeking help. Wafer was recently convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting. Michael Brown is the teenager who was fatally shot by police in a suburb of St. Louis last Saturday; all accounts state that the young man was holding his hands in the air while police shot him multiple times.

The panel of guests includes: Carla Murphy, reporter and blogger for Colorlines.org; Dr. Margaret Flowers, organizer with PopularResistance.org and co-host of the Clearing the FOG Radio Program; and Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent with AlJazeera America.

Dottye Burt-Markowitz, senior consultant for Baltimore Racial Justice Action, calls in to address negative comments from a white caller, questions about what can we do, historical facts about structural racism and BRJA’s August 13th event on reparations.

Economic Mobility: What Determines A Child’s Success in Baltimore?Baltimore-Skyline-300x225

Marc Steiner speaks with Karl Alexander, Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood. We talk about a 30-year study in which Alexander and his team tracked 800 children in Baltimore from first grade until their late 20′s to discover what factors determine success. The study found that a child’s fate is often determined by family strength and the parents’ financial status.

Marc then discusses the findings with Bill Fletcher, Senior Scholar at Institute for Policy Studies; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; Jordan Bloom, Opinion Editor for the Daily Caller and board member of Alumni for Liberty, a project of the Students for Liberty; and  A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.

Unpacking the Asian-American “Model Minority” MythChina Celebrates Chinese New Year

Marc Steiner, 88.9 FM Radio, examines the stereotype of Asians as a “Model Minority” that outperforms other minorities. Guests are: Imara Jones, who wrote an article for Colorlines titled “The Economic Truth About the ‘Model Minority;’” Sine Hwang Jensen, an Advisory Board member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action and member of Moonroot Collective; and Suey Park, writer and activist based in Chicago who created the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick on Twitter.

 

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Special: The Lesser-Known Speechesmartin-luther-king-playing-pool-1966-300x252

Marc Steiner, 88.9 FM Radio begins with a look at Dr. King’s lesser-known speeches, reflecting upon a side of him that is often not remembered, with: Keith Snipes, actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator; A. Adar Ayira; project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and senior analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action; Robert E. Birt, author of The Liberatory Thought of Martin Luther King Jr.: Critical Essays on the Philosopher King and assistant professor of Philosophy at Bowie State University; and Dr. Jeanne Theoharis, professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.

 

 

 

Cultural News Roundtable

Marc Steiner, 88.9 FM Radio, hosts a cultural roundtable, where the topics ranged from racist Halloween costumes to art, film and music. Guests included: Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Initiative for Associated Black Charities and senior facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action; Michelle Antionette aka LOVE the Poet, poet, performance artist, and musician; and Amrita Kaur Dang, better known as Ami Dang, a South Asian-American musician from Baltimore.

 

 

“The Lines Between Us”: White Privilege, Access Granted?

Dottye Burt-Markowitz is one of the founding members of Baltimore Racial Justice Action and a facilitator of training. She says the training offered helps white participants examine how they have been afforded certain rights and privileges because of the skin color they were born with. But Burt-Markowitz says more importantly, participants’ personal experiences are connected to the larger issue of structural racism. Laura Stolle-Schmidt is an apprentice facilitator who participated in WARN training in 2012. “I started to learn these things that kind of shocked me. I have special privileges because I’m white?” she said. “It’s a hard idea to get used to.” Listen to Dottye and Laura on WYPR 88.1 FM as they join host Tom Hall to discuss white privilege.

Individuals who want to get used to the idea of acknowledging their own privilege and learn more about structural racism, can register for WARN’s Fall 2013 “Building Racial Justice in Baltimore: A Workshop for White People.” The 6-week training starts on October 6. Registration closes on September 22.

 

George Zimmerman Not-Guilty Verdict: Where Do We Go From Here?

Listen to Marc Steiner’s two-hour special on the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. A jury acquitted Zimmerman of all charges related to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Marc discusses what this decision means, especially with regard to race and the justice system with A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager for More in the Middle Initiative at Associate Black Charities and senior consultant for Baltimore Racial Justice Action; Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor in the Department of American Studies at UMBC, and a host of others.

 

 

Black Children, White AdultsWhite Adult Black Children

On the June 28th segment of WYPR’s The Lines Between Us Sheila Kast listens to an essay about white-led nonprofits working in Black communities, then talks to Angelo Solero of the Latino Providers Network, and A. Adar Ayira and Dianne Lyday of Baltimore Racial Justice Action about their reactions to the essay.

 

 

 

Race and Social Equality WorkshopsBACOE Training Flyer

Marc Steiner looks at workshops in Baltimore on racism, racial equity and social justice, conducted this summer by the Baltimore Racial Justice Action (BRJA) and Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS).  Guests: LBS Director Dayvon LoveAdar Ayira, Project Manager of Associated Black Charities’ “More in the Middle” initiative and trainer for BRJA; and Dianne Lyday, member of the BRJA Advisory Board. 6/24/13

 

 

 

Can Minorities Be Racist?

BRJA member Dianne Lyday, and Dayvon Love of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and also a member of BRJA, joined Anthony McCarthy on the 2nd hour of the May 21st Anthony McCarthy Show to discuss Can Minorities Be Racist? (Podcast no longer available.)

 

Ain’t I A Woman: African American Women & Feminism

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Listen to BRJA member A. Adar Ayira on this segment of the May 29th, 2013 Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM. Also on the panel: Lea Gilmore, singer, activist, and Center for Emerging Media cultural correspondent; dream hampton, writer, filmmaker and co-author of the New York Times best seller Decoded; and Jodi Kelber-Kaye, Associate Director of the Honors College at UMBC and former faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies there.

 

Race, Class, Power, And Organizing In East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities In America Book Picture

Marisela Gomez, author of Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore, and original member of BRJA, joined the Marc Steiner Show on March 28, 2013 on WEAA 88.9 FM to discuss her book.

 

 

 

 

Models for Equitable & Sustainable Development

Dr. Marisela Gomez, author of Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America, joins Dr. Rhonda Williams, author of The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women’s Struggles against Urban Inequality and Executive Director of Case Western Reserve University’s Social Justice Institute; Roque Barros, Director of Community Building at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego, CA; and Gus Newport, former mayor (1979-1986) of Berkeley, CA. to explore models of equitable and sustainable development on the March 5th, 2013 broadcast of the Marc Steiner Show, WEAA 88.9 FM.

 

Institutional Racism – February 4, 2013 – Segment 1Rosa Parks picture

A. Adar Ayira, BRJA facilitator/analyst and Project Manager of the More in the Middle Initiative at Associated Black Charities, joined Dough Colbert, University of Maryland Law School professor and co-chair of the Society of American Law Teachers’ (SALT) Access to Justice Curriculum Project; Michael Higginbothan, Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore, and Maegan La Mala Ortiz, freelance mediamaker and publisher of lamamitamala.com and vivirlatino.com on the Marc Steiner Show to discuss “institutional racism.”

 

Facing Race Conference – November 29, 2012 – Segment 2ARC Executive Director

Sarah Tooley, member of the white people’s affinity group of Baltimore Racial Justice Action, joined a host of other panelists, including Dayvon Love of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, to discuss the Facing Race Conference, a  national conference held in Baltimore earlier in the month. Hosted by ARC  (Applied Research Center), the three day event served as a platform for  racial justice leaders, educators, and artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Podcasts for Partner Organizations

 

Marc Steiner Show WEAA 88.9 FM

2/5/14 Black History Month? Black History 365 Days A Year? with Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director for the Institute of Urban Research at Morgan State University

 

Maryland Morning with Tom Hall on WYPR 88.1 FM

 

01/10/14 – A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Initiative of Associated Black Charities, discusses why low-income people pay more car insurance.

Anthony McCarthy Show WEAA 88.9 FM

 

11/19/12 – Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, discusses Election 2012

 

Marc Steiner Show WEAA 88.9 FM

 

11/06/13 – Ray Winbush, Ph.D. Director for the Institute of Urban Research at Morgan State University, joins Marc Steiner and other guests to discuss the movie “Twelve Years a Slave.”

 

10/25/13 – Dayvon Love, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, discusses Towson University debate team threat report

 

5/15/13 – Trina Selden, Executive Director of Out For Justice, Inc., tells her story as part of Marian House: 30 Women 30 Stories

 

2/20/13 – Dayvon Love, Director of Research & Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, discusses Dorner: Revolutionary or Murderer?

 

1/17/13 – Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, discusses the Baltimore City Youth Detention Facility

 

11/6/12 – Dayvon Love of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, discusses the Reallocate to Recreate Rally.

 

10/2/12 – Dayvon Love, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, discusses the planned Baltimore City Youth Jail.

 

9/19/11 – Shawna Murray, Deverick Murray and Dayvon Love from Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle discuss their ideas for reforming education and increasing community power in Baltimore.

 

8/2/12 – Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, discusses Baltimore City Policing