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    Body Camera Report shows little change; Red-Baiting Black Activist in America; Efforts to end mandatory minimum sentences.

    On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" hosts Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Dr. Philip Stinson, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Program at Bowling Green State University, to talk about a recent Washington, D.C.-based study looking at the relationship between police misconduct cases and body camera usage, how officers simply forget they are being recorded and commit illegalities, and how communities can share and use data on police activities.

    In the second segment of the show Jon Liss, Executive Director of New Virginia Majority, to talk about the national significance of several Virginia state elections in 2018, the numerous ways in which voting is suppressed in the state, how economically oppressed people in the state are not voting for Democrats as the party would hope and whether or not Trump will swing voters off of the Republican Party in the mid-term election cycle.

    Later in the show hosts Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Gerald Horne is Moores Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston to talk about the long history of Black Americans working to gain international support for their domestic causes, the ways American politicians have attempted to use "Russia-phobia" scare tactics to steal voters from their opponents, the FBI's efforts to stir discord among Black activists in the 1950s and 1960s, and the growing movement towards a new McCarthyism-esque with hunt of radicals and activists in the US.

    Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon start the second hour of the show talking about the deaths of Fats Domino and Robert Guillaume and the need for the Black Lives Matter movement and other black radicals to look to international revolutionary movements for advice.

    In the last segment "By Any Means Necessary" is joined by Molly Gill our VP of Policy, Families Against Mandatory Minimums to talk about the vast ways mandatory minimum sentences are used, how misconceptions of prisons serve as an obstacle to engage individuals in supporting prison reforms, and the failure of mandatory minimum's to actually reduce addictions or violent crimes. The group also talks about ways to successfully frame the need for prisons and criminal justice reform in conservative states, the systemic issues driving the rapid increase of women in prison and the desperate need to rethink and resource re-entry programs for prisoners.

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