Radiothon to Focus on Clemency and Criminal Justice Issues
Date:  06-14-2016

Follow-up to White House meeting to include formerly incarcerated people, bi-partisan government representatives, criminal justice reform advocates, and celebrities
Press Release

June 14, 2016

Contact: Mertine Moore Brown

Spread the word about the half-day National Clemency and Criminal Justice Reform Radiothon, Friday, June 17th from noon-6 (ET). Tune into WPFW Pacifica radio 89.3 FM, or livestream @

This Radiothon occurs 45 years after former President Richard Nixon declared drug abuse as "public enemy number 1." Shortly after his proclamation, the media popularized the term, "war on drugs." We now know that this "war on drugs" was a stratagem for criminalizing Black people and critics of the VietNam War, and has today resulted in the mass incarceration of over 2 million people.

The Justice Radiothon will feature formerly incarcerated people and family members, civil rights leaders, criminal justice experts, conservative allies, governmental representatives and others.

We are thrilled that celebrities Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat and Adam Rodriguez will be amongst those calling in.

Washington, DC's own Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and community activist Rev Willie Wilson, Pastor, Union Temple Baptist Church, offer insight you don't want to miss.

Recently released Weldon Angelos, Clinton-era commutation recipient Kemba Smith, and Obama commutation recipient Norman Brown will kick off the Radiothon at noon, along with clemency expert Mark Osler and Koch Industries Counsel Mark Holden. WPFW radio personality Roach Brown (whose sentence was commuted in 1975 by President Ford) and founder of The Inner Voices and Justice Roundtable

Coalition convener Attorney Nkechi Taifa will co-host the Justice Radiothon, along with Co-Anchors Gloria Minnot and Askia Muhammad of WPFW.

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