Our last show is up. Sorry it took so long. Fam, the technical difficulties in the studio that day were crazy. But thanks to our production engineers, our first show of the season did what we usually do, talk about the real issues that affect the lives of real people. You can check the show out by downloading here or pressing play below. Look out for our podcasts in a couple weeks.
For the first part of the show, we chopped it up on the debate around gay marriage/same sex marriage/marriage equality. We had a brief yet respectful back and forth between David Valk from Save Dade and Peter La Barbera from Americans for the Truth about Homosexuality. We also had some words from Reverend Dr. Sherod Mallow, Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Ft. Lauderdale (Diocese of Southeast Florida), whose parish actually officiates gay marriages.
I put something out on the show that I want to put out to the universe again. A lot of people talk about the decline of the “traditional family.” That is something I sort of agree with. What I mean is the way our society is changing is making it harder and harder for communities and families to stay together and healthy. But that ain’t got nothing to do with with who gets married to who. As I said on the show, I didn’t know any openly gay couples growing up, but I did know a bunch of single mothers, single fathers, kids raised by their aunt’s and grandmother’s, and kids whose parents had to travel across the country and the world just to put food on their families’ tables. A lot of my friends who got married in the past ten years have ended up getting divorced, and when you ask them why, infidelity, lack of communication, but also money and the inability to cope with stress in this day and age have all played a role in their marriages crumbling. Rather than opposing marriage equality or gay marriage or whatever the hell you wanna call it, folks like our guest Peter should really work with others to make sure that we address the things in our society that are making ALL relationships harder to maintain.
That was just my two dollars…
FILMING COPS IS NOT A CRIME
Later in the show, we talked about the recent epidemic of police officers arresting citizens for filming police actions while on duty. The story came to a head in South Florida on Memorial Day weekend after Police arrested Narces Benoit for filming Officers firing 100 rounds into a man’s car after an alleged high speed chase…
But the issue also went nationwide last year as prosecutors in Maryland put the finite resources of the state into prosecuting a member of Maryland’s National Guard after he filmed a plain clothes police officer pulling a gun on him after pulling him over for speeding on his motorcycle. Although acquitted, he had initially faced up to 15 years in prison.
On the show we had James Preston Florida’s Fraternal Order of Police, and Robert Hammonds of Channel Six Two, a group of Miami Based film makers that made it their mission to film police activity and make it go viral.
To get this out of the way, The President of Florida’s Fraternal Order of the Police basically said that he didn’t see anything wrong with filming police officer’s as long as it didn’t interfere with police activity. He did suggest that if people were gonna do it, they should do it respectfully.
Robert said that everyone that could should be filming police officers because it is the only way to keep them honest. Lumumba Bandele of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, who helped start a Copwatch program in New York, gave an overview of where copwatch programs came from and how people could effectively monitor police.
This part of the show hit at one of our basic rights. Not just police, but all public servants are employees of US. But in the past decade, many pubic servants have acted like their public service is a private act and are desperately trying to hide from scrutiny. At this point, monitoring our politicians, law enforcement, and public employees to ensure they are not abusing their jobs is unfortunately our responsibility and is the only way to hold them accountable.We hope to see you next week. In the mean time check out a couple articles on the topic here,and here.A HUGE SPECIAL SHOT OUT TO THIS SHOWS SPONSOR: MILOLA and SISTERSONG’s UPCOMING CONFERENCE: