BCBF’S Dismantling Injustice podcast offers insight and analysis from our community members. allies, colleagues about issues affecting people who encounter the racist, unjust criminal legal and immigration systems and the work we’re all doing to dismantle those systems.
Episode 17: What Role Should Corporations Play Supporting Social Justice Movement?
Carl and Salih discuss the role corporations should play supporting the social justice movement.
Episode 16: Reclaiming the Mantle with Kenia, BCBF Community Member
Carl Hamad-Lipscombe, BCBF’s Director of Advocacy & Policy, is joined by BCBF’s Post Release Manager, Emily Shechtman, and directly impacted BCBF community member Kenia, who shares her experience migrating to the U.S.
Episode 15: Winning a People’s Stimulus in NY with Anu Joshi, New York Immigration Coalition
We have a conversation with Anu Joshi, Vice President of Policy at New York Immigration Coalition, about New York State’s $2.1 billion Excluded Workers Fund, which provides cash assistance to workers ineligible for unemployment assistance or Federal COVID-related income relief.
Episode 14: COVID-19 and its Aftermath with Salih and Carl
Carl and Salih discuss the impact of COVID-19 and its aftermath with a focus on the conditions it has created for incarcerated people.
Episode 13: The Power of the Prosecutor with Zoe Adel, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund
With NYC’s Manhattan DA election quickly approaching, BCBF’S Carl Hamad-Lipscombe and Zoë Adel discuss the power of the Manhattan DA and highlight some of the issues and policies hinging on the upcoming election.
Episode 12: Breaking the Shackles with Amaha Kassa
We interview Amaha Kassa, Executive Director of African Communities Together (ACT) about New York’s Break the Shackles Campaign, the problem with predatory immigration bond companies and ACT’s work to uplift working class African immigrant communities nationwide.
Episode 11: Revolution in the Air? Not So Fast
Carl Hamad-Lipscombe, BCBF’s director of advocacy & policy, and Salih Israil, BCBF’s director of special initiatives, discuss the potential impact of several bills passed recently in N.Y., including the HALT Solitary Confinement Act, the Decriminalization of Marijuana, and the failure of Bail Reform.
Episode 10: Police, Violence & Black Lives
Carl Hamad-Lipscombe, BCBF’s director of advocacy & policy, and Salih Israil, BCBF’s director of special initiatives, discuss the murder of Daunte Wright, Derek Chauvin’s trial, and the state of Black Lives.
Episode 9: So You Wanna Be An Organizer with Carlene Pinto of NYC Action Lab
People have marched in the streets and called their representatives, but what else can we do to move toward solutions to problems like policing, mass criminalization, and under-resourced communities? Organizing! Carlene Pinto, founder of the NYC Action Lab, talks to BCBF’s Carl Hamad-Lipscombe about how effective organizing intentionally centers people directly impacted by issues in their communities, builds connections, and shares resources to develop community-based solutions. Learn more about NYC Action Lab at www.nycactionlab.com.
Episode 8: Abolition 101 with BCBF’s Angel Parker
People do not belong in cages. BCBF’s belief that freedom is a human right has always been a guiding principle for our work. But what is abolition exactly and how do we get there? Angel Parker, coordinator of BCBF’s Court Watch NYC program, has been involved in abolitionist organizing for years. She joins BCBF’s Carl Hamad-Lipscombe to talk abolition 101, the importance of centering the needs of survivors, organizing strategies, and how folks can get involved in the movement toward abolition. Learn more about BCBF and Court Watch NYC at brookylnbailfund.org and courtwatchnyc.org.
Episode 7: The Movement for Parole Justice with Jose Saldaña of RAPP
Every year the New York State Parole Board denies freedom to thousands of people caged in prisons, punishing them, their families and communities for years and decades beyond their minimum sentence. Jose Saldaña, the director of Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP), talks with BCBF about the fight for parole reform in New York State, the innovative organizing being done by formerly incarcerated and other directly impacted folks, and the likelihood that they will successfully transform parole in the state. Learn more about RAPP at rappcampaign.com.
Episode 6: A New Way Forward with Benita Jain of the Immigrant Defense Project
Congress is considering a group of immigration bills right now, but will they deliver a fair and just immigration system? Podcast guest Benita Jain, a supervising attorney from Immigrant Defense Project (IDP), and BCBF’s Carl Hamad-Lipscombe discuss the ways these proposed policies continue to criminalize Black and brown immigrants, the New Way Forward Act, and other ways we can mitigate some of the harms of our racist immigration system. Learn more about IDP at www.immigrantdefenseproject.org.
Episode 5: The Invisible Victims of Immigration Enforcement with Nana Gyamfi of BAJI
Who gets left out and left behind when the racist, unjust immigration system gets reformed instead of dismantled? BCBF’s Carl Hamad-Lipscombe and Nana Gyamfi, the executive director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), discuss the deportations of hundreds of Haitian immigrants under the Biden administration and what demands we should be making to push back against ICE. Learn more about BAJI at www.baji.org
Episode 4: The Roadmap to Justice with Katie Schaffer of Center for Community Alternatives
The Justice Roadmap is a bold legislative agenda that can help deliver community safety for New York State and restore freedom and dignity for New Yorkers who are unjustly terrorized and targeted by the criminal legal and immigration systems. Katie Schaffer, the director of advocacy and organizing at Center for Community Alternatives, and BCBF’s Carl Hamad-Lipscombe discuss how to get policymakers on board with vital policies that decriminalize and decarcerate. Get the latest updates about the Justice Roadmap at www.justiceroadmapny.org Learn more about Center for Community Alternatives at www.communityalternatives.org
Episode 3: Breaking Down Biden’s Immigration Agenda
A fast and furious recap of the Biden administration’s actions on immigration legislation, enforcement, and deportation. BCBF Director of Advocacy & Policy Carl Hamad-Lipscombe explains the implications for the people most vulnerable to the criminal legal and immigration systems.
Episode 2: The State of Immigrants in Detention with Rosa Santana of BCBF
Carl Hamad-Lipscombe, BCBF’s director of advocacy & policy, is joined by the director of BCBF’s immigration bond program, Rosa Santana, to take a look at immigration detention from the perspective of those currently in detention.
Episode 1: Manhattan DA’s Race and the Role of Prosecutors
The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund’s director of advocacy & policy, Carl Hamad-Lipscombe, is joined by Zoë Adel, BCBF’s advocacy manager, and Salih Israil, BCBF’s director of special initiatives, to discuss the importance of the upcoming Manhattan DA election and the role/impact of prosecutors in New York City and the nation. They also share their takeaways from January 27th’s Manhattan DA Candidate Forum, which BCBF helped put together and Salih co-moderated.