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1: Envisioning Black Life with the Envision Freedom Team

Carl is joined by Envision Freedom Fund’s Zoe Adel, Angel Parker, Nicole Triplett, and Salih Israil to discuss the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, the recent outbreak of white supremacist terrorism, and the current state of the social justice movement…

Coming Soon – Season Two of “Dismantling Injustice”

Carl provides a sneak peek at what’s to come in Season Two of “Dismantling Injustice.”

Pretrial Detention in New York

Download ReportEXECUTIVE SUMMARY Two years of bail reform in New York State has allowed thousands of people to remain at home while awaiting trial, able to keep their jobs, their housing, and access to life-affirming services such as medical and...

46: Just the Facts: Using Immigration Data To Effect Change

Carl is joined by Austin Kocher,a researcher with the Transactional Research Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), an institute at Syracuse University that uses Freedom of Information Act requests to study the federal government.They discuss TRAC’s work on federal immigration data, barriers in…

45: ICYMI: E-carceration & Surveillance – Expanding the Detention Walls

In case you missed it, here’s an IGLive conversation between Envision Freedom’s Mustafa Jamale and Freedom to Thrive’sAje Amaechi that aired last year. Mustafa and Ajediscuss the Break the Shackles campaign, the need to pass the Stop Immigration Bond Abuse…

44: ICYMI: We Want Dignity Not Detention for Immigrants

Envision Freedom’sTania Mattos andMustafa Jumale break down the Dignity Not Detention Act – a bill to end immigration detention in NYS. They discuss the momentum built in NewJersey for the movement, the power and sacrifice of hunger strikes, and what…

43: ICYMI: New York Can Break the Shackles

Envision Freedom’s Mustafa Jumale is joined byAmaha Kassa, Executive Director and Founder ofAfrican Communities Together. They discuss the ways private immigration bond companies harm immigrant New Yorkers and how New York State can lead the way forward through the Break…

42: ICYMI: We Want Community Safety

Envision Freedom’s Zoe Adel and Angel Parker discuss the major failings of NYC Mayor Adams’ “blueprint” for community safety and explore what solutions could make a difference.

41: NY’s State of Mind on Immigration with Tania Mattos

Carl is joined again by Tania Mattos, Envision Freedom’s Director of Advocacy & Policy to continue their conversation about immigration with a focus on what is happening locally in the NY area.

40: Biden’s Immigration Report Card with Tania Mattos

Carl is joined by Envision Freedom’s Director of Advocacy & Policy Tania Mattos to talk about where things stand with immigration on the federal level

47: Incarceration Won’t Make Us Safer with Zoe Adel

Carl and joined by Zoe Adel, Envision Freedom’s criminal legal advocacy manager to discuss NYC’s Mayor Adams public safety strategy, which is aimed at increased punishment.

38: Envisioning Freedom for 2022

Carl and Salih share which of Envision Freedom’s 2022 goals and initiatives they are most looking forward to seeing implemented in the coming months.

37: Directly Impacted Perspectives on Immigration Detention Vol. 3

A directly impacted Envision Freedom Fund Community Member sits down with an Envision Freedom Fund Freedom Fellow to discuss the real consequences of the U.S.’s unjust immigration policies and provide a deeper look into the horrible nature and impact of…

36: Directly Impacted Perspectives on Immigration Detention Vol. 2

A directly impacted Envision Freedom Fund Community Member sits down with an Envision Freedom Fund Freedom Fellow to discuss the real consequences of the U.S.’s unjust immigration policies and provide a deeper look into the horrible nature and impact of…

35: Directly Impacted Perspectives on Immigration Detention Vol. 1

A directly impacted Envision Freedom Fund Community Member sits down with an Envision Freedom Fund Freedom Fellow to discuss the real consequences of the U.S.’s unjust immigration policies and provide a deeper look into the horrible nature and impact of…

34: Seeking Asylum at U.S. Border Effectively Suspended

Carl is joined by Sirine Shebaya, Executive Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) to discuss the border crisis and the current status of the U.S.’s asylum process.

33: Families for Freedom and the Fight for Immigration Rights

Janay Cauthen, the Executive Director of Families for Freedom, joins Carl to share her personal journey as a directly impacted activist for immigration rights.

32: Freedom Fellowships & Community Engagement

Salih is joined by Envision Freedom Fund’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Anacristina Fonseca to discuss Envision Freedom’s newly established Freedom Fellowship and a series of initiatives aimed at preparing interested directly impacted community members to participate in advocacy and activism efforts.

31: Envisioning Freedom Past, Present, & Future with BCBF’s founder Peter Goldberg

Carl and Salih are joined by BCBF’s Founder, former Executive Director, and current Senior Advisor, Peter Goldberg to discuss the trajectory from BCBF’s origins to the expansion of it’s mission, theory of change, and it’s rebranding to Envision Freedom Fund.

30: Court Watch NYC Returns

Salih is joined by Envision Freedom’s Court Watch NYC Program Coordinator, Angel Parker to discuss the purpose, goals, and impact of court watching and Court Watch NYC’s return to in-person court watching.

Conditions at Rikers (convo between SI & CHL)

Salih and Carl discuss the state of affairs at Rikers’ Island, theories behind what’s driving all of the attention, and what advocates get wrong about the fight to improve conditions.

Fighting for Dignity, Not Detention with Tania Mattos, Envision Freedom’s Director of Advocacy & Policy

Tania Mattos of Envision Freedom discusses how she got into movement work and provides updates on detention closures and the Dignity Not Detention campaign.

27: A Special Announcement

Carl makes a special announcement about the future of Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.

26: The Haitian Migrant Crisis

BCBF offers a primer for listeners on the crisis facing Haitian migrants at the U.S./Mexico border and what you can do to support them.

25: Changing the Narrative Around Pretrial Detention with Julie Mente

Julie Mente, BCBF’s Communications Manager joins the podcast to discuss the current discourse around violence and “safety,” how it criminalizes our communities, and how we can push back against these problematic narratives.

24: Parole Justice Redux

Salih and Carl discuss parole reform, why it still hasn’t passed despite promising movement this year, and Salih’s experience with parole.

23: Prison Conditions vs Abolition

Salih & Carl discuss conditions at Rikers and prisons in NYS, why we should fight to improveconditions, and how such reforms help or hurt the abolitionist cause. For more info: https://www.thecity.nyc/2021/8/1/22605140/rikers-island-horrible-conditions-jail-deaths

22: The Moremi Initiative’s Quest for Decarceration

Salih talks with Senora Bolarinwa, Founder/Director of the Moremi Initiative, about her decarceration work and commitment to liberating those with convictions based solely on the testimony of “junk science” expert witnesses and her quest to reduce the harmful effects of…

21: A New Vision for BCBF

Salih and Carl, BCBF’s newly appointed Executive Director, discuss Carl’s vision for the organization and hint at more changes looming on the horizon.

20: Reflections on BCBF’s 2020 Regrant Project to Support Black-Led Social Change

Carl and Salih reflect on BCBF’s $2.3 million regrant initiative to support Black-Led Social Change, which was launched during the uprisings and protests in response to George Floyd’s murder.

19: Looking back at Bail Reform with Michael Rempel, Director of Jail Reform at Center for Court Innovation

Carl is joined by Michael Rempel, Director of Jail Reform at Center for Court Innovation, to discuss the impact of the bail reform laws passed in 2019.

18: Immigration Policy Updates with Mustafa Jumale, BCBF’s Immigration Policy Manager

Carl is joined by Mustafa Jumale, BCBF’s Immigration Policy Manager, for an update on the implementation and impact of the Biden Administration’s immigration policies.

617: Pride Month Spotlight 6: Tonya Noel and Chris Walker Co-Founders of Flower City Noir Collective

Salih is joined by Tonya Noel and Chis Walker, Co-Founder/Program Director and Co-Founder/Executive Director of Flower City Noir Collective to discuss the impact/presence of Black voices within the fight for justice and equality for the LGBTQ+ and the broader struggle…

17: Pride Month Spotlight 5: Jennifer Love Williams, Abolitionist and Activist with Black and Pink NYC

Salih is joined by Jennifer Love Williams, Abolitionist and Activist with Black and Pink NYC, to discuss the impact/presence of Black voices within the fight for justice and equality for the LGBTQ+ and the broader struggle for Black Lives in…

17: Pride Month Spotlight 4: Bugz Gutta, Founder/Executive Director of The Pynk Institute

Salih is joined by Bugz Gutta, Founder/Executive Director of The Pynk Institute, to discuss the impact/presence of Black voices within the fight for justice and equality for the LGBTQ+ and the broader struggle for Black Lives in the wake of…

17: Pride Month Spotlight 3: Legacee, Founder/Executive Director of Black Leaders on Our Mission (B.L.O.O.M.)

Salih is joined by Legacee, Founder/Executive Director of Black Leaders on Our Mission (B.L.O.O.M.), to discuss the impact/presence of Black voices within the fight for justice and equality for the LGBTQ+ and the broader struggle for Black Lives in the…

17: Pride Month Spotlight 2: SX Noir, President of Women of Sex Tech

Salih is joined by SX Noir, President of Women of Sex Tech, to discuss the impact/presence of Black voices within the fight for justice and equality for the LGBTQ+ and the broader struggle for Black Lives in the wake of…

17: Pride Month Spotlight 1: Mother LaTravious, co-founder/Executive Director of Brooklyn Ghost Project Inc.

Salih is joined by Mother LaTravious, co-founder/Executive Director of Brooklyn Ghost Project Inc., to discuss the impact/presence of Black voices within the fight for justice and equality for the LGBTQ+ and the broader struggle for Black Lives in the wake…

17: What Role Should Corporations Play Supporting Social Justice Movement?

Carl and Salih discuss the role corporations should play supporting the social justice movement.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

9: So You Wanna Be An Organizer with Carlene Pinto of NYC Action Lab

Learn more about NYC Action Lab at www.nycactionlab.com.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. Learn…

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.

1: Manhattan DA’s Race and the Role of Prosecutors

The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund’sdirector 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 importanceof the upcomingManhattan DA election and the role/impact of prosecutors…