EPISODES

Episode 29

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.

Episode 28

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.

Episode 27

A Special Announcement

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

Episode 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.

Episode 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.

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Episode 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.

Episode 23

Prison Conditions vs Abolition

Salih & Carl discuss conditions at Rikers and prisons in NYS, why we should fight to improve conditions, 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

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Episode 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 the child support system’s arrears policy for returning citizens.

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Episode 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.

Episode 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.

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Episode 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.

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Episode 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pride Month Spotlight Collection

In honor of Pride Month, we recorded a series of conversations with our friends and partners who have been working on issues grounded in the fight for equality, justice, and civil/human rights within the LGBTQ+ community. Each of these discussions explore 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 George Floyd’s murder. We give a special thanks to each of our guest for sharing their insights and personal experiences. 

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 of George Floyd’s murder.

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 George Floyd’s murder.

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 wake of George Floyd’s murder.

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 George Floyd’s murder.

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 the wake of George Floyd’s murder.