Making Contact

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  • Making Contact: 70 Million - Reform Activists and a New DA Find Common Ground
    by dtaylor@radioproject.org (National Radio Project) on December 5, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Activists in Houston were galvanized by events in Ferguson in 2014 following the death of Michael Brown. First, they took to the streets in protest. Then they started organizing. Not long after, they found a kindred spirit in the most unlikely person: a candidate for the DA office. 70 Million reporter, Ruxandra Guidi, chronicles how activists and reformers are succeeding in cutting the jail population, diverting drug arrests, and increasing accountability for local police. Featuring: Durrel Douglas, co-founder of Houston Justice; Shekira Dennis, co-founder of Houston Justice; Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney; Sandra Guerra Thompson, legal rights advocate at the Criminal Justice Institute - University of Houston; Terrance TK Koontz, organizer with Texas Organizing Project; Debra Schmidt, Assistant Chief at Harris County Sheriffs Department; Joseph Gamaldi, Houston Police Officers Union. […]

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