July 25, 2016

Update on Efforts in Florida and New York to get Darren Rainey Justice.


I've been a bit silent on emails and blogs lately and wanted to post an update about happenings in Florida and New York.

On June 23rd, the four year anniversary of Darren Rainey's scalding death, a group of concerned citizens and members of SPAN met for a protest rally in front of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle's office. Despite the Miami heat and a bomb scare two blocks away at the courthouse, we had a good turnout and coverage from the press. Many thanks to those who attended, one as far away as
St. Petersburg, FL!

4 years after inmate's brutal death, no punishment | Miami Herald

Protesters Demand Answers & Action In Death Of Inmate Darren Rainey
Michele Gillen - Investigative Reporter - CBS4 Miami

On anniversary of inmate’s death, prison reform supporters rally | Miami Heraldhttp://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/article85515502.html

http://wiod.iheart.com/articles/wiodam-local-news-122821/rally-against-prison-abuse-at-state-14840820/ - WIOD erroneously reported that I founded SPAN - I'm only a member!

New York
Many know that my primary objective is to elevate Darren Rainey's story to the national level to expose not only what happens in Florida to the severely mentally ill, but to also begin a dialogue regarding the 20% of severely mentally ill in all prisons and jails in the U.S. Before I traveled to NY to make it happen, I was a guest on Cat Watters' radio show, ORGANIC NEWS, along with Pastor Kenneth Glascow:

When I got to New York, Cat became my de facto press agent and media specialist. She lined me up with numerous interview opportunities. If I could afford to, I'd hire her on the spot! I owe her a debt of gratitude for all she's done for me. 

Here's a sampling of appearances on Radio and TV while in NY:

Ralph Nader Radio Hour - my segment starts at the 33:00 minute mark.

David Feldman Show - According to Wikipedia, David is an Emmy award winning comedy writer, stand-up comedian and podcaster/radio host. He's written for The Academy Awards, The Emmys, Triumph The Insult Dog Comic and countless roasts on Comedy Central. Over the past few years he has written with and for Steve Martin, Martin Short, Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Robert Smigel and Bette Midler. He is a co-host on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour.

Chris Hedges - ON CONTACT - taped July 22nd, air date TBA in August. From Chris's Wiki bio: Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years (1990–2005).

In 2002 Hedges was part of a group of eight reporters at The New York Times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, and the University of Toronto. He currently teaches prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey.

Future Appearances - Next week will find me on Harlem Radio with Ricky Jones who hosts Unlocked, a show focusing on prison issues airing Wednesday August 3rd at 4pm. http://whcr.org/artists/unlocked-with-ricky-jones/  Listen Live: http://whcr.org/whcrstream-m3u/

August 4th - Book presentation at Revolution Books - 437 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037
Come out and support Revolution Books! I will autograph all copies of Getting Away With Murder - profits to go to the bookstore. 

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