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Tune in Monday, December 1st, at 3 p.m. PST right here for the next installment of “LA Progressive Live!” You’ll find us streaming at www.laprogressive.com—and we’ll archive the 1-hour show.
Our show last week concluded just minutes before the rambling, deeply flawed "no indictment" message was delivered by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, setting off angry, anguished protests across the nation that continue to today.
In Ferguson, Missouri, itself, the night skies glowed from the flames of burning police cruisers and neighborhood shops. Here in Los Angeles, less violent but certainly widespread demonstrations blocked freeways and street corners, resulting in the arrest of hundreds of protesters -- the most of any of the 180 or more cities that erupted in anger that the police officer who had killed unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown would face no charges.
This week's discussion will center on what good can come out of this tragedy -- and how this long series of mostly young, unarmed black and brown men and boys can be stopped.
Joining us will be our colleague Rev. Peter Laarman, who is deeply immersed in these issues mostly lately through his involvement with Justice Not Jails, an organization that brings together faith communities from affected communities with activist groups to work to dismantle the mass incarceration system. Over the weekend, he wrote Putting a Price on Black Life: Civil Settlements in Bias Cases Rub Salt in Ancient Wounds while host Sharon Kyle contributed Four Hundred Years: Slavery to Ferguson.
Rev. Peter Laarman
Rev. Peter Laarman is volunteer project coordinator for Justice Not Jails. Until the end of last year he was the executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting, a network of activist individuals and congregations headquartered in Los Angeles. He served as the senior minister of New York’s Judson Memorial Church from 1994 to 2004. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Peter spent 15 years as a labor movement strategist and communications specialist prior to training for ministry.
PPlease tune in live -- or watch the recording later -- and send us your comments and ideas for ways we can improve the show.
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle
Editor & Publisher, LA Progressive