Gideon’s Promise The Podcast explores the critical role of public defenders in systemic justice reform. Hosted by Gideon's Promise President, Jonathan Rapping and Executive Director, Ilham Askia, each episode explores a wide range of issues facing marginalized communities with subject matter experts, key opinion leaders and people impacted by the American criminal legal system.
Episode 15 - A Vote for Justice
Former President Barack Obama once said, “There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.” With the 2021 Midterm elections approaching, co-hosts Jonathan Rapping and Ilham Askia dive into the topic of voting and its impact within our criminal legal system. Joining us this week is Derwyn Bunton, Chief Public Defender of Orleans Public Defender! Mr. Bunton has been a longtime supporter of Gideon’s Promise and has been influential in changing the status quo within his New Orleans office.
This episode features an in-depth discussion about the importance of voting, how public defenders are impacted by our current legislation, and why electing judges who have a background in public defense is so crucial to transforming our criminal legal system.
Episode 14 - The Fight for Our Legal Rights
ON THIS EPISODE
Do you know your Constitutional Rights? Episode 14 of Gideon's Promise: The Podcast focuses on the importance of knowing our fundamental legal rights when encountering the criminal legal system and the affects that mandatory minimum sentences have had on Black and Brown communities. Hosts Jonathan Rapping and Ilham Askia sit down with two incredible criminal justice reform advocates, Molly Gill, the Vice President of Policy for Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), and Criminal Justice Reform Activist, Sagan Soto-Stanton whose husband is currently serving a 30 year sentence. Listen in as they discuss War on Drug policies, the importance of knowing our rights, and how we can become active in changing these punitive policies.
Episode 13 - Part Two: What Does Independence Look Like in 2021?
We celebrate the 4th of July every year without spending time to think about what Independence actually means. Hosts Jonathan Rapping and Ilham Askia explore the true meaning of independence by diving into the topic of immigration. They sat down with two immigration public defense experts that teach and educate our immigrant brothers and sisters on their rights within this U.S. criminal legal system. This week’s featured guests are Criminal and Immigration Clinician and Gideon’s Promise Faculty member, Professor Violeta Chapin; and Managing Attorney at Stern Law, Jessica Stern. Listen to this episode today!
Episode 12 - Part One: What Does Emancipation Look Like in 2021?
ON THIS EPISODE
On June 17, 2021 Juneteenth became an official federal holiday, just 38 years after Martin Luther King Jr. Day was deemed an official federal holiday as well. On June 19, 1865, a Union General rode into Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed.
For this episode hosts Jonathan Rapping and Ilham Askia dive into the discussion of emancipation, and what emancipation truly means in the 21st century. This week’s featured guest is Alejo Rodriguez, the Chief of Curriculum and Storytelling at Zealous. Listen in as they speak about what emancipation means to them, how we can change our system with human-centered policies, and how to truly celebrate Juneteenth.
Episode 11 - Let's Get Into It: YOUR MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
It’s May, which means its Mental Health Awareness Month! On this episode President, Jonathan Rapping and Executive Director, Ilham Askia are speaking with three phenomenal African American women who specialize and focus on the mental health of all marginalized communities. Each of these women spoke about how to improve the negative stigma about mental health issues within Black and brown communities, numerous tips on how to assist someone having a mental health crisis, and how these tips can improve the communities we live in. Tune in!
Episode 10 - Breaking Through the System: The Path to Healing
President, Jonathan Rapping and Executive Director, Ilham Askia sat down with Mr. Rapping's former client, Octavius Clarke, to catch up to discuss the challenges and triumphs of overcoming our criminal legal system. During this episode Mr. Clarke spoke candidly about his incarceration, his motivations, and his determination to give his kids a brighter future. Tune into this heart wrenching episode, as you get to know Mr. Clarke and his story.
A Podcast that is long overdue and very important!
Public Defenders play a critical role in the fight for justice and equality for marginalized people, which are overwhelmingly POC. This podcast is just as important as any other that you are listening to during this pivotal time in our country.
I absolutely loved listening to the first episode, and can’t wait for more.
Gideon's Promise- a champion for public defenders
Listen to this podcast if you want to understand the systemic issues with the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and the critical role public defenders play in fighting for justice and reform.