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A social justice podcast combining hard-hitting journalism and interviews with hip-hop music and original lyrics from independent artists. Each episode delves into an important issue with an alternative take to widely accepted narratives, arming listeners with knowledge and insight they won't hear from mainstream media outlets.

News Beat Morey Creative Studios

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    • 4.9 • 60 Ratings

A social justice podcast combining hard-hitting journalism and interviews with hip-hop music and original lyrics from independent artists. Each episode delves into an important issue with an alternative take to widely accepted narratives, arming listeners with knowledge and insight they won't hear from mainstream media outlets.

    Voter Suppression in the Era of a Weakened Voting Rights Act

    Voter Suppression in the Era of a Weakened Voting Rights Act

    In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively gutted the historic Voting Rights Act, making it easier for states to suppress the vote by enacting voter ID laws, eliminating early voting, closing polling stations and aggressively purging voter rolls. Voter ID laws, specifically, didn’t exist prior to 2006—now about three-dozen states have some form of voter ID law. Since the court’s 2013 decision, hundreds of polling locations have closed. Experts say these efforts disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color and poor people, and with a high-stakes election coming up, the consequences of voter suppression tactics may prove pivotal.

    Guests on this episode include Sean Morales-Doyle of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Deuel Ross of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund.

    News Beat is an award-winning Morey Creative Studios podcast.

    Producer/Audio Editor: Michael "Manny Faces" Conforti

    Editor-In-Chief: Chris Twarowski

    Managing Editor: Rashed Mian

    Episode Art: Jeff Main

    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

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    • 28 min
    Slavery & Genocide: How Indigenous People Remember Christopher Columbus (in 6 minutes)

    Slavery & Genocide: How Indigenous People Remember Christopher Columbus (in 6 minutes)

    Symbols of pride for Italian Americans, painful reminders of historical injustices and brutal atrocities for indigenous peoples—statues of controversial 15th century explorer Christopher Columbus have been decapitated, toppled or taken down in cities and towns across the United States amid the ongoing protests against racial injustice and police brutality sparked by the killing of unarmed African American George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer in May.

    Mohawk activist John Kane of Native talk show and podcast 'Let's Talk Native...' explains Christopher Columbus' legacy of slavery and genocide against Indigenous people.

    News Beat is an award-winning Morey Creative Studios podcast.

    Producer/Audio Editor: Michael "Manny Faces" Conforti
    Editor-In-Chief: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

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    • 6 min
    NYPD Accused of International Human Rights Violations For Violent Crackdown on Protest

    NYPD Accused of International Human Rights Violations For Violent Crackdown on Protest

    Human Rights Watch, an international nongovernmental organization, released a report accusing the NYPD of serious international human rights violations and has called into question some of the justifications made by the top brass of the department after a June crackdown in the South Bronx. Ida Sawyer, co-author of the report and acting crisis and conflict director at Human Rights Watch, joins us for this special episode.

    News Beat is an award-winning Morey Creative Studios podcast.

    Producer/Audio Editor: Michael "Manny Faces" Conforti
    Editor-In-Chief: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

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    • 48 min
    UPDATE: Federal Court Strikes Blow to Voting Rights in Florida

    UPDATE: Federal Court Strikes Blow to Voting Rights in Florida

    A federal appeals court earlier this month affirmed a controversial Florida law requiring people with felony convictions to pay court fees in order to have their voting rights restored. With less than 50 days until the November election and with the state’s voter registration deadline nearing, the 6-4 ruling all but ensures hundreds of thousands of Floridians won't be able to participate. This is an update to our 2018 episode “Real Voter Fraud: Felony Disenfranchisement’s Civil Death Sentence,” which examined how more than one million Floridians are barred from voting due to a past felony conviction. More broadly, six million Americans are outlawed from casting a ballot due to Jim Crow-era felony disenfranchisement laws. According to The Sentencing Project, “Black Americans of voting age are more than four times as likely to lose their voting rights than the rest of the adult population, with one of every 13 black adults disenfranchised nationally” 

    Our guest in this episode is Julie Ebenstein, a staff attorney at the ACLU Voting Rights Project.

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    • 15 min
    Death Sentence: COVID-19 Cases Are Soaring in Jails & Prisons

    Death Sentence: COVID-19 Cases Are Soaring in Jails & Prisons

    The warnings were clear: COVID-19 would spread like wildfire in jails and prisons. It has. The top COVID-19 clusters across America are overwhelmingly jails and prisons, and efforts to reduce jail populations have stalled amid a surge in infections. Among the hardest-hit is San Quentin State Prison in California, which is responsible for about a quarter of the state prison system’s COVID-19 infections and almost half its deaths.

    Guests: Danielle Harris, managing attorney for the San Francisco Public Defender's Integrity Unit. Emily Widra, research analyst at the Massachusetts-based Prison Policy Initiative. Sharon Dolovich, professor of law at UCLA School of Law, and director of the UCLA Prison Law & Policy Program. She also serves as director of the UCLA Law COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project.

    News Beat is an award-winning Morey Creative Studios podcast.

    Producer: Michael "Manny Faces" Conforti
    Editor-In-Chief: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

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    • 24 min
    Return To Sender: Saving the USPS is a Racial Justice Issue

    Return To Sender: Saving the USPS is a Racial Justice Issue

    Black Americans have long relied on the Postal Service as a source of stable employment, with our guest tracing this history back to the legal end of slavery. Amid the uproar over recent efforts to undermine the USPS, we examine this history and the role Black postal workers played in the union and civil rights struggle.

    News Beat is an award-winning Morey Creative Studios podcast.

    Producer: Michael "Manny Faces" Conforti
    Editor-In-Chief: Chris Twarowski
    Managing Editor: Rashed Mian
    Episode Art: Jeff Main
    Executive Producer: Jed Morey

    Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=EYkdQRkbZ6vNTGfNSGWZjx7_15orqqDl8vkmrAg3TkxLprft1OguFwxlheC3tAkNd-KVPG&country.x=US&locale.x=US

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    • 23 min

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