The Waiting Room with Nadine Graves provides a mic for the unheard. Exposing the invisible impact of the US Criminal (in)Justice System through the stories of those waiting for justice, waiting for freedom, and the professionals helping those in the wait.
In this episode, Tennesha Wood, dating coach, matchmaker podcast host, and my good friend, joins me to talk about the correlation between mass incarceration and other racially driven legal decisions that have contributed to the decline in Black marriage in America. We also talk about the importance of black families, how representation matters, and how the murder of George Floyd along with the increased racial tension and divide has impacted interracial relationships as well.
In this episode, Mary Moriarty, career Public Defender (PD) and chief of the Hennepin County PD’s Office in Minneapolis, provides a much needed perspective into the work of a PD, countering the public perception of PDs being public pretenders. Additionally Mary offers insight as to role prosecutors and judges can play in holding officers accountable and criminal system reform. Mary also talks briefly about the good trouble she’s gotten herself into speaking out about problems within the criminal system.
Until We Are All Free
On this episode, Kevin Reese, Director of Criminal Justice at Voices for Racial Justice and Founder of Until We Are All Free shares just a glimpse of who he is and what he's passionate about.
He describes what it was like grappling with the narrative that his incarceration was justified because he was considered a threat to public safety. He also talks about the Bridge, a grassroots partnership he founded while incarcerated that countered the narrative by building a bridge from prison to the community.
We Do Time Too
In this episode Alyssa Tamboura, founder of Walls to Bridges Project, shares about her organization as well as the book project that was created this past summer for system-impacted kids to maintain communication with their loved ones since in-person visits have been suspended due to COVID-19.
Alyssa also shares a powerful poem about what it was it was like waiting while her dad was gone for most of her childhood as he served nearly 13 years in Sanquentin Prison.
Pain Into Purpose
In this episode Christina Sorenson, 2019 Sorors Justice Fellow at the Juvenile Law Center shares how she has turned the pain from growing up in the foster care system into a passion for helping create space for youth caught up in the child welfare. She acknowledges that her experience was traumatizing, yet it was contrary to what Black youth, especially Black girls experience.
Righting His Wrongs
In this episode, Jorge Renaud, Regional Director of Policy and Advocacy at the organization Latino Justice, shares his powerful and thought-provoking story about grappling with the choices and circumstances that led him to serving 27 years in prison.
Since he's been out, Jorge is choosing to live a life dedicated to ending a system of locking people away in cages. All the while, Jorge is waiting to right his wrongs with his daughter, from whom he’s been estranged.
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It’s about time we give a voice to families affected by the criminal justice system in America! I loved the first episode and I’m looking forward to more.
Eager to hear more
Great first episode on a much-needed topic. Can’t wait to hear more from Nadine!
Full circle moment!
Power and informative first episode Nadine, I couldn’t be more proud of you and your journey. You’re being the change you wished to see in this broken world and I have no doubt you’re about to transform lives. This message is important and so needed. Many blessings to you and I’m looking forward to tuning in for more.