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Free 'Em All Radio with Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and the Lady of Rage 2020-01-15, 2020-01-15



Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr. speaks with six callers about topics including discrimination in medical care, environmental justice, and prison reform. After several songs play, he discusses Tashonna Ward, a twenty-five-year-old woman who died after waiting hours for medical care at a hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He speaks with Milwaukee-based activist Vaun Mayes about medical discrimination and housing insecurity in the city. Next, an indigenous activist from British Columbia named Kanahus Manuel calls in to speak about her work with the Tiny House Lawyers and the Secwepemc Women's Warrior Society. She explains how mining and pipeline construction projects will harm indigenous communities and speaks about the wrongful conviction of her husband Orlando Watley. Another caller talks about discrimination he has faced. An older female caller joins and discusses recent news topics. A final caller joins from prison and asks listeners to take several actions, including signing a petition and contacting legislators about several prison sentencing reform bills.


  • 2020-01-15



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00:00:00 -- Intro music: “Never” by Scarface

00:04:42 -- Music: “The Lyrikal Murda/Bonus Track” by 2Pac & Makaveli The Don aka 2Pac Feat. The Lady Of Rage

00:09:54 -- Unknown song, possibly titled “Free ‘Em All”

00:13:29 -- Unknown song

00:16:24 -- Music: “Everything They Owe” by 2Pac

00:19:47 -- Broadcast begins, Lady of Rage invites Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr. to start the episode; Chairman Fred invites callers to call in

00:21:13 -- Chairman Fred discusses Tashonna Ward, a 25 year old woman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who died after spending hours waiting for care a hospital, which he calls “we-don’t-care healthcare”; Connects her case to negligent healthcare for the Black community after Hurricane Katrina

00:26:25 -- Chairman Fred runs through a roll call of people in the building

00:28:00 -- Chairman Fred talks about how Black communities are deprived of access to high quality healthcare

00:30:22 -- Loud tapping sounds

00:32:19 -- Silence

00:33:50 -- Broadcast resumes; Chairman describes Tashonna Ward’s death as murder; talks about the “trickle-down impacts” of poor healthcare and housing insecurity

00:36:40 -- Milwaukee activist named Vaun Mayes calls in, discusses “medical redlining” in Milwaukee, activism around the closing of a hospital called St. Joseph’s in the inner city, and how the Red Cross refused to help in predominantly Black zip codes

00:40:50 -- Mayes explains that long wait times in the emergency room and medical professionals ignoring serious symptoms are common in underfunded hospitals

00:44:40 -- Mayes talks about how hotels around the city won’t rent rooms to people from Milwaukee or will overcharge them; Describes how hard it can be to find places to stay for people facing homelessness

00:47:10 -- Chairman Fred talks about how hospitals and universities have used Black people to test experimental treatments and to train medical students

00:49:03 -- Mayes describes inadequate access to medical care for gunshot victims in the city and how Milwaukee is one of the most segregated cities in the US

00:51:30 -- Chairman tells a story about how the singer Sam Cooke nearly died after a car accident because he couldn’t find adequate care; Mentions other contradictions including poor healthcare in Mississippi prisons; Henrietta Lacks’ stem cells being used in medical research; Vaun Mayes signs off

00:57:10 -- Lady of Rage introduces next caller in the queue; an indigenous activist named Kanahus Manuel involved with the Secwepemc Women's Warrior Society and the Tiny House Lawyers in British Columbia, Canada; She explains the goal of building tiny houses on wheels to combat housing insecurity and to protest the building of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion; She explains how to support the group; explains that self-determination is one of the goals of the movement and sheltering people who would otherwise die from hypothermia and poor housing

01:03:50 -- Manuel describes how the Alberta Tar Sands harm indigenous communities; calls funding for the Teck Mine “blood money”; mentions a report on murdered and missing indigenous women and girls in Canada which called it “race-based genocide”; explains the dispossession of indigenous people through residential schools and reservations, as well as how impacts of colonization are still felt

01:08:13 -- Chairman Fred comments on how the issues she discussed relate to other struggles like housing insecurity in Oakland and lack of access to healthcare in Milwaukee

01:10:20 -- Manuel talks about the common struggle of housing as a human right and how colonization separates people from their homelands; She stresses the need to decolonize and reestablish themselves as mighty nations

01:13:18 -- Manuel talks about mass incarceration and the wrongful conviction of her husband Orlando Watley; she explains she is searching for a DNA specialists who could analyze evidence that could free Watley, William Richards, and Kevin Cooper, who were framed by a corrupt cop; explains how to connect with her organizations

01:18:55 -- Chairman Fred invites other callers to call in; Talks about the previous week’s episode about contradictions related to prison gangs and prison as a microcosm of society

01:20:55 -- A man joins the Chairman in the studio; He talks about the prison system, a time when his car broke down and the tow company towed his car; how the system preys on people with a fixed income; describes being racially profiled and pulled over by a state trooper

01:24:00 -- Caller talks about legal trouble in Kankakee, Illinois and how a friend’s son died while in custody at Kankakee County Jail; Chairman asks for his thoughts on deaths in Mississippi state prisons; Chairman talks about organizing to free people; Guest talks about teaching children to avoid prison

01:34:47 -- Caller talks about supporting people in prison; gives his testimony about what God has done for him

01:40:40 -- Chairman summarizes topics and callers from the episode

01:42:03 -- Caller joins, a woman called Elder Mama Kandi [?]; Discusses how Belize outlawed corporate franchises; Mentions the recent death of Comrade Seth Hayes, an early organizer of the Black Panthers; mentioned that one of the mayors in Oklahoma conducted a land study and found mass graves of Black people

01:45:01 -- Mentions that a collective she is part of is searching for a fabric that is bulletproof; mentions the news in Milwaukee, which reminds her of a story of two sisters whose children were taken from them; mentions elders in her community whose homes were foreclosed upon

01:48:17 -- Caller mentions a Black real estate agent who gave up her business after FBI agents pressured her not to sell homes to Black people and a surgical nurse who quit because of how badly Black patients were being treated; Talks about how systemic these issues are; Mentions how Bill Cosby fought a company that tried to run pipes under his home; Talks about how CIA agents sit in on classes at historically Black colleges and universities because the schools are struggling financially; Chairman begins to wrap up broadcast

01:54:50 -- A woman calls from prison; mentions the “inhabitable living conditions”; asks listeners to go to to ask representatives to implement parole for youth retroactively; asks listeners to call their representatives to vote to repeal House Bill 1615, the “felony murder rule” and about extending Senate Bill 2054, the “truth in sentencing” law; explains how she was sentenced for a crime she did not commit

02:02:22 -- Chairman Fred and caller sign off

02:03:45 -- Music: unknown song, possibly titled “Free ‘Em All”

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