Open Records with Deborah Gonzalez
S2:E2 Accountability & Women’s Empowerment

S2:E2 Accountability & Women’s Empowerment

August 20, 2019

In this episode we welcome Contura Thompson to talk about her Women's Empowerment Ministry and we talk a little about the Athen's accountability courts. 

  • Athens has 6 Accountability courts that serve to divert people from incarceration:

    • Treatment and Accountability Court (drug and mental illness court)
    • DUI/Drug court
    • Felony Drug Court
    • Veteran’s Court
    • Family Dependency Court
    • Parental Accountability Court

 

 

Season 2: Episode 1 Guns: Protecting Our Youth & Our Community

Season 2: Episode 1 Guns: Protecting Our Youth & Our Community

August 12, 2019

We start our Second Season with a great conversation with Lemuel LaRouche, aka "Life," who founded Chess and Community; Shane Sims, Athens-Clarke County Police Chaplain and Exec Director of People Living in Recovery; and Marisue Hilliard, of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.

We discuss the recent gun violence happening in our country and in our neighborhoods, solutions to what we must do to help our youth, recap a number of events regarding gun violence, and end with a callout to join Moms in their Recess Rally on August 17.

Lots to digest.

 

 

 

Season One Recap with Deborah & Michael

Season One Recap with Deborah & Michael

July 15, 2019

Michael and I are doing a recap going through all 25 of our past episodes and remembering what they all have in common - the power of voice and speech. You don't want to miss this episode.

We will be taking a three-week break after this episode and will return on August 9, 2019 via podcast with our second season - more incredible guests and topics. So subscribe to "Open Records with Deborah Gonzalez" via your podcast app. Or subscribe via https://openrecords.podbean.com.

Labor Unions with Joey Carter

Labor Unions with Joey Carter

July 8, 2019

This week I got to interview Joey Carter, Representative of the United Campus Workers of Georgia. We had a fascinating conversation about what is a union, how do unions work in right to work states (like GA), the history of unions, and their role today and in the future. #unionstrong

Bilingual Program #4: Lazos Hispanos (Health Issues of LatinX Community)

Bilingual Program #4: Lazos Hispanos (Health Issues of LatinX Community)

July 1, 2019

Catch our 4th and final bilingual program of Season 1 with Alejandra Cava and Estelle Carillo.  They talk about the groundbreaking program Lazos Hispanos and key issues regarding health and the LatinX community.  

Esta es nuestro cuarto y último programa bilingüe de la temporada 1 con Alejandra Cava y Estelle Carillo. Hablan sobre el innovador programa Lazos Hispanos y sobre temas clave relacionados con la salud y la comunidad LatinX.

 

Juneteenth, Confederate Monuments and More

Juneteenth, Confederate Monuments and More

June 24, 2019

Guest host Mokah Jasmine Johnson and special guest Lecia Brooks from Southern Poverty Law Center discuss Juneteenth, confederate monuments, and what is happening right now in our town about these issues.

 

Athens Women Biz Owners: Rashe & Nicole

Athens Women Biz Owners: Rashe & Nicole

June 18, 2019

It’s a great show. We have Rashe's Cuisine and Nicole Shaadrian Vernon talking about challenges they face as Biz Owners and Dawn Hawkins Johnson talking about why she and her husband Joe Johnson started Classic City News.

Live from DC

Live from DC

June 10, 2019

In today's episode I give a Live Update and Report regarding this week's American Constitution Society's Annual Conference held in Washington, DC, our nation's Capitol. From honoring Bryan Stevenson to reflecting on the insights from a progressive prosecutor's panel - all things related to criminal justice - and more.  This is one you don't want to miss.

 

All About ACC Law Enforcement with Chief Cleveland Spruill

All About ACC Law Enforcement with Chief Cleveland Spruill

June 3, 2019

I love doing this show. We got the Chief - Chief Cleveland Spruill - to spend some time with us to discuss law enforcement in Athens, his busy first four months and how the community can learn more about the Athens Clarke County Police Department. 

Plus catch the latest Millennial Minute with Diamen Flore Espiegle.

Cleveland Spruillwas named the ACCPD Chief of Police on February 4, 2019. Prior to this role, Spruill was the Chief of Police in Huntersville, North Carolina for five years. Born in the Bronx, New York and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Spruill served four years with the U.S. Army before beginning his law enforcement career with the Alexandria Virginia Police Department.  He served in Alexandria for over 25 years, with 17 years of command level experience.

Diamen Espiegle (es-peagle) was born and raised in Haiti. A promising young student, Diamen speaks Haitian Creole and French. Upon moving to the United States in October 2013, Diamen learned a third language, English. She completed high school and matriculated as undergraduate student at the University of Georgia. She pursued her passion for politics and charitable works to complete a double major in Political Science and International Affairs. As a recent graduate, Diamen will be pursuing work in Georgia to continue her passion in local government and social affairs. This summer, she will be working at Extra Special People or ESP, an organization that serves people with disabilities and their families, as a Camp Counselor. Diamen’s future goal is to complete a graduate degree in law, public administration or business administration.

Hip Hop, Racism and Politics

Hip Hop, Racism and Politics

May 27, 2019

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In this episode we speak with Montu Miller about the intersections among hip hop, racism and politics.  

William Miller, more affectionately known as Montu, is the Ambassador of the Athens HipHop Community, co-founder/chief operating officer for ATHfactor-Liberty Entertainment, a dedicated special education paraprofessional (Clarke Central High School), and father of five. He embraces his role as a writer, poet, mentor and community activist. Montu values his mentorship relationships with students and musicians in the community.

Montu's interests range beyond music and extend to other parts of the Athens community. He is an advocate on the Chess & Community Conference board as a community liaison/event planner, Hot Corner Festival steering committee/stage manager. The Athens HipHop movement that Montu helps lead has a variety of education,  community, and after-school programs. Through this movement, motivational speakers and trained mentors help guide students within the schools and often on a daily basis.

Overall Montu is an organic intellectual, a revolutionary, and a community leader. Even with these titles, Montu's mission is to convey to others that he will never stand idly by when so much needs to be done.