Civic Cipher

Civic Cipher

Broadcasting the balance. Defending the discourse.

Episodes

June 19, 2021 59 min

In today's episode, we discuss Critical Race Theory and how it's being challenged in places like Texas and Florida. We also make sure to talk about Juneteenth, its journey to becoming a national holiday, and its history in our Way Black History Fact. Q had the pleasure of reviewing some footage of some instances of police brutality in Maryland as officers were enforcing their new anti-vaping laws. Our Ebony Excellence spotl...

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In today's episode, we are examining an incident of police brutality involving a K-9 attack on an unarmed Black man Robert Gillian in Washington after he surrendered. We also discuss a sheriff's department in  Florida that is tracking, watching, and harassing children they think are likely to grow up and become criminals. This "intelligence-based policing" has already led to much criticism and has resulted in harass...

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In today's episode, we discuss the backlash on Black athletes for demanding dignity and setting boundaries. Naomi Osaka and Kyrie Irving are both in the news for different reasons but certainly are helping establish a new narrative for Black people. We discuss the Tulsa Race Massacre and reflect on a parallel in Boston. We also highlighted Vanessa Carlton as an ally and the story behind it is pretty funny!

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In today's episode, broadcasting veteran Corina comes up to share an experience that is all too common in Black life. She was confronted by a Karen, and subsequently attacked. She takes us through the thought process that many POC experience when deciding whether to defend themselves or to abandon their dignity. She is joined by her daughter Aria who what present during the encounter. We also take some time to discuss the allie...

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Our guests on today's show are three of the more visible leaders in the southwest for Black Lives Matter. We discuss an incident where a George Floyd memorial was destroyed by a White man in Minnesota. The conversation takes us to dealing with how many White men feel like they are under attack and how we can account for that while trying to battle White supremacy. We also discuss the ruling from the Andrew Brown case where the ...

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In today's episode, we start off by discussing how racism encompasses more than just the n-word. We discuss a viral video from North Carolina where an elderly Karen uses the word freely to describe a group of Black women she believed were laughing too loudly, and how most folks see that as racist behavior but not the behaviors (or lack thereof) that actually cause harm to Black and Brown communities. We also spend some time dis...

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In today's episode, we answer a listener's question pertaining to the often muted response from the Black community when the victim of police brutality is White. We also spend time discussing comments from rapper G-Herbo where he stated that he needed to bring a gun to school every day. Finally, we go through a few videos that we hadn't been able to get to where police are abusing their power and further harming Black a...

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May 1, 2021 58 min


In today's episode, we are joined by three members of Our Arizona. Asr, Chad, and Nydia discuss the fight to keep the legislative language protecting the interests of Black and Brown communities in Arizona. They help identify ways to support their efforts, and finally they help describe the outcomes if the profits from the sale of Cannabis are used to fortify communities that have been historically damaged by the war on drugs.?

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In today's episode, we discuss the verdict in the Derek Chauvin (George Floyd) case. We also have the unfortunate responsibility of responding to the death of Makiyah Bryant on the same day at the hands of the Columbus, OH police department. We take the time to review some of the viral police interactions of the last week including the New Jersey video of the police confiscating bicycles and arresting kids, the shooting of Adam...

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April 17, 2021 58 min

Today, we are joined by Shela Yu of the AAPI Democratic Caucus to discuss the increase in violence against Asian Americans, and what steps we can take to support the AAPI Community. We also spend time discussing the week's events including the death of Daunte Wright and the assault of Lieutenant Caron Nazario in Virginia.

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April 10, 2021 59 min

In today's episode, we are joined by Dianne Post who is an activist, lawyer, and curator of the Action Alerts that are responsible for circulating legislative information to constituents and voters throughout Arizona. We begin the show by trying to explore police interactions when the officers approach a suspect with the firm assumption that they are guilty versus the assumption that they may possibly be innocent. We then explo...

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In today's episode, we discuss the optics surrounding the trial of Derek Chauvin...the officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd. We examine how rather than defending the officer, the defense has opted to villainize Floyd and how unfair that is. We also discuss the interaction of an officer in Arkansas who pulled over a Black man driving a U-Haul truck and was arrested so the officers could search the back. Finally, Patrick...

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In today's episode, we discuss the mass shootings that have taken place in recent days. We also discuss our views on gun ownership as Black men in America. Beyond that, we take some time to establish exactly what qualifies as "Black" or "real" behavior. Finally we discuss the racist origins of the SATs and other standardized testing. 

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Dr. Camilla Westenberg from the NAACP joins us today to discuss the many voter suppression initiatives that are being championed across the country. We spend some time peeling back the layers of the Souls to the Polls campaign that has received much media attention as well. Finally, we discuss the shootings in Atlanta at the massage parlors and offer support to our Asian brothers and sisters. 

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In today's episode, we discuss the result of the Scottsdale Karen and the difference that privilege makes. We also spend some time discussing the royal family and their how their beliefs border on White supremacy. We end the show discussing a few more examples of voter suppression legislation and what action you can take to fight back!

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In this episode, we have a bit of a therapy session. We debate the prospects for this country and discuss the history of White supremacy. We spend a good time analyzing the conflicted feelings of being from this great nation while wearing Black skin. Furthermore, we briefly touch on some of the more visible aspects of systemic racism. After sprinkling in a few of our own personal experiences, we feel like this was a great discussio...

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In this episode, we have special guests Jesse McQuary and Shansan Chambers from the Arizona Black Cannabis Trade Association. We discuss the way the War on Drugs has disproportionately affected Black people and what the ABCTA and current legislation is doing to offset those injustices. We also discuss the Last Prisoner Project and explore what "social equity' means.

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February 20, 2021 59 min

In today's episode we discuss the lack of leadership in Texas and the resulting damage. We discuss whether or not cancel-culture has a place in today's society. We also take the time to discuss the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccination and why it's a great idea to get vaccinated. Finally, we discuss the real-world psychological implications of privilege through an experiment with Monopoly.

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In this week's episode, Q. Ward interviews Michael Malone Jr. and discusses the Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG) from Natera. Natera is a global leader in cell-free DNA testing with a focus on women's health, oncology, and organ health.

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February 6, 2021 59 min

In todays episode, we are kicking off Black History Month with some lesser-known parts of Black history in the United States. We start by discussing Dr. James Marion Sims' experimentation on Black slaves. We then move to the Tuskegee Experiments, and finally we discuss George Stinney Jr. and Emmett Till...two 14 year olds who lost their lives to this country's racist past. We also deal with our own conflicts with having to ...

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