The first part of this week's show is dedicated to the Black Congolese refugee Patrick Lyoya who was shot in the back of the head by a Grand Rapids police officer. We take the time to examine the reasons why it may have happened, and offer some potential reasons how it got to the point of his death.
The second part of the show deals with a story that doesn't surprise us...and wouldn't surprise many Black folks. We tell the story of Darryl Howard and how the criminal justice system got almost every point of his story wrong...and then failed to acknowledge it.
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About Civic Cipher
Civic Cipher is a weekly radio show hosted by Ramses Ja and Q. Ward. This show is dedicated to empowering Black and Brown voices, allowing them to engage directly with their communities as well as the general population. Self-determination is critical to securing a future free of oppressive systems, and Civic Cipher exists to facilitate discussions toward this end. Furthermore, Civic Cipher seeks to inform non-POC allies who may not be privy to these types of discussions and optics. Finally, Civic Cipher seeks to provide long-form conversations in spaces where there is often a lack of significant resources, potent dialogue, or the necessary engagement for facilitating a healthy and productive civil discourse.