Chris Holmes talks about his life and organising the 2012 paralympics. The innovations that made 2012 a success and the hostility that had to be overcome. He talks about his life as a lawyer and improving accessibility in the workplace. How many of the lessons learned about dealing positively with disability can also be applied to other areas where people face social barriers and discrimination. As always with these podcasts, they end with a 'myth busting' session, where Jenny and her guest answer some of the common comments/criticisms.
Community campaigner Stafford Scott discusses the gangs matrix and why institutional racism within the police is leading to failure and costing lives on the streets. The gangs matrix is a database that fuels the violence it purports to be trying to stop. It needs a complete overhaul. Stop and search will inflame a bad situation. He explains why you need to invest in families and communities as the way out of gang violence. You can not police your way out of this situation.
The interview ends with the usual 'hard questions' that need rebutal.
His article in the Guardian
'The Drugs War' with ex undercover officer NeilWoods. Neil has authored two fascinating books about his experiences as an undercover cop turned whistle blower. Neil joins me to give us his insights on the war against drugs and explain: how drugs money has caused escalating violence on the streets; why younger children are being used; how drugs money supports others forms of crime and leads to endemic corruption in our police force.
Neil's person experiences of being one of Britain's most successful undercover officers deserves our respect and attention. Having a knife to your throat, or being stripped naked at gunpoint can take a personal toll on the brave officers who have tried to fight a war on drugs that can't be won.
Green Party Baroness Jenny Jones discusses climate change with Caroline Lucas MP. They talk: fracking; green energy; new nukes; food and the economy. Find out what position Caroline Lucas would choose if she was invited to join a red/green Government.
Going organic and transforming our countryside for the benefit of nature are at the heart of the green approach, but there is a lot more to discuss. Pesticides, GMOs, subsidy payments, animal protection and Brexit.
Jen's Green Jam is a series of podcasts aimed at giving campaigners all the information and arguments they need to go out and change the world.