3:35pm ET - As part of an ongoing nationwide series focusing on police and civilian conflict within the African American community, activist and SiriusXM Urban View host Joe Madison “The Black Eagle” hosts “the Stand Up Speak Out community forum” from North Charleston, South Carolina’s St. Peter’s AME Church, which is just 2 miles from where Walter Scott was tragically gunned down by police officer Michael Slager. In front of a packed house of over 400 people, Joe was joined by special guests Reverend Dr. Robert E. Kennedy (St. Peter's AME Church); South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn; Community Activist Denise Cromwell; Senator for South Carolina Marlon Kimpson; Reverend Joseph Darby (Elder Of The AME Church); Black Lives Matter Charleston organizer Muhiyidin D’baha; and President of the North Charleston’s NAACP’s chapter Edward Bryant III to address the subject of police brutality, a topic of growing concern throughout the community and the nation. The Charleston, South Carolina was first event in this series and the next ones will be held in Baltimore and Los Angeles. The forum will air on Friday May 1st from 7pmET – 9pmET on SiriusXM Urban View ch. 126 and Joe joins us today to talk about the event as well what has been happening in Baltimore over the past few days.
4:05pm ET - Over the last decade, at least 750,000 Americans have been injured by gunshots, and more than 320,000 have been killed. Each year more than 11,000 people are murdered with a firearm, and more than 20,000 others commit suicide using one, but perhaps the most disturbingly statistic of all is that as violent crime has declined across the country in recent years, rates of gun injury, death, and mass shootings have been on the rise. These numbers, coupled with the deaths of 12 people at the hands of James Holmes in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado back in 2012 who also left another 58 people injured, caused Mark Follman, the senior editor at Mother Jones to begin looking into the questions of what the true financial cost of gun violence is for our nation, from the amount of care the survivors and victims' families would need, to what the effects on the broader community are, and how far out those costs ripple? And what he discovered may shock you. Mark joins us today to discuss his investigation into the cost of gun violence and what he discovered.
4:35pm ET - Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case that will decide the issue of marriage equality for the nation, but back in June of 2013, it came to California when the Supreme Court denied the final appeal in the groundbreaking case Hollingsworth v. Perry. In his new book Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial, Kenji Yoshino tells the story of this case, which interrogated the nature of marriage, the political status of LGBT people, the ideal circumstances for raising children, and the ability of direct democracy to protect fundamental rights, not to mention his own personal story of finding love, marrying, and having children. Kenji joins me today to talk all about the book and what happened yesterday at the Supreme Court.