Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

3:35pm ET - Last week the ACLU in Southern California released a free smart-phone app that allows people to send videos of their interactions with the police directly to the ACLU, who will then preserve the video footage, even if the cops seize and destroy the phone or delete the video. The app which is called “Mobile Justice CA,” works for both iPhones and Android users and is available at Apple’s App Store and at Google Play.  Joining me today to discuss the app and why it is more important today than ever before is Peter Bibring, a senior staff attorney and the director of police practices at the ACLU of Southern California where the app was developed. You can also follow Peter on twitter.

5:05pm ET - Back in 2009, then-Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana voted with nearly every other member of his party to keep in place a two decade long ban on federal funding for needle-exchange programs, believing that giving those people suffering from drug addiction access to a clean supply of syringes only encouraged more illegal drug use.  However, today that vote is coming back to haunt him as the Hoosier State is now confronting an outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C infections in rural Scott County which forced now Gov. Pence to sign an emergency order to implement a temporary needle-exchange program there.  Joining us today to talk all about how the reality of this public-health crisis is intruding on the conservative ideology of the politicians running the states government is Russell Berman a senior associate editor at The Atlantic. You can also follow Russell on twitter.

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