‘MHP’ Syllabus: 6.21.15

This Sunday on MHP, we continue our coverage of the Charleston massacre. At 10am eastern church bells across Charleston are expected to ring as a community comes together in solidarity and mourning at Mother Emanuel Church.

We’ll tap into the ideology of Dr. Cornell West, who spoke on how Black Americans can teach the country the right response to terrorism. Also, we’ll discuss how this tragedy has revived the debate over the Confederate flag and other political issues in South Carolina including voter ID laws.

Joining Melissa Harris-Perry for the South Carolina shooting roundtable:

  • Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church
  • Bob Herbert, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos and Author, “Losing Our Way”
  • Susannah Heschel, Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College
  • Marla Frederick, Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard

Then, we turn to the Dominican Republican and the threatened deportation of over a hundred thousand Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent. We’ll explore the Dominican Republic’s immigration policy and how it draws from the country’s history of anti-black discrimination. Here to talk about the deportation crisis in the Dominican Republic are France Francois, Spokesperson for the Association of Haitian Professionals, and Edward Paulino, Assistant Professor of History at John Jay College/CUNY and Board member of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights.

Also, the story of Nan-Hui Jo, a Korean immigrant who faces a deportation hearing that threatens to prevent her from ever seeing her daughter again. Her case has been followed closely by advocates for survivors of domestic violence. We will discuss challenges faced by immigrant survivors with Nan-Hui Jo’s attorney, Zach Nightingale, and Hyejin Shim, spokesperson for the Korean-American Coalition to End Domestic Violence. 

With less than two weeks left before the Supreme Court breaks for summer, there are several major cases that hang in the balance, including one that could devastate civil rights law. It concerns the tricky question of how exactly you prove discrimination in housing. A Dallas, Texas fair housing group, Inclusive Communities Project Inc., sued the Texas Department of Housing and Community Development in 2008. The group alleged that agency policies were keeping Dallas neighborhoods segregated and denying blacks a chance to move into safer neighborhoods with better schools.

On the Supreme Court Housing panel:

  • Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Adam Benforado, Author, “Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice” and Associate Professor of law at Drexel University
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, Staff Writer, The New York Times Magazine
  • Author, “Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law”
  • Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF

And, we follow up on the heartbreaking story of Kalief Browder, the young Bronx man who took his own life after spending years in Rikers without a trial.

We recently talked to prison reform advocate Glenn Martin – and he called on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to immediately and fundamentally reform how the city treats prisoners – and to shut down Rikers for good. According to news reports, de Blasio has reached a tentative deal with federal prosecutors to institute several reforms. 

Tune in to MHP this Sunday at 10am ET on msnbc. Join the conversation—share your thoughts about these issues on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland.