How do we break America’s addiction to guns and gun violence? We talk with a young man who served ten years in prison on a gun-related crime and hear from cultural critic Jeff Chang about the cultural changes that have and haven’t transformed America.
Marlon Peterson spent his entire 20s in prison, charged with second degree murder, and convicted of attempted robbery and assault. Five years after his release, he’s now a Soros Foundation Justice Fellow, working to end gun violence and increase community safety in New York City through the creation of zones where no one will need to carry a gun—not even police officers.
Jeff Chang is an author, historian and cultural critic. He is the author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, and Who We Be: The Colorization of America.
Also in this episode, Laura discusses a prison-free state.
What do you think of Marlon Peterson’s proposals?