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Streets Dept Podcast – SN 3, EP 16: Kris Henderson and Ending Mass Incarceration

August 22, 2020

Welcome back to the Streets Dept Podcast, y’all! The Streets Dept Podcast is one-on-one interview podcast where I, your host Conrad Benner, sit down with the creative minds shaping the world around us, from Philadelphia and beyond. Creative minds like street artists, poets, activists, politicians, small business owners, and community organizers.

Today, we’ll be chatting with Kris Henderson (pronouns: they/them)! Kris is a movement lawyer and organizer. They are the executive director of the Amistad Law Project, a West Philadelphia-based organization that provides direct representation to people in prison, advocates for just criminal legal policies, and organizes against mass incarceration and for alternatives to imprisonment.

As a result of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, we are in a historic moment where so many people are thinking critically about the inherited structures that keep the US from being a fair and equitable place for all and how we might go about changing or abolishing those systems. The United States locks up more people, per capita, than any other nation on earth. “Land of the free” we are not. And it’s folks like Kris who have devoted a career to advocating for and fighting for the kinds of changes we need to make to achieve the justice we seek. This is why I was excited to host Kris for this week’s podcast.

Check out my conversation with Kris Henderson below, or on any major podcast streaming platform by searching “Streets Dept Podcast”!

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Season 3 of the Streets Dept Podcast is brought to you by our brilliant sponsors at the Spring Arts district, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, and Kismet Cowork! Each episode is mixed and edited by our producer Mike Mehalick, and each Philadelphia episode of this season is recorded at Radio Kismet!

Listen to past episodes of Season 3 here:
SN 3, EP 1: Ernest Owens
SN 3, EP 2: Jane Golden
SN 3, EP 3: Christopher Plant
SN 3, EP 4: Jose Acevedo
SN 3, EP 5: Antoinette Cauley
SN 3, EP 6: Erika Rubio
SN 3, EP 7: Daphne Rice-Allen
SN 3, EP 9: Sabrina Allie and David Sabados
SN 3, EP 10: Eriko Tsogo
SN 3, EP 11: Ginger Rudolph
SN 3, EP 12: Robert Perry
SN 3, EP 13: Tayyib Smith
SN 3, EP 14: Michael O’Bryan
SN 3, EP 15: Fabiola Cineas

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