Friends of justice has been drawing increased attention to the Curtis Flowers case in recent weeks. The Flowers case was covered in the August 2013 edition of Rolling Stone, and the April 2012 edition of Reason Magazine.
Dr. Bean blogs regularly for the Associated Baptist Press, primarily on issues of race, justice and faith. His recent posts can be found here. ABP also published Dr. Bean’s article on messy narratives on March 28, 2012.
The Jackson Free Press made Dr. Bean Person of the Day when he traveled to the Mississippi captial to deliver an address on criminal justice reform and the death penalty to Mississippians for Smart Justice.
Two major blog pieces have highlighted our work on the Flowers Case. Joe Allen published an interview with Dr. Bean on Counterpunch; and Colin Starger, former Executive Editor of the Columbia Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, wrote this piece for Change.org. Finally, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, printed Dr. Bean’s Flowers-related essay “We Dare Not Bury the Past” on it’s website.
Thus far, this piece by Tom Mangold of the British Broadcasting Corporation is the only major news story on the Flowers case but, with the trial slated for June 7th, that is likely to change.
On July 23rd, the Amarillo Globe-News did an in-depth piece on the 10th anniversary of the Tulia drug sting that featured an interview with Dr. Alan Bean, director of Friends of Justice.
On February 10th, Friends of Justice founding members Charles Kiker and Freddie Brookins Sr. were featured in an hour-long documentary, “Tulia, Texas” on the PBS program Independent Lens. On February 6th, Friends of Justice Director Alan Bean and Dallas Judge Ron Chapman appeared on the KERA program Think as a lead-up to the Tulia documentary.
For over a year on Thursday afternoons, Dr. Bean has been discussing criminal justice reform issues on “WEUP-talk”, a radio program from Huntsville, with Alabama with journalist David Person.
On November 6, 2008, Howard Witt of the Chicago Tribune asked if the election of Barack Obama would put civil rights advocates out of business. Friends of Justice director Alan Bean was prominently featured in Witt’s article.
Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (the Daily Kos guy) featured the work of Friends of Justice in his new book, Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era. Consider this quote (p.141): “Black bloggers took up the cause of the Jena 6 with a passion. Originally alerted to the story by Bean, whose timeline of the Jena 6 story was distributed to national journalists like Howard Witt of the the Chicago Tribune, Tom Mangold of the BBC, and Wade Goodwyn of NPR, as well as bloggers like Jordan Flaherty and Bill Quigley, these citizen journalists began their own investigations into the story. ‘It is interesting that the early bloggers on this story were white, but that the Jena 6 never really resonated with white readers,’ Bean said. ‘Only when the black bloggers got hold of the story did it really take off.'”
On the first anniversary of the historic march on Jena, Dr. Bean was featured in several articles in the regional press.
On January 5th, a report by NPR reporter Wade Goodwyn was featured on Weekend Edition with Scott Simon: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17869393
On January 2nd, Sheldon Alberts of CanWest News Service, published an article that appeared in over a dozen major newspapers across Canada: http://www.canada.com/topics/news/features/ocanadians/story.html?id=5e03339c-d478-4ba7-8d19-ef04c62a0794
In February, 2008, Dr. Bean participated in the historic New Baptist Covenant gathering in Atlanta. His comments during two workshops on race are featured in an Ethics Daily article published in early March: http://ethicsdaily.com/article_detail.cfm?AID=10176.
Alan Bean’s comments have appeared in dozens of news stories over the past few months. In late September, Dr. Bean participated in a Children’s Defense Fund conference on ending The Cradle to Prison Pipeline: http://www.wusa9.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=63312&provider=gnews
In the Spring of 2006, Alan and Nancy Bean made two presentations at Harvard University (where daughter, Lydia Bean, is completing a Ph.D in sociology). While in Cambridge, the Beans were interviewed by the Harvard Gazette: http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2006/04.27/11-tulia.html
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