The meeting is held at The Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie, NY, from 7 'till 8:30 PM.
The Fancy Broccoli Show is a 3 hour radio show on WVKR 91.3 FM Poughkeepsie NY. We read letters that we receive from incarcerated people across NY state, and we interview prison activists, people on parole, family members of incarcerated people and other people involved in prison reform issues. We also play really good jazz.
Lateef Islam was a giant of a man, not only physically but also mentally and spiritually. He literally dominated the area of community activism in Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County. After dropping out of school and being arrested under the Rockefeller Drug Laws, Lateef spent 11 years in prison mostly at Green Haven. While at Green Haven he completed a GED, an Associates from Dutchess Community College, and a B.A. from Marist College. During his imprisonment, he met some of the leading members of the "Think Tank" such as Eddie Ellis and Larry White who helped to pioneer major reform programs in New York State prisons. Lateef took to heart the "Non-Traditional Approach" of the Think Tank that emphasized how oppressed, incarcerated men can help and empower each other. He brought that philosophy to his work with young people in the Poughkeepsie community upon his release. "Each one teach one," he loved to say. Lateef never forgot those who were in prison; he often went back to speak to the men and encouraged them to get an education. I recall meeting Lateef at many community events, including the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March in the city's streets. When his health did not permit him to march, he followed in his car. He was generous with his time and often spoke to the Vassar students workng in prisons. We will all miss his physcial presence but we know that he is with us in spirit.
The Fancy Broccoli Show airs on WVKR, 91.3FM, Poughkeepsie NY on somewhat alternate Sundays from 3 - 6 pm, Eastern Time.
The Fancy Broccoli Show is three hours of (loosely defined) jazz from all periods, and discussion of prison issues. In the music part of the show I emphasize vocals and standards. You'll hear plenty of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Etta Jones, Etta James, John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, ... and also new releases, occasional poetry and Dr. Seuss. Around 3:30 I conduct an interview with someone connected to prison. Around 5:00 I read my mail which mostly comes from prisoners in the listening area. I have received mail from Green Haven, Fishkill, Mid-Orange, Wallkill, Shawangunk, Otisville...
You can write to The Fancy Broccoli Show, WVKR, Box 726 Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY 12604-0726 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know whether you would like your correspondence read over the air, whether I can say your first or full name or where you are from, and whether you would like your correspondence posted on this web site. I will respect your wishes to the best of my ability.