Monthly Archives: September 2022

Kay Roseen Gallatin Valley Packathon for Haiti 2022

A year ago we interviewed Kay Roseen, president of Future Forward for Haiti, about the 2021 Gallatin Valley Packathon for Haiti. Over 400 local volunteers gathered at Hope Lutheran Church and packed 8 tons of food into packets to be prepared and served to the school children of the small village of Bois Negresse near the southeastern border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. That provided over 75,000 meals – one meal every week day to those children for a full year.

This year, Future Forward for Haiti is again organizing a Gallatin Valley Packathon for Haiti at Hope Lutheran Church on October 15, and they are looking for 500 volunteers to pack 10 tons of food, which will yield 100,000 meals!

We spoke with Kay Roseen to find out more about the packathon, as well as the challenges in getting food and other assistance to the children of Haiti under increasingly difficult and dangerous circumstances. She tells us that Miraculously, Future Forward For Haiti and their partner, Feed the Hunger, with their local partners in Haiti, are succeeding – where larger, international organizations are less successful.

For more information, to register, or to donate, click on this link:

To read the article referenced in this interview:

‘This Is It. This Is Our Chance.’ It’s Time for Everyone to Get Out of Haiti’s Way.

Haiti looting caused loss of some $6 million in relief supplies, WFP says

Reece Jones NOBODY IS PROTECTED: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States

Reece Jones is a Professor of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. His latest book, NOBODY IS PROTECTED: HOW THE BORDER PATROL BECAME THE MOST DANGEROUS POLICE FORCE IN THE UNITED STATES, is published by Counterpoint Press.

He is the editor-in-chief of the journal, Geopolitics, and co-editor of the Routledge Geopolitics Book Series with Klaus Dodds. He is best know for his work on border walls, the militarization of borders, and the rise in migrant deaths. His earlier books include Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move ; Open Borders: In Defense of Free Movement; and Placing the Border in Everyday Life . Among his numerous awards is a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In NOBODY IS PROTECTED: HOW THE BORDER PATROL BECAME THE MOST DANGEROUS POLICE FORCE IN THE UNITED STATES, he traces the history of the Border Patrol, from its creation, quietly tucked into The Labor Appropriation Act of 1924. He writes “Its sole mission was to enforce the new eugenics-derived rules about who could enter the United States.” For most of its existence it was a small, underfunded agency, a mere 1,500 agents in the 1970s, until the 21st century, when it has become “a modern, sophisticated paramilitary force of over19,000 agents that asserts the legal right to sweep people off the streets of an American city without a warrant or even probable cause that a crime was committed.” Citizens and noncitizen alike. As Justice Thurgood Marshall noted, NOBODY IS PROTECTED. We spoke with Reece Jones on September 20, 2022.

We end the program with the poem with which Amanda Gorman opened the 2022 United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2022.

Articles pertinent to this interview:

Arrests at Southwestern Border Exceed 2 Million in a Year for the First Time

‘The numbers kept going’: the forensic office identifying human remains at the border

The Border Patrol Invited the Press to Watch It Blow Up a National Monument

“This Is America Motherfucker”: Witnesses Describe Border Patrol Killing of Mexican Migrant

Border Patrol Agents Are Trashing Sikh Asylum-Seekers’ Turbans

A Pastor’s Legal Fight Against CBP Exposes a Reckless Surveillance Operation

U.S. poet Amanda Gorman opens 2022 U.N. General Assembly week

David Andes: Great-Great Grandson of John E. Reese

David Andes’ ancestry goes back farther than most of European descent here in the Gallatin Valley. David shared his family’s stories with us on September 13, 2022. And what stories they are…

John E. Reese
Gallatin History Museum Photograph Archives. P5318N.

His Great-Great Grandfather, John Reese, moved his family from Wales, after having been converted to Mormonism by Brigham Young, himself. The Reese family narrowly escaped being executed in the new Salt Lake City… after refusing to give their young daughter over to be a 3rd or 4th wife for a Mormon bishop, trying to leave, being captured by the Dannites, Brigham Young’s quasi-military police force, returned to Salt Lake City and scheduled for execution, but they were rescued by the US Cavalry, & moved to Montana, where they eventually settled north of Bozeman, along what is now known as Reese Creek.

Tintype of John E. Reese and Mary Davis Reese
View of Reese Creek taken from Cemetery Hill, looking East.
(Gallatin History Museum Photograph Archives, Frank Norman, donor. P7608N)

There the family history continued: A run-away bride, a posse chasing the groom with intent to kill, and more.

Mary Jane Reece Wells and John Harvey Wells

Andes House in Andes, MT (c.1913). The sod kitchen is on the right behind the house. The room to the left was a bedroom added for David’s grandparents. 6 of the eventual 10 children are shown. The photo’s frame was made from wood from the barn his grandfather built in 1911, salvaged and chosen to feature a bullet (lodged in the lower left) likely shot by one of his uncles, who were known for often shooting guns around the house.

His grandson, young Reese, is the seventh generation to live here in Gallatin Valley. You can read more in his article, Stories My Mother Told Me, in the Gallatin History quarterly, Volume 43, No. 4, from 2020. You can also find his photo next to that of Alan Turing at the American Computer & Robotics Museum.

Thom Hartmann Neoliberalism: How Reaganism Gutted America and How to Restore Its Greatness

Broadcaster, journalist, author, and four time winner of the Project Censored Award, Thom Hartmann returned to Forthright Radio with his latest book in The Hidden History Series: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF NEOLIBERALSIM: HOW REAGANISM GUTTED AMERICA AND HOW TO RESTORE ITS GREATNESS.

This is number eight in the series, and it joins his more than thirty other books.

After the interview with Thom Hartmann, we share excerpts from a speech by Bernie Sanders at a rally of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers in the UK on August 31, 2022.

Articles/videos pertinent to this interview:

“Tell The Oligarchs They CANNOT Have It All!” – Bernie Sanders At RMT Rally

Will America See a 2nd Major Renewal of the Middle Class?

A Personal Apology to Young Americans for Failing to Stop Ronald Reagan

When Will Americans Again Believe in America?

It’s Time to Enforce the Constitution & Ban Seditious Republicans from Congress

Student Loan Debt Is an American Malignancy Born of Ronald Reagan

What Is It that Republicans Actually Do Love?

Santa Claus Is About To Drop a Bomb On Biden