Season One Finale | Episode 8

with Maya Pendleton and Alan Dettlaff

Reforms Don’t Work | Episode 6

with Dylan Rodríguez and Maya Pendleton

Family Defenders | Episode 5

with Joyce McMillan & Shanta Trivedi

Help is NOT on the way episode thumbnail featuring Brianna Harvey in an orange professional blazer and Victoria Copeland in a t-shirt that reads "Curb Ableism".

Help is NOT on the Way | Episode 4

with Brianna Harvey and Victoria Copeland

Repeal CAPTA | Episode 3

with Richard Wexler, Mical Raz, and Angela Burton


Save the Children! | Episode 2 

with Dorothy Roberts and Geoff Ward

The Story Starts Here | Episode 1 

with Ndjuoh MehChu and Vanessa M. Holden

Meet the Hosts

upEND’s program director Josie Pickens is a Houston, TX-based organizer, educator, journalist, and culturalist whose writings and public conversations focus on race, gender, and sexuality. Josie has been regularly published in Ebony, Essence, Bitch, The Root, Cassius, Mic, and more. She has more than twenty years of community organizing experience where her focus has been prison-industrial-complex-abolition, family policing system abolition, and building mutual aid networks.


Jaison Oliver is an educator and community organizer working on upEND’s communications team. As a member of the BLMHTX/ImagiNoir Collective, he builds collaborative spaces in order to imagine and create abolitionist communities where Black people can thrive.

Josie Pickens and Jaison Oliver sit next to each other on a blue arm chair and look toward the camera.

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