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Saturday, 16 January 2016

A tale of two Tyras #FreeTyraPatterson

A tale of two Tyras

Tyra Patterson says she was an innocent teenage bystander who ran away from a murder. Prosecutors say she was party to a killing. In the first chapter of a Guardian special report, explore how a young woman from poverty-stricken Ohio fell victim to America’s addiction to incarceration – and what might still set her free

‘This could have cleared her’

A confession. A 911 call the jury never heard. Was Tyra Patterson forced to lie – or has she spent decades in prison because nobody helped her tell the truth? The second chapter of a Guardian special report

‘Time to come home’

After 21 years, Tyra Patterson’s freedom rests in the hands of a Republican candidate for the White House. Hers is the kind of incarceration that everyone from Obama to the Koch brothers believes can be made right. But can America ever overcome a system it designed to keep people locked up? The third and final chapter of a Guardian special report

Free Tyra Patterson

Nancy Day Please sign this petition and help begin to right this wrong. https://www.change.org/p/ohio-parole-board-free-tyra-patterson

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Denzel Washington's Top 10 Rules For Success

He's an American actor and filmmaker.

He has received two Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards.

In 2015 he was selected as the recipient for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.

He's Denzel Washington and here are his Top 10 Rules for Success.

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1. Dreams need goals
He earned a B.A. in Drama and Journalism from Fordham University in 1977.

2. Aspire to make a difference
After dropping out of school for a semester, he worked as creative arts director at an overnight summer camp.

3. Ignore the opinions of others
He participated in a staff talent show for the campers and a colleague suggested he try acting.

4. Stick to your guns
He attended graduate school at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where he stayed for one year.

5. Bring your dreams to life
made his screen acting debut in the 1977 made-for-television film
Wilma, and his first Hollywood appearance in the 1981 film Carbon Copy.

6. Share your gift
A major career break came when he starred as Dr. Phillip Chandler in NBC's television hospital drama St. Elsewhere.

7. Work hard
His performance as the black nationalist leader in Malcolm X earned him another nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

8. Fall forward
During the early and mid-1990s, he starred in several successful thrillers, including The Pelican Brief and Crimson Tide.

9. Take what's useful
In 2000, he appeared in the Disney film Remember the Titans which grossed over $100 million in the U.S.

10. Tell great stories
He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2001 cop thriller Training Day, where he played a corrupt Los Angeles cop.


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washington 10 rules of success? or something that he said about acting?

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A Change Is Gonna Come | Live in Brazil | Playing For Change Band

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. Join the movement at http://www.playingforchange.com.

are proud to share with all of you this special performance of the PFC
Band Live in Curitiba, Brazil. This one night of music created our first
PFC music school in Brazil that will give the gift of music education
for generations. As Grandpa Elliott and Clarence Bekker sing, "It's
been a long time coming but I know a change is gonna come..." Enjoy the
music and share this positive energy with everyone you meet!

See the PFC Band live: http://playingforchange.com/band
To learn more about the work of the PFC Foundation, visit http://www.playingforchange.org

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

#BlackLivesMatter: A New Generation Of US Civil Rights Activists

#BlackLivesMatter: A new generation of civil rights activists emerging from racism and violence in the USA

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Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, many Americans predicted the end
of racial inequality in the United States. But as black communities
continue to be torn apart by violence, America remains a country
divided. Taking cues from their forefathers in the 1950s, a new
generation of civil rights activists has emerged from the bloodshed,
determined to have their voices heard in the fight for racial equality.

"Witnesses say he was beaten from this side of the street all the way to
that side. He was screaming for help, but none of those animals
stopped"​,​ explains Tawanda Jones tearfully. Her brother Tyrone was
killed by police, in what she says was a ​​"brutal murder". Tawanda
believes her brother fell victim to a police force that routinely
discriminates against black lives: ​​"There's no justice, it's just us.
We need to stick together and dismantle this corrupt system"​​

movement however is not just about changing policing: it is pursuing
real reform in gang-tormented neighbourhoods, as often the most
dangerous violence comes from within these communities. For example in
the South Side of Chicago, brutal gang violence is a part of daily life:
it is easier for many young black men to get a gun than a job, and on
average someone is shot every three hours. Campaigners are fighting to
provide an alternative to the epidemic of gang warfare, determined to
stop the violence from within. ​​"They want to close down schools, they
don't want kids to read, don't want them to learn...but that's what's
going to curb the violence"​,​ explains one woman.

​​"I think what we're seeing is the birth of a mass movement."​

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Jesse Perez prevails

Jesse Perez prevails: Prison guards found liable for retaliatory abuse of California’s solitary confinement policies

by Jesse Perez

San Francisco, Dec. 13, 2015
– In what amounts to an improbable plaintiff victory, a federal jury unanimously found several Pelican Bay State Prison guards liable for retaliating against a prisoner in solitary confinement for successfully exercising his first amendment right to file a prior lawsuit against other guards. In the case, I was the prisoner plaintiff alleging that after favorably litigating a near decade‐long federal suit challenging my placement in Pelican Bay’s harsh isolation unit as a “gang associate,” the guard defendants conspired to retaliate and did retaliate against me.

The guards’ unlawful conduct, I claimed, was also spurred by my participation in peaceful civil disobedience actions that included the 2011 and 2013 California prisoners’ hunger strikes as well as my authoring articles critical of the department’s solitary housing policies and advocating for the scaling up of prisoners’ engagement in the public political process.
The retaliation at issue in the case was exacted in various forms. Specifically, I accused the guards of stripping me naked, trashing my cell, improperly taking legal documents relevant to my prior lawsuit (ongoing at the time), vocalizing threats about pursuing lawsuits against department employees and falsifying a disciplinary report with a gang nexus intended to keep me in solitary longer.
In defending against the lawsuit, the defendants – all guards assigned to the gang squad at Pelican Bay – denied the retaliatory accusations and argued that they were merely “following orders” and “standard procedures.”
On the stand, however, the factual testimony, spurious safety issues, ignorance asserted of the regulations governing their acts and rationalizations trotted in support of their defense contained gripping inconsistencies, inherent incredibility and were ultimately unpersuasive – at best.

I accused the guards of stripping me naked, trashing my cell, improperly taking legal documents relevant to my prior lawsuit (ongoing at the time), vocalizing threats about pursuing lawsuits against department employees and falsifying a disciplinary report with a gang nexus intended to keep me in solitary longer.

Following the parties’ decision to rest their respective cases, a gender‐balanced jury of eight – acting in their fact‐finding role – retreated to deliberate for two days. After considering the evidence and counsels’ arguments, the unanimous verdict returned was against several of the guard defendants.
The jury saw plenty of evidence to convince them that the guards’ actions were not the bumbling creature of ignorance and error – but, rather, the well‐designed and malicious strategy to retaliate against me for pursuing constitutionally protected legal action in court contesting my placement in isolation.
While prisons are ultimately about public safety, this case lifts the cloak of secrecy to provide a rare window for the public to see how the department’s Institutional Gang Investigators (IGI) violate the public’s trust and abuse the practice of solitary confinement in which the state continues to engage.
The large number of prisoners released from isolation since the class action Ashker v. Brown was settled also reflects the IGI’s heavy handed influence in placing and retaining prisoners there under the now discredited and empty rhetoric of safety and security.
There is also a compelling underlying truth here, I believe. What was proven at trial is necessarily emblematic of a deeper pathology existing within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, one pointing unerringly to the sheer inefficiency of the “leadership” of the agency’s administration, and the public frankly deserves better.
This is particularly so when prison officials willingly violate the constitution and refuse to remedy those violations, instead choosing to engage in protracted litigation – which only results in greater cost for taxpayers.
This alone is basis to ratchet up the tempo in the growing drum‐beat calling for substantive reforms to the state’s correctional system.

The large number of prisoners released from isolation since the class action Ashker v. Brown was settled also reflects the IGI’s heavy handed influence in placing and retaining prisoners there under the now discredited and empty rhetoric of safety and security.

The plaintiff’s prevailing case was presented at trial by the outstanding team from the WilmerHale law firm, attorneys Randall Lee, Matt Benedetto and Katie Moran. They were assisted in its preparation by Jessica Lewis and Tiffany Tejada‐Rodriguez as well as other incredible support staff that contributed to the favorable outcome.
Send our brother some love and light: Jesse Perez, K‐42186, PBSP A5-106, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532.
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